Feng Shui and Seashells

The beautiful seashell has it’s place in Feng Shui. Feng Shui is the Chinese art of creating a harmonious environment. It is the idea that the space we live in has an effect on us; emotionally, physically, even spiritually. In Feng Shui we use symbols of what we desire (happy relationships, prosperity, good health, happiness, etc.) to attract that energy into our lives. Basically if we live in a place that makes us feel good then life will be better. And this is where seashells come in.

In Feng Shui seashells represent a comfortable home and a feeling of contentment. They often invoke memories of childhood days at the beach. But more than that they represent the beautiful tropical paradise of our dreams where there is no stress, no worries, and lots of sunshine. Shells also represent protection, like a shield. They are a barrier between us, in our home, and the outside world.

There are so many types of shells. In Feng Shui the most important shells would be the ones that evoke happy memories, but store bought shells are great too. In Feng Shui we consider smooth shells versus spiny shells, as each has it’s own meaning. Smooth shells are more the energy of comfort, home and family. While spiny shells project more protection energy. All shells in Feng Shui, represent the water element. So like water, shells are a symbol of good communication, positive relationships and even prosperity.

Feng Shui is very much about the placement of objects. Even something beautiful in the wrong place will not bring harmony or good feelings. A basket of shells placed where the dog can get into them (and start chewing on them) would be an example of bad placement. But there are many great places for shells. Here are a few ideas.

Spiny Shells on a window sill would call the energy of protection. It would be a safeguard symbol for the house.

Smooth Shells in the kitchen would promote the energy of harmony, family and fun.

A basket of shells on a table by the front door represents a stable and prosperous career.

A picture frame decorated with shells symbolizes good communication with that person.

A water fountain represents money flowing into the house, add some shells so the money is protected and retained.

Seashells in the guest bathroom brings harmonious energy to visitors.

And finally, my favorite thing to do is to leave a few shells in my front garden for the neighborhood kids to find. We all have fun talking about the shells they discover.

About Donna Stellhorn

Donna Stellhorn helps people read the map of their future, gain deep insight into who they are and helps them create personal spaces that support their goals.
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22 Responses to Feng Shui and Seashells

  1. marcampbellja says:

    Thanks. I like this.

  2. Akia says:

    Thank you so much for this article! I asked a Feng Shui expert about seashells & they told me that they are dead & vacated so there’s no value to them Feng Shui speaking & I found that hard to believe so thanks for the validation!

  3. Denise says:

    Thank you! I love seashells and I’m new at the Feng Shui philosophy so I was a bit worry if I had to let go of them.

  4. gisela says:

    I’m so glad i read your article, because i was always told that seashells in the house
    were bad luck.

  5. Eve says:

    Your way of telling all in this paragraph is really nice, all be able to without difficulty know it, Thanks a lot.

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  8. Reney Swanepoel says:

    Thank you. I found your information very helpful, because I love seashells.

  9. Shriya gupta says:

    Hi Donna,how are you?
    Is there any particular direction for sea shells should be kept in work place or home.?..kindly guide me because I have many sea shells.. Regards

    • Hi Shriya, Seashells are naturally protective so if you have any problems with neighbors you can place seashells between you and their home. Otherwise shells can be placed most anywhere in the house.

  10. Reney Swanepoel says:

    Hi Donna. Thank you very much for the info, because I’ve got lots of buckets full of sea shells. I spend days on end walking on the beach, while I’m on holiday, picking up shells. I love shells, but wasn’t really sure where’s the best place to put them, but in the garden, in my bathrooms and lots of pretty bottles and vases full on a shelve in my lounge.

  11. Anieee says:

    Hi Donna am new to feng shui, ill love to practice it, tips on how to get started will be highly appreciated Than you


    Hello from Greece! I am also new in FS and trying to get more infos I got confused. You say that shells represents water element and have found an article that says they represent earth element. Which one is the right one

    • Hi, It’s easy to see how a case can be made for both Water (because of where they are found) and Earth (because they seem clay or stone-like). However, when we see a seashell we think of the ocean, not the mountains or deserts or other Earth locations. So I believe seashells help us bring in the Water element energy. Let me know your experiences with seashells.

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