**QGH Note: I started paying attention to cowrie shells during the beginning of 2019. They all of a sudden were every where I was and started to collect them via gifts from friends and family. I have them on my altar, on bracelets, jewels for my hair, and earrings with the cowrie shell. My Abuela said she believes it represents a woman with a womb. I believe her.**
The ever popular cowrie shell has many uses and meanings. It has shown up in the form of money, jewelry, and religious accessories in almost every part of the world. Found in the islands of the Indian Ocean, the cowrie shell soon gained popularity throughout much of ancient Africa.
Spiritually, according to African legend, if you are attracted to cowrie shells you could be family to an ocean spirit of wealth and earth. It also represents Goddess protection which is very powerful and connected with the strength of the ocean. Throughout Africa, and South and North America, the cowrie symbolized the power of destiny and prosperity. Thought of as the mouth of Orsisas, it also is believed to have taught stories of humility and respect.