Basic Witchcraft Tools: Salt Water

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Arden and Nicole Giving Offerings to Yemaya and OlokunSalt is ubiquitous in witchcraft.  Though most people today take it for granted, in the past it was a precious commodity, and justly so.  It is an essential mineral that we all need to survive.

There are many recipes using salt and salt water, but what isn’t usually discussed is why.  Why do we use salt water in witchcraft?  What’s so special about salt in magical terms?

The lore varies from culture to culture, but most of us agree that life began in salt water.  This is also where the scientific evidence points.  The sea is our Mother.  There is also plenty of evidence to suggest that early mankind depended heavily on the sea for food, and spent considerable time in the sea and salty hot springs to stave off or cure skin infections and parasitic infestations.  So it is firmly lodged in the human mind that salt water = survival.

When humans figured out how to evaporate salt from sea water, and found salt deposits in the ground, it was also used in the preservation of food and for hygiene.

So along with water, salt carries a strong meaning for us humans.  We are gestated in a 2% saltwater solution that is amniotic fluid.  Our blood is .4% salt.  The level of salinity of a solution determines what can and can’t grow in it.  In witchcraft, though we live in times where folks believe that anything goes, one can understand that being worshipers of Nature, or at least extremely appreciative of it for the agnostic, certain things may be important.  One wants to make sure they are sending the right message to the Universe, and drawing the right kind of energy to a working.

So let’s use a practical example.  Let’s say your divination says that your client needs to take cleansing baths.  Which recipe would you use, and what would be the proper dosage?  If the cleansing is about guilt for something they have done wrong, the objective would be to facilitate a return to innocence.  Whether they need to atone for a crime or live with a necessary “evil”, one wants to prevent them from becoming cavalier or cynical and committing inappropriate behaviors or thought patterns that would compound the problem.  It would then be appropriate to prescribe a dosage that is close to the salinity of amniotic fluid.  This would be about 20g of salt per liter of water.

If your client has to take cleansing baths to ward off or remove the evil eye though, this is another matter.  You’d want something with some serious germ killing power so that the microbes on the person die, releasing their energy to balance the over-attractive qualities that draw evil eye to the client.  So this should be around a 4% solution.

Try different levels of salinity for different purposes.  Also, when you can, visit your Mother, the sea.  Soak in her and experience her nurturing.  Bring her offerings when you do.

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Sheloya (Sis. Nicole) is a licensed U.L.C. Modesto minister, spiritual counselor, and sorceress.She believes in education and empowerment of individuals with a holistic approach to spirituality.
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