I love to collect shells from the beach to make into chimes and charms and as gifts for Hekate. Like the ocean, her call is deep and can be frightening, her power is wild and free, her beauty is in the glistening water.
Hekate, like the ocean, is also comforting, the soft waves caressing the shore as she gently brushes away our tears.
Hekate is often invoked to protect sailors. and standing at the shore, a transitional space in which land and sea meet is a good way in which to connect with her liminal energy.
The Liminal Guardian of water is the amphibious Frog or Toad, a creature associated with Witchcraft and the Devil, as well as with fertility and abundance. The Frog’s call is said to bring the rain, and is a harbinger of a wet and fertile season.
The Bucket Spell
Fill an iron-bound bucket in the sea, and throw the water back. Repeat this twice more and each time as you return the water to the sea say:
“I return to you what is yours
Return to me what is mine”
- Scott Cunningham- Earth Power pg 138
Aphrodite is also associated with the ocean. To bring her blessings wash in the ocean under a full moon, and leave her sea shells in her honour (preferably clam shells).
The ocean and water as an element is associated with the feminine. The ocean and water are associated with mystery and emotion. In many cultures water is associated with purification, and as it is an important life force it is venerated. A cup, chalice or cauldron can also be used to represent water on an altar, and scrying can be done through the use of a cauldron as water is a reflective surface.
It is said that if an evil spirit or vampire is following you, and you jump over a puddle of water or other body of water that the spirit cannot follow you.
I live near a river, which is often contaminated with human junk. The ducks and geese and crabs are the sacred beings which I propitiate through offerings, unfortunately no amount of cleaning up, has made a difference to how others treat this place, and it has often been a sore spot in my heart when I go an visit.
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