Working with Water Spirits
Nymphs, Mermaids, Oceanids, Water Horse, oh my! The element of water is diverse and vast and holds within it a variety of malevolent and benevolent spirits. From Faery women such as the Gwragedd Annwn, Melusine, and the Lake Ladies to Selki, Nix, Naiad, and Nereid. In this class we will discuss working with water as an elemental as well as a variety of beings that fall under the Water Spirit umbrella. Many are shapeshifters that can move from human to inhuman form while others embody the water or are God like beings. We will discuss which ones are safe to approach through spirituality and the more accurate and not so benevolent nature of spirits such as Mermaids, Water Horse, and Rusalka. We will also discuss different bodies of waters such as the ocean, lakes, rivers, bogs, canals and the spirits that tend to dwell in these places. Our focus will be on European Water spirits but the lecture will establish that there are a wide variety of spirits to work with that dwell within or near water in a global scale.
Cults of the Sacred Springs and Holy Wells
Throughout space and time Water has been considered holy and sacred. It has been used to both heal as well as used to carry curses. Many holy wells are honored for their sacred properties, holy water and sometimes even having a spirit itself! Sacred springs and holy wells are where both malevolent and benevolent spirits dwell. In this lecture we will discuss a variety of sacred springs and holy wells including those at Glastonbury, Bath, St. Brigid’s holy well, and Mother Shipton’s Wishing Well just to name a few. These sacred wells and springs have been used to curse and heal for hundreds of years. There are literally thousands of sacred water sites in the UK and Europe many featuring a rich esoteric history of spells, rituals and customs. We will discuss common curses, spells for healing and the clergy that attended these sacred spaces.
Lake Ladies, Fountain Faery and other Watery Women
Throughout folklore and mythology, faery women have captivated the hearts and minds of many and are often associated with a body of water such as a lake, fount or ocean. Nymphs, Mermaids and other mysterious watery women associated with water will be discusses in this class.
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