You Will Need -
Rose - for Santa Muerte devotees in Mexico, the personification of death is viewed as a woman, and one of her favorite offerings to receive is flowers, especially roses. They represent the softer, loving, and merciful side of the Santa Muerte.
Tobacco - although soft enough to appreciate the gift of roses, Santa Muerte is also known for her many vices, which is why devotees often offer Santa Muerte cigars, booze, and candy. Here, the tobacco represents Santa Muerte's vices, her approachable down-to-Earth spirit, her "live for the moment" attitude, and her ability to connect with us in the physical realm.
Copal - known as a powerful spiritual protector and purifier, copal has a long history in Mexico for its connection to the dead and it's considered one of the Santa Muerte's favorite incense aromas. Used here to represent the spiritual, magickal, and mystical nature of Santa Muerte.
Mortar and Pestle - for grinding your herbal ingredients into a fine powder.
1 Piece of Paper - to hold the name and date of birth of the person for whom the petition is being made.
1 Black Ink Pen - for the paper.
1 White Candle - to invoke the energy of the White Cloaked Santa Muerte of harmony, happiness, peace, and general protection.
Crafting Your Petition -
The first thing you'll want to do is set your copal in the freezer. Copal is a resin and will gum up if you try to grind it in your mortar and pestle at room temperature. This just makes it easier to work with.
As your copal freezes, at your Santa Muerte altar, write on your piece of paper the name and date of birth of the person for whom this petition is being made. Place your offering candle over this piece of paper and light your offering candle.
Next, combine approximately equal amounts of rose and tobacco in your mortar and grind / incorporate with your pestle. As you grind these ingredients, you can focus on your intent of giving thanks to the Santa Muerte for the favor which she has already provided, visualize a future full of continued blessings and favor, and recite the Thanks and Blessings Santa Muerte Magick Prayer, found below.
When your rose and tobacco have been well incorporated, you can retrieve your copal from the freezer and incorporate an amount approximately equal to the two other ingredients. Continue to visualize thanks and blessings and to recite the below magick prayer as you incorporate your copal.
When your herbal ingredients have been well incorporated and reduced to a fine powder, slowly sprinkle your powder mixture around the base of your burning offering candle. This should create a ring of powder around your offering candle and on top of your piece of paper, with the idea being that we surround the person whose name is on the paper with the magickal energy of the herbs and the white offering candle
After sprinkling your herbal mixture around the base of your offering candle, all that's left to do is allow the offering candle to burn to completion. Over the next day or two while your candle burns, you can visit your altar and recite the Thanks and Blessings Santa Muerte Magick Prayer (found below) to reinforce the intent behind the petition.
Once your offering candle has burned all the way down, the petition is complete. You may burn or bury any organic material that's left over, and treat everything else as regular trash.
Thanks and Blessings Santa Muerte Magick Prayer
Santa Muerte, Santa Muerte,
thank you for favor given.
Santa Muerte, Santa Muerte,
thank you for your recognition.
May your blessings always shine
on every aspect of this life.
May you always grant protection
with the power of your magick scythe.
Devoted to you, Santa Muerte, amen.