Memorial Day Sale

Memorial Day is a somber celebration, and as a veteran — with many veterans among my ancestors and other beloved dead — I encourage you to take a minute over the holiday to set a light, say a prayer, and/or make an offering for those who have given their lives in service to their country.

You can use the coupon code for tangible items at SeraphinStation.com. The sale is set up shop-wide at Etsy, so no coupon code is necessary.

Bonus rewards points at Seraphin Station until midnight on June 1st.

New: St. Expedite Altar Kits

St. Expedite altar in a box – contains almost everything you need to get set up to work with this popular saint, patron of procrastinators, techies, hackers, couriers, travelers, those burdened by red tape and obstacles, and those needing fast luck or money.

Standard and deluxe versions available. Both come with a 24-page booklet of instructions and prayers.

Read more or order now at Seraphin Station.

New Beginnings: Sun Conjunct Mercury in Gemini Service – begins May 21

Have a glass-encased vigil light fixed, dressed, blessed, set on my altars, and worked continuously for you in a community altar work service for the upcoming Sun-Mercury conjunction in Gemini.

Lights will be set the night of May 21. 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.”

Sun-Mercury cycles are four months long, framed by the Mercury retrograde period. This Sun-Mercury conjunction initiates a new cycle, taking place just after the Sun enters Gemini, so it occurs at 0* Gemini. The degree of 0 in a sign initiates huge, strong, and often rather raw new energy.

Mercury is exalted in Gemini. Add the Sun conjunction and you’ve got a rare and fabulous opportunity to kickstart or breathe new life into projects or intentions involving communication, mental or manual dexterity, travel, writing, anything to do with the media, curiosity, and/or open-mindedness.

What’s This For?

  • initiating a difficult conversation you know you need to have
  • success in situations or activities that requires you to think quickly and/or with agility
  • upcoming travel opportunities
  • launching a new marketing campaign
  • selling a new idea or strategy to others
  • clarifying and articulating complex ideas or feelings
  • kickstarting a new creative project
  • giving a fresh burst of energy to an ongoing work or research project
  • successful writing and/or speaking engagements

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 client Discord “forum,” which you’ll receive an invitation to after you book.

Read more or book now at Seraphin Station.

22nd Lunar Mansion Talismans: escape, healing, allies, personal power, stop gossip, breakup, discord

22nd lunar mansion talismans will be created shortly before midnight on 18 May 2022. Quantities limited – to ensure you get the one you want, get your orders in by 11 p.m. Central.

Two options: the regular talisman made with paper, herbs, fabric, minerals, and wax, or a wearable talisman made with a Mercury dime. Current clients can get a coupon code in the Discord server.

The 22nd lunar mansion is good for healing, escape, leaving things behind/getting free, and binding tongues/stopping gossip. It can be used to create goodwill between people and help you form alliances, or to separate partners and cause discord, depending on intent.

Escape and freedom can be figurative, like escape from a toxic situation or a crappy job or getting freedom from stress. It’s also good for the safety of fugitives and the release of prisoners.

Its essence has to do with personal power and speed, though it’s not good for situations related to loans or weddings. To a certain extent, it can be said to help you escape from some of the consequences of your actions, if you have something going on where that applies.

I have often said “talismans do what they do,” but in this case, if your intention for this talisman has to do with creating discord, causing breakup, or crossing, I’m gonna handle those just ever so slightly differently, so I prefer to have you state your intentions clearly for those. And I’m only making a few of them, so there won’t be a ton available after their creation.

Will ship with care and feeding instructions. Read more or order now at Seraphin Station.

EDIT: See the product description page for current available stock. The Mercury dime version is sold out. I have two talismans dedicated to breakup and discord available, but I will only sell them to you if I already know you or you come with references.

Ascension Day Cleansing/Blessing bath herbs

Get a packet of Ascension Day bath herbs at Seraphin Station.

There’s a lovely Italian tradition relating to the Madonna of the Baths (patroness of the region’s numerous hot mineral springs). This annual blessing and cleansing at the Feast of the Ascension is under her aegis. The Feast of the Ascension is on May 26th this year.

So if you can get your hands on clean, unsprayed, food-grade roses and mint, this is a nice little cleansing and blessing rite you could do with those.

If you can’t get your hands on fresh, organic roses and mint, I have made a blend of dried mint leaves and rose petals available in the shop as Ascension Day Bath Herbs.

The Bath Rite

On the day before Ascension Day, gather rose petals and mint leaves before dark and put them in a bowl or basin of water. Ideally, this would be spring water, but since most of us don’t really have fresh springs anywhere near us anymore, use whatever makes sense to you and is sanitary here. Traditionally, you would invoke the blessings of the Madonna of the Baths, praying and asking her to bless the roses and mint as you added them so the water will bless and sanctify the body.

Leave the basin outside under the sky all night, and in the morning, wash with the water for spiritual cleansing and blessing.

Additional Uses and Considerations

It is nice in a full bath as well, and it can be used in home washing/cleansing, but I will tell you from personal experience that it does *not* keep well AT ALL. If you bring it inside and refrigerate it, you could very well still get mold pretty quickly, so unless you want to preserve it with a sufficient ratio of ethanol or some other real preservative, you should divide it into portions and freeze it if you want some for later. (And frankly, the scent is extremely delicate and light – ethanol would probably completely obliterate it.)

Mint in hoodoo is well known as an uncrossing, purifying, and protective herb that deals with troublesome people and troublesome spirits. But I’ve found that mint is especially good for troublesome thoughts as well — stuff like anxiety loops, negative internal dialogue, invasive thoughts. It can kind of short circuit that stuff.

And rose, although commonly thought of as a love herb, is also an herb of blessing. It’s strongly associated with Mary, and beyond that, has deep associations with many figures of the Divine Feminine in religions and cultures throughout history, across the globe. In some folk traditions, it’s used to clear up negativity and crossed conditions around your love life, and it finds its way into blends for psychic vision, protection, friendship, and general luck, as well. (Though if I wanted to use this for protection or home cleansing, I’d probably add a handful of basil, personally. And if you did that, you’d actually have a pretty good Peaceful Home blend, too, come to think of it…)

It’s especially useful for matters related to *self* love – self esteem, self confidence, and self-forgiveness. As such, it pairs with mint to give you a blend that can help remove negative thoughts and negative influences in the realm of love, absolutely including self-love, self-esteem, internal dialogue, all that kind of thing. And then of course the Madonna of the Baths is associated with healing.

Read More

Read more about the bath herbs, or order some now, at Seraphin Station.

Learn more about the Madonna of the Baths via Storie di Napoli.

Hear a traditional folk song for the Madonna of the Baths (and read a traditional prayer, as well, if you can read Neapolitan) via Italian Folk Magic.

Saint of the Month: Joan of Arc

Saint of the month for May 2022 is St. Joan a.k.a Joan of Arc. “The Maid of New Orleans” is invoked for courage, personal empowerment, spiritual power, resilience, overcoming obstacles, and defeating one’s enemies. She’s the patron saint of military servicemembers (especially female ones), prisoners, and people ridiculed for their faith. Her feast day is May 30th.

Looking to spruce up your altars, add to your chaplet or holy card collection, or just learn more about saints and spirits in folk Catholicism? The Saint of the Month box gets you a hand-picked and handmade bundle of saints’ goodies selected for you and shipped to you.

Whether you’re just starting to learn about saints and spirits in the hoodoo rootwork tradition or you’ve been working with them for years, I strive to delight you with something new and covetable to add to your collection with every box. (I have some pretty neat stuff squirreled away.)

This gives you a chance to get something new for an altar or to be introduced to a saint you haven’t worked with before, and it gives me an excuse to do things I’m always wanting to do but end up putting off, like taking an afternoon to design a new chaplet I’ve been wanting to make for a while.

The standard box includes, at a minimum, a bottle of oil, a candle, a holy card or mini prayer booklet, brief history and recommendations for working with the saint or spirit, and a charm, medal, or curio. The deluxe box adds a fixed, dressed, and decorated glass-encased vigil candle and a handmade chaplet, rosary, or necklace. Very unlikely that any two will ever be identical or that all of this stuff would ever be available to purchase individually.

Saints and spirits may be chosen from the traditional Catholic “roster” or may come from various folk traditions. If you have suggestions or requests for particular saints or spirits to feature, I’d love to hear from you! Drop me a line from the contact form or just leave a comment somewhere.

Read more or order your Saint of the Month box at Seraphin Station.

Contact and intake form update

I’ve fixed the problem with the contact and intake forms.

The contact form issue was resolved by going back to the old form and the old form host. Important: This means that the host we were using to exchange messages after your initial form submission *no longer works.* I still have the record of the convo, and I will contact you without going through that platform if I need to reply. If *you* need to reply and hitting “reply” doesn’t work, just send the email to support @ seraphinstation.com instead.

The intake form issue was resolved by getting rid of intake forms entirely. Now, when you want to book a service or need to provide customization info, you should see a form right there on the product or service page that you will fill out *before* checkout. This means fewer boxes to fill out, as well, since the whole thing will be part of your order and so I don’t need you to retype your name/email/etc. or look up your service order number.

This is pretty much what I spent last week doing (sigh) so I really hope that *this* time, I have found a solution that will work and keep on working for more than a minute. But if you run into any issues, please let me know so I can figure them out for you.

As you can imagine, I made very little progress on the backlog due to having to put out *this* fire, but I’m back to working on the backlog now 🙂

Jesus Malverde Community Altar Service starts tonight

Have a vigil light set and worked on my Jesus Malverde altar in community altar work service beginning on Tuesday, 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!

Read more or book your spot at SeraphinStation.com.

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)

website forms broken – here’s a workaround

Wow, today is glitch city. I’m working on fixing this thing now too. Just hang on to your petitions until I figure this out. Or if you want to be away from the computer for the rest of the week, and/or other worst case scenario, just email to services@seraphinstation.com.

I’ll post an update or a workaround as soon as I can.

update 7:30 p.m. Central:

I’m waiting on a help desk ticket. In the meantime, please use the following older intake forms as a backup until I get this sorted out.

Community spiritual services (e.g. community honey jars, St. Joseph service)

Private light setting services

Spiritual First Aid sessions

Contact form/general queries

Customization info form

Shipping hiccups continued (and explained)

I posted the other day about shipping hiccups, but I think I need to spell this out in plainer English, ’cause some folks aren’t getting it. I wrote that there’d been a pretty significant monkey wrench thrown into the works with our shipping workflow, and I elaborated:

When I say it involves a “monkey wrench,” I really mean it involves dog teeth. And a Houdini pit bull. And lots of growling. And a very frightened postal service worker. And some reports that she made to her supervisor. And the fact that nobody living on this property currently has a car that is safe to operate.

The post office folks *will not pick up packages at this address anymore.* In fact, they will no longer get out of the vehicle for any reason. When we have packages coming here that won’t fit in the mailbox (which is almost a mile away), they will sometimes deign to drive up here and honk the horn, and we can hope we’re in earshot and able to drop everything at that exact second in order to get out the door and into their field of vision before they leave. But we aren’t always able to do that, and they don’t even always deign to drive up here and honk the horn. And our packages have this kind of thing written on them:

And that’s just not even what things are like around here, and that postal service employee knows it, but it doesn’t matter – she reported Scary Dog Incident to her supervisor and her supervisor did his thing, and this is probably all just SOP.

But it has turned all my shit upside down and created a big old stress-fest and logistical nightmare.

When will I receive a package containing the materials I need to fulfill current in-house orders and booked services? Who knows.

When will the order I packed up and printed a shipping label for actually get onto a USPS truck/get scanned? Who knows.

To say I’m feeling the frustration as well is a massive understatement, ’cause if I have 30 packages in a bin by the door right now, odds are great that one of those customers is going to freak out, decide the policies/TOS don’t apply to them, and start making demands that I couldn’t fulfill if I wanted to. Meanwhile, another will decide that I never had any intention of sending their stuff and I set up all this whole elaborate and expensive website and social media facade just to fuck with them personally and steal their $40 from them.

Meanwhile, I’m busting my butt trying to get everything in place so that I can resolve all of this crap for good by once again owning a car that I can drive to the post office and anywhere else. And that would definitely go more smoothly and more quickly if people would stop freaking out, start reading policies/TOS and following directions, stop blowing up my inbox, and for the love of all that’s holy, stop putting in freakin’ disputes and chargebacks.

And those of you who *are* being reasonable and calm, I appreciate you so much! I assure you, nobody will be happier than I will be to see the ass-end of this mess. Ugh.

May Community Honey Jars Start Tonight

May community honey jars for prosperity/success and for love/relationships start tonight.

The prosperity/success jar has Pay What You Can options.

Learn more or book your spot now at Seraphin Station.

3X bonus rewards points are available through Tuesday night at midnight Central time.

PLEASE NOTE: As of today, for some as-yet-undetermined reason, some adblocker browser extensions are blocking the widgets for the rewards program. So if you can’t see the notification about bonus rewards points and/or the widget to go to your rewards program dashboard, check your adblock settings and see if that fixes it. If not, please let me know.

St. Joseph the Worker Candle Service & Novena begins tonight – free options

Have vigil lights set and worked on my St. Joseph altar in a nine-day community altar work service beginning on Sunday, May 1st, the feast day of St. Joseph the Worker.

I will begin a nine-day novena and chaplet recitation to St. Joseph on this same day, focused on petitioning his intercession for the unemployed, the underemployed, those whose income is or could become unreliable or unpredictable, and those struggling to find dignity in their work. Your petition/intention will be included daily in my novena and chaplet work.

You do not have to book a spot in the vigil service in order to have your name and petition included in my 9 days of novena and chaplet prayers. You can simply submit your name and petition via the intake form and in place of the service/order #, type “joseph novena prayers only.” There is no cost for this option (though if you’d like to, you can make an optional donation in any amount you wish).

Lights will be set on Sunday, May 1st. 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.”

St. Joseph is the patron saint of fathers, foster parents, carpenters, craftsmen, travelers, immigrants, and families and workers in general. He has two feast days in the Western Catholic calendar, and this one focuses specifically on his patronage of workers. 

Learn more or book your spot now at Seraphin Station.