I am a survivor of domestic violence, and I witnessed Nuestra Señora de la Santa Muerte on May 14, 2018, the day I died. Santisima Muerte is the personification of death, she is associated with healing, protection, and safe delivery to the afterlife by her devotees. I had always been a strong believer but that night, I became a devotee. 

I had long heard stories about Mictecacihuatl and her wide variety of powers including love, prosperity, good health, fortune, healing, safe passage, protection against witchcraft, protection against assaults, protection against gun violence, and protection against violent death. 

You see from April 2017 until May 2018 my abuser was systematically poisoning me with ground castor beans. The beatings, and verbal and emotional abuse weren’t enough. “Gollum” wanted more. He wanted my two life insurance policies and my trust designated for nonprofits. He wanted it all!

My body was failing me. I began having seizures. Yet he denied me medical attention. Finally, that night in May, it became clear that it was now or never. When the ambulance arrived I could not speak. I no longer had the power to. Same with my motor skills. They couldn’t get a pulse on me twice in the ambulance. 

They brought me into the ER where I flatlined twice more. That’s when I saw her, la Niña Blanca in all her white light and glory. I felt as if the whole room was lit, majestic and bright. I felt her approach and the heat radiating off of her singed my eyelids. It was as if she was letting me know, “not yet.” The fragrance of roses and lavender filled my tiny room. 

I was the girl who only had a 1% chance to survive the night. I was the girl who had made peace and was not afraid to go with Mother Death. I was the 10th generation Wata’én:naras atóhnhets ratironhia’kehró:non who was surrounded by ancestors and spirits the majority of the time. I was the girl who walked out of that hospital on my own accord and strength. I was saved by Santa Muerte Blanca and have been a strong devotee ever since that day. 

I thank her daily with offerings. My senses have all been incredibly heightened and I feel, actually believe, that she has given me the gift of being able to walk between the veil. 

Dedicated to Patricia Chambers

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