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Good Morning, evening and afternoon everyone!
Yeah, yeah I should be writing right now but instead I wanted to talk to everyone today about Saint Expedite.
“Wait,” you might be saying. “Saint? I thought saints were for Catholics and you’re pagan?”
True, the use of saints has been popularized by monotheistic religions, BUT some pagans/spiritualistic people DO use saints in their rituals and in their daily practices such as in Voodoo, Hoodoo (there is a difference), Santeria and Christian Wiccans ( it sounds like an oxymoron but it true) as well as many others that I can’t remember right now.
The reason for this is because many pagan deities were assimilated into Catholicism when the Roman Catholic Church came into power and started persecuting and converting pagans. So the clever Catholics took deities like the Goddess, The Horned God, and other deities and spirits changed them into The Virgin Mary, The Devil and saints. A great example of this is in Hoodoo and Voodoo where they use saints such as Saint Jude, Saint Anthony to represent different loas/spirits as well as still representing the saint as well.
But I digress…
I wanted to talk about Saint Expedite spell that is very useful and that has helped me and my family. For the past few years me and my family have been struggling a lot what with my grandmother’s death, me losing my mental marbles for a few months and my mom and dad going through difficult times with finances and employment. A few weeks ago I remembered a spell that I heard about from M. Flora Peterson, I’ve talked about her before, called the Saint Expedite spell that’s really great for getting things done fast.
According to Flora, one version of the story is, “ The legend goes that back in 1798, a group of nuns from Paris received a crate with the words “spedito” stamped on the side, meaning rush with haste. At that time, when statues and relics of saints were shipped, the name of the saint would be written on the side of the crate, thus St. Joseph would have “Joseph” & St. Francis would naturally have “Francis” on the side and so on. When the nuns opened the crate they found the beautiful statue of a saint. There was no other paperwork or anything else about him included, not even where the package originated from. Only the word “spedito” on the side. Taking this as a Divine Sign, the nuns quickly installed the statue and named him, “St. Expedito”, or St. Expedite.” St. Expedite is prayed to when your prayers need to be “rushed” or sent “with haste” to God. He’s also called upon for:
• Finding a Job
• In all cases when things need to change quickly
He’s a very popular saint in France, Spain and Italy and very popular in Voodoo and Hoodoo root work in the states. To set up an altar to him you need:
- A red or yellow cloth (I used a red pillowcase because that was the only red cloth I had)
- A glass of water
- A red candle with Saint Expedites’ name carved in it
- An image or statue of Saint Expedite (I printed a picture I liked off the web on some hardy stock paper and stood it on a bookend)
Step 1: Now, place your red or yellow cloth on a table or wherever you plan to set up your altar.
Step 2: The Voodoo Hoodoo Spell book by Denise Alvarado suggests setting your altar supplies in a triangle shape with your red candle as the top point.
Step 3: On the bottom left-hand corner you place your glass of water and in the bottom right-and corner you play your image.
NOTE: I also placed some citrine stones in a triangle shape on my altar to make the triangle whole like the image below. Please forgive me for the crappy skill of it; I’m a writer not a graphic artist.
You don’t have to put citrine on your altar like I did. I did it because citrine has great space cleansing properties and I liked the visual look of it.
Step 4: Petition St. Expedite on a Wednesday is best but you can do it any day of the week. Wed. is best because Wednesday is the sacred day dedicated to Mercury/Hermes, St. Expedites’ swift messenger pagan god counterpart (See, I told you).
Step 5: Before you petition St. Expedite, turn the image you have to him upside down because that’s his working position and them light your candle saying this:
“St. Expedite, you lay in rest. I come to you and ask that my prayer be granted. [Insert Your Request] Expedite this, what I ask of you. Expedite now, this is what I want of you, this very second. Please don’t waste another day. Please give me what I ask for. I know your power, I know you because of your work. I know you can do it. If you do this for me, I’ll spread your name with love and honor. Expedite my prayer with speed, love, honor and goodness, Glory to you St. Expedite! Blessed be, So Mote it Be, Amen.”
Write your petition/what you need on a piece of paper and place it under his image or under your candle and do this every day until your petition is answered. Note: You have to be VERY specific with St. Expedite because I know for a fact that if you’re not it will take ten times as long and something will get screwed up in the process…That’s why I had to do this twice.
The first time failed because of many things: I set up my altar on the kitchen table and stuff kept getting piled on top of it which is disrespectful to the spirit your working with, I had my Working Candle (an all-purpose candle some pagans use to boost works) that is dedicated to Aphrodite who I found out after a little research that Aphrodite and St. Expedite(whose Greek counterpart is Hermes) don’t get along very well when being invoked together because both are always vying to be dominate. Lastly, I wasn’t specific enough with my request. I asked St. Expedite to help my dad find a job and he was hired for one…in another city.
So, I set off my computer desk and turned that into a temporary altar, placed my Working Candle back on my main altar and rewrote my petition with some major changes. Great news is that my dad starts his new job, which is 20 minutes away, Monday (yay!) and he’s getting paid almost as much as his last job so hopefully that will help us out greatly.
Make sure that you give thanks to Saint Expedite AFTER he answers your petition and not before. Saint Expedite has been described as being helpful and caring but also simple-minded and childish. If you give him offering before he helps you out, he more often than not, not going to help you.
It’s like paying the dentist before you get your tooth pulled.
After your prayer has been answered, give him an offering of Pound Cake (five slices), pennies (one on each slice), and red or yellow flowers as a
thank you. You must also publish a public thank you to him in a newspaper (expensive) or Facebook (free!). Alverado says that if one doesn’t thank St. Expedite for his help that he can take it away and make things worse than before.
I’ve included some pics of my own altar that I hope inspire some of you.
Thank you, Saint Expedite for helping me and my family.
I hope this post helps many others.