Grace Cavanaugh ~ Editor in Chief
If you have a practicing witch as a friend, or are one yourself, then you have probably noticed the sheer amount of jars that contain only water a witch has.
Personally, I believe that I have about seven jars of water, each of them different. Water is used in countless parts of witchcraft, from cleansing to protection to spellwork. Different kinds of water bring different properties to the mix.
Sun water is used for protection, healing, clairvoyance, growth, confidence, leadership, creativity, and fertility. Much like moon water, which I know I have talked about before, sun water is made by placing a bowl of water – you guessed it – in sunlight. You can leave it there for as long as you like, but some prefer to move the water to where the moon will not touch it, as they believe it could alter the properties.
Moon water is used for an abundance of things, chief among them usually cleansing. A spray bottle full of moon water, and things like lemons and cinnamon, can cleanse a space. Some people water their plants with moon water, charged for one purpose or another. A lot of spellwork calls for moon water as well.
Sea water is used for cleansing, banishing, healing, rituals, and protection. I have a jar with a bit of sand in the bottom that I collected the last time I was at the beach. As a shameless plug, I wrote about that experience, a piece titled “Beaches in Maryland,” that will be published in the Prism this semester.
I also have a bottle of storm water, which is used for strength, motivation, curses, confidence, choices, power, and bringing rapid change. I believe I collected that one when the hurricane, or what was left of it, rolled through Lynchburg last semester, although hurricane water has a couple of additional properties, including causing damage and emotional change.
Besides moon and sun water, rain water is probably the most common. Easily collected with bowls set out while it is raining, it is used for rebirth, cleansing, and as altar water. Altar water is not another type of water, but rather the representation of the element on one’s altar, like a candle would represent fire and a stone would represent earth.
River water is for warding, creating change, and moving on. Rivers, and other bodies of running water, are also commonly used to dispose of natural spell ingredients, like herbs.
With the recent weather, snow water has been exceptionally easy to come by. It is used for purity, change, and slow workings. I have two jars, one from snow in Richmond a while back, and one from the storm last week. Both are not nearly full, so it is good to keep in mind that snow melts, and the water you get is much less than what you put in.
Like I said, I have a lot of jars in my possession that seem to be filled with just water, but each is used for a myriad of reasons. Knowing water properties is one of the basic pillars of witchcraft, in my opinion, and one that continues to be useful.