This town thrives on the banks of a life-giving river which flows through the middle of a vast, scorching desert. Explore ancient ruins, and ponder the mysteries of the past. There are some who believe these wonders are not of this world… When you tire from the heat, cool off at the mayor’s home with indoor amusements.
Salt is a go to ingredient that witches seem to use abundantly.
Salt and it’s historical uses
In Germany, Normandy, and Scotland salt was sprinkled around a butter churn to keep witches from souring the butter or hurting the cow whose milk was used to make the butter.
An Irish folk remedy called upon the use of salt as well as the reciting of the lords prayer to get cure ‘faerie-struck’ children. Similar to the way the Bavarian and Ukrainian people used to figure out if a child had been bewitched.
Egyptian Caravans that were preparing to cross the desert would perform a ritual that involved burning salt on hot coals in order to prevent evil spirits nothing the travelers as well as to ensure a safe passage.
Provided protection from witches, witchcraft, demons, and the evil eye.
Salt and it’s uses in Witchcraft
Salt in general is used in ritual purification, magickal protections, and blessings.
Some witches place salt in the four corners of the room before casting.
Used in purification spells.
Used to symbolize earth, one of the elements, on your altar or when you are casting. Sea salt may be used as the element water due to the fact that it came from the sea.
Used in the Witches Bottle
Can be used as an offering to the Gods.
Some people associate it with wealth, prosperity, and good luck.
Is an ingredient used often and abundantly in Kitchen Magick.
Creates a magickal, protective barrier.
Throw salt to ward off malevolent spirits and energies.
Repels many types of evil.
Absorbs psychic energies.
Place in your bath to cleanse and rid negativity. (Epsom Salt)
Salt and it’s superstitions
If someone spills the salt at dinner, it means a violent family quarrel is on the way.
It’s considered bad luck to lend salt to someone, because that can lead to a feud between the borrower and the lender. A good way to avoid this problem is if you get a cup of salt from someone, pay it back with sugar or molasses instead. Interestingly, in parts of northern England and Scotland it is also seen as bad luck to lend salt, mostly because the person borrowing it can use it as a magical link to curse you.
Salt can also be used to detect the presence of witches: in the Ozarks, it is believed that witches don’t eat much salt, so if someone complains about food being too salty, she might be regarded with suspicion. There is also a tale that bewitched cattle will not touch salt.
If you spill salt you must through it over your shoulder to bring you good luck and to keep evil at bay.
Types of salt and there properties
Himalayan Salt: Is commonly used for protection, especially around the home and against malevolent spirits. Also used to purify and to get rid of any negative energies. Used in spells to release from attachment. It has gentle, but strong grounding and centering energies. Brings prosperity and abundance into a home. Promotes love, happiness, and friendship.
Black Salt: Is used mainly for protection. Absorbs and contains any negativity. Can be used for hexing too. It drives away evil and protects your home and belongings. Use it to create boundaries with your enemies. Wardings, undoings, uncrossings, binding work, journeying to the afterlife, honoring the crone, and many other workings use black salt. Black salt can also be used to return curses and negative energies back to it’s caster. Working with the dark moon.
Sea Salt: Sacred to water deities and used often in Sea Witchcraft. Make herbal salt scrubs. Used to consecrate. Commonly used to make magick circles. Used for protection as well. Can be used in curses. It is associated with purity, protection, purification, and blessings.
What is the most common way you incorporate salt into your craft?
There’s a continuity error in the FMA:B English dub.
While Ed and Al are searching for Mei, they ask around to see if people have seen Xiao Mei. They refer to her as a “weird cat.” Ed does this, Al does this, Mustang, Grumman, even Yoki. It makes sense considering most Amestrians have never seen a panda bear in their life. The closest animal Xiao Mei resembles then is a cat.
When Al first (accidentally) picks up Xiao Mei in episode 22, Ed’s reaction in the subs is:
He just calls it “that thing”, and then he and everyone else spend the rest of the series calling her a cat.
In the dub though
Ed recognizes her as a panda bear, then…seems to forget, and calls her a cat for the rest of the show.
Obviously it was just the result of a translator not realizing that, down the line, it was going to become an on-going joke that no one knows what Xiao Mei is. Easy, understandable mistake.
But in context, I like to believe it went down something like this
Al: By the way Brother, what did you call this little thing back in the car? Ed: Huh? I called it a panda bear. Why? Al: As in a Xingese panda bear? Ed: …Yeah? Al: As in those 7-foot tall creatures that live only in Xing? Ed: What’s your point! Al: My point is how the heck is a panda bear supposed to get all the way to Amestris from Xing? Ed: I dunno! It has legs, doesn’t it? Al: Yeah, tiny legs. The desert is enormous, Brother! Ling almost died crossing it! And he had supplies and body guards! So how exactly do you think a panda bear would pull that off? Ed: Ling’s theatrical! Frankly considering that Ling could cross the desert I take that as evidence that anyone could! Al: Okay, and what about the little detail that pandas are huge!? Ed: And how do you know? You ever met a panda? Al: No because I don’t live in Xing. Ed: Fine, fine, it’s a cat! It’s a cat okay!? Whatever. Why are we fighting about this? Why do you even have that thing still?? I said get rid of it!
Post-Promised Day, in the hospital someone finally asks what type of cat Xiao Mei is. Mei blinks, and answers, “Oh, no, Xiao Mei is a panda bear.”
Four nurses come running into the room to make sure everything is alright after hearing Ed scream, “I GODDAMN KNEW IT” at the top of his lungs.