Black Salt for rituals has long been used in European folk & African Diaspora traditions and is also known as Witch’s Salt, Sal Negro, & Drive Away Salt. Not to be confused with black lava salt or kala namak salts used in fine cuisine. Ritual black salt is not for consumption!
There are a variety of ways to craft Black Salt by using black iron pot scrapings, ground charcoal, fire pit ash, black pepper, & dyes.
Using black salt to absorb and contain negativity is not black magick. There is a misconception that working with this substance is evil. Other maligned ritual components include dark moons, counterclockwise (deosil) movements, & inverted pentagrams. This is not so! Wardings, undoings, uncrossings, binding work, journeying to the afterlife, honoring the crone, and many more important workings successfully use these practices. Black Salt is primarily Protective. Remember, only the intention of the user makes any magick malignant. Nullifying or returning negative energy to its source is not black magic unless you purposefully state intent to harm.
How to Make Black Salt:
Burn banishing herbs on a charcoal disc inside your cauldron. Allow the charcoal and herbs to burn down completely. ◦Scrape the inside of your cauldron with a sharp spoon or knife. ◦Crush the scrapings in a mortar and pestle then add plain white salt or natural sea salt. Use about twice the amount of salt as scrapings. ◦Crush and mix the salt and scrapings together while concentrating on banishing energies. ◦Put the newly created black salt into a little jar and label it.
Various Uses for Black Salt:
-keep in a dish under your or in a little bag 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 a bit to floor washes to cleanse your home, front walkway, & ritual area of negativity.
-add to bath water when you are feeling especially depressed, angry, & negative
-keep a bit on your person against your skin, in your desk, or taped under your chair at work or school to deflect gossips, bullies, rude coworkers, and bad bosses attention. Keep in a bowl, a tiny cloth pouch, or sprinkle a bit.
-Add to War Water, Hot Foot Powder, Graveyard Dirt, & Rattlesnake Salt for extra potency.
-Sprinkle in an enemy’s yard, office, or footsteps so that they will want to leave or move.
-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.
-fire energy, chthonic or darker earthly Elementals & Deities, especially Crone or Triple Goddesses, War Gods, & darker forest beings.
-Mitigate the negative effects of Mercury Retrograde.
-For Spirit Callings & Ancestor works and Samhain rituals.
-Sprinkle liberally on items or possessions that you feel have bad memories or attachments to them.
Black Salt can be used in conjunction with White Salt, Sage, or Holy Water to both absorb evil & then purify yourself and space. Burn a black candle to take in negativity then a white candle to bring in pure white light.
Black Salt absorbs negative energy so it can only be used once. Change it out or sweep it up weekly or when the air feels oppressive & mucky. When discarding black salt, consider where the negativity will go:
1)Ground it in the earth by burying it in a hidden distant place from your living and working space. Bury it at a crossroads of paths or streets. Some bury it in cemeteries or even an enemy’s yard.
2)Cast in the wind in a distant place blowing away from your home-work. Some will blow this from their hand into the four directions or at a crossroads.
3)Throw into a fire along with paper where you have written all your worries and whatever else you want to be rid off. Do not use these ashes to make any other ritual items.
4)Cast into living water meaning running active water. This will disperse the energies and cleanse them. Rivers, creeks, lakes, and oceans. Even a ditch or your toilet will do and may be very effective in ‘flushing’ unneeded or negative things out of your life!