Saint Agatha's name means "good," and she is said to have been a wealthy young woman of noble birth who lived in Catania during the late Roman empire. When she converted from paganism to Christianity, she took a sacred vow to remain a chaste virgin. Unfortunately, Quintian, who was then the Roman governor of Sicily, desired to marry her, and when she refused, citing her vow of virginity, he orfered her to be thrown into a brothel, where she was forced into sexual slavery. Miraculously, her virginity was restored by God after every sexual encounter to which she submitted. Quintian, seeing that she was protected in this way, next had her confined to a prison.
While imprisoned, Agatha was tortured in a most grotesque way: her breasts were torn off with iron pincers. However, her humility and gentleness succeeded in converting some of her jailers to Christianity. Seeing this, her Roman captors retaliated by sentencing her to death. She was sent the stake to be burned alive, but a miraculous earthquake occured, and she was returned to her cell, never having been touched by the flames. She died in prison on the 5th of February, 251.
Saint Agatha's piteous martyrdom was so well-known during the Medieval and Renaissance eras that many images were painted of her. During that time, the hagiography of Agatha usually focussed on her holding a metal plate or round tray upon which her severed breasts were openly displayed, as in the work shown here of Cariani (Giovanni Busi), painted in 1516-1517. In cariani's image, Saint Agatha bears a palm leaf, signifying Catholic martyrdom, and shows the viewer the breasts that were torn off of her body.
Italian holy cards of the Victorian and modern eras generally conceal the implications of Saint Agatha's terrible physical pain. She is commonly shown standing and fully clothed, quietly touching or pointo to her bosom, all the while surrounded by symbol-laden images such as the palm frond of martyrdom, the white lily of virginity, and, incongruously, in such an idyllic setting, the chains of her captivity, the iron pincers of her torment, and the waiting bonfire from which she was miraculously saved,
In mainstream Catholic practice, prayers for the intercession of Saint Agatha can be somewhat generic and may fail to mention both her trial by rape and her connection to mastectomy and breast cancer. Here is a typical petition, as found on the back of a Saint Agatha holy card:
Prayer to Saint Agatha
O Heavenly Father,
Who raised Agatha
to the dignity of Sainthood,
we implore Your Divine Majesty
by her intercession
to give us health
of mind, body, and soul.
Free us from all those things
which hold us bound to this earth,
and let our spirit, like hers,
rise to your heavenly courts.
Through Jesus Christ,
Your Son, our Lord,
Who lives and reigns
with You, forever.
Here is a specific prayer to Saint Agatha against sexual abuse:
Saint Agatha, you suffered sexual assault and indignity
because of your faith.
Help heal all those who are survivors of sexual assault
and protect those women who are in danger.
This prayer invokes Agatha's's legendary aid against both rape and breast cancer:
Prayer to Saint Agatha
O St. Agatha,
who withstood the unwelcome advances
from unwanted suitors,
and suffered pain and torture
for your devotion to Our Lord,
we celebrate your faith, dignity, and martyrdom.
Protect us against rape and other violations,
guard us against breast cancer
and other afflictions of women,
and inspire us to overcome adversity.
O St. Agatha, Virgin and Martyr,
mercifully grant that we who venerate your sacrifice,
may receive your intercession.
Related pages of interest:
- Catholic Patron Saints for various occupations and conditions
- Gods and Saints as Lucky Figures
- The Relationship between Luck, Protection, Religion, and Magic
- Order Catholic Holy Cards and Prints from the Lucky Mojo Curio Co.
- Order Catholic Statuary from the Lucky Mojo Curio Co.
- Order Catholic Holy Medals from the Lucky Mojo Curio Co.
|Order Saint Agatha Oil from the Lucky Mojo Curio Co.|
|Order Saint Agatha Incense from the Lucky Mojo Curio Co.|
|Order Saint Agatha Bath Crystals from the Lucky Mojo Curio Co.|
|Order Saint Agatha Sachet Powder from the Lucky Mojo Curio Co.|
|Order Saint Agatha Vigil Light Candles from the Lucky Mojo Curio Co.|
|Order Saint Agatha Vigil Light Candles to be set on our Spiritual Altar for you|
Search All Lucky Mojo and Affiliated Sites!
You can search our sites for a single word (like archaeoastronomy, hoodoo, conjure, or clitoris), an exact phrase contained within quote marks (like "love spells", "spiritual supplies", "occult shop", "gambling luck", "Lucky Mojo bag", or "guardian angel"), or a name within quote marks (like "Blind Willie McTell", "Black Hawk", "Hoyt's Cologne", or "Frank Stokes"):
1994-2019 catherine yronwode. All rights reserved.
Send your comments to: cat yronwode.
|Did you like what you read here? Find it useful?
Then please click on the Paypal Secure Server logo and make a small
donation to catherine yronwode for the creation and maintenance of this site.
LUCKY MOJO is a large domain that is organized into a
number of interlinked web sites,
each with its own distinctive theme and look.
You are currently reading
THE LUCKY W AMULET ARCHIVE by cat yronwode.
Here are some other LUCKY MOJO web sites you can visit:
OCCULTISM, MAGIC SPELLS, MYSTICISM, RELIGION, SYMBOLISM
Hoodoo in Theory and Practice by cat yronwode: an introduction to African-American rootwork
Hoodoo Herb and Root Magic by cat yronwode:a materia magica of African-American conjure
Lucky W Amulet Archive by cat yronwode: an online museum of worldwide talismans and charms
Sacred Sex: essays and articles on tantra yoga, neo-tantra, karezza, sex magic, and sex worship
Sacred Landscape: essays and articles on archaeoastronomy and sacred geometry
Freemasonry for Women by cat yronwode: a history of mixed-gender Freemasonic lodges
The Lucky Mojo Esoteric Archive: captured internet text files on occult and spiritual topics
Lucky Mojo Usenet FAQ Archive:FAQs and REFs for occult and magical usenet newsgroups
Aleister Crowley Text Archive: a multitude of texts by an early 20th century occultist
Lucky Mojo Magic Spells Archives: love spells, money spells, luck spells, protection spells, and more
Free Love Spell Archive: love spells, attraction spells, sex magick, romance spells, and lust spells
Free Money Spell Archive: money spells, prosperity spells, and wealth spells for job and business
Free Protection Spell Archive: protection spells against witchcraft, jinxes, hexes, and the evil eye
Free Gambling Luck Spell Archive: lucky gambling spells for the lottery, casinos, and races
Hoodoo and Blues Lyrics: transcriptions of blues songs about African-American folk magic
EaRhEaD!'S Syd Barrett Lyrics Site: lyrics by the founder of the Pink Floyd Sound
The Lesser Book of the Vishanti: Dr. Strange Comics as a magical system, by cat yronwode
The Spirit Checklist: a 1940s newspaper comic book by Will Eisner, indexed by cat yronwode
Fit to Print: collected weekly columns about comics and pop culture by cat yronwode
Eclipse Comics Index: a list of all Eclipse comics, albums, and trading cards
EDUCATION AND OUTREACH
Hoodoo Rootwork Correspondence Course with cat yronwode: 52 weekly lessons in book form
Hoodoo Conjure Training Workshops: hands-on rootwork classes, lectures, and seminars
Apprentice with catherine yronwode: personal 3-week training for qualified HRCC graduates
Lucky Mojo Community Forum: an online message board for our occult spiritual shop customers
Lucky Mojo Hoodoo Rootwork Hour Radio Show: learn free magic spells via podcast download
Lucky Mojo Videos: see video tours of the Lucky Mojo shop and get a glimpse of the spirit train
Lucky Mojo Publishing: practical spell books on world-wide folk magic and divination
Lucky Mojo Newsletter Archive: subscribe and receive discount coupons and free magick spells
LMC Radio Network: magical news, information, education, and entertainment for all!
Follow Us on Facebook: get company news and product updates as a Lucky Mojo Facebook Fan
The Lucky Mojo Curio Co.: spiritual supplies for hoodoo, magick, witchcraft, and conjure
Herb Magic: complete line of Lucky Mojo Herbs, Minerals, and Zoological Curios, with sample spells
Mystic Tea Room Gift Shop: antique, vintage, and contemporary fortune telling tea cups
catherine yronwode: the eclectic and eccentric author of many of the above web pages
nagasiva yronwode: nigris (333), nocTifer, lorax666, boboroshi, Troll Towelhead, !
Garden of Joy Blues: former 80 acre hippie commune near Birch Tree in the Missouri Ozarks
Liselotte Erlanger Glozer: illustrated articles on collectible vintage postcards
Jackie Payne: Shades of Blues: a San Francisco Bay Area blues singer
Lucky Mojo Site Map: the home page for the whole Lucky Mojo electron-pile
All the Pages: descriptive named links to about 1,000 top-level Lucky Mojo web pages
How to Contact Us: we welcome feedback and suggestions regarding maintenance of this site
Make a Donation: please send us a small Paypal donation to keep us in bandwidth and macs!
OTHER SITES OF INTEREST
Arcane Archive: thousands of archived Usenet posts on religion, magic, spell-casting, mysticism, and spirituality
Association of Independent Readers and Rootworkers: psychic reading, conjure, and hoodoo root doctor services
Candles and Curios: essays and articles on traditional African American conjure and folk magic, plus shopping
Crystal Silence League: a non-denominational site; post your prayers; pray for others; let others pray for you
Gospel of Satan: the story of Jesus and the angels, from the perspective of the God of this World
Hoodoo Psychics: connect online or call 1-888-4-HOODOO for instant readings now from a member of AIRR
Missionary Independent Spiritual Church: spirit-led, inter-faith; prayer-light services; Smallest Church in the World
Mystic Tea Room: tea leaf reading, teacup divination, and a museum of antique fortune telling cups
Satan Service: an archive presenting the theory, practice, and history of Satanism and Satanists
Southern Spirits: 19th and 20th century accounts of hoodoo, including ex-slave narratives & interviews
Spiritual Spells: lessons in folk magic and spell casting from an eclectic Wiccan perspective, plus shopping
Yronwode Home: personal pages of catherine yronwode and nagasiva yronwode, magical archivists
Yronwode Institution: the Yronwode Institution for the Preservation and Popularization of Indigenous Ethnomagicology