There are many great spiritual uses of salt. There was a period in my life when I was going through a terrible time with The Wicked Baby Father. He was just the worst man, and I, as a young girl, strong as I thought I was, was so tired of all the stress and disrespect. His new girlfriend was sending juju (obeah/voodoo) left, right and center at me. Those times were horrible even for me to remember, but as I have told you all before I take comfort looking back at them now because I realize it all happened to put me on my path, so it was worth it, hard to say but definitely true. My mother knew a man, a reader, a very great diviner called Mr. Mitchel. Mr. Mitchel was a Jamaican man, a Bishop in the Christian church. He knew the bible from front to back and could preach it very well, but a greater diviner than he was hard to find, peace be unto you Mr. Mitchel where ever you are in the realm of spirit. I went to him and complained that this girl was like a ghost riding my back and whatever she was doing made me and the wicked baby father argue everyday. I cried and complained that there was no peace in the house, I wanted peace, I could take the fighting no longer. Mr. Mitchel told me to go home and put salt in a dish with a piece of bread on the plate and I was to put it somewhere high in my house, which I did. He cautioned me not to let the salt spill, not even a drop.
I had a live-in nanny at the time and she was my confidant, a source of comfort to me, as she witnessed my pain and shame at the hands of this man and his horrible woman. She was an older lady from Jamaica and she saw me doing what Mr. Mitchel had told me to do. She asked me what was that for? I told her and she made a face which seemed to say “hmmm… I don’t think that’s a good idea,” so I asked her what was the problem with what I was doing? She went on to tell me that salt creates problems and she did not believe that it would calm the house down. I told her that Mr. Mitchel cautioned me not to allow even a drop to fall, so I am being careful, but still she did not look convinced and made a face while she walked away. Determined for peace I went ahead and fixed the salt and bread as he told me, but as if pure bad luck, as I placed the dish and all its fixings on a shelf in my room, the whole lot fell and all spilled all over the ground. Bangarang!!!! was the sound the dish made as it fell and it was Bangarang in my house between Mr. Wicked and me for a week!! For all who are reading this, Bangarang is a Jamaican patois word used to describe loud noise, or quarrel, or fuss, noise confusion, and in Nigeria among the word for fire cracker is Banga!
Of course I received the “I told you so” from the nanny, but I have never forgotten that incident. Ever since then I have been very careful with salt. Let me make this clear however, salt can be sprinkled to remove negativity and destroy spiritual work, but chaos only happens when it is spilled as oppose to being sprinkled by human hands, in other words when you are sprinkling or throwing salt for a particular purpose then you have nothing to fear. God is such a wonderful God, because it is uncanny how many signs we get from our foods, nature, animals, and even your body parts etc. warning us of impending doom, or of good things to come.
If salt is spilled, look out for quarrel or fight, black pepper or any kind of pepper, the same thing – quarrel. If you are eating food and it falls to the ground your ancestors need your attention, or if a black cat crosses your path it is not a good sign – I never believed this one about the cat, but I have since proven it, yup it is true! If a dog cries at night someone will die, and certain birds if you see them at nights, like the Owl, especially a white one, death of a close relative it near, right hand itches, money is coming in, left hand itches money is going out, for some people it’s the reverse and so many more tell-tale signs to aid us in this life but let me continue with the Salt topic.
Salt is a purifier of many things. Salt cleanses and cures. The holy water of the Roman Catholic Church is prepared by exorcising and blessing salt and water separately, after which the salt is dissolved in the water and a benediction pronounced upon the mixture. If you work in a hospital or around sick people or animals put salt in a vial make sure to cover it securely and wear it around your neck to ward of any energy which could come through to you (some peoples sickness are not real, some of them are spiritual attacks a.k.a obeah that manifests to the person as an illness). Also crystal cleansed in salt water does the same thing.
Salt on its own can suck away dark energy, it is that powerful. Salt preserves and seasons food. The bible refers to salt a lot, for example the Sodom and Gomorrah story, Abraham’s nephew Lot chose to live in these cities because they had much water and good grazing lands for his sheep ( Genesis 13:8-13 ). Due to the sins of the citizens of these cities, God destroyed them with fire. Lot and his family escaped, but his wife became a pillar of salt when disobeyed God’s command not to look back at the cities after they left them ( Genesis 19:24-26 ). Her punishment ironic, because the place this happened now lies underneath a sea of salt water.
The Yoruba people of South Western Nigeria has a saying which goes, “no matter how boastful the soup, it is the salt that stars the show,” if salt is not added to food, it has no flavour. When salt is added to sacrifices it wakes up the deities. Use salt and blue crushed together and sprinkle in the four corners of your house to ward off bad dreams. Place salt in a white cloth and sew the cloth, put it in your right shoe when you are going somewhere or in some neighbourhood that you may not trust for safe keeping, do this for your children also for their protection. The Ocean is salt water and it one of the best places you can go to release bad energies, because of the salt. Add salt to your coffee to make it taste better. Take a salt bath every seven days, use salt and water to help you remember your studies and pass your tests, and make your professors like you, lol. (ok that is cheating, so I will not explain that one). Overall, salt is one of the three metaphysical S’s. If you know how to use salt, you will fear nothing.
Ọgbọ́n ọlọ́gbọ́n ni kì í jẹ́ kí a pe àgbà ní wèrè. /
By wisely adopting the wisdom of others, an elder does not get seen as stupid….Yoruba Proverb!
[We can learn from anyone; don’t despise others.]
If the cockroach wants to rule over the chicken, then it must hire the fox as a body-guard. ~ Sierra Leone proverb
Obara Meji is a spiritualist, Ifa-Orisa practitioner, and teacher of metaphysics. Since 2011 she has used her online platform to share her personal experiences to those seeking answers about spirituality. Her teachings will expand into short stories, novels, and public speaking to continue her mission of bringing enlightenment to the world.