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
Things you need
- Mortar and pestle
- Fine strainer
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.
Sprinkle the powder in the most travelled areas of your home or office, allegedly to ward off negative energy.
Rub the powder on your fingertips, before coming in contact with others who may be exhibiting negativity.
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.
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.
Tips and warnings
- Results may vary according to the user's beliefs.
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