Ocean symbolizes love, life, and flow, and Abalone Shell has the energy of the ocean inside. The abalone contains energetic protection and balance. Smudging s a ritual performed before ceremony to clear away any negativit. Abalone shells are used to catch the hot cinders that fall off thr smudging stick (often sage).
By using abalone shells in your ritual, you are honoring all four elements of earth. The represents the ocean (water), The smudge stick represents the earth. When it is lit the flame represents fire, The feather used to disperse the smoke represents air. By honoring Mother Earth and the elements you are making space for transformations and manifestation into your reality.