It’s uncanny that my last entry was titled, Mix-Tape Magic, because during the weekend, some anonymous housewhichery took place in my apartment building. I awoke Saturday afternoon to a defined line of salt sprinkled on the width of my front door. It wasn’t a mistake. There was no spilled salt trail down the hallways, nor was there a note from a neighbors saying, “Hey, so I dumped salt by accident in front of your door.” This deliberate clear drawn line of salt was left for me—for my protection—my demise?!
“Salt is insanely magic. Especially sea salt. Nearly every single culture considers it protective. Voodoo, Pagan, Hindu…Various ye olde lore has it that you can put a line of salt across your threshold to keep those would wish you ill out, put in a circle around you to do a spell ‘in private’ and sprinkle it in all corners of your house/a room.” — Mystic Medusa
“If ants are beating a path to your home, intercept them by sprinkling salt across the door frame or directly on their paths. Ants will be discouraged from crossing this barrier.” — Reader’s Digest
“If a woman sprinkles some salt from her house to yours, it will give you bad luck until you clean the salt away and put pepper over your door sill”. — Wikipedia, Louisiana Voodoo
“Sprinkling salt near someones front door is supposed to protect them in modern Wicca. Evil cannot cross a salt line.” — ChaCha x
“If you want someone to never come back there is a ritual you do three mornings in the row. What you do is you go out and make line in front of the door with salt and say some words and that will keep that person away.” Sladjana
What did I do? I left the line of salt there for about 24 hours, mostly out of busyness and laziness. Returning home tipsy that evening I drew a trail of salt inside of my doorway and went to bed. The next morning I vacuumed up both lines of salt and shook my head at its absurdity. Who would’ve thunk I’d be introduced to such rituals by force. Even so, this summer’s been a damn good one thus far. But for good measure, I best-a sprinkle pepper and hang some garlic above my doorway.