Category Archives: Feast Days/Festivals/High Holy Days

Days of Cyprian – Day 9

Creating an Amparo

An amparo is a ritual or talisman used for protection. I say ritual because I have seen rituals that are called amparos that are done on people for their protection, or done before undertaking a working or rite. They can also be talismans, which is the most commonly known version. That is what I am going to talk about here. Specifically this is to create an amparo with Saint Cyprian. When I first began working with Saint Cyprian many things fell into place for me. One was easily acquiring a statue of him, which just showed up at a store I went shopping at, and it was the only one there was. The next was acquiring some prayer cards of Saint Cyprian. Prayer cards are the main component of creating an amparo, although it can also be used in a simple amparo ritual as well. 

For this ritual you will need the following.

2 Saint Cyprian prayer cards

1 picture of the person who the amparo is for

1 candle, white or purple

Thread, white, red or purple

Saint Cyprian Oil

Incense, usually a blend of frankincense and myrrh, but gloria incense or altar incense will work well.

Take the picture of the person. It should be the same size as the prayer cards, so wallet sized. Sandwich the picture between the prayer cards, with the image of the saint facing out on both sides. Then take the thread and wrap it around the picture and cards, forming a cross as you do so. Tie it off and cut away any hanging strands. Anoint the four corners of the amparo with Saint Cyprian oil. 

Pray psalm 91 and then say
Saint Cyprian, Mage and Martyr, Saint and Sorcerer I ask you to protect me from evil conspiracies of my enemies, to guard me from evil intentions, hexes, the beguiling serpent and the rabid wolf. + Guard me, Saint Cyprian, both day and night, and night and day, in waking and in sleeping, from evil, whether it be from spirit or man. + Be my watcher, Saint Cyprian, being ever alert and aware. +  Untie all bindings, break all hexes, and shatter all enchantments upon me, Saint Cyprian. + Consecrate this amparo with your power, and with the blessings of the spiritual treasure house given to by God, and Jesus the Christ, In nomine patria, et filio et spiritus sanctus +

The little crosses in the above prayer indicate where you should make the sign of the cross over yourself.

When doing so, you can either hold your thumb, index and middle finger together, which is the gesture of benediction or cross your thumb with your index finger, and your middle, ring, and pinky finger straight. The crossed thumb is the cross, and the three straight fingers symbolize the three nails that were used in crucifixion. 

Anoint the candle with Saint Cyprian oil and place the amparo under the candle holder. Light the candle and as it burns, recite the lord’s prayer 9 times. Then recite the Hail Mary three times, and Gloria prayer three times. When the candle is finished burning, carry the amparo with you for protection. You can carry it in your wallet, purse, or pocket, or in a drawstring bag around your neck.

A more simplified version of this ritual. Instead of creating a talisman, you can just sandwich the picture between the prayer cards, and place it under the candle, anointed with Saint Cyprian oil. Use the same prayers but instead of “consecrate this amparo…” Protect me with your power Saint Cyprian, and with the blessings of the spiritual treasure house given to you by God, and Jesus the Christ, In nomine patria, et filio et spiritus santus, amen +

Also, when doing this ritual for someone else, you would substitute their name at the appropriate times in the prayer ie instead of “me” say “John Doe”.

Days of Cyprian – Day 8

Pray the opening of Genesis before lighting candles

This is a practice that I was led to by Spirit to do when lighting candles. When you are lighting candles, before you light it, pray over the candle the Genesis 1 v 1-4.

1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
2 And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.
3 And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.
4 And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness.

Then using your match or lighter, light the wick of the candles you are working with. Then continue with whatever prayers or works you were going to do.

Days of Cyprian – Day 7

Use Holy Water to bring make a place Holy

(What do you do with that holy water?)

    You take that holy water and you sprinkle it in all corners of the house.Sprinkle it around – that’s to keep your home holy.  Or, if you got a store,that’s to keep your store holy – keep you out of trouble and ‘cumulate – [also]make you ‘cumulate things around your home.  You see, that holy water is blestby de priests and things and then it’s blest by the Lord, you see.
Vol.2,p.1634 Informant in New Orleans

Another one from Hyatt, but also kind of an obvious thing. Use Holy Water. It should be easy to procure, especially if you are already Catholic, but you can also walk into some churches and they will have some available for the faithful.
Simply sprinkle holy water around your home or business to keep it holy. This holiness can achieve many results from protection, peace, bringing good luck, helping to resolve problems etc.

Days of Cyprian Day 6

Carry Psalm 65 in your wallet to protect and bring you money

I don’t remember where I found this, but it is something that I have had for a long time. Basically every time I get a new wallet, I do this again.

On a small sheet of paper, write down Psalm 65 by hand. You can use both sides, but you need it all fit on one sheet of paper. Fold it up neatly, and place it in your wallet. I recommend carrying in a pocket that doesn’t get disturbed much, that is you don’t take cards out of it very often, and you’re not always taking money in and out. Carrying this Psalm in your wallet with protect your money and draw money to you. 

1Praise waiteth for thee, O God, in Sion: and unto thee shall the vow be performed.
2 O thou that hearest prayer, unto thee shall all flesh come.
3 Iniquities prevail against me: as for our transgressions, thou shalt purge them away.
4 Blessed is the man whom thou choosest, and causest to approach unto thee, that he may dwell in thy courts: we shall be satisfied with the goodness of thy house, even of thy holy temple.
5 By terrible things in righteousness wilt thou answer us, O God of our salvation; who art the confidence of all the ends of the earth, and of them that are afar off upon the sea:
6 Which by his strength setteth fast the mountains; being girded with power:
7 Which stilleth the noise of the seas, the noise of their waves, and the tumult of the people.
8 They also that dwell in the uttermost parts are afraid at thy tokens: thou makest the outgoings of the morning and evening to rejoice.
9 Thou visitest the earth, and waterest it: thou greatly enrichest it with the river of God, which is full of water: thou preparest them corn, when thou hast so provided for it.
10 Thou waterest the ridges thereof abundantly: thou settlest the furrows thereof: thou makest it soft with showers: thou blessest the springing thereof.
11 Thou crownest the year with thy goodness; and thy paths drop fatness.
12 They drop upon the pastures of the wilderness: and the little hills rejoice on every side.
13 The pastures are clothed with flocks; the valleys also are covered over with corn; they shout for joy, they also sing.

Joyous Aphrodisia!

Aphrodite reclining on an oyster shell with two putto attendants.

Joyous Aphrodisia!

In the Attic calendar (commonly used by Athens) The Festival of Aphrodite was celebrated during the month called Hekatombaion, which scholars have identified as starting in Late July and going until Late August.

May the many blessings of Aphrodite Urania Pandemos (Heavenly and for All People) be upon you!

Beginnings

This is a new blog, after the group blog I belonged was deleted. It’s time to begin a new, and maybe fly solo.

I go by the name Brother Christopher. I’m a practitioner of magic, and a fan of folk lore. I’m all about helping people when I can and making the knowledge that I have available, especially as it helps me understand and grow more. Welcome to Runeworker.