Divination Toolkit: Conchomancy

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Greetings beloveds,

I hope you are having a fantastic week! Conchomancy is the practice of performing divination through seashells. A form of divination that appears in many cultures, I first heard about conchomancy through Afro-Caribbean and Yoruba cultures through reading the cowrie shells.  Though only certain people are allowed to read the shells, this is done by entering a state of connection with the divine then asking a question or for information regarding a specific person, group, or situation. Then shells are handled per the rules of one’s practice. The shells are then thrown or dropped after which they are read depending on how they are arranged when they fall.

It may serve you to study conchomancy.  You can begin your journey through finding someone locally who can teach you how to read the shells. Or you may find that you are guided to create your own way of reading the shells. If so connect with your guides and follow your intuition. If that is not your desire or the practice is closed to you, here’s a list of resources online to look into.

Ocean Oracle: Seashell Divination and Conchomancy Book

A fantastic guide and post can be found here at Seastars Blog

A book excerpt on reading cowrie shells

Introduction to Seashell Divination by Migene Gonzalez-Wippler

If you read seashells what are your favorite resources? How did you come to use this practice?

I will be exploring this form of divination over the next season so I hope to be able to share some of what I learn during this time with you all.

Here’s to growth and expansion,


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