St. Martha's Ribbons

I have tremendous respect and love for St. Martha. She is a kind but powerful saint who exceeds at dominating and tying up tyrants, bullies, wife-beaters and other nasty types - be they employers, officials or persons occupying any other station in life where they have power that they choose to abuse. This is my understanding of her work, based on my own experience with her. I have found that if there is someone in a situation that is abusing their power and in some way and causing others to suffer because of their ego-driven behaviour that St. Martha will powerfully dominate them - quite often humbling them before the petitioner. Her influence is like a gentle, yet unstoppable force that comes down firmly and then builds until the target submits in the vice-like grip of her ribbons.

This combination of gentleness and dominating power is symbolised by the soft ribbons that she wore around her waist as girdle. In the famous non-biblical story about St. Martha, she used these ribbons to tie up and dominate a fierce dragon that had been tormenting Tarascon after all else had failed. Once bound the people where able to successfully slay the dragon with spears and swords. In one version of the story she wept and tried to stop the people from killing it, showing her merciful saintly nature.

St. Martha's Ribbons
I like working with green ribbons when petitioning St. Martha for intercession, and I find that wrapping and tying doll-babies, bottle/jar spells, name-papers or pictures with these ribbons accompanied by a petition for her aid can be a good way to grab hold of a situation, or more precisely, someone. I have a roll of green ribbon (fabric) that I have offered to her on her altar space and whenever I petition her, I borrow some of her ribbon for my workings.

St. Martha Domination Jar
This work was created to restrain and dominate a man who had been physically violent and emotionally abusive towards his wife.

A glass jar with a flat metal top
Green ribbon
St. Martha holy card
Calamus root
Liquorice root
Red pepper
Picture or name paper, with personal concerns 
Essence of Bend-Over oil, or another commanding and controlling formula.
Glass encased candle

First  set up a small altar space for St. Martha with a glass of fresh water, a flower etc.
Make sure that the jar is well cleaned, and wipe it down with florida water as well as the candle.
Take the name paper, or photograph, and write the command over it nine times. If it's a name paper cover and cross the name. Dress it with condition oil. Next place a personal concern on that along with a small pinch of red pepper to heat the spell. Roll it all up into a tube and begin binding it firmly with green ribbon - by tying towards you if you want to bring the person a little closer as you dominate them, or away from you, if you want to push them away. Each situation has its own unique requirements. Call their name and pray that they be bound and dominated. Once the tube is well wrapped pass it through incense smoke (a simple domination incense might be to burn some of the calamus on coals); tie it with nine knots and place it in the jar. Add to the jar calamus root, liquorice root and tobacco, praying as you do.

Next take some tobacco and light it so it is smouldering. Hold it in the mouth of the jar so that the jar fills with tobacco smoke, and pray to the spirit of the tobacco plant that it helps bring its controlling power into this situation. When the jar is filled with smoke quickly take the lid and close it - capturing the smoke in the jar with the other ingredients.*
Now, take some green ribbon and wrap and tie the jar. For this spell I felt moved to tie the ribbons in a cruciform (crosswise) over the lid, other times I just keep wrapping it around until I feel it is ready. 
Place the jar on a saucer on the altar and dress, fix and light the glass encased candle on top of the jar. As you light it accompany this with your prayer and petition to St. Martha, then place the petition beneath the jar. Repeat the petition daily for nine days, when you do you can also take up the jar and shake it a little calling the target's name as you spiritually work it.

*The clever technique of capturing smoke in a jar like this is the innovation of Miss Dara Anzlowar and is included here with her permission. The technique is unique and potent, having been developed by Dara in her own rootwork practice - and she has very generously shared it. Thanks Dara!


  1. ooo me likey. What made you decided on green ribbon?

    The smoke in the jar technique of Dara's is neat. I love it.

  2. Hi Brother Christopher, the colour associated with St. Martha is green. Dara's technique is amazing - she is a treasure trove of conjure knowledge. I wish she would write a book!

  3. Balthazar, can you use this spell if you arranged for voodoo to be cast? Can I use this spell in conjuction with the voodoo?
    Also, what was your success rate using this spell to Saint Martha?