As the name implies, sea witches are believed to be able to control many aspects of nature relating to water, most commonly an ocean or sea. They specialize in water based magic and worship Sea Gods & Goddesses. However, in more modern times, sea witches can also practice witchcraft on or near any source of water: lakes, rivers, bathtubs, or even simply a bowl of salt water. Sea witches use witchcraft related to the moon, tides, and the weather, and are believed to have complete control over the seas. The sea witch is able to centre his or her energy by the ocean, as well as use the ocean’s powers to heal, protect, cleanse, draw abundance, and more.
In some folklore, sea witches are described as phantoms or ghosts who have the power to control the fates of ships their passengers. Sea witches often improvise on what they have, rather than making purchases from a store or from another person. Common tools include clam, scallop, or oyster shells in place of bowls or cauldrons. They are beachcombers and collect items including seaweed, fishing net, shells, sea grass, driftwood, pieces of sea glass, and even sand. Driftwood was used as walking sticks and charged as wands. Sea Witch works with what is termed ‘grey magic’ to maintain a balance of light and dark – most are solitary.
ℑ𝔫𝔱𝔦𝔪𝔞𝔠𝔶 𝔴𝔦𝔱𝔥 𝔱𝔥𝔢 𝔖𝔢𝔞
If you’ve chosen to be a sea witch, the first thing you should do is visit the sea on a regular basis. If you don’t live near the sea, then perhaps you live near a bay, lake, river, stream, or other body of water. Identify your local bodies of water and visit them as much as possible. Get to know the water intimately by swimming, boating, kayaking, canoeing, and walking along the shoreline. Each ocean, seashore, and body of water has its own personality. Its own spirits. Its own magic. Make a separate page in your grimoire for each local body of water. Note their characteristics, history, eco-system, etc. Get to know the wildlife in and around this body of water including the aquatic animals, mammals, birds and insects. A sea witch knows the sea and its inhabitants so well he/she will be able to identify each by sight and sound.
To create a relationship with your local bodies of water, give offerings. These should be biodegradable and eco-friendly. Creating a mandala on the beach using seashells, flower petals, and seaweed is one easy way to leave offerings for the spirits of the sea. You can do the same lakeside with branches and pebbles. The time and effort it takes to gather the items and craft a mandala or symbol as an offering will not be frowned upon by your local body of water or the spirits there. Another sea offering could be a cup of local honey or mead poured directly into the ocean. Offerings are the first step in developing a working relationship with the water as a sea witch.
𝔅𝔢𝔞𝔠𝔥𝔠𝔬𝔪𝔟𝔦𝔫𝔤 𝔣𝔬𝔯 𝔱𝔬𝔬𝔩𝔰 𝔞𝔫𝔡 𝔞 𝔖𝔢𝔞 𝔚𝔦𝔱𝔠𝔥𝔢𝔰 𝔄𝔩𝔱𝔞𝔯
A sea witch uses items from the seashore in his or her magic. Walk down the shoreline and let Mother Nature gift you with magical tools and spell ingredients including seashells, coral, driftwood, feathers, seaweed, crab shells, shark’s teeth, hag-stones, bones, seed pods, grasses, sand, etc.
You can do the same at a lake or river. Collect the items presented to you and be sure to thank the ocean/water for its gifts. Place these magical items on your altar to honor the sea or use in spells and rituals. Large shells become bowls and cups. Seagull feathers become smudge fans. Driftwood becomes a sea witch’s wand. A magic circle can be drawn using sand. Add hurricane candles and take a moment to reflect.
Add items that remind you of the sea and bring in the ocean’s energy to your space. Seashells, coral, driftwood, stones, pictures of the ocean, god and goddess statues, vials of sand, bowls and bottles of water are all perfect for a sea witch altar. The altar will help you to focus on your connection with the ocean and gently instill the power of the ocean into your rituals and spells.
Write something on the inside of a sea shell that you want out of your life. It can be a person, and habit or a physical thing. Feel the weight of the shell. Allow all the negative effects of this person, habit or thing wash over you. Recognize the impact on your life. Then, when you are ready, throw the shell in the ocean as hard as you can. Walk away, and don’t look back.
“The ocean heals everything.” Let salt water wash over your wounds, and not just the physical ones. If you are burdened with a recent emotional trauma, carry the weight of it into the water. Feel the power and the majesty of the currents as they unleash your inner strength. The water has a purifying, cleansing effect that can’t be replicated with a bath or shower at home. Ocean water cleanses your aura and removes any negative energetic residue. Cleansing oneself in the ocean is a common practice of a sea witch and should be utilized as much as possible. Immerse yourself in the sea and watch your desires manifest.
Nothing takes you away like the deep, rhythmic white noise of the ocean. Close your eyes and just listen. Try synchronising your breath to the waves.
𝔅𝔩𝔢𝔰𝔰 𝔞 𝔗𝔞𝔩𝔦𝔰𝔪𝔞𝔫
Particularly if you have one that represents the ocean. A bracelet of shells, a necklace with a mermaid pendant, or even just a “watery” stone. While wearing it or holding it, plunge into the wild water and say a blessing. Carry the power of the ocean with you when you leave.
𝔖𝔢𝔞 𝔊𝔬𝔡𝔰 𝔞𝔫𝔡 𝔖𝔭𝔦𝔯𝔦𝔱𝔰
The Celts, Norse, African, and Native American peoples all believed in sea gods and spirits. Choose a local sea god or goddess to work magic with OR let one of the sea gods choose you. Water and sea gods and goddesses from all over the world include: Yemaya, Manannan Mac Lir, Poseidon, Boann, Danu, Dragon Kings of the 4 Seas, Anuket, Sobek, Tefnut, Mami Wata, Triton, Bangputys, Tangaroa, Aegir, Nehalennia, Coventina, Neptune, Morskoi, and Oshun. These are just a few! Don’t forget the sea spirits and water spirits like water nymphs, nix, kelpies, undines, merrows, selkies and merfolk.