Even though Summer is a season of fire, I’m drawn to the magic of water during summer months. Maybe in part because I’m striving to strike a balance between the two, or because Summer, especially in Northern Michigan where I’m from, is the perfect season to go to the water and to experience its lessons.
Water with its tides and its rhythmic nature can remind us to call ourselves back. And July, in Cancer season (an astrological sign full to the brim of water) is a potent time to explore the waters. Let’s dive in…
Part of the reason that I love writing, is because it can act as scuba gear.
Writing allows me to go check out the wreck in the water (if you haven't, read Diving Into the Wreck by Adrienne Rich). Writing can teach us to breathe in the depths and to examine and to pause with what is.
Here are some small water rituals that you can participate in...
Visit a small stream or lake near you. Pick up a pebble and exchange it for a bit of dried rose petals or lavender. Thank the river for its gifts.
Play the sounds of water for five minutes and then pull out your journal and write about what you heard. If you don’t know what to write, that’s okay. Wait just like water does and it will arrive.
When in the shower, imagine the water washing the energy of the day off your skin, and that all of the energy that doesn’t belong to you washes away and down the drain.
Build an altar in your home and fill a bowl (that has special meaning to you with water). Say a blessing over it and later return the water to the Earth.
Spontaneous water magic! If you see a river or a lake, or know of a body of water near you, pull over and jump in (safely of course). Water is like joy in the way that it ripples.
Below is a seven-line prompt meant to help hold your hand in creating a poem based on the magic of water. Each line describes a different “move” in the poem that you, the writer, can make.
Some lines have sentences started for you.
The Title: Waiting Water
Line 1: “Wading into water is ______"
Line 2: “This wreck, meaning ______”
Line 3: Work with the tides
Line 4: “By currents I mean _______”
Line 5: Pay attention
Line 6: “From my memories, I return ______"
Line 7: Wade/wait in the water
An example of this would be…
Wading into water is a different way to dive
this wreck, meaning everything I learned
from tides stays with me.
By currents, I mean changing woman.
Pay attention to the ankle pools.
From my memories, I return different
to my belly the water rises, calling myself home.
As you’re writing this month…
Connect with the depths by adding a little Pearl powder to your tea or elixirs. Pearl is a revered longevity food that has been used for centuries by Taoist Herbalists to support one's inner and outer radiance. Pearl has strong antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties and helps to support the body's natural collagen production, even and clear skin, strengthen bones, and support the nervous system, healthy sleep cycles, and Shen (Spirit).
Below is a perfect recipe to honor water incorporating Pearl with the deep blue colors provided by butterfly pea flower tea.
Deep Blue Pearl Latte
½ tsp. Pearl
2 tsp. organic butterfly pea flower tea
1 cup hot water
1 tsp. Bio-Active Honey
milk/creamer of choice (steamed or cold)
Heat water to approximately 208°F then steep tea flowers for 5 minutes.
Steam milk if desired (conversely, this can be mixed in cold).
Strain tea and add Bio-Active Honey and milk. Let sit another 3 minutes.
Add in Pearl.
Sip, write and In-Joy!
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Writing and intuitive sense are intricately linked. Writing can be used to connect with our intuition. Writing requires observation, attention and listening, just as intuition does.
When we write, we are channeling, we are exploring possibility. When we write we create something that wasn’t there before.
Join us for this ongoing series of intuitive writing prompts with writer & poet, Kate Belew.