Mexican folklore intertwines with the drug wars in the legend of Jesús Malverde. He steals from the rich and gives to the poor. He’s worshiped by the poor. And some say Malverde protects narcos like Joaquín Guzmán a.k.a. El Chapo and the Sinaloa Cartel from arrest and death. He is the narcosantón, or the patron saint of drug traffickers. Over time Malverde’s legend as an “angel of the poor.” He’s not the only narco-saint. There’s also Santa Muerte, a female version of the Grim Reaper. Neither are recognized by the Catholic Church but in a time of turmoil for Mexico, followings continue to grow for the “generous bandit” and his counterparts.
Beyond Sinaloa, Malverde is also considered a folk hero and bringer of good luck (or bad, depending on your outlook), in several other locations on the Latin American drug-running route; he has a chapel in both Cali, Colombia and Los Angeles, as well as an unofficial shrine in Colonia Doctores, Mexico City.
Jesus Malverde Prayer: “I call to you Jesus Malverde. Please guide and protect me. Open the doors of opportunity by removing obstacles from my path. Give me courage to overcome my problems and defeat my enemies. Bring justice and balance to my life by bestowing your wisdom upon me. With your powers please give me the strength to fight and win my daily battles. I am ready for your winds of change that bring prosperity to my realm. AMEN.”
Saints are spiritual beings who have been tasked with maintaining this Earth, watching over the affairs of humanity and each has dominion over a portion of nature. Each Saint is identified with natural forces as well as with human interests or endeavors. These Saints are mediators between humanity and the Supreme Being.
Pray to Saints because they are already in heaven, and they can intercede for you. In moments of anxiety, you need to hope and believe in something that helps you recover faith and maintain peace in your life.
A mojo bag is a tool that you can fill with magical, lucky, symbolic or other spiritual items to create a “prayer in a bag” or a “spell in a bag”. The mojo bag can be carried with you or placed on your personal alter.
The contents of each bag is determined by your goal and aim of your prayer or spell. For example, a mojo bag carried for love drawing will contain different ingredients than one for gambling luck or magical protection.Ingredients can include roots, herbs, animal parts, minerals, coins, crystals, good luck tokens, and carved amulets. The more personalized objects are used to add extra power because of their symbolic value.
A mojo bag is not an inanimate talisman, but rather the physical body of a spiritual ally. In short, it is a living thing and as such it should have a name just like you were given a name when you were born. Psychologically speaking, assigning a name to your mojo helps one to facilitate the idea that it is a living thing with it's own personality, habits, needs, desires, etc. Once you choose the name of your mojo bag, use that name when addressing the bag communicating your needs or asking for its assistance.