Cascarilla - Eggshell Powder
Eggshell powder is a powder made from grinding white egg shells and has a multitude of uses. Eggshells are a natural source of calcium and are great to help clear your skin, fertilize your garden, add to your dogs diet and many more things.
Today we’ll talk about the spiritual and magical use of cascarilla, which roots can be traced back to the native traditions of West Africa and is still commonly used in Hoodoo tradition and Santeria for protection and cleansing.
Throughout the years the use of eggshell powder in magick and rituals became more and more popular in many different practices around the world. Eggs hold a very powerful spiritual meaning in countless cultures and traditions. An egg symbolizes life, the beginning of creation and the shell shields and protects the vulnerable against dangers. Because of this reason it will not be a surprise for you that eggshell powder is used in protective magic and to ward off negative energy in all forms.They say it creates a protective barrier between the natural and supernatural realms.
What do you need and how do you make it?
You need several empty eggshells
You need a mortar and pestle or a coffee grinder when you’re lazy (when you don’t have either one a simple spoon will do to crush the shells)
Wash the eggshells and remove the membrane (when washing it comes off quite easily)
Allow them to dry thoroughly (I usually let them dry for a day)
When you have a few dried eggshells you can crush them in your mortar (or coffee grinder or with a spoon). Some people like to chant in the meanwhile, pray or set their intentions already
Once your done, you can store it in a container
Ideas to use Cascarilla/Eggshell powder
To protect your home from unwanted energy you can sprinkle it in front of every door and window after you’ve cleansed your house. You can also add a bit to the floor wash water when you mop the floor
You can blow a bit into the corners of your room for protection
You can draw sigils (or runes or other symbols) with it on your body, doors or other objects (you can do this with powder only, or added to water or oil)
You can add it to your candle when you perform candle magick
You can add it when making a protection sachet or charm
Of course there are many more ways to incorporate eggshell powder to your practice, but hope that at least this post gave you a few ideas.