Water is life giving. It represents new beginnings as the foundation of all life and the origin of the other elements. Billions of years ago, the first cells bravely formed in Earth’s tumultuous oceans. They developed from the loving energy in the waves around them until one day the human being was born, just as dependent on water as her ancestors. The even energy of this element holds love in its purest form, which sustains us through troubled and peaceful times alike.
I have ascended to you
With the Great One behind me
And my purity before me:
I have passed by Tefnut,
Even while Tefnut was purifying me,
And indeed I am a priest, the child of a priest in this temple.
-Between Identity and Agency in Ancient Egyptian Ritual by H.M. Hays
The spirit called Mami Wata, or Mother Water, who originated in Africa is a goddess who represents duality. Her followers typically wear white and red, opposing colors in African mythology, as water can be associated with death and destruction as well as creation and new life. She originated among a small group of people. However, her worshippers eventually covered the majority of Africa as tribes adopted her in place of their local water deities. Worshippers of Mami Wata celebrate her by taking part in intense dancing rituals. Followers dance until they enter a meditative state and are possessed by the goddess. They tap into the psychic and transcendental properties of water, coming away with a wiser understanding of our duality. She still has many followers throughout Africa and Central America.
As Aphrodite rose from the waves, born of the foam of the sea, she embodies the most feminine and most sensual aspects of water. The Greek and Roman (Venus) goddess of love, beauty, and sensuality, her connection to water is deeply engraved in our collective subconscious. Both represent the height of femininity, of that collection of qualities we instinctively associate as female
In our world we look to the nectar of water for healing, serenity, and spiritual awakening. Our human connection with water soothes the soul. The rhythmic lapping of the waves or the harsh power of a rainstorm both cleanse and calm the mind, similar to baptism, and remind us of water’s powerful ambivalence. Water may cleanse in soothing or violent and unpredictable ways, such as through storms and floods. When this element chooses to bring destruction it causes is a rebirth of its own, clearing parts of the Earth for new possibilities. Water is the wise ruler of our life force who bestows on us her power of balance, wisdom, and love.
Written by Morgan Stevens.