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What Is Cowry Shell Divination?

Updated: Apr 26, 2022

Today, I want to share some information with you about this beautiful medicine that was gifted to me by my teacher, Elder Malidoma Somé. Malidoma is a talented medicine man from West Africa. He is a healer of the Dagara people of Burkina Faso and has authored several books.


When you are called to take part of divination, you are saying "yes" to conversing with the Spirits that guide, assist, and protect you daily. This indigenous and ancient form of divination allows me to be a clear voice for all your loving, benevolent and compassionate Spirit Allies.


Divination is a process where you can receive Divine guidance from higher realms of consciousness. Through divination, you can receive information and insights about your life that you normally wouldn’t be able to access.


When it is your turn for divination, my cloth will be spread out between us. You’ll be greeted by a bright and beautiful medicine wheel that I hand painted myself. This cosmological wheel contains five Elements – Fire, Nature, Water, Mineral and Earth. In each session, shells, coins, stones, and other totems are spread out on the cloth.


If we’re divining together, face-to-face, you will be asked to place your dominate hand on the pieces and spin them several times around the cloth. However, if you can’t meet in person, please don’t worry. We can still divine together virtually from anywhere in the World.


If this is the case than I will move the shells around on the cloth for you. When performing long-distance divination sessions, I utilize two cameras. One is pointed at me, so you can see and hear me clearly. The second camera is pointed at the divination cloth and spread so that you can see all the action in real time! Whether we use the Zoom video conference app or conduct your divination session in-person, you’re always invited to record your session so that you can review it as many times as you like.


Once the pieces have settled, the position of each symbol on the cloth will reveal hidden messages and meanings from your Ancestors, Spirit Guides and Otherworldly beings. Each item has a particular story to tell about your life, your gifts, your purpose, your relationships and so much more!


The spread will also suggest to us ways in which you can overcome adversities or move through challenges and transformations in your life with as much ease and grace as possible. Oftentimes, the Ancestors will even prescribe action steps, healing practices or ceremonial rituals that you can partake in to deepen your connection with yourself and all that you are becoming.


I had the honor of sitting in front of my first Cowry Shell Diviner in 2016. I was deeply moved because for the first time in my life, I began to remember why I was here on this planet. This was one of the most important days of my life.


Then, a year later, I sat again with these shells. This time, Malidoma read them for me. And, then again, the following year. Over and over again, as I sat with these shells my life became clearer. Every reading felt like someone propelling me further and deeper into my calling and my life’s purpose. Every moment in front of these shells has revealed some of the greatest gifts and lessons my life has ever received.


When I found out that Malidoma would be training a small group of us, I knew I had to say yes. When I get asked why I said yes, it’s simple… If I can assist even one person in the same way that I’ve been helped by this ancient medicine, it will be more than worth it.


My mission is to hold the hands and hearts of those who have felt lost or broken, of those who have forgotten their way, and to support them in their remembering and their reawakening to their Divine purpose.

This unique form of Cowry Shell Divination is an uplifting and empowering process that I invite you to partake in. There is such a profound gift in having your life’s purpose so explicitly laid out in front of you. If you’re needing a reminder that you are not here by accident; that you have been chosen to be here on this planet for a very specific reason, and that you are not alone, then please consider joining me on the other side of my cloth.



To learn more or to book a private divination session, please visit my website.


I look forward to seeing you here and I can’t wait to see what messages these shells have in store for you!


With love,

Kelsey




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