Ritual Bathing

Ritual bathing is a powerful and rejuvenating practice that can serve as a bridge between the physical and spiritual realms. This sacred act cleanses more than just the body; it purifies the soul, preparing practitioners for magical work by washing away negative energies and enhancing their connection to the natural world.

These days, we embrace ritual bathing with a blend of ancient traditions and personal touches, often incorporating herbs, essential oils, crystals, and candles to align with their intentions. Drawing from the wisdom of our ancestors or what we read in our favourite witchy books, we’ll recite spells or affirmations, invoke what we desire as the water envelops us, and create a sacred space for transformation.

Water is a conduit to the divine. Using sacred springs, rivers, or the sea, the witches who came before us would immerse themselves fully into the mystical energies of the Earth. They knew the water’s inherent power to heal, protect, and purify, and this knowledge has flowed through time to the witches of today.

Ritual baths can offer a moment of reflection, renewal, and connection. It’s an invitation to step into sacred spaces, both external and within, opening your heart and spirit to the magic that flows through all things. You might be drawn to a moonlit dip in a natural spring or a candlelit bath at home, but it’s arguable there’s none more magical than the water produced in the springs of Glastonbury.

The Red and White Springs of Avalon

Nestled amidst the mystical landscape of Glastonbury, England, lie two sacred springs steeped in legend and lore: the Red Spring and the White Spring. These enchanting waters have been revered for as long as they’ve been known, drawing seekers of healing, purification, and spiritual renewal. If you seek connection to the ancient energies of the earth, this is where you’ll find it.

The Red Spring, known for its high iron content, flows with waters tinged with a rich, rust-coloured hue. Bathing in the Red Spring can invigorate the body and spirit, imbuing you with vitality and strength. The iron-rich waters cleanse both physically and energetically, washing away impurities and negative energies, leaving behind a sense of rejuvenation and empowerment.

In contrast, the White Spring is touched with calcite, and emerges from the earth with waters as clear as crystal, symbolising purity and clarity. Bathing in the White Spring is a transformative experience, as its pristine waters purify the soul – washing away doubts and fears, and awakening inner wisdom and intuition. It is a place of reflection and introspection, where you can commune with the divine and receive guidance from the depths of your own soul. The White Spring is also a shrine to the goddess Brigid, and her powers of healing, fire, creativity, and fertility.

The Chalice Well

Together, the Red and White Springs form a harmonious union of opposing energies: fire and water, passion and purity, vitality and serenity. Bathing in these sacred waters is a ritual of profound spiritual significance. It is a pilgrimage to the heart of Glastonbury’s mystical landscape, where earth and sky, past and present, merge in a timeless dance. In Glastonbury, the water that sustains the land and people doesn’t come from above, but underneath – so it’s no wonder that touching these waters is such a deep experience. It is the source of life.

These springs that embody the essence of Avalon, are further enlivened by sacred geometry and the presence of the Michael line, a ley line reputed to channel the Earth’s energies. The ley line connects the springs with other spiritual sites across the landscape. This invisible line amplifies the springs’ spiritual power.

Visiting the Red and White Springs is a journey into the heart of the ancient traditions that have shaped Glastonbury into a beacon of spiritual pilgrimage. As you immerse yourself in the healing waters and connect with the spirits of the land, you become part of a lineage of seekers who have come before, drawn by the promise of transformation and transcendence. Whether you seek healing, insight, or simply a moment of respite from the chaos of the world.

Ritual Bathing for Beginners

The Time Of Day
Morning baths are good for beauty bathing rituals. Afternoon baths are perfect for prosperity magic, luck and fortune. Evening baths can increase magical powers and psychic awareness. 

The Day Of The Week
Harness the power of ritual bathing on different days of the week. For example, preparing a bath ritual on a Monday night just before you go to bed can support dream magic and prophetic dreaming; having a prosperity bath on a Thursday can attract money; and a Sunday bathing ritual can foster vitality and strength.

A DIY Ritual Bath!
You can make your own ritual baths quite easily. Simply choose a day or moon phase that aligns with your intentions, and fill the bath with herbs, flowers, and oils that support what you’re invoking. Check out our ‘Apothecary’ or ‘Witchcraft for Beginners’ sections to learn about key ingredients and associations!


Jade is a shadow worker and lunar witch, an experienced witchcraft facilitator, and hosts the 8-week High Priestess course: Dedicant.