Walking on the beach I love finding these beautiful fan corals. I use them in my altars to honor our great Mother of the Sea. Coral has been called the “garden of the sea”. The ancient Egyptians placed pieces of coral in tombs as a protection against evil spirits because they believed that each piece truly contained a drop of divine blood, associated with the goddess Isis. Coral contained the life essence of the Mother Goddess, said to live in a coral tree under the ocean’s surface.  A gift from Mother Ocean, the sea tree of the Lunar Goddess was the source of fertility, reminding us of our eternal foundation. Coral is composed of the skeletons of little animals into reef-plant with hard branches, reminding us of our bones. It lives and breathes in the sea but its roots are anchored in the earth, symbolizing the energy of life force. Coral is believed to bring success in life and protection against the evil eye. It lightens in color and becomes pale if the wearer is ill or exposed to illness, it will darken as the wearer recovers. The same attribute was associated with a woman’s menstrual period. Coral was also associated with stopping the flow of blood from a wound, curing madness, imparting wisdom, and calming storms. Coral is a symbol of longevity, said to strengthen and purify blood. It continues to be used to ward off cholera and other epidemics and is taken in powdered form as an astringent and a stimulant for the heart. The beauty and potency of coral has exerted fascination amongst alchemists and astrologers, coral is closely associated with the influences of the planet Saturn.