31 Days of Halloween Day 9 – Magical Salt

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You probably use all the time to flavor your food. Most people also learn about how Roman soldiers were paid in salt, which is where the term being worth your salt comes from. Salt is also highly important in the many magical arts around the world.

Perhaps the most well-known magical use of salt is salt lines. A practitioner of magic literally makes a line with salt, sometimes around a building, a room, themselves or an object. The salt is supposed to form a protective barrier, keeping harmful or evil things from crossing it.

In many European pagan cultures, practitioners of magic would place a small deposit of salt in each corner of a room before beginning any spells. Others sprinkle it across the doorstep or around their entire property line. Again, this practice is protective in nature. Another use of salt is to reverse the negative spells cast by others, again because of its purifying nature.

Salt is also a common ingredient in magical formulas or brews. It’s even used in the preparation of holy water in cathedrals. The type of salt (like kosher or black) that’s used might change, but it is commonly found in many things that are used for either blessing or cursing a person, animal, area of land, etc.

Various beliefs exist about why salt is useful in magical practices. Some believe that salt actually absorbs psychic powers, like a sponge, helping to amplify a person’s natural psychic powers when used correctly. It can also be used to control overactive psychic situations, these people believe, like a child who sees dead people all the time or someone who is the source of poltergeist activity.

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