Breaks and Cracks in Santa Muerte Magick - What Does a Broken Santa Muerte Amulet or Cracked Candle Mean?
In Mexico, where reverence for the Santa Muerte as we know it today was born, it's common to see people wearing any number of Santa Muerte amulets, bracelets, and other jewelry. It's also common for devotees to set up altars to the Santa Muerte in their homes. Where reverence for the Santa Muerte is high, local devotees have developed meanings for when seemingly bad things happen to their Santa Muerte items. In this article, we discuss what it means when a piece of Santa Muerte jewelery breaks or becomes lost, or when ritual candles break or crack.
Traditions vary, but my mother taught me that broken jewelry, or jewlery lost while you're wearing it, is a sign that the Santa Muerte has defended you against a curse or hex. Much like a plate of body armor will crack or break when struck by heavy impact (which is a sign that the plate worked to absorb shock from the impact), so too will your Santa Muerte jewelry break upon impact from negative energy. If your Santa Muerte jewelry or other amulet breaks and you still have it in your possession, bury or burn it. Make a special offering to Santa Muerte upon your altar as thanks for using her magick to protect you from negative influences.
The same is true of candles upon your altar. Remember that Santa Muerte is not a creation deity - she's the personification of death itself, and therefore can only kill, not create. When we petition Santa Muerte, we're not asking her to manifest our desires, we're asking her to kill the challanges and roadblocks keeping us from what we want. Also remember that we're only referring to votive style, glass encased candles here - as these are the kinds of candles most popular in Mexico and the ones most commonly seen on public Santa Muerte altars. When a candle upon our Santa Muerte altar cracks or breaks, we believe it's a sign that Santa Muerte is actively working to destroy roadblocks to the things we want. Extinguish the candle and discard like normal. Light another candle on your Santa Muerte altar to finish the original working or offering. If the new candle burns completely without cracking or breaking, then consider the work done. Continue lighting new candles until one burns completely without cracking or breaking.
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