Water Goddesses & Gods
We find Water Goddesses and Gods in all ancient cultures, and collectively, they reflects the importance of honoring Water, a most precious element critical for everyday survival. One aspect of understanding the dieities according to gender is that the Goddesses have more association with birth, life, and death; while the Gods have greater association with control, power, and leadership.
Because water is found in various forms, there are Goddesses and Gods who represent all those forms from springs, wells, lakes, creeks, streams, and rivers to the seas. Of course, the largest element of water is the vast oceans that cover about 70% of our sacred planet. The oceans hold about 95% of all Earth’s water, but water also exists as vapor, ice caps, snow, glaciers, and ground water. Humans and animals also hold a percentage of water. You see, water is found almost everywhere.
Like nature, the Water Deities represent both the positive and negative attributes of water. When we worship water as a living being and understand its presence on Earth, we naturally learn about the physical properties of water; but when we read the creation stories and mythologies that focus on various attributes of the Goddess and God, we come to an understanding of the spiritual gifts of water in our lives.
Water Goddesses are often associated with fertility and creation myths. Since Goddesses reflect the whole cycle of life, there are also Water Goddesses associated with death, an important part of life. In this Water Goddess section of The Spirit of Water, I have divided Goddesses into three main sections: Goddesses of sacred lakes and springs, Goddesses of the rivers, and Goddesses of the seas.
Water Gods are often associated with anger, power,