Today I am going to explain how someone can make blessed eggshell powder at home. It’s very simple. The technique I use comes from Santeria. From how I was taught. Combined with my personal studies into the Orishas.
It can be used by any culture and by anyone. I have even seen rootworkers and wiccans use it as a matter of fact. It’s not some big religious taboo, it’s a magical ingredient.
Cleaning and Drying the Eggshells
First of course are the eggshells. You can just wait until you are making an omelette or frying some eggs. And instead of discarding the shells, clean them out with soap and water. There is usually a transparent and slimy membrane still inside the shell. Once cleaned, you can also heat it up in a preheated oven for a minute or two to kill the bacteria.
Ritual for cleansing and blessing eggshells
This is how I was taught to bless them. I exorcise the shells with holy water. Most Santeros use exorcised water from a Catholic Church. But I use water I ask Yemaya herself to bless. I dip them in her salt waters.
And I ask the Orishas of the oceans and seas to cleanse them and cast out all impurity from the shells. And to grant them the power to dispel any impure force. Once that’s done, I place them on a white plate under the sun. And I pray to Aganyu the Orisha of Volcanoes, Fire, Heat, and the Sun. And I ask that he blesses the egg shells with the energy of the sun and it’s life giving rays.
To fill them with much Ashe (divine grace) so they can be used for any and all magic. And then I leave them there to soak up the energy of the sun and light until nightfall. Charged with power as talismans, they are now ready to be made into powder. Most people make them into a chalk for various reasons. For instance, drawing magical symbols or sigils on places.
Some people prefer to make them into actual chalk like this,
Which is better for the drawing of symbols. But to make the powder into chalk you have to do something else.
To make them into Chalk
To the crushed eggshells you must :
1. Add 1 part each of hot water, cascarilla powder, and flour.
2. Mix into a thick paste.
3. Mold a piece of the paste into a chalk shape and roll snugly in a paper towel.
4. Leave several days until set and dry.
(Source : The Witch and the Wand)
This is how it becomes the chalk we’re all so familiar with. But the eggshells need to be ground into a fine powder for that. With either coffee grounders or the traditional motor and pestle.
Mine is broken into dozens of small pieces. But it’s not a fine powder. In fact they still have their sharp edges. I do this in order to make them spiritual weapons. Each edge is like a blade against an obstacle or an enemy.
By keeping it in a spice bottle, the little filter also ensures that I don’t use too much of it. Just the right amount.
Now this is the basic ritual and ingredients. But every person can add to it. I have known children of Oshun the Orisha of love and prosperity to add honey to their Cascarilla. It’s for good luck, love, and general positivity. I add my own secret ingredients to make my Cascarilla more magical.
Also they’re far easier to carry without making a mess. So make them how you want to make them. This is a magical technique for making a special ingredient. You could apply it to your own culture as well. After all, traditionally it’s cleansed with Catholic holy water which is a foreign element not associated with African culture.
So clearly, being foreign isn’t a problem. We use an element of a hostile religion intolerant to our practices in our magic. So if we as Santeros can abide that, then we should also abide other religions being able to bless Cascarilla as they wish to do it. In fact It’s a nice little home project and a starter for someone interested in making powders and potions.
If you make it into chalk, you can anoint parts of your body like the back of your neck and your feet for protection. You can also place some on the floor of a ground into a cross to ward off evil from your home. Sometimes even your hands to fill them with magic. Or sigil work. They can also be used as an ingredient added to a magical spell or ritual.
Or it can be used all by itself. I have used Cascarilla in cleansing baths. I have used them in rituals to call up elemental spirits. I have used them to bar negative spirits from entering a home. The uses are basically endless.
You can use them even for spells. With only your will and intention, the Cascarilla will read you and know what you wish it to do. Cascarilla can only be used for positive magics. Not cursing or anything like that. The one and only time they are “negative” is when protecting you from an enemy spell caster.
Or a harmful spirit. Because then, the healing powder determines that the spirit or person harming you is a disease. And what is healing if not antibodies killing a disease? So that is the one exception. Just like how holy water is used for healing and blessing. But for a demon, it would be like acid on their skin.
Cascarilla can even be used against psychic attacks. Eggs and their shells have natural healing capabilities. It’s said that they are the pure manifestation of Olodumare’s Ashe. Hence why they are only harmful to someone or something harmful. Drawing crosses with them on the inside of your shoes protects your steps and your ways from harm.
They also open your roads for prosperity. So, use this technique wisely. And save the ritual and the preparation technique.