Have you ever wanted to jump into th 18th-century and spell-cast with a real Celtic witch?
I did that, kinda, only in the current century. I worked as an ER nurse for more than 16 years. It was an amazing, rewarding career – one that pushed me to my limits and forced strength from my soul that I didn’t know was there.
Part of the job including occasionally bringing the dead back to life. Yup! We called it CPR (they still do) and the process included my task of injecting substances into a body and shocking a screwy heart into normalcy. This was done by magic silver paddles (or sticky pads) and unseen power (aka: a defibrillator and electricity).
100 years ago, doing that would have bought me a date with a hangman or a burning stake. I would have been tried as a witch and killed for it. Today, doing that makes me a good employee and possibly the means the saving a life.
It’s all in perspective, really. Times change and so does our understanding of medicine, healing, talents that once were considered witchcraft.
When I wrote The Deja vu Chronicles, one of the goals I had for Kathryn‘s character was to take modern medicinal methods and place them into the 18th-century. She would inevidibly become a witch because of it. That wasn’t my first intention – but that’s how it evolved. I don’t know if people can truly pull electricity from the sky or blow wind into the sails of a great ship, but why not? We can take electricity and shock a heart in an ER.
So, why not?
Maybe one day, whistling sailors really will send wind to sails that luff in the duldrums of flat seas. Perhaps, Zen masters will teach us how to draw energy from the skies. Someday, there may be healers who can speak words softly into the ears of those suffering (cast a spell, as it were) and relieve their pain . . .
Oh wait! This already happens with a technique called guided imagery – used by RN’s in many hospitals and extremely effective with burn victims.
See . . . perspective.
Perhaps the magic and mythos of pirates and Celtic witches from the 18th-century are not as fictional as they seem. Maybe, there really is more history in The Deja vu Chronicles than it appears on first glance. Perhaps, Kathryn wasn’t a witch and Captain Phillips wasn’t really a scallywag.
Just maybe . . .