Abalone Smudge Shell
This Abalone Shell is is magical and iridescent.
They are about 5"-6" long.
They are the perfect place to set your smuging wands (sage or palo santo) to cleanse and clear your sacred space and/or crystal collection.
The pastel rainbow colors of the Abalone shells have been used in ritual ceremonies to replenish our souls as well as enhance feelings of peace, beauty, compassion and love. Abalone has been known to soothe the nerves and encourage a calm demeanor, as well as to gently open our psychic and intuitive connections. It enhances the four C's - communication, cooperation, commitment and compromise - which lead to harmony and balance.
The Abalone shell has been tossed and turned in the ebb and flow of the ocean for many years. Through this process, its true beauty shines through. The Abalone shell is a perfect gift for those who have survived traumatic experiences, to let them know that while they may have been tossed and turned themselves, in the end, their true beauty shines for all to see.
Physically, Abalone shell strengthens the immune system, energizes the body and aides in the assimilation of proteins. It can also benefit athletes by increasing strength and stamina.
The shell of abalone is extremely durable. Tribes native to the North American west coast used abalone shells as currency. Today in South Africa, abalone is still highly sought after, and their shells, which are known to have an especially colorful iridescence, are very valuable. While the North American west coast and South Africa are the two main sources for abalone, they can also be found along the coasts of New Zealand, Australia and Japan.
“Smudging” is a powerful cleansing ritual used by many native traditions around the world. The burning of certain herbs such as sage has been used for centuries for emotional, psychic, and spiritual purification or as a blessing for a person in need. Many people use it for cleansing negative energies and creating a sense of peace and harmony in the body, an object as well as in the home or space around you. When energy is not cleared, it can become stagnant and build up to make a place or thing feel heavy. A crystal, for example, can hold energy from previous owners, so whenever working with new crystals, it is best to release that past energy, and start fresh with your own. Using a smudging stick is a simple and fast way to clear old stagnant energy and invite positive new energy into a space. This will help you manifest your own intentions with working with your crystals. Smudge sticks are most commonly made of sage. Sage is used to evacuate the negative energies, spirits and influences.
HOW TO: Carefully light your smudging stick and fan it gently with your hand or a feather to smolder and give off smoke (you do NOT want it to stay lit on fire). To me smudging has a quality of sacredness, presence, and mindfulness. I make time to be mindful during my smudging ritual, create a space of quiet and intention. It is common to pray during this time. I personally like to ask the Divine to help clear the energy of the crystals to be smudged for the highest good of all concerned. Then slowly pass the crystal through the smoke several times. Do this for each crystal you wish to smudge clear of unwanted energies. Envision the negative and unwanted energies leaving through the smoke. Also, if there is an emotion or experience that has been negatively impacting you, visualize the smoke carrying away any anxiety, depression, grief, energetic blockages, negative thought patterns, etc. Don’t rush the smudging ritual-- allow yourself the ability to be healed by nature. You may repeat this smudging technique as many times and as often as you like. Smudging wand can stay in abalone shell in between burnings.
*Caution - Never leave sage or palo santo burning unattended.