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How to Make & Use Red Brick Dust to Protect Your Home

Want to learn how to make and use red brick dust to effectively protect your home from spiritual and energetic intrusion? Learn how to do so here. 

What is Red Brick Dust?

Red brick dust is an old hoodoo trick used to spiritually fortify one’s home, bring in prosperity, and more. The name gives it away – “red brick dust” – it is dust made from red bricks. This old conjure trick’s legend is said to have started in New Orleans in the French Quarter. Voodoo priestesses like Marie Laveau used red brick dust to protect their homes and places of practice. Red brick dust, also called reddening, has been used for centuries and is a modern version of the sacred red ochre used in ancient ritual. 

What Makes Red Brick Dust Powerful?

Why is red brick dust a powerful way to protect your home? What makes it so effective in keeping intruders (both physical and spiritual) out of your house? There are a few reasons why:

  1. Bricks have been used for thousands of years to build homes; therefore, the purpose of the brick itself is protection from outside elements. Fired bricks are known to last the longest and be the strongest type of building block.
  2. Bricks are made from materials of the earth like clay, sand, or lime. The earth element is an element of home protection. Iron is often a component of red bricks, a strong metal.
  3. The color red (like the red brick) has long been associated with the world of the dead/ancestors since ancient times. Our ancestors are our strongest protectors.

So while the brick has its own physical protective qualities, those physical qualities pour over into the spiritual realm and become spiritually protective as well.

Red Brick Dust

Beginning to break down the red brick chunks into powder.

How to Make Red Brick Dust

Supplies:

  • red brick
  • metal hammer
  • flat, hard surface
  • funnel or rolled up paper
  • Small amount of rum or whiskey
  • mortar and pestle
  • jar or vessel
  • goggles and handkerchief/mask

Instructions:

  1. Find a hard, flat surface, preferably outside, and lay out a large piece of cardboard or thick paper on top. Keep in mind, you’re going to be hammering against this surface, so don’t choose a table or glass or anything that could be damaged or broken by a hammer. The cardboard of paper is to catch the brick pieces as they crumble.
  2. Set your brick in the middle and sprinkle it lightly with rum or whiskey (this is your offering to the brick for the work it will do for you).
  3. Pray prayers of protection over the brick (pray to your gods/ancestors/spirits/universe).
  4. Cover your face with a handkerchief and goggles for your eyes. These protect from red brick dust or pieces getting into your eyes or breathing it in.
  5. Use your hammer to start breaking the brick apart. You’ll find the right strength and speed as you go along.
  6. Continue to pray over the brick as you hammer it into smaller and smaller chunks.
  7. Once you’ve gotten the brick down to small chunks, transfer the chunks of brick (small portions at a time) to your mortar and pestle. 
  8. With your pestle in hand, begin to lightly pound at the chunks of brick, grinding them down into a fine powder. Do this with all the brick chunks, portions at a time, until the entire brick is dust. 
  9. Pray another prayer of protection over the brick. Then use a funnel or rolled up paper to transfer the red brick dust to a mason jar or vessel of some kind. 
  10. Label and store it until ready for use.

How to Use Red Brick Dust

Depending on the tradition and individual practitioner, there are different ways to use red brick dust.

  • Cleanse your door and threshold then sprinkle red brick dust over thresholds to keep out intruders of any kind
  • Mix with protective herb powders and sprinkle over thresholds for powerful protection
  • Create a “reddening” mix with urine, ammonia, or vinegar and wash down doors and thresholds (this is great for protection and prosperity)
  • According to Lucky Mojo – mix with cinnamon and brown sugar and wash front door to bring in extra cash quickly

Where to Find Old Red Bricks

Maybe you’re thinking, yeah this all sounds great, but where do I find an old red brick to make red brick dust? There are different places you can find red bricks. I was lucky to dig up an old red brick in my own yard, which had been buried in the earth for many years, and used that to make my red brick dust.

Dump-sites, Ebay, Etc.

You can find red bricks at demolition sites or dumps. If you’d rather pay for one instead of going on a wild red brick chase, some antique stores will carry them, as well as eBay and other sites online. You might be really lucky and find a brick from an old brick road which has added power! People debate whether using old red bricks is safe spiritually, as there might be residual energy from a building or road left in it. My opinion is this – spirits attached to bricks are typically there for protective reasons to begin with.

How to Make Red Brick Dust and Uses

 

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24 Comments

  1. melisa

    August 13, 2021 at 9:49 pm

    can you use new bricks

  2. Suzi

    July 12, 2021 at 11:51 pm

    Can you use red brick dust to break a curse?

    1. kitty fields

      July 13, 2021 at 11:54 am

      It’s not typically used for that purpose.

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    December 28, 2020 at 12:06 am

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  4. L

    September 20, 2020 at 8:32 pm

    What about other colors ? For example yellow?

  5. S

    August 28, 2020 at 3:31 am

    If you’re lucky enough to live in red clay earth area, don’t forget you can just get your brick dust from the ground! I recommend you pinch it off between your fingers into little flat slips, and as you go, sort out any rocks, debris, and patches with a lot of brown/sandy soil. The purpose of this is twofold, it will allow you to filter out the purer clay parts, and it will help it be easy to powder once it’s dry. Then you can dry it in your oven, I found laying it on tin foil on a baking sheet, for 15 min at 350°F was perfect. After that just grind it up.

  6. Trenady Dryden

    April 24, 2020 at 1:06 am

    If you use a used brick don’t walls retain negative energy if any were present? So should you cleanse the brick to make it pure before using?

      1. Anonymous

        May 21, 2020 at 8:52 pm

        I always keep a selenite stick in mine. It keeps it clean,clear,and charged,plus adds a little beauty and magic to it.

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  8. Anonymous

    October 26, 2019 at 1:14 pm

    Prayers like our father virgin Mary Catholic prayers something like that, herbs what kind of herbs are recommended used used for this?

  9. Sandra kussick

    September 1, 2019 at 7:18 pm

    My great grandmother in Europe used red brick dust in her magic potions which some came from her gypsy ancestry and some of the practices I was told came from Africa.
    I still have some of her BOS from the 1800 and my grandmothers. I do now one thing,.. be careful what brick you use. You’re better off using the new ones than old ones because of hi levels of asbestos. Just a little tip for your health. BB

    1. admin

      September 4, 2019 at 11:52 am

      Sandra – What an amazing thing to have in your possession! Thanks for the tip on brick dust too.

  10. Ravnshade

    July 28, 2019 at 5:15 pm

    Traditionally, the red bricks had to come from old churches. That’s harder to come by today, so now ‘regular’ bricks are used. Hoodoo Hill (Etsy) has some from an old church on the property.

  11. Bianca

    July 25, 2019 at 9:06 am

    I found 2 red bricks in our river

  12. Barrie Barrett

    July 18, 2019 at 5:39 pm

    I was wondering what the proportions of the “reddening” mix should be? Also, you mention that mixing protective herbs would make it powerful… is a reddening mixture even more powerful than that?

    1. admin

      July 20, 2019 at 4:04 am

      Reddening recipe is something you can find on sites like luckymojo.com. Often it used to include the home owner’s urine. I don’t think one or the other is “more powerful”, but I don’t put urine on my front door step either. LOL. To each his own!

  13. mare

    February 3, 2019 at 6:54 am

    I got my brink from cemeteries. It’s perfect.

    1. Mary

      April 13, 2019 at 8:36 pm

      It was wonderful to have you share this in a positive way…I have heard of it but it was not for use in a good way thanks for the article…bb

    2. Xeraphini

      July 20, 2019 at 6:56 am

      Go to Facebook market place they have red bricks for sale all the time.

    3. selena yates

      July 20, 2019 at 6:57 am

      Go to Facebook market place they have red bricks for sale all the time.

  14. Debbie

    December 12, 2018 at 1:09 am

    Thanks for that I really appericiate it! Media told me that I need some. Debbie

    1. Love

      December 8, 2019 at 11:01 am

      Does it matter if you use a clay brick or a concert brick is it better to use old bricks or can you buy them from a hardware store?

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