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LOURDES AND OTHER HEALING WELLS AND SPRINGS ASSOCIATED WITH GODDESSES AND FEMALE SAINTS
Of the four earthly elements, water and earth have long been considered feminine, while air and fire are regarded as masculine elements. Women, as childbearers, are associated with the life-giving flow of rivers, streams, springs, and wells. Cross-culturally, water is a symbol of fertility and prosperity. So it’s logical that our ancestors built water-based shrines in honor of divine feminine goddesses and female saints.
Archaeologists have discovered water wells with spiritual and religious themes dating back to the late Bronze Age, which are reputed to have healing properties. The root word for well is wella, wielle, or waella, which in Old English means “natural spring” or “moving water.” So a healing well could be a thermal spring, or the head of a river or stream Rivers named for healing goddesses are abundant throughout Europe, including the Danube, which was named for the Celtic Mother Goddess Danu; and the Seine, named for the Gallo-Roman healing goddess Sequana.
Healing wells and springs are found worldwide, but are particularly abundant in Europe. Ireland reportedly has more than 3,000 healing wells. Many of these are dedicated to Brigit, a healing goddess who was later adopted and canonized by the Catholic church.
The most famous healing spring is undoubtedly Lourdes in southern France, dedicated to Mother Mary. Scientists have verified 66 healings at Lourdes, and an estimated 50 unverified healings per month are reported.
Another famous healing spring is in Bath, England. This 10,000-year-old shrine was originally erected in honor of the Roman goddess Minerva, and later became dedicated to the Celtic water goddess Sulis [see Chapter 18].
Many healing wells were created during pre-Christian eras. They were dedicated to Hindu, Roman, Celtic, Egyptian, Mayan, and other goddesses (and occasional gods) to appease and appeal for favors, healings, divination, and protection. During the Crusades, many European wells were rededicated to saints. Roman and Celtic wells dedicated to the goddess Coventina were converted into “wishing wells.” The previous Roman practice of throwing sacrificial animals into the well to win Coventina’s favor was replaced with tossing in coins or floating votive candles to elicit good luck.
Specific wells and their associated goddesses and saints gained reputations as having healing specialties. Many of these locations were attributed with miraculous abilities to heal eyesight, which some believe had to do with the vitamin and mineral content of spring water. Others were reputed to restore fertility, heal toothaches, skin diseases, and other illnesses and injuries.
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I’ve personally visited several healing wells dedicated to goddesses and saints. Each time, I’ve noticed intense feelings of positive energy near these waters. Going to the well (known as a “grotto”) at Lourdes was a particularly powerful experience for me. Standing near the water felt as intense as being in a room filled with magnets drawing impurities out of my body, mind, and emotions. I witnessed people wheeled on gurneys and saw their beaming smiles as their nurses bathed them in the sacred waters. I brought home some Lourdes water and gave bottles to friends, one of whom reported the immediate healing of an injury after she’d splashed the water on it.
Studies on the properties, effects, and electrical fields of Lourdes and other healing wells have been conducted by scientists. Dr. Enzo Ciccolo, a biologist at the University of Milan, collected water from wells where Mother Mary apparitions had been sighted, including Lourdes, Medjugorje in Croatia, Fatima in Portugal, and Montichiari and San Damiano in Italy.
Dr. Ciccolo placed small quantities of these Marian waters (named for Mother Mary) into normal tap water. The tap water’s pH, conductivity, and redox potential were immediately modified by the addition of the Marian water. Researcher A. Ansaloni also found that tap water’s pH level reduced with the addition of one part Lourdes water to 400,000 parts tap water. In addition, Ansaloni discovered that Lourdes water slowed the decay of chlorine in water, no matter how small of a sample of Lourdes water was added to the chlorinated water.
Dr. Ciccolo noted that after people bathed in Lourdes water, it became cloudy, as if the bather had detoxified into it. A study of the residue in the water revealed that the pathogens were neutralized:
A photoelectronic spectroscopy revealed that all frequencies of light were present in that sample of water, a phenomenon which usually never occurs in water. In fact, it was precisely this perfect, extraordinary and powerful set of frequencies which prevented the pathogenic germs from reacting and becoming harmful.1
Other scientists have measured Lourdes water using a Bovis scale, which detects life-force energy. Using the earth’s energy as a baseline, a substance with fewer than 6,500 Bovis energy units is considered to have a negative or life-detracting charge. Between 6,500 and 8,000 units is thought to be neutral; and 8,000 and above is positive or life affirming. Lourdes water has been measured at 500,000 Bovis energy units.
Interestingly, the particles of negative substances spin clockwise, while positively charged particles spin counter-clockwise. Goddess traditions teach that feminine energy spins to the left or counterclockwise.
Dr. Ciccolo also experimented with water from Medjugorje, Croatia, another healing shrine devoted to Mother Mary, adding small quantities of its water to solutions of sodium chloride, albumin, and cupric chloride and comparing these mixtures to control samples. The Medjugorje samples crystallized into more finely divided filamentary patterns than the control solutions. Dr. Ciccolo noted that the crystallized patterns resembled those that had been observed in samples treated by healers’ bioenergy and by magnetic fields.
In other words, water from healing wells associated with Mother Mary is structurally different from other water. Marian water stores the heartfelt prayers and the loving energy associated with Mother Mary and the angels. The studies show that this energy is transferable to ordinary water.
The ancient practice of seeking health through water while invoking the loving help of a goddess or saint remains a popular practice. Between five and six million people visit Lourdes annually. Thousands drink from or swim in the River Ganga, which Hindus regard as the embodiment of Ganga Ma, Saravati, Lakshmi, and other healing goddesses [see Chapter 19]. The ancient Hindu Vedas prescribe running water as the means of carrying away physical pollution to attain health.
The universality of visiting healing wells associated with goddesses and saints shows that it’s more than a religious practice. The magnetic appeal of healing wells seems to be deeply ingrained. Perhaps it’s a human instinct to seek our Divine Mother when we need comfort and healing.