Category:Catholic Folk Saints
From Association of Independent Readers and Rootworkers
Spirit Work is a term that covers a broad range of altar work and prayer as well as magical spell casting in which root doctors may contact or seek the aid of Spirits and Spirit Guides, Angels, Catholic Church Saints, and/or Catholic Folk Saints
Folks saints are spirits and spirit guides who have not been canonized as saintly by the Roman Catholic Church, but whose existence, legends, and assistance are well known to spiritual workers who come from Catholic traditions. Some may not be saints yet but will someday probably be sainted. Others are so outside the pale of the Catholic religion that they can never be admitted to the roster of saints. Variously known as "outsider saints," "outlaw saints," or "banned saints," some of these spirits and spirit guides may also be called upon by conjure workers who are not Catholics, but are spirit mediums or who work within a Spiritualist church tradition.
Petitioning Catholic Folk Saints
Within the Catholic Church, a Catholic Church saint may be designated as a patron or patroness of particular causes or professions, or be invoked against specific illnesses or disasters. In areas where Folk Catholic customs are syncretized with Roman Catholic traditions, a local or culturally important and/or Catholic Folk Saint may also hold patronage over various facets of life, including returning lost lovers, finding lost objects, easing the burdens of the mentally ill, aiding in real estate and house-selling matters, bringing luck and money in a hurry, and ensuring a peaceful home and family life.
The following Catholic Church saints are petitioned for aid by conjure doctors and hoodoo practitioners who are Catholics, or who serve a primarily Catholic client base. Each saint has a story -- and a magical or spiritual specialty when it comes to helping people.
Click on a saint's name to read about the saint, see a picture, and find out what kinds of prayers, petitions, and spell-craft are associated with the saint among Catholic spiritual workers in the folk magic tradition.
Popular Catholic Folk Saints
Dr. Jose Gregorio Hernandez
Dr. Jose Gregorio Hernandez is a contemporary beatified personage who is immensely popular in Latin America. He was a physician in life and died in 1919 while traveling to visit a poor patient in his native Venezuela. (Read More ...)
Maximon (San Simon-Judas)
Maximon and San Simon-Judas are the contemporary names for an ancient Mayan underworld god, Ma'am, which means "Great Grandfather". He is a destroyer of witchcraft, a guardian of agriculture and fertility, and a deity of the heavenly crossroads. (Read More ...)
The Three Magi
The Three Magi, also known as the Three Wise Men or The Three Kings -- Caspar, Melchior, and Balthazar -- travelled far to visit and pay tribute to the infant Jesus and are popularly petitioned around Christmas time for gifts and for luck and for household and stable protection in the New Year. (Read More ...)
Venerable Matt Talbot
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