What do you do with your left over ashes?

magickal folk

Have you ever wondered what else you should be doing with your leftover incense, smudge or ritual ashes? A very simple way to boost the power of your magickal working and dispose of those ashes is to place them on a plate or a shallow dish, take them outside and hold them up where the wind will catch them and carry them away. Say a simple prayer or blessing to ask the Air the carry the remnants of your spell away on the winds to be purified and blessed. If it’s not windy, you can use your breath to blow the ashes out of the plate or out of your palm. Or, you can simply leave the plate outdoors and wait for the winds to rise and carry the ashes away in their own time.
You can also add Cascarilla Powder to any blend of spices, herbs, or ashes to help carry the energy of the herbs to the Astral Realm. Cascarilla Powder is made of Egg Shells. Legend has it that Witches used to travel through the air in egg shells, and Cascarilla Powder is a very simple yet old ingredient for powders that are said to promote Astral Travel. Simply save your egg shells, place them on a cookie sheet and bake them in the oven at 350 degrees (F) for 10 minutes until they are lightly browned. Wait until they cool and crush them into a fine powder, stirring clockwise and asking for/ visualizing blessings of Astral Travel being contained in the eggshell powder. Mix some cascarilla powder with any of your ashes or blends of powder and release it to the winds as described above.
Setting a mix of crushed herbs with the ashes outside for the winds to blow away can be a spell or blessing ritual within itself. Choose herbs based on the type of energy you wish to add to your spell…. and dry them and crush them. Stir them in a clockwise direction with your dominant hand and feel the energy of your desire flowing into the mixture, visualize light flowing from above you, into the crown of your head, down your arm and into the mixture of herbs and spices, then take the mixture outside and release it to the wind. Let go of your worries about how and when things will happen, and just trust that the winds will carry your desire to the right person or place to set things in motion.

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