Water – In Depth by W1tchsbrew
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Humans have always been deeply connected with water, which we are mostly comprised of and need to survive.
Being attracted to water isn’t just a survival mechanism – it reflects our body’s internal makeup. 60% of the human body is water.
- brain and heart – 73% water
- lungs – 83% water
- the skin – 64% water
- the muscles and kidneys – 79% water
- the bones – 31% water
Next to air, water is literally the most important thing we need as humans to survive.
Water and biology:
What does water do in our bodies? It is essential for digestion, for forming the basis of saliva and absorbs nutrients from in the small intestine. Water helps the brain make hormones and neurotransmitters. You need water to keep your body at a safe temperature—if you get too hot, your body will make sweat to cool you down. Water keeps your body safe by cushioning your delicate brain and spinal cord and acting as a shock absorber. Your body carries oxygen to all of your vital organs using your blood, which is primarily made of water. Water greases your joints, helping them to move fluidly. Your body uses water to flush out waste and other impurities through the kidneys and bladder, and it also plays a vital role in your bowel movements. Your body’s cells cannot grow, replicate, heal or live without water.
If you’re thirsty, your body has already begun to dehydrate. Dehydration has many severely detrimental affects and can be fatal if not promptly resolved. If you’re one of those people who drinks just enough water to stay out of the hospital, but not as much as you should – congratulations, you’re still dehydrated.
Some of these “chronic dehydration” symptoms may include fatigue, confusion or memory issues, nausea or appetite changes, headaches, vertigo, blood pressure issues, constipation or digestive issues, lightheadedness, sleep issues including insomnia and night terrors, mood swings or general agitation, kidney or liver issues, heart palpitations, joint or muscle pain, and more.
Think you need to see your doctor? Make sure you’re hydrated.
Most people need about six cups of plain water each day to be even close to hydrated. Experts recommend drinking one full gallon of water a day to claim the “full” benefits of hydration.
Aside from consummation, how can we utilize our connection with this element?
To better understand the answer, one must first “dive in” to the history and meaning of water, what it’s known for, and what potential it holds.
Water Folklore, Culture & Religion:
Throughout history and across all cultures, water was revered, being associated with deities, spirits, souls, and the Otherworld.
There are tales and myths involving water that are vastly scattered throughout folklore and spirituality.
One of the most famous is of the River Styx, the river in Hades that separates the living world from that of the dead.
The Celts believed water to be sacred and viewed it as a liminal place, a place between our world and the Otherworld.
Across Europe, especially in the UK, there are several sacred wells and natural founts or springs riddled with folklore. While different in location and water type, it was generally believed that these sources of water were imbued with healing properties that could cure just about any ailment.
Wells, in particular, had been revered not only for their curative and cursing properties but also for their connection with the Otherworld as a portal.
Apart from wells, rivers played a key role in many folktales that still survive to this day. As previously mentioned, several myths involving the Underworld include traveling across a river, such as the River Styx or Sildir from Norse mythology.
Diverting from rivers, streams and wells and moving on to oceans – the norse sea goddess, Rán, is a perfect example of the personification of water. This deity is said to protect sailors who call upon her aid while at sea, while carrying any lost souls down into the ocean depths with her mighty net.
Many Norse cultures practiced water burials or incorporated water elements into their funeral rituals. Often the high ranking was honored in death by being laid to rest on a boat or ship, which was then launched out to sea. Other times they buried the dead in graves made to look like a ship made of stone.
Buddhists believe that when we die, we return to the four elements that make up life: water, air, earth, and fire. That just as water gives life, it takes life back to the earth at death. Some Tibetan Buddhists practice water burials, where the deceased is laid to rest in a flowing river.
The tradition of water burials is alive and well in modern Hawaii. Native Hawaiians have practiced water burials for thousands of years and they are still practiced, with some modifications today. In addition to more traditional burials on land, some ancient Hawaiians were buried at sea. Fishermen, in particular, were laid to rest this way. Fishermen who passed were clothed in red shrouds and buried at sea. These ancient Hawaiians believed that after sharks consumed the fisherman’s body, that would allow their spirit to live on in the ocean and protect their people from shark attacks.
A modern Hawaiian sea burial looks a little different. Guests wear aloha attire, scatter flowers from leis, and there is often music, prayers, and hula dancing. A variation of this ceremony has been adopted by surfers, who will paddle out on their boards to scatter the ashes of a fellow surfer onto the water. Other times mourners will take kayaks out instead of surfboards.
While being associated with death and the Otherworld, rivers and oceans have long been associated with healing and life as well.
South-flowing rivers are believed to be healing rivers in Scottish folklore while other Celtic traditions believe water traveling toward the Sun is gifted with healing properties.
In the case of the Egyptians, the Nile River was viewed as a life-bringer as its annual flooding brought life-giving water to the valleys so crops would flourish.
Water deities of mythology:
Celtic: Belisama, goddess of lakes and rivers, fire, crafts, and light.
Damona is a water goddess associated with healing and rivers.
Irish: Sinann, goddess of the River Shannon.
Lir a god of the sea.
Roman: Juturna, goddess of fountains, wells, and springs.
Neptune, the god-king of the sea.
Salacia, goddess of saltwater. Neptune’s consort.
India: Varuna is the God of oceans and aquatic life; the water deities of the seven sacred rivers.
Indra, King of the Gods, God of weather, and bringer of rain, thunderstorms and clouds.
Saptasindhu, the seven holy rivers of India, namely: Ganga, the Goddess of the Ganges River.
Greek: Poseidon is the God of seas and Peneus is God of rivers.
African: The Yoruba river is presided over by Goddess Oshun.
Egyptian: Anuket, goddess of the Nile.
Osiris, god of the dead and afterlife; originally a god of water and vegetation.
Sobek, god of the Nile river, depicted as a crocodile or a man with the head of a crocodile.
Hapi, god of the annual flooding of the Nile.
Germanic: Njord was the god of the sea and the wind.
Rán is sea goddess of death who collects the drowned in a net, wife of Ægir, a Jotünn – together they have nine daughters who all are named after the waves of the sea.
Slavic: Moktosh, moistness, lady of waters, goddess of moisture.
Vodyanoi, a water demon who lived in lakes and rivers.
Dodola, goddess of rain.
Chinese: Shuimu, goddess of water.
Tam Kung is a sea deity with the ability to forecast weather.
Hawaiian: Kamohoalii, shark god.
Ukupanipo, a god who controls the amount of fish close enough for the fisherman to catch.
Nãmaka, sea goddess.
Native Americas: Alignak, a lunar deity and god of weather, water, tides, eclipses, and earthquakes.
Sedna is a goddess of the sea and its creatures.
- Blue Magic
- Water Commands/Spells
- Water Witchcraft/Wizardry
Water Magic draws on the depths of the oceans and tides, as well as the rivers and lakes that flow back to it.
This energy source is at its strongest during high tide and inside bodies of water, and is also strengthened during rainfall.
Water has been used in countless sacred ways since ancient times through religious and spiritual blessings, for cultural cleansing rituals, and personal healing as a therapeutic tool.
It has been viewed among many cultures and spiritualities as an element of emotions, healing, purification, and renewal. Water is the perfect element to work with during the winter months because it is during this period that we’re encouraged to spend time reflecting and setting goals for the future.
Each body of water, whether it’s the ocean, a river or mountain stream, has a different energy or ‘presence’. For sensitives (those of us who are sensitive to energy), this change in essence is palpable and every water source very much alive.
Sit at the water’s edge and listen. Ask for insight to a question or problem and then simply wait for your answer. Like a slow breeze, the answer may come in a hushed whisper or an internal “knowing”.
*Simple Water Rituals
Pour yourself a cup of water and hold it between your hands. Channel the intention of what it is that you would like to see in your life. Imagine that your intention is being transferred into each atom of the water. When you feel like the intention is set into your water, take a deep breath in and take your first drink. Allow yourself to feel the message of your intention being carried into your body. When you’re ready, take your second sip and repeat this process until you feel you’re finished.
Bless your water before bed and allow that intention to sit overnight. You can infuse your drinking water with a written prayer. To do this, write down your prayer of affirmation on a piece of paper and then wrap it around your water bottle (glass bottle preferable) before you sleep. Envision a healing light in the water when setting your intention for your bottle. When you wake up, utter the words of affirmation you wrote on the paper out loud and then drink your water with the intention in mind.
Cooking with water:
Say a prayer over the water you would use for cooking. Express gratitude and pray that it will cleanse and heal the bodies of those who are going to consume it.
Take a shower to wash away negativity energy and stress. Turn on the water, and then state out loud “This shower will wash away anything that is not serving me”. Next, express gratitude for the water for taking away any negative energy. While in the shower, close your eyes and imagine that the water is made from pure, glowing, white light and allow it to cleanse your body. This is an excellent method for those of us that are highly sensitive “emotional absorbers”, or empaths, to do regularly.
You can do this same thing in a bath, if preferred.
Water and the moon are inextricably linked. Just as the moon has power on the tide – it has an effect on the human body, as we are mostly made of water. The power of the moon can be harnessed in many ways but one practical way is to create moon water. Simply fill a clean mason jar with water (spring water is preferred) and leave it to “charge” under the moon for up to three nights. You may also speak a prayer to the water or recite a specific intention over it.
Depending on what cycle the moon is in will reflect the energy your water is charged with. For example, a full moon vs a new moon.
Honoring Water Deities:
When making offerings to water deities, be aware of the signs that they send you. If your offering is not substantial, you may feel some slight anxiety or discomfort while you’re setting your offering or before you leave. Trust your intuition, reset your intentions if needed, or come back at a later time when you feel compelled to continue.
Collect a few shells and natural ornaments that you find at the water’s edge. Place them in front of you and light a small white candle. If you brought additional offerings with you, place them alongside the candle. Create a sacred circle by calling upon the elements (earth, wind, fire, water), your ancestors, or spirits for protection as draw a circle around you in the sand. Sit in the space you’ve created and write out a petition or spell on a very small piece of paper. Meditate on the intention of the spell and try to envision its positive effects in your life and others around you. When you’re ready, burn the paper and say “So mote it be” or “So it is”. Collect everything you brought with you as you leave but leave the natural shells and ornaments. Continue to light the same candle at home over the next few days until it’s completely burned out. Once you feel your prayer or spell has been answered, follow it up with a separate gratitude ritual to give thanks.
- Maritime Magic
- Oceanic Magic
- Pelagic Magic
- Sea Magic
- Ocean Sorcery
For millennia, the ocean has been appreciated as a source of healing and divinity. It is a place of respite, rituals, and deep transformation. Constant yet ever-changing, this vast and beautiful expanse of water sustains us all, providing much of the air that we breathe.
Ocean covers more than 70% of our blue planet, yet still holds untold mysteries. Within it lies another world and a deep wisdom that can shift our perspective of life on land.
In key moments of transition, like the start of a new year, the sea offers us an opportunity to connect with its deepest gifts.
Whether through meditation or reflection, leaving offerings to sea deities, grounding your energy, casting spells or manifesting wishes, the ocean is widely known for its powerful reciprocity when utilized in spiritual workings and rituals.
What now? :
Drink your water, fill your moon water jar, meditate during a recharging shower – whatever makes you feel personally connected in your water practices, and in life, is exactly what you should pursue to further your own journey towards your higher self.
Water is simply one of the countless tools we’ve been given to further aid our evolvement, not only physically but spiritually and emotionally as well.