A Little Lesson on Black Salt
Before I delve too far into the topic of making Black Salt, I want to make sure you have a basic understanding of what Black Salt is.
Opinions on Black Salt vary from Witch to Witch, but one thing is clear, Black Salt helps to drive away negative energy. Also, not every Witch uses Black Salt. If you decide to not use Black Salt, that is perfectly fine. You won’t get your Witch license taken away from you if you decide not to include it in your practice.
Black Salt originally came from Hoodoo. How Wiccans and Pagans began to include Black Salt into their practices, I honestly do not know. I’ve tried to research this across the web and in several books, but nothing really states how and when Black Salt came into use by Wiccans and Pagans.
From what I have managed to research on the topic of Hoodoo and Black Salt, most Hoodoo practitioners use Black Salt as a means of cursing people; primarily cursing them in the form of driving them away. Some Hoodoo practitioners apparently also use it to commune with negative spirits and energies. For most Pagans and Wiccans, this would be considered Black Magic and not something to be dealt with lightly – that is, of course, if you believe in White and Black Magic. However, this information could be entirely incorrect, because I have a very limited knowledge of Hoodoo and the internet isn’t the most trustworthy of sources.
For Wiccans and Pagans, Black Salt serves a slightly different purpose. Black Salt, also known as Pagan Black Salt or Witch’s Salt, is used for protection. It can also be used to purify gemstones, talismans, and any other magical objects that might have a negative energy attached to them. Most Pagans will use Black Salt during a house cleansing ritual to clean the house, then place a protective ward around it.
Uses for Black Salt
- Sprinkling Black Salt under a bed can help drive away nightmares. You can also place the salt in an herb pillow.
- Protection Spells.
- Cleansing magical objects.
- Cursing people.
Okay, so enough with the history lesson, lets move on to the fun stuff!
First you’re going to need a few things…
- 1 part Salt (I use Kosher or Sea Salt)
- 1 part Black Peppercorn – you can use scrapings from a cast iron pot, ash or any sort of dyes, but I always try to make mine so that it wont be harmful if one of my children accidentally get a hold of it.
This is the general recipe for Black Salt. however, I like to add a few herbs to aid in the protection process:
You can get a mortar and pestle similar to mine here.
The eucalyptus is to help protect my family and I from illness. The lavender is to help protect us from psychic attacks, stress, and depression. The bay leaves are kind of a personal thing. We’ve been having a little bit of a bug problem. Bay leaves are known for repelling insects, so I added them for the repelling factor. Bay leaves are also known for their protection qualities.
While Big A was grinding, I lit the candles to our kitchen altar. First, I ground the peppercorns and salt together using my mortar and pestle. Well, okay, I gotta be honest here… Aaron actually did most of the grinding. He and his friend Teddy volunteered their services. The kid and his bear did quite an excellent job.
After Big A was done grinding, I added the other herbs and ground them down.
Just a little warning, my salt never turns out “black”. It’s more of a dirty salt, but it works just fine for me.
Once all of it was ground, I presented the mixture before my kitchen altar. I uttered a prayer asking the spirits to bless the salt and to help charge it with protective energy.
I then went about my apartment and sprinkled the mixture along every window and every door that leads to the outside. While sprinkling the salt, I muttered, “With this salt, I ask for protection for my family and me.” You can do this part however you want, but this is what works for me.
I usually try to do this about once a month. There have been times, however, when I’ve felt the need to do this about once a week. It really just depends on what situation you’re in and if you feel you need the extra protection.
As far as the prayer, or spell you perform with this, it should be your own. Your own words hold their own power that is completely different from my own. Say what comes from the heart. Say what sort of protection you are looking for. Charge it with your own energy and your own words.
The final product.
Do you use Black Salt in your craft?
This article was originally posted on my former blog, The Crunchy Pagan Mom. This article also contains affiliate links.