Thursday, April 9, 2020

Elemental Magic: Water Spells and Rituals

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Water is, by nature, healing. My intuition told me to start with Water, and I am certainly glad I did. Now more than ever we need the healing energies of Water, and as time passes, we will need the grounding energies of Earth, the next element in this series. Today I have a number of spells and rituals that use Water, whether this is connecting with local Water spirits, using Water to heal, or relying on it's cleansing properties. Each of these spells and rituals is specifically designed to deepen your connection with Water, especially locally, as well as encourage you to use Water's healing properties to get us through this trying time.

This ritual is designed to help you connect with the spirits of a local Water source, whether this be a river, creek, lake, ocean, or any other Water source near you. This ritual is adapted from Aligning with a River Spirit from Avalon's Water Witchcraft: Magic and Lore from the Celtic Tradition.

What You'll Need

  • Trash Bag
  • Natural Offering (shell, crystal, etc)
  • Vial or Bottle
  • Blanket (if you are uncomfortable sitting on the ground)
  • Notebook

What to Do

Begin by traveling to a local Water source with your acquire items. I suggest the visiting on the Full or New Moon as these are great times to start new relationships with deities. Remember, the Dark Moon is different from the New Moon, and I would save the Dark Moon for resting. Find a quiet spot along the Water where you will not be disturbed and lay out your blanket if you are uncomfortable sitting on the ground. Scan the surrounding area for any trash or debris and pick up any trash you may happen to find. As you do so, take this time to also observe the surroundings. What plants are growing along the banks? Are there any animals? Is the Water cool or warm to the touch? Is there a breeze? What is the energy like in this space?

Once the area is clean and you have taken stock of the surrounding energies, return to your blanket or resting spot and sit or lie on the ground. Begin breathing deeply and exhaling slowly to reach a meditative state. Close your eyes and imagine your energy seeping into the Earth under you, helping you ground. Once grounded, keep your eyes closed and reach your energy out to the Water. Take a few moments to feel the energy of the Water, letting it wash over you. If the energy is light and receptive, continue with the ritual. If you feel uneasy or unwelcome, stop, thank the spirits for their time, and leave. You can try again on another date. Sometimes it takes time to build a relationship, especially with land spirits that are used to being abused.

If you feel the spirits are open to communication, open your eyes and walk into the Water if possible. If not, dip your hands into the Water. Close your eyes again and feel yourself becoming one with the Water. As you do so say, "This witch seeks to know you, spirits of the water, How your water ebbs and flows. How the Moon graces your rapids in the evening sky, and how the Sun warms you during the day. I seek to know the spirit of the water and all those who dwell upon its banks."

Pause and listen. You can remain standing in the water or return to your blanket on the bank. Sit in silence, paying close attention to any signs or messages from the Water spirits, especially any animal behaviors you may witness. If you don't see anything with your physical eye, try close your eyes and opening your Third Eye to see if you can sense anything on a spiritual plane.

When you are satisfied with this encounter, take your bottle and your offering and return to the water. Tell the spirits you are taking some Water to place on your altar to charge with positive intent and that you will return it in a moon cycle's time. Leave your offering in the Water or on the banks and return home. Place the Water on your altar and work with the Water you collected daily for a full moon cycle. This can be as simple as holding the vial every day and meditating with it. At the end of the moon cycle, return the water to its source and continue attempting contact. The more often you visit and work with the spirits of place, the more likely they are to help you in future magical workings. Remember, relationships take two people. Spirits do not want to work with witches that neglect them or fail to keep promises. Keep your word and continue to foster the relationship with the Water spirits by visiting regularly and meditating on the banks.

This is a pretty commonly discussed Water spell, so I am not going to go into too much detail here because online resources are so prevalent. Moon Water is Water that has been magically charged using moonlight. However, Moon Water isn't just created under the Full Moon; instead, it can be created using any phase of the Moon and therefore has different properties. If you are looking to work with a Moon phase, but weren't able to during the actual phase, Moon Water is an excellent substitute!

What You'll Need

  • Glass Jar
  • Filtered or Spring Water
  • Label

What to Do

Begin by filling the glass jar with filtered or spring Water. You can also use Water from a local source, such as the river, lake, or ocean you have developed a relationship with. Once full, wait until night and place the jar somewhere it will receive moonlight. Leave out for as many hours as possible. Do not allow the Sun to touch the Water. When ready, bring inside and label the jar with the date, Moon phase, weather, and astrological events. Each of these will affect the properties of the Moon Water. Store in a dark place away from the Sun.

Types of Moon Water

New Moon Water: Water charged under the New Moon. Great for spells relating to new beginnings, such as a new job or business, new relationships, or if you are moving to a new place. New Moon Water is also great for watering newly planted seeds.

Waxing Moon Water: Water charged under the Waxing Moon. Great for spells relating to manifestation, attraction, growth, development, and evolution. Waxing Moon Water is great for success and money spells, as well as luck spells.

Full Moon Water: Water charged under the Full Moon. This is probably the most common form of Moon Water and can be used to strengthen spells and spiritual power. It can be used for just around anything, including bath and beauty spells.

Waning Moon Water: Water charged under the Waning Moon. Great for spells relating to banishment, and removals. Whether you are looking to get rid of a person, habit, or spirit, Waning Moon Water is the most potent Moon Water for getting rid of things.

Dark Moon Water: Water charged under the Dark Moon. While there is no moonlight during a Dark Moon, the energy of the moon is still potent. Dark Moon Water is best for hexes, curses, binding, and other otherwise "baneful" magic. On a lighter note, Dark Moon Water is excellent for justice spells, shadow work, protection magic, and death magic.

This water is similar to Moon Water, but instead using the Sun to magically charge the water. Sun Water is great for spells pertaining to strength, power, courage, happiness, lust, and love. Use it in solar energy spells, rituals, and baths, or as anointing or blessing water.

What You'll Need

  • Glass Jar
  • Filtered or Spring Water
  • Label

What to Do

Begin by filling the glass jar with filtered or spring Water. You can also use Water from a local source, such as the river, lake, or ocean you have developed a relationship with. Once full, place in direct sunlight for several hours. When ready, bring inside and label the jar with the date, weather, and astrological events. Each of these will affect the properties of the Sun Water. Store in a dark place.

This simple spell is excellent for stopping someone in their tracks, especially if they are doing something to you that is causing harm. Freezer spells can also be used to freeze events and even emotions if you so desire. It's important to note that not all freezer spells work as we intend them to and they do not heal the situations causing us grief. Make sure you are specific in your intent. However, this spell is really easy to undo, so if it backfires, simply allow the spell to thaw!

What You'll Need

  • Freezer-safe Container
  • Totem- a piece of paper, hair, picture, etc
  • Water

What to Do

Begin by picking out your container. By nature, freezing and binding spells are container spells designed to constrain or restrict the spell's target. I would go with a basic plastic container as they are the most freezer safe, but you can also use a "container" that resembles what you are trying to freeze, such as a cow tongue to stop gossip or cucumber/peach to stop unwanted sexual advances. Next, place your totem into the chosen container. Pictures, belongings, and hair work best for people, but writing their name on a piece of paper will work as well. If you are trying to bind and event or feeling, you can write the event/feeling on the paper as well. Fill the container with as much water as possible (vinegar or pee if you are really looking to spoil someone's intentions), seal, and place in the freezer.

Once the spell is in place, you have a couple of options as to how to go about breaking or disposing of the spell. If the spell backfires, simply unthaw the mixture and dispose of the spell contents in the trash (if it's safe) or bury them away from your home (if they are environmentally safe to be buried). If the spell works and the person, event, or feeling is "permanently" gone and unlikely to return, throw the entire container, unopened in the trash and remove it immediately from your home. You also have the option of leaving it frozen forever, or as long as you possibly can to prevent future "flare-ups." If the spell works for a time, but then the person, event, or feeling comes back, unthaw the spell slightly then refreeze. Do this every couple of days to increase the potency of the spell.

This spell using both Water and a Water symbol to help you let go of what no longer serves you. I find this spell works best for releases old feelings, habits, and even people we no longer need in our lives.

What You'll Need

  • Seashell

What to Do

This spell is best performed at the beach but can be performed at any body of water if you already have a seashell on hand. Walk along the shore, looking for a shell that speaks to you. You may pass over many shells before you find one that is perfect for the intent of this spell. Pick up the shell and hold it in your hands. Close your eyes and think about what you want to release. Visualize all aspects of the emotion, event, or person. How does it make you feel? What pictures can you conjure up? Feel the seashell warming in your hands as you charge it with your intent. When ready, blow on the seashell, acting as the final infusion of your intent into this seashell. The act of blowing not only transfers the intent from you to the seashell, but also allows you to release the emotion, event, or person from yourself. Place the shell near the water where it can be washed out to sea. Stand on a shoreline for a while, feeling the ocean pull the emotion, event, or person away from you, swallowing it into its depths. Thank the ocean for accepting your burden. Leave a small offering, such as a piece of your hair or spit as thanks.

This bath combines the power of water with bay leaves and anise seeds to pack a powerful, purifying, protection punch. Do you like the alliteration there? Water and salt are great at washing away negatively and unwanted energies, while bay leaves and anise seeds are potent purifiers and protectors. Take this bath before a ritual, especially if you plan to work with spirits, or whenever you are feeling stagnant.

What You'll Need

  • 10 Bay Leaves
  • 2 Tablespoons Anise Seeds
  • 2 Cups Boiling Water
  • 1 cup Sea Salt or Epsom Salt

What to Do

Bring two cups of water to a rolling boil. Add the bay leaves and anise seeds and allow to simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and allow the infusion to cool to room temperature. Meanwhile, fill your bath with warm water and add the salt. Stir the bath counterclockwise for banishment three times, then stir it clockwise three times for protection and luck. Hold you hands over the water and envision the bath filling with golden, purifying light. Strain the infusion and pour the strained water into the bath. Bathe for as long as you wish, imagining the negativity washing away while a protective shield forms around you.

If you don't have a bathtub, this mixture can easily be poured over you in a shower or you can use a washcloth to bathe your skin in the water before washing off. The infusion is very potent and should not be allowed to sit on the skin very long as it could cause skin irritation, rash, and even burning. If you are allergic to any of the ingredients, avoid using them.

This spell bottle uses creatures of Water, as well as Water itself, to make a potent healing charm. It can be carried on your person, placed on your altar, placed on the afflicted area, or placed under the ailing person's bed/pillow.

What You'll Need

  • Small Spell Jar
  • Pieces of Coral (preferably red)
  • 3 Pearls
  • Full Moon Water
  • Blue Sealing Wax or Candle Wax

What to Do

Cleanse all of your items using your preferred cleansing method. Hold the coral and pearls between your hands feeling them warm. Close your eyes and imagine them filling with healing white light. As you do so say, "I bless these objects of the sea. Bring me healing in my time of need. Ease my pain and suffering. Fill me with good health and well-being. So it is." Open your eyes and blow your intention into the coral and pearls. Place them into the spell jar and fill with Full Moon Water. Seal the jar and coat with blue wax.

Coral and pearls are known for the healing properties. Red coral, in particular, helps heal diseases of the blood, especially those related to womanly issues. It is also a symbol of immortality and was often used by sailors to protect their ships and ensure safe passage. Furthermore, coral is believed to reduce overall stress, thus helping aid the body in fighting infections. Pearls, on the other hand, are often associated with healing various organs, including the lungs, heart, liver, kidneys, and stomach. It is strongly associated with both the base and heart chakras, and works as a potent healing "crystal."  Furthermore, pearls are said to harmonize the body, allowing it to flow with the Moon cycles, thus allowing the body to heal naturally. The Full Moon Water, which has natural healing properties, is used to enhance the potency of the coral and pearls. The blue wax not only keeps the jar sealed completely but also aids in the healing properties of the spell jar, as blue is the color of health and water.


These spells are just some of the many uses of Water, some of which you can find elsewhere on my blog. You can also use Water for scrying, saining, as an offering, and as a base for elixirs and potions. The uses are endless! How do you use Water in your practice? Share your spells and ideas in the comments below!

Interest in the rest of the series? Here's what's to come!

Elemental Magic Series

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  1. What a stellar, informative, awesome post, dear Willow. At the risk of sounding like a broken record, water is the element that I (a Cancer) connect with most intensely, so I'm lapping up this fantastic series (pun intended) with gusto and heartfelt appreciation.

    Autumn Zenith 🎃 Witchcrafted Life

    1. I'm glad your enjoying it my watery friend. I'm an Air sign (Libra), but I don't feel particularly drawn to Air. Maybe that'll change with writing this series. If I am honest, I haven't really tried to develop a relationship with it. I have a natural relationship with Earth and Fire and a fairly decent one with Water, but Air...I guess I forget about it. Maybe that's my flighty nature. Haha!

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  3. Hello, I am a baby witch. This is all new to me but this feels like a great place to start. After the first ritual here for water, myself (and a more experienced witch friend) have felt like something has been watching us from the woods where we did the ritual. She said it doesn’t feel malevolent, and I don’t really know what to think. Is this something to be concerned about?

    1. Connecting with the elements is a GREAT place to start on your journey. There is a really good chance this is a local or elemental spirit. They are often curious of us, especially when witches show up and raise a bunch of energy in a space. I would leave it offerings and build report with it if I were you. There is the potential for this spirit to be an alley, or at the very least, it will continue to allow you to practice peacefully in the space. Remember, the wild spaces do not belong to us. We are but guests and should act accordingly. Good luck!


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