We as people tend to dramatise spirits. (Especially Americans let’s not even lie, there’s a huge culture around occultism and ouija and all that shit that’s been blown out of proportions.)
“They’re all evil! They must be gone, exorcised, banished!”
“DON’T PLAY OUIJA YOU’LL GET POSSESSED BY AN EVIL DEMON CREATURE.”
The truth is, a lot spirits don’t even know or care that you’re there, they have a right to be there and were probably there before you. Possessions are really, really rare. Legit ones that is.
However, minor hauntings, such as things being knocked over, spirits nicking things and putting them elsewhere, banging on walls and such aren’t really a threat, and more of an annoyance. So there’s no need to call the exorcist and put fear and negative energy into it (because the spirit feeds off your fear and only grows stronger.)
Trust me, if the haunting was really serious, it would be much more than banging or losing things.
So! How to deal with a minor haunting without getting your exorcist mallet out? The answer is simple: Build a spirit house.
Offer the noisy or cheeky spirit a home. A space of their own that they keeps them occupied and content.
There are tons of methods to build spirit houses, may it be in skulls/bones from other animals, large jars, little doll houses, an intricate structure of thread stretched over a frame, a woven cage of wicker, anything! It depends on what you can provide and also what the spirit may want/need.
The interior decor varies just as much. From a little zen garden to a shiny little room fill with mirrors, and pretty things, it depends again on what you feel is necessary. The idea is to provide the spirit with something that’ll keep it occupied through it’s beauty, intricacy or shiny qualities. Keep them amused. So make an intricate little doll house, or a miniature garden, or a mirror room, it’s up to you!
Once that’s said and done, invite the spirit into it’s home and welcome them there. From there, the annoyance should stop and the spirit may even become willing to aid you in your magical workings!
Next time, consider that before being scared out of your wit and feeding bad energy into it. Sometimes, call it takes is a little compromise!
Oh, and PRETTY PLEASE send me pictures of your spirit homes! I’d love to see them.
For my protective black salt, I used: Camphor, Benzoin, Angelica, Ash, Rose, Clove and Birch.
However, you may use your own combination. Use as many or as little as you like.
You may draw a sigil on a small piece of paper that states your intent and will help formulate your salt to aid you better.
Next, light the charcoal and place the incenses on first (Camphor and Benzoin). Next, burn the plants one by one, and the piece of paper with the sigil. Place the charcoal outside if you don’t want the smoke in your house.
Once all the plants have been burnt to ash, put the remains of both the charcoal and the ashes in the mortar and grind to dust.
The proportions I used were 4 part Ash/Charcoal and 10 part salt, but use whatever works best for you.
Add the salt to the mortar and mix until the salt is black. If it doesn’t reach its desired colour, add charcoal to the mixture.
Always remember intent is key, so concentrate on what you’re doing.
Recipe 2: Banishing
This is the recipe I use to banish unwanted things, especially negative influences and spirits.
Opononax, Frankincense, Arabic Gum, Birch, Elder flowers, Mint, Marjoram, Anise and bay.
But you may use any plant that’s good for purification, cleansing, change, positivity and protection.
Same process as the first one. Intent is key and sigils really help to get that across.
Recipe 3: Bad Luck Hex
I don’t hex, but a friend of mine requested that I make it for him. So here, the sigil was really important, since I was more reluctant to put bad intentions in my craft. (I’m not the hexing types, but you may be as wicked as you please, lovely lil witches. I have nothing against it, it’s just not my witching style.)
I used: Mandrake, Nettles, Onion, Lime, Angelica and Vervain.
As usual, use your own recipe if you must!
I tried to muster up malice and bad thoughts. Hopefully the salt will work for him.
I hope you enjoyed my black salt recipes. They’re all useful for samhain, so tell me how it goes!
(Mentha spp.) For specific cautions,
look up specific mint.
Folk Name: Garden Mint. Gender: Masculine. Planet: Mercury. Element: Air. Deities: Pluto, Hecate. Powers: Money, Lust, Healing, Travel, Exorcism, Protection.
Magical Uses: Mint has long been used in
healing potions and mixtures, and the
fresh leaves rubbed against the head are
said to relieve headaches. Mint worn at
the wrist assures that you will not be ill.
Stomach problems can be alleviated by
stuffing a green poppet with mint and
anointing it with healing oils. Mint is also used in travel spells and to
provoke lust. Its bright green leaves and
crisp scent led to its use in money and
prosperity spells; the easiest of which is to
place a few leaves in the wallet or purse, or
to rub where your money is kept. To rid a place of evil, sprinkle salt water
with a sprinkler made of fresh sprigs of
mint, marjoram and rosemary. Fresh mint
laid on the altar will call good spirits to be
present and aid you in magic. Mint is also
kept in the home for protection.
“Mint” is a general term for any of the
(from Cunningham’s Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs by Scott Cunningham)