Tuesday, September 24, 2013

St. Anastasia Protectress Against Poisons, Patroness of Weavers

In my portrait of St. Anastasia, so far, I have golden weaver birds because she is the patron saint of weavers. She was an exorcist, so her apothecary cabinet says "Satana, Ipse Venina Bibas" translated- "Satan, Take the Poison Yourself". The first two herbs in the jars on the shelf are mugwort and plantain, the first two herbs of the ancient Anglo-Saxon nine herb charm that was an antidote for snake poisoning. Growing in the background are to angel trumpet plants, very toxic, highly poisonous plants that remain under her watchful care.

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