Today is ‘Saint Joseph’s Day’ and I’m reminded of the many anecdotes regarding people having real estate success by calling on him. The legend goes that burying a statue of Saint Joseph upside down in the front yard will unearth a new buyer, resulting in a satisfying sales contract. If you’re currently trying to sell real estate and think you can use a cosmic assist, go ahead bury a small statue of St. Joseph head down in the ‘Helpful People’ area (front right-hand corner of your yard) and then keep the faith. Can I get an Amen?
By Ellen Whitehurst for Astrology.com
February 3 – Daily Feast
These are no longer ordinary times, and many circumstances we thought would never change, are changing. The innocent times, the good natured humor of life has been covered over with suggestive jokes empty of meaning. The ground is shifting under our feet and we are having to learn to walk a new way. Few things are permanent. We are born of change, but we still have to keep a commonsense attitude or we can lose our footing. We need to prove, long before we accept something as fact, that it is true. If it is right, it can be proved. Much is a mystery to us. But to the Tsilagi – Cherokee – silence is golden. We speak little and listen long. Words are important in songs and in ceremonies – and in general conversation as well. It is wise to save words and use them only when they can be effective.
~ Good works do not last long until they amount to something. ~
‘A Cherokee Feast of Days’, by Joyce Sequichie Hifler
18 and 19 September
Laguna Indian San Jose Day
During the late Summer and early Fall, the southwestern part of the United States supports an array of fiestas that honor various Catholic saints and feature elaborate processions, markets, dancing, and entertainment. The Laguna festival honoring Saint Joseph is a prime example. The pueblo of Laguna, some 45 miles west of Albuquerque, New Mexico, was established in 1697. Soon after, a Catholic mission was built there and became the official site of the festival. The origins of the festival have been lost over time, but more than likely they revolved around the mission’s patron Saint Joseph and the plentiful late Summer harvest. Today the festival still attracts thousands of people for the two-day celebration. The fiesta begins with a procession for Saint Joseph from the mission to the fairgrounds, which is followed by a noontime harvest and corn dance. After the official opening of the festival, the adults flock to the enormous market for the exchange of local products and food, while the children enjoy carnival rides and games. The fiesta concludes with demonstration dances performed by local Indian tribes and the return of the statue of Saint Joseph to the mission.
Celebrating Wiccan Spirituality: Spells, Sacred Rites, and Folklore for Each Day of the Year
By Lady Sabrina