Uiscí Naofa - Holy Waters
Ireland lays claim greatest number of Holy Wells (Tobar Beannaithe) in the world. Counted, there are 3,000 holy wells and springs across the Island. Through ancient manuscripts and stories from Irish mythology we know that hydrolatry /water worship has existed in Ireland for thousands of years.
Ancient belief held that the holy well was an opening leading into the womb of the earth - mother herself. The surface water of the holy well was considered a sacred veil of mystical manifestation because its source issued from deep within the unseen earth.
By scrying its surface holy waters could reveal 'Imbas Forosnai' the gift of esoteric knowledge and so the dark pools of well water became windows through which the 'fili' the visionary poets of ancient Ireland could glimpse the flicker and form of other realities through vision and illumination.