Synchromysticism

" Synchromysticism:
The art of realizing meaningful coincidence in the seemingly mundane with mystical or esoteric significance."

- Jake Kotze

October 29, 2017

Santa Muerte: Our Lady of the Holy Death?

I'm reading Tracey Rollin's book, 'Santa Muerte: The History, Rituals, and Magic of Our Lady of the Holy Death' at the moment after listening to a few pod-casts Tracey was on recently that I thought were quite interesting -



"The book takes a look at Santa Muerte, the famous folk saint widely associated with the Day of the Dead.
Credited with wielding vast influence in the lives of her devotees, she is the central figure of the fastest-growing new religious movement in the world today.
This book surveys Santa Muerte as an aspect of the dark feminine, the bringer of death that is crucial to all life.
This perspective is surveyed through the lens of Santa Muerte’s European and Aztec roots, including the Catholic beliefs and practices that helped shape them."
I don't see myself becoming a follower of Santa Muerte, as I already have a saint I like and feel personally comfortable with, so I won't be changing teams anytime soon, but I can see the appeal a saint like Santa Muerte would have to people who feel marginalized in society.
I do have various works of art around my home with images of Santa Muerte like figures, but I don't pray to, or petition any saint of the dead.
It's just art for me to relate to in a Jungian sense, because all art is just aspects of the "collective unconscious" as far as I'm concerned.
Just like I have an angry little red character character near my bed as a reminder to keep my anger under control and not let it consume me at times.
Same with the cross and the dream catcher near my bed, they aren't superstitious tools to keep demons and bad dreams at bay, to me they are works of art that represent the Christ consciousness and dreams that dwell in me and for me to contemplate those things along with the shadow aspects that can well up from the depths of my consciousness, hence the Star Wars character hiding in the corner.
True health comes from integrating all aspects of your being into the whole that we are, I think.
I'm not a real fan of world religions to be honest, because I think there is too much muddying of the waters by humans who try and sway people with fear and dogma.
Having said that though I would see myself as a
Liberal Catholic/Buddhist/Taoist when it comes to what I feel personally comfortable with in my spiritual beliefs.
I can feel at home in a Church, or Buddhists temple quite comfortably, as long as some human "representative" of that "religion" isn't trying to force "their" dogma onto me.
God gave me a brain to think with and a heart to feel with, so I don't need some other human being telling me how to interpret what God's all about.
That's what life is for, I think.
If you went for a walk through my home looking through my bookcases you would probably wonder what the hell I was into when you saw the books and artwork in them, but I can assure you that I don't believe in a place like hell or an entity like the devil, or Lucifer anymore than I believe in a real man named Santa Clause, who is said to deliver toys all around the world in one night every year.
I do like celebrating all sorts of holidays on the calendar and like seeing all of the mythical art and stories associated with these holidays and I particularly like holidays like 'The Day of the Dead', which Mexico celebrates every year at the beginning of November.
We don't celebrate 'The Day of the Dead' in Oz, but Halloween is gaining ground every year over here and I bought this Day of the Dead  doll at my local supermarket that shakes its maracas and sings some Mexican song and dances when you press a button on his foot.
"Santa Muerte is a folk saint, which means she is not officially recognized by the Catholic Church. This hasn’t prevented millions of people from learning to love Mother Death.
 In fact, Santa Muerte worship is the fastest-growing new religious movement in the world.
Santa Muerte appears as a female form of the Grim Reaper.
 Like the Grim Reaper, she is usually pictured as a skeleton wearing a long robe and bearing a scythe.
 Santa Muerte also has lots of pretty feminine details such as flowers and jewelry as well.
 Some people even dress their Santa Muerte statues in elaborately embroidered dresses!
 Her skeletal but lovely appearance has given rise to many of her titles – La Huesada (the Bony Lady), La Niña Bonita (the Pretty Girl), and others."
Like I said I have my own saint (above) that I feel comfortable with, so I won't petitioning Santa Muerte any time soon, but I like reading about her, as I'm reading Graham Hancock's book about the Spanish conquest of Mexico at the moment and Santa Muerte seems to be a rather uneasy compromise between the Roman Catholic Church's  and the native population's old beliefs.
500 Year Cycles?
I looked around some more on the net and came across this video below of a lady explaining about her devotion to Santa Muerte and the importance of the number 13 to her as far as Santa Muerte goes and couldn't help thinking about the 100th anniversary of
Our Lady of Fatima falling on Friday the 13th this year.

I thought it was amusing that around the 6:20 minute mark of that above You Tube that Janel picks up a bottle of Lipton's Green Tea as the only thing around the house that she could think of offering the patron saint of drug smugglers and criminals.
Then I see this story below about drugs being smuggled into Australia in Green Tea bottles.

Top 50 Saints
I always find it interesting what draws people to feel comfortable with having a certain saint, apart from having a certain profession associated with that saint.
It's all fascinating stuff, but I'm sticking with Gabe until the final siren sounds.
Cheers and happy Halloween and whatever the greeting is for the Day of the Dead.
And I truly believe that in this world you reap what you sow.
Something to think about maybe when playing around with scythes?

No comments: