Intro to Sea Witchcraft

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Intro to Sea Witchcraft
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Through an affinity with water, very vivid and vision-like dreamsand coincidentally a near-drowning experience, over the last several months I've come to realize that I belong among those of the sea witch. Now I'd like to take some time to explain what that means and what in entails.

Sea witches often use water magick - more specifically from the sea but water from any source will do. I'm landlocked which means I have no body of water near me. I have to use the water from inside my home which of course works just fine but water that comes from its natural source (i.e. the ocean, lakes, rivers, creeks, etc. is always better). Sea witches also use Lunar, and weather magick's. In most lore revolving around the sea witch, it is said that she was able to control the weather.

Sea witches were also referred to as sea hags (much like our favorite purple villain with tentacles for legs). Mermaids, siren's, selkie's, they all derive from the term of sea witch. These were thought to be their forms that one would take, and often times their control over the seas could actually help the fishermen with their catches or it would even affect the tides of the ocean.

Sea witches and water witches are very similar, the only difference is the source in which their magick derives. Sea witches have a close connection with the sea specifically. Other sources of water, as I mentioned, will do justly. But the sea is much preferred for those that choose the title of sea witch. I personally don't feel that you have to have an affinity for water, but I do believe it helps tremendously. Even though I almost drowned a few years ago while in Myrtle Beach, I haven't let it stop or hinder my connection and love of the ocean. I just simply have a hard time convincing myself to get in the actual water and swim around.

Water witches were traditionally folk practitioners who used rods to figure out where water sources were or places that you could dig to find water. Their practices have become a bit more modern, in that they use water from every source or often from holy sources and wells that are blessed for healing. There is no real, true difference between the two terms. Sea witches are just really drawn to the sea.

Stones associated with Sea Witches:

  • Aquamarine
  • Abalone
  • Pearl
  • Ocean Jasper
  • Moonstone
  • Larimar

Deities:

  • Poseidon
  • Aphrodite
  • Yemaya
  • Amphitrite

These are only a few, there are more from other pantheon's but these are some of the few I personally work with, and the most common.

Most sea witches use seashells, ocean water, bones from fish and other sea creatures that have washed up and long since passed, sea glass, driftwood, etc. Anything from the sea, really. I personally have just started but I've already delved into making my own sea water and I made a protection potion as well with that same water.

https://www.spellsofmagic.com/view_pic.html?profile=103134&file=%2fpics%2f34%2f103134%2fmini_1550001194%2ejpg

I called it 'Mimicking the Sea'.

Sea witchcraft is not as common as per se, the Wiccan religion. As its everywhere and in almost everything, Wicca gets a ton of recognition. Its difficult to find things that are reliable on the topic of sea witchcraft, but it is there.

Here are some of my sources:

Traditional Witchcraft for the Seashore by Melucine Draco

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sea_witch_(mythology)

www.theoi.com (for the lore on the deities)

Google. I use Google to research everything. I try to look for the .org websites, or at least ones that don't look like rubbish.

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Thank you for this, Ash! It is very informative.

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This is very informative, thank you Ash =)

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I love this Ash , great work!

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This is wonderful and explains this very well. I identify as a sea witch. I am drawn to the water and use elements of the sea in most of my spell work. I also use a rod/staff instead of a typical wand. It came from the great lake.
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Very nice. I like that you really do research. I go to a online pagan school that has a course in this.
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Thank you Ash! This is very helpful!
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Some good reads for those that are interested in learning a bit more about Sea witchcraft.

Sea Magic by Sandra Kynes

Traditional Witchcraft for the Seashore by Melusine Draco

Sea Priestess by Dion Fortune

By Land, Sky & Sea by Gede Parma

Water Witchcraft by AnwynAvalon

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This is a list of crystals commonly associated with sea witchcraft and or water.

  • Amethyst
  • Aqua Aura Quartz
  • Aquamarine, Azurite
  • Moonstone
  • Azurite
  • Blue Calcite
  • Blue Lace Agate
  • Blue (Indigo) Halite/Salt
  • Blue Topaz
  • Celestite
  • Chalcedony
  • Chrysocolla
  • Indicolite (Blue Tourmaline)
  • Lapis Lazuli
  • Moonstone
  • Pearl
  • Pink Tourmaline
  • Sapphire
  • Sea Salt
  • Selenite
  • Sodalite

Also note that abalone, conch and all other seashells may be used in place of any crystal when working with the sea or water.

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Uses for Seaweed

There aren't too many informative posts on this topic, at least from a spiritual perspective, so I've had to dig through mountains of information to find anything on this subject. As I know, personally, seaweed is a delicacy and has been used for centuries through many traditions and belief systems, I really wanted to shed some light on the why's, how's and what's of this delicious herb from the sea.

Magical Uses for Seaweed

  • Offer a piece back to the sea to call upon the elementals.
  • Early Greek sorcerers would whip the seaweed around in circles above their heads to call forth a storm. This practice continued well into the Dark Ages.
  • Braids of it hung outside coastal areas are said to ward off evil spirits/energies.
  • Decorate or wrap boats and ships with it to ensure safe passage.
  • A jar filled with whiskey placed on your kitchen window is said to promote good luck and prosperity in your business.
  • Carry some on you to ward off demons, evil spirits and entities.
  • In Filipino Shamanic traditions, raids of seaweed tied to a staff or hung upon an entrance served as deterrents for goblins, demons, fell-beasts and their ilk.

Health/Healing Properties

  • Seaweed contains Iodine and Tyrosine, which is good for thyroid health.
  • Great source of vitamins and minerals
  • Contains protective antioxidants
  • Contains fiber and polysaccharides that help with gut health.
  • May also help with weight loss and heart disease risk
  • Seaweed can also help aid in various ailments such as: tuberculosis, rheumatism, colds, open wounds and intestinal worms.

Overall, seaweed has so much incredible health benefits, its insane we're only just now becoming advocates for it. Health gurus all over the world are pushing for it to become more mainstream, and there are even dried seaweed snacks being sold all over. With is being a super food, with its antioxidants and healthy fatty acids, the life expectancy is longer and higher for those that eat it regularly, verses those that don't; especially in women.

Sources

the.lady.ash on the amino app (me)

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/benefits-of-seaweed

pochanita.tumblr.com

https://spiritualityhealth.com/articles/2016/11/27/seaweed-and-health

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