Cascarilla is a well-known source of protection among Santeria, Lucumi & Ifa followers. Its versatility and easy accessibility has also earned it respect among some Wicca adherents as well as other pagan religions. Cascarilla roots can be traced back to native traditions in West Africa. Among other beliefs, these people brought the concept of “sacred white earth”, which they called “efun”, to the New World. The people from this region believed that the substance could provide protection against evil and when they were cut off from their ancestral lands they looked for an alternative that would achieve the same results. The finely ground white herbal powder from the outer bark of a tropical shrub called Cascarilla that was already being used by Caribbean natives for medicinal purposes fulfilled the purpose. Cascarilla was used to reduce fevers, clear flatulence, and used as an expectorant. Over time the Santeria practitioners transitioned to using crushed eggshells instead of the herbal powder as it was easier to source and the life-giving symbolism of eggs made it an attractive alternative.
Cascarilla’s two primary abilities are firstly to expel negative energy in all forms and secondly to create a barrier between the supernatural and natural realms. With these key capabilities it can be utilized for many different applications. Its pressed chalk form makes it very flexible and in loose powder form it can be incorporated into incense and candles.
Cascarilla powder may be used in several ways, including the following.
Cascarilla powder may be pressed into chalk and used to draw a magical line or circle of protection or to draw protective symbols or sigils.
Add cascarilla powder to a any spiritual baths to wash away negative energy.
Add cascarilla powder to a floor wash to cleanse your house of negative energy and prevent negative energy and unfriendly spirits from entering.
Dust cascarilla powder onto your body to protect you from negative energy as you go about your day.
If you are shaking hands with people all day, dust your hands to protect yourself from whatever junk they’re carrying around with them.
Cascarilla powder can also be incorporated into candles, incense and soap to help spread around the protection as they are used.
If you find a spell object and wish to dispose of it, dust your hands well with cascarilla powder before picking it up to protect you from being energetically harmed by the item.
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