Interview with Annwyn Avalon – Author of The Way of the Water Priestess

If you have ever searched for ways to incorporate water into your magical practice, you have likely encountered some of Annwyn Avalon’s work. Widely known as “The Water Witch,” Annwyn has just released her second book on the topic of water magic: The Way of the Water Priestess. Her first book, Water Witchcraft, was published in 2019, and both books underscore her commitment to teaching the magical community about the importance of tending and protecting this most precious resource. We sat down with Annwyn to get all the details on her latest book, and learn more about her unique magical journey!

Q: Tell us about your introduction to the world of magic and witchcraft – what did those first steps on your path look like?

AA: This is a very long story. I will try to hit some highlights. Technically I have been a witch my entire life, but it wasn’t conscious of it until my early twenties. It was a few years later that I claimed the name Witch in secret and came out of the broom closet a few years after that. 

I had spirit contact at a very young age, was able to astral travel, and had pre-cognitive dreams. I grew up living in the land of water, Florida. I spent the days swimming in the ocean, springs and stomping through the swamps. My late teens and early twenties were full of discovery and spirit initiation. As difficult as it was, it helped me learn who I was. I lived in Okinawa Japan for 3 years, it was here that I deeply connected with the Spirit of Water, but I still didn’t know I was a Water Witch. I had been reading Tarot for a few years at this point and ended up ordering a stack of Witch books. I devoured them, and ordered more, and devoured those as well. Not long after I searched Witchvox for a coven and found a local circle. 

A few years later I moved to North Carolina, where I formally studied and was initiated into an American Traditional Witchcraft Coven. Not long after, I began my formal studies and research into the Avalonian Mysteries and moved to Arizona. It was here Triskele Rose was founded, and not long after, I took my first pilgrimage to Glastonbury. Now, I was quite familiar with England. It is a place I dearly love and visit often. However, it was my first visit to Glastonbury. It changed my life and I came home and began to research water magic and sacred well practices. I knew there was so much to learn.

In 2013 I went back to university and got a degree in Anthropology. I interned under the Ethnobotany Professor and helped decipher what Ancient Mayan’s were burning in their ritual offerings. I also worked on a worldwide study of cities and towns of antiquity and where the wells or water sources were placed in regards to trade, temples, and day to day life. I taught my first class on Water Magic, expanded that into the Water Magic Course, and then eventually the books were born. I now live in Oregon on a little homestead with lots of animals! I focus my practice on Water and Avalon. I also have a deep love for Poison Plants and Plants in general. So when I am not playing in the water, I am playing with plants!

Q: How did you make your way specifically to water magick? Do you consider water magick to be your practice itself, or a part of a larger overall practice for you?

AA: Looking back I can see it was always present. As mentioned above I spent a lot of time in the water as a child. Then I had the amazing experience of living on a small island surrounded by water. It was in 2012; a few years after I had been studying Avalon I took my first pilgrimage to Glastonbury. It was there that I understood I was on the Watery Path of Avalon. I came back changed and understood that water was my path.

I consider Water to be my path. However, Celtic Lore, British Folk Practices, and Glastonbury Landscape all play an important role in my path. If I hadn’t found my way to Avalon I don’t know if I would have found this watery path as soon as I did. It was through my study of Avalonian practices that I was able to understand who I was and what path I was on. So Water is my path that manifests in my personal Witchcraft practice, my public Water Priestess practice, and through my Avalonian Witchcraft Tradition. 

Q: Are there any magical mentors or teachers who have influenced you over the years?

AA: Yes! I have been so blessed to have great teachers, some formal and some informal. The elders of Eternal Harvest, Anna my energy work teacher, Mara Freeman of the Avalon Mystery School, Peter Paddon was a huge influence on me, and Jhenah Tylendru also is a big inspiration and has always been so encouraging. Also, my students. As a teacher, I learned a lot so I could teach others, but in the process of teaching, I learn so much. There are different perspectives and processes that come through students’ homework. It is amazing to see their process and see them grow. 

Q: Your latest book, The Way of the Water Priestess, hit the shelves on January 5th. Can you tell us about the inspiration for this latest work?

AA: Water magic has largely been overlooked. There are books full of earth or green magic, fire and candle magic, and even entire books dedicated to incense but there are very few that are focused on water. After being in online communities of Water and Sea Witches for years, I felt things were missing and wanted to put a course together to help new Witches and to fill any gaps there may have been. The Nine Month Water Magic course was the beginning. There was so much more to write though! Which is round about how Water Witchcraft and Water Priestess were born! 

Water is sacred but it is polluted, disregarded, and often abused. There is so much magic to be explored in the water, but first, we must return to the sacred. Water Priestess is a guide that helps others take up the sacred mantel of water caretaking and walking a path in service to the water. I hope that it inspires others to take up the same cause and that together with other water protectors we can bring awareness to the sacredness of water. Ultimately, to create a world where water is honored, protected, and respected. 

Q: For readers who have already read your first book, Water Witchcraft, what new topics can they expect to explore in The Way of the Water Priestess? Are the books designed to work with each other at all? 

AA: Water Witchcraft has a strong focus on Celtic Folklore and Folk Practices. There are many spirits to learn about and different types of water to make. There is also a focus on grounding, shielding, charms, ritual tools (shells, coral, driftwood, etc), and altar-making. The Way of the Water Priestess is very different than Water Witchcraft. They are meant to be stand-alone books but certainly compliment each other. If you are not a Witch, The Way of the Water Priestess can still be used as a guide. Water Witchcraft is very focused on old-world magic as well as witchcraft. Water Priestess is a guide to water magic and practices that is not specific to any particular path. It doesn’t matter what path you walk; if you are drawn to water and working with water in some capacity, then this book will help guide you. It is a feminine approach to Sacred Water tending, Water Temple Arts, and takes a look at women from antiquity that in one way or another worked with sacred water. 

Q: We are obviously more than a bit book-obsessed here at Witch With Books, so we would love to know – who is your favorite witchy author, and what is your favorite witchy book of all time?

AA: This is a hard question to answer! There are so many that have influenced my work. Gemma Gary and Corinne Boyer are probably the most influential in my personal craft. Mara Freeman, Jhenah Tylendru, and R.J. Stewart are most influential in my Avalonian Craft. Dion Fortune, Doreen Valiente, and Raven Grimassi should also be mentioned. 

It is hard to pick one favorite book. Wisht Waters by Gemma Gary, Thorn Blooded Witch by Raven Grimassi, Under the Witching Tree by Corinne Boyer are some current favorites. I have a few classical books, first prints, and antique books that are precious to me. Then there are so many other great books, but I will stop here for now. 

Q: Do you have any exciting new projects in the works for 2021 or beyond that you can share with us?

AA: I learned long ago not to talk about projects until they were almost ready. I have talked about things before that didn’t come to fruition so I tend to keep things close to home. However, I do have the Water Priestess Training (ongoing) and the 9 month Water Magic Course coming up in March. Dance has largely been on hold because of Covid, but there are online shows here and there. Mostly, I continue to focus on Water Magic and making it accessible to other witches.

Q: What is your top piece of “witchy wisdom” that you would like to leave readers with today?

AA: There are so many different types of witchcraft out there. There is also so much media being flung at us from social media. Devour everything that you are drawn to. Learn it, study it, and master it. Become so immersed in your craft that when you come up for air you are so confident in who you are and your path. The beginning stages of Witchcraft are pure magic, there is so much to learn, explore, and discover. Don’t cut yourself short, enjoy the new stages but also learn. Ground, Shield, Meditate, and Protect yourself regularly. The last thing I will say is, know thyself. Truly knowing yourself will make your magic powerful! 

Water is life, without it we can not live. We can only go 3 days without drinking water, we depend on it for life. We are made of 70%-80% water. We are water! We are so connected to water and we cannot overlook its importance in magic and spirit work! We are spirits that dwell in water and we can connect with and commune with other water spirits as well. 

Thank you, Annwyn!

Annwyn Avalon is a Water Witch, Water Priestess, and the founder of Triskele Rose Witchcraft, an Avalonian witchcraft tradition. She has devoted her life to the study of art, witchcraft, and magic. She is an initiated Witch and Priestess, Reiki Master Teacher, award-winning Dancer, published author and has a BFA in sculpture, BA in Anthropology with emphasis on plant and human interactions and has received an apprentice certificate in Herbalism. She writes for the Magical Times Magazine in the UK and has contributed to other published works such as The New Aradia: A Witch’s Handbook to Magical Resistance. She is the author of Water Witchcraft: Magic and Lore from the Celtic Tradition and The Way of the Water Priestess: Entering the World of Water Magic. Visit her at www.WaterWitchcraft.com, www.WaterPriestess.com, and www.TriskeleRose.com

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