The Mystical Life of Salt

Salt, once prized like gold, has continued to be a widely traded commodity. Salt is also used in Christian ceremonies and sacramentals. It is a cornerstone in spell casting and magickal practices.

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It’s interesting to me that, along with water, stones or rocks, or leaves or plants, salt is one of the most prevalent, affordable, and accessible “living, natural objects” to use for metaphysical purposes. For me, they can be used in place of crystals (because salt is a type of “crystal”), for healing and purification, or in place of water (when water cannot be used directly) to facilitate rituals. After doing “energetic healing” on my mother, I used a salt water solution to cleanse my hands. Furthermore, due to the salt’s “neutralizing” effect, salt alone or a salt-water mixture can be utilized for grounding, particularly after spiritual work such as soaking the feet.

Welcoming blessings, warding off curse

Meanwhile, salt also has been regarded as sacred in traditional rituals.  For example, when moving to a new house or structure in the Philippines, salt, rice grains, water, and oil are all necessities. Before moving in the furnishings, they must be placed in the new spot. The salt and other items are thought to represent prosperity, harmony, cleansing, and protection.

Salt that is blessed is occasionally added to the Holy Water and used in baptism rites in Christian Catholicism. It is also thought to protect homes from negative forces when sprinkled over the thresholds of doors (SOURCE: and other openings such as windows and vulnerable locations such as corners of rooms.

“Blessed salt is a powerful Sacramental of the catholic Church; an instrument of grace to preserve one from the corruption of evil occurring as sin, sickness, demonic influence, or other manifestation. However, it must not be used superstitiously as if they have a power in them. Rather, their purpose is to serve as a point of focus to direct one’s faith towards Jesus. “-

With this prayer, a priest performs the rite of blessing the salt: “Almighty God, we ask you to bless this salt, as once you blessed the salt scattered over the water by the prophet Elisha. Wherever this salt  is sprinkled, drive away the power of evil, and protect us always by the presence of your Holy Spirit. Grant this through Christ our Lord, Amen”  (SOURCE:

Magickal salt

Salt is also thought to be a neutraliser of negative vibes or spell remnants, as well as a cleanser of crystals (just make sure to remove salt residue from the crystal’s surface afterwards) and other divination equipment. While I do not recommend immersing your Tarot cards in saltwater, moistening a thin cloth with saltwater and dabbing gently the surface of the cards may be beneficial.

Salt is also used in spell casting, and some spells for manifesting prosperity require a dose of salt. Below are some of the spell recipes I found using salt (SOURCE: Magic with Incense and Powders, Anna Riva, 1984). Please keep in mind that spell casting and magick are not my domain, and that I am only sharing knowledge that I have gathered.

– When leaving the house in the morning, put a pinch of salt in your pocket or purse to ensure a safe and successful day.- To attract prosperity, dust some salt on the cash register or money box at your place of business.

– Your wallet will never run out of cash if you keep a pinch of salt in it. 

– Place your monthly invoices in a plate and sprinkle salt over them so that when the time comes to pay them, the money will be ready.

– Keep some salt in an open dish in the house, and lay your money on top of it at night for financial blessings.

So, wouldn’t you agree that salt is just as valuable as gold?

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