By Phoenix of Elder Mountain – As an empath I work with a few different Water Healing and Traditional Slavic water ceremonies to support releases with my clients students apprentices. Water Charming rituals and their drawing down the moon properties combined with healing with healers, Moon work are done on the Full Moon and it helps us flow. Its a healing and purifying elixir to drink for empathic, emotional, and sensitive people and done in the Autumn and Winter Moons (or all year long if you are going through a lot of healing). In Spring and Summer, you wash our body with the Moon Water.
This article is about the Baltic, Balkan and Slavic Moon Charming through the spirit of Water, when moisture is needed and emotional healing is needed, and the spiritual thirst is deep for the Soul…
Full Moon Water Charming
The Ritual is Simple… Set out a bowl of water at evening or dusk, on the night of the full moon, whisper into the water asking it to bring down the magnetic healing properties of the moon into the bowl. Hold up the bowl to the moon or the sky if it hasn’t risen yet and speak to the moon in a sacred way. Let the water in the bowl be pure, do not add summer herbs or flowers, and then let the moon magic begin. Make sure to set your intention for the water to coincide what your Full Moon Release intention is, so these energy have direction for healing.
In the morning, get the sacred bowl of water and fill your jar, filter it if you want. Then leave it in the refrigerator and take a few sips everyday for the next week or two during the cycle after the full moon. Make sure its gone before the third day of the following new moon.
There are cures though that work, especially for empathic people and sensitives (emo types). People take things like Flower Essences to assist with their emotional healing and growth, so try to think of pure moon water as even more potent when you do it cyclical with nature, especially on the three water moons of the year.
I also do Fire charming rituals but only in Autumn and Winter when warmth is needed, which is strictly for purification, an emptying out and burning off energy with letting go. Emptying out (letting go) are always full moon rituals, and covers a wide range of issues, from addictions, to abuse or self abuse, fears, and even the root foundations of physical healing.
Balking Water Charming
This is a Romanian water ritual and one I really love. In folk healing and emotional healing work, water charming must be done within certain restrictions and guidelines of polarity work, where the issue is (the pain) and where the intake (behaviors) cause the upsets of the issues in our life. Seasonal timing and polarity of life, is of utmost of importance when doing folk rituals. Its like you never work with crystals if you are an empath, sensitive or dreamer, those fragment our entire astral system (soul) and create anxiety for certain people. If you are a moon person, then definitely find another alternative besides crystals, like black stones, or river and ocean stones. They not as sparkly, but your soul (astral chakra body) will thank you.
There are those who like salt, and there are those who like pepper, and the rarer ones who love both, so when it comes to water charming, its the same thing, one will repel water charming and its uses if they are too moist, or conscious about their needs, and one will need much water rituals, because they need the cleansing and purification or practices with water to feel healthy. These are the ones who will receive its benefits from water healing.
We used to bath and swim in Rivers, Oceans and Lakes all the time as natural people and for many they only did it in childhood and for some, they’ve never connected with those water sources continually. In order to attain the blessings from the natural river, stream or ocean, in the hotter weather or for those who live in the hotter seasons all year long, adding a few water ceremonies or charming once or twice a year can help a lot.
I spent much of my spiritual path in my favorite river and did many ceremonies over the years in the river and its shore or with other women and their rituals. When it comes to using water charming as medicine, one must discern for the self or one’s client, if they are:
1. A Receiver
(Magnetic or counterclockwise) whose emotional energy is receptive of other peoples emotions or shadow emotions. They come into the persons body within one’s environment. YIN
or the opposite…
2. The Giver
(Electric or clockwise) whose shadow or yucky emotional energy moves out of them, into others. They receive the good energy from life and from people, and they generally do not see ghosts or spirits. YANG
This makes all the difference in the world we live with others, work with others or mingle in society with others or socialize. An empath or magnetic people change the moment someones anger, depression, anxiety, suicidal emotions all enter their body. They go from happy and grounded to any of the described emotions in five minutes. Boundaries are mandatory for receivers, empaths, sensitives, emos and receivers, because the universe does not take care of you. You take care of your emotional and soul body, and that is truth for empathic women.
I don’t give water practices to those who are external types, only the internal water people like empaths, feelers, emos, over emotional ones, and the more extreme empaths and dreamers. These people feel everything and if they use folk water medicines, it must be done wisely, but it is protective as well if that intent is set.
Working with water can be done in the forms of “bowls of water” or water fountains in the home, or put out in your living space with intention and whispering to the water itself so it knows to receive releases. Then you have to empty out the bowl once a month and refill. When you are out in town or in a classroom or work, you fill a bottle of water and keep it with you wherever you go, to take in the emotional energy of others, while you out of your home and then dump the water later. Refilling again in the morning and carrying it with you to school or work (just don’t drink it).
Water Charming can be done through song or dance and applied to healing, as long as the intent is set for “transformation and change” of the persons life or ones self, especially in ceremony. Charming has also been called magic, but shamanism and witches work is very different when it comes to magic. One is human based and the energy going outwards, and the other (is a shamans work, not shamanism) and is receptive and strictly nature. Both are done within the phases of the moon of course, as paganism sprung and was birthed out of goddess cultures, which were born from shamanism.
The importance of natural magnetic energy is receptivity, self healing, and is the magic aspects of nature are, especially within a dreamers or shamans rituals. A shaman’s healing work or healing ceremonies are all based upon the experience of the shaman herself who required decades wrathful dismemberment and water is one of the strongest yet most gentle applications of ritual (non plant, non drug shamanism).
Prehistory was not base on sun cults or time, or the outward flow of energy, electro-energy. It was and still is based on stillness, groundedness, focus, and the cycles and phases of the moon along side no-time. This allowed the deeper emotional energy and living energy of feeling by all plants, humans, birds, animals etc to be at one with each other.
The flow of receptivity is the Charming, it is the relationship to the environment and it’s energy of magnetic reception, through a personal application of it is utilized with natures flow. That is a very important factor because its energy uses are receptive and if the intention and basis is not balance and the shaman balanced, then it will backfire causing more harm to the shaman.
The natural rhythm of the Full Moon is about “Releasing”
The New Moon is the point of transformation into “Creating”
The earth’s natural calendar for millions of years was the combination of the cycles of the moon and woman’s cycles of bleeding in unison, along with the seasonal changes of nature, and the equinoxes and solstices. New moon ritual that included sacred tattoos can also help as a visual reminder for women to become in alignment with nature. Sacred tattoos also done in ceremony can energetically connect ones dreaming and intuition with the tattoo itself. I have done all of my vision quest tattoos this way.
When the moon work is added to both tattoo with sacred or purity rites, the tattoos transference of dreams becomes stronger. In the beginnings of lunar cycles, within a ceremony and full moons which carry the most power of endings, releases and letting go, we learn and begin as a practice, flex-self awareness. This means that to become more free in expressing our truth through emotions, the more we are willing to work with our fears. These contributions actually are the energetic power that feeds the symbol of the tattoo and makes them applicable as sacred items on the body.
Within the cycles of sickness that begin to release from awareness practices, one must commit to begin a journey of sobriety for groundedness, and flexibility during struggles of changes. Changing moon is a path for those who are serious about their health and spiritual journey and willing to be flexible or flex-self. Without being flexible to personal fears, then stagnation and rigidity remains. All of this is done with strict and healthy boundaries in relationship. To advance spiritually, it must all be worked with together.
Larger rituals for community are set around the moons of the yearly solstices and equinoxes. The most powerful healing is for individuals or community occurs after the Autumn equinox, especially right before dusk. This the the most powerful time that our personal releases from our emotional body can be released.
When doing Moon Charming, moonlight illuminates the water, adding more of nature’s power to the already magnetic energy within receptive water, not just in a physical ways, but an energetic ways.
Setting bowls of water outside, in a quiet natural place, asking the water to receive the light of the moon and to bring blessings and healing from its light is basically all that needs to be done. Working with our perception body (emotional body and soul body), with magical pure water, is a great purification elixir (drinking it). Moon charming is added to rituals to bring a receptive quality to our path, as the most powerful rituals are the most simplified.
THE EARTH & THE ESTONIAN STAR (NIGHT) BRIDE
Water Charming does have its original roots in the Night Medicines, which are now called Star Lore which is very disconnected from dreaming. In night medicines, the light that shines in the darkness, especially the moon, brings forth our connection to the fertility of mother earth, her rivers, oceans, streams and springs. I focus on the root of the inner life.
According to a Chukchi legend, the Earth (Nutenut) lives in a large house. The story tells that the Sun, Moon, Sky, Sea, Dawn, Fog and Mist were visiting. They all wanted to marry the Earth’s beautiful daughter. The story resembles to some extent the Estonian myth of the Star Bride yet their endings are different.
In The Star Bride the maiden picks the Star to be her fiancé. In the Chukchi myth the maiden does not get to choose a fiancé, but suitors compete and the winner marries the bride. However, none of the aforementioned suitors wins the contest, but a Chukchi shaman Jettögöt, who raises his staff and touches every rival with it. As a consequence the touched side of each suitor catches fire and they all flee in panic. And Jettögöt marries the maiden. By the way, polygamy is not forbidden among Chukchis and is unofficially practiced to our day. As can be seen from the above text, the Sun already has a wife called Kavra-ŋŋa.
THE NORTH STAR
In the Chukchi language Iluk-eŋer ‘the Immobile Star’, ‘the Nail Star’ or Unp-eŋer ‘the Driven-in Stake Star, and the ‘Pole Star’ is the Night Star and is cast in the central role among stars. V. Bogoraz Tan claims that the latter version of the star’s name is common all over Europe. The North Star in the firmament is like a pole or stake driven into the ground around which stars circle, resembling horses or reindeer tied to a pole. Its house is near the Zenith and through its smoke opening it is possible to travel between worlds (this physical world and the dream world that our astral soul bodies lives in).
Due to that opening of the North Star can be seen in all worlds, and the underworld as well as in upper realms, while other stars and constellations are not the same in different realms. At the same time it is believed that the North Star’s house is higher up than other houses. Its house is made of ice-like substance and to its top is fixed a lighthouse, like source of light.
In his book Andres Kuperjanov lists the names different peoples call the North Star by the Golden Pillar (Mongols, Buriats, Kalmyks and Altaian Tatars), the Iron Pillar (Kyrgyzes, Bashkirs and Siberian Tatars), the Lonely Stake (Teleuts), the Golden Stake (Tunguses). All these ethnic groups picture the North Star as an immobile stake or pillar or a stake driven into the sky. The same applies to Chukchis. The Chukchi name of the Nail Star has a close resemblance to the Estonian name of Põhjanael ‘Northern
ARCTURUS & VEGA
In the Chukchi worldview stars ranking next to the North Star as to their importance are the so-called heads (in Chukchi Leutti). Heads are formed of two stars. The First Head is Arcturus in the constellation Bear Watcher (Chukchi Janotlaut, Estonian Karuvalvur ‘Guardian of Bear’) and the Second Head is Vega in the constellation Lyra (Chukchi Jaatlaut, Estonian Vabamees ‘Freeman’, The Sun, the Moon and Firmament in Chukchi folklore.
According to Chukchis these stars are cousins. Travelling in the nighttime tundra Chukchis use the mutual position of the heads and the North Star as a reference point to find the right direction. Arcturus is sometimes also called the leader or the guide of stars. Chukchis turn to both of the stars to seek help when healing. In case of diseases a sacrifice has to be brought to Arcturus or the First Head. In case of stomach ache the sacrifice and spell have to be addressed to Vega or the Second Head.
STAFF STARS, ORION AND CELESTIAL BODIES
The Estonian Staff stars are the three stars in a row in the constellations Aquila (Old Staff Stars) and Orion (New Staff Stars). The stars a (Altair) and (Tarazed) in the constellation Aquila have a special meaning to Chukchis. They are called by the name Pettigún.
Aquila’s constellation brings the new year to Chukchis for it appears for the first time on the horizon on the winter solstice. Reindeer herders as well as Chukchis living in the coastal areas brought sacrifices on the occasion, at least formerly. Especially suitable were fat male reindeer. At other festivals, blood is sometimes sacrificed and reindeer are exchanged for symbolic statues made of plants or snow.
Phoenix is a full time folk healer, wise counsel and shaman helping others structure their emotional life through the assistance of wise counsel, dreaming, folk healing and applying disciplines of self love. You can contact Elder Mountain for more information: Eldermountaindreaming@gmail.com
Sources: Joan Miro stone painting, Artist Remedios Varo; Hair repel from larskrutak.com, the Star stories from www.folklore.ee.