Types of Other Dirts, Graveyard and Cemetery Dirts and their workings--For Reference~~

This page is for quick Reference on the types of Graveyard dirt as well as Other Types of  Dirt's from other locations  and what they should be used for~~~to read further check the Tags that mention Graveyard dirt for how to collect and times to collect and what to do and not to do in gathering----This will be a work in progress~~~~

 Other Types of Dirt and how would they be used.and remember if you also collect old nails from places torn down then the meaning of the dirt would also apply to the nails and even pieces of wood from those locations---so making friends with someone who does Salvage work can be pretty handy. 

Dirt from various places are used to create amulet bags, mixes to use in spell work, and so many other things. Below is a list of the most common types of dirt and what they are used for. There are many other places to collect dirt from, the key is to use your logic and common sense, location dirt is symbolic but also brings that spirit or energy of that symbol to your work to aid it in manifesting your goal

Dirt Collected at Noon:   Any dirt collected exactly at noon is good for use in spells and charms of protection.  But it depends on what type of dirt to determine the type of protection,  from  a jail or court house to prevent trouble from the law or to protect you from troublesome people or a hospital to keep you well (although a flu shot works wonders),  a church to protect you from evil spirits.  You get the idea.

Dirt from 4 corners:  collected from the 4 corners of any location is mixed and utilized in charm bags to overcome obstacles and to open the road to success.  (this is different from dirt called upon to call the “Black Man” to make a bargain with the devil or dirt collected at 4 corners or cross roads in a cemetery)

Dirt from an Asylum---- Used in negative rituals to cause someone to be ill or mentally unbalanced. (use with caution)

 Dirt from Bank or Financial Institution:   collected from bank property is often used in money and prosperity charms and/or rituals/spells, this is a good one to use if you need a loan from a bank, or you want to do prosperity work, and be sure you are saving your money, making it grow. Collect and use this dirt to bring money into your hands or to receive payment of a long overdue debt.

Dirt from the Beach:  great for fertility and cleansing charms and rituals.  Associated with the Orisha  Yemanjá,  also known as La Sirène, or LaSiren (in Vodou), she is the Queen of the Waters, in Christianity  known as the Virgin Mary, she is the Mother from which all life comes.  This and a bit of Ocean water could be used to call upon her for assistance.

 Dirt from the Bottom of Shoes:   utilized in spells of domination and harm. (This dirt is collected from the bottom of the person you want to dominate shoes

Dirt from a Bridge---- means progress, connections, and stability. To reach a destination, overcome obstacles. Also for transitions. “Crossing over” is a euphemism for taking that journey from life to death, Or to make positive changes in one’s life.  This can have many uses in ritual.

Dirt from a Court House:  collected from outside a court house is used in spells and charms to bring victory in court cases, where you seek justice in a matter or dealing with the court system. Use this dirt for anything even remotely involving legal matters. This could include contracts, court cases, general justice, and even money that’s owed to you. If your intent would benefit from the discerning eye of the law, this is the dirt you need

Dirt from Churches:   collected from 4 different church locations can be used in cleansing spells and ritual work. Dirt from a church or chapel can be used in love work when you are working on a spouse or your marriage in general. It can be used to symbolize the house of the Holy Father to shield and guide you or to answer your prayers in any type of circumstances.   This would also apply if your client is of other faiths, you could use it from Jewish Temples, Hindu or Buddhist temples, Baptist or Pentecostal etc. These folks still practice their beliefs, still believe in God or a form of God.  
 Now on this it can be made more powerful in terms of protection, depending upon how many and what type of churches or temples collected from, or if for love and marriage.   So let’s break this down a bit.
                Church destroyed by lightning:   to cause lightening to strike a building or person or to cause a fire.
                Abandoned church:  To cause a person to lose faith in themselves to cause other people to lose faith in that person or to cause a person to lose their faith in their beliefs.

This gives you an idea of the religious places where you can carefully and respectfully gather dirt to aid in one’s protection depending upon ones religious belief.   Seven is also a sacred number which helps gain power for greater protection so dirt from 7 churches or 77 churches, dirt from Cathedrals are considered very powerful and dirt from the grounds of the Vatican the most powerful of all.

Educational Facility:  Whether it comes from a school yard or a college campus, this dirt is excellent for efforts involving knowledge acquisition and retention. It can also be used effectively in magic to induce study.

Dirt from your target’s (enemy) yard or driveway:   This is the same as foot track workings is used in a way that you would collect the targets foot print in the dirt to use in a spell to drive them way for instance like hot footing the person out of your life.

Enemy’s Home: (inside the home):  Granted, gathering this dirt is a bit trickier and may involve some skulking around to collect. But there’s no better way to cut your enemy off at the knees than to use dirt from his own home against him. Just an aside, though: Unless you want to cause possible harm to everyone living on that property, be very careful how you word the related spell.  (i.e. in the spell,  state that only your target is going to get hit with the spell and no one else)

Dirt from the Forest:  collected from the forest can be used in spells of protection as well as in rituals to promote communications with the spirits of that specific area.  Could be used to call upon the male Orisha Oxossi protector of hunters and forests.  But be careful.

Dirt from a Garden, Nursery or Flower Shop:  (This should be from a public garden but only take a small pinch of it) Often used in love spells, this dirt has the tendency to make love sprout and grow roots, bud and blossom. Unless you’re playing for keeps, though, it’s inadvisable to add this dirt to your magic.

From your own Home:  This really should be dust not dirt, as dirt can be felt dust not so much Gather this dust to protect all the occupants of your home and guarantee their safe return. The best way to accomplish this is to sprinkle a bit in every pair of shoes in the house. To ensure that someone else visits you again, sprinkle a bit in his or her shoes.

Dirt from a Hospital,  Clinic or Doctor’s office: used in spells of health, dirt from any of these locations for efforts that involve healing.  But you must keep in mind, though, 1st no magic in the world is a substitute for medical care or prescription medications, 2nd be certain that healing is exactly what you have in mind when you add this dirt to magic, especially if a serious illness is involved and death is a possibility for the recipient. WHY? Because healing and staying alive are two entirely different things. And sometimes death is often the best way to allow the soul to be released from unceasing pain.

Dirt from the location of where 2 dogs or 2 cats have fought:  used in spells of conflict. If use it from where 2 cats fought it will cause two women to fight.   It should not be from a Dog fighting ring, but from where two dogs met up naturally and get into conflict, same with cats.

Dirt from the Mountains: collected from the mountains is used in rituals to promote communications with spirits that reside in that specific area as well as cleansing spells.  Also could be used to call upon the male Orisha Oke. But be careful.

Dirt from a Native Americans Grave: collected from the graves of Native Americans is the perfect additive for spells and charms of protection. It can also promote a connection between you and your Native American Spirit Guide. (remember this has to be from a grave, not from a sacred Native American burial site)

Dirt from a Nightclub----For Illusion work to create something that is not, (see theater), sometimes used to create a ‘glamour’ spell.

Dirt from a Palero (Priest of Palo Mayombe):   collected from the home of a Palero is normally used in spells that involve promoting harm or conflict.

Playground---- Protection for one’s child or oneself.

Plowed field---- For fertility, to bring blessings into the home,  could be used to call the male Orisha Orisra Oko god of agriculture. To protect one's fields.

Dirt from a Police Station or Sheriffs Office:  collected from these locations can be used to create dusts which are then sprinkled on the property of those who are committing acts of crime in order to bring a swift end to the acts that they have or are committing. This can be used on neighborhood drug dealers, child molesters, illegal immigrants, thieves, and so much more.   
An Alternative use for this dirt is Police Station:  Dirt from this area is often collected and sprinkled along the baseboards of the home and along the edges of its structure to keep the family safe from harm. It’s not a good idea to use this dirt if you’re involved in any sort of illegal activity, though, as it could bring the police straight to your door.

Dirt from Prisons or Jails:  collected from Prison or Jail property can be used in spells of justice as well as to keep a specific individual incarcerated or to promote the release of an individual
An alternative use for dirt from a Jail use Jail dirt to keep the police away from your door, especially if you’re prone to trouble with them. To make yourself invisible to the police and perhaps, cause them to overlook a bench warrant, add a piece of hematite to the dirt.

Dirt from a Race Track, Casino, Property of a Bookie, etc:   from any of these locations is a great additive in spells and charms of money, prosperity, and gambling.

Dirt from a Railroad track----Use to banish someone away from you in one aspect, or to protect you while traveling.  Also could be used with molding the inner and outward Self and realizing your highest potential.  Could be used to call Ogun the warrior god of  the Orisha’s, he is the patron deity of soldiers, police officers, surgeons, railroad workers, welders, body builders, or anyone employed to work with iron and steel, Like the blacksmith.

Dirt from a Rivers Edge:  correlates with Oshun, the Goddess of love and marriage, therefore, its usage pertains to love, marriage, and relationships.

Dirt from a Santero (Santerian Priest):  collected from the home of a Santero is the perfect additive for spells of protection.

Dirt from a Shipping port or travel port---- Used in protection, to bring someone home safely, especially someone who works on a ship of some sort,   on the reverse it could be used to send or banish someone far away.

Shopping Center or Mall:   These areas are always busy, employ many people, and have a reputation for attracting large amounts of cash, used in efforts to obtain gainful employment or increase your cash flow.

Theatre---To create an illusion to have someone see you differently (See Nightclub)

Town square----In rituals to help communicate with the physical world, to assist in dealing with the public.

Tunnel –use in ritual to create a pathway into your unconscious, a opening to your innermost feelings and memories.  A variation of Cave dust, but in this case to see the light and get answers.

 Dirt from the home or property of a Witch:   collected from the home or property owned by a witch is universal. It can be used in all kinds of spell work and charms in order to promote power, domination, control, harm, revenge, love, psychic abilities, consistency, opening opportunity and so much more. Do pay attention though, if the witch you’ve collected the dirt from is a black magick practitioner, you can bet that that dirt is more potent in works of a gray or darker nature. Dirt from the home of a “good witch” will be more potent in lighter and “good” works.

Dirt from the Workplace:   There are lots of uses for this sort of dirt. It works wonders when included in efforts for getting a promotion or raise. But that’s not all. It can also be used to foil a co-worker or for figuratively getting the dirt on the company, itself.


Bull or Goat Pasture-----To increase sex in a man, sometimes the tiniest pinch is added to something where he won’t notice the taste like a cup of strong coffee.

Scarecrow underneath one---to keep undesirable attenuation away from a person.

Barren Field---tossed on a man or woman will cause them allegedly to not have children or lose interest in sex.  Tossed against a person’s front door to make them lose all their money, or sprinkled on where they walk. 

Successful harvest Field---This is the reverse of a Barren Field.

Cave---Use in ritual to help relieve stress or to do a meditation ritual to go into one’s self to find meaning. (see also Tunnel)

Desert---- in banishing works to make someone disappear

Swamp---the same as Desert only worse.

The workings of these trees is the same as for cemetery trees but they are dealing with the Lighter positive aspect workings of those trees.

Cypress tree----the scent of the cypress tree is to give comfort during times of loss, to give protection during times of crisis, and promote long life.

Yew tree----- The yew is sacred to Hecate and therefore the ancient wisdom of the feminine and is also a symbol of the old magic.  Considered to be the most potent tree for protection against evil, magically it is a means of connecting to your ancestors, bringing dreams and Otherworld journeys. This is one of its most valuable abilities, for it provides us with the opportunity face death,

Oak tree ----helps center the mind, allowing it to focus on the task at hand and ignore distractions. Oak help promote both observation and intuition, inspires bravery, presence, leadership skills, prosperity, and strength.

Holly Tree-----Works to protect one from  spirits of the dead, if sprinkled around your house to protect from negative workings.

Uprooted  Tree:  Any uprooted tree uprooted by natures force symbolizes the blows of life, using dirt gathered from a tree uprooted is to protect oneself from being suddenly uprooted.
Many trees has positive and negative uses, making a wand or an object for ritual use depends upon the magical connotations in regards to the trees,  this would take an entire post just to list the magical workings of trees.   Something I’ll have to post at another time. 

 Now remember other things like nails, wood, pebbles etc. from these locations will also have the same significance but it also depends what it is and how you utilize it in your workings.


Dirt from the crossroads is different than being at a crossroads to do crossroads magic but you need to consider what it is or Who it is you want to call up when you’re doing spell work at your home privately with the dirt collected from these areas.

REMEMBER:  Crossroads magic or magic done at a crossroads is different than using dirt gathered from a Crossroads.

Crossroads dirt can be used in spells like needing to change the luck or direction of a circumstance. It can be used in road opening work as well. With the crossroads, it is an easier method of collecting then graveyard dirt! Its use is probably the most diverse. You can use it to cross someone up, to remove energies or a person from your life, use it in love work to change the direction that the relationship is headed, open new opportunities at the workplace, use as a general location to disperse energies into the universe. Pay the spirits of the crossroads with three coins, or three pennies, or even some rum.

A crossroads is any place where two roads intersect and form a sort of equal-armed cross, much like the plus-sign. Crossroads are the place where the world of man and the realm of spirit meet. Therefore, they belong to everyone and no one.

Some folks divide crossroads into two types: male and female. Male crossroads are the three-way crossroads that form a capital T; the three points representing the penis and testicles. Female crossroads are the typical four-way crossroads which are said to represent the inner and outer lips of the vagina.

3 Way Crossroads----to be used in ritual work calling up the goddess Hecate, if you hear dogs howling or barking when you do your ritual, she’s coming but be prepared to honor her, because she can be pissed off if she finds out you did  it just for fun. Or to be used to affect a man’s prowess.

4 way Crossroads---- For Road Opening work, that is to break down barriers and see one’s path clear, or to affect a woman’s sexuality.

7 way Crossroads---- Major Road Opening work

Seven sequential 3 way crossroads--- same as  above only ramped up.

Seven sequential 4 way crossroads----Same as above only ramped up.

3 way forest----To call upon the Green Man

4 way forest----To call upon the Goddess of the Hunt Diana

There are workings where dirt from either a 3-way or 4-way Crossroads gathered at either Midnight, Sunrise, Noon and Sunset are involved depending upon the spell one is working.  So the time that you collect the Crossroads Dirt is also important.

There are other types of dirt that one can find in a Cemetery or a graveyard, and they don’t have to be from a grave but from other things within the cemetery. Most this for darker sometime Negative workings, so work carefully with this type of dirt and also you MUST pay the guardian of the Cemetery 9 pennies as I described in my post on collecting graveyard dirt, remember you do not get something for nothing, payment must always be made, most of the time no other payment is needed unless you are calling upon the Gods of the Cemetery they have specific offerings, from rum to cigars, flowers, coins, candy or cologne.  It’s best to find out which one you want to call upon.


Graveyard mole hill:   Used to cause discord and increase difficulties for someone who has wronged you like the adage “to make a mountain out of a mole hill”

Graveyard ant hill--- This allegedly causes financial discord: Gather dust from an anthill and sprinkle it on your targets property or on them if you can.
Those two above postings are for the darker aspects of their workings,  if you find a mole hill or an ant hill in regular areas  it will cause the same things but of a lesser degree.

Cemetery entrance:  Used in calling the major Gods or Goddesses of the Dead either in Witchcraft, Christianity or in Santeria etc.  it can be from 9 or 21 Cemetery entrances depending upon which deity you are calling, in Santeria each Orisha has a number that is specific to that God or his/her Christian Saint aspect.

Cemetery (General):  The same as Cemetery entrances only this time it is the Gods who reside in the cemetery, usually dirt from 9 cemeteries are used

This next grouping is usually to communicate with the spirits of the dead and there are also some specific rituals or spells that will call for the collection of dirt from these specific locations.
To post how to collect or the types of rituals involved with the above locations is far too long for me to post here,  just be aware of such locations and if eventually you need dirt from these locations you'll know what to do.

Abandoned cemetery:  To be used in Crossing spells,  can collect it from the entrance or at the center of it's location.

OPEN GRAVE:   Yewa/Yegua - Orisha of the grave. She represents (in one of her aspects) the process of the body decomposing back into earth.    St. Clare is her Catholic aspect as representing the spiritual side of the Goddess, the inward-looking, mystical aspects of being.  The transition of letting go.
Seven open graves:  See Open Grave
Unmarked grave:    See open grave

Graveyard water edge:    To break up a marriage or relationship, this is especially good if the relationship or marriage is abusive.   (This is for Graveyards or Cemeteries that bank up to the edge of a river, stream or ocean)

Cemetery quincunx- get a map of the layout of the cemetery and find the 4 farthest corners you can safely get to as well as what is the center of the cemetery this is used in protection from spirits. Once you find those 5 points (the corners and the center) gather it into one bag or jar for safe keeping.

Votary cross:  This is the symbol of the sufferer. Dirt collected from this is used in rituals to reject suffering.  To be likened to a ship which navigates the sea of suffering the greater the hardships befalling him, the greater the delight he feels, because of his strong faith, usually from a grave of a devoted (almost religiously so) adherent of a cause, some people would substitute the word “Martyr”

POTTER'S FIELD:   To be used in crossing spells to the point where the person is completely forgotten and cannot even be brought to mind by anyone.

Lord of the cemetery:   When you want to call upon the Angel of Death or Baron Samdedi

Lady of the cemetery:   When you want to call upon the Goddess of Death  Yewa (Yegua) is the Orisha of Death. She is a Virgin Orisha. Her priestesses are past their prime and always celibate. Her color is pink. When she dances at funeral rites she covers her face with two horse tails.    Her Christian aspect is Saint Claire. She is queen of the underworld. She represents the spiritual side of the Goddess, the inward-looking, mystical aspects of being.

Some rituals or spells demand or request that you gather dirt from a specific grave located in a specific location, these are the two most common, you still need to ask permission and pay for the dirt.  Usually it either the 3rd grave on the left or the 7th grave (either left or right) from the gate.

Memorial stone dirt: There are places where people are not buried but they have a stone marking their memorial. I have had good results using this dirt as well. I Mrs. Washington and Mrs. Byrd, have always felt the presence of the individual when they’ve gathered dirt from on the memorial plot.  And then I talked to some practioners who swear they would never use dirt from these places since the bodies and energy is not there. But I’ve found that if it’s a place where a tragedy has happened even though the bodies are buried elsewhere the energy has been powerful enough for spell work.

Dirt from the Roots of Cemetery Trees
The workings of these trees is the same as for non-cemetery trees but they are dealing with the darker aspect workings of those trees.

Cemetery cypress tree----To cause discomfort and agony to the spirit of one’s target.

Cemetery yew tree--- Many churches and churchyards once stood in a circle of yews — representing the passage from life to death and many of the older cemeteries will have a stand of yews to remind people of this passage.  Using the dirt from a Cemetery yew trees although sacred to Hecate is calling her up in her darker aspect and could be used to frighten a person to death with dark dreams.  A yew tree growing outside of a church yard would be the positive aspect of its energy and would be used to protect against evil.

Cemetery oak tree ----works on the mind, allowing it to become confused on the task at hand and be distracted. Will make a person afraid and lose all sense of strength.

Cemetery Holly Tree-----To call upon the spirits of the dead to affect a man in a negative way, if sprinkled around an enemy’s house to call upon the spirits of the dead to negatively affect them and drive them away.

Uprooted graveyard Tree:  Any uprooted tree uprooted by natures force symbolizes the blows of life, using dirt gathered from a tree uprooted in a graveyard, is for spells of a dark kind to bring about an uprooting in another person’s life.

3 way cemetery crossroads----Darker aspects of Cross Roads magic to cause blockages or do harm on a man’s path.  To call upon the Darker aspect of Hecate or the three headed hound Cerberus.

4 way cemetery cross roads---Darker aspects of Cross Roads magic to block or do harm on a woman’s path.

All these dirt’s have some magical aspect, but you have to think how it could be applied, to what form of magic spells, mojo bags, and candle work can they be done.   In doing the workings before you even start you have to think how to construct it to your satisfaction.

Bright Blessings and have fun collecting,
Ms. Q


  1. I would like to confirm if I understand correctly that only graveyard dirt requires payment. When gathering dirt from other places including the crossroads, all it takes is a verbal acknowledgement of gratitude to the spirit of the place right?

    1. Hello My Dear,

      In regards to your question, not exactly.

      You have to do a bit more than that, first you need permission to take the dirt, then a payment of some kind and then “thanks for their assistance”.

      For example if you gather dirt from a crossroads you need to leave 3 pennies at each corner of the crossroad.

      Or if you are petitioning something to throw a dime over your left shoulder at a crossroads.

      This could also apply to crossroads in a graveyard, but if you notice most graveyards don’t have 4 way crossroads.

      I know when you collect dirt from a river, especially if you’ve been panning for gold, it pays to toss a nickel into the river as payment. Many a superstitious miner would do that especially if they found a good size pocket of gold. I do that as well.

      Dirt from a Native American’s grave, there you have to be very careful, some folks would leave a bit of corn meal or tobacco.

      So it would be wise to leave at least 3 pennies at different locations where you collect dirt.

      Sure someone else who see’s the pennies will pick it up and put it into their pocket, as they say “See a penny pick it up all the day you’ll have good luck,” but the whole idea is to acknowledge the spirits of that area for their help.

      In some protection spells I’ve done, I’ve taken dirt from a church and then once the spell is done I’ve send a donation to the church, anonymously.

      In some cases if you are petitioning a spirit (in some cases the Devil) you have to leave a payment, the spell or ritual will tell you what type of payment.

      An acquaintance of mine in order to petition an Orisha had to leave a small pumpkin filled with coconut and palm oil at a 4 way crossroads.

      So it could be money or food.

      Only in doing the ritual will you know what you need to leave as payment, and when.

      So it goes beyond verbal acknowledgement of Thanks to the Spirits.

      Bright Blessings,
      Ms. Q