Sea Enchantment Workshop December 2020

Cassandra and I do not usually provide workshops in the winter, but due to Covid restrictions, we postponed them until later this year.
We were in the village hall during the afternoon, to maintain social distancing, however it resulted in a ‘chilly experience’ for all concerned. The village hall committee will not heat the venue at the moment, as they are concerned that any warmth will breed bacteria. 
Cassandra spoke about methods of divination and the use of magical squares and sigils.
I explained the history of sea witchery,Cornish legends of mermaids, working with the moon, the tides and utilising various objects from the shore for magical work.
After speaking about the origin and uses of Mermaids Purses, I guided the group through a process of drawing their spell sigils, that can be done in various ways. 

When writing out spells, the letters can be stacked one on top of the other which creates an interesting formation, alternatively one can draw symbols with full focus and intent to achieve their desire.

As the afternoon had been rather cold, we were a little concerned about the group and our evening at the beach as the temperature would drop further. 
We found a sheltered area between the rocks on Sennen beach and Cassandra created a glowing fire. 


After blessing their spells with the elements, I took our three students to the sea. At low tide, we walked a fair distance and as we approached, the sea roared and one wave hurtled towards us surrounding our feet. We sang an evocative chant to call the spirits that had real potency.
It was extremely dark, so much so that Karyl, one of our students, had unknowingly stepped into an area of sand that had the consistency of muddy ‘quicksand’ which caused her to lose her balance. Fortunately she wore waterproof trousers and the sea spirits were eager to take the spell and other items she offered from her hand as she fell.
Paul, her attentive husband helped her up and we were relieved to discover she had not injured herself. We were about to bury the two other spells within the sand, when a wave rushed towards us again and filled the hole we had made, so we moved further back to create another. The sea spirits were extremely playful on this occasion!
When the work was done, we returned to the fire that Cassandra had tended and we shared libations of Cornish mead and saffron buns. 

We were alone on the beach except for one light from a night fisherman in the distance. Cassandra and I were pleasantly surprised that the night air was still and we felt much warmer on the beach that evening than we had during the afternoon! 

While Cassandra, Karyl, Paul and Phil were conversing I returned to the sea to give to offer a special libation to the spirits. 

We were pleased that the Sea Enchantment and Divination winter workshop was a success as well as being lively and eventful! 
You are welcome to join us and discover how the spirits will connect and interact with you too! It would be a memorable experience!
“This workshop was superb. Learning about the spirits of the sea and how to work with them. Being shown by Laetitia her sea shells and their abilities. Being guided with doing a sea spell with a mermaid sea purse. Then in the evening going to a beach and building a fire and being guided with your sea spell. Found the whole experience really interesting. Can’t wait to go to a beach and start looking for sea shells seaweed etc. And start doing more work with the sea. Learnt so much. Cassandra and Laetitia are excellent in what they do with their workshops. Awesome day.” P.O.
“We had a wonderful workshop with these two women yesterday. Cassandra and Laetitia are Village Wisewomen by profession, healers, and “followers of the old ways. Thank you, Laetitia and Cassandra, for a wonderful Sea Magic workshop. No matter how long we study and follow the natural path of spirituality, you have the amazing ability to give us our next step. We are filled with respect for the sea and her magical creatures and we are filled with appreciation for you.” K.H.S. P.S.

Sea Enchantment and Divination Workshop July 2018

Sea Magic Workshop 2

The weather in Cornwall has been fabulous, we have had constant tropical temperatures and sunshine for over a month now.
This weekend we welcomed a group of four people to our workshop. Two have attended workshops before, one had consulted us in the past for a reading and the other we met for the first time.
During out introduction evening, it is intriguing to listen to each person relate their life story and spiritual journey. This leads on to discussions of many spiritual subjects and at times these conversations can divert onto others. When this happens we gently guide it back to the original theme while at the same time we obtain helpful information about our group members.
It was too warm to light a fire in the hearth, so we lit additional candles on the threshold of the fireplace.
On Saturday I prepared the hearth and for this particular workshop I have the pleasurable task of searching through my sea shell collection in two large glass containers for various types of shells, pebbles etc. for discussion.
I was observed by Clutterbuck who reacts to the sound of clattering shells and knows that work is afoot when the hearth is prepared.
Cassandra took the group ‘back to basics’ on this occasion due to discussions from the previous evening and she explained the ‘four powers of the witch’.
The group were also given an exercise for focusing the mind. This exercise provides insight about each member of the group while observing the way they work and their reactions to it.



After this exercise they were each given a Tarot card to study and the opportunity to relate to the group what they see within the card rather than the meanings they may have read in Tarot books. This exercised their powers of observation and once again gave insight as to their development.
The group members were eager for the Sea Sorcery part of the workshop. We discussed the history of sea witchery, how they utilise the elements in their work as well as the hidden and unpredictable powers of sea spirits.

The group were fascinated by the discussion on shore life and the vast variety of sea shells, their uses around the home, worn by people as adornments and in charms and spells. I passed some of the shells around so each person can feel their energy and the ones that may resonate with them.

I introduced the concept of ‘mermaid’s purses’  ( cases for dogfish eggs) and how they are useful containers for ‘sigil’ spells.
We also discussed the vast subject of pearls. their production and their magical uses.
The group members were then inspired to begin their own shell collection.
On Saturday evening when the group returned to us they were shown by Cassandra how to construct Sigils. These were used by the group for their personal sea spells. They were given a choice between using a flat oyster shell or mermaids purses. We blessed their spells at the hearth and as the sun began its descent we visited Sennen Cove to work by the sea on a beautiful summer evening. Cassandra built a small fire and one of the group collected some sea water.


While Cassandra tended the fire I took the group out to the sea to connect with the sea spirits before our spell work.

Although they are hard work, the workshops are a pleasure to do and deeply satisfying. We hope that our group members have taken away useful information that will become a part of their spiritual journey along with some wonderful memories of the weekend.


“One of the best workshops I ever had; thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it.” G.B.
“I’ve lived by the sea my whole life and always known it’s power, however this workshop showed me how to connect and give thanks to the spirits of the sea and the meanings of the objects from it to create charms and how these charms were used past & present. Laetitia and Cassandra are incredibly knowledgeable and giving, as were the other group members. It was an amazing workshop, we were blessed with great weather and a new moon. Thank you for an incredible weekend” C.R.
I attended the workshop on Sea Magic and have to say it was amazing. Living inland I never get the chance to do any sea work and have never understood how to use shells, tides. This was all explained by the workshop in the afternoon when Cassandra and Laetitia demonstrated how to make sigils and use them in spells. We were then given insight on the lore of the sea and how to use items found on the beach when spell working. This is my second year attending their workshops and I love them. N.W

Magical Uses of Sea Shells



Sea 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
into a
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
enter it.
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.
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 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.


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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


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  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


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 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


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 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.



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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.



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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)


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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.


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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 cutaway of a nautilus shell shows its chambers and reveals an elegant spiral structure.
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.


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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


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 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.


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 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.



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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.


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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).


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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.


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 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.


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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.


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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.
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