Saints: Healers and Helpers

by Kate

Saints

Catholic Saints

The healing power of saints has existed for two millennia and is still a time honored tradition today. Saints are not worshiped but rather are looked at as those who can interceded on our behalf because of their own faithfulness. In the same way one might ask a friend or relative to pray or light a candle for them, many people of all religious backgrounds turn to saints and angels for help and divine guidance.  Doreen Virtue, author and creator of Saints and Angels Oracle Cards, explains  that, “Since Christianity’s roots are found in more ancient belief systems of Judaism and  pantheism, I strongly believe that these… will benefit people of every religious and spiritual background. I’ve found the saints to be angelic, loving and powerful allies to anyone who calls on them, regardless of that person’s faith.”

Often times saints are designated as a patron saint of a particular cause or profession, or invoked against a specific illness or harm. It is customary to carry medallions, place statues or burn incense for the saints that one prays with for intercession. For example, many people in real estate are familiar with St. Joseph, the patron saint of homes. Burying a St. Joseph statue in the yard is a fast way to sell a home! (We have St. Joseph Home Seller Kits for only $5.95!)

Earth Lore carries a wide variety saints and angels products. We have saint medallions on beautiful prayer cards for $4.95.  Including:

  • Venerable Matt Talbot: Patron of those suffering for Alcoholism
  • Saint Charles Borromeo: Patron of those with Stomach Ailments
  • St. Jude: Patron Saint of Lost Causes and Desperate Situations
  • St. Rita: Patron of those who suffer Physical Abuse
  • St. Maximilian Kolbe: Patron of those who suffer from Addiction & Drugs
  • St. Catherine of Sweden: Patron of those who’ve suffered Miscarriage
  • St. Alphonsus Liguori: Patron of those with Arthritis
  • St. Agatha: Patron of those who have Breast Cancer
  • St. Peregrine: Patron of those with Cancer
  • St. Dymphna: Patron of those with Mental Illnesses
  • St. Nickolas: Patron of Sick Children

Earth Lore also carries a wide variety of Doreen Virtue’s Angel Card Decks ($15.95)  including the Saints & Angels Deck mention earlier. This deck is a highly recommended favorite by our staff for its loving accuracy and guidance. Earth Lore also keeps a regular stock of Saint Incense(only $.95 /box!) including: Archangel Michael for Physical and Spiritual Protection (myrrh scented), St. Joseph for Home Protection and Family Harmony (lavender scented), St Jude for Desperate Causes (musk scented) and Our Lady of Guadalupe for Health (rose scented).

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A Mid-Summer Night’s Rite

by Angela

June 20th-23rd is the celebration of Summer Solstice, also known as Litha.  The Summer Solstice marks the longest day and shortest night of the year.  The night of Summer Solstice has long been revered as a time of magic and manifestation, when the sun is at the height of its power in the shadow of the waxing Moon.

In old Celtic traditions, the Summer Solstice festival usually spanned several days and focused on outdoor events under the open sun by day, and ’round a large bonfire by night.  Solstice marked the official start of Summer when crops  were ripening, and trees and bushes were starting to produce fruit.  It was a time of giving thanks to the Gods & Goddesses of the Sun, Fire, Fertility, & Abundance.

Whether you are flying solo this Solstice or celebrating with a group, take some time to connect with the energy of the Sun, and the Spirit of the new season.  The exact days and rituals of Summer Solstice vary from culture to culture and country to country, so be creative.  Put together your own Mid-Summer altar or festival.  Keep in mind this is a celebration of the Sun and the abundance of Summer.  Stop into Earth lore-Plymouth or Livonia and stock up on Sun & Fire candles, & Patchouli, Cinnamon, & Amber incense.  Make a Summer Talisman with Citrine, Sunstone, Gold Tiger Eye, Calendula herb & Orange slices.

Above all, this is a time to celebrate life, and the fruits of our labor.  It is a time to give thanks for our spiritual gifts and to pass our blessings on to others.

To all of our readers & patrons,

Happy Summer Solstice from all of us at Earth lore.

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