Cowrie Shells - 18 Pcs

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Cowrie Shells - 18 Pcs

Cowrie Shells - 18 Pcs

These cowrie shells are a great symbol of the sea, creation, and the feminine. They are a wonderful aid in creative and mystical crafts. For Santeria: Orishas each own 18 cowrie - Diloggun, and readings are done with 16 shells.

Many centuries ago, cowrie shells became a popular tool in divination ceremonies. These sacred shells are said to be the doorway through which we can access the world of the ancestors, the world that holds infinite knowledge and wisdom and a timeless view we cannot otherwise tap into.

Certain cultures believe that the magic comes from its resemblance to a half-open eye. Other groups see a similarity between the cowrie and female genitalia, and consequently they have become symbolic of fertility.

The shells were tossed onto a table, grass mat, sacred cloth or wooden board and then interpreted based on how they fell. The shaman or priest would infer meanings based on the grouping, position and inclination of the shells. Throwing cowrie shells has long been a practice in insight, and one that is rich in history and tribal tradition.

The shells are known to bring good luck and to protect the spirit of the wearer, and many tribes use them in spiritual ceremonies. They also are a sign of femininity and fertility, with women often wearing them not only to help them conceive, but to help them give birth safely.  Cowrie shells have the energy of an ocean goddess, bringing prosperity and good health.