So I was thinking earlier about tools I’ve collected, been gifted, gifted, and used throughout my nearly 10 years of magick and I thought I’d let share one of them with you. It was thought up and gifted to me by my aunt on a winter solstice around 5 years ago, and I used it for numerous years afterwards sparingly. She gave me 4 glass bottles of water coming from the four elements which would lend the essence of water with a slant towards one of the other elements. I’ll give you a more understandable explanation for each after I’ve written down my personal recipe for them.
Water of the Air
1 Large feather such as an owl, vulture, or hawk
Collect rainwater from a single storm. For those of us living in the desert, this may require a long wait or a trip to Seattle. This also may mean that you need to put a bucket outside to catch enough water. Once the water is in the jar, stir it with the feather. Put whatever air energy you feel is needed into it. I’m not really one for the rhyming spells or chants so throw that in there if you’re that kind of person as well.
This will be used to represent the airy parts of water: the fluidity, hurricanes, cold emotions, and all things that go between the water and air such as seabirds, rain (yeah, I know…), and storms of all sorts.
Water of the Earth
a handful of stones from a body of water or stones that represent water to you
The instructions are the same as the water of air except with the earth slant.
The important things to note when using this water is that it is of the earth and therefore represents things such as the body, water that is not in motion, creatures that travel between the earth and water (crabs for example), and emotional ties to objects.
Water of Fire
The instructions for this one are a bit different. First boil natural spring water (bottled water works). Put this water into the jar. Then light the match and feel the heat and fire flowing into the water. Put the match out in the jar and pull the matchstick out. There will be ashes in the water and that’s okay.
This is the combination of opposites. It is a representation of the “hot” emotions such as passion, anger, and love. It is also a representation of the idea of alchemy and the combination of opposing forces. This is a tricky one to really explain with examples.
Water of Water
1 Glass jar
In this, the procedure is very simple. You just need either water from a very large lake or water from the sea. I’d suggest that you make sure they are as clean as possible (run them through a coffee filter or 10), but other than that just pour it into the jar and close the lid.
This is the most difficult one to explain the representation on in my opinion. It has to do with all things purely of water. Dreams, water bound creature, watery emotions if that makes any sense, and of course water itself.
All of these waters will work for the water aspect in a ritual, but they are specifically designed for certain types. For example, I would use the Water of Fire in a ritual to bring about more passion in your life but it wouldn’t be a good one for bringing more wealth into your life. On the other hand, if you wanted to a very water based ritual, you could use all of the waters as representatives of the 4 elements.
You have to be careful not to let them into the light very much because algae will start to grow if they’re exposed to much light and nobody wants to use water in a ritual that’s got weird green stuff in it.
Anyways, good luck and if you have any questions or thoughts, give us a few comments.