The use of Talismans and other objects to tempt and sway the spirits is not new. But apparantly in this current real estate market there is a new use for Saint Joseph - the patron saint of home and employment. Home sellers are burying a St. Joseph statue by their house in the hope that it will spur sales.
Here's the story:
After three real estate agents, two price reductions and nearly a year with no offers on their town house in Las Vegas, George and Katherine Grodin turned to a higher power for help. They bought a 4-inch plastic figurine of St. Joseph and placed it upside down in their patio with hopes of breaking their home-selling slump. The Grodins are still waiting to feel the effects of St Joseph's real estate power but as the real estate market continues to flag, a growing number of the faithful -- and the desperate -- are embracing the odd ritual of burying St. Joseph to clinch a quick sale. Real estate agents are snapping up ST JOSEPH statue HOME SELLER selling Kit saint house figurine for would-be clients.
The interest in St. Joseph, the husband of Mary, has a history in the real estate world. During the real estate busts of the 1980s and 1990s, agents and homeowners revived the tradition, which may date back to medieval Europe. As the story goes, a group of nuns received a needed parcel of land for their convent after burying their St. Joseph medallions and praying to the saint for aid.
My thoughts here: I am a believer in amulets and talismen but they must be treated with respect. When I first read the article on this, what struck me was that the Grodins had Saint Joseph upside down. Why upside down? I would have placed him upright and in my home's window or near the threshold. Placement and treatment of talismens are as important as the amulet itself.