Water Goddesses – The Waters of Life and of Death

By Phoenix of Elder Mountain –  Our life giving waters on earth have the most primordial roots because water is a spirit element. Elements have the most ancient guardians from the water Dragons to the newer Ravens, who fetch both the “Water of Life” and the “Water of Death”. The lame crow obtains cures from the mountains to heal our soul. We, the ones who take the purest path, are the guardians of the precious water too. These is the River of Life.

In ancient times, the Elixir of Life (for the waters of life) is Honey and also the Two Rocks (called Ambrosia & Olives). Olives were taken care of and raised by the Myrtle-Nymph women who were able to tame the wild oleaster, in order to make it bear olives. Later, around 400 bce, the Greeks invented the god Aristaeus (under the Apollo-Dionysus Cult who took over Delphi for political agenda) was given and assigned all the women’s arts and mysteries of the curdling milk, the honey bees and the hives, this eventually led to the downfall of the Bee Goddess.

Ambrosia, the other water of life elixir, comes from the word ambrotos (“not”) and mbrotos (“mortal”). The literal translation of Ambrotos is Immortal where im- (not) and mortal (death) are describing the lives of one’s soul. Our soul can slowly eradicate and die eventually if we do not remain humble, heal our emotional issues and turn against humans who seek only gratification and power.

In Greek mythology ambrosia is associated with foods as elixirs, honey and fruits or nectar, all things which are sweet, a divine exhalation of the Earth. In Sappho Anaxandrides, ambrosia, around 630 bce when wine was specifically used as an elixir, in the newly rising alcohol cults of Dionysus-Orphius (600 bce), whose great influences of impurities enter into and disrupted the sacred circles of women for the first time.

Amrita is the Sanskrit word that means “without death”, and it too refers to the soul’s reincarnation powers, and is often referred to in the Rig Veda as Soma the Nectar. Corresponding to the Greek ambrotos (ambrosia), myths of Enoch, Thoth, and Hermes Trismegistus wrote that at the root, suffering is what keeps the soul purified, and one must go through it in order to revive and eradicate all of the build up of misdeeds of previous lives and without that, there is no immortality.

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There are the acts to burn real karma, the true purification processes of enlightenment receiving and returning the brilliance of one’s soul light(the white light) in which all the ancient myths speak of. Past this level of enlightenment is the deeper karmic demonic detox aspects which brings one the original (liquid gold) which is immortality itself of all of ones unified souls, animism souls and celestial souls called the “Dancing Water” or Aab-e-Hayaat, which is greater than the mental body purifications of karma, called the philosopher’s stone.

The “Philosophers’ Stone” is also called the “Water Stone of the Wise”. In Latin it is the “lapis philosophorum”; in Greek “tou philosóphou líthos”, a legendary substance (watery nature of the soul), believed to be the source of the “Elixir of Life” or fountain of youth, which is our Soul and the needs of our soul to be moist as an energy body.  

The “Tree of Life” of the material world became more and more important later and even today, along with the knowledge cults (mind) of the rising patriarchs around 600 bce. But these all sprang and grew forth from the feminine moistness of the soul cults prior (shamanic and dreaming cultures) and emotional world in we live with our soul. As the water cultures faded we grew further from our emotional truth and more into the world and the worlds of languages, knowledge, science, military, religion and pagan alchemy.

The ancient Greeks in their rites and rituals, had water poured through a holed vessel, the holes were the loss of one’s soul’s purification of behaviors that were stretched into slaver, the collapse of women’s societies and the rising power quests of the kingdoms. The soul must go through a constant cleansing process in previous rites of earlier ancient times, where the most sacred element of earth were the springs, rivers and sea water, once held sacred because in the power of water (the soul) lays the supernaturally wise who could and still can attain internal soul strength and inner power.

In the Proragoras, Socrates: “Reminds hearers of the Orphic imagery which called the unintelligent (the uninitiate) which made a sieve the symbol of the Soul of the insatiable lover of pleasure (addiction) above all else, and taught that in the next world he was punished by pouring water forever into a leaky cask (to clean his own soul).” (Jaeger 1943:142)

Most people do not think of the soul (astral body) as watery, a water dance or a moist liquid and that is because lucidity and actual astral travel are the Mental body’s astral body which has no moisture content, its clear energy and one that is an air element, not water. But what the ancients are referring to, minus all the alcohol, wine, fruit and the physical comparison, is the Soul’s astral body which is moist. That is why the moistness of woman’s cultures and matriarchs were an earlier time of the “Waters of Life” or a Moon culture with moon shamans and the moistness of woman herself.

This elixir the ancients spoke of – can be understood today, as the rejuvenation and rebirth of our soul through the purification rites of karma, in order to attain enlightenment, what the ancients called immortality. Because men’s religions and men’s kingdoms interfered with our progressed, science was born starting around the 4th century bce.


The original goal for many of the male priests, of both India and Chinese Alchemists for more than 5 centuries eventually became a physical aspect rather than a soul aspect of transformation of both emotions and our divine astral life (dreaming). The ancient Megara which appeared every now and again like pools of water through the cloud rifts, call us back to the ancient cult of the Sky Goddess which were called the Night Goddesses. They represented the fertile rain, snow, sleet and moisture that fell from the heavens in the form of clouds and wind, which gave nourishment for all living life.

Offerings made to these night goddesses were through daytime dances, songs, and at night the journeys into the dreams (shamanic journeys of ancient times called dream incubation). Unlike the gods who were more depicted as vessels of pottery to hold her waters of life. The water bearers of water itself in which she lived, came straight from heaven (moisture falling from above). The reason that she, the sanctity of the waters of life and the Nile waters were so important is because it is the basis of our lives on earth along with food.

Sacred water pots were used for ritual purposes in sanctuaries for the Water goddesses and their priestesses (the water nymphs). Da, was the ancient name of mother earth and mother death. “Water of Life” and the “Water of Death”.

Orphic in its context of the wine and drug cults of Dionysus/Orpheus, meant having an import or receptive quality “not apparent (unconscious)” to our senses, nor obvious to the intelligent mind; beyond ordinary understanding.

This meant because of the alcohol uses then and today’s perception altering plants like shamanic plants, disables the astral bodies of both the mental astral body and the soul astral bodies which both rule Clairsentience, Claircognizance, Clairvoyance and Clairaudience.

I like how the Greeks documented in myth and spelled every destruction of our soul out in their writing, with their wars, violence, sex abuses, wine and drugs introduced into once pure circles of woman, it worked.

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The Water of Orphic back then honored and acknowledged such systems of the soul and the non-active mental astral body to be corrupted and disabled, mainly in maidens. This is exactly how the water cults (dreaming cults) died out and the tree of life replace them.

This brings one of the symbols of great importance of healing of the soul to the forefront back then. The Serpent and in Phoenician clans, Thrace and Thessally, they had a ritual which involved a symbol of a serpent and sometimes a real snakes. It was called the snake blessing representing a “rebirth” in its symbolic form, from overcoming the death initiatory experiences of the underworld (*karma). And the (symbolism of water), took a turn to the more shadow aspects of attaining vision or prophecy without soul purification rites.

The only serpent which was acknowledged was mother earths serpent, the large consciousness of the shamanic animist reality. But this was soon to be destroyed and from the cutting open and destruction of her serpent of initiation for her soul people, individual snakes became symbols of individual power.

Because of this, prophecy changed to politics (oratory guidance to further the empire), within the current [ancient] oracles such as Delphi). The serpent was employed as a tool to power to avoid the misgivings but also to attain its healing power for behaviors such as murder (war). This is how the serpent got its shadowy skin, which began to replace the shedding (rebirth) into awareness.

The serpent in its more nature (or shamanic) reality always meant “healing of the soul” but the Hellenistic people changed its meaning to the serpent awakened at its door ways of taking power from the soul of another, mainly women in society and temples and thus the Temples then lost the priestess and were slowly turned into priest cults both by pagans and the rising religions. These were all associated with the new rising cults of male pagan Dionysus cult.

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The African Goddess of Water
For the favor of the Goddess Mami Wata, one must be clean and sweet-smelling both inside and out. Worshipers bathe and drink talcum powder before approaching her altar, neatly decorated with fruit, shells, porcelain artifacts, a mirror and combs. The smell of perfume hangs in the air.

She is also called a Water Mother and a Water Spirit Mami Wata, the deity and her incarnations spanning Africa, the Caribbean, Brazil and the United States. The sound of crashing waves echoes through the exhibit when you first meet Mami Wata. Three of her characteristics immediately stick out.

First is that she is half-human and half-fish, most often, which is animism from older shamanic cultures.

Second is that she possesses long, flowing hair which represents the past and past ancestors in regards to the ocean of life.

Third is that she can charm snakes. Snakes represent a symbol of healing and water of the emotional body and soul body. And there are water-snakes that represent both.

Mami Wata is known for her beauty but she is as seductive as she is dangerous. Those who pay tribute to her know her as a “capitalist” deity because she can bring good (or bad) fortune in the form of money.  This relationship between currency and water are the power vs empowerment symbols. She punishes the powerful and heals those seeking empowerment and healing.

Water Goddesses to work with in Moon, Water and Dreaming Rituals

Africa Mythology
Mami Wata, healing or vengeful goddess

Armenian mythology
Astghik, goddess of water source
Tsovinar, goddess of seas and storms

Tlaloquetotontli, goddess of the rivers.
Chalchiuhtlicue, goddess of water, lakes, rivers, seas, streams, horizontal waters, storms

Australian aboriginal
Eingana, mother of all
Rainbow Serpents, creators of dreamtime

Ezili, goddess of sweet water, beauty, and love

Acionna (Gaulish) – a water goddess/genius loci of the Orleanais region and the Essonne

Belisama, goddess of lakes and rivers, fire, crafts and light
Boann – goddess of the River Boyne (Irish)
Danu (Dana) – goddess of the Danube
Lí Ban (Irish), water goddess
Nantosuelta, river goddess of fire, the earth, healing, and fertility
Sinann (Irish), goddess of the River Shannon
Sequana (Gaulish), goddess of the River Seine

Mazu, water goddess and protector of seafarers
Longmu, Goddess of the Xijiang River in the Lingnan area
Ehuang & Nuying, Goddesses of the Xiang River
Ao Kuang, Dragon of the Eastern Sea
Ao Qin, Dragon of the Southern Sea
Ao Run, Dragon of the Western Sea
Ao Shun, Dragon of the Northern Sea

Anuket, Goddess of the Nile, and nourisher of the fields

Nephthys, Goddess of rivers, death, mourning, the dead and night
Satet, Goddess of the Nile River’s floods
Tefnut, Goddess of water, moisture and fertility.

Vedenemo, a goddess of water

Vellamo, goddess of the sea, lakes and storms.

Greek mythology
Amphitrite, sea goddess and consort of Poseidon

Brizo, goddess of the sea
Ceto, goddess of the dangers of the ocean and of sea monsters
Cymopoleia, goddess of giant storm waves
Doris, goddess of the sea’s bounty
Eidothea, prophetic sea nymph
Electra, an Oceanid
Eurybia, goddess of the mastery of the seas
Galene (Γαλήνη), goddess of calm seas

Leucothea, a sea goddess
Nerites, watery consort of Aphrodite
Naiades, fresh water nymphs
Nereides, sea nymphs

Oceanides, Ocean water nymphs
Psamathe, goddess of sand beaches
Scylla, a Nereid
The Sirens, three sea nymphs who had sacred song
Tethys, Titan goddess of the sources fresh-water, and the mother of the rivers (Potamoi), springs, streams, fountains and clouds
Thalassa, primordial goddess of the sea

Illuyanka, dragon of the ocean

Ap, group of water goddesses

Danu, goddess of primordial waters, mother of Vritra and the Danavas
Dewi Danu Goddess Danu of the lake and waters of life, Balinese Hinduism
Ganga goddess of the Ganges river and purity.
Makara, mystical creature of waters
Samundra, goddess of seas
Sarasvati, goddess of knowledge and Sarasvati river
Tapti, goddess of Tapti river
Yami, goddess of Yamuna river

Arnapkapfaaluk, a fearsome sea goddess

Sedna, goddess of the sea

Nyi roro kidul, goddess of the south sea

Island Nations
Ayida-Weddo, serpentine goddess spirit

Imoogi or Imugi, giant serpents of

Korean folklore which later become true dragons

Martuv, river goddess

Dugnė, nymph goddess of rivers

Gardaitis, goddess of the ocean
Juratė, goddess of the sea
Laumė, goddess of wild spaces, including waters
Neris, nymph goddess of the Neris River
Neringa, goddess of seacoasts
Upinė, goddess of rivers and water springs

Sezibwa, goddess of the Sezibwa River

Bandua, theonym associated with fountains

Durius, personification of the Douro river

Amathaunta, goddess of the ocean

Asherah, Mother goddess “She Who Walks Upon the Sea”
Nammu, goddess of the primeval sea
Nanshe, goddess of Persian Gulf, justice, prophecy, fertility
Tiamat, goddess of salt water and chaos, also mother of all gods

Latmikaik, ocean goddess in the region of Micronesia

Ægir, personification of the sea

Nine Daughters of Ægir, Waves
Rán, sea goddess of death
Nehalennia, goddess of the North Sea
Nerthus, goddess of lakes, springs, and holy waters
Nix, water spirits
Sága, goddess in the form of a waterfall

Anahita, goddess of ‘the waters’ (Aban) fertility, healing and wisdom.

Tishtrya, Zoroastrian goddess of rainfall and fertility.
Haurvatat, the Amesha Spenta water, prosperity
Ahurani, Ahurani is a water goddess from ancient Persian mythology.

Sirena, mermaid

Magwayen, goddess of the sea and death
Lidagat, second goddess of the sea

Nyakaio, river goddess

Slavic mythology
Nepra, river goddess of the Dneiper River

Omutnitsa, river goddess
Rusalki, water nymphs, mermaids
Mokosh, moistness, lady of waters, goddess of moisture
Mati-syra-zemla, moist mother, also the earth goddess
Sur-mumy, mother of the river
Viz-Anya, water mother (Hungarian – Finno-Ugraic)
Viz-Leany, water maiden (Hungarian – Finno-Ugraic)
Vu-ava, water woman
Vut-kuva, water grandmother
Ziimarzla, snow goddess

Atabey (goddess), Mother goddess of fresh water and fertility.

Nyami Nyami, a river goddess spirit of the BaTonga of Zambia Zimbabwe

Yemoja, goddess ocean orisha

Olokun, an ocean orisha

Sources © Heidelberg University Library, ambrosiasociety.org; familypedia.wikia.com; scholarworks.iu.edu 

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