Pinned post: re. Seraphin Station

Updates on items/shop stuff are usually posted to the Seraphin Station blog. So if you’re following this blog but not Seraphin Station, you could be missing news (and rambling) about spiritual supplies and tangibles. Big Lucky Hoodoo will continue to be rootwork-specific, and you can find my services here, but the *stuff* is at the Seraphin Station shop.

You can sign up for the shop mailing list to get a “welcome coupon,” plus I send out subscriber-only offers, advance access to cool stuff, and surveys that I weigh very seriously when I’m deciding what soap to make next or what kind of Rewards Program stuff to set up for y’all.  

I’m gradually updating/editing the existing resources and links here at Big Lucky Hoodoo and turning the old blog posts into actual articles.

Oh ffs – Jezebel root PSA/rant + crash course in rhizomes

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Iris fulva, one of the species whose rhizome is called Jezebel root. Public domain. [1]

This post represents stages of my research today to figure out where the hell something crazy came from. Watch the crazy unfold.

You keep using that word…

Jezebel root is not this…whatever this crap is. Pro tip – the stuff in that picture isn’t a root at all.

Reportedly???

Jezebel root is not “reportedly related to the Iris flower.” It IS the root of an iris flower. But the stuff in that picture? Is not the root of an iris flower. Matter of fact, it looks like that same crap in the first picture. I’m beginning to think an entire segment of the “occult world” has been using tree bark for Jezebel root for a whole generation now.

Pro tip: don’t buy herbs from places where nobody knows what a root looks…

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St. Bartholomew crosses delivery update

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Folks who ordered a St. Bartholomew’s cross talisman to be created during the course of their booked St. Bartholomew altar service:

If you recall, these come in drawstring bags that hold the handmade cedar cross along with some other required herbal ingredients.

Well, the crosses turned out fine. The handsewn bags made of delicate and slippery material? Not so much. These just do not lend themselves to hand sewing easily. They looked like crap 🙂

My amazing mother, God bless her, is bailing me out on these. She picked up the fabric and is going to machine-sew them. They’re gonna go out later than I expected, but they’re gonna look *way* better! So I appreciate your patience with these, and I think you’ll find it pays off.

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Medieval Flowers of the Madonna

This article by Harold N. Moldenke, currently hosted at University of Dayton Marian Library, outlines how the names of flowers and herbs changed over the course of the pagan, Catholic, and then Reformation eras in Europe. It’s a fascinating look into common names and herbal folklore.

September honey jar services

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September community honey jar work starts tonight. As usual, the community jar for prosperity/income/career has a Pay What You Can option.

Bonus rewards points also applicable until midnight Central.

Learn more or book now at Seraphin Station.

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St. Raymond Altar Service: Stop Gossip, Court Case, Peaceful Home, Employment

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San Ramon Nonato, Jose Aragon, American (New Mexico), c.1820-1835
Philadelphia Museum of Art. Public domain.

This work begins the night of August 31, the feast day of St. Raymond Nonnatus, but there is some wiggle room and you absolutely can book late, as long as you see slots still available.

St. Raymond Nonnatus gets his name — which means the not-born — by virtue of his being delivered by C-section. Considering this happened in the early 13th century, it was quite an unusual event (and doubtless quite grisly), but his poor mother died in childbirth and this was the only way Raymond could be saved.

This is where his patronage of pregnant women, childbirth, midwives, and babies comes from. But as is typically the case, there’s a whole slew of additional lore and tradition that has sprung up around him that accounts for many aspects of his veneration today…

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Chicken Coop Sale

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No, we aren’t selling chicken coops! We need to fix ours, stat, so I’ve put pretty much everything on sale for a few days, at both Etsy and SeraphinStation.com, to encourage folks to have a look around and restock any spiritual supplies they might be running low on.

It’s hurricane season on the Gulf Coast, and while we’ve just gotten rain so far (and the slow AF internet to go with it), there’s always something new headed our way. Plus we have two broody hens, and I wasn’t gonna let them hatch any more chicks after our rooster ratio got out of control, but then Joe and Pretty Boy both died in that predator attack and… ugh, it’s just been a really hard year on the chicken front, and I just couldn’t bring myself to try to break them of being broody right now.

This is all to say that…

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Current and Upcoming Community Services

Learn more or book your spot now at Seraphin Station.

St. Bartholomew Altar Service & Talisman – Uncrossing, Protection, Cast Off Evil, Spiritual Cleansing, Road Opening

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This is a three-day service beginning the night of August 24th, the feast day of St. Bartholomew. 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. Bartholomew is the patron saint of bookbinders, butchers, tanners, and cheese makers. Some very brief and pretty confusing scriptural references mean he’s numbered among the original apostles, so we don’t know that much about him as a historical figure. But as is so often the case, rich folk traditions have filled in the gaps.

His strong association with knives and sharp things has a gruesome origin – he’s said to have been martyred by being skinned alive – but today he’s associated not just with the literal cutting of things but also with cutting *through* thingsmore figuratively. So his devotees might call…

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Cor Leonis Community Altar Service + Talisman — for courage, victory, recognition, stamina, healing, power shifts

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Yes, Saturn’s been in Aquarius for a while now. This isn’t new. And it will be there into 2023. And it’s been all stompy and cranky with the lockdowns and restrictions and quarantines. 

But we just had a major, stellarfullmoon, astrologically speaking (forgive the pun), with the moon in Aquarius conjunct beneficent Jupiter and making actually ZERO hard or negative aspects for just a few hours. Pretty rare lineup of lovely, really.Talked about it in the client forum a bit if you missed it.

And right now, the sun’s conjunct Regulus, one of the so-called Fixed Stars, the brightest one in the constellation of Leo, also known as Cor Leonis, or the heart of the lion. This one is all about success, courage, strength, victory. It’s not a super long-lasting conjunction, but wow, is it ever timely right now.

Remember our Saturn-Jupiter conjunction in December? At 0 degrees Aquarius? This was…

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New single-herb sampler packs, herb blends with price breaks for bundles

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I think I finally, finally found a way to be able to afford to sell small packets of powder and small packets of herbs. I had to try out five different potential solutions, but I think the one I’ve got now will work. You’ll see a little widget on the page telling you about price breaks you get at certain tiers, like so:

The issue:

Listing, site, and processing/transaction fees are breathtaking, and many of them are a flat fee per transaction plus a percentage. 50 cents plus 3.5% plus 2% off the top of every transaction is maybe not such a big deal if everything you stock starts at $20 or something, but if you want to offer an array of things under $5, you cannot actually afford to do it sometimes (and this isn’t even considering what it costs per item to list something, or per month…

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