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.
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.
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.
⇝ 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!
⇝ 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!
⇝ 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!
⇝ 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,
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