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AzureAkita
08 Mar 2019, 04:23
(Correct me if I’m using the wrong term.)!What would you say it takes to be a Sea Witch? I love the sea and have always felt a closer connection to Mother Ocean than to Mother Earth (heck, even my birthstone is a pearl!) I have only been to the ocean a few times in my life for vacation, other than that I am landlocked. I’m not the best swimmer but I can’t easily drown either. I’ve never been in the Navy and can’t be anyways due to medical problems that’d make me a liability. I did enjoy cleaning up the beaches and have an altar at home with a few shells (not too many though, gotta save some houses for the marine life!) Even though the ocean hasn’t always been...present where I live, can I still aspire to become a Sea Witch?

iris
08 Mar 2019, 05:27
What does a sea witch mean to you? Because Ursula from the little mermaid? Nope. But someone who feels a strong spiritual connection with he sea and bases their rituals and beliefs around that? Of course you can, no-one else gets to decide how much or little contact you need with the sea to feel that way.

Sean R. R.
08 Mar 2019, 05:43
Get in touch with your local natural water bodies. See how you feel when you try to commune with them. Even if it's not the sea, all bodies of water are somehow connected. Other than that, Iris has got a good point. It is your practice which makes the difference.

monsno_leedra
08 Mar 2019, 06:07
I'll be honest I'm not sure how to answer this because it is in the safe zone. It's like your statement "I can't drown easily", sorry it's real easy to drown, it can be done in a tea cup.

The majority of Sea Witches are found on the Coast for their magic calls upon the forces of nature and the ocean / seas. It often also ties into ships and shipping or things of the sea's. Whistling up storms or calms, good catches or bad catches, witches bottles with their hooks, nets and other items that get included. Seen them standing on widows walks looking out to sea with loved ones and scrying the horizon. It's a type of folk & Granny Magic all its own in many coastal towns and villages. I say Granny or Folk because it also varies for some depending upon what type of sailing practice the Witch is tied to, ie whaling, fishing in general, swordfishing, lobstermen, etc.

I was stationed in Japan and saw some Sea Witch type things at different ports in Northern Japan. Some of it differed in what was done and the age of the port. Superstition played a role as well as local custom's. Some were similar to things I saw when I was stationed in Conn. in the New London / Groton area. Of course it was easier to get people in that area to speak to me. There is also a difference between the private sailing community and the commercial fishing fleet community. Was much younger when I was down in the Chesapeake Bay Area and had family friends who owned boats there but a few things done there as well.

For many people going to the beach has nothing to do with the sea or ocean. I can tell you what you see looking out is nothing like being out on the water. Being on the coastal waters is nothing like being in the deep waters or on the deep waters. That doesn't even touch the difference between brown , green or blue / black water. Yet being a Sea Witch you'll mess with all of them as you'll pull the energy of the brackish water that lies where the fresh & salt meet. You'll maybe touch the brown waters of the rivers or inland. The green waters of close shore around islands or shallows where your fishermen work. Then the blue / black waters of deep ocean where things go crazy or it looks like glass and sky and horizon disappear into one.

The beach is a liminal spot between the land and water but it's also the trash heap. It's where all the waste is washed ashore and discarded. The shells you've collected there are basically broken bodies from the deep. Washed ashore to feed the the shore line and the residents that reside there or provide for them. The other trash is from mankind often. People don't like to think about it but realistically it's the graveyard or junkyard. Then people collect things from the graves like sand dollars, shells, polished stones, polished glass, drift wood, etc. Then use those items on their altars.

But term wise, you can call yourself anything you want I suppose. But personally if all you've ever seen is from the shore then you have no idea what the sea / ocean is like. Then how can you expect to control it or it's power? You've never seen the monster that lies just over the horizon when it's angered or aroused.

AzureAkita
08 Mar 2019, 09:56
What does a sea witch mean to you? Because Ursula from the little mermaid? Nope. But someone who feels a strong spiritual connection with he sea and bases their rituals and beliefs around that? Of course you can, no-one else gets to decide how much or little contact you need with the sea to feel that way.
(Hope this doesnít double post) Yes! Exactly the second one! I forgot about Ursula to be honest. I like the Little Mermaid but she wasnít the first who came to mind because its just a story to me. I can see where youíd assume that though.

AzureAkita
08 Mar 2019, 13:42
I probably should have gone more into depth with the drowning part and just said I can swim...and I’ve been out much farther than the sand so I’m no stranger to the water. :) I’ve just been landlocked the last few years especially but will be moving to a town even closer to the sea than before this year. My old home we went a few summer breaks and spent a few months there since I have family in the area but stopped after a family emergency happened back home. Now I’ll be moving be even closer and it’ll be much easier to get in touch with the water. Does that help my case?

B. de Corbin
08 Mar 2019, 13:53
(Correct me if I’m using the wrong term.)!What would you say it takes to be a Sea Witch? I love the sea and have always felt a closer connection to Mother Ocean than to Mother Earth (heck, even my birthstone is a pearl!) I have only been to the ocean a few times in my life for vacation, other than that I am landlocked. I’m not the best swimmer but I can’t easily drown either. I’ve never been in the Navy and can’t be anyways due to medical problems that’d make me a liability. I did enjoy cleaning up the beaches and have an altar at home with a few shells (not too many though, gotta save some houses for the marine life!) Even though the ocean hasn’t always been...present where I live, can I still aspire to become a Sea Witch?

You need to talk to Thalassa.

Hopefully she'll be around soon to see this :D.

AzureAkita
08 Mar 2019, 14:06
Should I be concerned? 0_0

iris
08 Mar 2019, 14:25
Should I be concerned? 0_0
Not at all, Thal is nice.
Also, you don't need to "help your case"... You're the only one that can judge what your path is going to be. you don't need permission from us ^^

B. de Corbin
08 Mar 2019, 14:32
Should I be concerned? 0_0

No no!

The ocean is her home. She'll be the one who (IMHO) will be most knowledgeable on the topic.

;) sorry - didn't mean to scare ya.

monsno_leedra
08 Mar 2019, 15:54
I probably should have gone more into depth with the drowning part and just said I can swim...and I’ve been out much farther than the sand so I’m no stranger to the water. :) I’ve just been landlocked the last few years especially but will be moving to a town even closer to the sea than before this year. My old home we went a few summer breaks and spent a few months there since I have family in the area but stopped after a family emergency happened back home. Now I’ll be moving be even closer and it’ll be much easier to get in touch with the water. Does that help my case?

First off you don't have to make a case before us. What you choose is what you choose that is your choice. None of us can say what is right, what is wrong for you. If you want to be a Sea Witch then be a Sea Witch. Realistically that is the truth of the matter. In the end it is you who will have to have the determination and confidence in both yourself and your chosen pathway to walk it. No one else can do that for you.

When I ask questions it's not to belittle it's more to try and make people think. Any one can say you can be what ever you want. I want to do more than that. People say connect to the element and spirit of water but that alone does not make one a Sea Witch or Water Witch. One can sit and connect to a rain storm and the water element or spirits in that rain storm but it doesn't make them a sea witch. People can become a Water Witch who dowses for water in the land but again just because they connect to water and can find it, it doesn't make them a Sea Witch and hold control over the waves. Yet they are still connected to the element of water and feel it's pull upon their body and the pull of the moon as it pulls upon the tidal cycle of the sea's and ocean's.

I'm inland now but I can still smell the salt in the air when the hurricane's come inland and the sea birds get carried in with them. Feel the pressure gradients that shift with many of the fronts that work inland when the storms come in from the ocean. Yet I've been retired since 2001 and last at sea in 96. Yet close my eyes and I can see the waves smooth as glass one moment or rising up above the weather decks and crashing down upon us another moment. Recall the feel of the storm reaching deep into the darkness one the sub or surfacing in the remnants of a typhoon. I can smell the foul smell of land and the rotting odor of things after being out to sea for weeks and no land in sight.

It's like is it a connection to water that makes you want to be a Sea Witch? If that is the case then ask your self does that same sense of connection exist for large bodies of fresh water? Does it exist if you if you close your eyes and submerge yourself in a pool? Does it exist if you fill your bathtub with salt and feel it upon your skin, taste it upon your lips and smell it upon your body? If you cut yourself and the burn of it upon your skin for that moment is present is there as it bites into your skin. That's all part of being part of the sea. That gritty sensation that is upon your skin, that is washed away with fresh water but leaves your skin sort of tightened if it's not washed away.

Brackish water doesn't really leave that sensation nor does fresh water. Most of your sandy type beaches leave that sandy residue on you though your muddy beaches or rock beach typically do not.

So much to being a sea witch vice just what rituals you hold a spells you do. That's why I said for most it's more a folkish practice. People may live down near the beach but if they are not messing with the fishermen and such they probably are not dealing with the sea witches.

AzureAkita
08 Mar 2019, 16:50
Thank you so much ;u; “Thal” sounds like a wonderful person!

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No no!

The ocean is her home. She'll be the one who (IMHO) will be most knowledgeable on the topic.

;) sorry - didn't mean to scare ya.
Phew! Can’t wait to meet (greet?) her!

and monsno_leedra (I don’t want to risk double posting, sorry! I’m not used to using forums still) I just realized you’re from the state I used to live in! Also, I understand that you weren’t trying to talk me down or anything like that! Thank you for your words of wisdom! I truly appreciate it!

Eleanor
09 Mar 2019, 00:12
I've lived in a village at the sea my whole life. Only since the last few months I've moved a little more inland, but I still live close to the beach. I feel like I have a connection to the sea no matter if I like it or not. Most people who live inland think I go to the beach every day in summer and the weather is always nice. It's not. Most of the time there's a strong wind (which I hate) and we have storms and sea fogs in the summer. The water is cold for most of the year, only a few weeks just after summer is over, then the water has finally warmed up enough to swim in.

So I don't go there every day, but when I do I feel a calmness. A feeling of being home. My favorite things are sunrises and sunsets at the beach. Or when there's sea sparkle (the algae) on the beach.

If you want to be a sea witch, then be a sea witch. But as Monsno already said, really get to know the sea. It's not all beauty, the sea can be rough and sometimes you'll wish you lived more inland (like I did, that's why I moved).

AzureAkita
09 Mar 2019, 01:55
I've lived in a village at the sea my whole life. Only since the last few months I've moved a little more inland, but I still live close to the beach. I feel like I have a connection to the sea no matter if I like it or not. Most people who live inland think I go to the beach every day in summer and the weather is always nice. It's not. Most of the time there's a strong wind (which I hate) and we have storms and sea fogs in the summer. The water is cold for most of the year, only a few weeks just after summer is over, then the water has finally warmed up enough to swim in.

So I don't go there every day, but when I do I feel a calmness. A feeling of being home. My favorite things are sunrises and sunsets at the beach. Or when there's sea sparkle (the algae) on the beach.

If you want to be a sea witch, then be a sea witch. But as Monsno already said, really get to know the sea. It's not all beauty, the sea can be rough and sometimes you'll wish you lived more inland (like I did, that's why I moved).
I understand she is unpredictable since its a force of nature but that is part of why I want to get to know her. Thank you for sharing your perspective, I appreciate it!

Sollomyn
10 Mar 2019, 02:44
Indeed; you can be anything you want to be, (Even something like Ursula from The Little Mermaid, if you're into that sort of thing. :XD laugh: )

AzureAkita
11 Mar 2019, 01:40
Indeed; you can be anything you want to be, (Even something like Ursula from The Little Mermaid, if you're into that sort of thing. :XD laugh: )
Haha, donít worry, I know better than to want to be something just because I saw it on TV. XD I feel like Iíd be doing a disservice to real Sea Witches if I did.

Sollomyn
11 Mar 2019, 09:51
Haha, don’t worry, I know better than to want to be something just because I saw it on TV. XD I feel like I’d be doing a disservice to real Sea Witches if I did.

What's the difference between real and not real?

AzureAkita
11 Mar 2019, 12:32
What's the difference between real and not real?
Point taken!

Sollomyn
11 Mar 2019, 12:38
Point taken!

Happy to help. :grin:

Oshii
11 Mar 2019, 13:47
(Correct me if Iím using the wrong term.)!What would you say it takes to be a Sea Witch? I love the sea and have always felt a closer connection to Mother Ocean than to Mother Earth (heck, even my birthstone is a pearl!) I have only been to the ocean a few times in my life for vacation, other than that I am landlocked. Iím not the best swimmer but I canít easily drown either. Iíve never been in the Navy and canít be anyways due to medical problems thatíd make me a liability. I did enjoy cleaning up the beaches and have an altar at home with a few shells (not too many though, gotta save some houses for the marine life!) Even though the ocean hasnít always been...present where I live, can I still aspire to become a Sea Witch?

What does being a Sea Witch mean to you?

AzureAkita
11 Mar 2019, 14:20
What does being a Sea Witch mean to you?
Working with Mother Ocean and her energy in rituals and everyday life since I feel like sheís all around us in many forms. Its the path Iím most drawn to, for sure. Iím sorry if Iím being vague. ;u;

Sollomyn
11 Mar 2019, 15:26
Working with Mother Ocean and her energy in rituals and everyday life since I feel like she’s all around us in many forms. Its the path I’m most drawn to, for sure. I’m sorry if I’m being vague. ;u;

More than 70% of the Earth's surface is Water. We all need Water to survive, and every living thing is largely composed of Water. Water can be a symbol of purity, birth, and birth. When you embody the traits of this all-important force, you're going with the flow. You fill every moment with living; you force nothing. You become, you experience, and you interrelate; in going with the flow, you become peaceful, and serene. For this, we should all strive to be more like Water, for water is gentle; yet it is powerful. It can be still, or in motion.It can be still. It can go over, under, and around things. It can dissolve things, float them, or float atop them. It can become hot, cold, heavy, light, invisible, solid, or vapor. It is formless, yet it can adopt to any container. :^^:

Learned this at my Aikido dojo; the training translates to daily life pretty well. :)

monsno_leedra
11 Mar 2019, 16:00
Though you might find this interesting or for consideration in your pondering's. I wrote this sometime ago pertaining to the element of water and how I though about it.

.........................

The Element of Water


Of all the elements that influence the history of man none hold as much presence to me as does the element of water. It dominates not only the landscape of both modern and ancient worlds but also the predominant element contained in the human body. The only element to me that regardless of its form always contains the same construction whether it is gas, solid or liquid in state.


Water in its influence teaches us to dig deep into out selves. Like the physical element it represents, it possess the ability to seep into all the cracks and crevices in its ever pressing descent into darkness. A darkness or depth present not only physical in a geologic manner but also spiritual in its descent into the human psyche. Though it may take years or generations to do so it will work its way deeper and deeper into the host it is found within.


Yet even as it seeps into the darker and deeper depths it causes change upon and inside all it encounters. Whether it be the chemical change of the action and reaction between compounds or the simple notion of washing away the decay and blockage in the human body. In each it is relentless in the process it induces by its mere presence.


It is the source that cleans and purifies the land and body. Like blood through the veins does it carry away that which corrupts and infects the physical and spiritual. Before the movement of ice is the land scraped away. Before the movement of water is debris wiped away. Before the movement of tide and weather cycle does it change and cleanse. Upon the surface or deep within the body does it perform it action, without regard to man or his attempts to limit its influence.


In action it is the harbinger of change. Change that may take the form of the sudden catastrophic event or the process, which results from, slow minor shifts that result in the long term change. It is the catalyst that causes the inner surface to bend, fold or mutate and it works from within, unapparent to any observer.


Water is one of the greatest of changlings. It does not matter if it be found as ice, vapor, mist, snow or even its natural state of liquid that it is always one and the same. Yet it reveals that truth lies not in the form of the thing but the parts or facets that make up the thing. It is in that ability to mold and change which enables it to function as it does.


Even as it hides behind the face of the changeling it reveals itself to be the master thief. No place is completely safe from its ability to enter in if given the chance. No structure safe from the long reaches of its influence. Even when forced to change its face, change and movement are its signature upon and within all things.


It serves to remind us that things are always in motion. Yes, in motion even when the surface appears stagnate and unmoving. Regardless of form taken it is always a force in action and acting upon the surface of things it touches. Like the ancient ice flow movement maybe so slow and unobtrusive that it appears to be stationary to all but the most observant of observations. Like the mighty river its influence may be of such strength and energy to carve away the very foundation of those things that attempt to hold it in check. Perhaps to function as the mighty ocean and create in one spot and destroy in another.


Like the mighty ocean it reveals only the surface while hiding its secrets deep down. Yet even the deepest of its faces is subject to the influence of forces outside its domain. From on high the pull of the moon reaches down to touch both man and element in its race across the heavens. From lip unseen is it pushed and pounded until it surges forth across the landscape as mighty waves or motivated to action in the body.


Its presence nourishing both lands and body. Remove even for a moment and land and body suffer the affect. Remove the physical and the surface becomes a desolate place where life struggles to maintain and the land takes flight before the breath of wind. Remove in the spiritual and a void is left in the spiritual landscape that goes unnourished.


It touches upon us and within each of us on so many levels that it almost remains elusive in action. To sit and relax in it’s embrace is to allow the body to sync up with its inner heartbeat while stripping away the stress and turmoil of our lives. To stand before the blowing rain is to allow it to touch upon us and wash away the dirt and grime that clings if only for a few moments as we recall the ancient story held within. To breathe in its essence is to recall ancient memories of land and humanity.


The Element of Water to me in all it’s various faces and influences, The greatest story in its telling we must forever be fluid and moving in our influence upon the landscape. A landscape regardless of it being geologic, social or spiritual and our movement across it or its influence upon us.

AzureAkita
11 Mar 2019, 16:02
These last two replies here (before this one) are beautiful! Thank you both!

Sollomyn
11 Mar 2019, 16:55
Water can be a symbol of purity, birth, and birth.

I meant to type birth and rebirth; sorry haha.


Though you might find this interesting or for consideration in your pondering's. I wrote this sometime ago pertaining to the element of water and how I though about it.

.........................

The Element of Water


Of all the elements that influence the history of man none hold as much presence to me as does the element of water. It dominates not only the landscape of both modern and ancient worlds but also the predominant element contained in the human body. The only element to me that regardless of its form always contains the same construction whether it is gas, solid or liquid in state.


Water in its influence teaches us to dig deep into out selves. Like the physical element it represents, it possess the ability to seep into all the cracks and crevices in its ever pressing descent into darkness. A darkness or depth present not only physical in a geologic manner but also spiritual in its descent into the human psyche. Though it may take years or generations to do so it will work its way deeper and deeper into the host it is found within.


Yet even as it seeps into the darker and deeper depths it causes change upon and inside all it encounters. Whether it be the chemical change of the action and reaction between compounds or the simple notion of washing away the decay and blockage in the human body. In each it is relentless in the process it induces by its mere presence.


It is the source that cleans and purifies the land and body. Like blood through the veins does it carry away that which corrupts and infects the physical and spiritual. Before the movement of ice is the land scraped away. Before the movement of water is debris wiped away. Before the movement of tide and weather cycle does it change and cleanse. Upon the surface or deep within the body does it perform it action, without regard to man or his attempts to limit its influence.


In action it is the harbinger of change. Change that may take the form of the sudden catastrophic event or the process, which results from, slow minor shifts that result in the long term change. It is the catalyst that causes the inner surface to bend, fold or mutate and it works from within, unapparent to any observer.


Water is one of the greatest of changlings. It does not matter if it be found as ice, vapor, mist, snow or even its natural state of liquid that it is always one and the same. Yet it reveals that truth lies not in the form of the thing but the parts or facets that make up the thing. It is in that ability to mold and change which enables it to function as it does.


Even as it hides behind the face of the changeling it reveals itself to be the master thief. No place is completely safe from its ability to enter in if given the chance. No structure safe from the long reaches of its influence. Even when forced to change its face, change and movement are its signature upon and within all things.


It serves to remind us that things are always in motion. Yes, in motion even when the surface appears stagnate and unmoving. Regardless of form taken it is always a force in action and acting upon the surface of things it touches. Like the ancient ice flow movement maybe so slow and unobtrusive that it appears to be stationary to all but the most observant of observations. Like the mighty river its influence may be of such strength and energy to carve away the very foundation of those things that attempt to hold it in check. Perhaps to function as the mighty ocean and create in one spot and destroy in another.


Like the mighty ocean it reveals only the surface while hiding its secrets deep down. Yet even the deepest of its faces is subject to the influence of forces outside its domain. From on high the pull of the moon reaches down to touch both man and element in its race across the heavens. From lip unseen is it pushed and pounded until it surges forth across the landscape as mighty waves or motivated to action in the body.


Its presence nourishing both lands and body. Remove even for a moment and land and body suffer the affect. Remove the physical and the surface becomes a desolate place where life struggles to maintain and the land takes flight before the breath of wind. Remove in the spiritual and a void is left in the spiritual landscape that goes unnourished.


It touches upon us and within each of us on so many levels that it almost remains elusive in action. To sit and relax in itís embrace is to allow the body to sync up with its inner heartbeat while stripping away the stress and turmoil of our lives. To stand before the blowing rain is to allow it to touch upon us and wash away the dirt and grime that clings if only for a few moments as we recall the ancient story held within. To breathe in its essence is to recall ancient memories of land and humanity.


The Element of Water to me in all itís various faces and influences, The greatest story in its telling we must forever be fluid and moving in our influence upon the landscape. A landscape regardless of it being geologic, social or spiritual and our movement across it or its influence upon us.

Very beautiful indeed! Thanks for sharing. :o


These last two replies here (before this one) are beautiful! Thank you both!

You're quite welcome. :^^:

thalassa
12 Mar 2019, 07:30
I practice an almost exclusively coastal and ocean-centric witchcraft. I venerate various water powers, most of my ritual work and magic is cenetered around the ocean, and I spend quite a bit of time at the beach, on the water, or in the coastal areas of where I live, wehther its doing mundane things, magical ones, in meditation, etc.

I agree with Monsno about the beach (really the coast in general, including coastal waters, marshes, tidal islands, etc.) being liminal spaces. Those spaces connect to rivers and streams, through the entire watershed. The ocean itself drives weather and climate for the entire planet. It is where life originated from and it is where most things ultimately end up before they are turned into something else. I disagree that the beach is a graveyard, the fact that it is (from a biolgical standpoint) what is called an edge habitat actually means that there is more diversity in the life there than what is found both upland or in deep water. It is, however, unfriendly to things that are not highly adaptable or very sturdy and the sheer geophysics of the location means that things that are lost in the ocean (or on land, but washed into the watershed) are frequently recovered...less a trash heap, and more a recycling center.

If you think about the ocean in terms of allegory, its the heart of the earth. Rivers, streams, groundwater, etc., they are the veins of the body of the earth...weather, the evaporation and precipitation of water from the ocean, is its arteries. No matter where you live, you are, at least in some small way, part of the ocean's work and therefore connected to its power. Without the ocean, there would be no life, and without life, no magic.

Labels are useful to convey description and meaning to another...but are recieved according to the understanding and frame of reference of the other. Call yourself what you want. If someone disagrees or misunderstands, its a point of conversation and learning (or realization of what a jerk they are and a point for disengaging).

Sollomyn
12 Mar 2019, 08:01
It is where life originated from...

What are your thoughts or experiences on or with mermaids? I wanted to turn myself into a mermaid, (or would it be merman?) when I was about eleven. My sister and I pretty much grew up on a lake in the middle of Alaska and took to the water like fish, unbothered by the frigid temperatures. As soon as it thawed enough to go swimming we'd jump on in with the large floating chunks of ice haha. I still want to turn myself into a mermaid, but I'd want to be able to shapeshift back into a human whenever I desire as well.

--Sollomyn

monsno_leedra
12 Mar 2019, 08:38
I think the main reason I say the beach area is a graveyard is because it's the area that is most likely to be destroyed and wiped away over and over. Roughly that area that goes from the waters edge to just short of where many of the dunes normally would begin or your raised sand bars and above the surf lines. Your seasonal storms will reshape it over and over, in many places extending it out into the water or erasing it completely as the tides act upon the shoreline.

While the dune lines, high sand lines or barrier lines form part of the actual beaches in my mind I usually do not directly associate those with the beaches when people speak of "beaches". Unfortunately those dunes, high sand lines and barriers are what get destroyed so people can have their houses and such on the beaches and that leads to a lot of coastal & environmental destruction when the storms come in.

Overall though I agree with thalassa about the diversity in the watershed area's often being more diverse, adaptive and complex than what you'll find in the ocean's and mountain region's.

AzureAkita
12 Mar 2019, 15:29
I practice an almost exclusively coastal and ocean-centric witchcraft. I venerate various water powers, most of my ritual work and magic is cenetered around the ocean, and I spend quite a bit of time at the beach, on the water, or in the coastal areas of where I live, wehther its doing mundane things, magical ones, in meditation, etc.

I agree with Monsno about the beach (really the coast in general, including coastal waters, marshes, tidal islands, etc.) being liminal spaces. Those spaces connect to rivers and streams, through the entire watershed. The ocean itself drives weather and climate for the entire planet. It is where life originated from and it is where most things ultimately end up before they are turned into something else. I disagree that the beach is a graveyard, the fact that it is (from a biolgical standpoint) what is called an edge habitat actually means that there is more diversity in the life there than what is found both upland or in deep water. It is, however, unfriendly to things that are not highly adaptable or very sturdy and the sheer geophysics of the location means that things that are lost in the ocean (or on land, but washed into the watershed) are frequently recovered...less a trash heap, and more a recycling center.

If you think about the ocean in terms of allegory, its the heart of the earth. Rivers, streams, groundwater, etc., they are the veins of the body of the earth...weather, the evaporation and precipitation of water from the ocean, is its arteries. No matter where you live, you are, at least in some small way, part of the ocean's work and therefore connected to its power. Without the ocean, there would be no life, and without life, no magic.

Labels are useful to convey description and meaning to another...but are recieved according to the understanding and frame of reference of the other. Call yourself what you want. If someone disagrees or misunderstands, its a point of conversation and learning (or realization of what a jerk they are and a point for disengaging).
It is a pleasure to greet you Ms. thalassa! Iíve heard many good things about you here! Thank you for sharing your wisdom with me and I agree! The ocean is vital to all living things and Iíll always honor and respect her!