Friday, September 28, 2012

The Fourteen Holy Helpers

The Fourteen Holy Helpers are a group of Catholic Saints who have proven themselves to be very powerful in not only healing but also who have proven themselves to answer requests in other areas as well. Each of these Saints specializes in certain illnesses and particular areas but they are all invoked as a group. Following are The Fourteen Holy Helpers and what they are known for.

St Achatius: headaches
St Barbara: fever, protection from fire and sudden death
St Blaise: any illness of the throat
St Catherine of Alexandria: sudden death, any disease of the tongue
St Christopher: protection from storms, plague and sudden death
St Cyriacus: any disease of the eyes and demonic possession
St Denis: headaches and demonic possession
St Erasmus: any disease of the stomach or intestines and protecting domestic animals
St Eustachius: protection from fire, all kinds of difficulties, family troubles,
St George: herpes and protecting domestic animals
St Giles: plague, panic, epilepsy, madness, nightmares
St Margaret of Antioch: backache and safe childbirth
St Pantaleon: consumption, physicians and protecting domestic animals
St Vitus: epilepsy, chorea, lethargy, poisonous bites, epilepsy and protection from storms

These are a great group of Patron Saints to call on when illness arises and healing is needed. You can pray the litany of the Fourteen Holy Helpers or use the following short prayer in asking for their assistance.

Fourteen Holy Helpers, select friends of God, I honor each of you as mighty intercessors. I come to you in confidence that you will hear my plea of help and come to assist me in my needs (request). Grant me this request I humbly make with full faith and love. Amen.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Making Magical Bath Salts

For many of us the only way to keep a large supply of magical preparations in stock is to make them ourselves.  Besides prescribing spiritual baths to my clients I also like to use the mixtures myself.  Not only can this get expensive but waiting for ingredients to be ordered and shipped can be times consuming.  I like having things already in stock and available when I need them. 

Besides the savings of preparing bath mixtures yourself I believe there is also a great benefit of homemade supplies.  In my opinion, not only are you certain of what goes in to your mixtures but you empower them at the same time.  Preparing a spiritual mixture yourself is far more powerful then anything you can purchase from a supplier.  You add your essence, your power, and your strength to the finished product. 

Making them yourself is inexpensive and easy to do.  In this article I will guide you through the steps of preparing a powerful and far less costly supply of spiritual baths.  You can make as much as you want without going broke. 

Preparing the Base
You will first need to prepare a base for your baths.  Once you make the base you can use it to prepare different types of spiritual baths.  To this base you will be adding herbs, plants, scents, or essential oils.  Base recipe follows:

Base Recipe
3 parts Epsom Salts
2 parts Sodium Bicarbonate (baking soda)
1 part Sea Salt
1 tablespoon fractionated coconut oil for moisturizing (optional)

Carefully measure out the above ingredients and add them together in a large bowl. Mix well.

Do not replace the above salts with kosher salt or rock salt.  Kosher and rock salt are sodium chloride which can be very drying and irritating to the skin.  Kosher and rock salt can also be harmful to people who suffer from high blood pressure or edema.  Yes, these salts are cheaper but they are not worth the risk. 

Keep in mind that sea salt comes in several grain sizes.  The courser the grains you choose, the longer the salt will take to dissolve in the tub.

Adding Color
Adding color to your bath salts can increase its power but it also helps you to identify the type of salt it is intended for.  When making your bath salts you want to add the color before you add any herbs, oils, or fragrances.  Of course you don’t have to add color to your bath salts at all.  Basically, there are three types of pigments you can add to your baths. 

Powdered Mica
Powdered mica will impart a soft tint which is all that’s needed for spiritual bath preparations.  When adding mica powder, only add a tiny amount and stir well.

FD&C Dyes
Some people use this in a glycerin base, but that can make your bath salts clump so watch out.  This is probably my least favorite for coloring but I had to mention it anyway.  When adding FD&C grade liquid dye, be sure to add only a drop at a time and stir well.

Powdered Soap Colorant
These are available in a variety of colors. 

Go slow when adding tint to your salts.  A little goes a long way.  Using too much FD&C Dye or Powdered Mica can stain the skin and tub.  It is also important that you make sure that you are using “skin safe” colorants.  If you’re worried about adding tint don’t add it at all.

Adding Oils, Herbs, or Fragrance

Warning:  Be sure to do your own research to the effects of oil, herbs, and fragrances that you add to your mixtures.  Some are very irritating to the skin, cause reactions, and others are not fit for certain types of medical conditions and/or pregnant women.  Know your ingredients before using them.

If you are going to use essential oils in your mixture you basically want to add one or two drops at a time until you get the desired scent.  Do not use more than 10 drops of essential oil.  More than this can be irritating to the skin.  Fragrant oils tend to be less costly than essential oils.  Alternatively you can add crushed plants.  Botanicals can add both color and scent to your salts.

Your sensitivity level will determine which fragrances or botanicals you find soothing or irritating, so make sure you test your skin for sensitivity before immersing yourself in a bath enhanced with potentially irritating fragrances.

CAUTION: Essential oils may cause sensitivity to your skin.  Oils you should avoid in your bath salts include but are not limited to: basil, oregano, thyme, nutmeg, clove, cinnamon, black pepper, and bay.  Consult your physician before using essential oils if you have high blood pressure, are pregnant or have other medical concerns.

Store your bath salts in a glass container with a tightly fitting lid.

To Use
Add ½ cup of the salts to running bath water.  Mix well to ensure that the salt has dispersed well in the tub before entering. 

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Saint Sara la Kali

Saint Sara la Kali is known for her powers to heal and give success and cleanse the bad habits and problems of your past. She’s a good Saint to work with if you feel you are being blocked or if you have enemies. You can also call on her for good luck, fertility, healing, and general success in business matters.

Legend says that Sara begged for alms to sustain her masters (the Maries) or perhaps they were just her companions.  Sara and the other Maries are connected to sea ports (especially that in Southern France) due to stories of her aid in saving the Maries at sea.  This and other legends have simply created a deep and moving mystery around this Saint.

On feast day Sara la Kali is dressed in layers of cloaks representing the prayers and petitions of all that have come to ask her help.  During her festival, those who seek her healing and blessings come to touch her skirts, put scarves around her neck, light candles, and give thanks for miracles and prayers answered.  She is petitioned to take away bad habits, bad luck, poverty and bad health (among many problems)… to take them with her as the scarves and cloaks that she is wrapped within.

Later, the statue of Saint Sara is carried down to the sea normally a walk of just a few minutes, but now takes hours due to the throngs of her followers.  The statue is immersed in the sea taking all the problems out to sea (that were petitioned) and everyone enters the water as it is now sanctified and they too can be washed of their problems; it is an act of purification to be washed by the sea after this ritual.  The group is led by elders of the town on white horses.

I have always thought this feast gathering was so beautiful. There is so much power and faith involved ... so spiritual... always brings a tear to my eye.