Post by vandergraafk on Dec 4, 2006 19:58:42 GMT -5
I am well aware that the Elders, according to Leo, have the power to decide whether a whitelighter can use his or her power to heal. Of course, this falls within the general rules for using a whitelighter's healing power. Here, we are told through various storylines that
1) whitelighters can only heal mortals who have been injured by
2) whitelighters cannot heal animals
(are the Elders guilty of specism?)
3) whitelighters do not automatically have the power to heal
(despite the idiocy of whitelighter Mikelle in Season 8's The Jung and the Restless)
4) whitelighters cannot self-heal
(despite whatever Piper said in Season 7)
5) whitelighters cannot heal demons or warlocks
(despite the idiocy of Charmed Again, Part 2)
6) a whitelighter's power to heal can be channeled (and amplified) through another whitelighter (who may or may not be able to heal)
Paige in Charmed and Dangerous, as well as in Charmed Again, Part 2, although the logic there is
beyond belief for previously Leo was unable to heal the demon side of Cole. Yet, here Leo and Paige are able to do so for the ridiculous reason that Paige is half-whitelighter. Go figure!
7) a whitelighter's power to heal cannot interfere with the Angel of Death
This may explain why Leo claims that the Elders do not always grant him the ability to heal, even within the guidelines outlined above. He is simply wrong. It's not the Elders, but Death which decides.
Post by vandergraafk on Dec 5, 2006 18:58:34 GMT -5
Compare this list to the one presented by Diane Gallagher, et al. in The Power of Three, Volume 2. While discussing a whitelighter's abilities, the authors include a "Power to heal, with exceptions (see Limitations)". Let's see what these limitations are. They are listed as follows:
1) Cannot heal dead people, animals, themselves, or self-inflicted wounds
2) Can only heal mortals injured by evil
3) Cannot heal demons: trying invites an attack of black magic energy.
I think my list is more exhaustive, of course. And, at least I am willing to consider "mistakes" made by the series where they appear to violate their own limitations.
For example, according to their limitations, then, neither Paige nor Leo working together should have been able to heal Belthazor/Cole in Charmed Again, Part 2. Now, perhaps Cole was so weakened that he could not instinctively call forth an attack of black magic energy to send Paige and Leo flying across the road. But, the problem is apparent and requires explanation.