Abalone meaning is one of solace, a connection to the ocean, the cycle of life, protection and ancient travel. Because of their hard, ultra protective exoskeletons created from soft body invertebrates, the Abalone shell symbolises independence, solitude, and self-reliance.
Including abalone shells in your smudging rituals means you are incorporating all four of the earth’s elements: the shell represents water, the smoke represents air, the unlit herbs or sticks represent earth and once they’re lit they represent fire.
By incorporating the elements into your smudging ritual, you’re inviting Mother Earth to be the focus of your ceremony. It is here, in the space created by Her, that transformations and manifestations have room to occur.
Abalone shells are also beautiful bowls for resting your smudging sticks or herbs in, during your ritual or ceremony.