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Traditional Witchcraft and Occultism: The Importance of the Black Santa Muerte for Protection, Revenge and Cursing

Posted in Black Magic, Holy Death, Mexican Witchcraft, neo-paganism, occult, protection spells, Santa Muerte, self-defense, spell books, spell casting, Traditional Witchcraft with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 2, 2014 by littleredridinghood

smredwhiteblueThe problems of injustice and impunity in Mexico have been well-publicized and this is clearly one important reason for the rise of Santa Muerte in popularity there. But, here in the U.S. and in other supposedly more peaceful and just countries many people, especially those who are members of traditionally disenfranchised groups, live daily with injustice and the fear of crime and corruption.

Enemies of Santa Muerte malign her devotees, calling us criminals and prostitutes. But, this is malignant ignorance because the vast majority of devotees of Santa Muerte are not criminals or prostitutes, but are simply not members of the establishment and do not enjoy the privileges of being part of the in-group. The truth is many people become devoted to Santa Muerte after they are victimized by criminals of one class or another. Very often they discover her immense power only after turning to her as a last resort. Very often, they are people without special privileges and without a voice.

There are those who must suffer in silence because giving voice to what is happening to them will only open the door to more crimes against themselves – those who are victims of domestic violence, rape, harassment, stalking and other violent crimes that far more often than not go unpunished. Those people whose lives have been sabotaged over and over again, who have had to rebuild over and over again that which their enemies have destroyed will most understand and appreciate the value of the black aspect of Santa Muerte.

Grimoire of Santa Muerte: Spells and Rituals of Most Holy Death, the Unofficial (Santa Muerte Series) (Volume 1) by Sophia diGregorio

Grimoire of Santa Muerte: Spells and Rituals of Most Holy Death, the Unofficial (Santa Muerte Series) (Volume 1) by Sophia diGregorio

This is why the black aspect of Santa Muerte is very important. The color, black, represents the most important and powerful aspects of Santa Muerte‘s primordial powers. Before there can be healing, love, prosperity and the other necessities of life, there must be peace.

Before a seed can grow in the soil, it must be covered in darkness and protected, it must not be deprived of its nourishment by thieves, its young shoots must not be trampled by the feet of the wicked.

The cover of darkness in which to work on your plans without falling subject to envy, jealousy, greed and sabotage. Secrecy is important for people who may be targeted in some way.

Santa Muerte, working through her black aspect, can help you to establish your privacy and protect you from those who would harm you in any way. Santa Muerte works in secret, in the darkness, to right wrongs, to protect the innocent, to avenge those who love her and to conceal you from anyone who might wish to do you harm.

Not only does the black aspect of Santa Muerte have the power of stopping dangerous and powerful enemies, even causing the death of enemies who wish devotees harm, but provides extremely powerful protection under the cover of darkness. The great owl companion of Santa Muerte provides eyes in the night with which to see an approaching enemy, to learn of his plots and thwart his sabotage.

Grimoire of Santa Muerte, Vol. 2: Altars, Meditations, Divination and Witchcraft Rituals for Devotees of Most Holy Death

Grimoire of Santa Muerte, Vol. 2: Altars, Meditations, Divination and Witchcraft Rituals for Devotees of Most Holy Death

Keepers of the status quo warn against the evils of revenge. They admonish the wronged parties to forgive their oppressors. They taunt the victims’ because of their need for anonymity. But, there is no peace without justice.

And, to go forward with your life, to pursuit happiness and fulfill your life’s purpose, you must first have peace. You must not be tormented by evil-doers and those who perpetrate evil against you.

This place of peace is a protected one from which you can live and work in safety. All people are naturally entitled to that kind of peace and opportunity to live their lives without sabotage, without betrayal, without constant victimization.

The black Santa Muerte is the most powerful aspect for all those who have been denied justice, who have been left behind by the established system in some way, those who were not born to privilege, those who do not have the benefit of equality under the law, those who have no representation in places of power, those who are oppressed. Santa Muerte is our greatest ally and a source of personal power.

Traditional Witchcraft: How to Create an Altar

Posted in Black Magic, occult, protection spells, spell casting, Traditional Witchcraft with tags , , , , , , , , on May 29, 2013 by littleredridinghood

How to Create an Altar for Traditional Witchcraft Purposes

by Sophia diGregorio

Americo-noite-owlIn traditional witchcraft, an altar is a place to which you accumulate power and draw upon that power in the course of a working, therefore, how you construct an altar will depend on what you plan to do with it and how you plan to do it.

There is no one right way to create an altar and how you construct one will be based solely on your purpose. You may, also, have multiple altars for different purposes. The following are only some examples:

There are basically three types of altars:

1. Those that involve the powers of the elemental forces.

2. Those that are dedicated to the powers of a spirit or spirits

3. Those that involve a combination of both of the above.

In traditional witchcraft, altars do not serve a decorative purpose, rather each item on the altar adds something to the power of the work you do there. You must first decide what you plan to do at your altar. Will you cast certain types of spells? Will you use it to connect to a particular spirit or spirits? Then, you will place the items on the altar that are useful to you in this endeavor.

For example, if you plan to perform spells at your altar in which you work with elemental forces, then you might place representations of these things on your altar. For example, a candle to represent the element of fire; a bowl of water to represent the element of water, a sturdy incense burner to burn resins, herbs and commercial incense in to represent the element of air and a bowl of salt to represent the element of earth.


Portrait of a lady with a ghost.

If you plan to connect with an ancestral spirit, then you would place those pertinent items on an altar for that purpose. If for example, you have a knowledgeable matriarch in your family who has passed on, you would place a photograph of that person, along with something of theirs that was significant to them in their lifetime upon the altar. If you have grandmothers or great grandmothers who made bracelets of their hair, which was popular in the 1920s and ’30s, then you would place items like this on the altar. If you have bones, teeth or an urn, place these things on the altar. Also, place a candle there and a little bowl of water, salt, flowers and some food (which you change daily or, at least, every three days) for the spirit. Choose the favorite flowers, foods and other items to attract the spirit and use this altar as the place where you communicate with this spirit. If you need help with something, for example, the casting of a spell, then place the pertinent items on the altar and request help.

Similarly, if your altar is to be used to communicate with the spirits of saints, Vodou spirits, the Orishas or the “gods” of Western Europe, then set up an altar much the same way as you would for an ancestor. If you are working with a particular spirit, learn about about him or her and what she likes and place these things on the altar as offerings. The offerings strengthen the power of the altar, which creates an energy field for you to use when you need it to accomplish something.

Some traditional witches are ceremonial magicians. If you have an altar for ceremonial purposes, it might contain a wooden wand; a bowl; a magic mirror, crystal ball or a bowl of water; an incense burner for burning herbs and resins. Various old grimoires detail the specific types of lamen, sigils or pentacles that should be designed and laid upon altars to attract particular spirits.


Colors of candles, altar cloths, gemstones, flowers and other items are important in many spells and rituals. If you have an altar for a particular purpose, you may leave the items of the corresponding color there, however, if you use one altar for multiple purposes, you may change the colors based on your purpose at the time.

In the modern Western witchcraft of English-speaking countries, some of the colors and their associations are as follows (Color associations differ in folk magic concerning other nations in the West and the East.):

Black: Banishing; to repel negativity; revenge; reversal of spells and curses

Blue: Communication; telepathy; focus; concentration; healing; wisdom

Brown: Court cases; contracts; legal affairs

Gold: The sun; masculine energy; wealth; happiness, especially family happiness; success

Green: Abundance; prosperity; good luck; success; growth; financial concerns

Orange: Cleansing; healing; harvest season; abundance.

Pink: Affection; family; love; selflessness

Purple/Violet: Spiritual energy; healing; advanced psychic abilities; peace and calm

spiritual protection and healing, psychic ability, protective energy.

Red: Love,; vigor; aggression; strength

Silver: The moon; feminine energy; abundance

White: Protection; healing; exorcism; peace

Yellow: Knowledge; learning; focus


Veve (symbol) for Erzule Freda

If you are working with a particular spirit, use colors that pertain. For example, if you were working with the Hatian Vodou spirit, Erzulie Fréda Dahomey, who is a spirit concerned with affairs of the heart, you would erect a special altar just for her, place an image of her or her symbol (veve) on it and dress it in her colors, which are red and pink. You would purchase gifts for her as offerings and place them on her altar to empower it. In her case, you might buy jewelry or lacy, frilly knick-knacks in red and pink. You would place red and pink flowers on her altar. Spirits like Erzulie Fréda require dedication, so your altar to her would be permanent.

If your primary concern is protection from enemies and revenge, then you will want to have a permanent altar, dressed in black upon which you place your spell items to charge them with the elements or allow them to be charged by the spirits you work with.

If you have one altar that you use for different purposes, change the colors to correspond with your purpose. A white altar cloth is generally considered neutral and will suffice in most instances.

Furthermore, your altar and the items you place upon it should be used only for this purpose. Your altar and the items you use can be dedicated and charged for this purpose by simply speaking over them reverently, as follows: “I charge you that you are now dedicated to my service.” You can use a more elaborate ceremony or wording, but the idea is that the altar and the items on it have a singular purpose.

There is no one right way to construct an altar in traditional witchcraft, but the main thing to keep in mind is your purpose in doing so. An altar is a place where energy and power for a particular purpose accumulates. It is a device and a tool, in itself, which you can use to achieve your goals.

Learn more about traditional witchcraft with the following Winter Tempest Books available at Amazon,  Barnes & Noble and other fine retailers:

Practical Black Magic: How to Hex and Curse Your Enemies by Sophia diGregorio

How to Write Your Own Spells for Any Purpose and Make Them Work by Sophia diGregorio

Black Magic for Dark Times: Spells of Revenge and Protection by Angela Kaelin, the only spell book especially written for crime survivors.

Misconceptions About Santa Muerte: Most Holy Death is Public Enemy Number One to Journalists, Christians and Law Enforcement Agencies

Posted in Holy Death, Mexican Witchcraft, occult, Santa Muerte, spell books, Traditional Witchcraft with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 18, 2013 by littleredridinghood

by Sophia diGregorio

Sophia diGregorio is the author of The Grimoire of Santa Muerte: Spells and Rituals of Most Holy Death, the Unofficial Saint of Mexico


Santa Muerte Statues
Date: 31 January 2009.
Source: Cult of Santa Muerte
Author Christine Zenino
Photo Lic.: Creative Commons 2.0; Wikimedia Comons

There are many misconceptions about Santa Muerte, who is one of numerous folk saints in Mexico. Santa Muerte, or Holy Death, is a spirit one can petition for protection, luck, good negotiations and love. She is not officially recognized by the catholic church who has declared her following a cult. There is reason to believe she is an spirit of Death known since ancient times in what is now modern Mexico.

Despite the goodness and rich beauty of the Mexican tradition of Santa Muerte, her long history and noble legends, critics within the conventional religious and government establishments have tried to besmirch her image and associate her and her devotees with Satanism, narcotics trafficking and heinous crimes. To the Catholic Church, she is Satanic and a heresy. They refer to her as an “illegitimate saint” or a “banned saint.”

In 2006, former Mexican President, Felipe Calderon, ordered her shrines to be destroyed by the Mexican Army and police departments and drug agencies in the U.S. have declared her a “narco-saint.” The FBI and other agencies of the U.S. government seem convinced that there is a connection between Santa Muerte and drug trafficking, although they seem to ignore the fact that the devotion to Santa Muerte is so common, and increasingly so, that trying to make such a connection is impossible.  Nonetheless, they have tried to connect her devotees with the commission of a range of heinous crimes, including human sacrifice.

She has been denounced by the Vatican culture minister on a tour of Mexico as “blasphemous.” The Catholic Church, which is engulfed in numerous scandals ranging from pedophilia to accusations of mafia connections inside the Vatican, is desperate to hold on to what remains of its influence in Mexico and elsewhere. They see Santa Muerte as a direct threat to their power and influence, although, many devotees of Santa Muerte are, at least, nominally Catholic.

Journalists happily demonize Santa Muerte and her devotees in sensationalized and often religiously biased “news” pieces.

The truth is that most devotees of Santa Muerte in the U.S  and Mexico are not drug dealers or other types of criminals. Many are prosperous, upstanding members of their communities who practice their devotion in secrecy with home shrines. Many are highly spiritual people, who are natural healers of one kind or another.

Santa Muerte is a powerful spirit who succeeds when all else fails, therefore, it is often in the most desperate of times that devotees first turn to her.  Many are people in need of comfort, healing, love, financial help, protection and justice in an unjust world.

As the authority of both church and state have crumbled, Santa Muerte’s following has grown ever larger. Devotion to Santa Muerte is not so much a matter of faith or belief, but a matter of experience. To know the power of Santa Muerte for yourself, you must forge a personal connection with her.

Grimoire of Santa Muerte: Spells and Rituals of Most Holy Death, the Unofficial (Santa Muerte Series) (Volume 1) by Sophia diGregorio

Grimoire of Santa Muerte: Spells and Rituals of Most Holy Death, the Unofficial (Santa Muerte Series) (Volume 1) by Sophia diGregorio

The Grimoire of Santa Muerte: Spells and Rituals of Most Holy Death, the Unofficial Saint of Mexico was written especially with non-Catholic, non-Spanish speaking people in mind. The author attempts to make Santa Muerte accessible to English-speaking readers. You can find it at, Barnes and Noble, Smashwords, Kobo and other online outlets.

A nice article and review of the book, The Grimoire of Santa Muerte: Spells and Rituals of Most Holy Death, the Unofficial Saint of Mexico, may be found here:

Grimoire of Santa Muerte, Vol. 2: Altars, Meditations, Divination and Witchcraft Rituals for Devotees of Most Holy Death Update: Grimoire of Santa Muerte, Vol. 2: Altars, Meditations, Divination and Witchcraft Rituals for Devotees of Most Holy Death (Volume 2) was released in 2016.

Grimoire of Santa Muerte, Vol. 2 provides potentially life-transforming rituals and prayers to Santa Muerte. This book goes deeper into the modern devotion to Santa Muerte and the author shares more insights into Most Holy Death.

Grimoire of Santa Muerte, Vol. 3, which is about healing with Most Holy Death, is coming soon!