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St. Martha Altar Service: Steady Work, Fair Pay, Balance of Power, Peaceful Home, Domination
St. Martha Altar Service: Steady Work, Fair Pay, Balance of Power, Peaceful Home, Domination
St. Martha Altar Service: Steady Work, Fair Pay, Balance of Power, Peaceful Home, Domination
St. Martha Altar Service: Steady Work, Fair Pay, Balance of Power, Peaceful Home, Domination
St. Martha Altar Service: Steady Work, Fair Pay, Balance of Power, Peaceful Home, Domination

St. Martha Altar Service: Steady Work, Fair Pay, Balance of Power, Peaceful Home, Domination

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This work begins the night of July 29th, the feast day of St. Martha, but there are several different modes of different lengths running concurrently here, so you can book late, as long as you see slots still available for the service you're interested in.

St. Martha in the Bible

Famously depicted in the Bible as getting stuck with all the cooking and cleaning while her sister Mary sat at Jesus' feet and listened to him teach, St. Martha is the patron saint of servers, cooks, domestic workers, housewives, and those in the hospitality industry – those who are behind the scenes making important things go even when nobody notices.

Her devotees will call on her for intercession when they need steady work, especially in these fields, or when they are having difficulty with their work, for instance if pay is slow in coming or a boss or manager is being unfair. St. Martha is often called on to help with peace in the home, as well, as an extension of her association with the domestic sphere.

Officially, she is also the patron of dietitians, hemophiliacs, housewives, landlords, barkeeps, waitresses, servants, cooks, and women workers.

St. Martha the Dominator


Some legends have her leaving Bethany for France after Christ’s death and resurrection. William Caxton’s 1483 English translation of the Golden Legend tells how she tamed an infamous monster through her confidence in the power of God, her faith in the sign of the cross, and her skill in using the domestic tools with which she was familiar and comfortable.

And this was no garden variety baby dragon. It was really more of a sea monster, half beast and half fish, the offspring of the infamous Leviathan and some Galician beast. It was bigger than an ox and had the strength of a dozen lions (or bears, take your pick). It regularly sank ships and ate people.

Martha, being a badass, made short work of the beast by tying it up with her girdle (which can be understood in context as her belt). She didn't need a sword or armor.

These extra-scriptural legends account for much of her fame and reputation as a patron saint. She is called on for assistance by those who need to get the upper hand in any kind of relationship in which they find themselves “at the bottom of the totem pole.” In conjure and in the folk traditions of Latin America, she’s earned the title of St. Martha the Dominator, and she’s often called on when women want to dominate a man.

But in this role as dominatrix, she is also petitioned to help employees get better treatment from their employers, for instance, especially if they are household employees like kitchen servants or nannies. So she is a great ally for all types of situations in which you are the underdog, or you might be taken for granted, or there’s a built-in power imbalance in a situation.

She’s helped people with sibling issues in their family, like jealousy, manipulative attention-grubbing, or rivalry. Along with St. Joseph, she is a wonderful ally if you have a lot of mouths to feed and you are running short of money and resources to take care of them all.

My St. Martha formula is created from this sort of three-dimensional perspective of St. Martha rather than focusing only on her role as a dominator, and the same is true with this service. While it’s suitable to use if you’re asking her help in getting the upper hand with a boss or returning a straying spouse, it’s also suitable to use if you’re setting lights to honor or thank her, if you want to invoke her aid for something specific, or if you’re seeking her help for something more general like patience or pragmatism.

Even when the difficulty is internal rather than interpersonal, St. Martha can help. If, for instance, you need help accepting the fact that right now in your life, you have to be waiting tables if you want to be able to stay in this town and have a shot at an acting career down the road; if you’re struggling with disappointment, envy, or resentment related to your current station in life; or if you need help accepting the things you cannot change while you’re figuring out how to change the things you can, then St. Martha can be a great ally for you.

How It Works


Use the embedded form to submit your information along with your order when you check out. Once I've got everything set up, you'll get an email with a link to the client calendar and client Discord server if you aren't already a member. That's where in-progress photos and discussion can happen. (I don't discuss workings in progress or send updates on an individual basis to participants in community altar work, but I will join a conversation or answer questions that are posed on the client Discord server.)

The calendar will show you key dates and times that you might choose to take advantage of on your own, as well. For instance, you might want to time a spiritual bath to coincide with a planetary day/hour or astrological event. I will occasionally make suggestions for things like this, too.


Available Service Options


  • Vigil light setting for any petition. Have one or more fixed, dressed, blessed vigil lights set for your petition to St. Martha. This service is suitable for any area of concern. One petition/issue/focus per light - if you have a love matter and a work matter, you need to book two separate lights and thus two separate services, so you'll check out twice in two separate transactions. These tend to burn for about 5 days, so if you want lights going for 10 days, book a "run" of two of these; for a full calendar month, book 6 to be on the safe side. If you elect to have a "run" of lights set, I work them such that the next light is set just before the previous one burns out, so you have a light going uninterrupted for the duration of your run.
  • Votive setting for any petition. Have one or more fixed, dressed, blessed votive lights set for your petition to St. Martha. This service is suitable for any area of concern. One petition/issue/focus per light  - if you have a love matter and a work matter, you need to book two separate lights and thus two separate services, so you'll check out twice in two separate transactions. These tend to burn for about 40-50 hours. If you book more than one votive in the same service for the same issue/petition, I will set one light per week for you.
  • St. Martha sweet jar + oil lamp. If your petition/situation has to do with influencing or getting a certain behavior from another person, this sweet jar is specifically designed for that purpose. The petition can be (but does not have to be) of the "dominating" variety, and it can be (but does not have to be) related to your love life. Getting the boss to give you better treatment or more hours at work is a perfectly appropriate goal here, as is more "classical" dominating work to get a lover to stay home, for instance. (I encourage you to read the linked article on St. Martha in its entirety before you book if you intend to approach this service with the intent to dominate.) Your petition, name papers, etc. will be added to the lamp and the jar worked on a very specific schedule for the entirety of the time period covered by the service, which is four weeks.
Note on PWYC option: If you can afford to pay full price, great! But if you can't because you are currently having financial difficulties, and your sweet jar petition is related to getting money owed or getting more income flowing, feel free to choose the discounted rate for the sweet jar work. That's what it's for - for folks who need some spiritual work to help them with money or job concerns but who can't afford to pay full price for that work - so don't feel shy about using it. (But please don't choose the discounted rate for love life concerns unless they are *directly* related to your *current* financial stability and well-being. Thank you.)


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