Approximate Size: 13x10cm
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Abalone shells, also known as Mother of Pearl, are organic gemstones in the same category as amber and pearl. The shell has special meaning in many cultures and has spiritual properties.
The Maori people of New Zealand call abalone Paua. It can be found in the coastal waters off of New Zealand.
Paua shells are usually about five inches and oval-shaped. The Maori people eat the meat of the shell, which is a Maori delicacy. They then use the shell to make jewelry and other special gifts for trading.
The Maori people used this shell in warrior artwork. They would use it as the eyes of these warrior and other demi-God figures.
Contemporary art in New Zealand still incorporates these spiritual shells into their craft.
In some Native American cultures, the shell of the abalone is to burn sage.
They believe the combined spiritual power of abalone and sage would take their messages to their Gods.
The smoke of the sage is used to cleanse evil spirits. This is used in modern-day cleaners also, which we explore later.
There is an Apache story that explains the significance of this shell in their ancient culture.
The Apache nation believes there is a connection between the shell and the first woman - known as White Painted Woman. She is also known as Esdzanadehe or Changing Woman. She survives a flood in the shell of an abalone.
As the floodwaters recede, she walks the land. She is impregnated by the sun and has a son. This son becomes the Killer of Enemies, protecting her from evil.
She is later impregnated by the rain and births the Son of Water. At the end of the White Painted woman's life, she walks east until she finds her young self. The two merge, and in this way, she is born over and over again, through endless generations.
This is why the puberty ceremony for Apache girls - the Sunrise Ceremony, involves the shell of the abalone. It is a symbol of their new womanhood fusing with previous generations of the White Painted Woman.
The shell is a way through which apache girls connect to their spiritual heritage.
They wear the abalone shell on their forehead during the puberty ritual. The abalone power teaches the girls of their spiritual power as women, and their ability to heal, as they 'become a woman'.
The chakras linked to the shell of abalone are the third eye, the crown, and the heart. These are areas linked to intuition, that harmonize with the intuitive properties attached to the shell of the abalone.
Abalone Shell is said to enhance feelings of peace, compassion and love. It has a lovely warm, gentle vibration. It is great in times of tough emotional issues, soothing the nerves and encouraging a calm demeanour.
It is said to gently help open our psychic and intuitive connections.
Abalone Shell is an excellent companion when needing guidance in relationships as it enhances and supports communication, cooperation, commitment and compromise, which in turn lead to harmony and balance. It also helps us to understand both sides of issues by encouraging us to take a moment to stand in the other person’s “shoes”, and thus glean a more objective stand point, which is helpful for both parties.