Water is the most significant molecule on Earth. It erodes, it rots, it nurtures life, it lubricates, it is a universal solvent, it conducts electricity, even conducts consciousness. Water is the symbol of the great womb, it is dignified and honored by the chalice as well as a healthy navel chakra.
Even in magic, water is as significant. Any witch knows the raw power, the majesty, the vitality of magic that is water. We use it in our spellcraft, our holy water, our blessings, our body, our cleansing, our potions, our brews, and teas. It is by the night we often wax over bowls of it, for divination and scrying. We even charge it with intentions/oils and leave it sitting out to allow the moisture to evaporate into the room to add its intentions to the atmosphere.
Knowing and practicing an easy but effective water cleanse for magic, for plant watering, for cooking, and for consumption contributes additional joys that we often take for granted.
Water carries so much negativity that many typically are unaware of. Municipal drinking water, or tap water, carries the residues of harsh chemicals such as solvents, pesticides, and cleaners, as well as traces of arsenic, mercury, lead, fluoride, and chlorine. With all of the toxins present in water, it’s even more vital to our prana/life force energy that we sanctify our water and flood it with positive intentions. So that it may disallow these toxins from wreaking their chaos in our bodies and in our spellcraft.
You may be thinking, I have to do this long rite every time I want to use water? Well, that’s not really necessary. This rite can certainly be applied to using the water to cleanse small clear quartz crystals which will go in your drinking glass, water reservoir, water cans, showers/tubs, sinks, etc. Or include these crystals with the rite, and as a side, ask that they too be cleansed like the water, and even dipped in the water as if to christen them.
For those who can afford purified/distilled drinking water, I highly recommend it. Fluoride is the number one third eye inhibitor, next to traumatic childhood raising. Even so that purified and distilled drinking water is devoid of these toxins, they have still collected or have been charged with negative consciousness, which only the unaware/uncaring dare drink/use. To throw out there, some bottled water companies have falsely advertised their water as “purified”, when it was actually tap water.
By this awareness, might all witches live in perfect love and perfect trust to their water, the catalyst to the seeds of life, and to our rituals grand and small. The elements are always with us, and for some, it often starts with sacred/holy water for the blessing and purification of all tools which we wield. I even use holy water on my brow at night to cleanse my third eye for sleeping.
It’s the most significant and abundant material in our lives, why wouldn’t we want it residing in its purest composition and spiritual state? This rite will achieve this and more for your water, but ocean water straight from the source gathered by moonlight or full moon is best/valuably sought, but when you live on mainland, sometimes an imitation is just as effective. If you have access to ocean water, the only ritual you need do is add any protective oils/crystals to it in circle and ask that the great mother of earth and sea make it sacred/holy.
Sacred Imitation Ocean Water Rite
This particular rite has been designed for someone who doesn’t live by the sea or the ocean. I love pine oil, and I am very earth-based in my rites, so I incorporate a lot of earth qualities. Pine offers a very protective, virile, masculine compliment to the androgynous healing/evil warding energy of lavender. The synergy is graceful and tender yet might and fierce, much like Shiva. This rite isn’t long and doesn’t require all of the aesthetics. A simple ocean water rite is as quick as a jar of water, 1-3tsp sea salt, and focusing white light into it, commanding with throat/heart/navel for it to become sacred by the goodness of divinity, purity, and white light.
- Purified/Distilled water,
tap water, or ocean water
- Sage leaf bundle, ground, or resin or incense
- Rose, Pine, Sage, Rosemary, Lavender, and/or Spiritual incense
- Sea salt, or
- Pine, lavender, and/or rose essential oil
- Wine/juice and/or offerings
- Container/Bowl & matches
- Feathers, or sea feathers
- Cauldron, chalice, sword, and wand
- White/Blue taper candles
- Any protective statuettes, crystals, amulets, trinkets
Begin by smudging yourself and your aura, take deep breaths to release all stresses of the day, then smudge all of your necessities. Sweep your space with your smudged feathers, cast your circle over your work space, acknowledge the elements and invoke them into your circle while drawing a focus on water.
If you have a mirror and you’re working under full/moon light, place your dish/jar on this mirror to reflect the moon. You can also do this in the window that has moonshine coming in.
Wand pointed to ground, Invoke Divine Mother Earth into the circle,
Mother might I ask you once more again,
As your nurtured child, from now and from then,
Your love and warmth, protect me from below,
Come up into my circle, for all to be shown.
Wand pointing up, Invoke Divine Father Sky into the circle,
Father might I ask you once more again,
As your nurtured child, from now and from then,
Your strength and vitality, protect me from above,
Come down into my circle, to give all of your love.
Wand pointed at the west, Invoke the greater goddess of the sea into your space, if you have a specific deity, invoke his/her name directly. Fill her/him a chalice with wine and toast to her presence. An offering of a sea shell or aquamarine will do.
"Goddess of the sea and cleansing oceans so free,
With this wine, I greet, for possible it’d not be,
That it is your heart that beats in the creative waters of all,
May you offer your power for me and answer my call.”
Light the blue candle in the name of water,
"Blessed be this candle blue,
For you to offer your cleansing hue.”
Light the white candle in the name of any guides, angels, and divine light,
"O’ Divine light may your purity shower this rite.
Protect my workings through day and through night.”
Drop your essential oils into the water,
"Pine of Mars, and Lavender of Mercury,
Lend down your protection, grace, and purity.
Clasp the salt in your hand. Put positive, white light and good thought-forms into it. Allow joy, love, compassion, and all things divine come from the heart, through the navel, and into the salt vessel. Now, add in the salt, visualizing a truthful, pure white light coming off of it, you may point your wand at the water vessel,
Sacred salt of the sea, it is by your glowing beauty,
That this water be made pure and knowingly holy,
And as I drop you into your darkened space,
Fill with white light, and reflect the smile on my face.
Holy Mother and Father in conjunction with the goddess of all seas,
May this sacred water hold the properties of ye, repel all evil, and harmful negativity.
By my strong voice, this water and container be pure,
That even a drop so tiny, no wickedness goes uncured.
As I will this rite to be,
So mote it be, so mote it be.
x 3, optional
Continue supplying your purity, your love, and allow the Goddess of the Sea to work with any oils, crystals, incense, and other items that you have supplied while the candles burn down, you may leave the circle correctly and return. When the candles have burned down, it is a signature of completion, and the Goddess of the Sea has made the water sacred and holy.
Thank all of your crystals/oils/guides/trinkets that had taken place, thank the elements for keeping watch at their quarters, thank Mama Earth for watching your back from below, thank Father sky from watching your back from above, thank the candles, thank the goddess/god of the sea, and don’t forget to thank poor old Mr. Sage.. ! :)
Evoke them all and dismiss respectfully, uncast your circle, and then finish your wine/juice for funsies while you clean up.
Store the water for as long as you want, once it is sacred, it cannot go untainted in its vessel unless it has deliberately been tainted by a truly intending harmful person. Use sacred/holy water for cleansing, consecrating, blessing, add to potions for amplification, put in the corners of rooms to rid negative energy, add to baths, and pretty much anything.