Water in the Garden - Magic abounds
A Kyoto garden, Japan
In Japan, the act of sanctifying with water is called ‘misogi’. This practice traces its origin to a Japanese tale about a primordial god who cleansed himself of worldly ‘tarnishing’ with water. The belief that water rids us of the impurities of the earthly world is the basis for the low, stone water basins we see in Japanese gardens.
It is also why they traditionally sprinkle water at the gate of a home in the morning and evening.
The Japanese are not alone in their tradition of using water to bless people and places. Many great religions value ‘sanctified’ water. Catholicism sees water that has been blessed as a symbol of God’s grace and as a “wellspring of all holiness...”
Thai Buddhists make ‘lustral’ water and believe that they will be blessed if they drink it or have it sprinkled on their head. At their new year, the Thai people scent bowls of water with flower petals, and sprinkle these sacred waters to cool, cleanse and bless. Indian Sikhs prepare ‘amrit’, or holy water, for use in their baptismal ceremonies. And Muslims make a pilgrimage to the well of Zam Zam in Mecca for its holy water.
Water is indeed magical....include it in any garden you make!