The Blessing of the Waters is a Public Community Ritual held annually by the Weavers of the Moonfire, with the assistance of many members of our Tradition, the Assembly of the Sacred Wheel. This year the Ritual was to take place on Saturday August 17th with the Moon in Pisces. But a few weeks before, a flash flood damaged the Park where the Ritual is held, and it will be closed for repair work until sometime next year. We were unable to secure another location and so, we have had to cancel the Public Ritual until next year.
The Water of our Planet is a Closed System, the Water we have is all the Water we will ever have, and All Water is One Water. When we do work to Heal the Waters, we work to Heal All the Water. The Waters in Flint MI, the Water at the Standing Rock Reservation, the Waters in Nebraska, the Waters of the Gulph of Mexico, the Water in my town, the Water in your city, and the Land that Water gives Life to.
I feel very deeply that this work is necessary and critically important, especially because the Waters and the Land are so much out of Balance. Water is Sacred, It gives Life to the Land and to all who dwell upon It. It needs to be Honored, Respected and Protected, now more than ever.
Please join us in the following work on Friday September 13th or Saturday September 14th with the Full Moon in Pisces., to help carry the energy of the Blessing of the Waters forward until we can once again come together as a Community and do this work in the mundane world. What follows is a simple Rite to be done either as solitary work or together in a small group. It can be altered as needed by each person who chooses to engage in it. It can be done once, or as often as you choose. The combined Blessing and Healing by everyone who is willing to do this Work, will come together on the Astral and will help to Heal the Waters of the Earth we all share.
Water is Sacred, Water is Life.
The Blessing of the Waters
Draw Water from whatever source you can safely access into a vessel of your choosing. (You may choose a small stream, or a lake somewhere near your home, or you may choose the tap in your kitchen.) Set the vessel filled with Water on the ground or floor in front of you.
Breath deep, Ground and Center yourself, burn sweetgrass or sage or incense, do whatever you would to prepare yourself for Sacred Work.
(I am including the chants that we use in the Ritual, it is easy to find recordings of them on the web. Of course, you may sing whatever you like, Also, you may use the words provided here, or you may use your own.)
Sing as you prepare yourself to begin the Work.
“Born of Water, Cleansing, Powerful, Healing, Changing, I am.”
Cast a Circle if that is a part of your usual practice.
(when we Cast the Circle for the Public Ritual, everyone sings as the Circle is Cast,)
“Air moves us, Fire Transforms us, Water Shapes us, Earth Heals us,
and the Balance of the Wheel goes ‘round and ‘round,
and the Balance of the Wheel goes ‘round.”
Call the Waters of the North, East, South, West, Sky, Land, and Body.
As you call to each of the Waters, see them in your mind’s eye, know to Whom you call.
“I call to the Waters of the North, to the Lakes, Fjords and the Artic Seas.
Waters of the North, I call to you, Waters of the North, Flow to me.
I call to the Waters of the East, to the Ocean, Bays, and Marshes,
Waters of the East, I call to you, Waters of the East, Flow to me.
I call to the Waters of the South, to the Swamps, Bayous and Deltas,
Waters of the South, I call to you, Waters of the South, Flow to me.
I call to the Waters of the West, to the Rivers and Reservoirs,
Waters of the West, I call to you, Waters of the West, Flow to me.
I call to the Waters of the Sky, to Rain, Mist and Snow,
Waters of the Sky, I call to you, Waters of the Sky, Flow to me.
I call to the Waters of the Land, to the Aquifer, Spring and Watershed,
Waters of the Land I call to you, Waters of the Land, Flow to me.
I call to the Waters of my Body, to Blood, Sweat and Tears,
Waters within, I call to you, Waters within, Flow through me.”
Call to he Spirit of the Waters and to the Spirits of the Land
“I call to the Spirit of the Waters, to the Sacred Water that gives Life to the Land and to all who dwell upon it, Come and join me in this Work of Healing.
I call to the Spirits of the Land, to Soil, Rock, and Tree, to all who grow, fly, walk, crawl or swim. To all who live upon the Land and all who draw Life from the Water. Come and join me in this Work of Healing.”
(If you desire to Call upon the Lady and the Lord do so by what Names you know Them, I would Call upon Danu as Lady of the Waters and Cernunnos as Lord of the Wilds.)
Make a Statement of Intention, that you are working to Bless the Waters to bring Healing to the Waters and to the Land and to restore Balance between Them.
Make a Statement of Commitment if you choose to do so, to Honor, Respect and Protect the Waters.
State out Loud “Water is Sacred, Water is Life!”
Now focus your attention upon the Water in the vessel. Raise energy through drumming, rattling, dancing, chanting, singing or toning. Through sound, send the energy into the Water, see it transform, see it sparkle with Light and Healing. Continue to send Healing into the Water until you have transformed It as much as you are able.
Seal the working by singing the Cherokee Water Blessing to the Water in the vessel.
Atcha ta ney ya, ney ya, ney ya, Atcha ta ney ya, ney ya hey.”
(We acknowledge that we are not Cherokee, we sing the Cherokee Water Blessing in the spirit and purpose for which it has been shared. We do so with respect, honor, and gratitude to the Cherokee People for their generosity in sharing it with the world.)
Give Thanks to All who joined you in this Work.
“I give Thanks to the Waters of the North, East, South, West, Sky, Land and Body.
I give Thanks to the Spirit of the Waters and to the Spirits of the Land,
I give Thanks to the Lady and the Lord, for joining me in this Work of Healing,
Ho now in Peace and in Grace,I Give Thanks!”
(If you Cast a Circle, release it now in the way that is usual for you.)
Now, carry the vessel to the source from which you drew the Water, (or if you used the tap in your home, to a patch of open soil) pour the Water into the Source or into the Earth.
Sing as you carry the Water to that place,
“The River is Flowing, Flowing and Growing, the River is Flowing, down to the Sea,
Mother carry me, your child I will always be, Mother carry me, down to the Sea.”
It is Done, So Mote It Be.
(If you have included Water from a non-local source in your working, do not pour that Water into a local source. Water can contain microbes that are invisible to the naked eye and you could inadvertently introduce a non-indigenous organism into the local ecology, which is potentially dangerous in unforeseeable ways.)