Cascarilla powder is a ritual powder made from crushed hens’ eggs used primarily for protection and banishing
Cascarilla powder is popular in Latin American (ex Santeria) and African diaspora (ex Hoodoo) traditions and can usually be purchased in shops catering to these markets. It is often packaged in a little white paper cup, resembling a disposable catsup cup. The powder is usually tightly packed and, if stored for any time, will have begun to solidify and may come out as a solid chunk of chalk (indeed, it’s very similar chemically to chalk). This can be used as is for drawing and writing with your cascarilla or it can easily be crushed into powder.
The word cascarilla means “husk” or “covering” in Spanish and is correctly pronounced, cas ka REE yah but is quite often pronounced kas ka RILL uh in the North with no confusion. There is a cascarilla plant of note that is also used for metaphysical purposes, but it the two substances are not energetically equivalent.
Cascarilla powder is a white or off-white powder made of finely crushed eggshells from a hen, preferably a black hen. The protective nature of the eggshell, which protects an embryo as it develops is embodied in the powder when it is used for protective magick. But the protective nature of cascarilla seems to come primarily from its banishing qualities. It seems that negative energy cannot exist in the presence of enough cascarilla and spirit beings find it repulsive. Thus, a line of cascarilla acts as a barrier to the entrance of spirits and harmful or destructive energies.
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.
- Add cascarilla powder to a ritual bath 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 trick or 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.