Water Spirit – Mystic Elements
Image by Daniel Arrhakis
Water Spirit – Mystic Elements by Daniel Arrhakis (2019)
With the music : Colossal Trailer Music – Submersive (Extended Version)
The Mystic Symbolism Of Water
Water is a symbol of purity and source of life, and thus plays a central role in various religions such as Christianity, Islam, Judaism and Hinduism; also in rituals of Spiritism, Afro, Indigenous Religions, Shinto and Wicca.
We are all made of water, and so we can liken to our own existence and we can incorporate the symbolism of circulation, life and birth by associating the creative waters of the earth with the fluids found in our own body.
In the ancient Egypt the Milky Way was considered a celestial mirror of the Nile and it was believed the sun god Ra drove his ship across it. The river’s annual floods which deposited the fertile black soil along the arid banks were important to the crops for their survival.
In Taoist tradition, water is considered an aspect of wisdom. The concept here is that water takes on the form in which it is held and moves in the path of least resistance.
The ancient Greeks understood the power of transition water holds. From liquid, to solid, to vapor. Therefore water incorporate the symbolism of metamorphosis and philosophical recycling.
For the Celts, water was a primeval source of everything living; it was mysterious and as such it was the fount of many magical-mystical phenomena. The world erupts from water and also returns to water, as when the city Ys is swallowed by the sea.
Water has long played a key role in Celtic mysticism and spirituality. Springs, lakes and wells, rivers and the ocean are important touchstones in the Celtic quest for Wisdom. Faery Mistresses and heroes often come from water – from the ocean, from rivers and haunted springs – and then return to them.
Excalibur was the wondrous sword of Arthur and was given to him by the Lady of the Lake.
As water is essential to our very existence, it is no wonder the symbolism of water is so far-reaching: Life, Motion, Renewal, Blessing, Intuition, Self-Reflection, Subconscious, Fertilization, Purity, Clarity, Purification, Transformation.
In Christianity water is intrinsically linked to baptism. When baptized, a person is partially or totally immersed in water that can alternatively be poured or sprinkled on his head. The sacrament has its origins in the Bible, where it is written that Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist in the Jordan River. In baptism, water symbolizes purification (the rejection of original sin) or the spirit of God, that is, eternal life.
In Hinduism water is imbued with powers of spiritual purification, morning water cleansing being a daily obligation. All temples are situated near a source of water, and believers have to bathe before entering the temple. On the other hand, many places of pilgrimage are found on the banks of a river, and places of confluence of two or even three rivers are considered particularly sacred. On the other hand it is also present in funerary rituals.
There are 7 sacred rivers, according to Hinduism: the Ganges, the Godavari, the Kaveri, the Narmada, the Saravasti, the Sindhu and the Yamuna.
Manu, the first Man, was saved from a flood by a fish (the god Brahma or Vishnu in several Hindu texts ), who took him to the Himalayas until the waters receded. The story of Manu and the flood also has parallels with the biblical stories of Noah’s Ark and Adam and Eve.
In Jewish Law, water is symbolic of life. The importance of water quality and the dangers of drinking polluted water appear from the earliest period of Jewish history.
A mikve has played a crucial role in Judaism for thousands of years, beginning in the Second Temple Period. The Mikve is a pool of natural fresh water used to spiritual purify the body for very specific reasons. It is written in Jewish law, or halakhah, what the size and dimensions of the Mikve should be.
It was a very important part of Jewish society during that time, as Jews were coming to the Temple throughout the year.
Today, they use the mikve not in preparation for the Temple, but rather for family purity and preparation for Shabbat.
For Muslims, water serves, more than anything, for purification. There are three types of ablutions, or washes: the first and most important involves the washing of the body – it is obligatory after sexual intercourse and recommended before prayers on Friday and before touching the Koran. The second occurs before each of the five daily prayers, with believers having to bathe their heads, wash their hands, forearms, and feet.
Buddhists retain traditions that relate water and lunar cycle. Water is used in Buddhist funerals. It is poured and overflows into a bowl placed before the monks and the dead body. As it fills and pours over the edge, the monks recite, ‘As the rains fill the rivers and overflow into the ocean, so likewise may what is given here reach the departed.’
In the Wicca religion, water is regarded as one of the symbols of the Great Goddess, just like the cauldron and the chalice.
In Spiritism the water that people use in the study (worship) of the gospel in the home has the purpose of water fluidification, that is, its magnetization with purer fluids (energies). In this case the water receives the energies donated by the spiritual friends and helps in the balance of the physical and spiritual body of those who ingest it.