“And God looked out upon the Waters…”
In many traditions, water predates Creation. It is the primordial beginning, the thing that begets life. In traditions that have a balanced masculine and feminine, Water, especially the ocean, is associated with the Goddess.
The human body is 3/4 water. Consuming enough water increases our coping skills and emotional balance. Water helps all of our systems to function properly. You can survive for a fairly long time without food, but water is required for life.
“Yemaya, wash away all of those things which no longer serve me…”
Salt is cleansing. Water is cleansing. The ocean is the ultimate purifier. There are many traditions in which the best clearing and renewal rituals are done in the ocean. The saltier a body of water, the more it holds you up, supporting you, helping you to relax and float. While this is physical science, it is also spiritual – it is in giving ourselves over to the receptive aspect of the Divine that we find we are most supported.
The Goddess is about being present. When we allow ourselves to be where our feet are, the noise in our heads dissipates, and we stand in Union with the Divine. We allow the Universe to do its work as a perfectly functioning machine, without interjecting our imperfect will (small W) into the Divine stream of perfection.