Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Powerful Solar Eclipse on September 1, 2016~~~

Dear Reader’s, this is Ms. Q,

Tomorrow on September 1, 2016 we are going to have a powerful, magical Solar Eclipse, which is right on the heels of the August Lunar Eclipse that is going to create a powerful natural yet dangerous energy vortex or matrix, in which the powers of Nature wakes up.

We’ve already started to see the beginnings of it with the Earthquake in Italy and now with hurricanes heading towards Hawaii and Florida here in the U.S.    What is happening is that the powers of the planet is trying to resist what is happening on earth and wake us up to cleanse all evil, this eclipse is occurring in the sign of Virgo who is the Purifying Energy of the Zodiac,  it is during this time that Nature wants to fight back and she is showing this through many unexpected and deadly calamities as we have just seen in the last couple of weeks and it will get worse, until she is finally through which won’t happen until the middle of October after the Earth passes the Fall Equinox, here in the Northern area, and it will be the Spring Equinox in the Southern Area of the Earth.

But just as the Earth cleanses itself so should we who do rituals of cleansing, do the same, because an eclipse in the sign of Virgo says we need to cleans and change the way we live, breathe and react, this is a time when we need to do a Fall cleansing and purification of our homes or where we live, it is similar to a Spring cleaning but it also means we need to refresh the wards and protections around our homes. 

It also means that we should take medical protection to protect ourselves as well as spiritual protection, by that I mean if the Flu vaccine is offered by all means get vaccinated, right now both in North and South America we are being invaded by the Zika Virus, if we live in an area that is prone to that we should take steps to prevent it.  And spiritually we should make sure our hearts and souls are also protected as well, it can be as simple as taking an Uncrossing bath, or to shower with a bag filled with Hyssop and call upon the Divine Presence and the Guardian Angels for protection, going to church or temple and attending a service and dedicating yourself to do good.

Virgo is also represented by the Goddess Persephone, a virgin that was kidnapped and taken down into the Underworld by Hades/Pluto to be his wife,  the Queen of the Underworld, she still remains a pure hearted beautiful maid who can bring both the blossoming of  Spring and the darkness of Autumn.

However this New Moon - Solar eclipse appears to also be defined by more benevolent and lucky aspects which means beneficial changes in your life from a new job, a new place, to a new life. This is a perfect time to do a ritual of your own planning and prayers to bring about your big change, anything you’ve desired for so long you can now make it come true, to start to become reality.

You can plan your own prayers or ritual for this, burn the appropriate candles to reflect that which you want to come into your life and also burn a Gold candle along with it to heighten the power of this change.

If you want to charge candles and water, even amulets with the power of this solar eclipse do it with the focus to bring about powerful change to you or to those you help.

The eclipse will be on September 1st at what time you have to check on line to find out at what time it will occur in your area.   But because it occurs on the 1st of the month a new moon it is all to the good.

Bright Blessings to all of you,
Ms. Q

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Who is St. Expedite?~~~~~

“Dear Ms. Q,

I read in your reply’s to different people that you tell them to do novena’s to different Saints or to Holy Mother Mary.

Have you ever heard of or worked with a Saint called St. Expeditus?  And what does this Saint do?”

Oh My! (as George Takai {Sulu from Star Treck} would say)  good old St. Expeditus or St. Expedit  the name translation into English as expedite or to get done quickly.

I have not worked with this Saint although Mrs. Washington, who was one of the ladies in my Granny’s group did since she was from Louisiana. 

There are two different stories going around about this little known saint (that is his biography is not really known).   But traditionally Expeditus is said to have been a Roman centurion in Armenia who was beheaded during the Diocletian Persecution in 303 A.D. in what is now Turkey, for converting to Christianity. According to tradition, the day he decided to become a Christian, the Devil took the form of a crow (a snake in some versions of the legend) and told him to defer his conversion until the next day. Expeditus stamped on the bird(or snake) and killed it, declaring, "I'll be a Christian today!"

Given that "Expeditus" is Latin for a soldier without a marching pack, i.e. a soldier with light equipment, this saint may be an anonymous individual known by his "profession". His cult was already developed in Turin, Italy in the Middle Ages and he was included  in martyrologies (a book or list of martyred saints) in Italy before 1781. There was a tradition back then that Saint Expeditus could be called upon to help settle overly long legal cases.  So over time he has become the saint of rapidity. At first, he was invoked for urgent causes; he has since become the patron of dealers, sailors, students, and examinees; he is still implored upon for success in lawsuits.

However his acts, life or miracles have not been reviewed by the Roman Catholic Church and is considered by the church to be a pseudo saint, like St. Christopher or Santa Murte, even in the early part of the 20th century certain bishops tried but failed to abolish the cult of Saint Expeditus.

His alleged feast day is April 19th, is not widely celebrated. However Saint Expedite is venerated in Europe and very strongly in Latin America. Brazil has ceremonies in São Paulo and crowds attending ceremonies to mark his April 19 feast day can reach into the hundreds of thousands.

Many stories circulated about the saint's origin say that the cultus of Expeditus began when a package marked expedite (meaning 'be ready' or alternately 'loosen') arrived with unidentified relics or statues. The recipients assumed that the statuary or relics belonged to a Saint Expeditus, and so veneration began.

One such an account is set in France in 1781. A case containing the relics of a saint, who was formerly buried in the Denfert-Rochereau catacombs of Paris, was delivered at a convent in the city. The senders had written expédit on the case, to ensure fast delivery of the remains. The nuns assumed that "Expédit" was the name of a martyr, and prayed for his intercession. When their prayers were answered, veneration spread rapidly through France and on to other Roman Catholic countries.

The second account occurs in New Orleans, Louisiana, which was strongly influenced by French Catholic culture through the colonial period. This account (at the time of the French Revolution) says that Our Lady of Guadalupe Chapel (New Orleans) received a large shipment of statues of various saints, and that one case lacked an identifying label. It was labeled "Expedite" (Expédit in French), so the Ursuline nuns assumed that must be the saint's name, and placed this very nice looking Statue in the corridor of their school, but because it was not clear who the saint was the nuns asked the local Bishop if he could identify it.   He couldn’t.  They wrote to the people in France who sent the statue to them for more information, but never received a reply.  It was believed that since the French Revolution was in full swing at the time that those in France never got the nuns’ letter.  

But what started was that the students (girls mostly) started doing 9 hour novena’s to this Saint and it appears that for many it was successful and the nuns had a somewhat sense of humor did not discourage it as it was prayers, so the practice spread over the years to the point where Saint Expédit still figures prominently in Louisiana Creole folklore and is revered through amulets, flowers, candles, and intercessory prayers.

Traditionally a novena is done for 9 Days, not hours, and there are some variations with other saints.   But since St. Expedit is supposed to get things done quickly 9 hours makes sense.  His statues or pictures show him as a young Roman centurion squashing a crow beneath his right foot and originally bearing a clock in early images. Later depictions have Expeditus holding a cross, inscribed with the Latin word hodie ("today"). A banderole with the word cras ("tomorrow" in Latin) emerges from the crow's mouth, the saint holds a palm branch in his other hand indicating he was martyred and the centurions helmet next to his left foot on the ground to hint that is his past existence, there is no sword near him indicating that he gave up his war-like profession.

Denise Alvarado mentions St. Expeditus as he relates to New Orleans Voudou:

“…is also petitioned for prompt solutions to business problems, winning court cases and getting a job, among other things. He has recently been coined the Patron Saint of Nerds due to his association with computer programmers and hackers. He is believed to grant any request within his power provided the petitioner recommends his invocation to others.  St. Expedite has become increasingly popular among conjure doctors and the growing practice of Catholic Conjure; but, he has been a fixture in the tradition of folk Catholicism for many years in Louisiana.

In New Orleans Voudou, St. Expedite is closely associated with the lwa Baron Samedi, the spirit of death,  guardian of the cemeteries and head of the family of ancestral spirits called the Guede. In Haitian Vodou, the lwa Baron La Croix is often represented by St. Expedite. This association with Baron Samedi makes St. Expedite a favorite among sorcerers, conjure doctors and those who enjoy the saint as a powerful magician. Little is mentioned about this aspect of him anywhere in the literature and scant reference to him exists in the context of Hoodoo with the exception of the Hyatt texts, where he is referred to as the "Saint of Many Colors" and the "Minute Saint."….”

Personally I really like the fact that he’s become a Patron Saint of Nerds, just like St. Jerome is the patron saint of Librarians.  He’s (St. Jerome) even mentioned in the opening scenes in the original “Ghost Busters”.

Although I have never worked with St. Expedite, Mrs. Washington did and so do some of my friends who are practitioners and they say he has worked for them.   And he wouldn’t be around if he didn’t do something.

I have not posted the novena ritual to this saint as it is a little long for one post, but if there is enough interest, I’ll post it in another posting.

Bright Blessings,
Ms. Q

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Bright Blessings,
Ms. Q