Blessing Amulets of Mary Oracle Set
The Amulets of Mary Oracle is a two-fold oracle, blessing and healing set incorporating various ancient traditions including the Benedicaria, the sacred path of the pilgrim and priestesshood in the Temple of Mary and the sanctification of the ordinary through the blessing way.
The Amulets of Mary Oracle and the Mysteries of Mary Tarot Deck are a culmination of my own conscious spiritual journey of the past 25 years. It incorporates the practise of Sacred Altarmaking, the devotion of the pilgrim to sacred places, the use of holy waters and relics, the creation of sacred oils and elixers and my work as Diksha giver (Blessing giver) and Guru in the Shaktipat tradition of the Great Mother and my devotion to the Blessed Mary.
Recently, through various books (all listed in the Bibliography of the accompanying booklet)
I learnt about the ancient tradition of Benedicaria and the work of a Benedetta. Although I am not born into the Italian culture, my journey as pilgrim did start in Italy with the call issued by Archangel Michael to visit his grotto in Mont Sant’Angelo and I see myself as a modern Benedetta, continuously uncovering more.
The Amulets can be used with and alongside the Mysteries of Mary Tarot cards.
Benedicaria, the Blessing Way, is an ancient
Catholic and domestic folk tradition practised by the Italians in Southern Italy. This tradition is fast fading from modern society, but many of its practises are still part of syncretic worship and devotion.
One who practices the Benedicaria, is known as a Benedetta, or a Wise Woman and a Benedetto, a Wise Man . Benedicaria is a private form of practising your religion and it blends with many domestic practises, such as the blessing of animals and herbs, infusing oils and elixers, creating an altar, using flowers and holy cards for blessings and wisdom.
Benedicaria is predominantly a woman’s practise. A Benedetta has much in common with the goddess archetypes of Demeter, Hestea, Bridgit and even Athena. She is the homemaker, mother, herbalist, gardener, chef and healer. This role is not regarded as of any importance in modern society, but for one who is spiritually aware and who undertakes these tasks with great intent, she understands the spiritual force that is being wielded. The preparing of food is not only a physical act, but a spiritual one. If this is done in love it will bless the family; if done in anger and ignorance, it will curse the family. The motto ‘cleanliness next to godliness’ means much more than meets the eye. When you keep your spiritual space, ie the home clean, you also keep your spirit and its physical space clean.
The physical life and its objects are manifestations and representations of the life and existence of the spirit. Taking care of our physical life is a sacred task and when performed with intent and awareness we realise that the ordinary is indeed sacred.
Every Benedetta will have a home altar and a personal altar. The Amulets of Mary Oracle set can be placed on your altar along with the Mysteries of Mary Tarot Deck.
With the Amulets of Mary blessing set you will receive guidelines for
creating an altar, using coloured candles, how to use the casting cloth,
the holy cards and more.
The novena prayers are an important part of the Benedicaria. A novena is a prayer that is said for nine days consecutively. It is said that the first Apostles prayed for nine days between Jesus’ Ascension and the descent of the Holy Ghost at Pentecost. The number 9 is a very powerful number in numerology (the science of numbers). Usually a novena is accompanies by candles, rosaries and ritual such as sacred shrine making (see my blog http://pathofdivinelove.blogspot.com) for my art novenas to Our Lady of Lourdes. The ancient novena prayers are used in conjunction with all of the above as well as an image of the Saint and those who you are praying for.
It is also practise to include the colour of the Saint or Holy One that you are asking for help.
The Amulets of Mary Blessing set consists of a blessed casting cloth, a set of 45 charms in a small bag, nestled in a tin; a set of holy cards in a linen scapular bag;
an accompanying spiral bound guide book; a small statue for the altar and other options.
Each set is completely unique and one of a kind and cannot be replicated exactly as I use vintage charms, hand cast silver charms and vintage holy cards amongst others.
There are various sets available : some are dedicated to a particular saint or saints; others to Mary and Her apparitions or a specific apparition, etc.
You will find more information on the various available sets at The French Madonna on Etsy.com or on my blog.
The casting cloth has been blessed by touching it to the second and third holy relics of Mary’s sacred chemise and roses from St Terese’s sacred garden, as well as roses from the garden of St Francis and other holy relics. It has also been sprinkled with holy water from Lourdes and Ngome.
On the casting cloth is a hand drawn diagram.
Hail Mary, full of grace,
The Lord is with thee
Blessed art thou among women
and Blessed is the fruit of thy womb
Holy Mary, Mother of God,
oh Rose Queen
Bestow your Blessing upon us
Now and Forever
The French Madonna