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by Tomás Prower - October 2015

La Santa Muerte is the patron saint of the LGBT community. How can this be? How can a pseudo-Catholic saint who is portrayed as a female grim reaper and venerated as the Spirit of Death, herself, come to be the patron saint of LGBT persons? Tomás Prower, author of the new book La Santa Muerte: Unearthing the Magic & Mysticism of Death, explains.

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Back to Top - Author Interview - October 2015

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1. Your new book, La Santa Muerte, details the patron saint of lost causes, the LGBT community, addicts, and anyone who has been marginalized by society. Who exactly is La Santa Muerte?

Tomas ProwerDeath. The short and sweet answer is that La Santa Muerte is Death. While she does have attributes that confuse her with being a psychopomp, an angel of death, or even an Underworld Queen, she is probably best described as the essence of Death itself. But it's very hard for us humans to interact with such a nebulous and intangible concept, so those who are devotees of La Santa Muerte visualize her to be a female grim reaper figure. This iconic pop-culture image works perfectly to aestheticize the concept of Death, and I think that's why it has endured so long in our collective subconscious. A shadowy figure who reaps souls and has the skeletal physique of our own mortality, La Santa Muerte is both abhorrently disturbing and alluringly mysterious all at the same time; she is a wonderful visual metaphor for Death.

And like death, La Santa Muerte is completely nonjudgmental, which is why she is so popular among the world's outcasts, misfits, and those maligned by the judgmental standards of "decent" society. Death takes everyone without bias. Men, women, children, young, old, rich, poor, gay, straight, black, white, good, bad. She has no preference for or against anyone. So, if you are, let's say, a drug-addicted gay prostitute of color with a criminal record, already most people don't want to help you, but then to whom are you going to turn for divine aid? As a "sinner," you already know that you're not in the good graces of the God of monotheistic religions, the benevolent gods of polytheistic religions probably wouldn't help you secure a john to help buy another bump of ketamine since it's not for your "greater good," and you're too scared to make a deal with any malevolent spirits. . . so to whom are you going to turn? To Death, of course. Not in a suicidal sense, but in a mystical sense.

Death is not going to judge you, and she couldn't care less as to your past history, present situation, or motives for what you want. Because of this supreme neutrality, she has become the de facto deity to whom people turn when no one is going to help them. Thus people who are maligned by society and other religions find solace in working with La Santa Muerte and integrating themselves in her devotional community. In such a critical world, it is comforting to know that she accepts you totally without judgement. Come as you are, for what does Death care?

2. La Santa Muerte has historically been a part of Spanish-speaking communities, and your book is the first English-language book to bring her magic and mysteries alive. Why is this important to you?

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Back to Top - Llewellyn Journal - October 2015

5 Stress Management Tips for Relaxing Your Whole Being with Yoga
by Robert Butera, PhD; Erin Byron, MA; & Staffan Elgelid, PhD

Stress and anxiety affect us on all levels. Be it the body's pounding heart, the rapid pace of breath, overwhelming feelings, racing thoughts, or a disconnection from our deeper beliefs, stress weaves its way into all levels of our experience. Yoga Therapy teaches us to understand how to address our stress on all layers of being. Robert Butera, Erin Byron, & Staffan Elgelid, co-authors of the new Yoga Therapy for Stress & Anxiety, provide five steps to managing stress through yoga and its principles.

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Why Are Theaters Haunted?
by Alex Matsuo

Theaters are considered to be homes of art, performance, music, and any other reason why someone would want to step in front of a crowd of people. Often, also, theaters carry with them tales of hauntings, ghostly apparitions, and other paranormal phenomena. So why are these spaces so frequently haunted? Alex Matsuo, author of the new Haunting of the Tenth Avenue Theater, explains.

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5 Ways to Embrace Your Home as an Archetype of the Divine Feminine
by Tisha Morris

The rise of the Divine Feminine has become a popular concept in spiritual circles, and for good reason. The masculine energy (yang) has been the prevailing energy on the planet for thousands of years. And while it has led to improvements in productivity, industry, technology, commerce, and mobility, it has also come with abuse of power, war, corruption, greed, and superiority. This overbalance has hit a tipping point to where the feminine energy (yin) must be integrated to bring balance to the planet.

Tisha Morris, author of the new Decorating with the Five Elements of Feng Shui, provides 5 ways to embrace your home as an archetype of the divine feminine.

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Dream Alchemy, by Ted Andrews
Dream Alchemy
by Ted Andrews

Haunted by the Abyss, by Sarah Soderlund
Haunted by the Abyss
by Sarah Soderlund

La Santa Muerte, by Tomas Prower
La Santa Muerte
by Tomás Prower

Magic of Flowers Oracle, by Tess Whitehurst & Anne Wertheim
Magic of Flowers Oracle
by Tess Whitehurst & Anne Wertheim

Wicca: Another Year and a Day, by Timothy Roderick
Wicca: Another Year and a Day
by Timothy Roderick

Wild Kuan Yin Oracle, by Alana Fairchild
Wild Kuan Yin Oracle
by Alana Fairchild & Wang Yiguang

Yule, by Susan Pesznecker
by Susan Pesznecker

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