Magick for the Real World

One couple's dream of being the change they want to see in the world.


January 2011

Why You Shouldn’t Use Salt

Throughout my nine years of studying and practicing magick, I’ve found that the most common tool recommended is salt, and I trusted this information because it was generally agreed upon by the magickal community.  I believed this until it was tested, and it failed.  I guess that’s the way all things work.

So I did some research and I did some testing, and most of all, I did some thinking.  Salt is normally used as the physical representation of the circle, it is used in cleansing solutions for tools, it’s used to protect against anything that goes bump in the night, but why is it used for all of these things?

Well, think about it.  Salt is a natural dessicating agent (it sucks up the water), and it’s one of the strongest dessicants you have available to you.  It’s why slugs die when they get salt on them, it’s why salt is used to preserve things, and it’s why salt kills all the bacteria around it.  It is sucking up the water.  On the other hand, it also sucks up oil or iron or pretty much anything else.  It is a natural oxidizer as well, which means that it makes things rust or corrode.

The final scientific reason for its use in magick is because of its unique ability to transmit electricity.  It is one of the strongest conductors known to man, and that is one of the main uses that the body has for various salts.

So, we put all of these together and what do we have?  A substance that transmits energy easily, absorbs all types of energy from the environment, and can break down most metals (brings it to a more natural state).  How does this affect the magick that we do?

Well, salt would be a great way to clean a new tool or cleanse someone after they’ve been covered in bad energy from a bad day at work or a bad experience, which is why salt baths are so recommended.  It would also be a great way to ground yourself because it pulls energy from its surroundings, even good energy.  It also would work very well as a battery of sorts because it pulls energy, but it is not all that difficult to pull the energy back out.  Just beware not to ever be negative around your salt battery because it will soak up that negative energy.

On the other hand, it is horrible for a physical representation of the witch’s circle due to it’s natural affinity for loose energy.  It will pull the energy from the circle and hold it.  Unless you make sure to draw all of the energy out of the salt before your release, you will lose energy to the salt and will gain almost nothing from using it.

It’s also a horrible way to protect your house or self from negative entities.  Unless the entities are simple parasites, they won’t be harmed in the least by the salt.  Whatever you use, whether it’s lilac or iron nails, it must be something that makes the area extremely uncomfortable for that particular entity which means that there’s no end-all be-all for entity protection, and from my experience, salt is probably the least effective measure you could try.  Think about it like this, vampires supposedly don’t like garlic, but werewolves have no problem eating a man covered in garlic.  So garlic might be effective against a vampire problem but wouldn’t have any effect on the werewolf.  It’s exactly the same thing when dealing with unknown entities.  If you wanted to keep parasites out, salt would be great, but if you wanted to keep one of the fey out, you’d need some iron.  Do some research and don’t assume that a salt circle will work.  If you’ve got specific information on something and don’t know what to do, put a comment down and I’ll try to help as best I can.

And finally, please don’t keep salt near your altar unless you are using it as a battery and have a way to open it and close it from influencing any of your other workings because it will absolutely make your workings less effective.


Origins of Language

I would like to pose a question to you.  Why does the word “break” mean to change something from a finished product into its pieces?  Is it because that’s the way that the language has evolved from previous languages?  That’s what historians and linguists believe.  But where did the original word come from?

Now this will take a little bit of thinking outside the box, so read carefully and don’t dismiss it until you’ve finished completely.  What if the idea of a single language was actually true.  What if the idea of Babel was actually based on truth?  Of course every culture will inevitably create its own functional language, but what if there was a single True language?  What if all of the world could speak and understand this language?  I ask this because there are hints in many many cultures that certain sounds bring forth different magickal effects.  Think about the runes.  They are not simply geometric designs to carve on something for magickal purposes.  They were a language, and a language that supposedly held a large portion of the magick of the Norse.  Each rune had its own sound as well as its own associations.  Combine this with the idea of Babel, and we have a very strange idea indeed.  As an example, let’s look at Berkano the rune.  It represents the B sound, as well as the birch tree and the female spark of life as well as being very related to all things associated with the third Sephiroth in the tree of life, Binah.  Now let’s look at words that start with B: birth, birch, book, baby, break, burn, box.

All of these things are at least slightly associated with the Berkano rune.  Obviously birch is.  Birth and baby are as well.  Burn is different but still associated because Berkano is actually a fire rune in some sense due to the fact that it is the initial fire of life.  Box and break have to do with Binah’s association with form and boundaries.
Strange as it seems, Berkano is a Norse rune and the associations are based on its role in the Norse culture, and yet it still seems to hold at least some truth in today’s English language.  I’m sure that there are situations where it doesn’t hold true, but then again, I never said that modern English is the ‘one true language’.  I simply think that it is strange that it still holds some truth.   It’s also very strange how in the word break, the b sound could represent the origins of something, much like a seed is the origin of life.  The r represents the road to something.  K represents the purifying torch of fire.  It seems strange how even after a millennium the purifying torch takes something back down the path to its original parts.

Yes, it is absolutely true that it is a bit of a stretch, but it is also very true that it’s far too close to pass off completely.  I also doubt very highly that the Norse runes are the true language.  Many languages throughout the world have magickal languages, and I wouldn’t be surprised in the least if you could do something very similar with all of them.  My question is, couldn’t someone take these languages and do something very similar with them all?  Then, couldn’t you combine this research and start looking at how they correspond with each other.  It seems like something that should have been done years ago, but I’ve never seen any kind of research even remotely similar.

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