saints days catchup

Yeah, so I missed St. Barbara on Dec. 4th.  What can I say.  It’s been a busy couple of weeks.

I missed St. Nicholas too, but you can probably find info on him easily.  He was Dec 6th.

I missed a lot.  I’ll have to catch them next year.  I can’t skip Lazarus though — his feast day was Dec. 17th, and he is considered by some the patron of housewives, lepers, and those with smallpox.  Much of this comes from an early conflation of the resurrected biblical Lazarus, brother of Mary and Martha, with a leper named Lazarus in one of Christ’s parables.

Lazarus is syncretized with Legba in voodoo and with Babalu-aye in Afro-Cuban strains of the diaspora. 

I make Lazarus and Barbara oils, btw; for a complete list of current formulas, go to — there’s a lot there that isn’t up at the ebay store.

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