History of Salt in Religion

Salt has long held an important place in religion and culture. Greek worshippers consecrated salt in their rituals. Jewish Temple offerings included salt; on the Sabbath, Jews still dip their bread in salt as a remembrance of those sacrifices. In the Old Testament, Lot’s wife was turned into a pillar of salt. Author Sallie Tisdale notes that salt is as free as the water suspending it when it’s dissolved, and as immutable as stone when it’s dry – a fitting duality for Lot’s wife, who overlooks Sodom to this day.

Covenants in both the Old and New Testaments were often sealed with salt: the origin of the word “salvation.” In the Catholic Church, salt is or has been used in a variety of purifying rituals. In fact, until Vatican II, a small taste of salt was placed on a baby’s lip at his or her baptism. Jesus called his disciples “the Salt of the Earth.” In Leonardo DaVinci’s famous painting, “The Last Supper,” Judas Escariot has just spilled a bowl of salt – a portent of evil and bad luck. To this day, the tradition endures that someone who spills salt should throw a pinch over his left shoulder to ward off any devils that may be lurking behind.

In Buddhist tradition, salt repels evil spirits. That’s why it’s customary to throw salt over your shoulder before entering your house after a funeral: it scares off any evil spirits that may be clinging to your back.

Shinto religion also uses salt to purify an area. Before sumo wrestlers enter the ring for a match—which is actually an elaborate Shinto rite—a handful of salt is thrown into the center to drive off malevolent spirits.

In the Southwest, the Pueblo worship the Salt Mother. Other native tribes had significant restrictions on who was permitted to eat salt. Hopi legend holds that the angry Warrior Twins punished mankind by placing valuable salt deposits far from civilization, requiring hard work and bravery to harvest the precious mineral.

In 1933, the Dalai Lama was buried sitting up in a bed of salt.

Today, a gift of salt endures in India as a potent symbol of good luck and a reference to Mahatma Gandhi’s liberation of India, which included a symbolic walk to the sea to gather tax-free salt for the nation’s poor.

Without exception, every civilisation on Earth has very similar ideas about the magical properties of salt – namely that it absorbs psychic energy and binds it into its own structure.

From the Roman Catholic rite of preparing holy water, which contains both water and salt to the Indian custom of using salt on wounds to draw away unhealthy spirits, and with evidence that salt has been used in just that way for as long as humans have employed magic, there is clearly a strong consensus and that tends to be simply based on truth, fact, and experience.

Protection Against Psychic Phenomena

Salt has always been used as protection against psychic attacks, and to disable unwanted psychic phenomena.

Ordinary salt may be sprinkled across thresholds and around the perimeter of dwellings, inside and out;

Salt mixed with sand is used for forming magic circles;

Rock salt crystals can be added to “medicine pouches”, carried in pockets or worn in a small bag about the neck.

Sprinkling salt around someone’s bed protects from unwanted night time visitors and reduces the likelihood of unwanted spontaneous OBEs.

Salt For Purification

With salt’s extreme ability to draw away remnants of psychic energy, including “ghost manifestations” of many different kinds, salt has always been used for psychic clearing and for purification.

Magicians and priests routinely prepare for ceremonies by taking a bath which contains salt as one of the main ingredients;

Magical objects and crystals are cleansed by immersing them in salt water;

Bowls of salt may be placed into a room to absorb negative energy or psychic energy disturbances;

Food and objects can be purified by adding a small amount of salt, or placing a small amount of salt nearby;

Throwing salt is generally regarded as a device to clear the aura of a person or an environment of leftover psychic energy.

A box containing salt can be used to purify anything that is placed upon it;

Crystals placed on a bed of salt or on a salt box require less, or no clearing at all.

Salt, Water & Fire Spells

As salt absorbs psychic energy, it can be used to transfer or transmute a wish or spell to the higher powers by first making the spell, then throwing the salt into the fire where it burns up and in doing so, releases the psychic charge into the higher dimensions.

The most basic form of this type of spell is to hold a little salt in the hand, make a wish, and then throw the salt into the fire.

In the same vein, salt can be thrown into water – a well, a river and into the sea and can be used to carry wishes, or take away burdens, clear attachments from the aura. It is an immensely flexible system with a hundred and one uses.

Salt & Healing

Just a small amount of salt added to healing brews, potions and lotions of any kind will serve to “take care of the other realms” and extend the effectiveness of said brew, potion or lotion into the psychic dimensions – something that modern medicine and medications lack altogether.

Salt is of course a major practical part of our bodies and our health; too much salt however can reduce psychic activity and make it harder to perform psychic tasks. This is one of the reasons why in the olden days, magicians and priests used to fast and drink only pure water prior to major ceremonies. It is interesting to note that having a good flow of salt in and out of the body is extremely important to the full functioning of a magician or priest, both on the physical levels as well as on the metaphysical levels.

Regular bathing in salt water is a first class prophylactic to all manner of psychic disturbances as well as being good for the physical body; in this way, salt is a simple introduction and a bridge between the physical and metaphysical realms for beginners.

A Simple Example Of A Salt Spell – Spiritual House Clearing

This simple magic ritual demonstrates some of the main points of using salt. It is easy to do for anyone, and makes a big difference to a home, and its occupants, but most of all to the magician who performs this spell.

1. Find a beautiful glass bowl of any size. In psychic workings, the physical size of an object really does not matter – a huge bowl won’t do any more than a small one. Psychic energy absorption is not like filling a suitcase!

2. Fill the glass bowl with salt – simple cooking salt or pretty rock salt, it matters not.

3. Place the bowl with the salt near the hearth of the home – the center of the home. In some houses, that is in the kitchen; in other homes, it can be the sitting room, or perhaps a den where everyone gathers. You know where your hearth is.

4. Leave it there for three days.

5. On the third day, take the bowl and the salt somewhere where you can release both the physical salt as well as the psychic attachments it has absorbed. You can throw this salt into a river, or a fire, or simply into a sink with the tap running. As you empty the bowl (you can do this a handful at a time), tell the salt about your worries and troubles and your fears, your negative thoughts. It will take those as well and while you’re there.

6. Re-fill the bowl and replace it near the hearth.

7. From now on, empty the salt bowl once a week to keep your home free of harmful energy under normal circumstances; or more often if there is extra stress, as you feel is right.

You will notice a distinct improvement in the atmosphere of your home within a few days.

Salt is a fascinating substance and one of the best beginner’s devices to learn about the effects of a substance on the metaphysical planes. Even though it is simple and straightforward and suitable for beginners, that doesn’t mean that it isn’t also extremely profound and very useful indeed. Working with and understanding the magical properties and uses of salt is one of the core skills any person engaged in magic is encouraged to become familiar with.

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