Khǽrnips The Holy Cleansing Water

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Khǽrnips - (Chernips or Lustral Water, χέρνιψ. Etym. χείρ, "the hand" + νίπτω, "I wash.")

Hǽrnips is clean, symbolically pure water from which to wash ones hands before ritual or entering a temple. Traditionally, hǽrnips is spring water or ocean water.

Ἰφιγένεια: First I would cleanse them with ablutions pure.

Θόας: In fountain waters, or the ocean wave?

Ἰφιγένεια: All man's pollutions doth the salt sea cleanse.

Ocean water contains salt, which in itself is purifying , and which symbolizes the Fire-Aithír (πῦρ αἰθήρ).

Hǽrnips is placed near the altar in a vessel called a hærniveion (chernibeion, χερνῐβεῖον) or an ydrána (hydrana, ὑδράνᾱ). Sometimes hǽrnips is sprinkled with a wisp (aspergillum) called a pærirrandírion (perirrantêrion, περιρραντήριον), to purify or dedicate something or someone.


Using hǽrnips is symbolic of the Aithír or Water washing away míasma (μίασμα), pollution. Its use may seem similar to the basin of holy water found near the door of Catholic churches, but khǽrnips represents ritual cleansing, whereas the Christian holy water has more of a connotation of a blessing. In our tradition, the use of hǽrnips is the general means of simple purification: katharmós (καθαρμός). The ritual of washing hands is mostly symbolic; it is indicative of a change in attitude, as expounded in the oft-quoted phrase engraved over the entrance to the sanctuary of Asklîpiós (Asklêpios, Ἀσκληπιός) at Æpídavros (Epidaurus, Επίδαυρος):

"Into an odorous temple, he who goes

Should pure and holy be; but to be wise

In what to sanctity pertains, is to be pure."


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