Day of the Dead in Modern Mexico
A look at Day of the Dead celebrations in modern Mexico, which can be adopted and adapted by anyone, anywhere.
How to Dispose of Magick Trash
Once a petition has been made, anything that is left over - which you are not specifically keeping to act as a charm - is essentially magick trash, and this post will discuss how to dispose of that magick trash in a safe and practical way. This advice can also be followed to deal with old offerings which you want to rotate off your Santa Muerte altar.
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 damage occurs to a Santa Muerte amulet, charm, statue, figurine, or offering candle.
One common question about pagan beliefs is whether or not the practitioner needs to share an ancestral or ethnic link with the system of magick or religion being practiced. In the case of Santa Muerte magick, there's no requirement to be Mexican, Latin American, or Catholic. As the personification of death, the Santa Muerte knows no ethnicity, she has no race, and she waves no flag. Call her what you want and dress her up in any cultural costume you want, beneath it all, she's the same boney lady known around the world. Sure, she might be a rogue Catholic saint venerated by a large community of self identifying Catholics in Mexico, but that's only one part of her story from one part of the world.