Bright Blessings, Witches! Today we’re going to talk about magickal chalk. What is it? What can you use it for? How do you make it? All of this will be covered, so let’s dive in!
Old English cealc “chalk, soft white limestone; lime, plaster; pebble,” a West Germanic borrowing from Latin calx (2) “limestone, lime (crushed limestone), small stone,” from Greek khalix “small pebble,” which many trace to a PIE root for “split, break up.”
Cognate words in most Germanic languages still have the “limestone” sense, but in English transferred chalk to the opaque, white, soft limestone found abundantly in the south of the island. The modern spelling is from early 14c. The Latin word for “chalk” was creta, which also is of unknown origin. With many figurative or extended senses due to the use of chalk marks to keep tracks of credit for drinks in taverns and taprooms, or to keep the score in games.SOURCE
First used in prehistoric times, archaeologists claim it helped to make some of the earliest cave drawings. In fact, the majority of the limestone used to manufacture chalk today was created close to 100 million years ago. Occurring naturally deep under the ocean, organic shells and skeletons accumulate to make limestone. As such, this soft white porous sedimentary mineral is incredibly abundant and widely mined all over the world.
Synonymous with school, chalk only became standard use in the classroom in the 19th century. Due to an increase in class sizes, teachers utilized large chalkboards in order for students to see notes and keep up with lectures. Pupils also had their own individual blackboards, chalk, and cloths or sponges to use as an eraser. Paper and ink were expensive and only older students were permitted to use them to write final copies of reports and the like.
WHAT TO USE MAGICKAL CHALK FOR
I love chalk as a magickal tool because it’s useful in a few different ways:
- Draw sigils
- Cast circles
- Protection lines across doorways and window sills
- Rituals that call for any kind of drawing
HOW TO MAKE MAGICKAL CHALK
Here’s where you can customize your own chalk with corresponding herbs and ingredients meant for your intention. For example, if it’s protection you’re after you can include Cascarilla powder, salt, and mugwort. If it’s a love chalk you’re inclined to make, include damiana, cinnamon, and rose.
IF IT CAN BE CRUSHED AND GROUND, IT CAN BE ADDED TO YOUR MAGICKAL CHALK!
BASIC MAGICKAL CHALK RECIPE
- 1 Cup Water
- 1 Cup Cornstarch
- A mold (this can be an empty toilet paper roll, a silicon mold, etc.)
- Corresponding botanicals of your choosing
- Food coloring (optional)
PREPARE YOUR MOLDS
First and foremost, you want to energetically cleanse your chosen mold vessels. Use your preferred method, whether it be smoke, sound, charged water, etc. Inspect your molds and make sure they are completely clean, cleansed, and dry.
Whatever you choose to use for your molds, you must line them in order to cleanly release the chalk. Use wax paper and make sure the waxed side if facing up! If you’re using a silicon mold skip this step as they are inclined to naturally release whatever is being molded.
PREPARE YOUR BOTANICALS
Using a mortar and pestle, grind each of your ingredients individually and set aside. As you perform this act, use visualization to attach your desired outcome to each ingredient. Once everything has been ground, blend everything together well.
MIX YOUR CHALK
Start by mixing the water and cornstarch together. Stir the 1-to-1 ratio in a mixing bowl into a smooth, thick consistency. If you are planning on coloring your chalk, now is the time to separate the mix into smaller bowls.
COLOR AND CUSTOMIZE
Once you have your chalk mix separated, add your food coloring and stir well. After the color is fully incorporated, add your ground botanicals and other ingredients, making sure to stir well.
Pour your chalk mixes into your chosen molds. You may wish to use a spoon to aid you in the transfer. Cover with wax paper.
Allow the chalk to dry completely. Wait at least 12 hours before you remove the magickal chalk from the molds.
There are loads of ways to make and customize your own magickal chalk. I hope you’ve found this post to be helpful and inspiring. Have you made your own magickal chalk before? If so, how do you use it in your practice? Let me know in the comments! As always, Bright Blessings and Happy Crafting!