I sell a variety of items that new practitioners are sometimes not familiar with. In this lesson we’ll look at one of them… magick powders. Here are some that I make here at Conjure Work:
In magickal practice, powders are typically a base of talcum powder, corn starch, flour or another such fine particulate. Then various herbs, resins, roots, essential oils, etc, are mixed in. Some people color their powders, others don’t.
The way that they are used varies from person to person and according to the need at hand. We’ll talk about some specific examples here, but this is not necessarily an exhaustive list. But first… “to charge, or not to charge?”
Some people charge their recipes and others don’t. All the powders that I make are charged already, in that while making them, I focus intention into them and cap that off with a prayer and I seal it in. Yet, I personally believe that a powder (or for that matter, an oil, incense, etc) should be charged at the moment you use it, as well.
This charging in the moment is accomplished by holding some of the powder in your hand and filling it with intent for the work you want it to do. You can speak words over it, breathe on it, pray over it, use your finger and draw a symbol in it, or whatever method you feel is most powerful.
Those who do not charge their powders first feel that it was already charged when it was created. That’s valid, I suppose.
Still, if you sprinkle Blessing Powder on your front porch, you have to ask yourself… do want blessings to happen on your porch, or are you trying to draw blessings into your home for you, your family and your friends? I would imagine that you mean the latter. Likewise, if you put that same Blessing Powder on the porch of a friend’s house (with their permission, of course), you would not be using it to draw blessings into your house! So, you would take a moment to breathe your intention into it.
While Attraction Powder is going to do what Attraction Powder does, because it was mixed with a specific intent, you still need to “program” it (charge it) for what you want this particular pinch of Attraction Powder to do for you, today, right now. Otherwise, it’s just going to just randomly attract things to yourself, which may or may not be a good thing.
You need to “speak” to the Spirit of the powder and tell it “Attract money to me” or “Attract a good romantic partner to me” or “Attract sex to me”, whatever you want it to do.
Methods of use
Sprinkling – you can take a small amount of a magickal powder (from a tiny pinch to a small handful) and sprinkle it on a place, such as across your doorway or under your desk. Clarity Powder is good for under your desk or to sprinkle in your workspace. If you work in an office that you don’t own, you will either need permission, or you’ll at least need to be discreet.
People also lay out geometric patterns, either on altars or where they know that people will be walking. For example, in cursing, the most common thing is an X pattern, as in “I cross you”. I don’t advocate this practice. But in being aware of how it’s done, you can accomplish two things. One is that you can recognize it, should anyone ever do this to you. Another is that you can also vary this same idea and thereby use it in ways that are positive.
For instance, should you have a problematic person that keeps coming around and causing you trouble, you can sprinkle HotFoot Powder in an X pattern, across the path they have to walk to get near you. You name the powder and the X pattern for that person, saying a prayer that they go away and leave you alone. If named, it will not affect anyone else adversely.
In spell work, you can use a powder to create a circle, or other appropriate shape, on your altar. Most of the time, this is done to encircle (or conversely, to separate) certain candles in a ritual. For example, Fiery Wall of Protection Powder might be used to form a ring around a candle that represents you, your family, or someone you care about. On that same note, you can place a line of it in between your candle and another candle that represents danger or a specific, harmful person.
Powders can be used to draw triangles, hexagrams, heptagrams, the Infinity symbol, a name, a face, a word of power, squares, octagons, a dodekagram or anything you can imagine. The versatility is limited only by your imagination.
A very common technique is to sprinkle a bit of powder (such as Blessing Powder) across the threshold of a home, or to use the 5 spot pattern. The 5 spot is like the face of a die, used in common board games and gambling games; one pinch in each corner and one in the center of the room. You can do this in each room, or treat the whole building as one, big room.
Dusting – this is when you put powder (usually by brushing it on lightly with your hand) on a “target”, which is a person, place or thing. You might dust another person, but this is not ethical, unless you have their conscious consent. The only exception to this rule, in my way of thinking, is if this person is dangerous. But even then, it’s probably better not to get that close to someone who may be violent or obsessive.
It’s always simpler to just target yourself, by using positive powders. You can sprinkle them in your socks or shoes. If you need protection, you can use Fiery Wall of Protection on yourself. You can put Blessing Powder in the shoes of your children. Again, the ideas are multifarious.
A person might take a bit of powder and rub it directly on the skin or the clothes, to attract or repel certain energies. Be sure to take any necessary precautions if you have any allergies. Also know that powders will leave a chalky, white residue on clothing if applied too liberally.
Desks, doorknobs, windows, car seats, handrails, business cards… any or all of these can be dusted. Because of the potential here for abuse, we ask that you please be a decent person and take the high road in your work. It’s easy to be an ass. It takes real strength and courage to find an upright and honorable way to approach a situation.
Mojo Bags – Many people like to put a pinch of an appropriate powder into their mojo hands.
Dressing Candles – You can use a magickal oil to dress a spell candle, then lightly roll the candle in a powder. Incense can also be used in the same way. Always use caution with candles, especially since adding a powder or incense will make it more of a fire hazard. Fine particulates are highly combustible. Always have a fire extinguisher on hand and personally attend candles while they are burning. Use a candle snuffer to put them out and relight them later.
Blowing – this is my favorite way to use powders, because it just looks very impressive.
To blow a powder, you put a healthy pinch of it in your power hand (the hand you write with). Roughly ¼ to ½ of a teaspoon should be enough, but there is no exact measurement. You charge it, as discussed earlier.
Then you hold your hand up to your mouth and blow the powder toward the target. There are a few ways to do this, but what makes sense to me is to make a very loose fist, with the thumb being closer to the mouth than the little finger. With your breath, you simply blow the powder out of your hand, while thinking about your intention.
You don’t want to put your hand directly on your mouth, because you will get some of the powder on your lips and from there, into your mouth. Gross.
You don’t have to blow the powder out quickly, either. You can, if you want, but you can also just sort of “play” and watch the powder fan out, slowly breaking up in in the air and drifting slowly toward its goal. Very cool.
However you decide to use a powder, you will want to pay attention to the direction in which you apply it. You want it to move in the direction of your goal.
If you are using a “drawing” powder (designed to draw something to you), like King Solomon Wisdom or Blessing Powder, then you want to apply it to your body, your possessions, etc.
To draw into your home, I recommend you stand outside the front door and blow the powder across the threshold, to represent the wisdom or blessings “coming in” to the home.
To use a “negative” powder, like Confusion Powder or HotFoot Powder, you DO NOT apply it to yourself or your things! You preferably dust the person that you want to just leave you the hell alone.
If you can’t do that, then you dust something that belongs to them, or name the powder for them and lay it where they will walk. At very least… you would name it for them and blow it out your front door, being careful not to let the wind blow it back in your face.
Another alternative might be something like this. Take a picture of that person and dust the photo. Put it in an envelope and mail it to some far away place, with no return address.
Remember that this is for defense only. Only do such things if someone is threatening you with some sort of violence of mind or body. Always work with the local authorities and get a restraining order if someone might be dangerous. Magick is to be used in tandem with common sense, not as substitute. If there is someone who bothers you, first take every possible opportunity to work things out with them through polite discussion and a few simple boundary rules. If and only if diplomacy fails, you have this to fall back on.
I don’t color my powders, because part of the idea is be discreet when using them. They will often have a slight tint, because of what herbs and other ingredients I use. For example, Hotfoot Powder is red, due to the Red Pepper in it. But nothing in any of my powders is added for color’s sake, alone.
I also don’t use oils in powders, for the same reason, but also oil makes them lumpy. You don’t want them to be too strongly scented and you want them to distribute nice and even. Any scent they have is from the natural ingredients.
The power in the Conjure Work powders comes from having the best recipes, the quality of herbs, resins and other ingredients we use, and the prayers said over them.
I use unscented talcum powder as a base for most of my powders. An example of an exception is the HotFoot Powder, which has corn starch or corn meal for, because nobody is going to be placing that on their skin to leave there.
The unscented talcum powder is USP, pure Talc, suitable for any use that you would use a store brand, like Gold Bond. So, unless you are allergic to one of the ingredients in the powder, you can rub a light coat of something like Clarity Powder, directly on your skin and/or sprinkle some in your socks. You’ll get the blessings and be keeping your body protected from excess moisture and chaffing, at the same time.
If you plan to put any powder directly on your skin, use only a small amount of it to test it first. Take a tiny pinch and put it on a sensitive area, like the inner thigh. If it doesn’t irritate you after 5-10 minutes, it should be fine to use over most of your body. Obviously avoid your eyes, ears, groin, etc.