Ss. Cosmas and Damian service for petitions related to health and healing (both physical and spiritual), casting off evil, removal of crossed conditions, and protection from plague and other illness.
Cosmas and Damian were twin brothers who were practicing physicians in the 3rd century and treated their patients at no charge, hence their title of “unmercenary” or “silverless.” They have different feast days within different churches and denominations, and in the Orthodox church, in fact, there are considered to be three distinct sets of saints named Cosmas and Damian. Of course they all have different bios and feast days, as well. As with most saints from the early centuries of the church, there’s very little or nothing in any historical or archaeological record about their lives — we have rather to deal with legend (and subsequent mystical revelation, in some cases).
But these brothers who were doctors, twins, and ultimately martyrs, have for centuries had the reputation for interceding for the faithful who called on them for healing, and numerous miracles have been attributed to them. They are also the patrons of twins, surgeons, and pharmacists, are widely venerated in Brazil as patrons of children in general, and in some houses and temples, are associated with the lwa the Marassa.
Work begins Thursday, May 13th, but this altar setting will be worked and available for the whole time Jupiter is in Pisces this go-round — about 2.5 months, until July 28th — so you absolutely can jump in late as long as you see slots still available.
This round or phase runs through the end of May, but you’ll have the option of booking/renewing/extending for the next round with no interruption a little closer to that date. My goal is to try to speak to everyone participating in the initial phase before the end of the month to work with them on articulating, identifying, imagining, obtaining, and/or creating their own very particular and very personal “lucky stars Jupiter good luck charm” that they can have going forward. This will be potentially quite time consuming work that I’m not being compensated for, so that’s why I want to bookend it with a definite cut-off date.
What’s This For?
So this is a great opportunity to sow some seeds now for what you’d like to see take flight in this realm next year when Jupiter spends most the year in Pisces. Jupiter’s at home in Pisces, so this is great big benevolent Jupiter energy – wisdom, the intuitive search for the truth, spirituality. We can get a booster shot of faith and optimism now that we’ve finally gotten shut of some Saturn energy that’s been weighing on us for a couple of years now. And Jupiter in Pisces is just plain lucky – an excellent “good luck charm” transit. What’s kind of rare here is that Neptune is also in Pisces at this time, and together, Jupiter and Neptune co-rule that sign. Jupiter’s urge towards expansiveness and Neptune’s urge towards larger social and mystical vision can combine for some crazy big magical opportunities, especially those related to Neptune’s wheelhouse.
You don’t apply for certain types of jobs because (fill in your demographic) never gets those jobs? *This is when you should flout the odds and apply anyway.* Nobody in your family has a lick of psychic ability and you’ve always thought your tarot cards might be deliberately messing with you? *Time to call them on it and figure out what’s going on.*Found your dream home but your annual income is missing a few zeroes you’re sure you’d need to get financing? *They just might overlook that strictly by the book stuff this time* – might as well ask Jupiter to send a little of that expansive benevolence your way.
If there’s some burden or limitation or restriction you’ve always thought you’d never get out of from under, you’d never get ahead of, this is the time to suspend that cynicism or resignation and see what’s possible, see if you can get some leverage or hint of fresh air in the next couple of months that might change your perspective and give you an enlarged sense of what might be possible in 2022.
Pay What You Can
Because Saturn and COVID both have been kinda breathing down our necks and trying to crowd everything else out of our spaces for a while now, I’m offering this as a pay what you can service.
If you can pay the regular rate, great! If things are finally looking up for you and you can afford to pay the extra donation rate, or you want to make a donation to fulfill a vow of offering to a saint or spirit, that donation rate helps offset some of the costs I’m absorbing otherwise.
But if not, no worries – if you or someone you know needs a booster shot of Jupiter luck and abundance but money’s tight, it’s fine to book the reduced rate option – that’s what it’s there for. As long as I have a solid handful of participants and I can at least break even on materials used/consumed in performing the work, I don’t mind donating some of my time to help folks who are in a tight spot and need some help.
How It Works
This service will be conducted somewhat like a honey jar, though the container will be containing other things specific to these planetary energies. But much like a honey jar, your petition and any personal concerns you send (e.g. photos, documents) will be added to the jar and the jar worked on a very specific schedule for the entirety of the time period covered by the service.
Once I’ve got everything set up, I’ll send out a notification email that will contain an invitation to the client Discord server if you’d like to join. That’s where in-progress photos and discussion can happen. (I don’t discuss workings in progress or send updates on an individual basis to participants in community altar work, but I will join a conversation or answer questions that are posed on the client Discord server.)
You’ll also get a link to my client calendar. It will show you key dates and times that you might choose to take advantage of on your own, as well. For instance, you might want to time a spiritual bath to coincide with a planetary day/hour or astrological event. I will occasionally make suggestions for things like this, too.
If you want to book on behalf of a friend or loved one, that’s fine for this type of work, even if they don’t know about it.
I will set the first light on the prepared jar on the evening of Thursday, May 13th, so it’s ideal to get your petition in before then. However, there is plenty of wiggle room and you *can* join up after the work starts.
Have a vigil light set and worked on my Jesus Malverde altar in community altar work service beginning on Monday, May 3rd, which serves as the feast day of this folk saint. 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.”
Jesus Malverde, also known as the Angel of the Poor or the Generous Bandit, is a folk saint who is said to have lived and died in late 19th/early 20th century Sinaloa, Mexico. His reputation as a sort of Robin Hood figure began before his death, as the legend has it; he targeted the rich, redistributed the money and goods he stole to the poor, and basically spent his life on the wrong side of the law but by all accounts on the right side of morality.
While many details of his life and death are the stuff of legend and as such unverifiable and certainly prone to dramatic embroidery, what’s undisputable is that he has a solid reputation for responding to the prayers and petitions of his devotees, especially those who find themselves running afoul of the law due to poverty and corruption.
Since the 1970s, he’s gained greater notoriety in the public eye as a narco saint — the patron saint of drug dealers and smugglers — and that is how many folks beyond the borders of Mexico who hear of him categorize him, increasingly so since the 1990s. But to dismiss him as merely a narco saint and his devotees as drug kingpins and criminals is to ignore the lived realities of the faithful in a complex world where things aren’t always so black and white – where sometimes breaking the law is the right thing (or the only thing) to do, where justice isn’t blind, where the distribution of wealth is immoral, where there is government corruption and the police aren’t always on the right side of the law – humanity’s or God’s.
His devotees petition him to have enough food for their children, for safety in dangerous lines of work (including but definitely not limited to smuggling), and to get them out of legal difficulties, as you might expect from a bandit folk saint. But they also tell of how he miraculously cured their illnesses, returned lost or stolen property, even helped them get *off* drugs and get their lives on firmer footing.
His reputation as a narco saint has blossomed only over the last 40 or so years and not without a good bit of help from the media. His reputation as the Angel of the Poor and the Generous Bandit, however, long predates the sensationalist “narco saint” appellation, and as a folk saint, there’s a lot more to him than this. So it would be appropriate to petition him for pretty much anything related to living a life that is in some way “on the margins” or precarious or dangerous. It would also be suitable to use this service as an opportunity to “introduce yourself” to Jesus Malverde if you’ve been thinking you wanted to learn more about him but haven’t begun working with him yet.
If you are experiencing financial difficulties, you do not have to pay for a spot in the vigil service in order to have your name and petition included in my prayers and offerings to Jesus Malverde on May 3rd. You can simply submit your name and petition via the intake form and in place of the service/order #, type “jesus malverde prayers only.” There is no cost for the prayers-only option, though if you’d like to, you can make an optional donation in any amount you wish to help offset the cost of time and materials used, and in this case, I will set at least a votive light for you to burn for a few hours, depending on the number of reduced rate/pro bono requests I get for this service.
I’ve been doing some sort of pro bono or reduced rate/pay what you can service every month since COVID began to help those who need spiritual help but can’t afford to book private services. And I’m happy to present your petitions and pray for you as part of my own thanks to Jesus Malverde. Remember, when Jesus Malverde answers your prayers and grants your petitions, you should “pay” the saint by making a donation to the poor. Don’t protest that you are the poor and therefore you’re exempt from this duty – there’s *always* someone poorer than you. You must participate in the spiritual economy, which with Jesus Malverde is always already a financial one as well, and approach him with open rather than closed hands. Make sure you keep your side of the bargain!
Please note that community altar work services do not come with individual readings/reports, though I will post at least one photo of the work to the Discord “forum” for clients, which you’ll receive an invitation to after you book your vigil service spot.
If you’d like to make a donation to help offset the cost of pro bono and reduced rate services that I provide for folks experiencing income instability and career challenges during this COVID mess, you can do so here. (Offsite PayPal link)