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Water is most commonly honoured with a blue candle in the West. It is associated with autumn, with friendship and intuition and emotion of all sorts, with tidal rhythms and nurturing fluids, with tears and blood and milk. It represents yielding fluidity, but also the daring to act. It is the realm of lovely moon-goddesses but also of the wisdom of crones, of pearly sea-treasures but also of tsunamis and shipwrecks.

Read up on Water, as described by a number of different Wiccan authors. Study Water suits in Tarot decks. What are the values and strengths of Water? What are some of its negative aspects?

Cast a circle, invoking all four quarters as usual, but paying special attention to your invocation of Water. Decorate the circle with symbols of Water, burn a Water incense, invoke Water-related deities, etc. Do you know any chants specific to Water? A Water ritual is an especially good time for scrying and divination, for meditation, for magic of the emotions and the subtler senses, for sharing secrets, for watering seeds already planted or mourning losses half- remembered. It's a good time to make ritual beverages or gifts for friends, or to consecrate Water-related tools. At the end of the ritual, thank and dismiss the other Elements, but ask Water to gently guide your learning over the next few days.

During the week, pay attention to the many manifestations of Water in your life. Note rain and dew and the humidity of the air, the fluids and rhythms of your own body, the taste and smell of the liquids you drink and the moist foods you eat. Be aware of the flow of emotions and the tides of events around you; notice cycles and rhythms and dissolutions. Know when to go with the flow and when to act decisively; trust your intuition. Pay attention to your friendships and to the interrelationships of others. Read a poem; water a plant; visit a river or lake or seaside. Wear watery colours and soft fluid fabrics. Are there any unresolved Water-related issues in your life?

At the end of the week, cast another Water-rich circle. Make notes in your BoS about the lessons Water has taught you over the past week. Take a blank sheet of paper and fill it, stream-of-consciousness style, with words and phrases and fragments relating to Water. Thank the powers of Water for the lessons of the past few days, then as you end the ritual bid them a firm "Hail and Farewell."

Take a few days to restore the balance among the Elements in your life before beginning the next exercise.

Copyright © 1995, 1997, Margarian Bridger
Revised - November 7, 1997

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