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Seashell Magick

Long before fancy new-age tools became readily available through specialty shops, our magic-using ancestors turned to nature for their power objects. 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.

Properties

  • Being born of the ocean, shells are strongly associated with the element of water. They are also associated with the moon, which drives 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 life.

Preparation

  • Shells taken from the ocean need little ritual preparation for magical uses; however, if your shells were bought from a store or have been stashed in a box for a while, they may benefit from cleansing and recharging. To do this, place your shells in a bowl of water mixed with sea salt. Set them aside to soak for a day or overnight. Recharge them by setting the bowl in the sun or under the light of the full moon for several hours.


Love

  • One of the main symbols for Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love, is the seashell. Invoke the power of Aphrodite for love spells using shells by wearing seashell jewelry or hair ornaments to attract a mate. Use a hinged seashell with the two parts still attached as a powerful love talisman to keep two lovers together. Write the initials of the lovers on the inside of the shell, one on each side, then seal it shut with glue.


Prosperity

  • Many cultures used shells as a form of currency. Cowrie shells were used in Africa and North America, and 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 money coming to it.

Protection

  • Protection is a shell’s primary purpose in nature, as it is made to keep small, defenseless sea creatures safe from harm. Because of this, shells have strong protective energies. Many cultures in coastal areas use shells in folk magic to protect the 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 collars of your pets will keep them safe should they wander from home.

Particular shells also have their own individual meanings:

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Which Touhou characters you should hug: a guide
  • Reimu: Yes. She works very hard for very little reward and sometimes wonders if she is appreciated enough. Please give her a hug to show her you appreciate her defending Gensokyo. She needs it.
  • Marisa: Yes! Marisa is a wonderful friend and will hug you back with just as much enthusiasm. This will be a good experience.
  • Rumia: No! She may look cute and while hugging her would be a fantastic experience she is a carnivore and this would not end well for you
  • Cirno: Yes! Hug her and call her strong! She is tiny and deserves love.
  • Meiling: Absolutely! She gives big strong bear hugs and is probably a fantastic person to hug, 10/10.
  • Patchouli: Do not! Patchouli does not appreciate her personal space being invaded. Keep to yourself and instead let her know you appreciate her with a polite conversation.
  • Sakuya: Probably not. She has knives and is quiet and mysterious. Potential danger.
  • Remilia: Do not! You would embarrass her and you do not want to deal with her rage!
  • Flandre: DEFINITELY DO NOT!! She deserves lots of hugs but she cannot be gentle! You would die, please do not it's for the best
  • Letty: Yes! She will wrap you in her warm winter clothes and it will feel amazing, would recommend.
  • Chen: ABSOLUTELY!!!! She is a tiny cat and you will not regret it one bit.
  • Alice: Please do not unless she knows you well. Alice is a reclusive person and this would likely startle her.
  • Lunasa, Lyrica and Merlin: Yes!! Go for it! Three in one!
  • Youmu: Yes!! Youmu needs to know that she is doing an incredibly good job! She deserves it!
  • Yuyuko: ABSOLUTELY!!!!!!! She loves you very much and gives the best mom hugs!
  • Ran: YES!!! DO YOU SEE THOSE TAILS??? Y E S
  • Yukari: Maybe. She probably gives good mom hugs too but is also mysterious. Dangerous. Hug with caution
  • Suika: Yes, but be prepared, she is much stronger than she appears!
  • Wriggle: Only if you are alright with the possibility of friendly bugs crawling on you!
  • Mystia: Nope. nope nope nope. she may look tiny but you'll go blind and she'll eat you
  • Keine: Yes!! As long as the moon is not full! Otherwise maybe not she's a little spiky
  • Tewi: Nooooo! She may be fluffy but she is devious!!
  • Reisen: Yes, but slowly and gently! She is an ex-soldier and so you must be cautious.
  • Eirin: Yes!!! She is a kind beautiful grandmother and she loves you
  • Kaguya: Only if you bring her a branch from the jeweled tree of Hourai, the Buddha's stone begging bowl, a fire rat's robe, a jewel from the neck of a dragon, and a swallow's cowry shell
  • Mokou: Yes! Please! She needs one very badly and will appreciate it
  • Maribel: Yes!! But don't be surprised if you wind up somewhere else!
  • Renko: Yes!! if Maribel gets one it's only fair!!
  • Rinnosuke: Yes!! He is very nice and probably lonely in that shop by himself!
  • Fairies of light: Yes!! They are very cute!! But be wary of pranks!
  • Aya: Yes! She may try to sell you a newspaper but overall a good experience!
  • Medicine: YES!!! She's poisonous and you might get a rash but she needs it very badly
  • Yuuka: NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!
  • Komachi: Yes!! she may be a death youkai but she is not scary!
  • Eiki: No. You will be Punished
  • Rei'sen: Please do!! She is soft and nervous and will appreciate this!
  • Watatsuki no Toyohime: Yes!! She seems ok and might share a tasty peach with you!
  • Watatsuki no Yorihime: DO NOT!! YOU WILL BE FORCEFULLY REMOVED
  • Shizuha and Minoriko: YES!!! Say thank you for the seasons and good harvests!!
  • Hina: No! She appreciates you, but does not want you to have to suffer because of her. Stay away!!
  • Nitori: Do not!! She is shy and might not appreciate it. Instead tell her you appreciate her hard work!
  • Momiji: YES ABSOLUTELY!!! DO YOU SEE HOW FLUFFY
  • Sanae: Yes! She does a good job and this will make her happy!
  • Kanako: Do not!! You must show respect!! Donate to her shrine to show you care
  • Suwako: Yes!!!! She doesn't care about donations or worship and will take this happily!!
  • Iku: Wear insulated clothing and you're good
  • Tenshi: Yes!! She just wants friends!
  • Kisume: DON'T!!! she may be tiny and live in a bucket but she'll eat your face
  • Yamame: no!! she's nice but you could get sick. stay away
  • Parsee: DO IT!! she spends her entire life wanting to be loved like other people, please give her one!!
  • Yuugi: YES!! SHE IS BIG AND SHAPED LIKE A FRIEND
  • Satori: ABSOLUTELY! people fear her and so it would mean a lot to know somebody is not afraid of her for who she is!
  • Rin: Hug! Very soft and pettable
  • Utsuho: Do not hug! Very nice but also not very careful!
  • Koishi: Hug!! Please hug! She is extremely cute and it will be an amazing hugging experience, 11/10
  • Nazrin: Yes! She is small and fuzzy
  • Kogasa: ABSOLUTELY DO IT!!! she has been extremely lonely for a long time, she will appreciate this a lot!
  • Ichirin: Yes!!
  • Unzan: YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! FLUFF
  • Minamitsu: Why not?? She's a ghost but you're ok if you're not on a boat
  • Shou: Do!! She is big and fuzzy
  • Byakuren: YES!!!! SHE IS MOM AND LOVES YOU ALL SO MUCH
  • Nue: Don't!!!! Dangerous!
  • Hatate: Please do!! she must be very lonely
  • Kasen: Yes! She is old and wise and very good!
  • Kyouko: ABSOLUTELY!!! HUG HER AND TELL HER SHE DOES AN AMAZING JOB AND IS A GOOD GIRL
  • Yoshika: Spooky but deserving of your love!!
  • Seiga: Nope nope, may seem nice but very wicked, you would be advised to not!!
  • Tojiko: Yes!! Very soft
  • Futo: Yea, doth!!!!
  • Miko: Maybe! She is royalty and must be respected. But she would probably be ok with it!
  • Mamizou: EXTREMELY YES!!!!!!!!! LOOK AT THAT TAIL!!!! PLEASE DO
  • Kosuzu: Please do!! She is very conflicted and needs a friend!!
  • Kokoro: YESSSS!!! SHE IS TRYING SO HARD PLEASE APPRECIATE HER
  • Wakasagihime: May be a little wet but overall a good idea!!
  • Sekibanki: Do not be alarmed if her head comes off! But yes!
  • Kagerou: Also not on the full moon! But otherwise yes!
  • Benben and Yatsuhashi: Yes! They are only babies!! Please give them love!!
  • Seija: NO!!! DO NOT!!! SHE IS BACKWARDS AND WILL DISLIKE THIS
  • Shinmyoumaru: ABSOLUTELY YES!! she is so tiny!!! hug her gently and carefully!
  • Raiko: Yes! She is a strong and wise youkai!!
  • Sumireko: Noooo! She is not good with people and this will most likely make her feel awkward! Instead tell her she is smart and skilled.
  • Seiran: Yes!! Fluffy!
  • Ringo: Yes!! Fluffy!!!
  • Doremy: YES!! FLUFFY!!!
  • Sagume: No!! You are not allowed in the Lunar Capital! You made yorihime mad again!!!
  • Clownpiece: NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NONON ONONON ONONO
  • Junko: Yes! Please!! She needs it very badly she has had a lot of trauma in her life and the more love the better
  • Hecatia: Yes!! Looks like a good mom! Three hugs in one!!
  • Eternity Larva: yes!! but mind her wings, they are delicate!
  • Nemuno: Yes!! Do not mind the cleaver, she is a fantastic mom!!
  • Aunn: YES YES YES SHE's SO FLUFFY
Sea Shell Magick

Sea shell symbolize the element water, love, protection, preparation, peace, and prosperity. 

  • Abalone: Hidden beneath its drab shell lies a beautiful mother-of-pearl. Use this shell in spells when seeking hidden treasures, wealth, and good fortune. It is also often used in love spells, especially self love spells. Amulets made of abalone shells help with affirmations, balancing, and protection. As well as protection from negativity, attraction to creativity, and is often used for meditation and chakra balancing. A whole abalone she can bee used as an incense holder. Abalone is a healing shell. Helps stimulate psychic development. Abalone helps with anxiety, stress, arthritis relief, muscular problems, and heart and digestive system problems.
  • Auger: Used in spells male oriented magic, fertility, courage, power, and to aid in male healing.            
  • Clam: Since Venus was painted coming out of a clam shell, this has been considered a symbol of her. Use this shell when you call on Venus for help. As well as for spells that have to do with purification, friendship and love. 
  • Cockle: This shell is best used in spells for love, friendship, relationships, and emotions.
  • Conch: Can be used for spells that have to do with summoning, lost communication, difficulties in communication, and to aid in clearing misconceptions. As well as power, grace, beauty, nobility, strength, freedom, and forward movement.  
  • Cowries: This shell is used in spells for anything of concern to females. Including menstrual and pregnancy difficulties. Also used for spells that include fertility, prosperity and money.
  • Limpets: Used in spells for courage, confidence, and physical strength. 
  • Moon shell: It can be used for anything lunar related. Also for psychic awareness, purification, and peace.   
  • Murex: Used for protection, defense, and preservation.
  • Nautilus: Used for any mentally related spells. This would include passing your exam, completing all your homework, remain focused, etc.
  • Oyster: Used in spells for banishment, love and good fortune.
  • Sand dollars: Used in wealth spells and wisdom spells. 
  • Scallop: Good all purpose-shells and can be used to replace any shell. Also used in travel and movement spells.
  • Spindle: It is best used in meditations on destiny as well as any spell to do with inspiration. 
  • Whelk: Used in spell to help gain control of the situation. Used for making dramatic, positive changes to your life.                         

May the moonlight your path!

==Moonlight Mystics==

Sources: Seawitch.org, lunasgrimoire.com, seastarsmermaidcove.wordpress.com,   

Sea Shells

Sea shell symbolize the element water, love, protection, preparation, peace, and prosperity.

Abalone: Hidden beneath its drab shell lies a beautiful mother-of-pearl. Use this shell in spells when seeking hidden treasures, wealth, and good fortune. It is also often used in love spells, especially self love spells. Amulets made of abalone shells help with affirmations, balancing, and protection. As well as protection from negativity, attraction to creativity, and is often used for meditation and chakra balancing. A whole abalone she can bee used as an incense holder. Abalone is a healing shell. Helps stimulate psychic development. Abalone helps with anxiety, stress, arthritis relief, muscular problems, and heart and digestive system problems.

Auger: Used in spells male oriented magic, fertility, courage, power, and to aid in male healing.

Clam: Since Venus was painted coming out of a clam shell, this has been considered a symbol of her. Use this shell when you call on Venus for help. As well as for spells that have to do with purification, friendship and love.

Cockle: This shell is best used in spells for love, friendship, relationships, and emotions.

Conch: Can be used for spells that have to do with summoning, lost communication, difficulties in communication, and to aid in clearing misconceptions. As well as power, grace, beauty, nobility, strength, freedom, and forward movement.

Cowries: This shell is used in spells for anything of concern to females. Including menstrual and pregnancy difficulties. Also used for spells that include fertility, prosperity and money.

Limpets: Used in spells for courage, confidence, and physical strength.

Moon shell: It can be used for anything lunar related. Also for psychic awareness, purification, and peace.

Murex: Used for protection, defense, and preservation.

Nautilus: Used for any mentally related spells. This would include passing your exam, completing all your homework, remain focused, etc.

Oyster: Used in spells for banishment, love and good fortune.

Sand dollars: Used in wealth spells and wisdom spells.

Scallop: Good all purpose-shells and can be used to replace any shell. Also used in travel and movement spells.

Spindle: It is best used in meditations on destiny as well as any spell to do with inspiration.

Whelk: Used in spell to help gain control of the situation. Used for making dramatic, positive changes to your life.



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In honor of Coachella first weekend this year, I dressed up to lend my spirit to the cause. Alas, I’ve still never been, but it’s probably for the best….I get anxiety around big crowds of strangers. So my day wasn’t quite as cool as you festival goers (I envy you), but it was still a good day. Went out to eat with friends, stuffed my face with some five guys. Better eating doesn’t start until Monday :P Then we went to see the new Fast & Furious movie. It was awesomely, satisfyingly bad. I was thoroughly entertained. Headed out for dinner now….bonsoir.

Dress: Forever21 believe it or not! Love this dress, but it’s way too long for my stubby little frame, so I pinned it up on one side, which is what gives it the drape-y effect.

Bag: lamodatakeover​ one of my favorite bags in my closet.

Hat: Vintage

Maybe next year I’ll make it out, in the meantime I’ll light one up for all the homies that couldn’t go.

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Latin Witches: Brujos

Latin American countries have always been full of superstitions, magic traditions, and occult and religious societies: from Santería to Palo Mayombe, El Culto a la Santa Muerte, and even remains of Native Shamanism. Latin witches, also called “Brujos”, are famous for their abilities to heal, hex and fortune-telling. They usually work with christian (or Christianized) deities, spirits and prayers. They also see the future in cowrie shells and know how to party and dance like no other witches in the world.

Sea Witch Prosperity Spell Bag

Originally posted by zechs

Made this little bag to keep with me to attract more money.

🐚 Two or three money cowrie shells (these in particular are still used as currency in parts of Africa. 100 shells are equal to one pence) but any type of cowrie shells are fine.
🐚 Green tourmaline chips
🐚 Citrine chips
🐚 Green salt
🐚 Green or gold bag with green or gold ribbon (my wife hand stitched the bags together, focusing on her intent with each stitch)
🐚 Laurel leaf (bay)
🐚 A wee bottle - just something you can fit into a bag
🐚 Green candle

🐚 Green salt can be made by mixing seaweed powder and sea salt together. (I used nori sheets and went nuts in my mortar and pestle until it turns into a fine powder)

🐚 Crumble the laurel into the pre-made green salt and mix in the citrine and tourmaline chips.

🐚 As you breathe in, think or say aloud ‘Bring in money and success’ and exhale any doubt.

🐚 As you breathe and focus the intent, put the mixture into the wee bottle and seal it with the green candle wax.

🐚 After the wax cools, add the bottle and the cowrie shells to your bag and carry it around with you.