A recurrent theme in my explorations over the last few years is that of sacred waters. Waters rising from the ground in springs and wells carry a sense of the riches of the dark underworld coming into consciousness. Still waters in a lake or pond echo calm perception. The roaring, tumbling waters of the rivers and sea show irresistible strength.
I live in a watery place between the River Thames and River Mole. I’m surrounded by reservoirs, and all the land has been worked over the centuries to drain and channel the waters. I suspect that a few thousand years ago this would all have been marsh land, reedbeds and gravel banks threaded by streams and pools.
A few years ago I was inspired to begin tracing the River Mole to its source, as much to learn its song as to see the sights. I haven’t got all that far yet, but I’m enjoying the journey. You can read about it at my blog To the Source of the River Mole!
I’m always interested in others sharing their experiences and I’ve recently been introduced to an interesting website called Sacred Waters which has some great guidelines for relating to rivers. A favourite one is “Having chosen a special place where you can be intimate, offer gifts and listen to the water song. Find out what gifts your river likes, and how she wants to receive them.” You can see the other suggestions here.
Wells and Springs
I enjoy visiting wells and springs around the country – when we treat them right we may be able to hear the Voices in the Wells. There are quite a few around where I live, and I try to visit other ones when I am travelling. Some are very rough and ready, but others are still well cared for. This picture shows the Holy Well at Southam in Warwickshire, which I visited with friends last year.
I’m glad to say that visiting wells and springs is becoming a more popular activity, and there are lots of great resources available on the internet to help us find out about them and find them. For example, here is a link to the Southam Holy Well on the Holy and Healing Wells website.
I’m also particularly pleased when I read about people on the same kind of exploration as myself. Here is an article about Coventina’s Well near Hadrian’s Wall on The Path of the Awenydd blog, and an article on Nith’s Estuary in the From Peneverdant blog. More power to you explorers of the otherworld!