What is the Oracle of Water? I am the oracle and so are you. An oracle is basically defined as a person through whom a deity is believed to speak. Indeed, the word oracle comes from the Latin orare – simply, “to speak”. So, unlike the famous Oracle of Delphi, one does not need to be formally initiated as a priestess or priest, nor inhale toxic vapors from underground chasms to reach or communicate with the divine. We all have the ability to hear and to speak the truth of the divine that resides in nature and in all of us.
Words, like water, have strange power. They can slowly, carefully trickle and form shapes and carve out paths from solid rock. They can surge like a destructive deluge and lay waste to one’s feelings and dreams or very life. What we say, what we speak, has power and can actualize. Many people have forgotten this.
We ourselves consist vastly of water, as does our home and mother, planet Earth. Starhawk says in her book The Earth Path (2004 HarperCollins),
“Meditating by a lake one day, I heard the water say to me, All water is one – one wholeness, one awareness. All water is continuously aware of all other water in the world.” We humans are likewise connected. We can learn from each other and we can learn from water, that most magical of elements, that vital and life-giving (or life-taking) substance. Many of the earliest deities were those of the oceans, the rivers, the rain – all that sustains our bodies, our crops, our animals, our home.
Starhawk continues, “…water knows. Water spirits, water Goddesses and Gods, however we want to name that intelligence that is so different from ours – something knows and feels when we approach with love and respect.”
Water is sacred. Water knows. We are all oracles of water.
header image: “Hylas and the Nymphs” JW Waterhouse 1896
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