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Category:Orthodox Folk Saints

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A Byzantine mosaic depicting The Three Magi presenting their gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh
A Byzantine mosaic depicting The Three Magi presenting their gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh

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, Catholic Folk Saints, and/or Orthodox Folk Saints.

Orthodox folk saints are spirits and spirit guides who have not been canonized by the Orthodox Church, but whose legends and assistance are very well known to spiritual workers who come from an Orthodox tradition. Many figures are of biblical origin while others are of historical significance to the development and spread of Orthodox Christianity. While these spirits and spirit guides may not be official saints of the Orthodox Church, some of these spirits can be called upon by rootworkers who are not Orthodox but are spirit mediums who work within the Spiritualist church tradition.

The following Orthodox Folk Saints are petitioned for aid by conjure doctors and hoodoo practitioners who are Orthodox, or who serve a primarily Orthodox client base. Each one has a story -- and a magical or spiritual specialty when it comes to helping people.

Click on a folk saint's name to read about the folk saint, see a picture, and find out what kinds of prayers, petitions, and spell-craft are associated with the folk saint among Orthodox spiritual workers in the folk magic tradition.

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 ...)

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