Hekate image shrine made from repurposed wood.
Before our modern throw-away culture – people rarely threw or tossed things away simply because they had outgrown their use or were broken and battered. What they did was re-purpose, re-use or recycle – not only to save cost – but to reduce waste. Some places and people still maintain this kind of living and now more than ever, as our world is being suffocated by waste cluttering our seas and landfills, it’s only environmentally conscious to do the same.
I like to challenge myself to learn to make my own devotional items, especially since I prefer to tailor things for my own spiritual and magickal needs/wants. I find all you need is a can-do attitude, patience and practice – which is essential in developing your crafting skills.
Making your own magickal items for your workings can also ensure the ingredients you use are environmentally and ethically sourced. Also you dont have to spend a fortune for commercially manufactured items which can always be on the pricey side, as you can make things from recycled materials, so not only are you cutting cost but waste.
When my aunt and mother were creating their magickal crafts, there wasnt a local occult shop they could just pop into. What they did is made do with what they could use from around the house and also what they could wild harvest in nature. I am so glad to have had this influence in my early years because quite frankly its taught me to be self-sufficient.
I have a thing for not throwing anything out which I might re-use at a later date. I have a cupboard filled with old jars, containers, paper bags and the like which can be reused or repurposed. I continuously find they come in handy when making my own craft items. I also like to repurpose and take something which once served one purpose and use it for another.
Hekate incense from repurposed jar and herbs.
13 Re-Use and Re-purpose Tips for the Hekate devotee:
- Wash and store old glass jars, bottles and containers as they can come in handy to store various items in them, such as oil blends, herbs, resins, incense, waters, powders etc. You can also use jars as soy candle holders and for jar spells and bottles as candle holders or vases.
- Used charcoal blocks for recipes such as black salt, it can also be gathered and placed in a charcoal burner as a heat buffer between the container and lit charcoal as well as using it for devotional artwork.
- Old pieces of wood can be used to make a shrine box, portable shrine, tools or divination box.
- Perishable offerings can be thrown into a compost for use over a garden and some items can be used to regrow the vegetable or plant it came from by harvesting seeds or planting the roots/tops. I have done this successfully with many vegetables and herbs.
- Offerings in the form of flowers, herbs, salt and even fruit can be reused in the making of incense, water, powders etc. Drying out in a slow burning oven or herb air dryer after you’ve cut up your ingredients is a great way to reuse fruit peels for incense. Also grinding up egg shells or using ground up coffee beans can be used in powders.
- Broken plates, glasses, old pins, rusty nails etc can be used for protection magick such as witches bottles.
- The stubs of candles can be used similar to sealing wax in various spells and workings.
- Use the bees wax from honey comb to make cosmetics, candles and furniture polish.
- Take that old piece of clothing, sheets, towels, tablecloth you love but can use anymore due to damage and wear and cut and and reuse material for crystal and divination bag holders, coverings for magic mirrors or tools and in some instances new altar or shrine cloths.
- Use old egg carton to plant seeds for herbs, plants and trees.
- Use broken crystals, rusty scissors, old keys and cracked statues in specific magick and ritual work.
- Feed the local birds and animals with safe food offerings from your shrine.
- Don’t throw out expired culinary herbs from your pantry, reuse them for spells, mojo bags, incense and the like.
Hekate mugwort candles made from repurposed beeswax and oil made from dried out herb.
I like to make my own version of Hekate Black salt repurposing spent charcoal and expired herbs using the following recipe which I would like to share which is easy to make:
Hekate’s *Black Salt (© T. Georgitsis 2014)
- 2 parts kosher rock salt
- 1 part ash from the herbs of: dandelion, lavender, mint, bay, mugwort and rue (or any herb you associate with Hekate which is safe to burn and turn into ash)
- In a heat proof dish and preferably outside take some dried dandelion root, lavender, mint, mugwort and rue herbs and burn with a lighter** until they are reduced to ash. Whilst doing this visualise what kind of things you want to remove or banish out of your life.
- Take the ash and in a mortar, crush and blend it with a pestle with half the amount of salt to your ash ratio.
- Once blended use or store in an air tight container for later.
Simple Use for Black Salt
Sprinkle around the perimeter of your home. With a long handled broom sweep the perimeter containing the traces of black salt outwards and away from your home.
*Not to be confused with the Indian spice black salt which is pink in colour.
** I prefer the long handled turbo gas lighters for the reach and ability to stay lit with wind
Hekate khernips from flowing water wildcrafted and stored in a re-purposed jar.
I strongly urge devotees to go and try and re-use and re-purpose items in Hekate’s name. Also if anyone has any other ideas they would like to share with me I would love to hear them.
(C) T. Georgitsis 2014, Updated 2020