For my tenth entry in the A-Z Challenge, I would like to introduce the sixth of the thirteen core gods of my consolidated pantheon, the god of healing. J is for Joven, the Healing Hand:
Joven, the Healing Hand
Joven is the god of healing, protection, strength and wisdom. Given the dangers of the world at large, many cities and townships possess temples to the Healing Hand, as well as shrines in the wilderness where travelers may find peace and solace. Joven is often revered by healers and midwives, by the injured and infirm, and by those who guard and protect others. His priests spend at least an hour each day in meditation, devotions and exercise. Joven offers the following truths to enlighten his followers:
Joven’s favored weapon is the fist (unarmed combat), and the symbol of the Healing Hand is a green ouroboros.
- True strength comes from a balance of the physical and the spiritual. It is a sacred responsibility to care for your own body and mind, for you cannot easily heal others if you yourself are ill or infirmed.
- The devout are enjoined to provide reasonable protection for those who are endangered by others, and it is a sin to deliberately take action against those whom you have sworn to protect.
- Follow the example of the Healing Hand, and offer reasonable healing efforts to individuals in need. If you do not know how to heal, then learn. If you are skilled in healing, then teach.