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What Santa Muerte Can Teach You

Updated on February 9, 2016
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Nightcat is a practicing witch who loves to write about Wicca and many of the Gods and Goddesses she’s had the pleasure to encounter.

She Will Draw You Deeper Into Her Mysteries

Much like this daylily, once your journey with La Santisima begins she will draw you deeper and deeper into both her mysteries as well as other teachings.
Much like this daylily, once your journey with La Santisima begins she will draw you deeper and deeper into both her mysteries as well as other teachings.

Inspired By Another Journey

I was really touched by a video Owlglass30 did about death being a teacher. And in his various videos he also talks about La Santisima becoming the angel of life for you, and all these other things that make her sound pretty dang wonderful, and do you know something? She is.

In my experience her teachings can lead to transformations and most often these are slow and subtle. So natural that they seem normal. But that's how magic works, remember? It usually isn't thunderclaps and lightning. It's usually subtle. And as I work with the black, red and white aspects most of all (she threw in some New Age colors to lure me in) I'd say it is a subtle, deep and nurturing energy. Since I more or less belong to the black aspect I'd also say it has a comforting hint of underworld energy. Very tranquil and steady.

But you're here to learn what she can teach you, and although I took a more literal approach to the excellent advice in the video, it turns out anything. Now I don't mean you can skip medical school and she will make you a cardiologist, but I do mean that like any good teacher she does a heck of a lot more than you realize until years later.

Hopefully she has called you here so you can start your transformation and become a more healthy, happy and vital you. As mine would say, you have to show up in your own life then the lessons can begin.

As always any writing and photography are my own original work. Any videos are used for educational and entertainment purposes only. If you wish to have credit and a link or something removed, please let me know.

Queen Of Shadows

Pagans can find comfort in the fact that she is there for us, night or day.
Pagans can find comfort in the fact that she is there for us, night or day.

She Will Speak To You In Your Dreams


To prove this, I'll share a dream since my black robed beauty often answers our pleas in them. One of my problems as a pagan is contemplating the afterlife. I believe there is one, and that our gods and spirits will dwell with us, but where, you know? And I have a very vivid dream last night that a man had visited my house to either deliver something or make repairs (it was either Anubis or Malverde joining in) and then I looked at my home and it was amplified.

Every kind of machine that could deliver soda, or treats, or hot food was there, all very black and chic and très elegant. There were all these lights of various kinds in brackets by the doorway and the rooms were three to four times bigger, shrouded in a comforting velvety darkness and lit with blue light. The air was cool and clean and there was a feeling of luxury and wealth. Not to make a show, but the natural abundance La Santisima always gives with. Mi dulce muerte was telling me in her own way that she will always provide for me and my dwelling will be with her forevermore.

Many people have met her first in dreams or visions or working on the astral plane. However you meet her she can and will use dreams to sweetly reassure you, or remind you to do a little better next time.

She Owns Everything, And Gives In Abundance

Get it a-bun-dance? Seriously though, she will always give you comfort when you need it. This little fellah or lady showed up right outside my front door.
Get it a-bun-dance? Seriously though, she will always give you comfort when you need it. This little fellah or lady showed up right outside my front door.

Santa Muerte Incense

1 X Santa Muerte Gold - 120 Sticks Box - Darshan Incense
1 X Santa Muerte Gold - 120 Sticks Box - Darshan Incense

I keep a box of this scent on my altar for a twofold purpose. One, as a scent offering and two as a statue of sorts as the box has a lovely photo on it, it also comes in several other popular scents sure to please both you and your lady.

 

La Flaca Can Speak Through Animals


She has a serious affinity for our furred, feathered and scaled friends. Insects as well. She may send moths not as some warning of doom, but so our little brother or sister can remind you that she will always provide for you. It's really rather wonderful to have one of her huge beauties land on you and she truly seems to enjoy moths of all kind and butterflies. And no, this isn't poaching on her part. I don't think Divinity's facets guard animals associated with them tooth and nail.

And birds! Don't be surprised if birds and other animals just suddenly like and trust you. Partly because that as you walk with her you yourself will become calmer and more tranquil. But La Santa will send all kinds and many will have a message for you. And you will just know it and it doesn't have to match that bird or animal. Mine adores all sorts so if I told you the types they include every feathered brother and sister we have. Owls, certainly, crows, sparrows, woodpeckers, quails, vultures, hawks.

She will also use snakes, serpents, any animal. Now how she does this I can't pretend to know but she will. And you will just know your animal friend is carrying a message from her and know what it is. I truly believe she loves all of life, and why wouldn't she, and all living things respond to her.

Let Her Spirit Move You

Got Ouija? Any sort of magic, be it contacting spirits, health workings or prosperity can get a boost from her nurturing assistance.
Got Ouija? Any sort of magic, be it contacting spirits, health workings or prosperity can get a boost from her nurturing assistance.

La Dulce Muerte Can Enhance Your Magic


Whatever type of magic you do, and whichever aspect you work with, she can enhance your magic. As you have no doubt noticed she has one way of being seen that gives her a glorious rainbow of colors to help folks tune in to whatever need they wish to work on. In that case blue (azul) is for wisdom, black (negra) is for protection and anti-hexing and white (blanca) for healing and so on.

Or you have seen the statues, my, the endless number of statues. La Santa in wedding dresses, with babies, protecting children, seated on a throne, with dragons. You get the idea her cult was founded by Pokémon collectors, but it doesn't have to be confusing. You don't even need a statue if you can't afford or have one for whatever reason and she will still work with you.

For example, I am currently rereading a book for a possible review and therefore doing certain things related to it. While my Santisima Muerte enjoys my tarot cards in her black or white aspect, the black claimed my black mirror which she absolutely adores for her own, and yes, she will see to it that I use it. And she can enhance any magic, I'm looking at you sister and brother kitchen witches. Anything you do, so long as it isn't of a evil nature she will help you with. If you are doing evil magic like getting revenge on people and not justice, trying to kill people, whatever, it is not her you are working with. But if you turn from a negative path she will welcome you back with open arms.

Death As A Teacher: The Inspiring Video

La Santisima Will Lead You To Self Acceptance


We all (well, most of us) come to La Santa with emotional baggage. I don't mean we are all the walking wounded, but somewhere in our pasts we were excluded. Maybe for our skin color, or our sexuality, our weight, our height, or belief system. It doesn't matter, we were left out. For me both halves of my family wished me and the opposing parent dead. I was taught I was dirty and wrong for being an all-American mutt.

And, unfortunately, although both parents tried to undo the damage, it stuck. So I wanted nothing to do with the spirits or gods of other cultures. Even my "own" cultures as I wasn't "pure". Which, by the way, was stupid. We are all one race, the human race, and one culture, a global one, so get over it, haters.

But back when I was stupid, I loved my gods and although I see no color, I felt different, apart, and very much alone. Well, if you talk to your gods/desses they have a way of insisting you not only belong to them, but you are part of whatever culture they come from and this shouldn't surprise us.

It was the norm among most cultures at one time to adopt outsiders. They became whatever the specific tribe or culture was, full-stop. Kind of like, to me at least, the moment you come here you are American and I don't care if you flew in from Mars.

But, she will teach you to accept yourself as you are. To enjoy being you. Not to be prideful or boastful about it, not to use it as a weapon to incite hate, violence or intolerance of any stripe, but to see that really, you are a spirit in a body, and that spirit has no color or nationality, you simply are you, and she will show you that in the most wonderful way possible.

Skulls Symbolize Abundance And Fertility

For the Aztecs that worshipped her as a lord of the day, the underworld goddess, the one who oversaw celebrations for the dead, the skulls and skeletal visage attributed to her promised abundance, life and good health.
For the Aztecs that worshipped her as a lord of the day, the underworld goddess, the one who oversaw celebrations for the dead, the skulls and skeletal visage attributed to her promised abundance, life and good health.

La Santa Muerte: Unearthing the Magic & Mysticism of Death

La Santa Muerte: Unearthing the Magic & Mysticism of Death
La Santa Muerte: Unearthing the Magic & Mysticism of Death

So newly released that I haven't had a chance to get a copy yet, but this book looks promising. I always try and read everything on her and look at every book at least once as even the worst books have something to teach us. My advice would be to read everything you can get your hands on and choose what works best for you.

 

Death Will Lead You To Life


The first thing most people who don't work with death goddesses ask is "Why?" Why would you want this grinning grim reaperess who is actually the goddess Mictecacihuatl anywhere near you? She has a reputation as being vengeful, possessive and endlessly demanding. Sort of all the mean things people say about Ezili Freda or most goddesses, come to think of it. But you will want her near you because death is in life and life is in death, and as her scythe reminds us, our own Santisima can take us at any time. In an instant. In a very positive way she is reminding us to embrace life for when she takes us it is final.

You may very well find that your life over time becomes simpler, because she will teach you balance if you ask for it, but your life will also be more serene and far more enjoyable. You will cook the foods that nourish you and take joy in that cooking if she rules your kitchen. You will take pride in making a beautiful home. (Don't freak, you can still make chocolate cake and sleep in an unmade bed, she isn't a task mistress.)

I did not say marble floors and gold faucets will appear in your home. Yet no matter how humble your dwelling she can bring an energy that makes it tranquil and beautiful. And you, for your part, will be inspired to keep it so, and in doing be much healthier and enjoy it more.

You may feel her giving you gentle nudges over your health, your finances, whatever you need to ease into a different way of being and with her you will succeed. Keep in mind to keep in touch with her as it is her love that powers you through the tough times and helps you maintain your bliss.

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The Lady Of Shadows Can Make You Fearless


I honestly didn't say that to scare you. But she dislikes fear. Of herself or of anything in your life. We can all worry about the future, it's natural and to an extent it's healthy in that it keeps us from spending our life savings in five minutes or dancing skyclad on highways. But fear and worry that start to rob us of our contentment today? She will not have it. And although she may have to work the longest on fear, she will work at it until one day you realize you are calm like she is.

I can't tell you when it will come, only that it will. She will work at it regardless of the aspect you work with, though her black aspect seems to take a special joy in routing fear, and she will help you reach a state of contentment that does not require any effort.

You will work with her and when you are really with her, really connected to her some of her bravery and fearlessness will rub off on you. She will give of her confidence and self-assurance and you will walk taller. If you wish to see her empowering you with these things, that is fine too.

Yes, That Is Homemade Soup

I used to think chicken soup involved opening a can and putting a spoon in it. Now it can be a three day process. You better believe she can teach you and transform you into a craftsperson as she does.
I used to think chicken soup involved opening a can and putting a spoon in it. Now it can be a three day process. You better believe she can teach you and transform you into a craftsperson as she does.

She Will Change Your Life, For the Better


My advice is to invite this beautiful lady to take over the parts of your life you wish to transform for the better. And, over time, you will. I have her on my hearth and in my kitchen because I could never click with hearth and home gods and goddesses, I just couldn't. But with her? My idea of chicken soup, and this is relevant, went from a can with a spoon in it to a three day process that goes from fresh chicken to a roasted bird, to soul soothing perfection. Because I feel, and you will too, like an artisan no matter what you are doing.

For me I needed to take pride in my photography as well, so she is in charge there too. She can turn you into a skilled craftsperson who takes pride in his or her work. It will not happen overnight, and you have to show up and do the work, but it can and will happen if you work with her. Come on, pagans all know the fluffy goddess who just hands us things is not out there. She is generous, good and warm-hearted, but you have to show up in your own life.

And it is very empowering to have that sense of pride in everything you do. To craft everything from your morning coffee to anything else you make with pride. To do anything, with that extra care, no matter how mundane the task. Heck, you will come to love your work, whatever that is so long as you ask her to help you. Because you will actually give a darn about doing a good job. It will be about pride in hand-crafted goods, whether it is making spreadsheets, being a chef, painting a house, it doesn't matter. It truly is not about how much money you are making or not. You feel better about yourself and it shows. Suddenly people won't be able to steal your bliss because it will always be there.

Ever Regal, Ever There

OK, she doesn't have a big cat legend per se, but she is certainly as dedicated a protector as one and you will not fall as she carries you.
OK, she doesn't have a big cat legend per se, but she is certainly as dedicated a protector as one and you will not fall as she carries you.

In Closing


We will all get the lessons we need from her as a teacher the moment we need them. Some days your lesson may be that you have to get out of bed and face the world even when you want to hide under the covers. Some days it might be try again after countless failed attempts. Those are her instant lessons of sorts. That nudge she will give you to keep going.

But over time she can give you deeper teachings. Teachings that make you a better person because you will have faced your weak spots and, over time, strengthened them. You will have faced your fears and seen them for the illusion they are. And while our learning never ends, she is always there, the patient teacher willing to help the student who thirsts to learn. You will learn to love and accept yourself as you are even while you strive to become a better you. May your journey with her be a rich and rewarding one.

Wonderful Video On Her Black Aspect

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      Nightcat 19 months ago

      My pleasure! I think you''ll find them useful and feel free to stop by anytime

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      Satans Crow 19 months ago

      Thank you for your reply. I plan on reading everything you've written on Santa Muerte. Your thoughts are food for thoughts.

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      Nightcat 19 months ago

      Hello, Satans Crow! She is a wonderful Lady indeed! I was called by her black aspect myself. I work with the three oldest colors mostly, that said, she seems fond of her other statues as well. She is still the same Lady, regardless of what colors she wears, but the black aspect is pretty tough on us when we need her to be. Hence all the scary stories about her on the Internet. She can be aggressive, but she is also very loving and sweet when lesson time is over. White is good as well, whatever you are called to. Even if people would put out a book of rules and formalize things she would be the first one not to listen! There is no telling Death what to do. Thanks for visiting!

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      Satans Crow 19 months ago

      Hello. I appreciate your thoughts on this topic. I am new to Santa Muerte, maybe two months into new but I have fallen, head over heels for the Bony Lady.

      I have been a Satanist for the last 40 years or so (a theistic Satanist who say's Satan is female ) but since learning of Santa Muerte, I feel like my mother has sent me to live with my grandmother. I am, both confused and amused by the circumstance.

      I now have an altar set up to Santa Muerte and she is teaching me things I've never been able to get into before_ such as ritual magic.

      I would love to talk to you about this dark and wonderful saint.

      She's very interesting; you may doubt the existence of Gods but her reality, no one doubts. That gives her, one up on all the other contenders, I think.

      At any rate, Grandma is wild.

      I have an instant respect for the traditional colors too. Some of the others are nice but in terms of doing rituals, I prefer simple to complex. The actions of making petitions, offerings and prayers is simple too, it doesn't involve me calling upon things or doing things that have no place in my view of the cosmos.

      I also like that there is no centralized rule in devotion to Santa Muerte_and I pray it stays that way_that is part of her charm, for me.

      I hope you are there. I really want to talk about this chick.

      I too feel called by The Black but I heeded the tradition and started with The White. I don't have any statutes yet but I want one. I saw a silver pendant online I liked but I didn't particularly want a pendant. I had a dream, a few days later that convinced me Santa Muerte wants me to get one so now, first chance I get, that's what I plan on doing.