San Simón Wishing Spell
As the incarnation of the ancient Mayan god of sexuality, San Simón is said to have slept with all of the wives in a village one day while all of the men were out in the fields. When they returned and discovered what he had done, they were so pissed off they cut off his arms and legs! This story explains why effigies of San Simón are short and stubby with no arms.
Altars to San Simón always have a doll or effigy of some kind representing him along with cloth that is characteristic of the indigenous peoples of South and Central America. People turn to him with requests of good health, family harmony, job security, good crops, and the like. He has what is referred to as a dark side as well, but I like to refer to it as human. He is said to grant requests that have something to do with revenge and success at the expense of others.
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Oh powerful San Simón, help me with all of my actions and with any dangers that may arise that I may need assistance. If I need help in matters of love, you will draw the one I love closer to me, if it be business, that I will be successful, if it be enemies, that you will help me to overcome them, and to keep hidden troubles away from me. I offer you your cigar, your tortilla, your liquor, and your candles if in return you will keep me safe from any danger I may come across. (State your petition). Amen.
See Pieper’s (2002) book Guatemalan Folk Saints for a fabulous and detailed description of San Simon and his evolution throughout history.
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