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St. Peter's Keys Altar Bottle - Legba, Road Opener
St. Peter's Keys Altar Bottle - Legba, Road Opener
St. Peter's Keys Altar Bottle - Legba, Road Opener
St. Peter's Keys Altar Bottle - Legba, Road Opener

St. Peter's Keys Altar Bottle - Legba, Road Opener

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Wrapped in gold cord encircled with red and gold pressed and Czech glass beads, this colorful altar offering bottle has a "collar" of a hand-hammered sheet metal frame surrounding a Vatican postage stamp showing the keys of St. Peter. Frame hangs from a chain made of small black rosary beads and is embellished with a tiny pewter skeleton key, a pewter coin charm, and a small antiqued-bronze-toned pewter crucifix. Stands just shy of 5 inches with the cork in place.

St. Peter was appointed by Christ as the first pope of the church, and the keys signify his authority as its first prelate and the authority of the church to bind and loose -- basically to open and close the gates of heaven. This is essentially what gives the church the authority to administer the sacrament of reconciliation and thus forgive sins.

This key symbolism makes it easy to see why St. Peter is called upon in some folk traditions and religions to remove obstacles and open doors that need opening. This explains how St. Peter is associated with the lwa Legba in Haitian and New World vodou, as Legba rules all doors and roads. This bottle has been made with appropriate colors and symbolism for a Legba altar or for the folk Catholic or conjure worker calling on St. Peter and/or doing Road Opening work.

Keep your libations for your altar spirits in it, store your incense grains or powders, keep holy water or Florida Water or an appropriate condition oil in it - use your imagination! (Do not, however, try to wash this bottle. This is folk art for your altar, not something meant to withstand being handled as a kitchen utensil, and please keep it away from children and pets!)

All spiritual and devotional pieces are made with care and intent with respect to traditional origins, lore, and practices, all of which I'm happy to answer questions about. If you have questions about customization or anything else, feel free to message me. I love to customize or custom-finish the altar pieces that have found new homes when I take them down from my altars they're residing on and package them up with prayers and blessings to send to you.

SHIPPING / HANDLING TIMES: Please note published handling times, which start at 5 business days and will be longer for large and/or custom orders. Why? Two reasons.

One, I make all my formulas in tiny batches and I work one order at a time. For instance, I don't decant my oil out of the mother bottle into a customer's bottle until an order's been placed. I handle all the stages of formula creation and order fulfillment myself from start to finish and bless each individual item myself for every order.

The payoff for your patience is that you get fresh blends and powerful products made the old fashioned way, by hand and with focused intent, by a worker with 35 years of experience who is paying personal attention to *your* items. And that personal attention is my goal, not one- or two-day turnaround.

Two, I live in the middle of nowhere, seriously. Sometimes the dirt road scares delivery drivers, especially after a storm, and UPS drivers have marked packages I've ordered undeliverable more than a couple of times. The postal service has just plain skipped my house before if they didn't have anything to drop off, so they didn't pick up what I had ready to go out. One of the service crew at my ISP is afraid of my chickens -- stuff like that. So I have to count on time-eating disruptions out here.

LEGALESE: For external use only. Keep away from children. All items are sold as curios and/or for educational purposes in the study of folklore and popular religion. I use these items myself, though - I don't sell anything I haven't used myself - and repeat customers have sworn by my line of traditional formulas since I started selling them online in 2002. Nearly everything I carry is hand-made or hand-blended by me, from recipes I have learned or developed over the course of a lifetime spent around this work.

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