14089_601761076504959_1085195639_n“In Sebastopol,California, at the Flea Market, where i first encountered her image on a novena booklet, which cost $9.00, i asked the old woman selling it, in my broken ugly Spanish: “La Santisima Meurte — la razon por la que? [gesture of praying hands] Por que … oracion? — and she replied, “Matrimonio.”

– Catherine Yronwode, proprietor of Lucky Mojo Curio Co.

Before her image was appropriated for the perpetuation of social myths surrounding drugs and violence, Santisima Muerte appeared in the popular culture as a figure associated with the heart. In the world outside of mass mediated myopia, she has long been known as a protectress of women, bringing back errant husbands and lovers, and making sure that those who strayed too far realized the full consequence of breaking their vows of love.

It was in this guise that Catherine Yronwode, founder and owner of Lucky Mojo Curio Company and a scholar of popular religions, first discovered her in the late 1990’s:

“…in Austin Texas, down at Cantu’s Herbaria, they told me….the long story of how she keeps men faithful to their wives and will kill men who violate the sanctity of marriage if called upon to do so, because her husband was unfaithful to her and she hates all unfaithful men. The shop owner, Mrs. Cantu, even took me in a corner, away from my husband and taught me how you perform a seven-knot spell for La Santisima Muerte — it’s about the same as the hoodoo nine knot spell for a Nation Sack, but you keep the knotted string around her statue, for safe-keeping. And after that, she gave me a Santisima Muerte holy medal as a gift and told me with smiling eyes to not let my husband see it. And down in San Jose, California, at Dos Aguas [sp?] Botanica…women perform a novena to her to keep men faithful.”

Dr. R. Andrew Chesnut often points out that, “all of the anthropological reports from the mid-20th century show Her almost exclusively as a love magician. So, you know, in just a couple decades She’s morphed from love magician to multi-tasker.” Yet even now, with the growing attention that she is receiving as a miracle worker on all levels, it is her red candle which many shop owners find sees the most sales to her devotees. “The red votive candle of love and passion still the #1 selling colored candle in Mexico,” observes Chesnut, and adds that her passion for offerings of sweets makes her the perfect saint for Valentines Day, “Bony Lady, like many of us, loves chocolate, especially since it’s native to Mexico & derives from Nahuatl.”

Within her role as a love doctor we find her sitting close to the hearts of many mothers and wives, and perhaps here we can see one way in which she has spread so quickly and with such fervor. The intimacy seen in the relationship between La Madrina and Santa Muertistas is the intimacy of a close friend, who knows deeply the pains of life and who responds with action and care. Calling on her to rectify a situation of spurned love is surely one of the most intimate requests available, and in the long periods spent in prayers and reciting novenas it is not hard to imagine how closely tied the devotee becomes to the center of devotion. The recitation on the second day of her novena for love asks as much, with:

Saint Death, my great treasure,
never go away from me at any time:
You ate bread and gave me bread, and
as you are the powerful owner of
the dark mansion of life and
Empress of darkness, I want
you to grant me the favour that
___name___ is at my feet
humiliated and repentant
and that he never leaves my
side when I need him, and that
you make me get what was
promised to me.

When she is called upon her actions are swift. In her multi-faceted role of miracle worker she is know to grant powerful blessings for those who seek her aid, and more so in her area of specialty where the return of a wandering husband was not just brought with expediency, but with the full weight of responsibility burned into the act. Suffering pain almost to the death, the irresponsible man was brought back on his knees. As is mentioned in the 8th day of the same novena:

Miraculous and Majestic Death:
I ask that with your immense power
you return my beloved,
____name____. Don’t let him for one minute
be sociable or tranquil
with anyone he comes across; neither with
friends nor with women may he be at ease.
Grant that while sleeping, he thinks of me,
and that he listens to the
words I say to you in his sleep,
and that he does what I ask.

While the prayer is polite in saying that he will be unable to be ‘sociable or tranquil,’ the anecdotal realities of that state are much more direct. Here the abandoned woman is pleading for Santa Muerte to do everything in her power to assure that the man suffers physically and mentally for every second of pain that his absence causes the woman’s heart. He is to face in full the fear and longing that he has caused by carelessly tossing his promises aside for self seeking pleasure.

If we look to the novena as a whole we see that while much of it is centered on the straying husband, elements of it also indicated a longer lasting relationship between the devotee and La Santisima. There is a sense that these prayers sit within a much deeper tradition, however, as with most matters of love. the prying eyes of the indiscreet and curious remain unable to discover the roots of these relationships. It is for those who have held her dear for decades to know her face before she became so famous in the media.

It is interesting to see how, in a similar light, as a fierce figure of social marginalization she has come to chastise the often blindly dominating systems that cause untenable disparity within our society. From neighborhoods through out the Americas, and now in Europe as well, she is emerging as a constant reminder that the social contract has been broken and those in power have wandered away from their duties to the people that they pledge to serve. In a way the politicians, church leaders, corporate executives and other power brokers that have failed in their tasks are no different than the wandering husbands that she was called upon to drag back to their rightful homes.

One wonders as her devotions grow, and more and more prayers are offered to this silent, sanctified figure of justice – how sociable and tranquil will the powers that be remain? and how quickly will they return to their humble tasks of providing guidance to a society fast spinning out of control? It would seem that self-serving interests, no matter what their position in society, will not stand firm very long when faced with the sharp goad of the Powerful Lady’s well tried scythe.

Muerte querida: Yo te pido con
todas las fuerzas de mi corazon,
que asi como Dios te formo
Inmortal, ye poderosa duena y
Reina de las tinieblas del mas alla,
que con ese gran poder que
tienes sobre todos los mortales,
hagas que fulano……. no pueda en
mesa corner, ni en silla sentarse, ni
tranquilidad tenga, deseo que lo
obligues a que humilde y rendido
venga a mis pies y que nunca
jamas se aleje de mi.

Note: Click Here for the entire Novena to Holy Death as provided by the Lucky Mojo Curio Co.

4 thoughts on “Santa Muerte – Saint of Love

  1. Please Holy Mother hear my prayer please keep my boyfriend faithful and true keep his ex out of our lives my he never be tempted by another women may I be the only one he sees keep our love faithful and true I love his son like my own may our love stand strong and true thank you Holy Mother for your intercession love and compassion I ask this out of love I know words cannot express what my heart feels but I ask this out of love of my heart


  2. Por los poderes
    de la tierra,
    Por la presencia del
    Por la inspiración del
    Por las virtudes del
    Invoco y conjuro a la
    Santa Muerte.
    Por la fuerza de los
    ardientes corazones sagrados y de las lágrimas amargas derramadas por amor,
    Para que se dirijan a (OMV) donde esté, trayendo su espíritu ante mi (GSAF);
    amarrándolo definitivamente al mío.
    su espíritu se bañe en la esencia de mi amor y me devuelva el amor en
    (OMV) jamás quiera a otra persona y que su cuerpo solo a mi me
    pertenezca. Que mis recuerdos lo apresen para siempre, por los poderes de
    esta Oración.
    niña blanca, Santísima muerte usa tu poder y aleja a (OMV) de cualquier mujer
    con quien el esté en este momento, si estuviera; que haz que su boca solo
    pronuncie y diga mi nombre.
    (GSAF); quiero amarrar el espíritu y cuerpo de (OMV) porque lo quiero amarrado
    y enamorado perdidamente de mi.
    que el se quede dependiente y esclavo de mi amor, quiero verlo loco por mi
    deseándome ardientemente como si yo (GSAF); fuese la última mujer en la faz de
    la tierra.
    su corazón prendido a mí eternamente, que en nombre de la gran Reina Santísima Muerte florezca
    este sentimiento dentro de (OMV) dejándolo preso a mi las 24 horas del día.
    “OH Mi niña blanca, Santísima Muerte, has de traer a (OMV) para mi, pues yo a
    el lo deseo, y lo quiero deprisa. Por tus poderes ocultos, que (OMV) comience
    a amarme y a desearme a mi (GSAF); a partir de este exacto instante y que el
    piense sólo en mi (GSAF); como si yo fuese la única persona del mundo.
    (OMV) venga corriendo hacia mí, lleno de esperanzas y deseo, que no tenga
    sosiego ni paz, ni descanso hasta que venga a buscarme, y vuelva manso u dulce
    a mí lado.
    Santísima Muerte yo te imploro para que me traigas urgente a
    (OMV). Que me ame y me desee mucho, y venga manso y apasionado como yo lo deseo.
    (GSAF) agradezco a la Santísima
    Y prometo siempre llevar su nombre conmigo. OH! Poderosa mi Niña Blanca, Santísima Muerte,
    Quiero de vuelta a mi amado (OMV), que me entristece con su desprecio, y
    me hiere con su olvido.
    que el olvide y deje de una vez y para siempre, todos los otros amores, y a los
    que nos quieran separar.
    sea desanimado y frío con otras personas, que se desanime y sea frío con todas
    las otras mujeres, que cualquier otra mujer que este con (OMV) se estrese y se
    desencante de el, y quiero que se peleen, y que el salga inmediatamente de la
    vida de ella, y le tome enojo, odio, aversión, rabia y rencor.
    que (OMV) sienta enojo, odio, repulsión y rabia de cualquier otra mujer que
    ande con el ahora, y que ellos terminen esa relación urgentemente. Que el
    se sienta solo, humillado y avergonzado.
    (OMV) venga a mi lado, pida mi amor y mi perdón.
    Linda Poderosa Santa
    Muerte, que en ese momento (OMV) no quiera más andar con
    nadie, ni con sus amigos. Que pase sus días y sus noches pensando en mí, y
    pensando cómo va a hacer para HACERME FELIZ.
    mi Niña Blanca una
    señal, una llamada telefónica, cualquier contacto para yo saber si (OMV)
    piensa en mi y que me quiere, y me quite de esa oscuridad.
    (OMV) hable conmigo, que sienta fuertemente que me echa de menos.
    Usted Santa Muerte es
    fuerte y poderosa, traiga a mi amado a mis pies, para no más salir, y que venga
    corriendo, que deje todo y a todos, y que sólo piense en mi, y en hacerme el
    amor apasionadamente, que me penetre por adelante y por atrás apasionadamente,
    que me bañe con el jugo de su simiente, y que se embriague de lujuria con el
    néctar de mi sexo, que sus labios deseen profundamente lamer la miel de mis
    seños, y solo a mi me haga gemir de éxtasis y placer.
    mi linda y poderosa Niña
    Blanca, Santísima Muerte, yo te pido que con tu grande y fuerte
    poder quites todas las barreras que están impidiendo que (OMV) ame y desee
    locamente y quiera unirse a mi (GSAF). Quiero a mi amado, amándome, deseándome
    y admirándome siempre.
    el no sienta mas deseos sexuales por ninguna otra persona. Que su miembro viril
    solo se endurezca al pensar en mi, o al rozar mi piel. Que su blanca y cálida
    simiente termine siempre sobre mi cuerpo, haciéndome gozar y vibrar de placer y
    amor. Que todos sus deseos sean sólo para mi, que sus pensamientos, gentilezas
    y bondades sean sólo para mí.
    (OMV) quiera de verdad que yo (GSAF) me quede con el, y que el se quede
    además, quiero que Usted, Linda
    Poderosa Santa Muerte, aleje de (OMV) a toda y cualquier otra
    mujer, para que podamos ser felices juntos.
    el sólo sienta atracción y deseo sexual por mi.
    Que el me llame por teléfono, desde mañana y a todo instante.
    Que sienta nostalgia por mi persona, y que sufra lejos de mi y no aguante mas
    ese sufrir.
    que el me busque hoy y ahora. Quiero oír la voz de el, pidiendo verme para
    estar conmigo y volviendo a mi lado para siempre, diciéndome que me ama y que
    me quiere solo a mi. Pidiéndome matrimonio a corto plazo.
    Gracias mi Niña Blanca por el favor concedido.
    Nota copie y pegue un pedido igual a este aquí en 7 altares diferentes y dentro de 7 dias su pedido será realizado.


  3. Love and Death…It could be argued 2 of THE most important aspects of life….IF only we ALL tried a little harder to love more and fear Death less…what a wonderful world it could be.


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