Holy Water (Heilawag / Heiligwoge)
it is drawn one of the 3 of holiest points of the year: between the 11th and
12th hour on the eve of the solstice, when Sunna wheels about in her
returning to her waxing strength, just before sunrise on the first morning
of Ostarun, when Mano is at his full glory, and Sunna at her 'median'
strength so-to-speak, and between the 11th or 12th hour on the eve of
Sunnawendi...just as she is reaching her pinnacle of stregnth...according to
tradition, this water does indeed last from one tide to the next...later
traditions suggest that water drawn at Iul will last until the next Iul, but
I prefer renewing that water at least by Sunawendi.... as for the source,
both the name and traditions surrounding Holy Water hold the clues: the
second element, -uuag or -uuac (wag / wac), translates as 'surge' or 'wave'
(and in some OHG sources, 'sea')...while we might think that it would be
drawn of sea water, we'd have to consider the source noted in the traditions
themselves, and then the term and its Heathen usage becomes much clearer-
according to custom, this water was drawn from some Holy (running) stream or
source- one which is an obvious point of power, or where offerings are
typically left...drawn at the source, this would be the spring itself- the
naturally occurring well, if you will- the prunno or brunno...which,
needless to say is exactly the same type of well as Urdabrunno...a
water-source in which the water rises or surges or 'waves' up on its
own....here in Jersey, in the Pine Barrens, we've got plenty of those...so,
as to place, it would have to be a running, clean stream...one where
offerings are made, or where there is an obvious presence of magan would be
especially holy, or if you're lucky, at a natural source...no, it doesn't
HAVE to be at a source, and ancient customs certainly attest to it...they
are simply the three places...as for their drawing, this should properly be
done by the magan-ful and healing hands of a woman of caliber or Hexe...such
as the Frouwa of your sippa...in going to draw the water, you leave the home
in silence- take to whatever source you will draw the water from in silence,
and return to the home in silence...and it should be stored in a closed
container, and perhaps out of common sight, as in the chest or cabinet you
store ritual implements (our Altar/Weihbetti is where we store our Holy
implements and everything of that nature)....and once drawn, should be kept
from Mano's glare....
Hope that helps!
Alaf Sal Fena!