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 the past, I would have recommended burning or burying items left over after magickal work, but no longer. In our modern age, and considering the number of devotees practicing in urban cities, burning or burying is simply not as prudent as it once was.
The first step to any disposal of an item used in a magick petition is to undo anything you did to the item. If you tied any knots, then untie or cut them open. If you filled any jars, then unfill them. If you stuffed any poppets, then unstuff them. You won't always be able to undo everything - such as if you blended herbal ingredients together or added broken glass and piss to a petition, but that's okay. Just undo your handiwork as much as you can and as much as is practical.
When you have undone your work as much as possible, then consider each piece on its own, and treat each piece just as you would any other item in your home that was ready for disposal.
Treating as Regular Trash
Is the item something that you would normally put in the garbage or recycling bin to be hauled to the dump? Then toss it in the appropriate garbage or recycling bin. Is it an item you would toss to the birds, like a piece of bread? Then toss it to the birds. Is it an item you would toss in your garden or compost bin to fertilize the soil, like fruit or old herbs? Then send it to the garden / compost bin.
Items which are treated as regular trash do not need to be purified or cleansed in any way, because if it is your intent to toss the item away as trash, then your intent will extend to the magick energy associated with the item. Tossing something away as regular trash, bird food, or compost, sends a very clear message that you are done with the item and no longer require any magick energy to be connected to the item.
It is only if you intend to reuse the item, or give the item away for someone else to use, that you should clarify your intent to preserve the item, but remove the energy you attached to it.
Reusing / Giving Away
It's an expensive world out there, and throwing away a perfectly good item just because it was used in a magickal petition may not feel right to many modern Santa Muerte devotees. In the event an item is still good enough to be used, you may decide to keep the item for future use or to give the item away.
If you decide to reuse the item or give it away, you can cleanse the item of the magickal energy you attached to it in the following way:
At your Santa Muerte altar, you can either anoint the item with a cleansing perfume or cologne, like Florida Water, OR you can pass the item through the smoke of a cleansing incense, such as sage or copal, OR you can sprinkle the item with a cleansing herb, like basil.
As you anoint the item, pass the item through smoke, OR sprinkle the item with an appropriate herb, visualize any magickal energy attached to the item rising from the item like steam evaporating into the air. As you visualize this, recite the following prayer over the item a total of three times:
"Santa Muerte, Holy Death,
let this energy now rest.
Make this item clean and pure,
to be made anew once more."
If you can wash the item with soap and water, then this should also be done, just to ensure the item is physically clean before any future use. You may now re-use the item or give it away as normal.
In the event you want to reuse or give away an item, but have no access to tools, you may also cleanse the item through the power of prayer alone by holding the item in your hands and reciting the above prayer a total of 100 times.
5/17/2020 02:25:13 pm
You NEVER TAKE APART A JOB OR REUSE THE ITEMS. YOU'RE AN IDIOT.
When you no longer require the energy of something you created, taking it apart is a great way to indicate your intent that you no longer want the item to continue doing what you designed it to do. If you go back and read in paragraph two I state anything left over, which you are not keeping as a charm, is magick trash. This implies you would keep the item together for as long as you want the energy from the petition to persist, or for as long as you feel the energy working. If you wanted the energy from the item to persist forever, then keep the thing together forever. Ostensibly, anything you wanted to keep forever would never become trash, so this blog post would not apply. As for reusing the items, many of the people who come to this site are in desperate situations, many are poor, many live with judgmental Christians, and some are even behind bars. Again, go back and read the first paragraph under the heading "Reusing / Giving Away", where I state it MAY feel wrong to some devotees throwing something away which is still good to use. If you have never lived poor, then I understand why this idea may seem foreign to you. I can see your privilege clear as day in the words you type. Also calling someone an idiot because you disagree with them is mean. You are a mean person. I pray that Santa Muerte delivers unto you the same hurt and meanness which you give to others.
2/6/2021 11:47:57 pm
What if my boyfriend found a santa muerte in chipped good condition and brought it home can I just throw it away
@Unknown - If you would like to throw the piece away, then you are free to do so. The Santa Muerte, as death itself, loses no power if you throw a physical item in the trash. However, as someone who has struggled financially, I would encourage you to give the item to someone who would appreciate it, or perhaps to leave the item outside where it could be found and used by someone who needs it more than you do. Mark the item with the word "free" so the intent is clear.
3/11/2021 01:41:44 pm
My last partner has a Santa muertes she was told to get rid of the ones she has but she is not sure if she should so that cuz she is scared something bad will come back too her for her doing that wat do u suggest she should do if u ca. Help me out with that that would be nice
@Ramon - Nothing will happen if you throw a statue away. The Santa Muerte reminds us that all things must come to an end, and this rule also applies to the usefulness of a Santa Muerte statue. Plus, the power of death loses nothing, loses no power, based on whether or not you keep a statue or get rid of it. If you do not want the statue, then you are free to throw it away. However, as someone who has lived poor, I think it would be wonderful if you gave the statue to someone who could use it, and who would appreciate it, more than you. If you don't want to go through the trouble of finding a new owner for the piece, then you can place it next to a public garbage space, with a note that says "FREE" - then trust that the piece will find its way to where it can be appreciated most.
10/30/2021 08:39:11 am
I love it when people respond to angry, excessively emotional people with calm and serenity
5/12/2021 12:49:08 am
Items can be reused, just so you know santa muerte hates wastefulness. Im mexican so dont tell me that i dont know what im talking about. In mexico the items get reused and food offerings are given to the homeless people.
5/28/2020 08:05:19 pm
4/4/2021 09:04:08 pm
Hi, I've had my Santa Muerte statues for a little over 10 years. One of the statues was given to me by a former friend which I am no longer associated with. I no longer wish to worship la Santa Muerte and need some good advice as how to do so if you could please help me with this i would greatly appreciate your reply. Thank you in advance.
As far as the altar pieces go, my best advice is to give them away. There are plenty of devotees out there who cannot afford their own pieces and who would love to give your statues a new home. Check this out for more information:
6/11/2021 06:07:32 pm
U would have to bury her in the cemetery. That what I was told or give her to someone who would take her in.
7/22/2021 07:29:45 pm
Thank you so much for your article your advice was so helpful for me I'm able now to appropriately pey homage to something muerta correctly
8/9/2021 04:13:05 pm
How do you disposable of offerings of liquor and tobacco products if you do not smoke ?
You should be safe pouring the liquor almost anywhere - a patch of dirt, a patch of concrete, or even just down the sink. If it's a pure tobacco cigarette, then the tobacco can be returned to the Earth, with the paper and filter treated as regular trash or recycled. You could also discard cigarettes at a public butt-can, or give them away to a smoker who would like to have them.
11/4/2021 11:39:30 am
I found a Santa muerte statue under my house I do not know who it belonged too if if someone put it there to do something against me how can I dispose of it or what can I do with it? I don’t want any harm to come back on me
Even in this situation my advice would be the same. Throw it in the trash, give it away, or sell it. No matter what you do to a statue, the Santa Muerte, as death itself, loses no power. If this was me, I would count it as a blessing - a new statue for my collection! I would befriend the energy of the item, pray to it, make offerings to it, treat it well, and basically turn the tables on whatever negative energy somebody might have tried to send my way. If I was concerned about negative energy associated with the statue, I might perform a cleansing ritual as described in the article above, under the section "Reusing / Giving Away".
7/17/2022 07:01:23 pm
My girlfriend bought a Santa Muerte statue from Mexico she has not asked for any petitions. What is the proper way to dispose of it? Can we just throw it in the trash?
Technically yes. I would personally try to give it or sell it to a devotee who would appreciate it, but there is nothing wrong with throwing the item away in the trash. The power of death does not lose any power just because you decided to toss something away.
11/17/2022 12:18:43 pm
Hello I'm seeking answers,my sister inlaw destroyed my Santa muerte alters n there is no fixing her,please someone tell me what is it that I have to do now or what does it mean for me. Help me please
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