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How to Make Black Salt

Make sure it's a three-legged cauldron!

Make sure it’s a three-legged cauldron!

Recently, someone commented on my post on salts, and particularly on the challenge in “trusting” the black salt you buy in a metaphysical store. So I thought a post on how my metaphysical detective, Riga Hayworth, goes about making her black salt might come in handy.

In spells, black salt can be used for protection or sealing. Black salt provides some serious mojo, so I went to my friend and metaphysical guru, Elizabeth Barton, to get the “recipe.” It’s simple:

50% sea salt, 50% ash from a sacred fire.

Next question: what exactly makes ash from a sacred fire?

Technically, ash from any fireplace will do. Fireplaces are between realms, places of transformation (wood to ash, flame to air/smoke).

But for serious protection, the best ash is scraped from a three-legged cauldron used for burning incense and resins in rituals. A cast iron cauldron is particularly good against dark fairies (Riga’s bete noir). A copper cauldron provides all-purpose ash, particularly good for raising vibrations and getting rid of negative energies.

Riga, who likes to use everything, will let bits of burnt resin and herbs stuck to the bottom of the pot mix with the salt as well.

While you’re mixing the ash and salt, you can of course add an incantation or visualization, such as visualizing protective energy and power flowing into the mix.

And that’s it!

About the Author

Kirsten Weiss is the author of Steam and Sensibility, a steampunk novel of suspense, and the Riga Hayworth series of paranormal mysteries: the urban fantasy, The Metaphysical DetectiveThe Alchemical DetectiveThe Shamanic DetectiveThe Infernal Detective and The Elemental Detective. You can follow her paranormal-themed tumblr here.




  1. Bethany Rego says

    about the cauldron……. I have a cast iron one I picked up from a thrift shop . it has 3 legs, why is this important?

    • I believe it represents the triple goddess, but three is a powerful number in spellcraft for all sorts of reasons. Threes represent expression, creation, fertilization, growth. Three is the first manifestation of something real and supportive. Manifesting what we desire through working with others. Three is related to the Empress – the generative force bringing life and creation to fruition through the coming together of various elements.

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