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The Elements : Water, giver of life

The Elements Water Nature Photography Nigel Borrington

The Elements Water
Nature Photography
Nigel Borrington

Water, giver of life

Water, is a great necessity, without it nothing can live. Only earth and water can bring forth a living soul. Such is the greatness of water that spiritual regeneration cannot be done without it.

Thales of Miletus concluded that water was the beginning of all things and the first of all elements and most potent because of its mastery over the rest. Pliny said “Water swallow up the earth, extinguishes the flame, ascends on high, and by stretching forth as clouds challenges the heavens for their own, and the same falling down, becomes the cause of all things that grow in the earth.

Water is a cleansing, healing, psychic, and loving element. It is the feeling of friendship and love that pours over us when we are with our family, friends and loved ones. When we swim it is water that supports us, when we are thirsty, it is water the quenches our thirst, another manifestation of this element is the rainstorms that drench us, or the dew formed on plants after the sun has set.

The power of the energy of Water, can be felt by tasting pure spring water, moving you hand through a stream, lake, pool, or bowl full of water. You can feel its cool liquidity; it’s soft and loving touch, this motion and fluidity is the quality of Air within Water. This Water energy is also contained within ourselves, our bodies being mostly composed of Water.

As well as being vital for life, within the energy of this element is contained the essence of love. Love is the underlying reason for all magic. Water is love.

Water is a feminine element, it also the element of emotion and subconscious, of purification, intuition, mysteries of the self, compassion and family. It is psychic ability; water can be used as a means of scrying or as an object for meditation. Water is important in spells and rituals of friendship, marriage, happiness, fertility, healing, pleasure, psychic abilities and spells involving mirrors.

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The element of Water and the pagan Irish Goddess : Boann and the Irish God : Nechtan

eltic (Irish) Goddess of the River Boyne and mother of Angus Mac Og by the Dagda. She was the wife of Nechtan, a god of the water. Likewise, Boann was herself a water-goddess, and one of her myths concerns the water. According to legend, there was a sacred well (Sidhe Nechtan) that contained the source of knowledge. All were forbidden to approach this well, with the exception of the god Nechtan (as was noted, Boann’s husband) and his servants. Boann ignored the warnings, and strode up to the sacred well, thus violating the sanctity of the area. For this act, she was punished, and the waters of the defiled well swelled and were transformed into a raging river, a river that pursued her. In some versions, she was drowned; while in others, she managed to outrun the currents. In either case, this water became the river that was known henceforth as the Boyne, and Boann thereafter became the presiding deity.

Another aspect of the myth of Boann is that she bore Angus. She and the All father of the Tuatha De Danaan, the Dagda, engaged in an illicit affair that resulted in the birth of this god of love. However, since both Boann and the Dagdha wished to keep their rendezvous a secret, they used their divine powers to cause the nine month gestation period to last but a single day – or so it seemed, for the sun was frozen in the sky for those nine months, never setting and never rising. On this magical day, Angus emerged into the world. She held the powers of healing. Variants: Boannan, Boyne.

Ref : Pagan elements of Water

7 responses

  1. Such an interesting post, Nigel. I’ve always been drawn to water, loving the feel and sound of it, whether it be the sight of the sea or listening to small fountains in the back of my yard. Beautiful photographs!

    October 27, 2016 at 5:59 pm

    • Hello 🙂

      Thank you , yes – you just have to love being around water 🙂

      For many years I visited a river or the sea almost everyday as we had molly as a companion, as a golden retriever she just loved being around and mostly in water 🙂 🙂 .

      I love being around it myself as well just to watch and listen, I agree its great to help you chill and relax 🙂 🙂

      October 29, 2016 at 10:38 am

      • Oh, retrievers love the water. Labs, too. My son has a lab…difficult to keep the dog away from it! Hope you’re have a great weekend, Nigel.

        October 30, 2016 at 1:12 pm


      She just loved going to any place with water , 🙂 🙂

      November 1, 2016 at 10:07 pm

      • Lol! ❤️

        November 2, 2016 at 2:12 pm

  2. Intriguing 🙂 I could not help thinking about the first verses of the Bible in which Water is what is present first and foremost:
    In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 2 Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.
    It is interesting to see the corollary between the Seemingly opposing beliefs.

    October 27, 2016 at 6:35 pm

    • Hi Morgan 🙂 🙂

      Absolutely 🙂 🙂 , A great deal of Pagan beliefs found themselves transfered into Christianity in its early days, This was normal for the Romans, they used this method to ease the transition from one belief system into another, during the process of taking over an invaded nation.

      Its a little worrying sometimes to take out all the pagan beliefs and myths along with festivals – out of the Christian system as you could wonder what your left with ?

      I guess water is always the start of everything, bringing life and sustaining it 🙂

      Great Great comment !!!

      Thank you 🙂 🙂 🙂

      October 29, 2016 at 10:50 am

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