As long-time readers of this blog will know by now, I did not enter into Polytheistic Paganism with a seething hatred for the Christian denomination (Eastern Orthodoxy) in which I’d been raised.
On the night of Saturday, November 3, 2018 into the wee hours of the morning of Sunday, November 4, I had the pleasure of experiencing my first official paranormal investigation at the Old Joliet Prison, courtesy of the paranormal investigation groups Chicago Hauntings and the Joliet Paranormal Society as well as the Joliet Area Historical Museum. My friend Edward and I joined 48 hearty souls for the 5-hour-long investigation, including renowned psychic medium (featured on the long-running Travel Channel series, Ghost Adventures) Chris Fleming, who happens to be a Chicago native.
I had the pleasure of recently leading my second public Mass to La Santa Muerte; it occurred on November 2 (All Souls’ Day) at our FOI Chicago public temple space.
Most Holy Death,
Glorious and Powerful
Sister of Mercy,
Stand firm as my Protector:
My unwavering shield
Against all foes,
Those known and those not known to me.
Be my guiding light
When all avenues seem dark,
Ensuring the safety of my body and
The wellness of my mind and spirit.
Lady of Purity,
Lady of Righteousness,
Seated at the Right Hand of the Father,
May I always find refuge in
Your mantle of Protection,
Granting me spiritual and physical protection and peace.
So shall it be.
(Pray the “Hail Mary” three times.)
(c) A. Applegate 2018
Prayer to La Dorada for Financial Well-Being
(c) Anna Applegate 2018
We will see You face to face sooner or later,
As You, without regard to age or riches,
Claim the old, the young, even the newly born
To come to Your feet at the appointed time.
Until that last day, hour, and second,
When Your Divine Majesty
Commands us to appear at Your feet,
Grant unto us Your favor
That our lives will be well lived:
Alleviate all financial insecurity,
All poverty and despair,
Bringing instead the health and joy
That comes in the wake of steady work and self-worth.
Let our businesses, our bank accounts,
And everything we do to provide for ourselves flourish.
Blessed and praised be Your Generosity,
In God we believe but in You we trust.
I’m so excited I can’t stand it! Tonight at 7 at Alchemy Arts Bookstore in Chicago’s Edgewater neighborhood, I’ll be presenting a workshop and leading a prayer ceremony in honor of La Santa Muerte. Based on the online registration plus what the store’s proprietor said to me on the phone last night, it’s going to be a packed house, which has me giddy as I’m very much looking forward to sharing my love for La Santísima with so many people eager to learn about how they can cultivate a devotional relationship with Her. Continue reading
Mark thy calendars, fellow Chicagoans! I’m going to be giving a La Santa Muerte workshop at Alchemy Arts Bookstore on Wednesday, January 10, 2018, from 7 to 9:30 pm! Behold, my wondrous marketing copy:
Ever since Her humble public debut on All Saints’ Day, 2001, in Mexico City’s barrio of Tepito, the skeletal grin and bony stature of the beloved folk saint known as La Santa Muerte (“the Holy Death”) has been gaining devotees by the millions across the Americas. Who is this feminine face of Death? What are Her different aspects? Which forces are culpable for launching Her cult into what has been called the fastest-growing religious movement in the world? How does one cultivate a relationship with La Dama Poderosa (“the Powerful Lady”)?
Join Fellowship of Isis Priestess and devout Muertista Rev. Anna Applegate for a lively two-and-a-half hour workshop that covers both theory and practice: a historical overview and discussion of La Santa Muerte and the rise of Her cult will be followed by a devotional religious service to Her for spiritual protection and empowerment. If you feel so inclined, you may bring an offering of a red apple for Her altar.
People of all spiritual backgrounds are welcome!
A donation of $10 per person is requested to help with printing costs for the booklet that participants will receive, though no one will be turned away for lack of funds.
Viva La Santísima!