Goddesses of Water Ritual

It seems to have been raining for weeks here. We might get fed up with it, but let us remember that water is a blessing. We need water, it is a source of life, fertility, nourishment, cleansing and healing. For the ancients it was sacred, and water has often been considered to be a living thing, with individual wells, streams, springs, seas and rivers, worshipped as living deities. It flows and moves, like life itself, like our emotions.

This is a month that celebrates many patron saints and deities of water, wells, grottoes and shrines. The feast of Sul (or Sulis), the patron goddess of the famous mineral springs at Bath in England, fell this month, while in ancient Rome, the Neptunalia was held in honour of Neptune as god of waters, along with festivals of  Salacia, goddess of salt water and inland mineral springs, and the goddess Furrina, patroness of freshwater springs. In Britain, many holy wells, which once would have been dedicated to a local deity, were assigned to St Anne, the mother of the Virgin Mary. (Her feast day is celebrated just before Lammas on 26 July.) The similarity of her name to that of the goddess Anu or Danu may have made it to easier to Christianise these ancient holy places. One of the best-known wells dedicated to her is that of the spa town of Buxton in the English Peak District, previously dedicated to Arnemetiae, the local water goddess.

Take a large glass bowl of water and a large seashell to drink from. Say:

Spirits of water,

Come to my aid.

Pour forth your healing power into this vessel.

Let us be filled with vital health and life,

in body, mind and soul.

Protect me from all ill.

Spirits of water,

Come to my aid.

Put your hand over the bowl of water and say:

Wellspring of creation

Ocean of dreams; the universe drinks from your Source. 

You are the Lord and Lady, whose life-streams drink of intermingling Oneness,

Your fountains are the Gods, the waters of life and death

Your tides are our lives and stories, your eddies our dreams.

Here are your waters and your watering place.

Lord and Lady, unite our personal rivers with the original sea

That in this fractured world we may drink from the Source

That quenches the thirst of longing; drink and be whole again

As in the long ago when we dreamed the Gods and they dreamed us. [1]

Step forward and drink from the wellspring, Dip the shell into the bowl of water and drink. Pause for a while and absorb the power of water, and understand its sacred nature. When you are ready say:

Let this ritual end with love and blessings. Blessed be.

© Anna Franklin 2020

[1] Poem written by Pamela Harvey, and published in The Wellspring, by Anna Franklin and Pamela Harvey, Capall Bann

Author: annafranklinblog

Anna Franklin is the High Priestess of the Hearth of Arianrhod, which runs teaching circles, a working coven, and the annual Mercian Gathering, a Pagan camp which raises money for charity. She regularly speaks at conferences, moots and workshops around the country. She is the author of many books on witchcraft and Paganism, including the popular Pagan Ways Tarot, Sacred Circle Tarot, The Fairy Ring, Herb Craft, Magical Incenses and Oils, Personal Power, A Romantic Guide to Handfasting, Familiars, The Oracle of the Goddess, Hearth Witch, The Path of the Shaman and The Hearth Witch’s Compendium. Anna’s books have been translated into nine languages.

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