Different types of dirt have very powerful energy and very specific energies for aiding in magical works. There are some standards in traditional witchcraft–and many crossovers into African traditions as well. There are more than just the three main dirts: graveyard, foot print and crossroads. For example the dirt of your homeland, special dirts from places you visit or natural events like the ash from a volcano. However, the classic dirts have a special place in folk magic:
Graveyard dirt magic appears in many cultures, just about anywhere that uses graves, and those that don’t will use the cremated ashes of a deceased. There are three major approaches to the graveyard dirt collection.
*Just getting any dirt from a cemetery.
*Selecting specific dirt from a suitable grave depending on the need. For contacting ancestors, then family members graves, for cursing perhaps the dirt from a murderers grave, or a famous witch’s grave and so on.
*Using herbs that are nicknamed graveyard dirt or dust like patchouli, mullein, and valerian.
To obtain graveyard dirt and to leave a proper thanks offering at the same time, you don’t have to sneak into the cemetery late at night and hope no one sees you and asks you what the bloody hell you are up to.
*You can instead take a potted plant and dig a hole for it at the plant and put the collected dirt back into the empty pot to take home.
*You can mix graveyard dirt herbs like patchouli or valerian into regular dirt to make it into graveyard dirt.
*You can just discretely grab a handful of dirt from somewhere tucked away in the cemetery and put it into your pocket or a little baggy.
Graveyard dirt protection spells work on the idea that the spirit of the deceased will personally protect you. You can choose a likely candidate, a loved one or a stranger that is known to be strong like a soldier or such.
Graveyard dirt is the prime component in a voodoo hexing powder called goofer dust.
Foot Print Dirt:
Foot track magic is mentioned in Greek, Hebrew and African sources. There are two main ways to use foot prints:
*To do something to the footprint found in the ground, to hex or curse the person who left it.
*Gather dirt from the footprint to use in a magical working.
One can use someones footprint to banish them from returning or to instead encourage them to return. Perhaps a lover has left a little to hastily, might you want to lace their footprint with aphrodisiacs so they might return to you soon?
Your house has been broken into, you find the intruders foot prints, you can hex or curse them. But beware, a friend posted a story describing her plan to do such a spell, when she intuitively stopped, and did not complete the magic. Her son was embarrassed that he had lost his key yet again and was worried about punishment and so hid that he was the one breaking in.
Of utmost importance with any foot print spell is getting the right foot print. You don’t want do do sex magic on the postman or your father, and you don’t want to banish your daughter when you meant to keep the Avon sales lady away.
Crossroads symbolize a convergence of energies and open possibilities, destiny and transformation.
There are two types of crossroads three way and four way intersections.
*Hecate rules over three way crossroads
*Hermes rules over four way crossroads
Obtaining crossroads dirt is difficult, and some spells require the use of abandoned crossroads because the spirits roam there more than they do in busy highways.
If you are searching for disused crossroads, consider going to ghost towns, abandoned housing complexes with roads, old logging roads, and country paths.
If you are trying to gather dirt or work at an active crossroads, don’t walk into the middle without using the crosswalk, you don’t want to get run over. Offerings to the crossroads and the gathering of crossroads dirt should be done on the side of the intersection (like at the sidewalk) and not in the middle.