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Santa Muerte for Witches


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.

Mictecacihuatl or Santa Muerte?

Many pagans fell La Santisima Muerte is Mictecacihuatl, the Lady of Mictlan reaching forth as a folk saint.

Many pagans fell La Santisima Muerte is Mictecacihuatl, the Lady of Mictlan reaching forth as a folk saint.

La Santisima Muerte!

Who is Santa Muerte? Every day more and more witches are encountering La Huesuda, the Bony Lady. Is she Mictecacihuatl, the Aztec goddess of the underworld come into the modern age? (I've also seen her given Incan and Mayan roots.) Is she La Parca, the Spanish grim reaperess brought over to shock and awe those the Spanish forced into conversion? One of the countless faces of the Goddess?

Or is she her own unique being? There are many ways to view her, some positive, some negative, though readers should note those with negative views of La Nina Blanca, The White Girl, also tend to hold rather dim views of the poor, gays, social outcasts, people of Mexican decent, pagans and witches as well.

So come meet the sweet lady who may be calling to you in dreams, in signs, in pop culture. Come see the gentle grim reaperess for who she truly is. A devoted lifetime companion who offers guidance, love, protection and prosperity, but will still give you a good cosmic swat when you need it.

NOTE: Just because I mentioned prosperity does not mean Santa Muerte will manifest in your home throwing oodles of money around with wild abandon. Remember to many witches and pagans she IS Goddess, and when is the last time Goddess did that in circle?

Please Note: I am not affiliated with any church of Santisima Muerte or any other group that works with her. I'll include my story and you can judge my experience for yourself. I am entirely self-taught, or rather Santa Muerte taught, so anything I share here is what works for me. If your ways work for you, do them instead.

Like the intro photo? I owed her a photoshoot of her statue posed with one of her beloved cats. If you want to snag something for personal use, be my guest. But for internet use please give credit where credit is due. As always if you own the copyright to any material herein and want credit and a link or something removed, please contact me.

Mictecacihuatl, Lady of the Dead

Admittedly, her first color was white, but she more or less accepted this statue in her newer seven colors pattern,

Admittedly, her first color was white, but she more or less accepted this statue in her newer seven colors pattern,

Santa Muerte Myths

These make my blood boil, she couldn't care less. Like my statue?

  • Santa Muerte is not evil! The only thing anyone should be using her black robes for is protection and hex smashing. People who try to use her for negative uses sooner or later find her scales of justice are no longer in their favor.
  • She is not the Christian devil. I think a lot of this rumor stems from xenophobia and ignorance to be honest.
  • She is not jealous. So many people say she will chase all your other spirits out and be very greedy. She is the total opposite. Since she arrived everything is better in my life and the spirits adore her. If anything, she insists I see to the others and is very nurturing to them.
  • She is not greedy. Heck, you don't even need an altar. She is the saint who defends the poor, the homeless, the outcast. Big altars are nice but not something she will demand. (Unless of course you promised it!)
  • Santa Muerte doesn't need her grim reaperess aspect if you can't face her that way. If her grinning skull upsets you you can substitute angel or an image of a beautiful woman. She is very loving and sweet. You won't upset her feelings if her skeletal features are too much for you to handle.
  • She NEVER refuses anyone, ever. She might be in a mood to paddle your naughty little butt if she doesn't like how you are living your life (she dislikes cruelty and evil) but she will never, ever turn you away. So yes, she will work with drug dealers, but not to the point of helping them hurt other people. She will protect anyone who turns to her in good faith and is the saint of infinite chances and will give anyone chances to make amends for their past.
  • Santa Muerte will not force a blessing on you. Like all spirits, by and large she believes in free will. If you refuse her help she won't force it on you. She may plead with you or show annoyance like any mother with a broken heart if you refuse her help, but she will never force you to take it.
  • She will give you justice, not revenge. Although it is part of being human to want revenge, often in excess of the hurt done to us, that is not her specialty. She will certainly get you justice or help you rebuild your life, but only the beautiful lady with the scales gets to dispense punishments, OK?

Santa Muerte is actually the most loving and sweetest spirit I've ever met, in any robe color she is still the same beautiful lady to me. She can be serious at times, but it is only because she has an important message to give you and is worried for you.

A Witchy View: Santa Muerte Moves North

I love his views and insights. His views on the Catholic saints alone are priceless, no offense meant of course. But she entered my life in the Spring and even in May as well, so I love this.



She can be complex. Mine is usually sweetly loving, quite the girly girl to the point where I sometimes stare at her. She loves her pretties and anything I get for her that I like better pass her inspection. You have never seen anything worse than a girly melt-down because she dislikes anything she considers ugly. In this mood, all her statues must be pretty-pretty, lacy, delicate, cuddly.

That said, she has a protectoress side too. And the protectoress LIKES scary images and laughs like crazy at the exploitation horror flick using her, so like anyone else, she is complex. Some people assign different personalities to each robe color, but to me she is still Santa Muerte, regardless of the color she is wearing or the mood she is in.

For me, she uses the colors to signal how she is feeling, but it is still her. She favors black, grey or white robes for showing her protective side, green and pink for loving nurture and so on. But she also wears her other colors for various reasons.

I mentioned a good cosmic swat and she will hand them out if I go too far, but because she knows I need it. I have a very loving family member who will throw me a pity party, and of course I start being a total diva. Santa Muerte is not about to tolerate that from me, and she will give me dreams or other signs to remind of exactly who she is and to call me on the carpet.

Yes, non-pagans our Goddess does call us to account for what we do and she won't tolerate anything that will end up hurting us in the long run. Plus I was a total witch and had my scolding coming, after which all was forgiven and she embraced me warmly.

She Is Addictive: La Santa Muerte

See what I meant about wanting more and more pretties for her? She is just such a sweetheart you will want everything you see. Plus you get to dress up statues and make pretty altars, she was made for witches.

La Santisima Muerte Negra

Black, along with white and red are her three oldest colors. But regardless of robe color, she is still the same Goddess.

Black, along with white and red are her three oldest colors. But regardless of robe color, she is still the same Goddess.

Shopping? Things to Know Before You Go

Santa Muerte swag is more addictive and numerous than Beanie Babies and Pokémon put together. If you have it in your home, chances are it can be replaced or blinged out with Santa Muerte swag, and there is something about her that will make you want it all now.

Prices vary wildly and only you and your Santa Muerte can choose what works best for you. For instance, I find tea candles work just fine, some people buy seven-day candles in her colors, some want them with the picture and art of her which cost more, and fixed candles are the most expensive.

The same thing goes for altar statues. You can buy everything from tiny one-inch statues to carry in your pocket to massive life-sized statues. Just please, for the love of Goddess, pace yourself. I know, I know. With news of her roadside altars being razed and the Roman Catholic Church condemning her as the Christian devil you can feel a strong urge to get everything now. But trust me, she is seen as pretty much equal to God in power by perfectly good Catholics who work with her, so she isn't about to be hurt by mere mortals, and the only thing destroying her shrines does is make people love her that much more.

In my experience, I have to work hard to make sure I'm giving her what she wants, not what I insist on giving her. She's so very sweet and gentle she won't protest my choices, but she's only truly happy when she gets the things that please her, which tend to be simpler and less expensive than I would pick, go figure.

I don't want you to think she is picky. She will take anything given with love. But she will give hints as to what she likes, maybe a picture from a magazine, or online, maybe an old Halloween or Samhain decoration you have lying around.

Santisima Muerte Q&A

He has worked with her for a very long time. Please note he is pagan, so you might find his advice very different from the Catholic guides to the saint you got a hold of. But I agree with him Read EVERYTHING! You will suss out what makes sense to you and what doesn't.


Why Does She Have So Many Colors?

Just like Goddess has a rainbow of colors, so does Santa Muerte, and yes, you can go ahead and treat her as a face of Goddess and get fantastic results. I'm pagan, for example, so to me she is indeed Mictecacihuatl. Each color usually has several associations based on experience, borrowed from hoodoo, Wicca, Santeria and other sources.

For example, red can mean romantic passion and performance, but it can also mean romance and be used to bring emotional stability. Black is a hex smasher, used for personal protection, and to send back magical attacks. You will find your own Santa Muerte will like various colors more than others, but she is usually happy to agree to any you need such as pink for love, amber for curing drug addiction, purple for healing and so on.

My Santa Muerte picked out the colors for her kitchen altar, a place she insisted on being. I picked out a lovely statue of her in rainbow robes for instance, since rainbow or seven colors is her robe for everything.

Well the listing said red, and the Santa Muerte that arrived was dressed in jet black. My Santa Muerte sort of grinned at me and said she liked white and black for her main altar statues and no Rainbow Brite wanna-be was going to protect anyone from anything. Then she smoothed out her jet black robes and just looked at me. Point taken. (She adores rainbow-colored robes, she's just a bit snarky at times.)

Black is her hex smashing and major protection color along with white, and no, a black statue will not ruin or pervert your white statue no matter what some people tell you. She is a good girl no matter what colors she wears, OK? Just be respectful of other folks beliefs but keep in mind it borders on the old belief that white people were good and-

But colors can pick up new associations, and she gets new colors seemingly daily. For example, let's say I only have a plaid scarf and I wrap a statue of her in it to dress her nicely, and she does something I ask her for such as healing without her regular healing color such as white or purple being present. She has just picked up a new color, or color combo. People literally dress her in anything and she responds happily.

But as with everything it depends on who you ask. For those pagans who work with her in a more Aztec aspect, she has three colors, white (the oldest) and red and black. That is it. To me I respect all views, it is just a matter of what works for you in my opinion.

Statues for the Home Altar

In Mexico and some US states, it is becoming easier to find sellers of life-sized statues but most who work with her can only afford or desire smaller statues. These can range from a wee once inch statue, to several feet tall, but only buy what you can afford and your heart leads you to. You can even make statues!


How Many Colors Does She Have?

Honestly, they are endless. For every color, she seems to manifest a new skill. Here is a list that is by no means complete.

  • Pink: Love, romance, sweetness.
  • White: Purity of intent, healing, protection.
  • Black: Hex smashing, repel evil people, repel dark magic, personal protection
  • Red: Keep a family or couple together, sexual passion and performance, bring back a lost lover
  • Blue: Wisdom, healing
  • Amber: Healing from drug or other addictions
  • Gold: grow business, wealth
  • Silver: Wealth
  • Copper: Money and prosperity
  • Seven Color: Any need
  • Green: Good luck, money
  • Yellow: Success in all endeavors, intelligence, wisdom
  • Brown: Contact the dead, wisdom
  • Orange: Success in work, business
  • Purple: Healing

PLEASE NOTE: Some folks feel her oldest three colors, red, white and black are the only ones you need. I feel it is up to you and your Santa Muerte.

PS Yes, that is hers. I was watching a show with a fanged male Grim Reaper and she just glared at me and somehow got the mask made into a bride to prove she is just as fierce. For the love of Goddess, never discount her because she is female.

La Santisima Muerte/Holy Death

Various witches from differing backgrounds work with her, truly lovely! I know it is a lot to absorb at once you can always come back.


Things to Be Wary of

Right now Santa Muerte is the "in" folk saint. Dishonest people will take advantage of this, as they always do. It is up to you for example to decide whether you want to buy off a seller just cashing in on Santa Muerte, or a person who truly loves and interacts with her.

You must also make up your own mind as how to view her. Staunch Catholics, for example would frown on using her for boosting sexual performance, some followers get a tad hysterical about mixing colors and some folks favor seeing black as her dark, spookity color and so on.

I say you get what you expect. If you want a pure virginal lady to work with, fine, if you want a drinking partner, go for it. Remember the same saint accepts rosaries and lines of cocaine with equal delight and that doesn't make her bad or evil.

It means she is nonjudgemental and works with everyone. I do hope you know to avoid anyone who sneers at the poor who need her help or at people of Mexican decent in general. I said she was nonjudgemental, I didn't say her mama lioness side would not come out if people start acting the fool.

Special Thanks to My Beloved Angel

These videos weren't made by me, but I need to thank my beautiful lady so much! She's been with me for years now, and I just love her more each day. I may be far from perfect but she's never wavered in her loyalty.

I know, a lot of videos, but I don't expect you to surf all over the web.

Isn't She a Dark and Dangerous Narco Saint?


Honey, the same narcos, or drug dealers have also used the Virgin Mary and other official saints for protection. Yes they do plea with Santa Muerte, and yes they do ask for protection from the law, but just as many lawmen also plea to her for safety.

She also pleads to keep the law away or avoid jail, because a jail sentence in Mexico is often for a lifetime, and no, it doesn't matter what you did or if you are even guilty. So many lawmen are corrupt that having them stay away can be a good thing as well. (I'm not picking on the police here, but we've all met bad and good cops.)

The sneering, holier than thou view some dimbulbs take of her as 'only the narco saint' makes my blood boil. She is a good girl and that she protects and loves everyone shouldn't surprise people. She is, after all, death, and we all enter her embrace, rich or poor, lawmen or narco.

Santa Muerte is also invoked to protect those crossing the border as dishonest drivers will just abandon many people in the dessert to die. Yes, she is the salvation of the poor, because the Church has rejected them.

Yes, she protects gays, prostitutes, drug dealers, and everyone and anyone else, because nobody else cares about them. To me that makes her a very beautiful lady. She isn't going to judge you for the color of your skin, how much money you have, you sexuality or anything else. She isn't going to reject pagans, or Christians, or anybody.

She is the patron and protectoress of all who turn to her with loving hearts and sincere beliefs. That some people use her only for negative purposes doesn't mean all people do. Just like the Salvation Army saying things like 'all gay people should be killed' is not a fair or accurate portrait of all Christians, many of whom are accepting of gays or openly gay themselves.

That is the black statue she got shipped instead of the rainbow one. She is NOT evil in this form. She is very heavy duty in healing and protection in her black robes, and yes, she will make you fix what is wrong with your life, but trust me, she does it from a place of love.


My Own Altar

This is the public altar in the kitchen. And by public I mean if you see it on passing by and want to come in and hang out with her and I know you, be my guest. She insisted I be out with working with her, so I am. She is not a woman to be ashamed of, after all. Keep in mind she may want a private altar with you, or even no altar at all.

The cabinet is what used to display my mom's things, but as my mom passed over three years ago the things were starting to depress me and I honestly never liked them in the first place, sorry mom.

So, I cleaned and cleaned with some windex with orange in it for cleansing, then after things were set up she got a white candle and water. I used cheap bottled water you get 24 bottles of for a buck or so only because I have hard water and hate getting stuff off of offering chalices. I've since switched to tap water with ice in it and she likes it just fine.

The white statue was a love offering and you know the black one was her surprise on me. She had her eye on the poster, and a lot of the other stuff such as altar cloths were here. She has flowers from the dollar store with dried whatever from her first bought flower offering. I buy flowers every so often at Aldi's but she is quite content with artificial or paper or whatever.

The books I got for my own pleasure and use them as altar decoration. The wax skull I've owned since the 80's and the statue in the wedding dress represents our bond, not a desire to find a mate.

There are other things as well, but I bought from the cheapest sellers and in lots which helps. Keep in mind I was raised Catholic so altars crowded with multiple statues make sense to me. The corn represents wealth, and cost I think about twenty cents at the local pet store, an apple also for prosperity and red for emotional balance, candy from the dollar store, and dried fruit I have a feeling she doesn't care for.

Things will be taken away over time, the water will be freshened and so forth. There are teeny-tiny one inch statues, and it is all honestly the art of staging so a little looks like a lot.

Her Offerings


Santa Muerte is not a picky saint. She will take anything, and I mean anything. Toys, candy, coins. Flowers, books, jewelry, anything. The following are some of the more traditional offerings, but don't hesitate to offer anything that feels right, mine quite happily accepts Krave cereal.

Offerings don't have to be expensive. I painted the skulls to honor her three main colors that I work with and she adores them.

  • Peacock feathers
  • A chalice (glass) of tap water
  • Agave nectar
  • Bread
  • Any hard liquor from Mexico such as tequila
  • Coins or dollar bills, any country or denomination.
  • Cigar or cigarette smoke
  • Incense sticks, often two at a time
  • Flowers, real or artificial
  • Dresses, robes etc. for her statues
  • Candy
  • Mariachi music from live bands (taped is fine)
  • Any other kind of positive music
  • Candle in the color of the need or favor rendered
  • Tattoos of Santa Muerte
  • Jewelry
  • Wedding Rings (so far she is wed to men only but I see the LGBT community changing that)
  • Perfume
  • Cake or other sweet food
  • Chocolates
  • Statues, posters etc. with her image on them
  • Soda, Mexican if you can afford it
  • Skeleton images
  • Toys
  • Strings of lights
  • Paper with her image on it
  • Grim Reaper anything
  • Halloween skeletons or Grim Reaper images
  • Actual bones
  • Food, any kind but hopefully you can manage something Mexican, right?
  • Whatever she asks for. She will give hints, trust me.

Your own Santa Muerte will have her own personal taste. Mine is crazy for pumpkin, she adores it in everything. And she loves cookies, Coke from Mexico, Bustelo coffee, cake, anything sweet. But she will eat anything it doesn't have to be Mexican per se, I just like making the effort. Mine goes crazy for instant black bean and lime soup with pumpkin creamer mixed in. And chocolates.

Note: Don't worry if you can't have something in your home for whatever reason. I don't offer alcohol or cigar smoke for health reasons. You may not want candy or other items to offer such as actual bones. I also don't want you thinking that you HAVE to give her anything. Give from the heart, and if you can't give anything she still loves you.


Santa Muerte Is Santa Muerte

Now what do I mean by that? A lot of people will tell you that when you first start out you should work only with the white aspect. She is the sweetest, the gentlest, and so on and so forth. And she can be, but Santisima Muerte is always herself regardless of robe color. I will share a story with you and keep in mind the white-robed aspect was involved. I'm not doing this to frighten you, but to make a point.

I had some major and I mean dangerous problems with my stove and my fridge was on its last legs. Well since she had just rescued me from carbon monoxide poisoning in her black-robed aspect I wondered if I should even have the white-robed statues up.

The guys come in and I have this sort of creepy feeling from them. They might not have even been bad men, but it was there. I go back into the living room and suddenly there is this yell and one guy is flat on his back. I go in and I swore he was dead. Well it turns out he got an interesting experience with a 220 line.

Somehow the screw for the box for the outlet was arcing and he got knocked on his six. And of course my first thought was "Oh, great. I keep telling people how sweet and kind she is, and he's got to die in my kitchen." But before I could dial 911 he came around.

Now I looked over at the altar and it was the white-robed Santa Muerte that was involved. I asked if she spared him and she agreed, but there was this gleam in her eye socket and she tells me I don't have to worry about either man now, I'm safe.

Now they guy wasn't hurt, but she did knock him on his six to show her protection. And you never know how or when she will act, and no it isn't something you can force her to do. You may have to work with her constantly for weeks or months to get people to leave you be (especially if you were stupid enough to let them into your life), she may even refuse to act, telling you to let them be, or she may act instantly, but she has her own reasons and her own time behind everything she does.

Varying Views

Not everyone likes her. I find those people highly amusing. But as you can see she takes care of her own.


Altar Example

Bedroom Altar, rowr

OK, then. This is my bedroom altar, and although it was supposed to remain private (in my mind at least) Santa Muerte was nudging me to share as payment for swift legal action on my behalf, keep in mind there are a lot of things here I had for years, so for the love of Goddess do not run out and try to buy everything at once.

The shells and blue lights in theory belong to Ogu, but her bride image arrived and well, she will melt anyone's heart, so in the middle she went and she now shares these things with him. The altar itself has a base cloth in black with queen skulls on it, then her beloved white and gold altar cloth, and some frilly female things, because she is quite the girly girl and rules over all things romantical.

A ton of statues, yes, the eyes light up on the one of her on horseback, a teddy bear of a bride with a skull necklace, a novena candle set from Mexico, and an offering candle, jewelery etc.

Santa Muerte is here to remind all women we are lionesses and should roar! Speaking of lionesses she is the best protectoress. Think of when you were a kid. Did anybody bother you when you were with your mom? No, because they knew she'd instantly go crazy and kill them. Now imagine if she had been Death and owned a scythe...


Let Her Provide for You

A few months ago I got the idea fixed in my mind to thank Santa Muerte by ordering an expensive (to me) skeleton for her to dress up. It was going to be wonderful because once it came it would get dressed up and everything. Santa Muerte shook her head and politely demurred. She did not want this expensive thing. But being bull-beheaded I insist she take it. She tried to warn me I'd need the money for something else but I wouldn't listen.

So I ordered the skeleton and waited, and waited, and waited. I finally contacted the seller and found out China had blocked the skeleton prop from shipping. Santa Muerte just grinned at me. It took a while to sink in, but the refund from this skeleton and the refund from a second in a row defective microwave allowed me to buy a much nicer version for my kitchen.

She was very happy and excited so we baked some buttermilk biscuits last night in celebration. But as you can see since I welcomed her into my heart and kitchen she is providing for me there. That photo by the way is the broken down old skeleton and cheap robe she refuses to let go of. I'm ashamed of having offered it, but it was the very best I had (a rich witch I am not) and she accepted it with adoring coos.

She wanted to show me that her heart belonged to me without all the fancy geegaws I thought I needed to offer to prove my love. To her, the cheap plastic skeleton (she is cooing the word inexpensive at me) is the most beautiful thing she has seen. And the idea of a microwave where we can cook together (she adores my kitchen) makes her sing happily. Red of course, is her color for love, keeping the family together and promoting emotional stability.


How I Met Her

To be fair, I knew her my whole life, but when I would see the reaper I'd be told it was my imagination. And no she wasn't doing anything scary, just visiting me just as the Baron did. I did love her and wondered if she was real, without of course knowing she is female since I grew up in Western culture like many of my readers.

Then years ago I came across her on the Internet and instantly felt a connection. She wanted in my life. In fact, though I did not know it at the time she was using signs to show me she was already there. But my father had passed away and my mother felt that the Baron was skeleton enough in my life. So to honor my mother I refused to see her and work with her.

Now my mother got very ill and towards the end of her life she heard a woman weeping. And I was scrambling. Was one of my lady lwa or orisha feeling neglected? No. Santa Muerte showed me a vision (after my mother passed) of her being symbolically by my bedroom door and weeping because I would not let her in to see me. She was a heartbroken mentor who wanted her student. A guide and best friend who mourned me being out of reach.

The strange thing is, at the time I did sense her but didn't know it was her. She was manifesting near the altar Oya has, which makes sense since Oya does not fear death. Oya of course got rather annoyed that I kept asking if it was her weeping, but my spirits stayed silent on Santa Muerte's presence because they will never force you to accept another spirit.

After my mother passed Santa Muerte came forward again, constantly almost, as a bride. She wanted spiritual union with me so I let her in. And to celebrate I got more statues than anyone needs, but I felt like my life finally made sense. She was the missing aspect, the sweet friend who can make me laugh just by being near me. My other spirits welcomed her with open arms, everyone insisting she have a gift.

Because Santa Muerte, Death, brought me back to life. She will dance and sing when I am sad. She makes me laugh and makes life worth living. I now realize that the Baron himself was trying to sneak her in anyhow. She couldn't do anything for my mother, but she wanted to be here to hold me, which is why she was crying.

My mother, being so close to death could hear her. But she has only done lovely things where my mother is concerned, helping me set up my ancestor altar and the like. She is the one who gently reminds me to keep both my mom and dad a part of my life and still treat them with respect and love.

She is the gentlest, sweetest, friendliest spirit you could ever imagine. She would never hurt anyone, though she will protect her children with a ferocious devotion. Remember everyone, including you, has her. If you are born you will one day die, so you have your own death. Letting her walk with you can fill your life with happiness and blessings.

Like the photo? You can find statues just like it on eBay, but for the love of Goddess only buy one if you want to and can afford to. She can't be bought with pretties, nor does she demand them.

PS Since someone asked, if she is presenting herself in a wedding dress, she wants to be with you. It is sort of her way of saying "I'll give you everything and be devoted to you, please love me.' Now some use the statues to seek a mate and some use a statue in a wedding dress to make a pledge to be married to her for a short time. I think some people might call the wedding dress New Age or Catholic, but she melted my heart in it.

Trust me, when I had dreams of her in a wedding dress and honestly knew nothing about her I didn't know what to think. But mi Santa Muerte adores them, she feels very beautiful in them, very special. And it is a lot of fun to billow out her skirts just so.

I'll put an eBay thing below, but again, please don't feel you have to do this. The seller is very good to me, so I like repay his kindness.


Something She Wanted Me to Share

And my own Rescue story by my black robed Santa Muerte!

OK here is the set up. On Halloween I did a ritual to be rid of negativity. Pleaded with Santa Muerte of the black robes to please, please, please clear out all sickness, illness and negativity in my life. I also burned copal for her and gave her food and drink.

Yesterday (Nov 1, 2013) I noticed the black candle I'd lit along with a white and red candle was still burning brightly. Way after it should have worked. Well that was odd. I called back the furnace people. It felt like her energy was frantic but I brushed it off. I suddenly had the strangest desire to go get my hair done. Bear with me, it is a vital part of the story.

I go up and my stylist is sick or something and won't be in until later. So I come home, knowing my spirits were blocking me, called furnace people told them I'd be here all day. Strangely after my shower my blah hair looked like I had styled it. Curiouser and curiouser. So the guy comes and he just goes ash white and bows his head during the inspection.

A very vital part of said furnace, the heat exchanger, had two huge cracks in it, and it had been leaking carbon monoxide into the house for months! My gas fireplace as well. Now I have to give proper respect to Ogu who tried to warn me and my father as well of course, but even after the repairman left her candle was still burning brightly, because she was frantic for my safety.

So many people only have bad things to say about her black robed aspect, but she was almost crying until I assured her the furnace would be kept off. That candle burned for well over twenty four hours and only after I promised to keep the furnace off unless there is a dire emergency did she calm down. She looked at me beseechingly and said: "I was afraid I was going to loose you. I don't want to loose you." By this time she was crying. Because she is a loving mother and Death or not she doesn't want any of us before our time.

In case you're wondering my symptoms were flu-like, bad headaches, achiness all over, nausea, dizziness, and several others. I was losing motor skills and forgetting how to do simple daily tasks.

Luckily she got me out into the air with the strange out of character desire to have my hair cut short and she and Ogu got me the help I needed.


See how pretty?

The statue! I had my eye on this statue and luckily the price went down so I could snag it. I had originally been fond of one by a certain artist and black-robed Santa Muerte started to laugh hysterically and said it looked like she was dressed in a blanket. Then she collected herself since she is a good girl and said 'It's lovely, dear." while she was still laughing helplessly.

When she is in her black robes she is all about her black robes. You aren't dressing her in anything else. Again, that doesn't make her bad and her laughter wasn't mean. She just thought the robe on the famous artist statue looked sissified and had hysterics. 'I can see people laughing if I tried to protect them dressed like that, mija! Muy fierce.' She wheezed, slapping her knees.

But this statue? It made her perk up and stand taller. I haven't seen it in her icons yet, but a lantern makes sense. She's bringing light into my life and making me face up to things I'd rather stay hidden. Not bad things, but I have trouble taking help, OK? I feel I have to do everything on my own, yet without her help I'd have been on a cooling slab in a morgue, so you bet she earned it.

Santisima Muerte/Day of the Dead

The funny thing is, Santa Muerte led me to offering her bread and I really had no idea about it until she asked. I know, I know, a lot of videos, but I don't expect you to go all around the internet looking for stuff.


She Will Never Leave You

If she wants to be with you, you will have a devoted companion for life. And I mean for life. If you have let her into your life, you know, gods bless her, how very stubborn and immovable she can be. Remember, many feel she is a warrior goddess and being Aztec she has what I'll call a buzzsaw aspect to her personality. You do something she feels is wrong and she will come at you seven ways from Sunday and all at once.

She will always love you, always and forever. And she isn't going to punish you for every single mistake you make. But if she sets her ears back you know you are in for it. My advice is to let her teach you the lesson, knowing that it is for your own good. Remember, she is a warrioress, some see her as ferocious and feral, so if she has chosen you, it is a great honor. And as that wild and free goddess, she is not going to answer to you, you are going to answer to her.

And as long as you respect and love her, and accept that she is the boss lady, all things will be well. I didn't tell you any of this to frighten you. But I've noticed a lot of people experience her anger then run like heck. You don't have to, OK?

Apologize, learn your lesson and she will be fine. She loves you or she'd just let you wallow in your mistakes and bad choices. like any good mama, aunty, however you choose to see her, she is determined to see you live a good life.

Is she tough? Yeah, at times. She can make my Ogou look like a kitten. She's more ferocious. That said? Once she knows you have learned your lesson she is your loving Santa again. She will bless you and always watch over you, and she isn't going anywhere fast.

She is in my kitchen and on my hearth because she chose those places. And I was happy to give them to her, even if no one will visit me for long. I'd rather not have visitors (I've learned people that fear her aren't worth knowing anyhow) then see her hurt or disappointed.

I just cleaned the kitchen, for instance, and I mean cleaned. Moved her altar out and everything. You can be sure she was there with me, happy to help and listen to our music as we worked, but keeping a watchful eye to make sure her altar went back into place. Because she isn't leaving me at this point, ever. And that's a wonderful thing.

The longer you know her the more you love her. Love is her nature, protection and benevolence are in her nature too. The more love you give her, the more she will love you and hold you in her sheltering arms. Remember, she is always with you. We all have our own death.

She is in our breaths and the space in between. She is inside us, in every beat of our heart, in our very being and we rest safely inside her generous heart. You need worry for nothing so long as you are loving towards your Santa Muerte. Always trust her, tell her you love her every single day, and your relationship will grow in beauty and peace.


About Mictecacihuatl

Many believe La Santisima Muerte is the Azteca goddess Mictecacihuatl so I wanted to retell the Azteca story of the origins of human beings with more emphasis on the role of Mictecacihuatl, lady of the dead. With all due respect to the lord of Mictlan, Mictlantecuhtli. I drew on several sources, so all due respect is meant.

Once upon a time there were no humans to worship the gods. And having one another for company got a bit lonely after a while so the gods who lived above elected the twin gods, Quetzalcoatl and Xolotl to go to the underworld for the bones of the old gods. They wanted humans to worship and love them and the old bones would make humans very sturdy. The brothers, being very brave, agreed. Which was good as Xolotl could go to the underworld easily and could keep a careful eye on his brother.

The journey was dangerous, but luckily Xolotl could take on his dog form to guide his brother and protect him. Quetzalcoatl, the feathered serpent was brave enough in his own right, but he knew there was a time and place for everything and now he needed to be thinking about getting the bones so humans could be born, for he loved the humans very much, even without having seen them.

They arrived at last in the throne room of the underworld gods and asked for the bones of the old gods. "Please, we need to be worshiped and to have humans to love, and we are sure they will love you as well." Quetzalcoatl said politely.

Mictlantecuhtli stared at him. The lord of the underworld was wearing his bloodspattered skeletal form and he looked angry, but one of his beloved owls started to preen his headdress and he calmed himself. "Very well, you may have them, but make sure you don't waste anything."

"Right." The brothers agreed and went to gather up the bones. There was a low growling sound and they realized Mictecacihuatl had moved off her throne and waited in the shadows for them faster than an eyeblink. "These are my bones to guard, my children. How dare you touch my children, my babies?"

She advanced out of the darkness in full battle dress and the brothers knew they had to think quick. She was the guardian of the bones of the dead and it was she who truly had to agree. Xolotl, now wearing his skeletal form, bowed low before her then spoke up. "We will not harm them, we promise. But wouldn't you like to see them live again? They will come back to you we can't grant immortality. I will guide them back myself."

Mictecacihuatl snorted. "If you take them, this is what will happen. I get to be with them. As you make them and as they live, and when they pass I myself will pick up my little ones and bring them back to the underworld. I am their mother and you will not separate me from my children, my little ones, for an instant."

The twins agreed so the fierce mother went with them. She kept watch as the new humans were formed and along with the other gods she protected and provided for them. And to many of the first humans she became a beloved mother and friend, and she kept her word. She was ever present and a trusted protectress of both the living and the dead. For the living had once been hers to guard and always would be.

And when they died the fierce protectress became sweet and gentle and tenderly picked up all her little ones and she never lost one ever. For being Death all things belong to her anyhow and will return to her eventually. And as she is everywhere at one we are never truly alone, but have our beloved Mictecacihuatl at our side.

The country you live in, the color of your skin, the language you speak does not matter. If you were born you are hers and one day she will pick you up with her perfect timing and carry you home.

Please note: I am not her priestess nor am I a qualified spiritual leader. I do not and will not do petitions for anyone for any reason. You have your own death, and she is waiting to hear from and love you, OK? I know it is scary, but that is the way you must work with her. If you have a pressing spiritual matter please petition her directly, seek your religious leader, of find a cult, temple or church for her that preforms blessings.

This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.

Comments, Questions?

Mandy on September 16, 2020:

I find it funny when certain people I know of hate on her because of the whole "criminals work with her" but they accept and praise Guan Yu (former military warrior who was deified) as a deity when he is prayed to with lots of success by not only myself, the Chinese public, witches, businesses and Chinese military/police, but also the Triads (the mafia families of China). It just does not make sense. I adore Santa Muerte and have begun my spiritual path while looking into working with her. My family has prayed to her for a long time, so I feel connected to her a lot. Although I do have some differences in beliefs about her as I have seen Santa Muerte be used for hexing others and love spells with no repercussions. Probably because most brujas and people from my family's people and shamans do not believe in the Wiccan Three-fold law

Ruben on April 11, 2020:

I have a question about a statue that was blessed to me and my wife..its a seven color statue and on this statue were the owl usually is by her feet or in between her feet should i say what does this symbolize

Josh on January 02, 2019:

Hi, Nightcat! This whole time I’ve been wondering if you can dress up any skeleton figure and use that as your Santisima image, as you have, but upon closer inspection I see that you actually use a real statue of her and put clothes over her! They look beautiful by the way ! My question is, what do you use for alter clothes or where do you buy yours from ?

Denise on October 31, 2018:

I believe she is trying to get my attention, she tapped on my bedroom door and walked around my living room till about three am, know nothing about her but she is wearing the black robe and

Cody on September 15, 2018:

You can’t just come up with yourself a storybook about Her I believe in Hodoo and we don’t believe in karma your a 3 foldreturn threefold law of return !! If I want to use my Goddesss in a way to curse I can !! With out a angry and backstabbing Goddess ! Your Are you dum and ignorant !!!!

Victor on April 14, 2018:

I first saw her in a dream.. I walked up to a lit alter dressed in red. As I approached the candles a door opened leadind to stairs and at the bottom stood a red clocked boney figure that reached it's hand out and pointed to me.. for months I wondered what it meant. I then relocated to Georgia for a short time. While there I wondered into a thrift store. Right there on a shelf in the back of the store stood a red clocked skeleton with a sythe, owl and balance scale.. since then I have been devoted to her. She has kept me from trouble and protected me.

Mary morales on February 11, 2018:

I had an image of her appear on my cell fone today 2/11/18 I don’t know what it means help plz

Raymond on December 29, 2017:

Great article ! Been working with the bony lady for 2 months . I was asked if she takes sexual offerings or helps with sex magic in red cloak ? Thoughts ?

Nora on August 19, 2017:

I work with several spirits and saints, but Santa Muerte scares me, so Im a bit wary of working with her. My main concern is will she accept if I stop working with her after a year or so. I dont want to make her feel used, but my main reason is to get rid of a long time stalking witch. After that I feel Im not sure I want to be worshipping her every Tuesday etc for the rest of my life.

Robert lee esparza on July 19, 2017:

My question is how can you tell what she wants from you or if she is trying to talk you or tell you something. Please let me know at your earliest convinience

Robert on July 18, 2017:

Hi what id like to know is how can i know if she is trying to tell me something

Dominique on September 23, 2016:

Hi! First off, great articles they are very personal which I like because everyone's Santisima is different yet you include very valuable information so thank you! I've known about Santisima for years and have always felt drawn to her(probably because of my fascination with death) but I didn't approach her until very recently. I must say she's a very loving entity and I felt her loving embrace almost instantly. I've only been spending time with her a few days and already she has been protecting me and helping me with certain aspects of my life. She even warned me twice at work yesterday lol. I love her dearly and again thank you for your work I very much enjoy reading your articles.

Nightcat (author) on September 15, 2016:

Of course, please help yourself to anything you need, that's what it is there for. :)

E. Rose on August 04, 2016:

Hi! I work with Santa Muerte yet can't afford to buy a statue of her right now...so I was wondering if in the meantime I could use that photo you posted of her in the rainbow dress and out it behind a picture frame. I wanted to ask first before I do (or don't if you don't want me to).

Nightcat (author) on June 02, 2016:

Hi, Ang! Where our own personal death and life are concerned I'd say she is omnipotent. Death and life were interwoven in the ancient cultures and still are in many today. She knows us so well because for each of us, no matter how we view Her, She is our own Death. Owlglass30 does an excellent video about Her as a teacher you might enjoy, hope that helps!

Ang on June 02, 2016:


I love all of your articles on her. I read all of them at least twice! But my question refers to a statement I read in one of your articles that "she is capable of doing anything if she puts her mind to it". I have spoken to many devotees who also say you can ask her for anything, she can perform miracles, and grant impossible wishes, but is that being used loosely or do you consider her to be omnipotent?

Nightcat (author) on January 19, 2016:

Hi, bobbydmary! Yes, she will work with gay men (and everyone else) and doesn't judge any of us. Heck, I'm pansexual and she works with me. She can be scary at first with some people, but it is just because she can be aggressive. If you tell her she is scaring you, she becomes much more gentle.

bobbydmary on January 19, 2016:

Thank you for this post before i knew anything about her i didn't even think twice about worshiping her....but now I really want to...I feel like the Christian God doesn't help me cuz im a gay male.... I heard she works well with them is that true? And I've heard some people say when they first try and pray to her she's scared them really bad and they say shewon'tn stop....why is that? Blessed be :)))

Nightcat (author) on October 01, 2015:

Exactly! I was a Knight of the Immaculata at one point and gave it up, but she will scold me and tell me Mary needs attention! La Santa certainly has strong ideas about things and I think she laughs when we try and make up rules about her. Mine absolutely adores her Halloween grim reaper geegaws, and I had one woman scream at me that they were heresy, she didn't even work with La Santa! That's why I love pointing out the films from Mexico. People need to go to her shrines and see that she literally accepts anything, and yeah, she is fine without an altar to and she works better that way sometime. I love those Aztec warrioress statues but mine has forbidden me since my house has tons of pretty things related to her. I always default to what she wants as she certainly isn't shy about making her opinions known.

savila1988 on October 01, 2015:

yes its maddening the myths people have for her, like i said i can t have a formal altar or her image in my home but she says it doesnt bother her now the muertistas here fnd me quite blasphemous by doing this they also critic that la muerta isnt my only santo and how she "allows" me to wear scapulars and pray in church i just shrug and say they to each thier own as does she lol. i especially love the people here in the states that say her original 3 robes are the only ones theyd faint in mexico city theyre every color here and most of them are dressed as novias, even aztec warrioress. she will even chastise me for skipping mass she says "your catholic you shouldnt skip mass! it feeds your soul!" lol shes quite funny sometimes she also likes the virgin mary i find she loves the ave maria song and she says she likes hearing rosaries recited, i love how my muerta is even when things get heavy shell back off and let me breath, but if i need her shell put herself all up in my face too lol

Nightcat (author) on September 30, 2015:

It does drive me crazy. Here in the US she shows up only in scary news clips as "proof" witches or drug lords are taking over the country. And then you have people writing huge books on her insisting if you don't follow them She will kill you. Mine just shrugs, she couldn't care less what I do. When I watched a video insisting I ring a bell to summon her La Negra just gave me Her "look", lol! It might be part of that path and there is nothing wrong with that, but I can invite Her, not dare to summon her with a bell like a servant or She'd most likely make me eat it. I practice hoodoo as well and it is interesting to me how seamlessly She adapts to every path.

savila1988 on September 28, 2015:

wow i love love this post i live in mexico city and here people are pretty stuck up about la muerta they say you must do this or that or shell kill you or your kids or make you man leave you lol seriously crazy stuff, im a catholic but i practice hoodoo and thats how i met la muerta i used to work with her red aspect but i had to quit 3 yrs ago the energy was getting too heavy and since my husband is an asshat he wont allow any images of her in our home, but ive been building a relationship with la muerte blanca and since i have a tattoo of her thats my altar my question is doesnt it drive you crazy when people try to like regulate her devotion? i mean here the scaring people aspect is big my poor cousin wont even baptize her kid because the people at the local muerte church forbided her to enter a catholic church crazy crazy stuff huh? like the muerte cares if you go to church or not or if your a jew or christian or pagan. i love your posts on her and am looking forward to more :)

Nightcat (author) on August 18, 2015:

That's awesome, Rebecca! I recently realized that she has always been with me, I remember being a young girl and really into images of the Grim Reaper. Not in a weird way, I always thought he looked friendly and comforting. I even thought I could talk to "him" at times. So she will certainly use any path that she can get to enter our lives. When I asked mine why she passed herself off as male, she just shrugged like it didn't make any difference to her. I'm sure you probably had similar experiences here and there. Thanks for sharing and enjoy the book!

Rebecca on August 17, 2015:

Perfect post, thank you. I've been facsinated with the Boney Lady for years, but it was only in the last couple of days that she has made herself known to me.

I'm an Australian, and I've been in Las Vegas for a couple of weeks, unfortunately due to the Aussie dollar taking a dive, and some travel problems that cost me extra, I have had to find accommodation at the cheapest hostel, in the dodgy part of town.

As I was exploring the area I discovered a little botique selling Mexican items. I was going to go straight past when Santa Muerte popped into my head. I hadn't thought of her in ages. They didn't have any items, and I thought mothing more of it.

The next day, I had to go to a library to print out some resumes. After walking two miles in 42 heat, I got to the library only to be told that I had to sign up in order to use their computers- sometjing I had never had to do before. That was fine, and as I waited for a computer, I browsed the books, and what should be staring at me? But a book on the Pretty Girl. I never did get a chance to use a computer, but I certainly got that book.

Nightcat (author) on August 04, 2015:

My pleasure, RdA. I'm happy you found the page useful! May your journey with her be a wonderful one.

RdA on August 03, 2015:

Thank you so much for providing all of this wonderful information for those of us (cough, cough...me..) who are new to the sweet lady of Death. I have been praying to her for several days now and already she has shown herself in my dreams and thoughts. I am looking for a statue, but taking my time with her guidance. I will be looking through your page for more info. All the best =)

Nightcat (author) on July 09, 2015:

Great! :)

Carfaxabby on July 09, 2015:

Great thanks so much ill check it out!

Nightcat (author) on July 08, 2015:

My pleasure, there's a fresh hub up on working with La Santa Muerte Negra you might enjoy.

Carfaxabby on July 08, 2015:

Hi there Thanks again Nightcat I hope you do not my comments. I wanted to thank you for responding and you've given me some great things to think about thanks so much! Look forward to your future articles you've been most helpful.

Nightcat (author) on July 08, 2015:

Hello, again! I use an extract which I rub straight on the candle, but any type is fine. You can certainly make your own, of course. I work with them both and although their altars are separate he does have one or two things for her on his, sort of a gesture to invite her in. That, and mine likes to think he can do everything. Mine get along well, but mostly because there is only one tiny blended altar in my office, though if you treat one space as two mini altars they should be fine. Again, they will let you know what they want.

Carfaxabby on July 08, 2015:

Greetings Dear lady Nightcat Thank you for your suggestions! I find that very helpful indeed! I was curious what you use in your jasmin oil it sounds quite interesting. Ill be sure to check out the magical Prayers of the holy Death. I've long had an interest in Hoodoo and Santeria so it sounds like it may be an interesting read. I was also curious if you knew if the Loa Baron Samedi and La Negra would work together or would you advise a separate Altar space for Samedi? Thanks you again and please forgive my ignorance good lady!

Nightcat (author) on July 07, 2015:

Ho, Carfaxabby! Yes, I do have plans for writing some more articles for her soon. I use oils she likes, and right now mine likes jasmine oil but any oil you infuse with any herbs your Santa likes should work. For English I'd suggest The Magical Prayers of the Holy Death. It leans towards hoodoo with a dash of Santeria tossed in, but mine at least is fine with the rituals. There is a company that also sells little ritual books both in English and Spanish as well and may websites now offer prayers and rituals in English. Also, any video by owlglass30 or any of the witches who work with her are useful as well, hope this helps!

Carfaxabby on July 07, 2015:

I wanted to thank you very much for your reply I appreciate the time you took to do so. I thank you also for the information you provided I was curious if you make your own Santisma Muerte oil for anointing candles if so what do you find works best? Also if you plan to write any more articles on La Negra admittedly i'm approaching my working with La Negra from a pagan perspective. I was also curious if you might be able to suggest any books in english that might be worth checking out as I admit i'm not fluent in the Spanish dialect and find my self at some disadvantage. I truely hope to read your other works on Santisima and spirit work.

Nightcat (author) on July 01, 2015:

@ Carfaxabby: Hey, Hubpages seems to have swallowed my earlier reply, but a wedding dress is said to represent a desire for a spiritual union. It's her way of saying she wants to work with you. And as for offerings, follow your heart. A lot of people do two cigars as you said, one for her, one for you, but whatever feels right. You can always start off slow and build from there. It really depends on how formal you want to get and what system you want to use (Catholic, Wicca, or a more Azteca path). But I started out with just a simple candle and water. To offer her something, again, do what feels right. Some people start off big, and some simply tell her something is an offering for her and place it somewhere for her. Trust me, she will know you are doing it.

Carfaxabby on June 01, 2015:

Hi I love your article when I was quite young and a tourist in new mexico I'm from Canada I came across Santa Muerte the black aspect or more correctly she called to me I was 14 at the time although at the time I did not know who she was when this event occurred although found out soon after the event occured when was visiting a church to the lady of Guadeloupe although the name i'm having troubles rememebering its been years

I have had rather vivid dreams and have since that day of her and over a number of years as I'm 31 And I have felt her call me to certain tasks for example

I volunteer in a cemetery I'm curious is it common for her appear in dreams in wedding dress? if so whats does it symbolize? Also I work directly with the black aspect as that was the one who introduced her self to me and has continued to appear in my dreams and meditations.

Also what are the best methods to make an offering is it done through petitions also when offering cigars do you need to do it in two's if so do you smoke one and light the other as an offering?

At any rate I find my Santa Muerte to be a realist quite the lady and very loving and non judgmental and I really do agree with you shes quite the lady and has a great sense of humor very caring and loving with a love of Dried dead roses.

Thanks again for posting such an insightful and informative article.

Nightcat (author) on May 24, 2015:

Hi, Lupita! One statue is fine for the both of you. She will love all the attention no matter what you give her. The love is more important than what you be to be honest.

lupita on May 09, 2015:

Me & my boyfirend just started readung about her , & everything you say about her just makes me want to meet her , but if me & my boyfriend were to get a statue of her , would we be able to share or will we have to get our own ?

Nightcat (author) on November 16, 2014:

I would say she is, Fernando. And she is a very good girl and easy to work with. You can simply speak to her in your heart and see if she is calling you to her. Thanks so much for visiting and commenting.

Fernando on November 16, 2014:

@Nightcat Thank You for sharing this, I'm Mexican and I grew up hearing she is bad and for me to stay away from her, but something in me tells me she is not bad and when I see an image of her I can't help but to stare at her. Is she calling out to me ?

Nightcat (author) on October 20, 2014:

She is really nothing to be scared of. Black and red are two of her oldest and most traditional colors and the dream sounds like she is trying to make contact. She is a very gentle and sweet spirit and I'm sure she will make a wonderful mother figure for you when you are ready to work with her. Just let it come naturally. She is very sweet and kind and I'm sure you will enjoy working with her.

0311 on October 18, 2014:

I had a dream not to long ago of her...it was all dark and she was in the middle in black she reached out to be me...No lie I was kinda scared..lately I've been so into her I want to know of her.. I'm alone and need a mother friend loving spirt...some time I close my eyes and see like a Skelton sitting there or see her in different colors mostly red...just thinking of it I get teary eyed

Nightcat (author) on July 10, 2014:

@kangaroo1: Absolutely, kangaroo1. You can treat her like any other saint. She's very sweet, loving and kind. Usually people who had bad experiences needed to be taught a lesson and she is good at that too, but she's mostly loving and indulgent. As long as you have a good heart and honest intentions you don't have to worry about offending her, she's a total sweetheart. Thanks for visiting! :)

kangaroo1 on July 09, 2014:

@Nightcat: thanks for the reply nightcat. So i can just pray to her like any other saint? i just wasn't sure if i needed an alter etc. and people say u need to be careful not to offend her. So i wasn't sure. Cheers :)

Nightcat (author) on July 09, 2014:

@kangaroo1: Just speak from your heart, kangaroo1. You don't need anything except a belief that she's listening. I'm sure she'll help you. Thanks for visiting. :)

kangaroo1 on July 08, 2014:

Dear Nightcat, i'm from Australia and basically my life is a mess. I would like to ask pretty lady for help. How should i go about doing this? Thankyou :)

Nightcat (author) on June 29, 2014:

@autumndamiana: My pleasure, autumndamiana. I'm glad to have been helpful. Thanks for visiting! :)

autumndamiana on June 28, 2014:

I love seeing how recent these posts are, because I just realized not too long ago that Santa Muerte wants to have a rapport with me, too! I first encountered her about 2 years ago but didn't make the connection that she was trying to enter my life. Then, about a month ago I was contracted to write an article about her (which I asked to do, wasn't really sure why at the time...) and in my research since, I realize that she has been waiting for me the whole time. :) Loved reading all this information above, it was extremely helpful to me personally because I am a Pagan/Wiccan and don't relate as well to most of the information I have read about Santa Muerte, which comes from a Catholic/Christian perspective. Thank you for your insight, and I can't wait to begin my relationship with her!!!

Nightcat (author) on June 04, 2014:

@tania1028: Hi, tania1028! She doesn't work the same way for everyone, so I wouldn't worry about her not appearing in your dreams or in front of you. If she is accepting your offerings that is a good sign. With any spirits we can get one of three answers, yes, no or wait. And if she is showing you a rosary, then she must want you to make one, or at least pray a rosary to her and the Virgin Mary, etc. I think they have prayers on the internet for the rosary. Since it is a meditative thing to do it might help you understand why your request wasn't answered, or she might want you to make the rosary then use it, then she will answer. I read about one woman who she would not answer until she made an altar for her as a sign of faith. I'm not saying make an altar, bur I think the dream was from her, so try it and see. Best of luck and thank you for visiting! :)

tania1028 on June 04, 2014:

i have had mine for a few months now. I have a candy dish and a glass where I put tequila for her in it, I have had to refill it twice because it just disappears. I tell her how pretty she is and I place candies in her dish, I also bought her a crown : )

but at last, she doesn't come to me in my dreams or appear in front of me. I asked her for a favor and I have yet to see any form of results. in fact, I fear that the opposite has come true for me.

I was interested in her when I had a dream that I was making rosaries for her, I had never made rosaries before. some how I just knew how to make them. and I have never seen anything like them before. many places sell rosaries for her but I have yet to see one similar to mine.

any advice?

Nightcat (author) on May 22, 2014:

@smiley-cortez-52: It sounds like she wants to have a relationship with you, smiley-cortez-52. Her colors of white, black and red are three of her oldest. And the purple wedding dress and other statue may be her asking you to please notice her and interact with her in a way that you are comfortable with. Especially with her appearing right in front of you, she is interested in you. She is a very good girl and very sweet-natured so you can just talk to her at first. You can do this quietly or out loud. And ask her if she wants you to honor her. Tell her the truth, if you honestly don't want to, that is OK, but if you do and need time, she will wait. Thanks so very much for sharing your dream and her appearances, and I hope this helped. Thanks for visiting!

smiley-cortez-52 on May 22, 2014:

Interesting story!

I just have a few questions about her, if you don't mind (anyone)

I've seen her appear right in front of my face (not a dream). I've seen her one time in white, the other in Red, then black.

And for the 3rd time in my lifetime, I had a dream about her last night. I don't understand. It.

She was dressed in.a purple. wedding Dress,(statue) and she was on top of my dresser, and another in the living room.

Nightcat (author) on May 11, 2014:

@Maryredblossom: She is wonderful, isn't she, Maryredblossom? That's what I like to stress about her she is very loving and kind and will help anyone. She's very benevolent towards babies and animal companions. Heck, you should see how ecstatic she is that a family of robins moved in close to us. Thanks for sharing your wonderful story and Blessed Be! :)

Maryredblossom on May 10, 2014:

I discovered Santa Muerte yesterday, when I went to my favorite witch store which was closed down..I couldn't believe that they were closed now! I hadn't gone in over a year and they closed last summer. (its far from where I live so..)

So I went to another one I know in town, which is the only one left now. I was looking for inscence and things to help my cat because he is sick. A very bad blood infection. And I saw an image of a skull on a candle and it was written Santa Muerte. I read the definition and felt like it was exactly what I needed. it was saying: for transition period and hardship.

I did a ritual last night to make my cat feel better. I drew the picture of a Santa Muerte and wrote her name on it. Made a flower ornament for her. The funny thing is that I went to buy those fake flowers at the dollar store, not knowing her yet. And so I did my ritual. I had placed a bowl of water and one of earth. And toward the end of my ritual, the cat came up on the desk and started drinking the water that was purified and blessed by that point. And he drank almost all of it in one sitting! wow.. Today he is feeling way better. The medicine are also to be thanked for but I seriously think that Santa Muerte has given him the kick that he needed. Many thanks for what you shared and blessed be.

Nightcat (author) on February 21, 2014:

@Spoza_di_Serpente: My pleasure, Spoza_di_Serpente! I love my Santa Muerte and couldn't imagine life without her! She is quite the girly-girl and she has me share perfume with her and loves to see me get dressed up and girly. I feel sad for those people too, because common sense would tell you anyone who gets Catholic masses and dressed up in pretties is mostly placid. I have her watch over family all the time, I just don't tell them, lol! I use grim reaper statues for her since a lot of folks in Mexico grab anything and everything and she mostly adores all of it. Thanks so much for visiting and the kind words. :)

Spoza_di_Serpente on February 21, 2014:

We share yet another wonderful "Santa"! My Santisima is also very girly. She had me trade out her red mantilla for a pink one, and always wants to see my nails when I get them done! The first time I went to the salon, she came to me in a dream that night and motioned for me to put my hands out so she could see them. My santisima usually wants to be in my kitchen, also, but right now she's having me keep her in the nursery with my 11 day old grandson. She wants to watch over him. And I have to tell you, she has also ran off a person who was sort of a "wolf in sheeps clothing" for me, brought me money for new furniture, brought me good jobs, and is just a wonderfully sweet and precious friend. All my lwa love her. And as for the crap that people say about her....they have my condolences. I believe that when they find her statue in places that there have been awful crimes related to the narcos, it's because she stopped them before it got worse. Also, not every statue of the grim reaper or skeleton is her. We syncretize statues to our preference in the diasporic religions all the time......Our Lady of Sorrows -Erzulie Freda..etc. but so many people are quick to blame her. But she's like my best friend. I'd be nuts without her and probably miserable. I love her dearly. Thanks for the awesome lens, Sweetie.

Nightcat (author) on December 30, 2013:

@MorticiaSoul: My pleasure, MorticiaSoul! I've found her to be a total sweetheart and very safe to be around or I wouldn't share her with people. She is a total sweetheart, very loving as you are finding out. I'm so happy you found the lens useful, thanks for visiting! :)

MorticiaSoul on December 30, 2013:

Santisma Muerte adopted me last night. I have a friend who works with her and she was... Shall we say "playing" with him last night and through him, told me all kinda of interesting stuff. I'm excited to start working with her. Thank you for all the wonderful information you have provided. I can already feel her love.

Nightcat (author) on December 16, 2013:

@LluviaDeArte: My pleasure, LluviaDeArte! She is such a total sweetheart, she is a real joy to work with. Thanks for visiting. :)

LluviaDeArte on December 16, 2013:

Super interesting, I had to post this on my fb for a friend. Neato! Thank you for writing this!

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