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His first blog was so popular, we decided to bring you more of Harry's ideas about food and magic, so here's Harry!
I would like to thank everyone who read and responded to my first blog on chocolate. It was my first attempt at blogging, and I was proud and happy to see how many people read and responded to my writing. This has encouraged me to continue to share my search through the kitchen, pointing you in the direction of more everyday substances that have magical properties.
This time, we’re going to talk about the most common thing we use to season our food – salt. As the oldest known seasoning, salt has a long history of use, both in culinary creations and in spell casting. It is used all over the world and is mined from veins in the ground like gold. In fact, by the Middle Ages, salt was often used as payment for work or goods and had approximately the same value as gold. Cities were built because of their proximity to salt sources, and wars were fought over access to salt sources.
Many religions also used salt in ritual and sacrifice beginning in approximately 6000 B.C. Then, humankind learned that they could use salt to preserve meat, so they would rub fresh meat with rock salt to draw all the water out of the flesh through a process called “desiccation.” This property of drawing is what makes salt so useful in today’s witchcraft. We use salt primarily because of the property of drawing off bad energy and protection against spiritual attack. A circle of salt can easily be cast around your home to ward off bad energy.
The two basic salts used in casting are White or Pink rock salt and a ground mixture called “black salt.” I’ve included a recipe below; however, there are numerous kinds of black salt, so you will want to choose the one best suited for each use. Although both salts have the properties of drawing off bad energy and giving protection, the each have specific properties, and I encourage you to be sure to choose the correct salt if you are assembling a spell.
Black salt can be used for:
Black salt is also used to ward off more specific threats, such as threats you’re aware of, than the general protection plain white or pink salt gives.
Recipe for Black Salt:
You will need
Grind the pepper and charcoal into a fine powder before adding the salt.
Add the ashes and salt slowly, focusing on your intention for the salt, and, of course, being extremely careful not to spill it. Store the salt in an airtight container until the time to cast your spell comes, and naturally, you will want to be mindful and specific in your intentions as you cast the spell.
However, while casting salt circles can have an insulating effect, be careful not to spill your casting salt, or any salt, for that matter. Spilled salt can have quite the opposite effect. In fact, spilled salt invites chaos and anger into your life until such time as you counteract and close the hole in your protective energy created by the spilled salt.
Salt can also be used in healing and purification spells and baths, so I encourage you to take another look at the salt in the cupboard and experiment with different uses of salt. Use those positive qualities to help you cleanse, purify, and heal.