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The Spiritual Life of Water: Its Power and Purpose (Park Street Press, 2011) is available from

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Snow is an intermediary state between fluid water and solid ice. In order to
appreciate the spiritual implications of this, we need to examine the properties of

A snowflake needs at least two components in order to form. In addition obviously to cold air, it
requires water droplets (vapor), and a nucleus. The nucleus is made up of dust, minerals or other
microscopic particles in the air. A snowflake is formed when water takes shape around these
microscopic particles and the cold air turns it into ice crystals. Thus snow has two components:
water and earth - earth being the particles, and the water being the droplets. Earth is the material
world - without any recognition of G-dliness; water is the knowledge of G-d - divine energy
without any containers. Thus snow, being half heaven and half earth provides the perfect
intermediary between these two worlds.
Snow consists of separate snowflakes that are actually independent properties - each comprised
of about 100 ice crystals. Snowflakes cling to each other but they are not intrinsically one. In
contrast, water is one unified entity. Although it consists of droplets, each drop joins with another
and they become one body of water. What is the symbolism of this in the flow of knowledge?
When a teacher has to reach out to a student who is far beneath his or her level of knowledge and
understanding, he or she cannot allow the water to just flow freely, it has to be dressed up in
metaphors and it has to be paced. In order for the student to understand a new concept, the
teacher needs to create a point of reference by using examples, anecdotes, stories, and analogies.
Thus snowflakes represent the need to explain gradually, step by step, in a language that is
accessible to the student.
Snow falls gently and silently, teaching us in our own process of educating others and educating
ourselves, that we need gentleness.
Snow is a great equalizer - no matter how big the building, or the car, whether a Lexus or a
Hyundai, theyre all covered equally by the snow. Snow has the ability to cover over the
impurities of life and remind us of our own purity.
So snow is heaven speaking to us - speaking to us through purity, speaking to us gently and
gradually on our terms. Snow is the intermediary stage between heaven and earth; ice is a little

closer to the level of earth; sleet is in between snow and ice. Thus every weather condition sends
us a message and lesson - whether its rain, snow, ice, sleet or hail.
The mystique of snow is precisely because of its dual quality of heaven meeting
earth, water meeting land. Next time you look at the snowflakes gently dropping
from heaven, blanketing earth in its white embrace, remember that you are
witnessing a kiss the kiss of the Divine and the mundane.