Magical Uses & Meanings of Shells

July 10, 2017 4:53 am Published by

Have some beachy plans coming up? If you do, your sandy keepsake shells may have more meaning than you know. Shells have been used for a multitude of magical and meaningful uses over the years. Shells can make the perfect addition to your altar, help with a Goddess connection, add a powerful punch to spell work, and be used as a tool for enlightenment.

Conch Shell for Awakening & Mermaid Connections


The most iconic of all shells, and for a good reason, is the conch shell and it has been used symbolically by cultures around the world since ancient times.

The conch, or Shankha, is used by Tibetan Buddhists as a call to worship and is shown in the hand of the Hindu God, Vishnu. The sounds created by the conch shell are similar to the sound of AUM, or the sound of the universe, and is said to have an awakening effect just like chanting OM.

Conch shells are often shown in the hands of merpeople, which makes this the perfect shell for summoning some mermaid vibes.

We’ve recently added a new conch shell stamp to our symbol collection, perfect for a sea-inspired charm necklace!

Abalone for Water Element & Psychic Abilities

Abalone shells are often used for housing burning sage. While the use of the abalone shell is useful for catching hot embers from burning herbs, the use goes beyond functionality.

The years spent being formed by water give the abalone shell a strong water element. The addition of the abalone shell with sage burning creates a perfect balance of elements with the earth energy from your herbs, the fire of the lit herbs, the air of the smoke, and the water element from the abalone shell.

Beyond smudging, the variety of colors in an abalone shell lends itself well to the upper chakras (heart, throat, third eye, and crown). Due to its connection with the upper chakras this shell is helpful for stimulating psychic development and intuition.

Cowrie for Femininity and Prosperity

The cowrie shell has connections to femininity for obvious reasons, it’s appearance mimics that of the yoni. Place cowrie shells on your altar or use them in spells for fertility, birth, sexuality and menstruation.

Beyond its feminine ties, the cowrie shell also represents prosperity. This shell was used as a form of currency in parts of Africa and has since been regarded as a symbol of prosperity. Pair some cowries with some green aventurine for a potent prosperity combo!

Cone Shells for Protection

Cone shells come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Their points give it away, but these shells are perfect for protective magic and meaning.

Cone shaped shells are a nice addition for a protective charm bag or can simply be carried in your purse or placed in your house as a symbol of protection.

Scallop Shells for Beauty & Travel

Scallop seashells are associated with love and beauty because of the Goddess Aphrodite. In Botticelli’s famous painting the Birth of Venus, the Goddess is shown being carried from the sea on, what most experts say, is a scallop shell.

Invoke the Goddess Aphrodite for all of your love beauty needs by using these shells in a love spell or wearing the symbol around your neck on one of our charm necklaces.

Magically speaking, scallop shells are also said to represent travel and movement. Help realize your travel goals by adding one of these shells to your altar.

If you are doing some beach combing this summer, be sure to never collect sea shells with an animal inside of it, it’s bad luck!

Now, your pile of keepsake shells don’t need to simply sit as decoration or be forgotten about in a box. Put your powerful shells to use or enjoy their symbolism by having them put on a custom piece of jewelry. If you decorate your altar with summertime shells, I would love to see it! Tag @zennedoutjewelry on Instagram!

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About Cassie

Cassie Uhl is the founder and owner of Zenned Out, a jewelry company that handcrafts jewelry with meaning and provides a community that inspires a mindful and spiritual lifestyle. Cassie grew up with a open minded, astrology obsessed grandmother and a father that would take her and her sister star gazing in the wee hours of the night. These experiences shaped Cassie and Zenned Out into what they are today by bringing spirituality and astrology into the forefront. Cassie hopes to give spiritual souls a place to feel at home on the Zenned Out blog and offers handcrafted jewelry with meaningful symbols, powerful gemstones, and mindful quotes to enable people to wear jewelry that aligns with their souls purpose.













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