driftwood (noun) \ˈdrift-ˌwu̇d\
1. wood drifted or floated by water
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Driftwood is wood that has been washed onto a shore or beach of a sea, lake, or river by the action of winds, tides, waves, or man. It is a form of marine debris or tidewrack. [ Source : Wikipeida ]

Askr and Embla,  in Norse mythology, the first man and first woman, respectively, parents of the human race. They were created from tree trunks [ driftwood ] found on the seashore by three gods— Odin and his two brothers, Vili and Ve (some sources name the gods Odin, Hoenir, and Lodur). From each creator Askr and Embla received a gift: Odin gave them breath, or life, Vili gave them understanding, and Ve gave them their senses and outward appearance. [ Source : Encyclopedia Britannica ]

As a lover of the ocean, I’ve come across many pieces of driftwood during my beach combing adventures. However, not all of them come home with me. I’m drawn to pieces that are smooth, and bleached white or nearly white by the sun. At the moment my collection is on the small side, but each piece is significant because it reminds of the exact location of where it was found, and of the events surrounding that day.

The large piece of driftwood on the bottom left was found at my favorite tide pool location which fortunately is less than a mile from me.  It’s a beautiful place and I feel it anchors my altar space. My favorite piece of driftwood is the one with the pretty color sari ribbons tied around it. My owl ornament hangs from it, as well as my talisman necklace. There’s something about this piece that speaks to me. I love the bent shape and the smoothness of the wood.

I don’t use these pieces for anything other that enhancing my altar space. Their aesthetic and the representation of earth and sea is all the magic I need. I do think pieces of driftwood would make excellent wands for those who use wands in their practice. You can easily decorate or embellish one with seashells, gemstones, or simply by painting it different colors. It would definitely evoke the magic of the sea and the element of water.

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