How To Collect Graveyard Dirt

Witchcraft Basics: Graveyard Dirt

The proper way to collect graveyard dirt by Enevow Holyer - The Eclectic Hedgewitch

Graveyard Dirt


Graveyard Dirt is discussed regularly in the fb groups I frequent. There is alot of confusion around proper collection of this spell component, and to its uses.


Having answered these questions 4 or 5 times this week, I’ve decided to write a post to direct people to.


Which Graveyard Dirt Is Which?


So, ‘Grave Dirt’ is soil/earth/dirt collected directly from a grave. ‘Graveyard Dirt’ is collected from the graveyard area and ‘Grave Dust’ is scraped from the actual headstone and doesn’t require scratting about in the soil.


What About Mullein?


Mullein is a herb that can be used in work where something needs to be ‘laid to rest’. It is not the same as real graveyard dirt, but could be used as a sub if you don’t have any.


What Do We Use These Dirts For?


This depends entirely on the type of dirt you are working with. In my own magickal practice I use dirt from my father-in-law’s grave for protective & cleansing work. Dirt from the grave of somebody I know died a tragic and angry death is for curses & hexing. The dirt from a molehill I found in the same cemetary is for when I want to stir things up a bit (make mountains out of molehills).


I have dirt collected from an abandoned church for when I want to cause somebody to lose their faith in another person, place or thing. I also keep dirt from outside the crown court for use in legals and matters of justice.


Generic graveyard dirt which is taken from the cemetary itself rather than an actual grave, is more of an all-purpose ingredient. Mine comes from the graveyard where many of my ancestors are buried, so I feel the connection to it, and use it in spells where I require their wisdom, guidance and protection.


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How Do We Properly Collect Graveyard Dirt?


There are many different ways I’ve heard of people going about the collection of grave (yard) dirt. Some construct an elaborate, drawn out ritual and others grab it and run.


Remember that you are taking a piece of someone’s final resting place, to harness their energy for your spell work. My personal belief? The very least you can do is to ask nicely. You should also always pay for what you take. That’s just good manners!




  • Ziplock Sandwich Bags
  • Coins (value isn’t that important, it’s more the symbology)
  • A Digging Tool (I use a soup spoon)
  • A Pen and Labels
  • Any Other Offerings You Feel Are Appropriate


If you are planning on collecting found objects on your travels then this kind of stuff is useful to keep in your bag or car anyway.


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Notes about graveyard dirt including how to properly collect and use it in your spellcraft




Harvesting Graveyard Dirt


Such a grand term! The easiest grave to harvest from on your first time is a family member. Spend some time talking or communing with them however you normally would. Lay the flowers, have a tidy round etc. Then announce your intention to take some of their dirt. Make sure you tell them what it is for, offer payment and thank them for their help.


If you feel a bit silly talking out loud then you can mumble it or just say it in your head. If other people are around, the placing of flowers can hide the act of digging.


I took rum for my father-in-law as it was his favourite tipple. I also paid with 3 coins, and thanked him for helping to protect us and the grandchild he never got to meet.


Unfamiliar Grave Dirt


When you are proposing to take dirt from someone you don’t have a connection to, you need to tread carefully. Take the time to read the information on the headstone, meditate for a while and be respectful.


Then, ask if you can please have some dirt, and concentrate on the feeling you get. I usually feel the warm tingle in my solar plexus which lets me know it is ok to proceed. If you experience any negative feelings, physical or emotional, then it is wise to thank them politely and move on. I would not recommend taking anything, even if paid for, when you get a bad vibe. It’s not worth the aggro.


Leaving The Graveyard


When you leave, be sure to thank the spirits and the gatekeeper, and leave some coins on the wall. Walk or drive away without looking back. Some people like to walk out backwards to prevent spirits from going with them, but it does draw attention to you. If you’ve included something in your thanks about not wishing to be followed, and you have been respectful, it’s not necessary.


How Do We Use Grave (yard) Dirt?


You can add it to your black salt recipe, to make it protective or a hexing agent (this is why you label your dirts on site so they don’t get mixed up!). It can also be added to magickal powders and dusts like Hot Foot, Banishing Powder etc, War Water or for any other spell work that you see fit. Some people also like to use it to bury poppets or to create coffin nails.


Other Dirts And Their Uses


  • Bank Dirt for use in money and prosperity spells
  • Dirt from your own garden for protective workings
  • Dirt from your enemy’s garden for banishing/curses
  • Dirt from the place you wish to live in for a relocation spell
  • Hospital Dirt to use in amulets for good health (does NOT replace medical intervention)
  • Crossroads Dirt for road opening spells/dedications to Hecate
  • County Court Dirt for spells of justice or legal matters
  • Molehill Graveyard Dirt to stir things up and cause fights
  • Dirt from the sole of your shoe to use in command and control spells


What do you use Graveyard Dirt for? Perhaps you have a different way of harvesting it? I’d love to hear from you – all views are respected and welcomed here.


Tuesday xx

2 thoughts on “Witchcraft Basics: Graveyard Dirt

  1. Elliot says:

    Someone is including graveyard dirt and cross road sirt in their dice making process (for TTRPG dice). Since the Use of the dirt collected seems to be instrumental in determining where or whom to collect it from, should I just ask that the graveyard dirt be excluded from the die making process as it might do more harm than good?

    • Tuesday says:

      Hi! That’s a great question. When purchasing anything including dirts, I would strongly recommend you to do your research about the person you’re buying from. Don’t be afraid to ask questions, a genuine practitioner will be happy to answer them! If the seller doesn’t seem knowledgeable or is evasive with their replies, avoid it.

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