Wednesday, September 30, 2015

The History of Santa Muerte

La Flaca (The Skinny One), Nina Santa (Holy Girl), La Calaca (The Skeleton) are just some of the names given to the skeleton saint La Santisima Muerte (The Most Holy Death).

Although she is not recognized by the Catholic Church, her followers consider her a saint. Some believe that she is the Virgin Mary (specifically Our Lady of Guadalupe) representing the way she would look in death. Others believe her to be a representation of the Aztec ruler of death.

It’s believed that Santa Muerte is rooted as far back as to the Aztecs, particularly to the goddess Mictlancihuatl (the Aztec goddess of death) and the wife of Mictlantecuhtli (the Aztec god of death) who together ruled over the underworld and the world of the dead. 

Interestingly, the spider, the owl and the bat are associated with Mictlantecuhtli (the Aztec god of death) as they are with Santa Muerte.  Because she is known as the Lady of the Dead, and for other similarities, she and Santa Muerte are considered one in the same. 

Mictlantecuhtli has been described as a bloody skeleton figure.  He wore necklaces made of human bones and his clothing oftentimes was adorned with bones, teeth and eyeballs.  Mictlancihuatl was viewed in much the same way.  In the ancient Aztec culture skeletons and bones were viewed differently than they are today.  The Aztecs saw them as symbols of fertility, health, and abundance. 

Death was an important part of life to the Aztecs, an extension into another world.  Life went on even after death.  The dead were never forgotten.  Instead they were honored and invoked.  They held special rituals in honor of the deceased which is where, in my opinion, the feast of Day of The Dead started.  They believed that forty days after a persons death the spirit would return.

The beauty of working with Santa Muerte is that she is a complete and total magical system in herself.  This means that she can be called upon for every single need a person may have.  Unlike the Saints and other deities who can only be called upon for issues that are within their particular workings or patronage, Santa Muerte has no limits or restrictions.

Santa Muerte does not separate good and evil.  There is no distinction between the two in her eyes.  Petitions are just petitions, cries for help in time of need.  She will respond to requests of any nature and will never cast judgment upon a person for what they ask or who they are.  Santa Muerte will grant many requests that are shunned by other Saints.
Whether Santa Muerte began as the symbol of the Aztec goddess of death or the representation of Our Lady of Guadalupe will never be resolved.  Today, she represents a strong influence for many followers of the Catholic Church and beyond.  She can be used with or without other spirits and Saints by anyone willing to follow her.  Santa Muerte accepts everyone alike. There are no rules. 

Please see my online course on Santa Muerte for more information.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

In Honor Of St Michael’s Feast Day

The Defeater Of Evil (Revelation 12:7-17) ... The Great Prince (Daniel 12:1-13)

Blessing, Banking, Courage, Dying People, Exorcisms, Fencing, Fencers, Miracles, Healing, Holy Death, Inspiration For New Cures For Diseases, Inspiration For Leaders, Insomnia, Immortality, Music, Mathematics, Medicine, Necessities, Physical Needs, Patience, Peace, Protection, Protection On Water, Protection From Evil, Protection From Enemies, Science, Strengthen Your Faith, Sick People, Truth, And Temptation

Feastday: September 29
Element: Fire
Day: Sunday
Planet: The Sun
Number: 6
Metal: Gold
Direction: East
Incense: Frankincense, Myrrh, Sandalwood
Candle Color: Red, Yellow, Orange
Symbol: A Sword

Litany of Saint Michael the Archangel
Lord, have mercy on us.
Christ, have mercy on us.
Lord, have mercy on us. Christ, hear us.
Christ, graciously hear us.
God the Father of Heaven,
Have mercy on us.
God the Son, Redeemer of the world,
Have mercy on us.
God the Holy Spirit,
Have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, One God,
Have mercy on us.
Holy Mary, Queen of the Angels, pray for us.
St. Michael the Archangel, pray for us.
Most glorious attendant of the Triune Divinity, pray for us.
Standing at the right of the Altar of Incense, pray for us.
Ambassador of Paradise, pray for us.
Glorious Prince of the heavenly armies, pray for us.
Leader of the angelic hosts, pray for us.
Warrior who thrust Satan into Hell, pray for us.
Defender against the wickedness and snares of the devil, pray for us.
Standard-bearer of God’s armies, pray for us.
Defender of divine glory, pray for us.
First defender of the Kingship of Christ, pray for us.
Strength of God, pray for us.
Invincible prince and warrior, pray for us.
Angel of peace, pray for us.
Guardian of the Christian Faith, pray for us.
Guardian of the Legion of St. Michael, pray for us.
Champion of God’s people, pray for us.
Champion of the Legion of St. Michael, pray for us.
Guardian angel of the Eucharist, pray for us.
Defender of the Church, pray for us.
Defender of the Legion of St. Michael, pray for us.
Protector of the Sovereign Pontiff, pray for us.
Protector of the Legion of St. Michael, pray for us.
Angel of Catholic Action, pray for us.
Powerful intercessor of Christians, pray for us.
Bravest defender of those who hope in God, pray for us.
Guardian of our souls and bodies, pray for us.
Healer of the sick, pray for us.
Help of those in their agony, pray for us.
Consoler of the souls in Purgatory, pray for us.
God’s messenger for the souls of the just, pray for us.
Terror of the evil spirits, pray for us.
Victorious in battle against evil, pray for us.
Guardian and Patron of the Universal Church, pray for us.
Guardian and Patron of the Legion of St. Michael, pray for us.
Lamb of God, Who takes away the sins of the world, Spare us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, Who takes away the sins of the world, Graciously hear us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, Who takes away the sins of the world, Have mercy on us.
Pray for us, O glorious St. Michael, That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.
Let Us Pray
Sanctify us, we beseech You, O Lord, with Your holy blessing, and grant us, by the intercession of St. Michael, that wisdom which teaches us to lay up treasures in Heaven by exchanging the goods of this world for those of eternity, You Who lives and reigns, world without end. Amen.
Relying, O Lord, upon the intercession of Your blessed Archangel Michael, we humbly beg of You, that the Holy Eucharist in whose presence we kneel, may make our soul holy and pleasing to You. Through Christ Our Lord. Amen.