Black Salt for Protection

During the waning moon, I like to whip up a fresh batch of Black Salt. The Waning Moon means the moon is decreasing in size, moving from the Full Moon towards the New Moon. This is a time for works that banish, release, reverse. It is also the appropriate time for purification and cleansing. Since Black Salt is used for these same purposes, I spend the fourteen days following the full moon to create and charge a few batches of it.

Known also as Sal Negro, Witches Salt, Drive Away Salt, Voodoo Salt and Santeria Salt, Black Salt has many uses. It is used in spells and rituals involving banishing magick, as added protection against negative energy and to remove hexes and jinxes. It may be sprinkled around your home or property, added to banishing sachets, incenses, and herbal mixtures. A little Black Salt goes a long way.

To make your own batch, you will need a few key ingredients.
Traditionally one would use cauldron scrapings, however in a pinch you may also use fire ash, charcoal, black pepper, or black dye.

* 2 parts sea salt
* 1 part scrapings from a cast iron pot

I go a little bit further because I like to super charge mine. Besides using the waning moon I also like to add the following.

* Clary Sage Essential oil (about 4 drops per every cup of salt)
Clary Sage Oil is good for Protection, cleansing house from negativity, and to use for banishing rituals to remove bad spirits.

* White Sage Leaves Crushed (about 2 medium leaves Per Cup)
Good for Cleansing and Protection.

* Small Jet Stone (crushed)
Jet has been used extensively for protection against evil and all negative energies. Also for purification of energy and vibrations.

* If possible, use pot scrapings after you have burned a mixture of protective herbs in the cauldron.

Once you have pulled your ingredients together, making the salt is simple. In your mortar and pestle, grind up your scrapings, ash or charcoal. Once it is powdered, mix it with your salt and continue mixing until the salt is black. Crush and mix the salt and scrapings together while concentrating on banishing energies and while thinking about all the ways you need to be protected. Bottle it up for future use.

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Uses Include:

* Keeping in a dish under your bed or in a little bag under your pillow to negate bad dreams.

* Add a pinch to floor washes to cleanse your home, front walkway, & ritual area of negativity.

* Use to symbolize the waning moon, eclipses, & new moons. These are times for endings, binding work, trance & journeying to Under Realms, & uncrossing or removing curses.

* Add to War Water, Hot Foot Powder for extra potency.

* Sprinkle around your property line to protect your home and garden area.

* It can be used like sand painting to draw circles, runes, or other symbols on the altar or workspace.

* Mitigate the negative effects of Mercury Retrograde.

* Sprinkle liberally on items or possessions that you feel have bad memories or attachments to them.

* Cast a line across your doorways & windows to keep out evil, avoid unwanted company, and reflect slander or jealousy back to the source.

* When a spell or ritual calls for a strong circle of protection, black salt can be used.

* For Spirit Callings & Ancestor works and Samhain rituals.

* Throw into a fire along with paper where you have written all your worries and whatever else you want to be rid off.
Please remember: Not to be confused with black lava salt or kala namak salts used in fine cuisine. Ritual black salt is not for consumption!

I hope you found this useful and can give it a try. If you find you just don’t have the time to make your own, feel free to use this link to purchase some of my Super Charged Black Salt.

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Bathing in Moonlight

Full Moon Ritual Bath Salt Blend

1 Cup ~ Himalayan Salts

1 Tsp. ~ Dried Eucalyptus

1 Tsp. ~ Mugwort

2 Tsp. ~ Jasmine Flowers

3 drops ~ Wintergreen Essential Oil

3 drops ~ Sandalwood Essential Oil

Blend all ingredients together and add 1/4 cup to running bath water. This is a very powerful blend so you do not need much. Tie in cheesecloth and add to water if you wish to keep the herbs together. Adding a couple Moonstones to the bath is also recommended. Soak in water for 20 to 30 minutes while meditating on drawing down the moon’s energy into the water and absorbing it into your body.

This blend is wonderful for:

~ Strengthening your Intuition

~ Increasing the Constructive Lunar Energy for Magical workings.

~ Manifestation of Desires

~ Authentic Expression of Self

 Bath Salt Crystals are great for aches and pains and they have a strong purifying and re-mineralization effect; which restores the balance of energy levels and provides extreme relaxation. The salt minerals penetrate your skin in form of ions. On the day of the full moon the body’s absorption potentials is at peak. Bio-energetic weak points will be balanced and your body’s energy flow will be activated, making these perfect to use before and after any Ritual work. These salts can also be used for Crystal Charging.

photo by Psyche8778

What’s that I smell?

The use of incense dates back to ancient times but the origin is uncertain. It is used in religious ceremonies, ritual purification, aromatherapy, meditation, for creating a spiritual atmosphere, and for masking unpleasant odors. Incense blends can be created to cleanse a space, to manifest, to elevate your mood, and much more. The following recipe is for a prosperity blend but the instructions for making the Incense can be used for many different blends.

Prosperity Blend:

2 parts Frankincense Resin. Frankincense is used for purification, prosperity, and protection. As an offering to the gods, it is also good for spiritual elevation and increasing psychic power. It is truly an all-purpose incense for any intention.

1 part Cinnamon. Cinnamon is a very handy spice that can be used “in a pinch” to bring quick money. Also good to sprinkle in your wallet or cash register to bring business.

1 part Allspice to attract business luck or financial success.

1 part Cloves. A very common herb to draw money. It is said as long as you keep cloves in the kitchen, your cupboards are never bare.

1 part Five-Finger Grass (also known as Cinquefoil). It is the standard ingredient in most money drawing incense due to it’s drawing powers.

1 part Patchouli. Added to prosperity herb mixes to reinforce the manifestation power of your wishes. Patchouli has a commanding component to it.

Once you have gathered these ingredients it will be time to grind them. Some people use a coffee grinder but I prefer to use the traditional Mortar & Pestle.  Especially with regards to resins which can get too “gummy” in a grinder and damage it. Side note with regards to resins: I have found it is very useful to put them in the freezer for about an hour before attempting to grind them. Using a Mortar & Pestle, grind each ingredient separately. You want to grind them to a small granular form, like the consistency of sea salt. Next, blend the ingredients together.

Congratulations! You have now created “loose” Incense. Scoop this into a glass jar, seal it, label it and let it sit overnight, or longer, so the herbs have a chance to “mingle”.

Once they have, you have several options to use this incense.

The first would be to burn it on charcoal tablets. Start by adding just a small amount to the tab and adjust on personal preferences.

If you wish to roll this into sticks or cones you will need to take the blend and grind it until it is a fine powder. At this point you will need to add Makko, which is a combustible tree bark. This powder is what will be needed to get the incense to burn. You will need a mix of 30% Makko and 70% incense blend. Take the blend and pull out about 20% for back-up for this next step. With the 80% you will need to SLOWLY add some water to form a dough. You want this like Play-do consistency. Workable, not wet. If you find you have added to much water, add some of the back-up mix. Once you have kneaded your dough well, you will be ready to form it into cones, or roll it onto bamboo sticks. Allow these to dry completely before burning.

A great option for those who do not wish to “burn” incense would be to make this blend into an aromatherapy oil. Gently heat some jojoba oil, just until it is warm. Add your loose incense mix and allow it to steep for several hours. Jojoba Oil, unlike most other oils, will not turn rancid. This means you don not need to store your new blend in the fridge. When you are ready to use, simply add a few drops into the water of your aromatherapy burner and enjoy!