Water Spirits of the World


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Water Spirits of the World – from nymphs to nixies, serpents to sirens
by Alanna Moore

ISBN – 978-0-9757782-4-1
Python Press, March 2012.
144 page A5 paperback with 66 black & white illustrations.

Opening windows onto the genius loci of watery landscapes, Water Spirits of the World brings alive a rich tapestry of ancient geo-mythos.
From the other-dimensional reality of Australia’s Aboriginal Dreamtime to the modern art of dowsing the devas, this book will delight and surprise.
For seekers of the soul of landscape, it provides unique insights into the spiritual nature of life and the primordially paramount watery sacred places.
The author is a master dowser inspired by the nature spirits to care for and better love the sacred Earth.

Praise for Water Spirits of the World

“Alanna’s joyful travelogue of water spirits has been a journey inspired by love.. [A] wonderfully illustrated celebration of water spirits of the world.” – Anne Guest, Gatekeeper magazine, issue 26, UK.

“In this book you will discover the amazing world of water spirits in all their forms, with special emphasis on Australia, New Zealand and Irish examples. As a dowser Alanna has spent many years working with nature spirits and coming to understand how they interact with the Earth…. This is a wonderful resource book.” – Morgana, Wiccan Rede magazine, Lammas 2009, Holland

“In this book Alanna Moore gives the reader a comprehensive collection of information and a rich insight into the world of water spirits and their manifestations and descriptions in the folklore, myths and legends of cultures around the world. Serpents, dragons, water goddesses and wells, sun gods and hot springs and water beasties around the world are all included as well as pilgrimages and the place of water in religion. In our current era we are realising that we cannot take water for granted as we often did only a few years ago. Water is rapidly becoming a political and economic issue all around our planet and we seem to be willing to pay more for our bottled water than we pay for petrol. If we learn to reconnect with water spirits we may be able to help to enhance this valuable resource. The magical beings that operate in different dimensions were understood and honoured in other eras and learning more about their history in different cultures is a good way for us to learn to reconnect and work with these beings. Included in the book are some wonderful stories of encounters with water spirits in our own time and some insights into dowsing with those spirits to learn from them. This well researched and informative book is a great resource to help us to better understand and work with the devic world.” – Martha Heeren, Dowsers Society of NSW Newsletter, April 2009.

“Water is a subject that I find endlessly fascinating and it is very clear that Alanna does too. Her joyful travelogue of water spirits around the world has been a journey inspired by love. Alanna begins by posing four questions: Who are the water spirits? What is their true spiritual nature? What functions do they hold as land- scape beings? And how is it possible for them to be perceived today? Her answers to these questions are served up in a wonderful hot pot of information, personal experience and practical advice on how to connect with water spirits. Alanna has cast her net very wide indeed, hauling in Indian, British, Australian, Irish, South American and Middle Eastern water deities both from the past and the present. It is an impressive catch. [A] wonderfully illustrated celebration of water spirits of the world.” – Anne Guest, The Gatekeeper magazine, issue 26, UK.

“Elemental nature spirits have been acknowledged and even worshipped in cultures around the globe since time immemorial. These spirits are still with us but if only we had the means to see them and find them in the right places. Author and dowser Alanna Moore (see Nexus 17/02, 14/06, 12/03) shows that water in all its forms, from seas and rivers to lakes and waterfalls to springs and wells with curative powers, has its associated deities across various cultures. While Moore has a particular emphasis on water related spirits of Australia, New Zealand and Ireland, she has also tapped into the folklore, myths and legends of many other cultures, eg ancient Mesopotamia, India, the Americas and Scandinavia. Among the multitude of deities are serpent spirits, sun goddesses, mermaids, water horses and remnant plesiosaurs, and many of them are given offerings in some form according to local cultural traditions. Moore encourages us to develop a spiritual relationship with water. She offers suggestions, including dowsing techniques, for how we can connect with the spirit deva of a body of water. We can sing and talk to water, even if it’s just from the tap, as the voicing of our love and thanks for water’s gifts can resonate throughout nature. By honouring water, we also honour the water that makes up our bodies and we aid our health. Moore’s teachings inspire a deep reverence for nature.” – Nexus magazine, Aug / Sept 2012.


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