In the Catholic tradition, St. Joseph is the patron saint of home and family. As I have recently learned… St. Joseph is also associated with real estate, and if you are a seller, and need a little divine intervention, all you need to do is bury a little statuette of the saint, and say a prayer.
The statue-burying tradition likely started with buyers, not sellers: nuns during the Middle Ages buried St. Joseph medals on land they hoped to get for a convent. The practice is also connected to German carpenters who buried statues of Saint Joseph in the foundations of the houses they built. But in these modern times, the custom is said to have originated in the U.S. back in the 1970s.
When it comes to the actual burial, things are a little murky. Sources Say You Should:
- Bury him near your For Sale sign. (Makes sense.)
- Bury him 12 inches deep. (Or not.)
- Bury him close to the road, facing it, as a sign that you’re leaving the house soon.
- Place him upside-down so that he will be motivated to free himself by getting your house sold. (This strategy suggests your prayers tell him he’s stuck until the job is done.)
- Bury him right-side-up, facing your house/lying on his back, pointing towards your house/close to the back of the house, or near any backyard flowers.
- If you’re selling an apartment or condo, you can use a flowerpot, with or without plants, placed on a deck or windowsill.
- Or if you just don’t like the idea of burying a saint, you can place him in your home, in view of your For Sale sign. (To remind him to get your house sold.)
Then, sources agree, you need to say your prayers. Ask for the saint’s intercession when you bury him and pray to him every day until the house is sold. When your house sells, retrieve the statue from the ground and take it with you. Some instructions say if you leave St. Joseph buried, no one will live in the house for long because you’ve stuck it in a sale-and-purchase loop. In any case, leaving him in the ground seems ungrateful. Much better, and recommended, to find him a spot in your new home as a show of thanks. Perhaps where he has a nice view.
If you need one of these little statuettes to help boost your sale prospects, the online Catholic Shop sells a St. Joseph Statue Home Selling Kit for $12.95… A garden spade is not included. http://www.catholicshop.ca/
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