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Book Review: The Way of the Water Priestess by Annwyn Avalon

About the Author

Annwyn Avalon is a Water Witch, Water Priestess, and the founder of Triskele Rose Witchcraft, an Avalonian witchcraft tradition. She has devoted her life to the study of art, witchcraft, and magic. She is an initiated Witch and Priestess, Reiki Master Teacher, award-winning Dancer, published author and has a BFA in sculpture, BA in Anthropology with emphasis on plant and human interactions and has received an apprentice certificate in Herbalism. She writes for the Magical Times Magazine in the UK and has contributed to other published works such as The New Aradia: A Witch’s Handbook to Magical Resistance. She is the author of Water Witchcraft: Magic and Lore from the Celtic Tradition and The Way of the Water Priestess: Entering the World of Water Magic. Visit her at www.WaterWitchcraft.com, www.WaterPriestess.com, and www.TriskeleRose.com

About The Way of the Water Priestess

Annwyn Avalon’s eagerly-awaited second book is a stunningly beautiful exploration of the innate magic of water, and of the ways in which this magic can be brought forth as a means of healing – both on a personal level, and on a broader scale. Diving deeply into the history, legend, and lore of sacred water sites and practices, the priestesses who tended them, and associated deities and spirits, Avalon’s wealth of knowledge and passion for the subject allow her to expertly guide readers on a journey of applying this ancient knowledge to our modern world. What’s more, The Way of the Water Priestess is inclusively written and accessible to a broad range of readers – the lovely balance of contextual information and hands-on practices shared within are not exclusive to any one belief system or spiritual path, and can be performed by anyone seeking a more profound way to engage with this most precious resource. 

“Like the ancient priestesses from whom we draw wisdom, we are also called to worship the pure raw beauty that is water – its ever-changing form and its many guises as the great water goddess, the Oceanids, and the nymphs who reside in the sacred founts.”

The Way of the Water Priestess

As someone who has been drawn to water magic since first setting foot on my magical path, I was personally very excited to explore The Way of the Water Priestess. Of particular interest was the chapter on Ancestral Water Priestesses; Avalon shares fascinating details around Greek, Roman, Germanic, Nordic, Gallic, and Celtic traditions, sacred wells and springs, the Avalonian tradition, and even touches on the ‘Lost Lands’ of Atlantis, Lemuria, and Mu. I found this chapter absolutely enthralling, and while I did find myself wishing for it to go on in even more detail, the level of depth to which these topics are explored laid a perfect foundation for the subsequent chapters.

New Witches will Love…

…the plentiful hands-on activities offering the opportunity to engage in the work of the Water Priestess just as soon as you feel ready to do so. Of course, the background, history, mythology, lore, and additional context shared throughout the book is critical to read and understand in order to engage meaningfully with the material, but Avalon includes a wonderfully diverse array of spells, rituals, and other exercises that might be considered appropriate for those who are encountering this type of material for the first time. You’ll find detailed guides on creating ritual baths, setting up a water altar or shrine, making moon water and sacred elixirs, and lots more!

Experienced Witches will Love…

… the advanced practices and exercises, many of which are designed to guide you quite far along the path of the Water Priestess. There is an abundance of books on the market today that take a rather ‘101’ approach (please note that this is not to say that these books are somehow less valuable – there is absolutely a need for introductory material as well!), which might provide plenty of background and context on a subject, but offer very little practical application beyond basic activities that don’t require readers to step outside their comfort zone to any significant degree. The Way of the Water Priestess absolutely does not fall into this category; while there are certainly activities suitable and accessible for those who are newer to the path of Water Magic as mentioned above, more experienced practitioners will find plenty to keep them busy as well. Avalon has written a number of beautiful, multi-layered rituals to aid in connecting with water spirits and deities, practicing water divination, and even creating an astral water temple.

To learn more about Annwyn, her magical path, and her work, check out my interview with her on the Eclectic Witchery Podcast!

This review appeared on the Witch With Me blog in January 2021.

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