Nemnach – Hill of Tara – Ireland
The site of this water collection is from a well called Nemnach (same root as nemeton, a sacred space of ancient Celtic times) at south foot of the Hill Tara – a truly pagan spring in a clump of whitethorn. Reputed to be the site of a Sídh-mound and also the place where Cormaic Mac Airt, king of Tara, had the first water mill inbuilt for Ciarnait. From it flows a stream called Níth (possibly from Sanskrit, ‘washed, purified’) which feeds into the Gabhra river which in turn feeds the River Boyne.
This water as an essence is the embodiment of fertility, not only in the sense of conception but also it’s the ability to enhance inner vitality in it’s deep elemental connection to the land and waters. It is a water essence of creativity which allows one to enter into sacred inner flow while remaining solidly rooted in the body, on this earth. This remedy brings the deep acknowledgment of the ancestors who have lived and breathed upon the land and all the elements the land supports.
This essence activates a pathway into the unfathomable depth of water’s wisdom, as well as the spirits of the land, which can ignite and inspire an abundance of innovativeness, originality, and expressiveness.
The colour green is associated with this essence, an essence of the heart. The earth gives forth life, your body gives forth new beginnings, filled with the energy of a calm loving heart, allowing your body to be in complete harmony with the earth.
There is a connection to the faerie realm through these waters.
Water Senses Publication
Water Senses is a boxed publication by artist Ruth Le Gear which contains a unique water remedy, booklet, series of postcards and a map. First edition print of 100.
My practice involves an engagement and meditation with the landscape, through the creation of water remedies. This work has emerged from the outcomes of research, collaboration and fieldwork based around water and its memories held within Glenade Lough; listening to the mystical, mythical and metaphysical forces that act upon and interact with water on Earth.
My intention was to convey a narrative from the waters perspective. I distilled this ephemeral environment through the creation of water remedies made from the Lough. The Lough has many stories that are layered upon it and are held within the valley that is known as the Jealous Valley. Myth is power of the place speaking. I made a series of water remedies from the Lough, which holds the energy of all the people that the water has encountered, the last brown bears of Ireland, the story of the dobhar-chú and so much more.
My process involves serial dilutions with water, which form tiny poetic time machines where each individual water sample is explored to see what is held within. These explorations are translated into moving image, photography and the remedies for the water as well as for the land and then people. This is my process, and over the last number of years I have been working with the waters of Glenade and creating water remedies from the Lough.
Water seems ordinary. It is everywhere, in our bodies, in the lakes, rivers and the sea, and falling from the sky, which happens quite a lot in North Leitrim. It can slip through our fingers yet hold up a boat. It is a profoundly underrated substance.
I wish to take you on a journey to become part of the water, to listen to the whispers of stories yet untold from this place. My first journey was a physical one on an expedition to the Arctic where the power and importance of water is vastly apparent in the sublime landscape, and which I had to continually remind myself was real. It was manifested in the great glaciers, icebergs and seas of the Arctic. These unmapped spaces simulate spiritual sublimities. My second journey is one within the waters of Glenade Lough in North Leitrim, one of Ireland’s oldest glacial lakes.
San Juan Water Essence – New Mexico
San Juan Essence: For deep physical pain which comes from the polluted waters in all its forms, the pain of watching one’s water source become polluted, the pain one would feel after drinking it or washing in it.
Its strong heart-based essence helps release your fears, which are sometimes disguised as toxic emotions like anger or resentment.
There is a mix of Cedar from a ceremony in this essence.
Cedar Essence: Hope embodied. It is an essence of transformation to be used on the land as well as for people. It helps to lift off dark and heavy thoughts and feelings and to bring a lightness to your being. It is also for those who listen but do not hear. It is a spinal essence for ascending energy and brings structural support to the body as well as the soil.
This water was collected while traveling with the Land Arts of the American West Program, as part of the University of NewMexico’s Art & Ecology Program. At that time the artists of Land Arts were staying with the Dine people and had the great fortune of getting to work with and learn from indigenous elders and educators.
While there, we learned of an environmental catastrophe that occurred in August 2015, when workers from the US Environmental Protection Agency mistakenly punctured a holding tank of mine tailings at the Gold King Mine in Silverton, Colorado, releasing over 3 million gallons of toxic waste into the Animas River, a tributary of the San Juan River that runs through Navajo Nation and nourishes all aspects of life. The spill greatly damaged the environment, as the released waste contained thousands of pounds of dangerous and highly toxic heavy metals.
The impact was felt deeply by the local indigenous Diné people, who not only rely on the San Juan River for drinkingand crop irrigation but also view water as a living being integral to their community and way of life. As farms went fallow and losses accrued on the Navajo Nation, their very spiritual belief system and world view were compromised because they were not able to use water from the river.
Winter Solstice Water Orb – Glenade, Ireland.
There is a stillness to winter solstice, a deep exhale that allows one to contemplate the silence. This essence is about listening, silence and everything that an exhale allows; a letting go, particularly of judgment and control. This essence is very helpful when holding space for other people or the landscape without trying to have any influence over the outcome. When we hold space for others, we can open our hearts, offer unconditional support, and let go of judgment and control. This essence is for those who prefer protected safe places that you can control wherever possible. This means that you generally don’t like people coming over uninvited, and that you have firm internal rules about what is a safe place, and what isn’t. Your idea of safety can be quite stringent compared to that of others, and is often anchored more to protected places, than to certain people. In addition, you will regularly seek out seclusion in order to find nourishment, wisdom or energy. Conditions are optimum when your safe place is also a space where you are guaranteed seclusion. The essence which is best worn around your neck when needed for long periods, allows for this feeling of safe space to be with you in the more trying times.
Naab Water Essence – Germany
The Naab is a river in Bavaria, Germany, and is a left tributary of the Danube.
Collection point 49.3199° N, 12.1091° E
The water essence created from the River Naab is an essence of movement and connection. The water essence of this place are for those who are stuck in inertia, a tendency to do nothing or to remain unchanged. It is also for those who are disconnected from life or ambivalent towards it. The colour associated with this essence is orange.
Its purpose is movement and connection and its identity is on the physical plane. Its demon is fear. By wearing this essence you begin to sensate, to explore the world and move.
It is very connected to the dragon energies; a symbol of transmutation, energy and mastery.
Raudfjord Iceberg Essence – Arctic
Raudfjord Iceberg Essence
79’44’ N 012’12’ E
Brings in and releases pure light energy within the person, this essence is particularly masculine.
This essence works with dryness, particularly on the head. It works with all skin conditions and those unable to stay hydrated even though one drinks a lot of water
The balance of heaviness and lightness. Dark and Light within oneself
It helps to release
This essence is a gently comforting, lasting embrace. It holds you like a hug and allows your own innate healing powers to do the healing.
There is a lot of talk about pure feminine vibration but not enough about the male, this essence helps to open up the pure potential of masculine energy on this planet.
Glenade Equinoxes Water Orb – Ireland.
Equinoxes occur when the sun crosses the celestial equator in its seasonal migration. This occurs twice a year. The Vernal equinox is in late March and the Autumnal one is in late September. This essence has been made from waters of both equinoxes. A balance of dark and light. This essence is deeply linked to the Dobharchu story and the darkness we can feel around death and depression. There is a transformation within this remedy however almost like a shapeshifter. One must be wary of the darkness that balances our light but we cannot be light without the dark. This essence helps with the inner transformation and shift of the darkness into light. It can help to lift the grief for lost places of your past, a place that you cannot return to, a place that perhaps never was. These waters historic experiences and private stories of loss are held within the valley. Through this essence, there is a transcendence of physical and mental barriers and limitations that resonates with the past and gently evokes the future. It brings new meaning to a place that would have become stagnated in inertia. These remembered local landscapes, the waters, are the messengers of the excluded and perhaps the forgotten. This essence brings a hope for a better tomorrow, transferred through this process of serial dilution to release aspects of space and time.
Nowy Port Water Orb – Gdansk, Poland.
This the vibrational essence of Nowy Port, Gdansk.
This essence is a gently comforting, lasting embrace. It creates a calm and a quiet joy.
Nowy port water essence holds the most encompassing joy. As an essence it holds you like a hug, and allows your own innate healing powers to take place, for wherever it is that you need.
Nowy Port water essence brings a lightness to your being, it is an instant pink light. It brings awareness for a need to control others. It brings an awareness that the divine feminine is coming out of us all, it is not something to strive for or be attained.
It helps to release hard heavy unforgiving thoughts and feelings. It is like being wrapped in a pink shawl made of light. It works to release militant and unloving thought forms, it shines a light on mind programs and repeated thinking of heavy thoughts, it helps your heart to become centered in a state of love. The ultraviolet wavelength works to sooth unresolved behavioral difficulties while helping the body to ease pent-up, unexpressed emotions.
This essence can help support the stressful process of moving or re-homing, and can also assist the homeless, or those who choose a lifestyle of roaming and drifting, to feel more supported, stable and connected.
Nowy Port is ideal for those who are drifting from place to place, who have no place to call home, and who feel powerless to direct their lives. It heightens awareness of inner strength, promotes a sense of contentment with the present moment, and encourages peace of mind, even during times of transition and change. The Nowy Port essence helps us create a sense of being at home anywhere on the planet by helping us master the qualities of flexibility and adaptation. It is through an awareness and acceptance of the perfection of each present moment that we are able to access the support and energy we need, wherever we are, and translate this into strength and stability in our daily lives.
It is also for those who live their lives in isolation from others, and who often feel separate and detached from their surroundings and even from the planet. This alienation can be the result of a difficult birth or a weak connection with the birth mother which led to a lack of nurturing during early childhood. It can help people who have lost their homes for financial reasons, or due to catastrophic events, reclaim their inner sense of belonging and their connection with the planet. This will make it easier for them to find a new place to live or re-inhabit their existing home after the damage has been repaired.
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