The Power of Water

January 6th is the Feast of the Epiphany, the last day of the Twelve Days of Christmas, and the day on which Priests in the Eastern Orthodox Church bless the waters. Seems like as good a time as any to talk about Water. 

Water is an excellent conductor. Well, that’s not exactly true. Water is actually an excellent insulator. Water is, however, an excellent ionic solvent, and the dissolved ions in water conduct energy well. Ions are molecules that have gained or lost an electrical charge.

Energy has a push and a pull, a positive and a negative charge, that is the motion inherent in all existence. When water crashes into things, like in a waterfall or waves, the ions release their electrical charge, which shifts the energy of a space on such a palpable level that it shifts the mood of those exposed. 

In a number of traditions, the creation myth holds that water existed before everything else. In the Abrahamic system, before the Divine One(s) decide(s) starts creation, before land and sky, it/they looked out upon the waters. Water is primordial.

Innumerable traditions around the world have a flood myth. Sometimes the same traditions that believe water predates creation. Water as a tool of cleansing, a reset button. Water, the beginning of life; water, the destroyer. The end all, be all.

In Kabbalah, water is intimately associated with the Feminine Divine, the Mother Archetype. She is the embodiment of the pull, the negative polarity. It is she who establishes and holds boundaries. Without her, there would be no form.

In the Hypostasis of the Archons, one of the tellings of the creation myth found in the Abrahamic line, the Feminine Divine is the one who breathes the spark of life into the prototype human, which makes him more than something made of clay and mud.

Humans and animals need water to survive. Even crystals need water to grow. We exist for over nine months in water in the womb. Water is Life (mni wiconi). The struggle over water began a long time ago, and it is getting louder. A critical mass of people lacking usable water has been reached, and it’s not just the poor and downtrodden. Those who think they are middle class also lack usable water, which is why they buy it, at prices higher than they pay for gasoline.

Water is everything. Without it, nothing. Water is sacred.  Blessing is a symbiotic relationship. You can see how water blesses you. How will you bless water?

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