SAINT CYPRIAN OF ANTIOCH
According to Catholic Church sources, there are
two men named Saint Cyprian, both of whom were
bishops, and both of whom suffered martyrdom under
Roman persecution. Saint Cyprian of Carthage is
generally endorsed by the Church as an authentic
historical figure, but Saint Cyprian of Antioch
dwells in a shadowy, occult world of lore and
legend, for he is said to have been a renowned
Pagan conjurer, sorcerer, and magician who had
dealings with demons and the devil.
Desiring a sexual relationship with a virtuous
young Christian woman named Justina, he called up
demons to attack her, but she repelled them by
making the sign of the cross. Seeing this, Cyprian
too made the sign of the cross, and was instantly
freed from bondage to Satan and converted to
Christianity. He was baptized, became a deacon,
then a priest, and finally a bishop -- while
Justina, now his friend, became the leader of a
convent of nuns. Both Cyprian and Justina were
persecuted by the Roman emperor Diocletian, who
had them tortured in Damascus and finally beheaded
in Nicomedia on the banks of the river Gallus.
However, the story does not end there, for in his
days as an occultist and sorcerer, Cyprian had
written a powerful book of magic spells, which he failed
to destroy upon his conversion, and which has
appeared in many editions (and in various
languages) for hundreds of years. Thus Saint
Cyprian has the unusual reputation of being the
Saint of witches, conjurers, root doctors, magicians, sorcerers,
and spiritual workers, both good and evil.
In recent times, he has sometimes been called upon
for protection by those working with the folk saint
on the theory that anyone who invokes the aid of such a wild
and unpredictable spirit may need extra help
from the ghost of an experienced sorcerer.
Saint Cyprian is generally portrayed as a middle-aged
bearded man in the garb of a bishop, holding a crozier
(a curved bishop's staff), wearing a purple cloak, and carrying a book.
The label shown here is from a Lucky Mojo brand
Saint Cyprian Novena Candle,
burned by those who wish to obtain the aid of the Saint or invoke his precense.
The same herbs and fragrances used to dress this
candle for customers and clients are the basis of Lucky Mojo
Saint Cyprian dressing oil .
used for anointing oneself, fixing the home,
or feeding a mojo bag.
These herbs and scents also
can be found in Saint Cyprian
rest of the Lucky
Mojo line, this product contains genuine herbal essential
oils, not synthetic fragrances.
Lucky Mojo labels
are adapted from vintage packaging and in many cases
the images are as traditional as the ingredients themselves.
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