It is associated with female sexuality and fertility. It has been regarded as highly erotic and lies in relation to seawater, the origin of life. It can be interpreted as a repressed sexual desire, or the intention—not yet revealed—to procreate. Its link to Aphrodite—goddess of love that emerges from the sea on a giant seashell—makes it forecast marriage and travel by sea. A full shell promises success and happiness; empty, however, indicates loss of time and money.