Rainwater is such a beneficial thing to incorporate into your spiritual and magickal practices. The uses for it are almost endless. Today I want to share with you why and how to collect rain water, how to properly store and label your water, and share 21 ways you can use this water in your practice.
Why Would You Want to Collect Rainwater?
Rain water has some serious energetic benefits to it. Depending on where and when we gather the rain, it can have different energetic properties. Water is a big energy conductor, so it only makes sense that it absorbs various energies around it that we can then utilize in our spiritual and magickal practices.
For instance, if you collect rain water from a lightning storm, not only does that water contain the element of water but it also contains the element of fire (from the lightning).
Depending on other factors, like the current moon phase or day of the week, can also contribute to the different energetic properties within the water.
So, by collecting the rain water and working with it’s energies, we can add more elements and properties to our daily life.
Not only can you collect rain water, but you can also collect water from streams, rivers, lakes, oceans, etc.
I do always suggest when collecting water, even the rain from your back yard, that you take a moment to offer a prayer of thanks to Mother Earth and Spirit. If collecting water from a body or source of water, you might even choose to leave an offering like a small crystal or stone.
Is Rain Water Safe?
There are some misconceptions to the safety of rain water. Really, rain water is pretty safe to consume or bathe in. There are some things to keep in mind though.
I suggest not collecting water that is falling off a building or roof as this will contaminate the water. Whatever is on that roof or building will enter into the water.
Do not collect your water from puddles or other areas that could be dirty or contaminated. This is also something to keep in mind if you’re collecting your water from a water source in nature.
If you gather your water off of trees or plant life, please be mindful of the plant. Not all plants are safe for us to ingest or put on our skin. If you’re gathering water from a plant, that plant matter could enter into the water.
I would suggest not gathering rain water (or any water for that matter) from highly polluted areas or areas of radiation (like Chernobyl).
And finally, some folks are concerned about the acidity of rain water. When they talk about the acidity of a liquid, they’re referring to anything lower than a ph of 7. Rain water typically has a ph level of 5.6 or 6. For comparison, orange juice has a ph level of 4. So in regards to acidity levels, you should be good.
How to Collect The Rain Water
The easiest way to collect rain water is to set your container out in the rain. I recommend using only glass, ceramic or wooden containers to collect your water and to store it. Metal has a lot of it’s own energetic properties and I personally feel that this interferes with the energies within the water. Plastic is pretty much just no good, and a lot of the chemicals in the plastic can seep into the rain water. Yuck.
How to Label and Store Your Water
We talked about how everything from the type of rain to location to moon phase can contribute to the unique energetic properties of the water. This is why it’s really important to label your container of rain water. Here are the things that I find helpful to include on the lable:
- Time of day, date and day of the week
- Moon phase and current moon sign
- Location the rain was collected from
- Type of rain (just rain, thunder storm, hurricane, etc)
- The feelings the rain invoked within you (peace, clarity, self love, intuition, etc)
As for storing your water, you can keep it on your altar or in a cabinet. You may also choose to store it in the refrigerator. For longer storage, you can freeze the water.
The length of time that you can store the water before it loses it’s energetic properties varies on who you ask. I always say to use your intuition with this. If you go to use your water and it just doesn’t feel the same to you anymore, then don’t use it. Simply dispose of it outside.
The longest I hold onto rain or blessed water is roughly 30 days. Typically I try to use my water within the first week of collecting it.
21 Spiritual and Magickal Uses
And now, on to some ways to use your rain water. Really, the ways to use your water are almost endless. There are many more ways you can use this water that I haven’t included on this list. But here are 21 ways that I personally use the water or ways that I would use it.
You can also check out the YouTube video or listen on The Goddess Life Podcast (on iTunes and most podcasting apps) for more detailed info.