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Ocean Oracle: The Language of Seashells [Paperback]

Michelle Hanson
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27 Oct 2003
Combining the ancient art of divination with the mysticism of seashells and their interaction with humankind throughout time, the Ocean Oracle borrows from many disciplines to produce a new and inspiring divination system based on seashells. The boxed set comprises 200 full colour seashell cards, a companion book and a colour fold out sheet with overview plates of the 200 shells. Appreciation for the shells' aesthetic beauty is enhanced by the text descriptions detailing the animals' behaviours, abilities, and interaction with humankind and their meaning. In seashell divination, the shells serve as tools to assist you in revealing subconscious, hidden beliefs and attitudes. You are the source of the wisdom you can uncover through use of the shells; your consciousness contains the knowledge and know-how to overcome your limitations. Awareness of these hidden limitations provides opportunity for change. By guiding you to an attraction to specific shells, the inner self is able to call attention to issues affecting your life. With information from the shells, if you choose, you can alter the direction of your future.

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  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Beyond Words Publishing; Pck edition (27 Oct 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 158270113X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1582701134
  • Product Dimensions: 21.8 x 15.5 x 5.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,288,165 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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With a name like Shelley, it seems that destiny had afforded me the opportunity of discovering my passion, my life purpose--and my career path--at an early age. Ever since I can remember, I have had a fascination with seashells and the animals that created them. As my interest in metaphysics grew, so, too, had my connection to the shells, with my becoming a shell reader more than 25 years ago.

As the "shell with a voice," and after witnessing first-hand both the transformational power in the visionary messages of the shells and the invaluable lessons they impart, it has been, and continues to be, my desire to share their profound wisdom by serving as their ambassador. I had learned to translate the language of the shells, and was invited to write a column entitled "Seashell Divination" for The Kaleidoscope Journal, a metaphysical magazine. I later authored Ocean Oracle (a kit that includes a book and an oracle card deck), which was featured in a two-page spread for the One Spirit Book Club and in an eight-page article for a French magazine. Since then, I have been granted media interviews, and the work has been translated into several languages. I have also written Ocean Wisdom, a text which focuses on seashells as energy tools and includes a guided rebirthing meditation CD. More recently, I have recorded a stand-alone guided ascension meditation CD. I continue to conduct private readings and appear at psychic fairs and expos on a regular basis.

My scientific training along with my intuitive insights into the seashell kingdom have permitted me to offer educational workshops internationally. I designed the Ocean Speake online certification program, so that others may be introduced to the teachings of the seashell kingdom.

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."..the "Ocean Oracle"...puts the wisdom of the sea within your reach and translates its timeless language...A beautiful, unique toolkit to decode the wisdom of the deep." -- Kristine Pidkameny, editor of "One Spirit Book Club"

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5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting and easy to use, 18 April 2013
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Ilike the the way the shells have been sectioned into different applications. The cards are good pictorially and a
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5.0 out of 5 stars Seashells Now Have a Voice 5 Jun 2005
By Patricia M. Greco - Published on Amazon.com
I have the great good fortune to be a friend of Michelle (Shelley) Hanson. I have always found myself calling her "Shell" for short, to no surprise. My copy of The Seashell Oracle is one of the originals, and I have laid eyes on her childhood journal of incredible seashell drawings and notes. This is not your run-of-the-mill "just another card and book set." You have in Michelle Hanson someone who deeply and without quite understanding it all herself KNOWS the seashells on an "oceanic" level. She could as easily stand in front of a grade school class and teach the manners, movements and ways of each seashell creature as she could sit with you in private and tell you the deepest movements in your own psyche, using the seashells to do it! Michelle has a rich, scientific mind and loves detail, combined with a deep unconscious knowing that mirrors the ocean itself. She will hunt to the ends of the earth to find this seashell knowledge for you and to ensure it is accurate and complete. She taught me it is best to let the shells speak to you, versus trying to ask very specific questions of the shells when using this as an Oracle. I have been in one of Michelle's classes on the seashells and their stories are both romantic and heroic. You would be amazed! To know that this one area of nature, as vast as it is, is only one area and it operates so intelligently, so marvelously -- is to stand in awe. Get this gift for yourself and take time with it. Use it. Don't rush through it. You will be rewarded. I will tell you a secret that may make you smile. My friend "Shelley" is not necessarily a great ocean-goer. That has always amazed me and tells me she truly IS meant to be the Seashells Voice.

Patti Greco, yogavisionaries.com
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5.0 out of 5 stars Customer Review 19 Dec 2004
By Gregory M. Downs - Published on Amazon.com
I was lucky enough to meet Michelle at a Holistic Fair in Hyannis. Massachusetts this Fall(year 2004). Her extensive scientific background and her passion in dealing with the sea creatures who inhabit and/or adapt shells immediately connected with me. I have always loved the Ocean and am a Master Scuba Diver who has been on dive trips aound the World. When under water I had time to observe the behavior of the mollusks and other shelled creatures.

After meeting with Michelle and purchasing the Ocean Oracle set I found I could not put the cards or the book away. I enjoy alternative therapies and the guidance which a variety of cards have been able to give me over the years. But I never resonated to such a degree with any other book or card set as I did with the Ocean Oracle. The behaviors of the animals certainly are directly related to the behavior and problems of those people who have come to me for card readings. I use them myself daily and would recommend them highly, especially for anyone who feels a strong connection to the Ocean....Greg Downs Attorney, Reiki Practitioner, Diver...East Sandwich, Massachusetts
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Educational Tool, On Many Levels... 30 Jan 2005
By David Birtwell - Published on Amazon.com
I have an affinity for the ocean and seashells, and I own several Tarot decks. However, I had not quite found a deck that "spoke" to me, until I personally met Shelley Hanson and was introduced to Ocean Oracle. After talking with Shelley for just a few minutes, I realized that she had incredible expertise in the area of seashells, and that it was her life's work. I knew I had to have Ocean Oracle, and I bought one on the spot (I now own 3 boxed sets).

Ocean Oracle is eye-catching, and for anyone who is fascinated by seashells, it is almost impossible to put down. And yes, it is an incredible tool for divination. However, as I started to review the book and cards, it occurred to me what a great educational tool this boxed set is. Shelley has assigned meanings to all of the shells used in Ocean Oracle, largely based on scientific fact, in four categories: behavior, interaction, name and appearance, and intuition. Many of us don't realize or think about the fact that an animal once inhabited any shell we see! The stories and history recounted in the explanations are so fascinating that they are easy to remember. In all cases, I find that the meanings are educational, and the meanings based on intuition had me coming up with my own explanations, which is a fun exercise in itself!

Ocean Oracle is a great tool for personal growth many levels - you can become quite knowledgeable about mollusks and seashells, gain personal, intuitive knowledge about yourself, learn how to interpret meanings and behavior in the world around you, and use your imagination. Best of all, it's FUN! As far as divination goes, I am a beginner, and the "keys to interpretations" and sample readings make it so easy - there is no "wrong way" to use it. I highly recommend Ocean Oracle - you won't be disappointed!!!

Melissa Birtwell
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5.0 out of 5 stars Kathryn (Florida) 3 Dec 2004
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This book is not just for experienced Psychics or card readers but for anyone who has ever enjoyed looking at seashells and wondered about their origin. What I do know for certain is that we live in a vast Universe and that everything and everyone of this Universe is connected. We have a connection to the Ocean and all the life held within it. This book helps us understand this concept by explaining the relationship we hold through the "Language of the Shells." When I am drawn to a particular shell that I have come across on the beach or even in a store, I know that it is speaking to me in some way. I use the Ocean Oracle to look up the meaning and explanation of this shell and learn what it is trying to tell me... What is going on in my life right now that has attracted me to this shell and what can I learn from its wisdom? Several times now I have received requests from my friends to look up the meaning of a particular shell that they have come across in their travels. It is fun, exciting, and most revealing to delve into the wealth of information that Shelly has spent her entire life accumulating and interpreting for us.

Another interesting use of the book and cards is to have a small gathering of friends. Display as many types of shells that you all own and have an informal reading. Each person selects a shell that they are drawn to and then the interpretations begin. You will be surprised how accurate the readings are for each individual. It is a great opportunity to express with friends and share a collective connection to Mother Earth and her Ocean Kingdom.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Helps greatly in learning & sharing your thoughts/feelings 30 Nov 2004
By Sherri - Published on Amazon.com
I once attended a private shell reading session for a friend of mine given by Michelle Hanson. This book gives the reader the answers to many more questions than one could possibly think of asking Shelley during such an involving adventure. Very enjoyable!

The photo cards and posters of the shells are enthralling -- no one sees such a plethora of variegated shells even on a seashore vacation. It's breathtaking to take in the array and fascinating to read the connections people have to the survival strategies.

With the excitement of learning about the former inhabitants of the shells (the mollusks), a reader feels once again a child's wonder at experiencing a natural history museum for the first time.
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