Water Is Not Love

Water Is Not Love June 17, 2020

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We really need to talk about ignoring the true nature of water. Water by its nature is a dual element. It is both life and death. It is the giver of life, and the taker of life. It embodies a full spectrum of energies; we see this with the nature of the ocean. Water is constantly full of life, but yet at the crash of a wave will take one.

Sacred and Holy wells also embody this energy. We see this with the curse tablets found in Sulis Water Temple of Bath England and in the folk traditions of using magical wells to curse as well as heal. We see this with stories of both angry and vengeful merfolk and merfolk that help and heal.

We are made of water. How can we deny this duality in ourselves? We feel a full spectrum of emotions and water is the element of emotions. It is not the element of a single emotion or the element of love, it is the element of all the emotions. Could the fact that humans experience these emotions come from the fact that our body is made of water and water is made of both death and life?

Water is not love

Saying that Water is love is not only denying the other half of its nature, but it shows that those speaking of these things have never truly met her in her power and glory. This is where gurus and cult-like personalities can take your power away from you. They try to tell you that water is love, to deny the other aspects of water. They then turn around and shame anything that isn’t gentle or twinkling, demonizing these feelings and expressions. This is divisive and only seeks to separate and control. Water is a full spectrum element and should be experienced by the individual as such. Those that purposefully skew your view, only to seek to control how you interact with water. Water cannot be controlled.

True change comes when the muck is stirred up and the bane filtered out. You can’t do this if you only experience the twinkling light on the water. It is a bandaid solution that makes you comfortable but does not change anything. This is true evil, something or someone that seeks to have power over others by skewing the nature of something that is balance in itself. All the while using these tactics to skew your thoughts and leave you confused. Sadly most of the time it is to feed their wallets. Yikes!

We cannot afford to view water as “only love” we need anger. Anger is essential, a warrior spirit is essential. There is no room for passivity. Passivity will not stop governmental land grabs, or pipelines destroying the water. Love will not stop these things either. I’ve never seen love stop an air cannon or rubber bullets. Tough love, however, will. The love that meets aggressors with a fierce shield of protection, that fights for the safety and wellbeing of the water and not their wallets. It is the love that like the water sometimes must destroy in order to rebuild. The love that is the truth bringer, even when the truth is hard to handle or makes you feel uncomfortable. It is the harsh reality of a mother’s love.

I have been a mother for 15 years; it has taught me what true love is. True love is sometimes delivering harsh news, sometimes saying a forceful no and sometimes it means difficult energies that may seem aggressive. Water’s love is like a mother’s love. It will feed and nourish you, but it will also scold you and show you where you have gone wrong. I love my child and so I endeavor to help and make their life better and thus sometimes that means having uncomfortable conversations, being angry when they have done something careless or harmful and showing them a better way.

Love is not ignoring the bad behaviors of your children. It is not allowing false truths to be told or toxic behaviors to continue. It does not spiritually bypass the depths of the dark waters, rather it sinks in and becomes one with it. Water here acts as the tsunami, washing away the false truths and the baneful energy of the world. It destroys those shunning anger over injustice with trite love and light sayings. Showing the true reflection of both light and dark. If you can’t see the reflection of your shadow in the water, are you really looking at water or have you painted a picture you call a mirror?

Tintagel Beach – Image by Annwyn

One day when you are at the threshold of your darkest moment being thrown around by the water, broken, bruised, and tumbled until polished you will wish you understood her true nature all along. That she is life and death, creator and destroyer and they are not separate. For the pearl to be formed it must have a flawed piece of sand, it then battles with the sand until the pearl is formed. A river rock must be broken, crashed, and tumbled for it to become the smooth beautiful rock it is now. The jagged edges do not get broken off by a soft flow of water, no it is the harsh reality of water that turns it into a masterpiece.

It is ok to change your mind, it is ok to learn new things.

It is ok to do your shadow work and realize you were denying the dark side of the water all along because you want to deny this in yourself. We are powerful when we are in balance and balance comes from both life and death, light and dark, benefit, and bane. We feel both love and anger, and to deny the anger in our bodies, to snuff it out with light is bane in itself.

As people deeply connected with water we cannot afford to ignore her power, and that her power comes from the deep, the dark places where we have never explored, the power of truth that hurts and love that transforms, even if that transformation is painful. Water is not love. Water is truth. Truth is Love and the Truth is water is life and death. It is the creator and the destroyer.

So if water is love, then it is the gentle touch of a caress as well as the brutal destruction that tears you limb from limb and then stitches you back together as a masterpiece created of both dark and light, of water and of balance. You are made of water,  so truly be like water my friend.



About Annwyn Avalon
Annwyn Avalon is a Water Witch, Water Priestess, and the founder of Triskele Rose Witchcraft, an Avalonian witchcraft tradition. She has devoted her life to the study of art, witchcraft, and magic. She is an initiated Witch and Priestess, Reiki Master Teacher, award-winning Dancer, published author and has a BFA in sculpture, BA in Anthropology with emphasis on plant and human interactions and has received an apprentice certificate in Herbalism. She writes for the Magical Times Magazine in the UK and has contributed to other published works such as The New Aradia a Witches handbook for resistance. She is the author of Water Witchcraft: Magic and Lore from the Celtic Tradition and forthcoming Weiser book The Way of the Water Priestess Winter 2020/2021. You can read more about the author here.
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