“You were placed into the body of Christ by spiritual baptism at the moment you were saved (Galatians 3:26-27). Now you follow the miracle of spiritual baptism with physical immersion into water.” (Acts 8:38; 10:47; 16:33.)
Water is life, without it everyone and everything on Earth would perish. We drink it, cook with it, water our plants and animals with it, clean with it and often use it without thinking about it. God/dess created man and woman from Breath and Earth, but Water is just as much a part of the human body. Water is a feminine element and linked to the Moon and in turn to women. Water is one of the most important tools in almost every major religion in the world. Every religion or spiritual practice from Christianity to Witchcraft uses water in some form of worship or ritual. Most typically water is used for physical/spiritual cleansing and/or blessing people, places or objects. Baha’i’s see water as purifier and a necessity for balance and preservation of the ecological system of the world, which they highly value. Shinto’s believe deities reside in nature, especially water and waterfalls, making them sacred. Hindus have sacred rivers in which they purify themselves and their animals daily. Islam and Judaism use water in very similar means, having pools and fountains of pure water to bathe in before worship. Muslims must be clean before entering the mosque or going to pray. Jews also must wash their hands and feet before entering the Temple and a mikveh must be undertaken by women post menstruation and for those preparing the dead for burial.
So how do Christian Witches view water?? Well as Christians this is obvious, water is the symbolic way to wash away sin; of course which is done through the sacrament of Baptism either as infants or young adults. Yeshua/Jesus was himself baptized by John, who spent his ministry baptizing believers, while declaring himself to be leading the way for a great Messiah. In particular the Catholic church puts great faith in water, having priests bless it in Yeshua/Jesus’ name and calling it holy water, capable of warding off any evil that would cause harm on one of Yeshua/Jesus’ followers. The ironic part is that for Witches and even Wiccans, water is often blessed and used as a purifier for body, soul, home and object. It is not unusual to see Wiccans and Witches consecrating spring or rainwater to be used in ritual and even more common to see them prepare themselves physically and mentally by taking a pre-ritual bath, intended to cleanse and remove all negative energies. (i.e. evil, stress, tension, etc.) So how does this make Christian and Witches different? Answer: it really doesn’t, depending on how you define the use of water. Both are symbolically washing away evil or negative forces, both are usually blessed and/or consecrated prior to the washing/cleansing and both are essentially used in great faith of its cleansing/purifying abilities. The main difference is that Protestant Christians believe you only need to be blessed by water once in your life, while Catholics and Witches/Wiccans use it regularly usually with a ritual or in a worship service.
How can we as Christian Witches mix the two? For me, I have come to the conclusion that though we as Christians (at least I have personally) have already been baptized with water in Yeshua/Jesus’ name as a symbol of spiritual cleansing and a sign of faith in Yeshua/Jesus. But I find it is also beneficial to cleanse myself physically, emotionally and mentally also in the name of Yeshua/Jesus and God/dess. How many times after a bad day, have we taken a hot bath and relaxed away tension and stress? Or helped fight off or get over an illness, having a warm shower or bath and washing away the effects of the sickness; like bodily fluids and germs?? Do you find yourself taking advantage of the peace and quiet of a shower or bath to meditate or pray? I know I do and I realized that by doing that, I am mixing my two faith paths. So I add visualization to my meditations and prayers, seeing the water to be removing all the negativity I have built up since my previous shower or bath. I visualize the water sloughing off the negative energies, tension, stress, illness, etc. just as the soap is removing dirt from my body and then seeing all of these unwanted things rinsed down the drain together. And in doing this visualization, meditation and prayer, I find that my showers and/or baths are more invigorating than usual, because I emerge not only physically clean, but mentally and spiritually clean as well. The next time you are in the shower or bathtub and you’ve had a particuarly bad day or two, try visualizing the soap and water removing not only your physical dirt, but your spiritual and mental dirt as well and see if you are more refreshed than ever before after your bath. Blessed be in Yeshua.