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Santa Muerte: The History, Rituals, and Magic of Our Lady of the Holy Death Paperback – October 1, 2017
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"Do you have a friend in Death? You should and you can with Rollin’s new book. Rollin does an amazing, non-judgmental job of relating the stories of Santa Muerte, but also gives the reader the practical goods on how to work with this powerful folk saint combining both traditional and modern ways of working with her. Her personal stories and experiences with St. Death are more often than not entertaining, and the book would give you more than a solid foundation to work with Santa Muerte. The only question you should have is how fast do you want your results?" --Andrieh Vitimus, author of Hands- On Chaos Magic and podcast host of Deeper Down the Rabbit Hole
"Tracey Rollin does an excellent job of laying out and explaining Santa Muerte. I particularly appreciate how she explores the history and beliefs of Santa Muerte, while balancing the theory with practical magic and suggestions for how people an integrate Santa Muerte into their existing spiritual paths. Her instructions are clear and easy to follow, but also encourage people to discover how to develop their own relationship with Santa Muerte. If you want the authoritative book on Santa Muerte, this is the book to read." --Taylor Ellwood, author of Pop Culture Magic Systems
"Tracey Rollin’s very well written book Santa Muerte: The History, Rituals, and Magic of Our Lady of the Holy Death avoids a dogmatic approach to Santa Muerte. The author, who hails from New Mexico, where Doña Sebastiana, Lady Death, presaged Santa Muerte, incorporates more research on Santa Muerte than other books aimed at devotees." –Professor R. Andrew Chesnut, author of Devoted to Death: Santa Muerte, the Skeleton Saint
"Tracey Rollin’s Santa Muerte: The History, Rituals and Magic of Our Lady of the Holy Death is a serious work dedicated to providing historical insight combined with spiritual application in the ways of the Holy Death. Rollin’s book provides sound research and a unique inside perspective into the customs and rituals associated with one of the fastest growing religions in the world. This book brings together two important perspectives of both a historical and magico-religious worldview without alienating either one. A valuable contribution to this area of study." --Tony Kail, author of Santa Muerte: Mexico’s Mysterious Saint of Death and A Secret History of Memphis Hoodoo: Rootworkers, Conjurers, and Spirituals
About the Author
Tracey Rollin is the administrator of the Bone Mother Facebook group, a 65-thousand-member community of Santa Muerte devotees. She has been a practitioner of chaos magic and witchcraft for over 20 years, dedicating herself to the advancement of consciousness, spiritual understanding, and personal power. Tracey is also a registered nurse with years of emergency room and trauma experience. Visit her at www.traceyrollin.com.
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peace to all that read this, may you find your path in life and death too.
PS: sorry for the grammar
Tracey Rollin knows her stuff. She doesn't shy away from the harsher aspects of Santa Muerte nor does she skim over the other aspects. I felt like I had a much deeper knowledge of this saint after reading this book. One of the best approaches for me was how Rollin gave several probabilities for different things about Santa Muerte then named which one she would expand upon and why. Her tone drifted between scholarly and familiar.
My expectation on getting this book was "oh yay. An interesting topic. I hope it isn't dry as dead grass." I was more than pleasantly surprised by the depth of feeling in the narrative. It is obvious Rollin not only knows her history but that she knows this saint on a very personal level. I appreciated the addressing of the narco-saint and the Catholic church. It felt authentic to me to not gloss over one of the primary reasons for Santa Muerte's seemingly sudden rise in popularity.
I've recommended this book to quite a few friends. I think it is a necessary book if you have any interest at all in Santa Muerte. Her "zero sum game" supposition has really stuck with me.
A weak one at that.
P.S.- she only has three traditional colors.
And red isn't used to fight enemies.