Offerings are an integral part of the Santa Muerte magick tradition. Offerings are sacrifices we make - in time, in money, in spirit - that help convey to the Santa Muerte how much she means to us and how much we appreciate her help in our daily lives. If you're new to working with the Santa Muerte, you may be wondering about the most appropriate way to make offerings to our Holy Saint Death, or how to discard offerings when they go bad or when you want to make space on your altar for a fresh offering. In Santa Muerte magick, making and managing offerings is relatively easy.
For starters, there are many types of offerings that you can make. The most common way for followers of Santa Muerte to make offerings to her is to place physical items upon an alter carrying her image. Saint Death has many vices, and is known to appreciates several types of offerings. Typical offerings for the Santa Muerte include:
Liquor / Tequila
Perfume / Siete Machos or Florida Water
Incense / Copal
Soda / Coca Cola
The type of offering you decide to make is entirely up to you. It is, after all, the thought that counts. For this reason, I generally advise devotees to make offerings that they themselves would like to recieve. If you do not smoke or drink, then you should not feel obligated to offer cigarettes or alcohol.
To offer a physical item, simply place it upon your Santa Muerte altar. If the offering is perishable, like bread or apples, then you should remove the offering when it begins to show signs of going bad. Flowers should be removed when they begin to wilt, and incense / candles should be removed when they've been used. If you offer cigarettes and cigars, you can either leave them on the altar un-smoked, or allow them to burn like incense on the altar, or actually smoke the item yourself and blow the smoke over your altar image of the Santa Muerte. Many followers who leave offerings of cigarettes and cigars will light the item, take a few puffs and exhale the smoke over their Santa Muerte altar, and then leave the item on the altar to burn like you would a candle or stick of incense.
As a general rule, don't leave open flames unattended. Ever.
For the most part, there's no consensus on when physical offerings should be rotated - use your best judgement. Just because something hasn't technically gone bad, it doesn't mean you can't rotate it off the altar in favor of more fresh offerings. Are you getting bored of seeing an item on your altar? Then the Santa Muerte may be getting bored of seeing it as well.
Most followers will have multiple offerings upon their altars at the same time - it is not uncommon to see bowls of fruit next to bottles of hard liquor on public Santa Muerte altars in Mexico.
Money offered at an altar can be spent on altar upkeep, or donated to the less fortunate. Everything else can be disposed of using the instructions outlined in my post How to Dispose of Magick Trash.
If you are not in a financial position to make regular physical offerings, you can also make offerings to the Santa Muerte in the form of prayers in her name. Many followers offer prayers by reciting the Santa Muerte rosary at their altars. You may also consider volunteering with organizations that help the less fortunate - it doesn't cost more than the cost of transportation and Santa Muerte smiles on any efforts to help the less fortunate.
Stephanie Del Hierro
7/23/2017 02:52:23 pm
Im in a financial situation right know I'm in debt with school and money loans I have gotten. Ive been thinking a lot of praising la Santa Muerte for money just to have enough... But idk how or what to do, And what are the consequences of doing this like the pros and cons... Can some one please help
It's not as tough as you might think - just open your heart and ask her for help. Some of the first people to venerate the Santa Muerte were dirt poor. No cash for an altar or offering? Simply visualize and pray - both are free. I'm not sure what you mean by consequences or pros and cons. I recommend you listen to the first episode of my podcast. Click the "Podcast" link above and listen to Episode 1 - Fear of the Santa Muerte. Hope that helps.
8/26/2017 12:12:12 pm
What if I am unable to keep an alter in my home? Can I keep her statue and items in a box to be brought out when I am making my prayers?
5/31/2022 02:44:44 pm
So I can just have a altar for her and just give her candy and anything she likes ?
I'm new to this as well.but my boyfriend has helped me in better understanding what and who she is. You can start with a daily prayer and if you don't have a statue a candle with an image of LA santisma muerte on it will be OK. And give her an offering of fresh cofee or bread. And ask her to help you in your finances and thank her and keep giving her your offerings. The flips side is you stop doing for her .and she will stop doing for you. I have seen it done. Good luck and best wishes
3/13/2018 09:53:48 am
I've been struggling with depression and I want protection from the people at my school whom make fun of me. I am packing motivation and I need help. I want to be happy, I live with trauma everyday because I was molested various times. I just want to be safe...how do I pray to La Santa Muerte?
Praying to Santa Muerte is as easy as closing your eyes and opening your heart. Say what you think needs to be said and ask for the help you seek. The secret is there is no secret. Every relationship with Santa Muerte is very personal. Altars and offerings are great, but they are not required to build a relationship with Santa Muerte. The relationship is formed from your heart, nowhere else. Sometimes, we can stand in the way of our own magickal success by doubting that what we do will work. For devotees of Santa Muerte, belief is a major aspect of magickal success. Instead of asking for something that you may feel is out of reach, ask for things that you might think are more attainable. Instead of a solution for your whole life, perhaps ask for a friend you can confide in, for people who make you feel good about yourself, for the ability to see your self worth, the ability to ignore the haters, etc. As you see progress with small requests, you will build the belief in yourself necessary to make "bigger" requests. It's impossible to move an entire mountain all at once - focus instead on moving one handful of dirt at a time. I hope that helps, many blessings.
9/7/2017 06:37:49 pm
Hello im a new Follower , Believer of our Holy Death Santa Muerte I really need help in prayer of what to say what to ask for to ? Please help in any way a prayer word for word Would be a Help Much appreciated
9/16/2017 02:31:23 am
How will I know that Santisima Muerte is granting my favor?
It depends on what you ask for, you may or may not see certain signs. For example, if you asked for help finding a job, then you might begin to notice more and more job announcements that you're qualified for. If you asked for help with a court decision, then you really wouldn't know until the final decision is made. Hope that makes sense.
8/16/2020 10:44:26 am
I asked for help with an indifferent and I woke up to him the next morning after him telling me he wasn't coming she is real
9/17/2017 11:04:29 pm
Yes I understand you perfectly. So in my case I would have to wait for the person to move from my town then.... Pero would there be signs in between? Like maybe the person posting something like she wants to move or thinking of moving getting out fresh start? I've noticed on my altar the crystal glass of water looks as if someone takes a drink out of it when I look at it in the morning.
9/19/2017 12:10:23 am
Thank you so much for taking the time to answer me. I appreciate it greatly.... 💯👍
4/2/2018 06:52:05 pm
If my ex stopped loving me is there a way la Santa muerte can help with that?and how much time will it take?is water amd food enough for her to grant my wish?
Technically, the Santa Muerte can be petitioned for anything. The Santa Muerte cannot manifest, she can only bring death - even when we ask her to manifest miracles, what we are actually doing is asking that she kill the barriers standing in the way of what we want. So what's the barrier keeping your ex away? If you can articulate that, then you can pray to the Santa Muerte to remove it. Time is another problem entirely. The Santa Muerte is not a butler or genie, you can't expect to snap your fingers and have her jump. The problem with asking for the love of a specific person is that you could wait five minutes or 20 years for the Santa Muerte to grant your wish. This is why I don't perform love petitions to attract specific people, I instead perform petitions to attract lasting love or happy love. I highly recommend you work with the Santa Muerte to attract true love in general rather than specific love. Water and bread? It depends. Are you someone living paycheck to paycheck? Then I think water and bread is a very nice offering. Are you someone with millions of dollars in the bank? Then I think you could do better. What anybody offers is relative. I've seen homeless people in Mexico offer single sticks of incense they buy for 5 pesos. That's a big deal to a homeless person. Those who have more money to spend will leave entire bottles of liquor. With the Santa Muerte, it's the thought that counts. So the question is, what does bread and water mean to you?
I want to ask Santa muerte for firtility for my sister in law and protecton of the child (from miscarriages) since she has had a rough road with that cause she is one of the most kind hearted people I know and it hurts to see her hurt and I want to help in any way I can, but I don't really have the money to buy Santa muerte offerings,I can offer food and flowers but that's about it. How would I go about this?
Money means nothing to Santa Muerte, what matters above all is your intent. Remember that her tradition grew out of slums - her original devotees were surrounded by poverty. Offer what you can, but don't ever be discouraged from working with the Santa Muerte because of a lack of money. When you can't make a physical offering, you can always offer to recite the rosary or other prayers in her honor.
10/7/2017 10:43:18 am
I need help in finding a place to live that I can afford
Petition the gold aspect of the Santa Muerte to destroy the obstacles between you and an affordable apartment. Use a digital image and offerings of prayers if you have no cash for an altar and physical offerings. Something as simple as "Santa Muerte, I honor your name" would be a prayer you could offer. Or you could aspire to recite the full Santa Muerte rosary on a regular basis. Hope that helps but I'm here if you have more questions.
1/14/2018 04:50:59 pm
About money offerings... when u offer money to Santa Muerte u leave money there forever or u can use them later?
@Sasha - You can leave the money on your altar for as long as you like, but once you give it to the Santa Muerte, it should be used for the Santa Muerte. You can use money offerings to buy new offering candles for your altar, new statues for your altar, new incense for your altar, etc. You can also donate cash offerings to charity in the name of the Santa Muerte.
10/18/2017 12:50:42 am
Greetings, I'm currently building a nice altar for her with her own space in my home. I appreciate the info and time put in. However I have a few questions, if I may ask please? Firstly, I have her altar facing west far to the end of my house. Except I have a Papa Legba Altar far away on the other end. But it's in the same joint area. But they're like fifteen metres away. Will she be upset with that or will the seperate altars be enough with the distance. I don't get a bad feeling I just don't want to risk upsetting her. And secondly I don't have a rosary yet but I have a realistic skull necklace. Can I use that as a rosary? Like hold it in my hands and say the prayers everyday? But can I say them in one go instead of going bead to bead? As it doesn't have beads? I'm sorry for the lengthy questions but I'm very grateful for any input! <3
10/21/2017 08:41:42 am
Hello I have a question, can the santa Muerte help me with a ex I want to get back with? If so how can I ask her to help me ?
10/28/2017 09:51:21 am
Thank you so much !! Would I have to buy her a candle and ask her from there or what can I do?
4/2/2018 06:29:31 pm
If im trying to get with an ex back can la santa muerte help me get back with him?and if she can what type of offerings can i give her since i cant have an altar?
@Cassandra - Yes, the Santa Muerte can be petitioned for anything you want. Whether or not the petition is granted is another question entirely. The problem with asking for the love of a specific person is that there's no telling how long you may have to wait. This is why I recommend devotees petition for general love, lasting love, or happy love. As I like to say, help the Santa Muerte help you, and requesting something so specific may require much more patience on your part than asking for something more general. Offerings don't require an altar. You can leave offerings at places where death is strong, like cemeteries, or simply close your eyes and offer prayers in her honor. The Santa Muerte rosary can be recited for free, no altar needed, and it's a great way to show your love for Santa Muerte.
4/4/2018 09:28:57 am
By destroying the barrier. If it's another person she will hurt her or just remove her?
10/24/2017 09:19:18 pm
Well , i really dont know where to start . Ive been thinking of it like what if the food rotens or something , do i put her food everything or until its done like the water , will she drink it or will i have to wait until shes done to refill it im just confused because im struggling with money , people hate me , jealous of me , just a lot of problems .
You can remove food before it starts to show signs of spoiling. Feel free to refill the water as often as you like - as long as there is water on the altar then the offering is made. Don't forget that offerings don't have to cost you anything - prayers of veneration are free and can be recited whenever you have a few spare moments throughout your day. Haters gonna hate, build a relationship with the Santa Muerte and with friends and family who are positive influences in your life and go from there - no reason to dwell on things and people that don't help you feel happy.
2/11/2018 12:27:10 pm
I have a question what if i need help to bring an ex back?he stopped having feelings for me. If its possible how can i ask her for help?
@Eliza - the Santa Muerte is a master at destroying barriers and roadblocks. What is the barrier or roadblock that's keeping you from getting back with your ex? If you can articulate that, then you have a place to start. Ask the Santa Muerte to destroy that roadblock in order to move you closer to your goal. As a side note, I always like to ask people in your position to meditate on what they're actually looking for - are you looking for true love? Or are you looking to get back with your ex? They're two different requests - and getting back with an ex does not guarantee your happiness. Be sure about what you ask for! Hope that helps - good luck in your journey!
10/28/2017 03:00:28 pm
how would i know when to call to see if i got my old job back i ask santa muerte to get me my old jon back
Follow your intuition, you are ultimately the one who will have to take the leap and call. If it helps, consult the tarot, pendulum, or coins of Holy Saint Death with some basic yes / no questions to see if it's a good time to call or if a good time to call is approaching. Good luck with the petition!
11/6/2017 11:48:14 pm
Hi! I've been praying to Santa muerte for about a year now but ive been going through alot lately. I've lost custody of my kids couple years ago and now have a new born which I'm very thankful of but now it seems like everything is falling apart. One of my kids father just passed away and I just feel very down ever since and I would love to get my kids back. I feel like I'm dying inside. My boyfriend has and believes in elegua ogun and ochosi.. which we don't ever disrespect each other about our beliefs but... Lately everything is just going down. We are being evicted from our place and last night our only car got repo. And his business is going down hill. Is there anything I can do to help him out. I'm in serious need financially and mentally. Maybe I'm not doing enough. I'd appreciate your input.
Speaking magickally, I don't think you're "not doing enough". I think you've experienced so much negativity over a short amount of time that you're self conscious is sabotaging your ability to experience success with magick. At this point, casting a spell that will fix all of your problems is probably out of reach, because your mind is in such a negative place it probably doesn't believe that one solution could fix all your problems. What you have to do is rebuild your own faith in your magick, but you have to do it slowly. Pray to Santa Muerte for a day of nice weather, or special time with your loved ones. Have your boyfriend pray for a new client - not a complete turnaround of business, but just one new client. Each little success you experience with magick will go toward rebuilding your faith in your magick, and therefore your ability to remain positive and tackle bigger and more serious problems. I hope that makes sense.
11/20/2017 10:34:51 am
If my kids Dads new girlfriend is using Santa Muerte against me to bring misery and interfere with my love life. Will it be pointless to pray to Santa Muerte to protect me or to bring happiness back into my love life? I know I’ve heard that you can’t use her to do bad but the new girlfriend is and has no problem admitting it. She actually brags about it and said I’ll never be happy and never have anyone to love me because of it. Please anything will help.
Not pointless at all. There are two sides to every story, and Santa Muerte is a symbol for justice. Think of it like a courtroom scenario. If this new woman brought a case against you in court, it would be easy for her to paint you as a terrible person if she's the only one doing the talking. If you don't show up to court to defend yourself, the court is left with no option but to consider heavily the claims of the new woman. So show up to court. Present your case. Make a petition for yourself, and show the Santa Muerte that you're someone who does not deserve this kind of treatment. A couple of side notes - first is that there are many who believe that Santa Muerte can be used for good and evil. My second side note is a bit of advice. I'm willing to bet that if you could make this other woman believe that her magick is failing, then she'll stop trying to use magick against you. When you hear that she's bragging about putting a curse on you, then you should brag about winning a couple hundred dollars in the lottery, even if you actually didn't win anything. Ever hear that the best revenge is living well? If you can make her think that her magick is back firing or not having any effect, she'll likely give it up. At the very least it'll get under her skin and that should provide some amount of satisfaction ;)
12/15/2017 02:41:12 am
Ive been thinking about this for quite a while. I heard stories about 'La Santa Muerte' on what kind of deity it is. I always hear so much negative yet I manage to push that to the side, because what I want so bad really is getting out of control. Ive been meaning to ask, can she somehow manage to create something ugly come true? Something that's considered to be wrong in different forms and views. I have such a huge lust over my boyfriend's straight brother.
1/2/2018 03:15:06 pm
Wanting to ask her for protection for my home and family for peace in my home and to help my husbands with his addictions so we can live in peace can i ask for her to take someones addictions away?
The white cloaked Santa Muerte can bring peace and harmony to wherever you envision her. The yellow cloaked Santa Muerte deals with health and healing and recovery. The amber colored Santa Muerte has become known as a patron to addicts - perhaps meditate on and pray to her for help. And, as I always say, help the Santa Muerte help you - find support from an addiction group near you or (at the very least) connect with one online. The magick of a group of folks healing together, I've been told, is very powerful. If he won't attend a group, there are groups for spouses / children of addicts as well. Ask the Santa Muerte to guide your search for a counselor or support group, or to keep you strong as you make the right decisions.
1/28/2018 02:22:23 pm
Hi.. I am new to this but I have done a prayer in the ost with a candle. Now I’m having the same issue with my husband who will not let go of his “best friend” who I believe is in love with my husband. He secretly talks to her and recently I found a text of her asking him to be there for her during her brothers memorial service. I hate her. All she does is bring lies and arguments to my marriage of 7 years. My husband has left in the Past because of this girl. Is it ok or worth to ask for her to disappear from his life? I can’t have the altar in my home as much as I want to due to him finding out but would she still help me? :(
Yes, it is ok and worth it. You don't need an altar to venerate the Santa Muerte. You can pray to her from your heart and in your head, and you can make her offerings in places where death is always near - like cemeteries, hospitals, dangerous intersections, etc. So, if you can't put an altar in your home, you can sprinkle tobacco out the window as you pass a cemetery, you could make a donation to a hospital or hospice, etc. You could also pay someone like me to put a candle at a public altar. If you can't make physical offerings, you could offer to pray her rosary a certain number of times or volunteer with organizations that help the dying. An altar is not a requirement of veneration, nor is an altar required to make a request. Some of her first devotees were too poor to afford altars or offerings and she still helped them.
1/30/2018 09:35:37 am
I've been trying to do research on La Santa Muerte lately because I'm interested in learning about her. My mom and family have always told me negative things about her but on the other hand, my girlfriend's mom prays to her and believes in her. I recently lost two pets, one died and the other got out and lost. I love my pets as if they were my own kids and I am taking these losses very hard. I thought about reaching out to her to help me find my pet who got lost, and also for protection over my pets and my future. I have been through a lot in such a short amount of time and I'd like some guidance. I know that there are consequences with her when you don't complete your promise. I'd like to know what kind of Santa Muerte I should get. I want to offer her flowers every month, but I'd have to put her in a place that isn't so visible to my parents since I still live with them. I was wondering how I could go about asking her for these things and if she'd be mad if I put her in a bit of a hidden place in my room?
For pets, I would recommend a white Santa Muerte - the same color I would recommend to protect a child or loved one. An altar is not required for veneration or for petitions. In your case, if you want to offer flowers to the Santa Muerte but have no altar to place them on, I would recommend placing them in a skull themed vase (if anyone asks, it's just a vase), leaving flowers at a random plot at the cemetery (the oldest plots probably get the least visitors), or donating flowers to a local hospital (who will usually use the flowers to brighten up rooms and work center). No, if your reasons are justified and your intent is still there, then I don't think Santa Muerte will care. To me, Santa Muerte is more of a favorite grandparent and it's more the thought that counts.
2/13/2018 09:41:35 am
My boyfriend is on the verge of getting deported back to Mexico. He already has I don't know if it's an Altar but it's a pic of her that he drew himself and a skull covered kinda like the reaper sitting in front of the pic. He is a follower/believer of her and I've been thinking or wanting to start praying to her and asking for Favors for awhile now. I really need her to keep him here in the states with me. How would I ask her and make offerings for that favor?
Santa Muerte devotees believe that Santa Muerte can be petitioned in times of desperation by making a deal or contract with her. When devotees need a miracle, they'll make a big promise which comes due when the miracle is granted. They will also make smaller, more traditional offerings in between in order to gain Santa Muerte's favor. What you promise is up to you - what would you consider a big promise in return for this miracle? Also, I suggest you talk to an immigration attorney - most won't charge you unless they actually think they can help you. Since immigration is a federal matter, you could technically contact any immigration attorney anywhere in the United States for help - so if one doesn't want to give you free advice, then keep googling until you find one that will. I can't give you legal advice, but I urge you to contact an immigration attorney and get a second, third, and fourth opinion. So far as I know, you can remain anonymous while receiving general advice. If an attorney is demanding personal information before you've got the information you need to feel comfortable, then hang up and dial the next one. You NEED to contact an attorney.
2/14/2018 04:06:50 pm
I have saved up to over 100 dollars in offerings to Santa Muerte, so you think going to my old elementary school to donate to kids whos parents cant pay for lunches, is a good idea?
2/16/2018 11:33:26 pm
I want a baby's ! How can I get her help ?
2/19/2018 01:28:26 am
Ive been wanting to pray to the Santa Muerte but havent found a way to do so. Growing up my mom has always said negative thjings bout her. but now i lost the love of my life to a new girlfriend and I need him back but I cannot have a altar due to my families beliefs please help me out. How can i get him back seeking the Santa Muertes help?
2/24/2018 06:25:17 pm
first time praying to la santa muerte, and I noticed that the candle made a heart shaped puddle and the glass of water had some bubbles. is this a sign she heard my petition?
If you are pulled to believe the heart shaped puddle of wax is a sign your petition has been heard, I would not disagree. Knowing whether your petition has been heard is a matter of intuition.
2/25/2018 01:25:41 pm
Hi I have a friend who is showing me how to do my prayers and offerings to Santa Muerte. I am really confused on the offerings due to my friend not knowing full english. Is there anyway I can restart my alter offerings by removing the old and starting fresh? I also need to know what to do with the old candles the cigarettes and the little bit of alcohol that is left. Please help me understand.
Yes, feel free to remove the old and start fresh. Altar offerings are placed and removed all the time. If your items are environmentally friendly, you can bury or burn them. If the items are not environmentally friendly, or if you don't know, you can treat them as regular trash (recycle if you can - it's better for the Earth). Also, you could give the items away to people who could use them.
2/26/2018 02:19:29 pm
Hello I am new to Santa Muerete and I have a few questions. I currently don’t have any pictures/statues of her or a rosary of her. Would I still be able to say the Santa Muerte rosary prayers, make requests, and give her offerings despite this? I have an area in my room that I want to turn into an alter for her but like I previously stated, I currently don’t have any pictures/statues of her
The relationship you form with Santa Muerte does not come from any material items - it comes from your heart. Many devotees around the world are too poor to afford elaborate altars, yet they remain loyal to Santa Muerte because they feel her presence within and around them. Yes, you can make offerings and recite prayers without an altar. It is not where or how you do these things that matter, but your intent. If you recite the rosary with the intent of the prayer being to honor the Santa Muerte, then your prayers are for the Santa Muerte whether or not you have a rosary in your hands.
2/26/2018 11:22:40 pm
I want a tattoo of her but I never worked with her before... where should I begin in order too get a tattooed of her?
2/27/2018 06:22:29 pm
If I'm no longer praying to la santa muerte how can do I properly dispose of the candles
You can burn them until they're done. If they're environmentally friendly, you can bury them. If you're not sure if they're environmentally friendly, then you can treat them as regular trash. You could also give them away to someone who you think would appreciate a gift of candles.
3/1/2018 07:56:27 am
I have somebody trying to end my life. Can i pray to the santa muerte to get the person out of my life and be protected?
3/4/2018 11:37:03 am
I want to knoo what can I do to let her knoo I'm with her ? I'm new to it all . I'm staying from place to place so I bought me a little something to carry around with me of her .
3/8/2018 02:12:21 am
Hi, I've been going to court with my x for 3 1/2 years now. We're in a custody battle. He's an abusive pedophile & I don't want him anywhere near my children. The judge has been on his side for some reason with the visitation. I am new working with Santa Muerte. Something has been drawing me to her lately. What can i do so he can disappear permanently & leave my family alone? I am really so afraid for my children. I don't want him near them. Please help me if u can. Thank you
For something big like this, you could make her a deal or a promise. If she delivers, your end of the bargain would come due. What you promise is up to you, but it should be something big. Everybody has a different idea of what's "something big". It could be promising to recite her rosary everyday for a year, or promising to get her image largely tattooed on your body, or promising to donate a large amount of money in her name to a good cause (perhaps one for abused children). In Mexico, people who are granted a big miracle will promise to build and maintain a public altar for as long as they live - which is no small task. Whatever you choose, it has to be big to you, so what's something like this worth? And what are you actually able to deliver?
3/11/2018 03:10:52 pm
How can i pray to her to help me get back the guy i love? he left me for another girl and i cant stand seeing them together everywhere. Ive tried praying many times but see no results. do u guys suggest anything? How long should I keep praying? will it not work? Is it worth praying to her?
Just ask. Santa Muerte magick is a form of death magick. Death cannot manifest, only destroy. Even when we ask her to deliver blessings into our lives, what we are actually doing is asking her to destroy the barriers between us and the blessings we seek. Therefore, what is the barrier keeping you from getting him back? If you can figure that out, then ask the Santa Muerte to remove that barrier. Also remember that patience is key. If you're going to ask the Santa Muerte for help, you have to respect that she moves at her own speed. She is an energy more powerful than any of us can imagine - she is not your employee. This is why we call requests made of Santa Muerte petitions, not demands. This is why many will also try to entice Santa Muerte with offerings - they give something in order to get something, or promise to give something if a wish is fulfilled. Personally, I would suggest asking for true love rather than one specific person. If she grants your wish, but the man turns out to be abusive, or a cheater, or someone who takes advantage of you, technically, you would have gotten what you asked for. But would that make you truly happy?
3/13/2018 07:35:18 pm
Hi so I've been learning a lot about this and when u ask she will do what she feels is right if this guy is not right for u then she will show u the right path. If it's easier to be away u can for the strength to overcome it. If u are determined that this is what u want u can take a pure red candle and place on a plate in her alter and the red candle u write his name on it and then light it and say a prayer for him to come. But I would strongly think about it before u do this. I know when I say my prayer I always say to bring me love and if it isn't the one I love bring fourth the one I am mentally to be with. Hope this helps.
3/11/2018 03:15:36 pm
I have been trying to pray to get a gyruy i loved back. we were never really something but now i want to be but he has a new girlfriend. i tried seeking her help for the past 3 months but havent seen any results. do u guys have suggestions? is it worth seeking her? do i have to offer anything? what kind of things should i offer? how should i pray to her for help with my issue?
See the answer to your first question. In terms of what you should offer, that depends, what's it worth to you? What could you actually deliver? Value is relative. If you're dirt poor, then offering to pay for an offering candle could be a big deal. If you're a millionaire, an offering candle might be nothing to you - so it would be nothing to Santa Muerte.
3/12/2018 05:33:56 pm
I would like to begin a relationship with la santa muerte, however, burning candles would be a problem in my home. Is it still possible to petition her for favors while giving other offerings? What if I were to use LED candles?
It's not the offering that matters, it's your intent. Do you intend to honor or do you intend to disrespect? There's your answer. Candle offerings are not actually offerings of fire, they are offerings of light. So yes, LED candles would be fine. There's also an entire post about travel altars that features an image of an altar made in a cigar box. Also fine. I think you should listen to my podcast, Episode One "Fear of the Santa Muerte". I think it will put you at ease about working with Santa Muerte.
4/16/2018 10:59:14 am
I use LED candles because I have very inquisitive cats. I count every time that I replace a candle's batteries as being a "new" candle.
3/22/2018 10:57:09 am
So i am currently struggling with finding a job and also i am slacking a lot in school, and i would like to ask la santa muerte for help.. but i don’t know how to do so. Also do i have to buy a candle? Or is there any other way i can ask her for help?
3/22/2018 04:54:07 pm
I have been trying to get a guy that I love to love me back but he has a girlfriend. I have been trying to pray to la santa muerte for a month but i dont see any results. Do I keeo praying? what can I do so hse can help me? I have not been using candles and I can not have a altar due to my families beliefs but can someone please help me to seek her help. I really want him in my life but I can't find a way to get his girl away.
What is it exactly that you're asking for? Are you asking for this guy and other girl to break up? If they break up in 30 years, technically you will have gotten what you wanted. Are you asking him to run back into your arms? If he finds his way back to you when you both are in your 80s, technically you would have gotten what you wanted. This is the problem with making such specific requests. If you want this one guy, and you want the Santa Muerte to help, then you have to realize that the Santa Muerte does not work for you, she works at her own pace. She is ultimately in control of how her magick works - this is why we only petition her, we do not command her. If I were in your shoes, I would ask for true love, or happy love, rather than love from this one person. As I like to say, help the Santa Muerte help you. When you say that you only want this one man in your life, what you're saying is that you're happy being alone and miserable until the Santa Muerte is good and ready to bring you two together. Try asking for true love, or a happy relationship. With over 7 billion people in the world, you make it much easier for the Santa Muerte to help you sooner rather than later. No, you don't need candles or an altar. Your relationship with the Santa Muerte comes from your heart above all, not from a candle or an altar. Candles and altars are great for illustrating our intent, which is a necessary component in magick, but they are not required.
3/23/2018 09:25:45 am
Im wondering if i dont have an alter or statue can i still pray to get my ex back and keep the other woman away? Im lost on all this and really have no clue on what to do. I reallt cant have an alter at my home beacuse of nosey people. Where can i get these items u posted on previous replies. And what do i pray for?
The secret is that there is no secret. To communicate with and build a relationship with the Santa Muerte, all you need is to close your eyes and pray from your heart. Altars are nice because they help focus our intent, but the Santa Muerte does not get her power from our altars, our altars get their power from our relationships with her - that being said, building a relationship with the Santa Muerte does not require an altar. As an energy of death, the Santa Muerte does not actually manifest anything, she can only destroy and kill barriers - when we ask Santa Muerte to bring something into our life, what we are actually doing is asking her to remove the barriers preventing what we want from manifesting. Pray for whatever you feel you need Santa Muerte's help with. Pray for her to remove the barriers and obstacles standing in the way of your happiness. Can you be more specific about what items "posted on previous replies" you're talking about? You can find most of the items I recommend online - try searching Google for "botanica + Santa Muerte". Hope that helps!
3/23/2018 02:41:25 pm
I have been living with my mom since my dad [passed away but have only gotten in trouble the past 2 years. I feel as if she thinks im only doing wrong but she doesn't let me leave her home. I really need the santa muertes help so she can allow me to leave and live with the person I want so I won't have more troubles.
4/2/2018 07:04:35 pm
I really need santa muerte right now how can I no she with me I been praying to her I been asking her to bless me with a child of my own but I'll give all that up just so she can help me with my boyfriend custody battle with cps he about to lose his babies I really need her at the moment I feel helpless can someone help me
You don't need anything special to communicate with Santa Muerte from your heart. Speak to her the way you would an old friend or favorite grandparent. Tell her what you need and make offerings in her name if you can (offerings can be anything, even prayers). The green cloaked Santa Muerte is her aspect which can help with legal problems like the one you describe. If you are desperate, you can try making the Santa Muerte a promise that would come due if Santa Muerte delivers. What you promise is up to you, but it should be something you consider substantial and something you can actually deliver. You can still pray to her and make offerings to her even if you make a promise. I hope that helps.
4/23/2018 12:34:13 pm
I am having issues trying to get pregnant, I’ve had one miscarriage.. I’m a lost in words on how to ask for this proposal? I want to have a child of my own. What color candle would I light?
The color green represents fertility - pray to the green aspect of Santa Muerte if you want to ask for a child. Make offerings if you can - there are no special words, just close your eyes and open your heart and let flow the message you want the Santa Muerte to hear. You can make her a promise, as well. What would you be willing to give the Santa Muerte if she granted the miracle? Spend some time thinking about it, then approach the Santa Muerte through prayer to make her the offer. If you give birth to a healthy baby, then your end of the bargain will come due.
12/24/2019 04:06:47 am
Hi I want to know how many times can I ask for help to Santa muerte
Nothing your friend can do can cause Santa Muerte to abandon him, because to be abandoned by Santa Muerte would be to become immortal, and I don't see your friend becoming immortal.
3/22/2020 09:01:33 am
I know that they say that when u ask for something, and u dont have an altar for her and u wanna leave her flowers that u can always do it at a cemetery or wherever their is death... now let's say I have 2 of my family members ashes that passed at my house... can I put the flowers next to their ashes ???
4/1/2020 05:07:15 pm
Is there negative consequences of dealing with Santa Muerte. Even if you follow through with offerings and promises
Negative consequences inherent to Santa Muerte? No. Is it possible you could get what you ask for? Yes, so petition with caution. The Santa Muerte loves us all and does not judge. If your religion is threatening you about something, then that's a problem between you and your religion, not the Santa Muerte.
@Brittany - Personally, I don't see why a force as powerful as death itself needs to exercise behavior as petty as vengeance. Ultimately, the Santa Muerte will come for us all - you, me, your loved ones, et cetera. She has already been declared winner in the long game, and she will eventually come for everything in the universe, including the universe itself. In my experience, Santa Muerte has never been anything other than extremely forgiving, because she abandons nobody, still promising to come for us no matter how many promises we break. This being said, you should still try to keep your promises when you make them. Just like a grandmother who is constantly ignored, the Santa Muerte might not come after you with fury and vengeance, but she may certainly turn more of her attention to those devotees who keep their word. If I was ever to break a promise to Santa Muerte, I would be less afraid of vengeance, and more afraid of being overlooked when she distributes her blessings. The good thing about your relationship with Santa Muerte is that it is just that; it is a relationship, and relationships can be repaired. If you have broken a promise to Santa Muerte, just like if you had broken a promise to someone you cared about, you can make the effort to rebuild trust and nurture the relationship back to a point where you feel less guilt and more fulfillment about the effort you put into the relationship.
4/2/2020 06:48:47 pm
I'm having health issues that no one seems to know what's going on to tell you the truth I'm afraid because I feel like I'm getting worse and worse. I was wondering if La Santa Muerte can perform miracles that can help heal people when they're really sick? Just like in my situation that I feel like I need a miracle to help me get better, is it possible for her to help me?
The Santa Muerte can be petitioned for all types of miracles. She is one who does not judge, and you never need to fear asking her for something that you want. Many devotees have petitioned for help with health issues, and many of them have had success. Remember that magick is a tool, not a cure. It is a tool to increase chances of success, never a guarantee of any particular outcome. Always use magick in combination with modern medicine. I wish you many blessings.
5/31/2021 04:05:27 pm
Hi! What type of candle would I use for health issues?!
4/12/2020 09:46:01 pm
I just started to pray to her and ask her for her help. So therefore I don't have anything of her yet. But I did promise her a candle every Sunday. Its Sunday I have the white candke. Can I still light it. I don't want to go back on my promise!
If you intend for the candle to be for Santa Muerte, then you do not need any imagery of Santa Muerte for your intent to be understood. You can simply light the candle and say something like, "Santa Muerte, I offer this candle for you." Another thing to remember is that any representation of death can form the foundation of an altar. You can print a picture from the web, or draw a simple skull on a piece of paper. Certain items associated with death can also form the foundation of an altar - as I discuss in my blog post "Covert Altars for Santa Muerte Devotees": https://www.santamuertemagick.com/blog/covert-altars-for-santa-muerte-devotees
5/3/2020 12:46:32 am
Hello, i am new to all of this. I have read online about the santa muerte, i know people that also follow her as well but I would really love to make my own altar now. I've hear from many to wait to recive her as a gift and to never buy her as your own. Is that true? Or can I just buy my own santa muerte! And if so do you know a trust worthy site of where I can.
The Santa Muerte accepts us all, even those of us who buy and build our own altars, so I would say it would be fine to buy your own altar items. I bought everything on my altar! When I lived in Mexico I put my own altar together from items I purchased at the local "botanicas," but when I moved back to the states I bought everything off Amazon.
7/21/2020 09:15:00 pm
I respect my Santa with all my heart . She’s been with me for 6 years now I even got my husband involved. There was a time I was an addict and I had no one else but her and I truly believe she saved me. She held me in the dark. But Lately I haven’t been paying much attention to her giving her offers or even speaking to her . It’s not because I don’t respect or believe in her though. I been thinking of taking my alter down but I been hesitant. Will she think I betrayed her? Or will she be upset that I want to take it down? And is it even okay and what does one do with the statues I have collected. I love her with all my heart but I also want her to be respected and I don’t think I’m giving her all her glory . Please let me know what I could do That’s in the most respectful way possible.
Check this out: https://www.santamuertemagick.com/blog/how-to-take-down-a-santa-muerte-altar-for-devotees-and-non-devotees
MY BBOYFRIEND WAS RECENTLY INCARSERATED AND HE BELIVES IN HER AND WORSHIPS HER. i ON THE OTHER HAND RESPECT HER AND DO NOT WORSHIP HER . wE LIVED TOGETHER AND HE ALWAYS HAD HER STAND AND TOOK PROPER CARE OF HER. hE ASKED ME TO UP KEEP HER aLTER AND MAKE SURE i CONTINUE TO TAKE CARE OF HER LIKE HE WOULD WHILE HE IS AWAY. oUT OF LOVE FOR HIM AND THE RESPECT OF THE LOVE HE HAS FOR HER i DO O. I DO TALK TO HER AND SMOKE WITH HER AND CRY WITH HER SOMETHIMES LIKE IF ITS HIM BECUASE I FEEL LIKE SHE HEARS IT FOR HIM BECAUSE OF THE LOVE I HAVE FOR HIM . AM I DOING SOMEHTING WRONG IN HER EYES ?
8/4/2020 06:14:49 pm
i would like to know if you decide to stop working with her is there a right way to walk away from la santa muerte without hurting her feeling. the reason im asking is if one day i was to stop because im happy with life in general and i stop asking her for help because im okay with life can you walk away without her upset or mad or taking things away i already asked for ?
The Santa Muerte is death itself. While you may not maintain an altar, and while you may not pray to Santa Muerte, you can never walk away from death. Like it or not, death is always a part of your life. Also, the power of Santa Muerte is unchanged by whether or not anybody calls themselves a devotee. The Santa Muerte gains no power, and she loses no power, whether you keep working with her or stop working with her. I personally do not think that a force as powerful as Santa Muerte needs to be petty like a school child - she has already won, and she will exist forever. Feel free to do what you like - there is nothing special you need to do. If you want to take down her altar, then take down her altar. If you want to stop praying, then stop praying. I'm not sure what to tell you about what has already been granted. One of the foundations of Santa Muerte devotion is that nothing lasts forever. Just because you lose something, it does not mean that Santa Muerte is "getting even" with you - sometimes a good thing just comes to an end, which is why you must cherish all good things for as long as you can.
10/29/2020 10:51:50 pm
I have a question I’ve notice that I was called by Santa muerte for a while now and I have made her a altar today with fruits ,candy ,coins her candles ,jewels ,Skeleton glass head and cake as well and I have lit her candles and also I have lit a black candle with my petition on it I did also get my knees and cried out to her because I need her help and I also felt a present with me immediately . I also notice the black candle I burn the wax cover the wick and it was inside the skull head holder do you think that Santa muerte approve of me .. I feel like when she around it feel like a mother comforts me .
I know the Santa Muerte accepts you, because the Santa Muerte accepts us all. If you are alive, then you will one day die, which means your relationship with Santa Muerte actually started the moment you were born. I don't think a relationship with Santa Muerte is about being accepted - rather it is about realizing that you have been accepted this entire time.
12/17/2020 04:49:22 pm
What if you light a cigarette for yoir santa muerte ashes dont fall or mothing but halfway it stops ? didnt know whether to relight or not so i did and the cigarrette fell any help ?
This is probably a fire safety feature and has nothing to do with the Santa Muerte. Many brands of cigarettes are designed to go out on their own if they are not actively being smoked. If you are a smoker and you want to offer a cigarette to your Santa Muerte altar, you can smoke the cigarette yourself, but exhale the smoke over the altar. If not, you can find tobacco scented incense to light at your altar. A tobacco incense will burn completely and still provide the essence of a cigarette.
1/10/2021 12:56:07 pm
Hi! Thank you for posting this uniform stubs information about Santa Muerte, as I pray to her and it really comes in as handy. I was curious about a question if you don’t mind answering it. Does Santa Muerte get really mad once you hurt one of her followers? I’ve noticed people who’ve been HORRIBLE to me go through various misfortunes once I started following her. (not complaining though)
Personally, I do not think Santa Muerte is capable of anger, because she has no reason to get angry. A force as powerful as death itself does not need to exercise anger, because she will always win in the end. However, the Santa Muerte is often depicted with the scales of justice, which represent her role as "The Great Equalizer" (because we all die in the end, and nobody gets special treatment). Since balance and equality are part of her nature, it makes sense that she would seek to balance the scales when a wrong is committed against somebody who identifies as a devotee.
1/23/2021 06:49:06 am
So my family is really against me praying to Santa muertes I'm not allowed to give her an alter at my place so I have her in my car and I give her my offering like money and apples and liquor and water but lately my car has been hit on the side and than someone busted out my backlight so I don't want to stop praying to her but now my mom doesn't feel safe in my car and she saying everything I'm going through is because of santa muertes so I dont know what to do
In the tradition of Santa Muerte, many devotees interpret loss or damage of a Santa Muerte item to be a sign that Santa Muerte has protected you against negative energy. If a Santa Muerte statue breaks, or if you lose a Santa Muerte bracelet, et cetera, it is a sign that she saw something bad coming your way, and then diverted the energy into the object, in order to save you from the negative impact. I describe it like a soldier wearing body armor, or a motorcycle rider wearing a helmet. If the soldier gets shot, the armor bends and breaks, but the damage to the soldier is significantly reduced. If the motorcycle rider falls off the motorcycle, the helmet will crack and split, but damage to the rider's head is significantly reduced. Items of Santa Muerte are just like spiritual armor, or magickal helmets, that may bend or break when they absorb significant negative energy - but the harm to you will be significantly reduced.
1/24/2021 08:26:28 pm
I have recently started praying for mi nina Santa Muerte. But i also have saint jude in my home how do i ask her if its ok to have her there too because i will be making her an altar. But I dont want to disrespect her in anyway.
I don't think there is anything to worry about. Check out this short video I published last year:
1/27/2021 10:13:56 am
I was told that saint jude and santa muerte cant be in the same house and that i cant pray to both of them because santisima muerte gets jealous??
1/27/2021 04:42:54 am
I've been wanting to pray Santa muerte but dont know how to start? How can I start? If I have no alter,or statues and am my lowest no money to offer have no can DDT les, how else can I start?
Your relationship with Santa Muerte does not come from an altar, a candle, or any other physical item - it comes from your desire and intent to know her and acknowledge her. If you are alive, then you will one day die, which means you are already loved by Santa Muerte, because she allows you to grow closer to her with every breath that you take. If you desire to make an offering, and have no cash, you can offer prayers of devotion. You can speak from the heart to improvise a prayer of your own, or recite something that is pre-written, like the Santa Muerte rosary, which you can find at:
2/11/2021 03:12:41 pm
To be a devotee of death is to acknowledge death in your daily life. Some examples of how you can do this include:
4/25/2021 01:19:55 pm
I had an image of Santa Muerta this morning while meditating. I don't normally pray to her, and I don't know that I would consider myself a devotee, but I recognize her power and would like to honor her, even if it is to 'keep good relations with the neighbors ' so to speak. I am pagan, if that matters, and anglo. Would this be advisable? If so, any suggestions? I don't need to ask for anything, but would like to honor her. Thanks.
We are all free to form a relationship with Santa Muerte, because Santa Muerte, as death itself, eventually comes for us all. Since Santa Muerte accepts us all, she must also accept all the ways in which we choose to recognize her, work with her, and honor her. There is no right or wrong way to have a relationship with Santa Muerte, just like there is no right or wrong way to have a relationship with someone you love. Race and religion are of no matter to Santa Muerte - again, she comes for us all in the end, even Anglo Pagans. If cultural appropriation is a concern, please watch this video I created for my Patreon supporters: https://youtu.be/Jxh_gDCDISk
5/2/2021 03:30:59 pm
Hi , I started leaving the Santa muerte .. I was wondering is there anything we say before we do offerings ? & is there different prayers to each color of statue. & how do I introduce no people to her ? & are there any other saints I can bring into her altar ... &
There is nothing special you need to say. If you want to say something, you can say: "Santa Muerte, I leave this gift for you." At the public altars in Mexico I've seen devotees say nothing when they leave an offering, I've seen some say a short prayer, and I've seen other devotees have full on conversations with Santa Muerte, as if the statue was another person lending an ear. It's really up to you.
5/5/2021 09:22:55 pm
My grandma is sick from covid and in the hospital and is in serious condition.. I’ve tried to pray to many saints and she is not recovering and nothing is helping. Do you think I should pray to la Santa muerte and do you think it’s a higher chance of her getting better? If so how do I offer her something that can help her get better. Running out of options here.
Hello, and thank you for your question. I'm sorry your grandma has fallen ill. Whether or not you pray, to Santa Muerte or anything else, is entirely your decision, and one which I do not feel comfortable making for you. I will say that if I was in your position, and my grandma was already in the hospital with doctors doing everything they can for her, then yes, I think I would pray to Santa Muerte.
5/27/2021 12:04:37 pm
Would she like it if i baked cakes or sweets for her? I bake a lot and i was wondering if it would be okay to do...also im new to this but why do some statues have their hands taken off her?
What I generally tell people is to provide offerings that you yourself would like to receive. Part of the act of making an offering is making a sacrifice - taking something you could keep for yourself, but offering it to Santa Muerte instead. This is a small gesture that goes a long way toward displaying the love and respect you have for Santa Muerte, which in turn will help build your relationship with the folk saint.
6/25/2021 01:53:54 am
How do I discard a Santa Muerte drawing that somebody sent me and I really don't want
7/5/2021 10:32:45 am
I’ve been praying to saints and god to heal me but just get unanswered prayers I feel sick and I’ve been for 4 months no drs really know what’s wrong with me not anyone believes me I’m sick I just keep dropping weight and I want to pray to the sant Muerte to heal me whatever is going on with me does she heal the sick if so what is a prayer for the sick and what if I can’t have an alter in my home due to my children getting afraid of it and my parents what can I do or offer her in return
First, remember that magick is a tool, not a cure. Please continue to pursue the help of traditional medicine.
7/29/2021 07:38:12 pm
can i pray to her no matter of my age?
The Santa Muerte accepts us all, from the moment our lives begin, because that is the moment that we begin the process of dying, and begin the journey toward our eventual death. So yes, you can offer prayers to Santa Muerte no matter your age. Above all, remember that devotion to Death is an appreciation for life, and for living life to the fullest.
7/29/2021 07:41:47 pm
when i pray to her can i use a rosary with a cross or will it have to be one with her on it?
The rosary itself is just a tool to keep track of the prayers - the image on the rosary does not matter. What matters above all is your intent. If you intend for the prayers to be heard by Santa Muerte, then they will be heard by Santa Muerte.
10/7/2021 12:04:48 pm
Hello all, I am very new into religion and beliefs as my family rarely took us to church or say any prayers. I am getting educated on Santa Muerte since my boyfriend heavily devotes to her. They have an altar for her in their business and I had heard about the miracles she can perform. My personal family is not doing okay, we had lost multiple people this year and still having more people ending up in the hospital with their conditions not being the best. I want to start praying to her for my family but as well as getting more comfortable with my roots / spirituality. However, I do not know how to go about with prayers since I only speak English and I’m not sure if that changes anything. Also, with each prayer do I have bring a gift to her ? I know with different religions and beliefs, there are certain rules everybody has to follow and I want to make sure I respect her and her rules if any. Thanks for the help!
I'm sorry to hear that your family has not been doing well. May you and your loved ones all be blessed.
12/19/2021 03:00:51 pm
I'm new to worshipping the holy santa muerte. I can't have a physical alter because my boyfriend won't let me have one. Can I use a wallpaper as an alter. Or how do I begin ?
A relationship with Santa Muerte comes from the heart, not any physical item. An altar is very nice to have, but not technically required to form and maintain a relationship with Santa Muerte. Remember that Santa Muerte, as death itself, accepts us all, because death comes for us all. If Santa Muerte accepts us all, then she must also accept those of us who cannot have physical altars.
1/9/2022 06:43:15 pm
Are we supposed to drink the water we offer to La Santa Muerte? Or leave it there until it evaporates and refill?
Both are acceptable. Every relationship with Santa Muerte is unique, so how we choose to express that relationship will also be unique from devotee to devotee.
3/22/2022 11:19:41 pm
I'm new to this relationship with our dark mother, but she has already done so much for me. Prayers are answered almost instantly. She protects me and cares for me. She has given me peace, patience, and eases my anxiety when it comes to the things I am still waiting on. But she's always on time! And the peace from anxiety and depression that she gives is priceless! I am so in love with her and I am eager and excited for what this new relationship will bring, not just in the materialistic things I wish for, but for the way she nourishes my soul and uplifts my spirit. One of my greatest joys is buying things for her altar. I finally found a statue. I was originally planning on buying her in her red aspect. But when I looked upon the statues in one shop, there was one particular statue that had a nickel sitting at her feet. Before that the lady who sold her to me gushed about how good I look in green. I have green glasses and just dyed my hair green, but I wasn't looking for Santa Muerte to match me or anything. I really had my heart set on red, but this one said she wanted to come home with me. I am pleased. I put her in her special place. I get so emotional looking at her and talking to her. She makes me feel loved and I am determined to love her.
6/7/2022 01:45:43 pm
Hey so i was wondering if i could keep santa muerte statue and items in a box and pray to her outside and put her in a hidden place since my family are against it..?
3/13/2023 11:28:01 am
So you're saying if I dnt smoke it's ok for me to not offer her tobacco? She won't get upset with me?
Correct, there is nothing that says you are obligated to offer cigarettes. If Santa Muerte accepts us all, then she accepts us no matter what we choose to offer. I like to recommend that you offer what you yourself would like to receive, as this carries the symbolism of a sacrifice, because you are taking something that you could keep for yourself but giving it up for the Santa Muerte.
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