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Waters of the World: a Day of Ceremony

Updated on March 15, 2014
The altar for the ceremony
The altar for the ceremony | Source

An Important Worldwide Ritual

March 15, 2014, was a very important date for Pagans worldwide. It was a day to bless, honor, ask for restoration and purification of the waters of all the Earth.

The event included both sponsored events for large groups at various locations, as well as solo practitioners such as myself.

The intention and motivation for the event was to have the very destructive and polluting practice of "fracking" to cease.

A Raw Beginner

As a Pagan, I am rather new to the practice; I do not belong to a larger group, so my knowledge is piecemeal, gleaned from what I've read by others, including Hubbers such as WiccanSage.

Therefore, this is intended only as a telling of my experience on this day, and not as instruction, for I probably made mistakes. ;-)

Nonetheless, it is the meditation, the intent, and the combination of those thoughts and intentions from the worldwide community that count.

My Beginner's Ritual

My original ritual included items easily found in any normal household.

  • salt, known as a purification agent
  • sage, known as an agent for cleansing negativity
  • water, an important part of this particular ritual
  • candle
  • incense

I also have a few clear quartz crystals that were gifted to me, and I added those.

Usually, sage is used in a bundle, lit, and the smoke used to 'smudge' an area, to cleanse negative energy. As I did not have any whole sage, I simply used ground sage from the spice cabinet. I did not have 'sea salt,' or kosher salt, so I used ordinary table salt. You make do with what you have.

The previous night was a full (or nearly full) moon, so I set my water out in its bowl to absorb the moon's energy overnight.

Different colors of candles are often associated with various properties; however, I did not have the color of candle "required" for this ritual (as far as I could tell what was "required," that is), so I simply used a white candle and mentally assigned its role.

Cinnamon is said to be a powerful agent; but the only incense I had was an apple-cinnamon blend, so I used that, and decided that apple is a fruit of the Earth, and in association with the cinnamon, would do well.

The crystals were associated with Earth, Air and Water, so very appropriate. (I lack a 'fire' crystal.)

I then put on a meditative music selection, titled, "Muir Woods," for a nearby redwood grove that is a National Monument, and has a lovely, clear stream running through.

The Process

First, I used the music to try and clear my mind and focus on the spirit of the intention at hand.

I lit the candle and the incense, and sprinkled a bit of the salt upon the small makeshift altar I'd set up, as a purification to prepare.

I next presented the water in its bowl to the four points of the compass, and appealed to the spirit energy of those points to bless the waters of the Earth symbolized by my small bowl of Moon-blessed water.

I repeated the purification, this time sprinkling some of the sage.

I then meditated upon the intent of this worldwide gathering of such importance, and finished the ritual by using the water to symbolically return its goodness and nurturing properties to Gaia, Mother Earth, by pouring it into the base of our pomegranate bush. From there, I scattered the rest of the salt and sage, co-mingled, to the four corners; to the winds.

I finished by another few moments of silent meditation on the desired outcome; focusing mentally upon all of the clear, beautiful waters and waterfalls I've ever visited or seen in photos.

The water was symbolically poured to feed the pomegranate bush
The water was symbolically poured to feed the pomegranate bush | Source

The Poem That Followed

After I came inside, I wrote this poem.


Waters blest,

Run clear, run free;


Waters blest,

Nourish Earth;


Waters blest,

From all points come;


Waters blest,

Return, return


Waters blest,

Gaia knows;


Waters blest,

To feed us all;


Waters blest,

To cleanse and bless;


Waters blest,

Run clear, run free.




©Liz Elias
3-15-14
Written following the Waters of the World ritual against fracking

© 2014 Liz Elias

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  • DzyMsLizzy profile imageAUTHOR

    Liz Elias 

    4 years ago from Oakley, CA

    Hello, Kevin--

    No, it was not a Native Indian ritual; I made it up myself to fit the intent of the special day of focus on clean, clear water and in the spirit of ending the fracking industry and the mess it is making of our waters.

    I'm pleased you liked the ritual and my poem. Thanks so much for your comment. ;)

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    The Examiner-1 

    4 years ago

    DzyMsLizzy,

    Was this a Native Indian ritual? Reading the ritual, seeing the photos and especially reading that poem surely made it seem like it was. By the way, the poem a was good touch.

    Kevin

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    Liz Elias 

    4 years ago from Oakley, CA

    Hello, WiccanSage,

    I'm delighted that you liked my invented ritual and subsequent poem. It was your articles and encouragement that gave me the confidence to know it is okay to invent one's own "thing" without using a pre-scripted ceremony, so yes, you deserve the credit.

    Thanks so much for such a wonderful comment.

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    Mackenzie Sage Wright 

    4 years ago

    MsLizzy, this was such a beautiful ritual. I'm so glad you shared it with us. And I am touched that you mention me, I didn't expect that. Thanks so much for the beautiful poem as well.

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    Liz Elias 

    4 years ago from Oakley, CA

    Hello, Nell!

    Golly, I'm sorry you didn't know about this. Do you use Face Book? It was a worldwide event, sponsored by "The Warrior's Call--pagans united against fracking." ( https://www.facebook.com/sacredshieldwall )

    But, please, feel free to jump on a plane and come visit anyway! ;-) Thanks so much for your energetic comment.

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    Nell Rose 

    4 years ago from England

    This sounds wonderful lizzy! being a Pagan myself I would love to have been there! we never have anything like that over here, so I will jump on a plane and scoot over next time! lol!

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    Liz Elias 

    4 years ago from Oakley, CA

    Thank you very much, FlourishAnyway! I appreciate your stopping by.

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    FlourishAnyway 

    4 years ago from USA

    I also liked the good intentions fueling your ritual.

  • DzyMsLizzy profile imageAUTHOR

    Liz Elias 

    4 years ago from Oakley, CA

    Hello, MysticMoonlight, and thank you very much. I am glad you enjoyed this ritual, and I'm sure your well-wishes will add to the worldwide power of the day's events.

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    MysticMoonlight 

    4 years ago

    So wonderful of you to do this, DzyMsLizzy. I loved your ritual and the intention behind it. May it do blessings in bounty.

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