There are many things that surprise me. Salt was once one of them. 

When I think of wealth and riches, gold, silver, diamonds, and other such things are what come to mind. However, through the fae, I have learned that for centuries salt actually had a stronger purpose and greater wealth than the things we now consider a reflection of wealth. Maybe it is because today salt is so common and we’ve found many other things to duplicate salt’s value. Still, there are few things that singly hold as much value and purpose as salt or at least have held the value salt has held over the years. 

Here is a list of salt and its properties, blessings, and gifts and the many reasons salt has been held to have such high value.

1. Religion & Faith

Interestingly salt is mentioned in the Bible; though this would not be considered high on many lists, I think it is interesting and is important to include.  

  • Leviticus 2:13 and Ezekiel 43:24 illustrate the requirement of salt as part of ancient Hebrew religious sacrifices. Leviticus 2:13 reads: “And every offering of your grain offering you shall season with salt; you shall not allow the salt of the covenant of your God to be lacking from your grain offering.”
  • Leviticus 2:13 says, “And every oblation of thy meat offering shalt thou season with salt; neither shalt thou suffer the salt of the covenant of thy God to be lacking from thy meat offering: with all thine offerings thou shalt offer salt.” We can clearly read God requires salt with his meat offerings.

2. Safety: In winter, salt is used to melt slippery ice.

3. Protection: Wards off evil spirits; just a sprinkle of salt discourages evil.

4. Wealth: Salt once was considered a valuable commodity, greater value than gold and gems. Many things we consider to have great value today were used as commodities for traders to get only a small amount of salt 

5. Manifesting: Used for bartering, salt had great value and when bartered was considered to be the greater value in the trade.

6. Anchoring: An ancient symbol of the Earth, the cubic growth of salt crystals are an example of stability, equality, and the material world, often paired with a celestial sphere.  

7. Expansion: Often the model for temples, altars, and thrones historically. It expands the symbolism of the square, representing things like four directions, to six, because of its six faces. Six-based geometric figures like the hexagram (Star of David) symbolize the union of opposites like male/female, the six directions (East, South, West, North, Above, and Below), and concepts like the six days of Creation in the Bible. Because of salt’s relationship to the cube, it is associated not only with grounding but manifestation and anchoring spiritual energies into the material world, mirroring cosmology like sacred architecture. 

8. Feminine Energy:  Salt is associated with balancing emotions, intuition, and altered states like dreaming, and in matriarchal societies was revered and praised for the insights that came with salt use and meditations.

9. Connection: Salt has a literal connection to the ocean and the Moon

10. Ruling Force: Classic rulers of all waters and salt dishes were often a common possession owned by powerful figures

11. Purification: Used to ward off spiritual decay and help with physical decay as well.

12. Abundance of Food: Used to preserve foods so you will not go hungry.

13. Fun/Joy/Delight: Used to make ice cream.

14. Flavor/Spice/Seasoning: Used to flavor food which brings taste to food, and makes bland food tasty.

15. Preventative: Sprinkle it in your garden to prevent insect invasion and protect your bounty.

16. Offering/Blessing:  Religions used salt to bless people as mentioned in the Bible in Leviticus. The Catholic Church used it in ceremonies; as well, as it was used by many other religions’ ceremonies. 

17. Hospitality: When given, salt was considered an exulted gift. 

18. Balance: Essential for maintaining or restoring internal balance. 

19. Health: An important part of physical and mental health when in balance. 

20. Metaphysical: Signifies permanence, loyalty, durability, fidelity, usefulness, value, and purification.

21. Natural: A natural element. 

22. Bridge: Since it is found in both the water and land it bridges the elements; itcan form as mountains or in pits and mines.

23. Supportive: We are able to float in salt water.

24. Salt of the Earth: An expression to acknowledge a good heart.

25. Worth Your Salt: Another expression with its roots in slavery, it is meant to demonstrate a great person’s value.

26. Purity: Once considered one of the purest things on Earth.

27. Chakras: – Minerals in colored salts align with the chakras.

28. Warning: An expression to remind you that a grain of salt is to not believe everything you hear.

29. Prevents Contamination: Preserves the status quo through regrowth or repopulation of contaminants.

30. Dream Symbolism: Protection, money, truth.

31. Disinfectant: Used to clean out wounds and to make chlorine to keep things clean.

32. Cautions: Though powerful, a reminder to keep eyes open and be cautious, too much can bring illness, be painful to an open wound, and be used in chastisement. 

33. Modern Psychology: Used to symbolize bad thoughts.

34. Salt in the Wound: Can be used as both a symbol of hurting another and to actually hurt another.

35. Vacation: Salt hills are considered an interesting sight to see.

I do not consider this an all-inclusive list as I continue to hear of more ways salt has been considered beneficial, held spiritual significance, was viewed as wealth, an expression used daily to represent a thought, and all the many and varied ways salt has affected life through the centuries. 

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