In many traditions of witchcraft, water symbolizes emotions, the West, flow and change, intuition, Cups, feelings, mutability. I've always also associated water with power and joy. I think this picture, from the koi pond at the National Arboretum, shows those two aspects of water. I love fountains the way that some other people love owls or horses or a particular herb. When the fountains are running, all's right with the world.
I'm a woman, a Witch, a mother, a grandmother, an eco-feminist, a gardener, a reader, a writer, and a priestess of the Great Mother Earth. Hecate appears in the
Homeric Ode to Demeter, which tells of Hades who caught Persophone
"up reluctant on his golden car and bare her away lamenting. . . . But no one, either of the deathless gods or of mortal men, heard her voice, nor yet the olive-trees bearing rich fruit: only tenderhearted Hecate, bright-coiffed, the daughter of Persaeus, heard the girl from her cave . . . ."