SACRED SPRINGS AND WELLS
Considered to be very holy in the minds of the faithful are sacred springs and wells, these locations usually have legends (with the more recent versions) crediting healing or conversion of belief.
With more recent wells and springs such as Fatima and Lourdes there are documentations of such healing, although the Catholic Church does not considered these locations (which includes the River Jordan and the Sea of Galilee) as Holy Water, it is thought by the faithful to be of holy action, all based upon faith.
Much of that concept can also be credited to when we consecrate oils, incense and waters to the Devine Presence (aka God, Holy Mother, or what Deity one believes in).
It comes down to the power of the mind---as well as what natural energies are also imbued into these waters.
Let us first examine the concept of wells---many people believe in wells, even simple wishing wells, or the Fountains of Trevi where it is believed that by throwing a coin over one’s right shoulder into the fountain one will find true love, which is one of the basis for wishing wells.
But it is also believed that when Jesus talked to the Woman at the Well and explained to her about the “living Water” he was metaphorically referring to having the spirit being refreshed within the soul like drinking fresh cool water. In the bible there is much reference to the sacredness of water and the use of water for a form of baptism is even older than the biblical references.
Because of that concept, wells and springs of sacred importance have a holy and purifying importance.
Legends of healing and visions have grown surrounding these locations, but it is the spiritual intent and consecration by the individual along with the natural energies, that gives these waters such potency.
Listed here are some of the Sacred Wells---this is by no means a complete list, and if you live in the United States all but one or two may not be easy to get to by simply driving your car.
The best known well is Chalice Well in Britain and it is the most loved holy wells in Britain. Many legends are attributed to its chalybeate waters, which flow ceaselessly at a steady rate and temperature that never varies. Not least among these is that they represent the blood of Christ miraculously springing forth from the ground when Joseph of Arimathea buried or washed the cup used at the Last Supper. For others the waters are acknowledged as the essence of life, the gift from Mother Earth to sustain its living forms and so a continuous spring like Chalice Well is a direct expression of an unbounded life force.
There are many others in Great Britain such as:
St Dominic's Holy Well
Church of St Morwenna and St John the Baptist, Morwenstow
St Brigid's Well
Each has its own healing and miracolus legend and I would advise you to research in your own individual country or location area’s of sacred or holy wells or springs.
There are in the Christian world and belief 3 major springs of healing significance each has been accompanied by a vision of the Virgin Mary, so sacred are these waters that the power of each for blessing, healing, restoration of faith, protection is hard to deny.
I have availed myself a small bottle from each of these springs and have used them in major crisis’ and they seemed to have given a measure of calm and clear thought in dealing with problems to a successful conclusion.
Fatima, Portugal-- The Castilian Spring
Between mid-May and October of 1917, three Portuguese children experienced the vision of a saintly presence. It is believed by many Catholics around the world that the visitor was Mary, mother of Jesus, whom many Catholics refer to as the Blessed Mother. During her time with the children, Jacinta, Lucia and Francisco, the Blessed Mother reportedly revealed several warnings and predictions that included the rise of Soviet communism and the Second World War. All of this occurred within this tiny community.
The revelations given the children also were reportedly accompanied by instructions for others. Among these instructions was one for a local bishop who was told to dig in a very specific place close to where the Blessed Mother had spoken to the children, now called the Cove of Peace. Upon digging at the spot, the bishop in question discovered a water source. The water that emanated out from the source was subsequently accredited with miraculous powers and the well is still being used.
The most commonly cited power the water is believed to possess is a miraculous ability to help the sick. In this sense, it is given to those suffering from disease or other painful conditions that hurt their quality of life. The water also could be used for other forms of devotion, such as blessing a space or home or in daily prayers. It could also be employed to warn off dangers by applying it to the skin of a loved one. In the end, there are no formal limitations for the uses of the water as long as the use is not irreverent or insincere. This water is considered non-liturgical holy water.
Our Lady of Guadalupe, Mexico
The site of the Fifth Apparition of Our Lady near Teotihuacan. This is where Our Lady appeared to Juan Diego’s uncle and told him that he would be healed of his illness. A well was dug where she pointed and water was found and a church was built around this spring that contains the healing well and one can obtain some spring water. This is considered non-liturgical holy water.
Each year, thousands of people make a pilgrimage to Lourdes, France, in search of a cure for what ails them. Lourdes is well known for its spring water, which is said to heal the sick.
The story of Lourdes holy water dates back to the mid-1850s when 14-year-old Bernadette Soubiroux claims to have seen an apparition of the Virgin Mary eighteen times. Eventually a church was constructed at the site. Since then, people have claimed to be miraculously healed by the spring waters—apparent cures not proven scientifically but no less convincing to believers. Lourdes water is water which flows from a spring in the Grotto of Massabielle in the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes, France. The location of the spring was described to Bernadette Soubirous by an apparition of Our Lady of Lourdes on 25 February 1858. Since that time many thousands of pilgrims to Lourdes have followed the instruction of Our Lady of Lourdes to "drink at the spring and bathe in it". Lourdes water is considered non-liturgical holy water.
One spring was uncovered by seemingly miraculous means by a 20th Century American Saint, Mother Cabrini.
In 1902 Mother Cabrini came to Golden, Colorado to start a school. When she arrived, she found there were many orphans because of mining accidents. She wanted to start a summer camp for the orphans and purchased some land for that purpose. A few years after purchasing the land, when Mother Cabrini came back to Golden for a visit, one of the nuns told her that the land had no water and it took half a day to bring water from Denver to Golden. Much like the biblical Moses in the desert, Mother Cabrini responded by tapping a rock with her cane and said, "If you move this rock and begin to dig, you will find water." The spring that was found as a result of Mother Cabrini's intercession, is still in existence today.
As to any mystical powers it is based upon faith and consecration.
Serra Springs (California) at University High School (Los Angeles, California)
Serra Springs is California Historical Landmark #522It is located on the campus of University High School in Los Angeles, California, USA. The springs, called Kuruvungna by the native Gabrieleno Tongva people, were used as a source of natural fresh water by the Tongva people since at least the 5th century BC and continue to produce 22,000-25,000 gallons of water a day. The springs are also sometimes referred to as the Gabrieleno Tongva Springs, the Tongva Holy Springs, and the Sacred Springs. The springs are found at two separate locations on the high school campus. The larger is now closed off from the rest of the campus and is under the care of the Gabrielino/Tongva Springs Foundation. The other spring is located on the northeastern edge of the so-called Girls' Field. A third spring was located farther north, near Texas Avenue, but it ceased to flow during the 1940s when a local water company began drawing from the aquifer.
These springs are considered sacred and holy to the Gabrieleno Tongva native americans and a foundation was established to preserve the springs, currently annual festivities to make people aware of native American cultures are held at these naturally bubbling aquifers
I’m including this spring to show the illogical destruction by man and as a warning to those who would destroy waters that are considered sacred and healing.
Waconda Spring, or Great Spirit Spring, was a natural artesian spring located in Mitchell County, near the towns of Glen Elder and Cawker City in the U.S. state of Kansas. It was a sacred site for Native American tribes of the Great Plains and, for a time, became the site of a health spa for American settlers. With the completion of the Glen Elder Dam in 1968, the mineral spring disappeared beneath the waters of Waconda Reservoir.
Natural Waters that come from the ground are in danger with the use of Fracking to obtain Oil, oil cannot be drunk by Human’s or Animals, but Water is far more precious to life, and yet it is being destroyed by humankind’s greed. One of the last James Bond movies showed how one man was trying to control a nation throw withholding water.
In time Water will be more precious than Gold. It gives all living things including the earth, life.
When you do rituals or spell work with water any kind of water remember how precious it is.
So what is the specialized use of either well or spring water.
If you obtain waters from a sacred well or spring, you must consider the purpose of those waters to be for healing, Blessing and protection. Going by the legend surrounding each location will give you an idea of that particular water’s purpose and you should put it to that particular practice.
But if you obtain water from a natural spring that does not have a sacred purpose around it, it is an excellent water that can be charged with magic depending upon your individual purpose.
Spring water can be put out to capture the Full Moon rays of each moon, and you can do Lunar magic with it.
Spring water can be infused with various herbs and oils and made into magical potions for different purposes, a bowl of spring water poured into a black bowl is excellent for scrying.
I have seen at flower shows if there is a large waterfall or fountain element, people will throw coins in a make a wish, the money is then collected for a designated charity which is a healing element. So man-made wishing wells for benefit purposes can be made for charity provided that the water is moving, there for considered “alive” or a “living water”.
In your own home or place of meditation, by using bottled spring water in one of those tiny meditative fountains with specialized quartz rocks for healing can set up a healing and relaxing condition especially for stress.
Water is life. How you use it is by your own intent.
On my next post I will talk about Made Waters aka Charged Waters and what is the difference between Holy Water and holy water.
Blessings Ms. Q