Life As The Witch – Getting that Graveyard Dirt & Dealing With Those Spirits


I have had several people ask me about graveyard dirt recently. How to collect it? What grave do I get it from? I have answered these questions in extent. But when it come to dealing with the Spirit world, I don’t want to take any chances that I might have been misunderstood or didn’t emphasis the importance of a certain area. Due to this fact, I ran across an article in a book by a Pagan Author I greatly admire, Dorothy Morrison. She also discusses this subject very thoroughly. I hope you enjoy this excerpt from her book, “Utterly Wicked, Curses, Hexes or Other Unsavory Notions”

Graveyard Dirt and Dealing With Spirits

Taking graveyard dirt without permission is much like breaking into someone’s home and stealing their possessions. And if you did that on the physical plane, the only help you’d get from the injured part would be a one-way trip to jail. The same is true of the spiritual realm. Yeah, I know that spirits don’t necessarily live in the dirt in the cemetery. However, that dirt comprises the final resting place of the body it left behind. That means that its energy is in that dirt. And to take that without permission is to take the only possession it has left. Go that route and one thing’s for sure: Jail time is going to be the least of your worries.

You also need to remember that asking permission is not enough. Some sort of relationship must be formed with the spirit before proceeding. And depending upon the spirit and your individual needs, this could take a few minutes or several days. You also need to be prepared for the possibility that you’re not going to be able to form a relationship at all. The reasons for this are many—personality clash, little or no common ground, or an objection to your desires, just to name a few—but in this case, none of that really matters. What does matter is that you don’t push the issue. Just thank the spirit for its time, and continue your search.

Once you do find a spirit that’s willing to help you (and you will), payment for the dirt is not enough. Mind your manners, be polite, and thank it for its assistance. Bring it an extra token of appreciation. You never know when you might need its help again, and no one—living, dead, or otherwise—is going to be willing to offer support of any kind if you can’t even be bothered with common courtesy.

Of course, if a spirit really likes you—if you’ve been kind and courteous and gone the extra mile—it may decide to hang around you, whether you want it to or not. To avoid this, offer it a piece of black onyx as a parting gift once your goal is achieved. (It’s the stone of separation and will sever your connections peaceably.) And if you need the spirit’s assistance again? Not a problem. Just go back to visit, and be assured that it will remember you.


Excerpt from:

“The Real Dirt on the Quick and the Dead”
Utterly Wicked
Curses, Hexes or Other Unsavory Notions
by Dorothy Morrison

4 thoughts on “Life As The Witch – Getting that Graveyard Dirt & Dealing With Those Spirits

  1. This is a great book. When you’re angry just picked it up and realize life isn’t so bad after all! I like how the realities are there but to actually hex or curse someone, she really has you think about your actions! Such as this!


    1. Hey sweetie! How ya’ doing? I hope fine. I believe Dorothy Morrison is probably one of my favorite Pagan authors. I can’t get enough of her writing. She is very knowledgeable and wise in so many areas of The Craft. She is simply amazing. I am glad you enjoy her also. Read as much of her writings as you can.


      1. She’s just honest, imo. But, I wanted to thank you again for your responses. I’ve been sick lately but have read them and did the elemental thing 🙂 I have to respect my bodies energy needed to heal but knowing this information is comforting. I love to learn! Again thanks to all who have kept up with the readers on this site, many blessings 🙂


  2. I really like Dorothy Morrison. It’s very difficult to obtain graveyard dirt in San Francisco. All of our graves were moved to Colma nearly a hundred years ago. Apparently, collecting grave dirt is much like making your wand. Thanks for posting this, Lady A!


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