Seashell History and Care

As mentioned in a previous post many moons ago our ancestors and those of other cultures used Seashells as a currency to buy and exchange goods of other interest to them.  Seashells were however, also used as a Magical Tool, as it was believed they carried the energy and magic of the sea within them.  Natural objects are imbued with spiritual energies that we can harness for our own use in spells and charms.

Seashells in particular have a long history of magical uses, as they were associated with the powers of various sea gods and goddesses of different cultures.  Seashells are not only associated with the sea but also with the moon, which drives the ocean tides.  Both the element of water and the moon have strong feminine energies that are receptive in nature, so shells are primarily used in magic to draw things you desire into your wellbeing.

Shells from the ocean are already imbued with its magic and energy so need little if any preparation.  If your shells were shop bought however, or you have had them stored away for any period of time it is always wise to cleanse and recharge them before calling upon their assistance. To do this, place them in a bowl of water mixed with sea salt, then leave them to soak for a day or overnight.  Recharge them by placing the bowl in the sun or under the light of a full moon for several hours.

The seashell is also know to invoke the power of Aphrodite – The Greek Goddess of Love.  It is believed that by wearing a seashell necklace or bracelet or carrying a shell as a charm you will invoke the power of this wonderful Goddess, who will bring love into your life.

It is also believed in some cultures that by using a hinged shell, like a clam or mussel shell, with the two parts still attached to each other and writing initials of the two people you wish to keep together on the inside of the shell then sealing them together with glue invites Aphrodite to work her magic and keep their love intact.

As previously mentioned Cowrie Shells were used in many cultures as currency, Africa and North America being amongst them.  Native Americans used wampum – beads made from clam shells as money.  Because of this, shells are suitable for money spells.  Fill a small green or gold pouch with seashells, a silver coin and mint, which is a money drawing herb.  Hang the bag where you do business, and rub it when you desire prosperity  Place a small seashell in your wallet or purse to continually keep it filled with money.

Seashells, as we know, act as a protective home for the mollusc that lives within it.  It is therefore, acknowledged as being a suitable tool for casting a protection spell because of the energy they carry.  Many cultures in coastal areas use shells in folk magic to protect their home by placing strings of shells over windows and doors.  Necklaces of strung shells can be worn by children to keep them close to home and safe from harm.  Placing a small, round shell on the collar of your pet will keep him/her safe should they wander from home.