The universe is full of magical things,
patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper.
- Eden Phillpotts
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Cascarilla (pronounced: kas-kah-ree-ya) is a protective powder made from finely
ground eggshells used for spiritual protection. Not to be confused with the
West Indian shrub, Croton eluteria, which is known by the same name.
You can find cascarilla packaged as powder or sold in ketchup cups so that when removed from
the cup, it maintains a soft-solid form that can be used as a delicate piece of chalk to draw
magick circles, runes, or sigils.
The chalk is handy for spellwork and can be easily made at home.
The clean, dry shells of 6 eggs ground into a powder
1 teaspoon flour
1 teaspoon very hot tap water
a pinch of herb *optional
Directions: Mix together 1 tablespoon of powdered eggshell, 1 teaspoon of flour. Add a small
pinch of herb, if you are adding any. But only a small pinch as too much will cause the chalk to
crumble. Stir in 1 teaspoon of hot water. As you stir, intent what you would like to empower the
chalk with. Mix until the paste sticks together to form a small ball. Roll the ball between your
palms, or between a sheet of wax paper, to form a cylindrical shape. Wrap tightly in a paper
towel and fix with rubberband so it stays tightly closed. Set this aside for at least three days.
The eggshell is a natural barrier. It keeps the embroy growing inside safe, clean, and protected as it bars the entry of dirt and
bacteria while allowing oxygen molecules to pass through. Magickally eggshells carry energy for purity, strength, and protection.
Cascarilla powder is made from clean, dried eggshells that have been ground into a fine powder. It has been used in hoodoo,
gypsy, and folk magick down through the ages to set barriers and wards for protection against negitivity, hexes, and malicious
You can purchase cascarilla powder or you can save up your eggshells and make your own.
Collect the shells from at least 6 eggs and wash them. Let them dry and then pull out the
membrane. If you bake the shells at 350 degrees for 10 minutes it speeds up the process and
makes the shells easier to grind. Note: You might want to do this when you are alone as hot
eggshells smell awful. The aroma does dissipate quickly leaving the cooled shells scentless.
When the eggshells have cooled, grind them using any process you like as you intent that they
are going to be used for protection. In hoodoo blessings are usually said at this point. This is
also where you might add a pinch of herb or a bit of red brick dust for protection.
You can use cascarilla powder to dust your threshold, ward your windows, and even add to
washwater to power up your cleaning water. This works especially well to clean up the
atmosphere of a room after an argument. Eggshell is an ingredient in hoodoo's peace powder as
it negates negate emotions and helps to restore peace. Add a pinch to a protection amulet to
power the working. Strew cascarilla powder to form a circle of protection instead of salt when
doing ritual work outdoors. Not only does it set a barrier of protection, it will add a calcium
boost to the soil. (Salt is detrimental to the soil and harmful to all the inhabitants of your
Dust your hands before a confrontation to leave the ill will there and not take it home with you.
Dust over your body when you have to deal with someone who is jelous or know you are going
to be in the presence of an energy vampire. Add some to your bath water to rid yourself of
negativity. Pour a mound and draw symbols when doing ritual or spellwork. You can even stir in
a bit of water into it and use to paint symbols on your skin.