the-silver-sea asked: You mentioned in one of your previous posts about something called "needfire" and "needwater". I've never heard of this before, could I please ask what it is?
Needfire is a Scottish tradition, where in situations of need all the fires of a place were extinguished, and a fire was lit using the friction of two pieces of wood. It was believed to drive off misfortune and disease. The effectiveness of the cure really did depend on it being the sole fire in the area at the time of its’ lighting. Some pagans have adopted the needfire concept into their practices.
‘Needwater’ is not traditional. It’s my own personal concept, of water that comes during long periods of drought in response to prayers for said rain. I feel such waters would have energy for charging, healing, and cleansing - but also that this particular kind of water would be very sacred and powerful, and to be used only in times of great need.