By Julia Celeste | Instagram
Water is life. In addition to water’s connection to the afterlife and the Otherworld across many spiritual practices, religions, and mythologies, it is associated with physical and spiritual purification. Due to water’s ability to change shape and transform, it was connected with fertility and creation – well before science began to understand the biochemical link between life and water. We may need all the elements to survive, but water is the great primordial origin of all life on Earth.1
While we might associate this element with the freshwater of rivers or lakes, water is found in so many other sources. It can be in oceans, ponds, rain, glaciers, hail, ice, snow, storms, waterfalls, mist, dew, wells, your plain cup of water, and even your blood. Our bodies are composed of 60% water, and we are born from the waters of the womb. We are both born in and made of this incredible, magickal element!
In my prior blog post on the element of air, I included a simple meditation to introduce yourself to the element of air. A similar practice can be used to forge a connection with all the elements. If you are already actively working with the elements in your magick, you should still be doing occasional meditations on each to strengthen your bond.
Timing: Full Moon, Twilight
You will need:
- A jar with a lid
- Amethyst or another stone that reminds you of water
- A shell or river pebble as an offering
Start by locating a body of water near which to meditate, preferably one you can dip your hands or feet into. Sit near the water, touching it or immersing yourself in it if possible, and begin to meditate on the qualities you associate with water. You can hold your stone, if you brought one. Visualize a brilliant blue light in the shape of the alchemical symbol of water – a downward pointing triangle. When you feel ready, open your arms wide and say:
“Powers of water, I seek to be purified!
I was born from water, I am of water.
Water ebbs and flows through my life,
I feel its gentle movement and healing.
Share with me your powers of creation.”
Sit and allow any water images or symbols to come to you. When done, gather up a bit of the water in your jar for future magick and place your offering into the water as a thank you for the wisdom you have received.
A great place to start working with astral projection is to build your own astral temple. You can do this during your normal astral work, in lucid dreams, or even during meditation if you are just starting out with astral projection. You can study in your temple, perform magick, worship deities, or simply relax in the astral realm.
To create your own astral temple, start by entering a deep meditative state. Visualize what the outside environment around your temple looks like. Really see, hear, smell, and even taste the air of this environment – use all senses to create it. Once you have a clear idea of what your perfect environment is, start building out your temple exterior. You should keep your building relatively small and simple at first so it’s easier to remember and maintain. You can set up the building from the inside out or create an outside shell and adjust it as you go on the inside. You should have a few rooms inside, such as one room for each element, a library, etc. Perform the same full sensory creation of your inner temple as you did with the outside.
Next, create a key that is an astral form of something you have in the physical realm. It can be a literal key, or it can be any other meaningful object, like an athame. Know that this is the only thing that can unlock your astral temple. Once everything is set up, you should put some protective wards around your temple. Try to recall and spend time in your temple as often as possible, even if it’s through meditation. Finally, if at some point you wish to switch to a new temple, you can deconstruct the old one and create a new one.
Sometimes, you encounter a situation, person, or even an emotion you wish to stop in its tracks. Next time this happens, do a freeze spell to bind the situation/person you wish to stop.
You will need:
- Items belonging to the person , such as hair,
- Representations of the situation/emotion, or
- A piece of paper with the name of the person, situation, etc.
- Moon water or other liquid, like vinegar
- Plastic container (do not freeze glass!)
You can get creative and use an organic container, like a hollowed fruit or vegetable, or recreate the situation in a small plastic container. As an example, add mini chairs and desks to represent your office when trying to stop office gossip – whatever feels appropriate to you.
If you ever need to reverse or cancel the spell, simply thaw it. You can add herbs or small crystal chips aligned with your purpose for an extra boost. When the outcome is completed, throw away the entire frozen chunk as soon as possible, do not thaw it first. If you used an organic container, you can throw the whole thing away. If you used plastic, just pop out the ice cube and only throw that away.
More Ways to Practice Water Magick
- Perform water gazing by looking at the shimmering moonlight on water at night or running water in a stream.
- You can also scry with any two liquids by observing patterns. Try scrying in your coffee cup in the morning by swirling in some milk, or drizzle some honey into your afternoon tea.
- Draw a sigil in your liquid by stirring the shape with a spoon inside the cup or in the air above it. Stir clockwise to attract and counterclockwise to remove.
- You can use a moving body of water to carry away things you want to remove, such as an illness, by using a leaf or other natural item that floats (do not litter with anything that will not decompose naturally).
- Do a bath or shower spell.
- Make Moon water during all the phases, such as under a Dark Moon (for shadow work or to bind), rain water, dew water, or Sun water.
- Try adding shells to your magick. Different shells have different properties, such as pearls for healing or coral for protection. Add your shells to spell jars, wear them as amulets, write sigils on them, or even charge them like crystals to tap into their power.
I hope you found some new ways to add a bit of water magick to your practice! Drop a comment below on how you work with water, and check out some helpful water associations below, including the most effective method for astral projection.
Water Element Associations
Axiom: To Dare
Energy: Flowing, Slow, Cold, Feminine, Receptive, Liquid, Emotional, Soothing, Loving
Platonic Solid: Icosahedron
Crystals: Amethyst, Aquamarine, Azurite, Blue Chalcedony, Blue Lace Agate, Chrysocolla, Coral, Lapis Lazuli, Larimar, Moonstone, Opal, Pearl, Purple or Blue Fluorite, Rose Quartz, Selenite, Sodalite
Alchemical Metal: Mercury, Silver
Magick Work: Divination, Intuition, Healing, Purification, Fertility, Reflective Protection, Relationship Magick, Moon Magick, Curses, Potions, Alchemy, Mirror Magick, Astral Work, Ancestor Magick
Creatures: Undines (Mermaids, Naiads, Nereids), Water Nymphs, Water Dragons and Serpents, Cailleach, Hippocampi, Water Cows, Kelpies, Selkie, Well Spirits, Sirens, Water Sprites, Vodyanoi, Rusalki, Water Fae – any creatures associated with water, the Moon, or swimming
Deities: Achelous, Amphitrite, Apas, Aruna, Belisama, Ceto, Danu, Enki, Ezili, Fontus, Galene, Glaucus, Grannus, Hapi, Isis, Lir, Marduk, Mokosh, Nephthys, Neptune/Poseidon, Nerites, Nereus, Njord, Oshun, Sobek, Tethys, Thalassa, Thetis, Tiamat, Varuna, Yemoja
Note: There are many more deities associated with water bodies, rain, or other forms of the element.
Activities: Freezing, Water Gazing, Astral Work, Diluting in Water, Mixing in Water, Submerging in Water, Washing Away (or carrying away by water), Bathing, Asperging (Sprinkling)
Places: Bathtub/Shower, Beach, Bedroom, Brook, Creek, Fountain, Lake, Mist, Pond, Pool, Ocean, River, Sea, Sink, Spring, Well
Tools: Chalice, Cauldron, Bottle/Jar, Driftwood, Pebbles, Sea Glass, Seaweed, Shells, Trident, Cymbal, Resonant Instruments
Colors: Aquamarine, Blue, Grey, Indigo, Silver, White, Black
Plants: Aloe, Birch, Camellia, Cattail, Chamomile, Coconut, Daisy, Dittany of Crete, Elder, Eucalyptus, Gardenia, Geranium, Hyacinth, Jasmine, Lilac, Lotus, Morning Glory, Myrrh, Passionflower, Rose, Seaweed (or Kelp), Water Lily, Willow
Note: many fruits and vegetables have water associations, such as apples, cucumbers, tomatoes, grapes, lettuce, etc.
Planets: Moon, Neptune, Venus
Astral Projection Method: If you have never tried astral projection but would like to start, you need to be very comfortable with meditation. Astral projection occurs when your mind can stay awake but your body falls asleep or during lucid dreaming states. The method that has the most success for people is the rope pull method. When you go to bed at night, get yourself in a deeply relaxed state. See a rope above you and visualize pulling yourself up. The trick is that this is less about seeing physical pulling (i.e. hand over hand) and more about the sensation of pulling yourself up. Start to see your physical body from this perspective – really feel yourself sitting up and looking down at your body. Then simply continue to feel and visualize these sensations. Usually, it takes at least a couple of nights and you will likely fall asleep here and there. This is totally fine and part of the process – be gentle on yourself. If you have crystals or objects you associate with meditation or lucid dreaming, have these nearby when you go to bed.
Water Witchcraft: Magic and Lore from the Celtic Tradition (by Annwyn Avalon)
Earth, Air, Fire & Water: More Techniques of Natural Magic (by Scott Cunningham)
About the Author: Following a highly eclectic path, Julia’s (she / her) spiritual journey re-emerged two years ago, after her move to the Washington, D.C. area. She loves reading and tries to read as much as possible around her full-time job, taking care of a 3.5 year old, and casting a little bit of magick. Julia is currently exploring all the simple ways she can bring more magick to her busy life, such as magick in the kitchen. She believes that simple rituals, like candle magick or sigils, are no less effective than elaborate rituals and accessible by anyone. Her Instagram name is @well.of.starlight, which is a creative space for her to share her love of magick, history, and legends.