She Shells

Background on Ocean Oracles.

Elder Mountain Dreaming

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Gypsy Sorcery and Fortune Telling, by Charles Godfrey Leland, 1891

According to J. B. Friedrich, “Symbolik der Natur” the Sea Shell, on account of its being a product of the Sea, or of the all-generating moisture; and much more probably from its shape, is an emblem of woman herself. Being one of the great emblems of productive Nature, or of life and light, and opposed to barrenness, winter or negation, the sea shell was a charm against evil. The gypsies have retained it as a powerful agent for “luck” showing to what a degree they are still influenced by the early symbolism which effectively formed not one but many mythologies. Among the Hungarian Gypsies the virtue or magical power of a sea shell is in proportion to the degree of resemblance of which it possesses.

This association of shells, with the mysterious and magical, is to be found among gypsies…

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