12 days of Christmas – St John the Evangelist

The next feast day on December 27 is the Feast of Saint John the Evangelist, the mythical author of the Gospel of St John. Mythical because nobody knows who wrote the Gospels, and the names associated with them come from tradition, not from direct knowledge of the authors.
The Gospel of John is the most mystical of the gospels, breaking from the pattern established by Matthew and Luke and introducing aspects that are more consistent with Christian Gnostic movements than mainstream Christianity. This gospel almost got rejected when the bible was canonized, but unlike other Gnostic or mystical texts of the time, it adhered to certain beliefs that were also canonized and thus was entered in, barely.
Each of the Gospels have an identifying image that might also be used in heraldry as they took on various saints of evangelists as patrons. I had mistakenly believed that John was identified by the face of the Man, but he is in fact the Eagle. This changes some of the symbolism associated with him. In occult symbolism, the Eagle, as a symbol of Saint John, is also tied the sign of Scorpio, the sign of fixed water, which the sun passes through at the end of Autumn and the beginning of Winter from October to November. Each of the fixed signs have a star associated with it, but visibly independent of it which are known as “Watchers.” The Watcher for Scorpio is the star Antares. It is considered the watcher of the west and the heart of scorpio. A talisman of this star, when made at a properly elected time, can bestow various virtues, include health, understanding and memory, and the driving away of evil spirits. . In a complex arrangement, the angel associated with this Watcher is said to be Uriel, but other times Gabriel, depending upon which occult system you’re using. I associate Gabriel with the lonely star of winter, Fomalhaut, which makes Uriel associated with Antares. Uriel is a complex angel. One one hand he is thought to have visited God’s wrath in various biblical and extra biblical stories, but is also an angel of repentance. However, Uriel is also considered to be an angel of the arts and sciences, an angel of wisdom, and a keeper of light and beauty. his name means God is my flame, or as Auriel, the light of God. It seems appropriate that the most mystical of gospels and it’s author, would also be connected to the most complicated and mystical of angels as well, through the symbol of the eagle as the indicator of the gospel and saint, but also as the direction of West and of Antares.

The 12 days of Christmas – Saint Stephen the first Martyr

Most of the Western world has probably heard the song the 12 days of Christmas, with it’s increasing numbers of gifts (and birds). While Europeans may recall that the 12 days come after Christmas, most USAnians have forgotten, and instead many events use 12 days leading up to Christmas as a celebration, while also buying Advent calendars and calling it Christmastide or Yuletide.
However, the original 12 days come with or after Christmas day aka The Feast of the Nativity. Our of curiosity I searched to understand what the 12 days of Christmas were about, and also what saints or events were associated with them. Of course, this changed depending upon Western or Eastern churches, and Catholic vs Protestant vs Evangelical (As some protestant churches observes the 12 days with the same saints while Evangelicals do not recognize the 12 days).
for me, I’m going to treat Christmas as the 1st day, and each day after going forward. While most people know about Christmas day and know what it is about, the 2nd day of Christmas is not as well known to some people. This day is dedicated to Saint Stephen or in Greek Stephanos. He is the first martyr or even a proto martyr. His story is recounted in the bible in the Book of Acts. Stephen was believed to have been a Greek speaking Hebrew, and an early convert, and he was preaching the gospel of Jesus and sharing it, and this was angering the local Jewish community in Israel. So on a trumped up charge he was brought before the Sanhedrin for charges of Blasphemy. He repudiated their accusations, using logic and eloquence that the Sanhedrin could disagree with. However in the end he started saying things about the Torah and Jesus which so angered the Sanhedrin and the gathered people to watch that they seized stones and stoned Stephen to death. Some even figure that part of their ire came from his Greek affiliation, as non Greek Jews rejected the Greek ones. Part of this crowd was also allegedly Saul who would later become Paul the Apostle after his Damascus experience. The early church would declare Stephen a saint, and his feast day was put on December 26. Thus if you here Christmas hymns reference “On the feast of Stephen” this is the day they are referring to.
One interesting note to me is that Stephen is considered the first Red Martyr. A red martyr is a Christian who was murdered for their faith. There are other types of martyrs by color, namely the White Marty and the Green or Blue Martyr. While all martyrs are people who suffered for their faith, only the red martyr was murdered for it. A white martyr is some who dies because of great faith and dedication to ascetism, such as the desert hermits of Egypt and North Africa, who went to live our in the wilderness, Because of their dedication, they died but their faith made them into martyrs but without having been murdered for it.
Green or Blue martyrs are people who engaged in a denial of desires, engaging in fasting and penitent labors, but without the full withdrawal from life of extreme ascetism.

9 day spell for blessing a home

What you will need:

1 white candle
1 red candle
1 green candle
1 blue candle

Money House blessing oil
Peaceful home Oil
Protection oil
Dixie John oil

Dixie John Root
Gentian Root

House blessing Powder
Peaceful Home Powder
Protection Powder

A red cotton flannel bag
5 slips of paper big enough to fold into small packets..

A red pen or marker.

Take the five slips of paper. Using the red pen or marker, you are going to write the following five runes on it.
Wunjo Algiz Othala Dagaz Qweorth


You should write each rune 9 times on each slip of paper. Arrange the papers so they overlap slightly forming an equal armed cross.

Mix together the three powders and sprinkle them on the papers and around them forming a circle. Sprinkle them with basil as well, and place the Dixie John root and gentian root in the middle.

Starting with the white candle, anoint it with Protection oil. Anoint the red candle with Dixie John oil, anoint the green candle with Money House Blessing oil, and the blue candle with Peaceful Home oil. Place the white candle on your left, and the green candle on your right, the red candle below those two candles and the blue candle above. So that all the candles are sitting on the cross of papers that you created. Light the candles and pray the Lord’s prayer three times.

Let the candles burn. You will repeat this nine days, either burning the candles in sections, or burning new candles for each day, or continuously burning vigil lights for 9 days.

On the 9th day when the candles have finished, take four of the papers, put a pinch of the powder blend into it, and fold the paper up into a small packet. Seal the packets with tape. Take each packet and tape them discreetly into the four corners of your house. Take the fifth paper and wrap it up around a pinch of powder and the dixie john and gentian root. Place this into the red flannel bag, and place it in the heart of your home. Where the heart is, is up to you. It could be in the bedroom, under  your mattress, as the place of love, peace and rest. It could be concealed in the kitchen cupboard, where food is prepared that nurtures and nourishes. It could be placed in the central hallway so that all you pass by it are blessed and that blessing is carried with them wherever they go. It could be a dining room where family and friends gather together to eat and celebrate in joy. It could be a living room where the family gathers to share in entertainment and joy. It could also be the literal and exact center of your home and it could be hidden inside the walls if you wanted and could achieve that. The fifth packet can also be placed next to or under a candle once a month or once a year to help in re blessing the house, as it is connected to the other packets and will help reinforce the blessings on the house, when you feel it is necessary.

This spell is good to do just after doing a thorough home cleansing, or just when you move into a new home. Another good time to perform it is starting on new year’s day, or starting on Midsummer either the the day of the Summer Solstice of June 25, the Nativity of the John the Baptist.

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.