10 Creative Uses for Driftwood: A Sea Witches Toolkit

Sea Blessings My Fellow Beachcombers, 

Did you know? That driftwood is not only found in the sea! But also rivers, lakes, estuary, waterfalls and any form of moving water. Many of the items mentioned here are related to sea driftwood, but you can cleanse other driftwood with a salt bath!

Floods and storms often leave behind the best driftwood, so no excuses! Get out there in the winter months to find some! 

But why is driftwood in my sea witches toolkit?

Just think about it. 

Driftwood encompasses a double whammy of elemental energy, both from the earth and the sea. It has been cleansed and re-shaped by the sea, filling it with tremendous energy, causing it to be a fabulous item for every witch! 

Driftwood is no longer the same as when it was part of the original tree. When its roots are released from the ground, it still retains some of the magickal properties of the tree but gets transformed by the water into its own representation. On its journey, it absorbs the mineral and energies of the sea and loses some of its original qualities. 

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Driftwood is free to float on the waves travelling the world. It is lightened by the sun, hardened by the salt, and smoothed by the sand. This extreme process is similar to the death of the old and re-birth into something new with a unique purpose. 

Driftwood Magickal Properties:

Due to this process driftwood represents: Letting go of the old, acceptance, transformation, purification, inner journey, great for shadow work and surrendering to the truth. Also looking underneath your ego and into your more vulnerable core state. It helps strip away the layers for deep reflection to allow your true light to be seen. 

Also, driftwood is a conduit to water and the sea. Hope, endurance, empowerment, reincarnation, helps strengthen spells, the manifestation of dreams, renews your energy and refreshes with the power of the sea. Driftwood teaches us patience and faith that you will get to where you are meant to be, just like the driftwood drifts in the ocean until it reaches the shore. You too will get there. 

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Now onto the 10 creative uses for driftwood!

 ⇝ Driftwood can be used to grant wishes. Take an appropriate piece of driftwood, carve with a knife your wish. Then throw the driftwood into the sea, imploring it to grant your wish. Some you can even slip a piece of paper inside!

 ⇝ How about making a shell wind chime, by hanging shells off the piece of driftwood.

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 ⇝ Use as a drying rack for herbs, just tie pieces of string off a stick of driftwood to attach your herbs too. 

 ⇝  Carve symbols for an interesting altarpiece, paint seaside deities on the wood for your altar.  To all my Norse witches out there, the first man and woman were made out of driftwood, by Odin, Vili and Ve. Who knew! 

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 ⇝   Make a Neptune wand, surging with the power of the sea – With a sea glass point, shells for decoration, and seagull feathers too. Even burn sigils into the side of the wand for decoration!

   ⇝ Drill holes into the wood, to create a modern seaside themed candleholder! I love the look of three in a row if you can discover a piece of driftwood big enough.

 ⇝  Make a driftwood stand for your altar to hold your crystals or to hang on the wall!  

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  ⇝ Empower a driftwood talisman! This wood has been hardened by the constant crashing waves on the shoreline, it has been through calm seas and terrifically wonderful thunderstorms, all of this produces a powerful ingredient to making a strong talisman. Especially for transformational change, anti-anxiety or strength spells. 

 ⇝ Fish Sign! Place a blessing on a flat piece of driftwood, with your fishes name painted on it, to help your fish to be healthy and happy. Place this behind their tank to see it through the glass. Add a little magick and decoration!

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 ⇝ Let it go spell – To help you gradually let something go, write on a piece of driftwood what it is, count three waves, one each for the past present and third for the future, throw it into the sea on this one and watch it slowly go to the shore, then back out again until it gradually gets taken into the depth of the sea.  

 ⇝  Driftwood is a powerful conductor of energy, therefore it’s perfect to make a ‘crystal grid’! Arrange the pieces into a pattern that resonates with you and feel the energy flow! 

Sea Witch Tip – Once on land, due to the high salt content, driftwood can dry out. Make sure you dry out the driftwood fully before using it. And allow for any shrinkage! You can also varnish or wax to help bring out the wood grain. 

Now your ready to pick up that driftwood and make some magick! Where will you begin? Let me know if my article has inspired you! 

Beach vibes and love,

Faithy xx 

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Beach Finds! Crab Shell Powder: A Sea Witches Toolkit 

Hello Wondrous Witches and Wild Ones, 

Do you make your own crab shell powder? Hands up!

One of the perks of being a sea witch is the great ingredients you find literally lying around on the beach! I will write a few blog posts on some of my favourite Must Haves in a sea witches toolkit! Including seaweed, sea glass, crab shell powder, driftwood and flint! So keep an eye out on my blog for these posts over the next few months.  

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I have cleaned, and dried out this crab shell and have started to break it up. It amazes me how delicate and thin these shells go once they have been dried out. But why does a witch need crab shell powder in their collection?

As crabs walk backwards, their main use is to reverse energies. Be it to reverse a bad luck streak, send things back to sender, or to break curses and slander. 

Here are 10 other uses of crab shell powder I’ve come up with:

🦀 Deflecting negative energy be it of a person or within the home.

🦀 To cleanse and protect – Dust crab powder on your feet or body. I like to use a feather to waft the powder over me. 

🦀 Anoint and sprinkle crab powder on a black candle to return gossip and slander. Place the black candle on top of a mirror, or aluminium foil to enhance reflecting the energy back. 

🦀 Add into a protective witch ball to hang on your Yule tree to protect your house and who lives there throughout the winter months. 

🦀 Sprinkle onto a photo of a loved one to protect from harm (place in an envelope first, and seal for as long as they need protection). This can also be used this way if they are having a bad time or lots of bad luck. 

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 🦀 To reverse bad luck, engrave the name of the person onto a candle. Light the candle and sprinkle the crab shell powder in a circle anti-clockwise around it. Whilst saying your reversal incantation. 

🦀 Perfect, to include into a cord-cutting spell. Not only does it deflect emotional ties but the claw of crabs are sharp so represent cutting the bind. 

🦀 Renewal and rebirth magick – Crabs shed their shells when they grow. But note this makes them vulnerable while going through change. 

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🦀 Just like the crab in shadow work, you have to swim deep into your inner mind to uncover your creative side and magickal muse.

🦀 You can use the whole crab shell as a base to melt your candle wax into when doing candle work. 

☛ Crab powder does not burn well as incense, so avoid using it this way.  And it smells!

☛ Black pepper is a great ingredient that goes well with crab shell powder! 

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☛ In reversing spells, you can deploy the spell by burning the powder, throwing it, or sending it in water when the sea or stream runs away from where you live. Or dispose of crab powder on a crossroad. 

Let me know below what spells you have used crab shell power in? Comments welcome below! 

May you find many crab shells, may the sea gift you with many crab shells

Faithy xx

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Seaweed Magickal Properties: 11 Practical Tips From a Sea Witch

Part 7: Sea Witch Series!

RED SEAWEED POEM

Curly poppers and arms apart,

Depths of red for this luxury heart,

Nothing compares to this colour chart,

Show me your magick, conjure your power spark, secret bestowed in part,

So I can use it in my art,

Boil them, dry them or turn them around,

This witch is ready to make something profound!   – The Sea Witch Poet 2021 

Hello Fellow Witches!

I’m sitting here, with the sun shining on my face, the seagulls calling to one another and with the sound of the seagulls in the background when one flew overhead and dropped a piece of seaweed right into my lap! That got me thinking, how can I incorporate seaweed into my craft? So I did a little research and have come up with 11 ways you can use this wonderful ingredient in your magickal workings.

But first, let’s look at the magickal properties of seaweed:

Seaweed is an algae, not a plant as commonly thought. It is known by witches as being called ‘Lady’s tree’. Seaweed represents good luck, abundance and prosperity. Seaweed is a type of herb from the sea, associated with the element of water and the moon!

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This beautiful gift from the sea has many magickal uses. There are a lot of different varieties of seaweed with different properties but I will give a general overview of how to use this over-looked special ingredient. 

Let’s jump right into 11 ways you can use seaweed:

❂ Seaweed is a powerful connector between the land and the sea, which makes it perfect for calling the spirits of the sea to assist you in your workings. Simply twirling in a circle with seaweed outstretched can do this, placing the seaweed back into the shore tide or you can carefully burn dried seaweed to invoke the spirits. Water spirits you can call include; nymphs, mermaids, gods and goddesses of the sea, elemental water undines, or even to summon the wind! By whirling a long piece of seaweed over your head clockwise, or whistling and calling the wind gods but be careful as this can also create a storm!

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❂ To attract money, carry a piece of seaweed with you, in a purse or wallet.

❂ For shops or businesses, seaweed can be used to attract customers and abundance by rubbing it on furniture and items in the shop. 

❂ Seaweed is often added to black salt and holy water, adding a stronger banishing element to these. 

❂ Seaweed is made of the sea, it is pure like salt and cannot be tainted. Therefore, it can be used to repel evil spirits, remove negativity, or change bad luck. 

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❂ Carrying seaweed can assist sailors in having a safe journey. If you go on any boat trips, don’t forget to take some with you too as a talisman! 

❂ In folk magic, a jar filled with seaweed and whiskey placed on a windowsill, is meant to bring good luck and a steady flow of money in business. 

❂ Braided seaweed was placed on staff’s in shamanic magick to ward off demonic evil spirits. 

❂ Add seaweed plant pots or the garden to encourage fertility and protection.

❂  Use seaweed tea blends for its healing properties, as it has a lot of medical uses from regulating underactive thyroids to arthritis joint pain. 

❂ And finally, seaweed is thought to increase psychic abilities!   

Astonishing, isn’t it? All the things you can do with seaweed. Go forth and try these ideas out for yourself! 

Do you have sea witch tips of your own? Share your ideas with me in the comments below!

Sea and Sparkles, Faithy xx  

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Book of Tides: 22 Unique Must-Haves for Every Sea Witches Grimoire! 

Sea Witch Series: Part 6

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Tidal Greetings, my Sea Nymphs! 

Every witch knows that it’s helpful to have a grimoire or book of shadows to keep all the important stuff in! But as a sea witch, what do you put in yours? I’m writing this post for you,  with some unique and interesting suggestions for what to include! These ideas are my personal Book of Tides! Before we get to the good part, let’s look at what a book of tides is:  

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Book of Shadows Vs Book of Tides: 

A book of shadows is the traditional name for a witches book of information or also called a grimoire. This is where you put your personal ideas, thoughts and spells into a book. The original idea is so that your knowledge is passed onto your next generation or shared with your coven. And also a place to store your magickal workings and findings. 

How is a book of tides different? A book of tides is essentially the same, except for one big difference. It is specifically related to sea magick! Similar to having a dream journal, this book is focused on your area of power and to which calls to you the most; the sea.

Ready to declare yourself a sea witch!? Start by naming your book, a Book of Tides! Make a dedication to your chosen path and follow it well!  

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Don’t know where to start in your brand new unused book? Are the blank pages just staring at you? This struggle is real. The pressure over it being perfect, not making a mistake in your book and making it look witchy is intense! Ignore all of that, it’s YOUR book, create it how you like! If you have ever seen the witches of old’s grimoires writing, it is crazy unreadable scribbles, in secret codes, and they were used as messy notebooks. Not something which has to be perfect, always choose practical over perfection when it comes to your Book of Tides!

To suit the type of magick we practice, and to help you start creating your own Book of Tides: Here are my top 22 must-haves!  

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Top 22 Must-Haves in your Book of Tides: 

🌊 Tidal Meanings

🌊 Moon Cycles

🌊 Sea Blessings

🌊 Sea Magickal Ingredients and Properties  

🌊 Storm Magick

🌊 Identify Poisonous and Edible Seaweeds (Always take a professional class on this, not something you want to get wrong! Its good to know what ingredients you are touching and using for safety reasons).

🌊 Sea Deities and Sea Spirits!

🌊 Beach Elements

🌊 Simple Beach Spells 

🌊 Divination Tools (rock runes, shell pendulum etc)

🌊 Dedicate a page for each of the seasons, and how these and what you find on the beach or can do changes with each one.

🌊 Create a vision board in your book about the type of witch you are and want to become.

🌊 Sun and Moon Rituals

🌊 Use seawater and watercolours to create sigils in your book

🌊 Seaweed dyes for writing, make your own ink!

🌊 Sea Witches Powders e.g. cuttlefish or seaweed, to name a few!

🌊 Gather Local Fisherman Stories, Myths, and Folklore. 

🌊 Sea Animals and Beach Creatures List.

🌊 Draw a Shell Mandela in your book.

🌊 Sitting on the beach, create a gratitude list of what you are grateful for on the beach. 

🌊 Make a List of beaches you would like to visit and what witchy finds you can collect there. Source those ingredients! 

🌊 Create your own terminology! A code only you know, and create a glossary of it in your book. 

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Phew, that’s a long list, but hopefully, it’ll help you with some unique ideas of what to add to your book! Have fun with it, connect it to who you are and your own quirky witchin style! So what are you waiting for? Grab that pen and get going! No excuses now.  

Struggling to make time to fill out your book of tides? Social media can wait! Why not block out an hour of your day to focus on some self-love and spiritual care by writing in your book 🙂 Or take the time to visit the sea, feel the spiritual calmness it brings, the positive restorative power and see how it inspires you! You deserve a break!

Over to you now….

Do you know any other great ideas to add to your book of tides? Leave your comments below and don’t forget to subscribe to my blog for more sea witch information! 

May your water and waves be strong, Faithy xx 

The Secrets of Sand: Sea Witchery Tips, Magickal Properties and Beach Magick

Part 5: Sea Witch Series! 

It’s all about sand!

Master the ways of being a sea witch by discovering the magickal properties of sand and how you can use it! Are you ready? 

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Why is sand so important to a sea witch? You may be thinking. Not only is it in abundance on most beaches, but it also represents the four elements! Earth, the stones sand is made from. Water, which created the sand by grinding it in the powerful sea waves. Air, being moved and blown across the beach.  Fire, sitting under the suns energy, absorbing it day after day. These elements are all a constant with the life of the beach, making each item collected blessed by them, imbued with its power. 

Still not convinced it’s the ingredient for you? Let’s take a look at the properties of sand! 

Magickal Properties of Sand  

Sand has a strong connection to the sea,  representing protection and purification. It is also good in spells working with any type of change, after all, sand is a new form of which the shells and rocks once were. It can reduce your fear or anxiety. As it has transformed through the constant beating of the sea, it helps in motivation, resistance, longevity or strength spells. 

Not only that! Sand can be combined with other ingredients. Mixing sand and seaweed represents: fertility, the ocean, birth, beauty, youth and a fresh start. 

And that’s not all! Sand can be mixed with salt to create a powerful boost to any spell. Also for cleansing, warding and protection. 

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You are more likely to see sandy parts of the beach at low tide and in calmer seas. Collecting it then can influence its properties, making it a great ingredient for calming, relaxing sleep spells.  

Sand Tips – Sand absorbs water and moisture easily, so once dried, store it in an airtight container until you are ready to use it! 

Sand: 14 Magickal Uses:

  • In a witch bottle filled with shells, sand and ocean water to protect from psychic attacks. 
  • Draw a sigil into the sand to assist with change or transformation. 
  • Use in spells to enhance lasting bonds with your pets.
  • Great for resisting temptation spells.
  • It can be used as an offering to deities or back to nature to say thank you. 
  • Banishing / Letting Go – Write in the sand the name or thing you wish to let go of, count three waves past, present and future, on the future scoop up the sand including the name and throw it into the sea. or you can just sit and watch the words float away in the sand as the tide comes in. 
  • Use sand as the base of any spells, to give it a boost and to include all the elements. 
  • Beach sand can be used to connect you to your homeland if you travel or are going away. 
  • Created your own sigil? Draw it in the sand! This is a way for you to activate your sigil and send your wish out into the universe! 
  • Create a peace charm with a small bottle of sand and small shells on a cord, this will help create peace all around you throughout the day. 
  • Place your hands into a bowl of sand while meditating to bring focus and grounding energy. 
  • It can be used to cast a circle.
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Sand Tips – Gathering sand from the beach, in the summer months is easier, as it takes a while to dry naturally. I always collect a few bags worth to keep me going throughout the winter! Sand can be clumpy depending on your area, so once it’s dry, you can then sieve the sand to make it finer. Ask the earth beforehand for this gift, and give back by collecting some beach litter as you are there. 

The beach is a powerful place as it’s where all four elements meet and are represented, sand also reflects this. Making it a diverse ingredient to any witches tool kit! Has this post convinced you yet? 

Do you use sand in your practice? If so let me know how!? 

Sand and Sunshine, Faithy xx

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A Sea Witches Black Salt: 10 Magickal Uses

Part 4: Sea Witch Series!  

Ever wondered what to do with that big bottle of black salt, sitting at the back of your cupboard? Well, here’s your answer!

Off we go! Straight into the common properties of black salt and then onto the 10 magickal uses of black salt. That’s the bit you’re waiting for, right? 

But note: You need to make your own black salt, sea witch style first! See my previous post for the recipe as to how!

➼ How to Use Black Salt:

It is well known in the witching community that one of the main uses of black salt is protection, predominantly boundary protection around the home. There is the darker side too, for hexes and curses. And on the lighter side, it is fantastic at repelling negativity. Awakening intentions from black salt can be used for good not just commonly known for curses. But here are a few unique uses for black salt you may not have heard of: 

❶ Meditation Focus – It’s great to have in a bowl in front of you while meditating as it holds the sea’s energy within it, which can help you focus and remain calm. To do this hold your hands over the top of the bowl or bury your fingertips deep within it to feel the connection deeper. Invoke protection when going into your meditated trance. 

❷ Add to a small bottle or necklace to wear when you need to dispel negative energy. Got a negative friend? Or a family member? This is a great time to wear it! 

❸ Divination – Sprinkle the black salt into a bowl of water to transform it into a window for scrying, the dark colour will mix in. Some of the charcoal elements will float on top of the water, while the sand will sink to the bottom giving the scrying bowl layers to gaze into.  

❹  Representation Magick -Use black salt to represent the crone, wise women and third phase of life. If you need advice, incorporate her and black salt into your spell. 

➎ Cinnamon and Black Salt: Are the perfect combination together! They can help protect your heart from heartbreak or from pain after an argument in a relationship. To top it off, it can help smooth things over by removing the negative energy you have expelled, including the bad vibes within the relationship. Yes, it’s true! I bet you know someone who could do with this help right now! 

➏Time for a clear-out and to rearrange your altar? Why not sprinkle black salt on the altar area to cleanse and purify it of previous magickal energy and to be fresh for your new altar and castings! You can also sprinkle it on tools that you wish to reuse too.  

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Witchy Tip – Black Salt Warning – Black salt purifies areas but can absorb a lot of negativity too. Always dispose of black salt if you have used it and never reuse black salt! Or you will be taking the negative energy with you if you do. 

➐ Mental Blocks – Are you having a block at work? Or that essay your writing? Or generally in life!? No worries, black salt to the rescue! Just sprinkle some on top of a T-light candle or even anoint a candle with your black salt and ignite, watch this mental block melting away as it burns down. You can inscribe into your candle too for extra focus!

➑ Reflective – Place a bowl near the front door or outside the front door. This is so that whoever you invite into your home, their energy is cleansed before they come in. That way they do not bring negativity with them into your home!

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Witchy Tip – Change up salt often! Every full moon – Black salt looks stale or not as fresh when it has absorbed a lot of negativity. You will feel when to change it. I personally like to do this every full moon. 

➒ Charge and Cleanse Crystals – Add your crystals into a bowl to charge and cleanse them. You can add in some of your favourite seashells to include their energy too or put a cover on top to enclose in the cleansing energy.

➓Casting a Circle – I absolutely love using black salt for beach rituals! There is something more magickal about seeing the black salt outline of a circle on golden sand, which gives me the chills. This colour combination makes it seem very strong and powerful. You can feel that the circle is doing its job at keeping out any nasties! 

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Witchy Tip – Disposal – Throw black salt into a moving stream, river or any running water to carry away any negativity it holds. This also dispels negativity and breaks it up safely. 

In a nutshell, you have now learnt 10 different ways to use black salt in your practices! But the bottom line is that there are endless possibilities for using black salt, you just have to get creative!

How do you use black salt in your practice? Share your black salt uses below! 

Love and knowledge, Faithy xx    

Master the Art of Making Black Salt: Sea Witch Style!

Part 3: Sea Witch Series!

Moon Blessings, my Ocean Tidings! Your trusty sea priestess here with a new post on how to make and use sea witches black salt! Get ready for some quirky tips and advice! 

➼ First, What is black salt?

Black salt is also called ‘witches salt’ or ‘ San Negro’ in some cultures. Traditionally black salt is used in hexing and cursing, but it is more commonly used nowadays in protection and cleansing magick. Black salt was also used for binding work in folk magick, but other uses include: dispelling negativity, spell removal, purifying and changing the power in reversal spells too. There are hundreds of versions of recipes for black salt, everyone adjusts the basic recipe to make their own unique mix! The basic ingredients involve: Salt, something burnt, and something black. 

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Let us jump right in now with the recipes! I have given you two sea witch recipes, an easy quick one and a more authentic sea witchy one! So what are you waiting for, don’t just sit there, go make some black salt sea witch style! 

➼ (How to make) A sea witches recipe:

Easy Peasy Recipe:

๏ Charcoal, coal or, both!

๏ Burnt Match Sticks – Light on the beach and then put them out by burying them in the sand.

๏ Incense Ashes – Sea Breeze (coconut, honey, cinnamon), Peppermint Smells (lavender, peppermint, rosemary), lemongrass, or a fresh or salty incense. 

๏ Pure Sea Salt or Himalayan Salt 

๏ Black Pepper – Add a bit of spice and a protection kick too!

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 ➛Charcoal – When beachcombing in the summer, you tend to find people have a lot of disposable BBQs, which are often left on the beach but as a sea witch this is to our benefit! The burnt wood charcoal absorbs the seawater, even if it has only been out on the stones for a night. Or if you’re extra lucky, the sea will carry the charcoal out with the tide, then back in again, fully soaking it in the sea’s divine power 🙂 You are also helping to clear the beach of anything unnatural left behind, so a win-win for us and nature! 

 ➛Salt – Many whole food shops sell natural sea salt, you can even buy Cornish sea salt online too! I like to have a mix of both coarse and fine together, about ⅔ course and ⅓ fine. Just so some of the other ingredients can really colour the finer particles, but you need bigger ones so that your black salt is usable without being too messy!

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Witchy Tip – Wear gloves or get ready for black dirty hands!

 ➛Incense Ashes – This wonderful leftover transforms into a completely different substance once burnt, it not only represents air but also fire is used to burn it, earth as the materials it’s made of and water too! By using water-associated smells, as mentioned above, this adds an extra water element into the ashes. This energy can be a great anchor for a spell or a particular deity, making it the perfect boost to us in our sea witches black salt! Bonus – It also adds a smoky ash pigment to the salt, adding that extra depth of colour. 

Throw all the ingredients in together, and mix or grind if you are after a finer black salt. Yes, it’s just as simple as that, and voila! You have made your own black salt! If you prefer a less powdery black salt, why not try leaving in some whole charcoal chunks and match stick pieces for that extra witchy look.

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Witchy Tip – Always seal and contain the black salt as soon as you have made it, if it is left open and exposed, it’ll absorb any bad energies around your home,  bringing it to any spell you use it in. Which is a witchy no no! 

More complex recipe but imbued with the sea’s energy: 

If you’re really into the authenticity of the recipe, you can even grind the ingredients with two big beach stones whilst on the beach instead of a mortar and pestle! This will mix in some of the sea air and add the memories of making it on the beach to strengthen the effects of the salt. 

⇴ Evaporate it! – Collect seawater and evaporate it, to authentically collect the sea salt for your black salt! By doing it this way, you increase the amount of sea energy within the salt you use.  

⇴ Dried black seaweed (ground up) – if brought you can soak it in local seawater to add it a bit of a local connection. 

⇴ Sand! – Bulk your mixture out with some added protection by using sand in your mix!

⇴ Driftwood charcoal – Burn a piece of dried driftwood to get your sea witchy charcoal! You can also burn seashells, gather fire pit ashes or use charcoal left from BBQs in the summer. 

⇴ Grind up seashells to add to the mixture, dried cuttlefish bones, dried crab shells, get creative with whatever you find on the beach! If it’s natural and blessed by the sea, it’s worth adding to your black salt! 

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Messy witch? No problem! Dust in any spilled black sea salt with a seagulls feather you have acquired, don’t waste a grain! You can add in parts of seagull feathers too, just trim them into small pieces with scissors. 

Witch Tip – Fill it with energy – You can also for an added punch charge your black salt under a dark moon or whichever charging technique takes your fancy but I prefer a dark moon as I find it fitting with this mixture. 

Have fun with it, try making your own version. You can even combine things locally to you, to add in a deeper connection location element, such as local sand, salt or stones, or even clay or mud! Whatever you find can be added, as long as it’s added for a reason and has the three basic elements to black salt within it, you’re good to go! 

Brilliant, you’ve made the sea witches black salt, now what? See my next blog post for some ideas of how to use this magickal ingredient!  

How do you make black salt? Share your unique and funky black salt recipes below! 

Let your sand sparkle and may the sea roar, Faithy xx

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The Calling of the Sea: 7 Signs you are a Sea Witch!

Part 2: Sea Witch Series! 

As featured in my last post, a sea witch is someone who loves and worships everything about the sea. But how do you know you are a sea witch? With these 7 common traits of a sea witch below! 

Do any of them match you?

Being a sea witch is a lifestyle and belief, it is a way of living and thinking, a strong connection with the sea. As a witch, practicing for over 20 years, I have tried many aspects of magick, yet I didn’t feel fully connected to these areas. But once I found my soul connection to the sea, it felt like home, the place I am meant to be, finally after all the time searching, it just felt right, felt like me 🙂 I hope these signs help you discover who you are, so you too can find your connection and spiritual home. 

==»7 Signs you’re a Sea Witch:

1♦·» Collectormania: – Do you find you have got a bag full of love, magick and wonder; of beach stones, shells and sand!? This is the first sign you’re already on your way towards a sea witch life!

2♦·» Emotions of a Sea Witch: If your emotions are raw and as wild and powerful as the sea, it could mean you are a sea witch! Can your emotions flip in a second like the calm sea can on a summer’s day to a dreadful raging storm?

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3♦·»- Calling Of The Sea – Do you find if you have not visited the sea or any flowing water for a week you start to get itchy feet? Feel the pull and need to go there? Then that’s a big sign you are a sea witch! If you go for a walk and just end up by the sea constantly or have a need, deep in your bones to go to the sea. Congratulations, you are definitely a sea witch! You made it into the sea witch club! 

4♦·»- Feel a Storm Coming? Most people would head inside and close down the hatches, but not you, you would dare to head to the beach to see the thunderstorm clouds rolling in, to dance and celebrate the rain and power of the wind, to gather your energy up and refresh your magick! Whilst collecting some storm water too of course!  

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5♦·»- Lost In The Sands Of Time – Does time stand still when you are on the beach? Do you spend hours watching the waves, in silent contemplation and thought, feeling the connection and rhythm of the sea and her magnificence? Or get absorbed in the wonder of the seaside,  looking for shells, then before you know it four hours have flown by! If this happens to you, it shows your love of the beach, and that your heart is where it’s meant to be, home, by the sea. Your happy place.         

6♦·»-Follow The Moon – Are you often found staring at the moon’s wonder, or follow the moon’s cycles and tide changes? Can you also feel when there is a full moon approaching, or that the tide is about to change? As a sea witch it’s in your blood. You will naturally have a fascination with the moon and be connected to its cycles. 

7♦·»- Cleansing Dip? Oh go on then! – Can you not resist going in the water, even if it’s just putting your feet in the sea? This is a sure fire way to tell you are a sea witch and have a deep connection to the sea! The pull of her power is strong. 

Bonus Signs– Your house ends up scattered with pieces you’ve collected from the beach and ocean, you have a constant salty air / seaweed smell around you from being down the beach so much and if you often work with all the elements on the beach, you’re most definitely on your way to being a sea witch!

As I live close to a beach, I often collect items from them to create magickal things! I will be doing a few posts as part of this Sea Witch Series on the magickal properties of things you can find on the beach. Watch out for my next post, how to make blacksalt, sea witch style!

Did you like this post? Has helped you to realise you’re a sea witch? Share your comments below! 

Love and Light, Faith xx

Cracking the Sea Witch Code: What is a Sea Witch?

Part 1: Sea Witch Series! 

—» Types of Witches

Before we can talk about a sea witch, let’s begin by talking about the different types of witches, this fairly modern concept is where different areas of the craft relate to the type of witch you are. For example: some find their passion is practicing in the garden by growing, digging and nurturing plants and herbs, so we call them a garden witch.

There is a wide range of types of witches, as there are many interesting areas of the craft but here are a few common types of witches:

  • Kitchery Witch – Loves bubbling and brewing in the kitchen! This witch sees food and cooking as a ritual practice, where it fuels us and gives us energy from the universe, consuming food empowered with magick and intent is a way to absorb it. Cooking is very similar to potion and spell work, through mixing ingredients together and measuring out for accuracy. 
  • Hereditary Witch – Someone where witchcraft has always run in the family. The spells, practices and witchy tips have all been passed down through the generations, with each adding knowledge and building up the collection. 
  • Earthy Witch –  Earth witches choose to be devoted to working hand in hand with nature and the earth, they are closely connected to the natural cycles and sense that everything has a spirit and all is connected. Nature always provides, teaches and instructs, as long as it is listened to, which earthy witches do very well. Gardening and growing, plants and herbs,  comes naturally as the earthy witch is in sync with the earth. This skill assists in creating potions and cures for ailments.
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  • Crystally Witch -Crystal witches are always surrounded by crystals, constantly polishing, cleansing and working with the moon. They can name every rock and crystal off by heart, reiki and energy work is their thing. And they have a whole library full of books on crystals and healing. 
  • Cosmical Witch – Into everything to do with astrology, zodiac signs, horoscopes or celestial energy. So if you know the days happenings for an astrology sign other than your own or what the planets are currently aligning, this could be you!
  • Divination Witch – Obsessed with tarot cards? Have too many packs to count? You may be a divination witch! If you are also interested in reading tea leaves, spinning that pendulum, learning I Ching and palmistry, this is the type for you!
  • Boundary Witch – Also called a Hedge witch, because it symbolises jumping the hedge, going between different realms and boundaries. If you can communicate and send messages between the other world, see ghosts, look into the spirit world or have the skill of astral projection, congratulations you are known as a boundary witch! 

—» But, you don’t need to be a type, you can be a bit of everything! Which in fact does have a name, it’s called an eclectic witch, but to me, this is just being a witch! A witch knows and tries a bit of everything, as we love knowledge and there is magic in the everyday things we do! 

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—» Now down to the nitty gritty , SEA WITCHES what are they?

As mentioned above there are many types of witches, relating to how an individual practices the craft and what beliefs they have. 

I class myself as a white sea witch, but what is a sea witch you may ask?

 —» A Sea Witch, is also sometimes called a weather witch or storm witch. They are thought to have a natural ability to control anything water-related, even the weather! A sea witch is someone who involves the tides in their practices and works closely with the moon

Sea witches usually worship the sea and water-related deities. As well as enjoying collecting items to use in their practices from the beach and areas surrounding natural flowing water. (large bodies of water)

Often the energy of thunderstorms is used to charge magickal items such as crystals. 

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Sea witches have a close bond to the sea, often it draws them towards it and the power it holds. You will most likely see a sea witch down the beach, or practicing their magick around some form of water

A sea witch is a protectress of sea creatures, and water ritual expert , who is strong willed, stubborn, emotionally intune and more often than not, a solitary practitioner

It is said that a sea witch smells of the sea, and you will always find sand, shells and stones within her pockets! Could this be you?

Sea Witches Tools: Sea water, sand, shells, stones, seaweed, driftwood, charcoal, anything washed up on the shore from the sea, feathers, fishing netting, salt, bottles, jars of water, starfish, bones, witch ball, candles and herbs. 

Think you may be a sea witch? Check out Part 2 of this series, on the 7 signs you are a sea witch!

Like this post? Or think i’ve missed something out?Feel free to comment below 🙂

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7 Fun Ways to Cast a Circle: A Sea Witches Perspective

Greetings Sea Lovers, you’re in for a treat today!

New to the craft? Finding it a bit confusing? Or just plain old bored of how you regularly cast your circle, If so this post is for you

Your craft should be about playing as well as embracing your gifts, it doesn’t have to be serious and all dark and sombre. It can be fun too! Especially when you are a Sea Witch! 

First, What the heck is casting a circle??

Casting a circle is just that! Literally creating a circle of protection around you with your energy before you do any magickal work, to act as a barrier and a sacred space.  

It can be created physically, visionary or imaginary. 

And, Why do we cast circles? 

To create a protective space, which holds the built up energy for spell work until it’s ready to be released. 

It also protects you from unwanted energies, which can upset the positive energy of your spell or ritual work.

Without a circle: Your spell may not be as focused as it could be, making it less effective as it can be. 

A few simple ways to cast a circle is: with a circle of candles, using your mind, a traditional salt circle or calling on the elements. 

But wait, How do you uncast a circle?

Simple! You just do the opposite or reverse of what you did to cast it! If you cast a circle by sweeping the ground with a broom clockwise, do this in reverse to close the circle by walking backwards and sweeping anti-clockwise. 

Now the exciting bit! The 7 fun ways to cast a circle, Here we go:

🌀 Wham! Find a large stone boulder, at low tide to stand on and cast your spell off into the sea with your loudest voice, command your spell out for all to hear, don’t be shy, show the ocean some of your sass!

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🌀 Pow! Standing in the sea at the edge of the shore, with your foot or hand, swirl around the seawater around you to make your stand of where you want your magickal space to be, you can even immerse yourself in the water or sit down once the circle is cast, who says you have to cast a circle on dry land!

🌀 Zap! If you come across a piece of driftwood, perfect! Get a scribbling in the sand with it to mark out your circle. Or why not try a seaweed circle! Poke the end of the seaweed in the sand, in the middle of your circle, and take the longest bit and draw around creating the perfectly shaped circle you have even seen, smart hey!?

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🌀 Bam! Combine with a bit of air magick! Blow sand in a circle from the palm of your hand. Kinda like a ‘bless a circle’ effect! Or even use the power of the sea by spinning around on dry sand, with a container of sea water to create the circle,  while singing or chanting.

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🌀 Oooo! Sandcastle circle! Yes you heard me right! Everyone loves making a sandcastle don’t they? This can also be done by stacking up stones on a stoney beach, or even at home if you have collected some! Ideal for inside or out!

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🌀 Wheeee! Dance in the sand barefoot! Your footprints will make a physical imprint of a circle around a certain area in the sand, and by dancing you raise your own positive energy up ready to be used in the magick you are performing! Give it a go!

🌀 Bang! Drumming up a circle! I love using a small drum to help me to raise energy before any magickal workings. But why not take two stones and clap them together to mimic a drum sound, raise that energy girl! (or go guy!) Clap them good!.

More common ideas: Create a circle with shells, stones, driftwood, or feathers.  

Collect driftwood and create a stick pentagram, stand inside to cast your net of magick. Or if you’re on a beach with stones, why not dig a hole big enough for you to stand or sit inside to be your magickal ditch! 

Do you cast a circle before any magickal work? If not , why not? I’d love to hear your thoughts and get another perspective! 

Like this post? Come connect with me on instragram!  @witchinsmall

May your circles remain strong, Faithy xx

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