Here’s another magickal recipe that you can make from ingredients you probably already have in your home. If not, there’s nothing here that a quick trip to the grocery won’t fix.
Witches’ Salt, also known as Black Salt or Sal Negro, is used to remove negative spells cast on a person, place or thing. It protects and repels. Sprinkle some around the perimeter of your house or property for protection. Sprinkle in your home or office to banish evil and to cleanse from negativity. Cast some on the ground in the path of a person you wish to go away from you. Keep in a dish or bottle under or on your bed or in a little bag or bottle under your pillow to negate bad dreams & ward unwanted watchers or spirits. Cast a line across your doorways & windows to keep out evil, avoid unwanted company, and reflect slander or jealousy back to the source. Add to bath water when you are feeling especially depressed, angry, & negative. (Just a pinch- the soot from the burnt wood and herbs will stain.)
It’s a fairly simple recipe, even so, if you prefer your Witches’ Salt witchcrafted by me, get yours here.
I always craft my witches’ salt during the dark of the moon. Dark Moon is that time when there is no moon visible in the night sky. (To read more about Dark Moon work, please visit my short post entitled Let’s Talk About Dark Moon.) It’s the perfect time to do protection, repelling, shadow work and various types of curse and hex breaking and work.
Each dark moon I burn the leftovers of the month’s spells. Herb stems, little paper petitions that I toss into the cauldron on the same altar where my perpetual candle burns. The energy is potent here, as I’ve been lighting each candle from the flame of the one that came before it since 1988. Over the years I’ve missed a few that extinguished durning the night, but by the time I missed one it had been burning perpetually for over 3 years. The magick is so strong here that these days a few hours makes no break in the magick. But I digress.
If you have an altar or other sacred space prepared, by all means craft your magick there, but if you don’t, worry not. (We’ll talk about creating, cleansing and consecrating altars in another post.)
First light your incense and prepare your workspace in a way that facilitates your concentration and empowerment. Burning incense during our magickal workings also enhances our magick. I prefer loose incense blends and resins on charcoal, but cone incense or stick incense will also work. I usually use my Powerful Magick for the duration of almost any magickal working.
If you have a cauldron, this is a wonderful way to get the base for the ash and charcoal you’ll need to craft your Witches’ Salt. Add some well dried herb stems of almost any sort and some slivers of sacred wood if you have them. Cedar, Juniper, Eucalyptus, Ash, and Hawthorne are good choices, but when crafting this salt for yourself, by all means follow your intuition. I always add a few sticks from my Black Locust trees, thorns and all. Good protection magick. If you don’t have a cauldron, a hibachi or other small outdoor fire pit or barbecue will work and in a pinch, open your kitchen door and windows and char your tinder in a cast iron pan on your stove. Make sure you have some charcoal left, nice and black, and not just ash when you’re done burning.
After your tinder is well charred and cooled,, place some in a mortar and begin crushing it
with your pestle. Working in a banishing direction (counter clockwise or widdershins) crush until it’s a fine black powder.
I prefer to start with rock salt because I find that crushing it down with mortar and pestle gives me a blacker black than just mixing it. (You can find a box of rock salt for canning and pickling at the grocery store) You can use any salt, really. Begin mixing your salt in, (keeping back some of the crushed charcoal for additional blackening). As you can see in the last pic, it starts out very light. It takes awhile to get to black. Mix well, then place small portions in your pestle and begin crushing the salt. Crushing and mixing until about half of your black salt has achieved a dark gray to black color and is reasonably fine. Add more charcoal as necessary.
Keep mixing and grinding, adding both salt and charcoal until you have a nice, dark black blend. When you’re finished, you may charge your Witches’ Salt on your altar or simply place it in a tightly sealed container to prevent moisture from clumping or even melting your salt. Use as necessary.
I hope this short lesson starts or enhances your journey in magickal crafting. Please don’t be shy if you have questions. Feel free to ask here in comments, on my Patreon or in our Supporter group on FaceBook.
In Light and Shadow,
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