The Cat’s Eye or Shiva’s Eye?

Reclaiming the Operculum On the last new moon I went to a gem and mineral show that I try to catch every year if I can. I was unwell for most of Labor Day weekend and was very glad to make it to the last day of the show, and appreciated that that fell on…

The Egg Cowrie – Pisces New Moon Oracle Message

This new moon’s oracle message doesn’t come from a Tarot or oracle deck. While I, like many modern pagans and magic practitioners, own several different decks, none of them felt right to use to gain an intuitive message from this Piscean new moon. As much as I appreciate printed decks and cartomancy, I find myself…

Conchomancy: Scotch bonnet, the Pioneer

The Scotch bonnet shell came to me unexpectedly this past summer, in a little bundle of shells that I bought from, of all places, Michael’s craft store. I had chosen this particular bag of shells because it had several perfect moon snail shells, along with a few other good specimens I recognized and wanted to…

Conchomancy: Janthina, the Blind Mystic

Janthina janthina is one of my favorite shells and, to my great delight, not only did I receive an actual Janthina shell from my friend and teacher Michelle Hanson, but other representations of the Janthina keep finding their way to me. This, combined with the natural attraction I have always felt to the shell and…

Conchomancy: Messages from the Sea

There are, probably literally, countless forms of divination throughout the world. While you have undoubtedly at least heard of many, such as Tarot, astrology, crystal gazing and dream interpretation, you may be less familiar with conchomancy – the art of divining with seashells. Just like the myriad spectral crystals that grow deep in Mother Earth’s…