The ninth and final day of the Novena to La Santa Muerte should occur on a Wednesday. The third of the three-day white glass candles burned in Her honor should be close to burning itself out. Take time for quiet contemplation of the entire Novena experience: How did your devotional relationship with La Santísima deepen? In what ways have you changed–perhaps your attitude towards your own mortality? Or your understanding of the nature of prayer in general, or its contextualization in Mexican folk magic and religion in particular? Have any portents presented themselves at any time during the Novena, assuring you that La Flaquíta has in fact been listening to you? Did you feel Her bony fingers steering your ship of destiny in the past nine days in any way? Synchronicities often abound, in my experience. And it has always been my experience that my prayers manifested pretty quickly, especially if I was seeking payback against an enemy. And somewhere in the darkness, La Santa Muerte Negra grins Her skeletal grin broadly…
The eighth day of the Novena to La Santa Muerte should take place on a Tuesday. Check to see how the three-day candle you lit yesterday is faring. Is the flame burning steadily and cleanly? Is the glass clear? Or has a dark layer of soot, representing an obstacle to the fulfillment of your prayers, formed at the lip of the glass? Overall, what sort of vibration does your shrine to La Santísima exude? How content does She seem to be with your offerings?
The fifth day of the Novena to La Santa Muerte should occur on a Saturday. This day is a day of power–technically past the midpoint–in the nine-day prayer vigil and series of offerings, so you want to ensure that you’re stepping up your offerings today. Show La Santísima that you appreciate Her for Who She is, not just what She does for you. Continue reading
The fourth day of the Novena to La Santa Muerte should occur on a Friday. If you’ve been paying Her proper homage all this time, you should definitely be experiencing a shift in energies surrounding the areas in your life for which you’ve been petitioning Her help. In my experience, She responds to prayers pretty swiftly, especially when it comes to addressing injustice: Gracías, Mi Flaquíta! As with other Virgin Goddesses I venerate (such as Artemis), I find that La Santa Muerte paradoxically exudes a fierce maternal protectiveness towards Her devotees. She is so deserving of our thanks and praise! Be generous with your offerings for Her. The great Irish writer Oscar Wilde is said to have quipped, “I have very simple tastes: I simply demand the best of everything!” Let that be your guide in the quality of the heartfelt offerings you give to the Bony Lady! Continue reading
I dreamt of La Santa Muerte again last night, the second time this week (the first being Monday night). It’s pretty obvious to me that She’s keen on my devotion to Her and these dreams are cosmic green lights/Her bony “thumbs up” signals in response to my petitions in my prayers as well as signs of encouragement for me to deepen my devotion to Her. With a profoundly grateful heart, I humbly offer to my blog readers (a huge shout-out of Welkom! to all my new Dutch readers, by the way!) the prayers to be said on Day 3 of the Novena to La Santa Muerte. Continue reading
It’s Imbolc, it’s the Feast Day of the orisha Oya, it’s the birthday of the sky-mother goddess Nut, it’s the eve of a super-auspicious full moon (in Leo, conjunct transiting Jupiter in Leo), and its the 11th birthday of my big kahuna Hawaiian import of a cat (Happy Birthday, Thor!). Needless to say, things have been buzzing in my home temple space with virtually round-the-clock ritual activity and will continue to do so for the next few days. While Chicago (a.k.a., Chiberia) has been hit hard with a snowstorm whose system began Saturday evening, resulting in 19″ of snowfall recorded in my Northwest Side neighborhood as of this morning, and spring seems very remote, I’m certainly counting my blessings. And since today is a Monday and that’s the day most sacred to La Santa Muerte, counting my blessings in a ritual context of weekly devotionals to Mi Flaquíta (My Skinny Girl) is the way to go, and I’d like to share more prayers and photos of my shrine dedicated to Her with you. Continue reading