St. Cyprian Service Starts Tonight

Read more about St. Cyprian at Big Lucky Hoodoo.

Have your petition set with a fixed, dressed, blessed light on my St. Cyprian altar for a nine-day novena, chaplet, and community altar service for the Cyprianic Holy Days, September 17-25. 

I’ve been working with St. Cyprian of Antioch for almost 20 years now, but until recently, there has been very little information – or material from any of the many grimoires attributed to him – available in English. The past few years have seen an explosion of interest and information across numerous “occult subcultures” and some really smart people translating, publishing, and talking about this infamous saint. It’s honestly a really exciting time to be a devotee of St. Cyprian — the sorcerer saint, patron of the lovelorn, and refuge of the accursed — so if you aren’t already, why not introduce yourself?

Said to have been consecrated to the devil by his parents when he was 7 years old [*], Cyprian grew up studying and practicing the black arts, eventually setting up shop in Antioch as a sorcerer-for-hire. He tried every trick in the book to get the young Christian virgin Justina to give up her chaste ways, but no matter what demon or what magic he threw at her, she defeated it all by making the sign of the cross. Cyprian knew what the smart affiliation was at that point, as the legend goes, and he was baptized, renouncing his pagan sorcery. [*This is the version from the Golden Legend, Caxton trans.]

But other legends have circulated alongside those in the hagiographies – that his grimoires survived and have been in circulation ever since, that he ultimately renounced his renunciation of sorcery, that he never truly gave up sorcery at all. At any rate, this paradoxical figure has been popular globally, and most especially in the Spanish-speaking world, for hundreds of years, invoked by sorcerers for occult mastery and power, by tradesmen for help finding treasure, by lovers to secure the love of their targets, by diviners for psychic vision and necromancy, and by anyone trying to be free of mal ojo, crossed conditions, negativity, and bad luck. So you might petition St. Cyprian for:

– uncrossing and spiritual cleansing of people and/or places

– spiritual/psychic protection

– reversing of malefic stuff aimed your way

– love work, especially (but not only) of the compelling or intranquil type

– divination, psychic vision, necromancy, and other occult studies and practices

Lights will be set the night of September 17. There is some wiggle room and you can join up after the work starts as long as you see that there are still spots left and it doesn’t say “sold out.”

Read more or book your spot now at Seraphin Station.

Questions You’ve Asked: Sovereign Queen vs. Queen Esther

A customer asks for guidance on choosing between Sovereign Queen and Queen Esther oils.

For a general “women’s empowerment/success” formula, I’d probably go with Sovereign Queen and reserve Queen Esther for particular situations/settings. Queen Esther oil is great for when you need to go into a situation with poise and intelligence, definitely, and though the ingredients are different, with it not being a hoodoo oil, it almost has a similar “vibe” to Look Me Over, Check Me Out oil, in that it draws eyes toward you and helps ensure that gaze is an admiring one.

Queen Esther does all that, but there are lots of elements of your empowerment and success more generally as a woman where that might not be the most important or appropriate thing. I can think of times, in fact, where you don’t want to draw everybody’s gaze during the course of business as a woman. And Sovereign Queen heavily emphasizes the sovereignty, the autonomy, independent strength and ability to succeed. Sovereign Queen is really almost more a mastery and success blend for women, focused largely on the woman herself as the target rather than on the eyes of beholders as the targets, if that makes sense.

So they are certainly complementary, or can be, but Sovereign Queen is more a day-to-day formula for a woman with important things to do who needs a certain commanding element – not compelling, but commanding, which in hoodoo formula parlance is about having people do your bidding because they want to, because they admire you and trust your ability to lead or ideas or whatever. so you don’t have to dominate them – they follow you willingly and respect you.

Now if I were working in a business setting and had an important meeting coming up at which I needed to pitch a new idea to a roomful of people, some of whom I maybe didn’t already know, that’s when I might use Queen Esther, as part of my preparations for the presentation or pitch or whatever and on the day of and during any business dealings related to it. Sovereign Queen can amp up your “attractiveness level” to others, but it does so in a complex, not superficial way – it’s not a lust oil or a love oil or anything. Queen Esther doesn’t have to be – it will get in step with your intention and the “level” you’re using it on – but it is definitely designed to attract attention when, in some way or another, this is “your show”, if that makes sense.

Excerpts from the product descriptions:

Sovereign Queen

Sovereign Queen Oil contains appropriate essential oils and herbs including Queen Elizabeth Root. It is for women who want respect and admiration, to make a good impression on new people and gain favor from important people. It’s a strong “female power” formula.

Queen Esther

You can read the story of Queen Esther on multiple levels, more or less allegorically, and this oil is designed to reflect that same potential and complexity while remaining perfectly explicable and useful no matter what level you read it on.

The Book of Esther explains that Esther underwent a lengthy process of preparation and beautification before she was taken to see the king; her book describes perfumes and oils of myrrh and sweet flowers. This formula contains many essences valued since biblical times for beautification, to increase attraction and glamour, and to incite passion. So if you read the story literally in its focus on increasing beauty and allure, you may certainly use the oil in your workings towards that purpose.

Those who read the Book of Esther allegorically use this sort of formula as a blessing oil for any special occasion in a woman’s life, such as engagement, marriage, or the start of any new important undertaking when all eyes will be on her and she can benefit from some of Esther’s poise and intelligence.

In esoteric practice, some read Esther as emblematic of the soul and the king as a symbol for G-d. In that reading, the months-long beauty preparations that Esther underwent reflect the necessary preparations the soul must undergo before approaching the Divine. Thus this formula can be used for ritual, prayer, and devotion, either for a specific working or more generally towards purity and beauty of heart and soul and completely apart from any earthly gender or sex considerations.

While this oil is made with biblical/esoteric correspondences rather than traditional conjure ones, it won’t clash or conflict with them and it can certainly be used alongside hoodoo formulas if you want to do that.