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Saturday, April 21, 2018

Elayne Lockhart on Sea Witchery

Hereditary witch Elayne Lockhart writes about one of her fondest past life memories in today's guest post, "Sea Witchery." Although there are dissimilarities between sea witches and the Lady of the Lake and water mages in my Two Realms novella, The Amber Elixir, Lockhart perfectly captures the essence of female water magicians when she says, "The sea witch works with the chaotic forces of nature and often walks the path alone." Viviane, the young Lady of the Lake, would heartily agree.

Sea Witchery
When I think of the Sea Witch, I see her standing upon the cliffs, arms upraised, as she harnesses the power form the waves crashing against the rocks below. Sometimes I see her walking barefoot along the beach, whispering words of magic while the light of a full moon casts a soft glow around her.
She makes use of the things cast up by the sea; shells, hag stones, glass fishing floats, hooks, rope sea glass, fishing net, driftwood, seaweed, bird feathers, as well as using sand and sea water. Her magic is tied tot he tides, the moon, fog, storms and the bright sun. She controls the winds.
Her most powerful spells would be performed during the high tides, while banishing spells would be worked when the tides were ebbing or low.
Weather magic is the domain of the Sea Witch. She could tie up the wind in a rope or handkerchief. Sometimes she would give or sell these to sailors. Sometimes, sailors would bring her a length of rope and ask for favorable winds and a safe journey. She would take the rope and depending on the ships destination, would tie 3 knots into the rope, harnessing the appropriate winds for the journey. When the sea was calm and no wind furled the ship's sails, the sailor could untie one of the knots to release the wind that the Sea Witch had captured there.

She could raise the fog for concealment or to cause ships to wreck upon the rocks. The power of a storm could be channeled into a glass fishing float and later smashed to release the porwer for use in her magic.
If you were to visit her home, you might find wind chimes made from seashells, or strung to make door curtains. Seashells are protective as they once protected the creatures that lived with in them. A hag stone (a stone with a natural hole) may hang from the rafters or from around her neck, another protective amulet.
On her altar, she might have a starfish or sand dollar (pentacle), a piece of driftwood for a wand, shells to hold sand, salt and sea. She may have a glass fishing float to use for scrying and another hag stone for seeing spirits.
A fisherman's net may be draped in one corner or she may wear a shawl in a fishnet pattern. Nets were used to 'tangle' up the energy of another or used to 'capture' a goal.
The Sea Witch works with the chaotic forces of nature and often walks the path alone. Not many choose the path of the Sea Witch today, but you can use some of the ideas in this post to bring a little Sea Witchery into you life.
Copywrite 2015 by Elayne Lockhart

About Elayne Lockhart

Elayne Lockhart was raised in a family of healers, herbalist, psychics, card readers and magic workers. She brings these gifs and talents into everything she does. Elayne’s family has walked the path of the Witch for 140 years. 

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In the Amber Elixir, an Arthurian tale of magic, fairies, shape-shifters, and the quest to win back a forbidden love, readers will meet the Lady of the Lake and Merlin as they have never seen them before, young, impulsive, competitive, and jealous.;

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