Charm For A Sprain

For A Sprain
"As St Agnes went over the moon to the mountain of Moses, she fell and her foot turned. But sinue to sinue, and bone to bone, God makes all right to him who has faith; and be thou healed, O man, in Jesus' name. Amen. "

Kathryn Paulsen, The Complete Book of Magic and Witchcraft, 1970, 1980. p111

Myth's Notes

The above cure is not Italian, it's actually a variant of the Charm of the Sprain. Variants of this verbal healing charm were found all over the British Isles. However, I've included it because this variant mentions "St Agnes went over the moon." It is a phrase I've always found intriguing and odd since St Agnes is not especially--to my knowledge--associated with the moon or saintly translunar journeys. St Agnes of Rome was the patron saint of virgin girls, as well as purity and chastity.

There were definitely Scottish practices associating her with divination. On January 20, Saint Agnes' Eve, Scottish girls would meet in a crop field at midnight, throw grain onto the soil, and pray:

Agnes sweet and Agnes fair,
Hither, hither, now repair;
Bonny Agnes, let me see
The lad who is to marry me.
I wonder if this variant of the Charm of the Sprain is Scottish? Likely it does come from the British Isles, but where Kathryn Paulsen collected it from isn't clear.

Nevertheless, I have used the St Agnes variant of the "Charm of the Sprain" to create a version invoking Aradia.

As Aradia flew over the moon to the mountain of Diana,
she fell and her foot turned.
But sinew to sinew, and bone to bone,
Luna makes all right to those who believe.
Be healed in Aradia's name.

Recite this charm over an injured area while wrapping it in a bandage. --copyright 2010 Myth Woodling

Charm of the Sprain

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