The Holy Wells and Water Scrying
The strongest belief in Ireland is a belief in the curative power of the
Holy Wells that are scattered about the country. Fountains of health and
which at one time were either blessed by one of the Irish goddesses or
by which some goddess had dwelt in the far-off ancient times, or by
which, in the more current history, some saint had either blessed or
The Holy Wells have become the focus of devout
pilgrimages. On such a pilgrimage, the Pilgrim goes round the Well a
certain number of times, either three or nine, creeping on hands and
knees, but always from east to west, following the motion of the moon,
while reciting a prayer to Dana. At the close of each round The pilgrim
builds-up a small cairn for Dana to reckon the stones as a reminder of
their prayer. The pilgrim then descends the steps to the Well, and
kneeling down, bathes their forehead and hands in the water in the act
of purification, health and healing.
At some Wells there
are often rude stone monuments of the ancient times and the eyes of the
pilgrim must remain fixed on it while praying. Whenever a White-thorn
or an Ash tree shadows the place, the Well
is held to be peculiarly sacred, and on leaving, having first drunk of the
water, the pilgrim ties a votive offering to the branches. The votive offering
Is generally a colored handkerchief, a bright red strip cut from a garment
a ribbon tied around a lock of the pilgrims' own hair. These offerings
are never removed. They remain for years fluttering in the wind and the
rain, Just as travelers have described the votive offerings on the
sacred trees that shadow the Holy Wells of other countries. They are
signs and tokens of gratitude to the 'Patron of the Well'.
of the most Holy Wells to be found in Ireland are: Tober Gobnath, now
St. John's Well in County Cork. Most of the Stones found at this well
are pure quartz. Tober Fionn Ma-Coul, the Well of Fionn, in County
Cork, where the grave of the great Fionn was laid. Tober Seenan, St.
Seenan's Well, on the shore of Scattery Island, which is a secret place
with miraculous curative powers. Tober Kil-n-Greina, the Well of the
of the Sun, in County Cork, where an ancient stone circle was found
with writing on the stones and strange carvings. The ancient tradition
of the Well was that it was the temple of Ban-na-Naomha, a prophetess,
and the stones found at this Well were pure white, about the size of a
pigeon's egg. Tober Mire, the Well of the Field, is located in County
Cork, where many pagan monuments are in the vicinity; and, perhaps the
most important, is Tober Dana, now Tober Breda or the Holy Well of St.
Bridget, where a stone oratory is found of
fabulous antiquity, with a doorway fashioned after the Egyptian model,
towards the top. An ancient white-thorn covered with votive offerings,
amongst which one may see many long locks of hair is also found here.
Breda is now considered of the highest sanctity, being under the
special Patronage of St. Briget. Because water is the symbol of the
gateway into the Land of Faery, the divination of water scrying is used
in Faery Seership.
Water scrying and mirror scrying is
very similar, both require a black surface upon which one focus,
allowing their eyes to move into soft-sight. The best time to water
scry is during the full moon and outdoors. It is best to have a black
bowl without design or other colors inside the bowl. When water is
placed in the bowl, the surface will naturally be black. At the very
bottom of the bowl a crystal is placed, or a silver coin can be used.
After the scrying bowl is prepared, position yourself where the moonlight
catches on the surface of the water. Use both the scrying incense and scrying oil to enhance your abilities.
the Grounding and Centering Format, achieving soft-sight, remembering
to naturally blink as needed. When soft-sight has been obtained, chant:
By moon magic, by Faery spell, By the mysteries of the ancient
dell, dreams, desires, mystery might Borne on the moonbeam's silvery
light, come now to My Sacred Well.
Once the moonlight begins to reflect off the crystal or silver coin in the
bottom of the bowl, images will begin to surface through your creative
Open to the images being filtered through the water, for more often
then not this type of divination will take on the characteristic of a