Celebrating Other Spirituality 365 Days A Year – St. Vitus’s Day

Celtic Comments & GraphicsJune 15

St. Vitus’s Day

Vitus is the patron saint of Bohemia, and one of the Fourteen teen Auxiliary Saints. Early legends have him as a child martyr from Lucania or Sicily. However, the later myths retell of his life as an adult. The most popular story has him being boiled in oil, thrown to lions, and stretched on the rack, only to emerge unscathed and die peacefully at home in Lucania. He was said to have caused or cured the Tanzwut, or dancing mania, in which wild leaps and gyrations, often to music, led to mass fainting, especially among girls and young women. This spectacle has often been compared to the hysteria that takes place at modern rock concerts. His legacy remains as “St. Vitus’s dance,” the name given to the nervous disorder or disease technically known as Sydenham’s chorea. Vitus is the patron saint of dancers, and his emblem is the fighting cock.

Daily Feng Shui News for Oct. 28th – ‘St. Jude’s Day’

When I was a young girl, my mother would tell me to say a prayer to Saint Jude whenever I had any sort of troubling concern. She promised that no matter how big the worry, Saint Jude would take care of it. He is, after all, the patron saint of Lost Causes and has been known to help those who are in despair. Since today is ‘St. Jude’s Day,’ I want to take the opportunity to thank him for all his aid and assistance! I have absolute faith that Saint Jude will intercede almost as soon as he is invoked. But instead of calling on him for help today, I just want to celebrate him and his graceful ways. St. Jude reminds us that we are never alone — at least not as long as he or I have anything to do about it!

By Ellen Whitehurst for Astrology.com

Daily Feng Shui For Nov 1 ~ ‘All Saint’s Day’

Today’s ‘All Saint’s Day’ honors the nearly 10,000 saints canonized by the Christian church to date. All Saint’s Day was originally celebrated in May but was moved to early November to offset the perceived paganism associated with Halloween and tomorrow’s ‘Day of the Dead.’ Regardless of when you celebrate them, asking the saints for their intercession is always a good thing. Of late, I have found myself invoking Saint Basil, patron saint of Causes and Justice. Saint Basil also assists in righting wrongs, especially where legal cases are concerned. The specific ritual assigned to invoke Saint Basil says to light three red candles before asking to bring the right remedy to the concerning situation. After blowing out the candles and when your prayers have been positively answered, you must then thank Saint Basil for his attention and assistance. Can I get an amen?

By Ellen Whitehurst for Astrology.com