I was asked recently by a reader of my blog while she was reviewing my blog site, "What is it about Railroad Spikes that makes them important in protection and such."
I really like the "and such" part which covers a lot of things.
Railroad spikes are made of iron, not steel, but iron and cold iron is always effective against negative energy.
There is a legend about that among Christians that it was iron spikes or nails that were used to nail Jesus to the cross when he was cruisified, and because it was used upon the Son of God and his blood washed over the iron that iron will always either contain or destroy evil.
Its more than that, iron can be magnitized to create a magnetic field which can affect energy, if you've ever seen those games where there's this cartoon face enclased in a flat plastic sheet and at the bottom are all these black filings, those filings are iron and you run a magnet over them they become attracted to it and you can create hair or a mustash or beard, eye brows or something.
But Iron can also be magnitized to create and open or shut closed a spiritual dementional portal. That is why old time cemeteries have iron gates and fences or at least posts to create a barrier to keep spirits in, at least the negative ones. But also to prevent anyone who practices necromancy from using the spirits of the departed unwillingly.
It's different if you buy the spirits services and leave a "payment" because then the spirit can refuse to assist you, but in necromancy the spirits are enslaved, so the creation of iron gates and fences are for everyone's protection, alive or dead.
In opening or closing a portal one can use newly made iron spikes, not necessairly railroad spikes, these are thinner and with a sharp point to drive into the ground or the wall and need to be magnetized, you can find on other websites how to magnetize iron spikes, the process is fairly simple.
But used Railroad spikes for protection, shielding, and warding is the best. Why used? Because they have been infused with the energy of the desile or steam trains that run over them again and again. Espeically Steam Trains---why Steam trains, because they are alive, they breathe, they fire up to become active, they have a sort of song they sing with their whistles, an Engineer working with a steam locomotive can feel right through the metal plates how the engine is running, the Steam train "talks".
The native americans when they first saw the Steam train in the Mid- 1800's, thought it was a living breathing monster and called it the iron horse, they also realized that the iron horse could only go where the iron path was, so if they "removed" the path it would stop or destroy the iron horse.
Some times if one goes to a place that runs historic steam trains you might be able to buy the used iron rail spikes as souviners from the steam tracks.
In Ifa or Voodoo they are associated with one of the major Orisha's that is a warrior god. But in witchcraft they also have their protection uses.
Never get the spikes from an active, in use rail line, it could cause serious destruction, it is different if its from an abandon rail line or if you buy them from a metaphysical shop, since many goods are still be transported by rail, there will always be used spikes available, they don't have to be straight, they can be curved or curled, but always obtain them legally.
If you come across an old abandon rail line and you can remove the spikes, leave a gift of cigars and white rum, just place the cigars on the tracks and pour the rum on the rails as tribute, they represent the fire and earth element for which the spikes are forged.
If you buy them the payment is to pay for those offerings, prices range between $3 to 10 dollars a rail spike, but I would try to not go over $5.
There is another source for iron spikes but not from a rail line.
There are organizations that do period re-enactments, such as the Civil War groups, they buy their equipment from Sutlers, and those Sutlers that offer period tents for sale most of the time will offer tent spikes as well and these are made from iron, these are longer and slimmer than railroad spikes and are only infused with the energy of being forged, it does not make them any less effective but if you cannot find railroad spikes for sale, these are a good substitute. So just google in the word Sutler or Sutlers Civil War and you are bound to come up with a number of sites.
And that is why Railroad spikes are so effective.
Bright Blessings, Ms.Q