Wednesday, 29 February 2012
The magic of Sea Shells
So how about the magical properties of the humble sea shell?
Obviously sea shells are associated with water, I often use a shell to represent West when I am in ritual, I also use them in water element witches bottles.
The Moon controls the tides of the ocean so shells are also associated with the Moon, I have a large round flat mother of pearl shell on my main altar to represent the Moon.
Being associated with water and the Moon I think the shell works perfectly in spells for emotions too.
Shells also have an association with Aphrodite, so can also be used for love spells. Use a shell as a love drawing talisman.
In the past shells were also used in some parts of the world as currency so they also have the association of money and prosperity. Use in money drawing medicine bags or pop a small shell in your purse.
Think about what a shell is, it is a protective covering for the creature inside making shells also good for protection. Use them in your witches bottles, or strung on a necklace for this purpose.
Shells can also be used in divination, use in a set with pebbles, crystals and bones to cast a reading (think Tia Dalma on Pirates of the Caribbean LOL!!). Africa has a history of cowrie shell divination.
Particular shells also have their own individual meanings:
Abalone - general use and containment of empowered herbs and stones
Clam shells - purification and love
Conche shell - love
Cone shell - protection
Cowrie shell - prosperity, money - if you look at a cowrie shell is also looks very 'feminine' ;-)
Whelks - dramatic positive change
Limpets - courage, confidence, strength
Scallops - travel, movement
If you are collecting your own sea shells please make sure that the creature is not still inside it, if you do pick up one with a living creature toss it back into the water.
If you are purchasing your sea shells in a shop or from the internet please make sure they are from sustainable and viable sources.