H20 : Water As An Elemental Symbol In Holy Rites And Ritual Magic

Water : An Elemental Symbol of Both Life and Death

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Water is important in all aspects of nature.

Fresh water made life possible for all species on the land, but it also taught humans about the cycles of time, life and death. Where streams and rivers ran, our ancestors learned to follow along side of such ways. The great tributaries became the focus of traveling, migration, hunting and gathering. As we first followed the herds throughout the year, we learned to follow the flow of the water sources and we integrated these bits of knowledge into the tribal culture.

When rain first came down from the heavens and our earliest ancestors watched it, what a wonder this must have been. The feeling of winds and lightning spinning above the landscape, as their rotations clapped aloud with thundering sounds. Followed by the darkening skies and gathering storm clouds, finally bringing forth an elemental wonder, as their cloud bursting let loose torrential monsoons.

As time passed, the calm before the storms breaking would become a sign of the elements gathering their directional powers, letting the Earth children know that water could bring manna from the heavens.

Humans must have be awe struck, watching what appeared to be the most frightening spectacles in all of nature, the storm brewing darkness across the lands. Only to be dancing gratefully, when the same sky began offering those same humans the life giving waterfall, as the storm transformed. It was the circle of life and death, being displayed for the apes grunting, at the base of the monolith.

As the deathly storms electrified the above, so it did give universal waters rain on the below. But more of importance was the fact that the timing of the storms and monsoons, followed the paths of the moon and stars, that could also be followed along with the solar rotation. Somewhere along the way, the discovery of time was maid, probably by a woman shaman who rarely left the mouth of the caves, but she had long ago discovered that her bleeding was in sync with the seasonal powers.

Being the key to birth of all this biological component of all living organisms and other organic lifeforms on this planet. Water is the one of the primary, yet most basic chemical compounds which allows for various states of change. Modern scientific conjecture maintains, that it holding the critical balanced Earthly ecosystems together, since the beginning of life on our planet.

Water appears everywhere in nature.Being either solid, liquid or fast, but may take to numerous forms and even absolute still water is often misunderstood. Depending on the environmental factors, water co-exists in one of three possible elemental states. These being a liquid elemental state, a solid icy state and a gaseous steam state. It can also exist in transitions between these three primary states, as clouds, fog, dew, water vapor, hail or snow.

Water is fundamental to photosynthesis and respiration. Without water, the sun could not interact with life on the planet to create oxygen. Everything is interactive with the water cycle on the Earth. Water recycles itself every second of each day, as rain, rivers, lakes, oceans, glaciers and icebergs, even as fresh and salt water ecosystems for different types of life simultaneously.

The pagan goddess cults of the late stone age, began tracking this information and started building ways to mark off the calendar niche market. As time elapsed forward, the beginning of tribal problems from the external world and internal world, but seemed to think that creating great Earth works was a good idea. Thus the prehistoric cultures began growing, the technological advances did as well, for some time became a method of observing the ancestors and for other time became the focus of ritual observance of the ever present lives their people lived.
Birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, funerals and similar ceremonies are the modern remnants of these first great leaps of understanding time. In order to teach everyone to observe the sun and moon cycles, holidays were created to mark the passage of time. Originally being holy days, but over millenniums they became our equinoxes and solstices, our esbats and cross quarters. But were it not for the need to follow the water and the animal herds that sought it, or the direction of the storms migrating with the seasons, all such markers would be meaningless.

Instead of holy days, which we observe, as we once observed the gathering calm before the rain storms.