How to Use Santeria Cascarilla Powder

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How to Use Santeria Cascarilla Powder
The shells are even put to use in Santeria. (Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)

Eggs are a plentiful and healthy food used in every culture. Some spiritual traditions even use their shells. Symbolising purity and new life, crushed egg shells -- known as cascarilla powder -- is used by many practicing Wiccans, as well as in the religion of Santeria, a Caribbean blend that attaches prominent African "head guardians", or Orisha, to well known Catholic saints -- under an all-knowing god called Olorun. If you want to use Cascarilla according to Santeria tradition, you must incorporate it in a specific way throughout your life.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Mortar and pestle
  • Fine strainer

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Save and clean a few egg shells in a fine cooking strainer. Allow them to air dry overnight. Grind them in a mortar and pestle into a fine cascarilla powder -- or purchase it from one of several retailers.

  2. 2

    Sprinkle the powder in the most travelled areas of your home or office, allegedly to ward off negative energy.

  3. 3

    Rub the powder on your fingertips, before coming in contact with others who may be exhibiting negativity.

  4. 4

    Incorporate a story about a particular Orisha deity, as you spread the cascarilla powder. Familiarise yourself with the stories associated with the various Orisha dieties tied to the Catholic saints. There are dozens -- and each exemplifies a particular human challenge -- such as the Orisha Shangs becoming Saint Barbara, the controller of fire and lightning.

  5. 5

    Use cascarilla powder to draw spiritual symbols during special religious ceremonies -- either on the ground or on the body. The egg's iconic symbolism can bolster any spiritual practice, whether it's Santeria, Wiccan nature worship or Halloween fun.

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  • Results may vary according to the user's beliefs.

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