MAGICAL USES OF SHELLS
Shells are gifts of the sea, they can be used to represent the oceanic deities,
Long, spiraled ones signify the Gods, while round shells symbolize
the Goddesses. Cowries have been
used for centuries for the latter
Sea Witches and magicians place shells upon their altars for this
very reason when performing sea magic at home.
When spells are done by the sea
shore, a protective circle can be
marked out with a ring of shells gathered for that specific purpose.
Shells can be strung together or individually and worn to promote fertility, or to attract money, since they were once used as money.
Take a large univalve (one-piece) shell and hold it close to your
ear. You will hear the voice of the sea. Let it speak to you. You
may hear messages of the future or past; or the sound of the sea can
still your mind for receiving psychic messages.
A special shell that you find on the beach and have a strong attraction to may be fashioned
protective or lucky amulet.
A shell in the home can be an indicator of the sea. Hold it to your
ear; if the sounds within it are loud, the sea is rough; if soft, the
sea is smooth and calm.
A shell placed at the entrance of the house ensures that luck will
Conches or other very large univalves are blown at seaside rites to
dispel negativity and to invite the Gods and good spirits to be
present at rituals and spells.
Sea Witch Lore
Scallop shells – popular with collectors because of diversity with pattern and colour. A large group with several hundred species worldwide. Most found in tropical waters. Can be used in any form of magic especially if you cannot find the right shell for your spell. For travel and movement.
Abalone – there are 100 different types of these shells. They have a plain exterior with a nacreous iridescent interior known as mother of pearl. they are flat in shape and edged with small holes. useful for finding things hidden and good fortune. Meditation for inner beauty and for general use and containment of stones and herbs
Limpets – large family of primitive snails which are ovate and include a hole in the middle. Use for finding your way out of a situation also unlocking psychic or divination abilities. Confidence, courage and strength
Clam shells – there are many families of clam shells, Tridacna, Mactra, Solenidae, Cultellidae and Veneridae. Giant clams are small but the shells can vary from large to very large. The Goddess Venus is often depicted standing in a clam shell. Excellent for Goddess related rituals and spells. love and purification
Whelks – large and diverse family with hundreds of species. Lives in cold and warm seas. the shell fits perfectly in the hand. positive and dramatic change, handling a situation and gaining control, maintain status quo and stability.
Conche – a well-known and diverse family. some can be quite smooth while others have spiny extensions on the outer edge. It has been used over 1000s of years as a means of coastal communication. It has a deep resonating sound when it is blown. Ideal for invoking spirits, announcing arrivals and communication, also love.
Cowrie shell – a large family and prized by shell collectors. It is shiny and has an avocado shape. It resembles the uterus and also female genitalia. Can be used for fertility, menstrual cycle, menopause, womb ailments and pregnancy, also money and prosperity (has feminine appearance)
Cone shells are well-known since they possess a powerful sting used to capture prey.
The incredibly toxic venom of the geographic cone snail has to be strong enough to paralyze instantly. Otherwise, the fish it preys on would swim away to die, and the slow-moving gastropod would have nothing for its efforts.
Indigenous to the reefs of the Indo-Pacific, geographic cones grow to about 6 inches (15 centimeters) in length and have intricately patterned brown-and-white shells highly prized by shell collectors.
Spiral shells stimulation of energy in ritual and the home.
The chambered nautilus is a sea creature that belongs in the same class as the octopus. Unlike the octopus, it has a hard shell that’s divided into chambers. As the nautilus matures and grows, it periodically seals off the shell behind it and creates a new, larger living chamber. The shells of adults may have as many as 30 such chambers.
This growth process yields an elegant spiral structure, visible when the shell is sliced to reveal the individual chambers. Many accounts describe this pattern as a logarithmic (or equiangular) spiral and link it to a number known as the golden ratio.
Moon shells – psychic awareness peace and purification
Moon shells are snail-like globular forms with a half moon shaped aperture. Some flattened, disk-like species also exist. Typically, a thick rib-like callus obscures the umbilicus, and the aperture lip is fringed by a thin sharp edge. In life, mantle flaps from each side cover the shell, protecting its lustrous finish. Although their shell characteristics are very similar, molecular data now are showing that several Naticid genera belong to other taxa. For example, N. alapapiliones, N. acinonyx, N. multipunctata, etc., all group together in a separate taxon, perhaps the genus Glyphepithema .
These molluscs are largely found in sea floor sand of the tropics, but also in waters beyond the Arctic and Antarctic Circles. They make a living by plowing just below the surface. When they find another mollusc, it is enveloped by their massive foot –often too large to be withdrawn into the shell. The rasp-like radula is then applied to drill an extremely neat, beveled hole. Drilling is facilitated, as it is also in muricids, by an accessory boring organ on the anterior portion of the foot. It secretes a non-acid calcium chelating compound that softens shells
Olive shells – members of the Olividae family they are carnivorous sand burrowers. Used for healing.
Any of the marine snails that constitute the family Olividae (subclass Prosobranchia of the class Gastropoda). Fossils of the genus Oliva are common from the Eocene Epoch (57.8 to 36.6 million years ago) to the present. The shell, which is distinctive and easily recognizable, has a pointed apex and rapidly expands outward to the main body whorl. It is oval in shape, with a long and narrow aperture, and possesses an agate-like sheen and fine markings.
Oyster shells – best known as a food source and production of pearls. Related to the Moon and some cultures view pearls as tears of the Moon. Used for lunar magic, spells for passion, virility, sexual love and good fortune.
Tooth shells – money
Tusk shell, also called elephant’s tusk, elephant’s tooth, or tooth shell, any of several marine mollusks of the class Scaphopoda. There are four genera of tusk shells (Dentalium is typical and most common) and more than 350 species. Most tusk shells live in fairly deep water, sometimes to depths of about 4,000 metres (13,000 feet); many deep-sea species are cosmopolitan in distribution. Tusk shells feed upon such small organisms as protozoans of the order Forminifera and young bivalves.
Sand dollars – Wisdom
What you’ll usually find is something called a test, which is the skeleton of a dead sand dollar. This beautiful test is usually white or grayish-white, with a star-shaped marking in its center. The name for these animals (yes, they are animals!) came from their likeness to silver dollars. When they are alive, sand dollars look much different. They are covered with short, velvety spines that may be purple, reddish brown, yellowish, gray, green or black in color. Here you can learn more about what sand dollars look like, what they eat, where they live and how they reproduce. Sand dollars are echinoderms, which means they are related to sea stars, sea cucumbers and sea urchins. In fact, they are basically flat sea urchins, and are in the same class as sea urchins – Class Echinoidea. This class is divided into two groups – the regular echinoids (sea urchins and pencil urchins) and irregular echinoids (includes heart urchins, sea biscuits and sand dollars).
Auger – Large family of long and slender shells. phallic shaped shells can be used for matters associated with males, fertility, courage and power, also healing male ailments.
Augers are related to cone shells and turrids a group that uses a harpoon-like radular tooth to inject venom to capture worms. Their slender shells are designed for plowing through sand leaving a trail behind them. A few prefer drifting up-and-down sloping beaches with the surf while hunting, quickly burying between waves at the water’s edge. Most prefer clean sand adjacent to the reef. Most species occur at deeper scuba depths. Horn shells differ from augers in having a recurved siphonal canal and herbivorous diet.
Cockle shells – a very large and well-known family and live in shallow and deep water. “warming the cockles of the heart” used in relationship, friendship and love matters.
Cockle shells are a very common species found throughout the world. The rounded shells can have a pronounced heart shape and are frequently ribbed. In both Europe and the Far East cockle shells are one of the most popular edible shell fish.
Nautilus – one of the most beautiful shells you will find. It is a small family of four or five species. It is coiled and has a rippled surface resembling the human brain can be used in spells for the brain, mentality, studies, examinations and writing, wisdom knowledge, understanding difficult concepts. Psychological balance and harmony.
Spindle – large and popular group living in shallow water. Fate destiny, change, karma and meditation. Art or craft projects.
Family Fusinidae are as described, spindle shaped, elegant shells. All are elongated, with a many whorled spire (the coiled part of a gastropod apart from the body whorl that generally tapers to a point), a long straight siphonal canal and a smooth columella. Spindles have ornamental features which includes strong tubercles and vertical folds, spiral ribs and ridges inside the aperture. Some shells are long, thick and heavy, a few have left-handed spiral.
Spindles are sea snails and live on sandy bottom sea floors among rocks and coral debris. They are carnivorous and prey on other small sea creatures.