Of the Element of Water
Water is an element that is associated with the feminine and the “yin” of the yin-yang symbol. It is an element that is associated with the west in terms of cardinal direction, it primarily has moist, cold, heavy, and passive qualities, but water is extremely adaptable and changeable so it can also have warm, light and active qualities such as those found in a light rain fall. The color associated with water is blue, but the blue color can be of various degrees and water can also be associated with sea green and aquamarine as well. Later on in this writing, water is linked to the moon and the element is therefore also linked to the color silver.
In terms of the Witches Pyramid, water is linked to the concept “to dare.” Esoteric students believe that the “to dare” concept means that they should be strong in their magickal workings and believe firmly in the intent of the magickal working, in other words, they should “dare to believe” and that they should be “bold and daring” in their magickal workings. The to dare concept does not mean that one is to defy ethics, but it does mean that one should be willingly open to the possibility of magick and that one should have a firm belief in the practice. Furthermore, the term “dare” also means “hid or hidden” and it is believed by some practitioners of magick that magickal workings should not be exposed to those that do not understand such workings or to those who may affect the purposefully defined intent of the working. Spells are cast in secret, and some practitioners refrain from thinking about the magickal action after the spell is complete in the belief that thinking about the spell weakens the effect. As will be explained further a bit later in this writing, intention and water are entangled: they are interrelated.
Water is associated with the season of autumn and the time of day that water is associated with is from dusk until midnight. In terms of magickal tools, water is associated with the chalice, a symbol that is a representation of feminine creativity, and life emerging from the womb. The chalice also signifies the unity between masculine and feminine forces or the joining of the god and goddess. Since the cauldron is also a container that can “mold or shape water,” it is considered a water symbol as well, in fact, the cauldron can be viewed as a larger representation of the upper half of the chalice, while the stem of the chalice is considered a phallic symbol and a representation of the god.
The third point of the pentacle, when moving in a clockwise direction from the single upward point representing the spirit or Akasha, marks the element of water. The symbol used to denote water is an upside down, empty triangle: a symbol that is the exact opposite of fire. The empty equilateral triangle denotes that water is a unified force, one that even after separated will at some point flow back and return onto itself. With that quality in mind, water is linked to the Divine and the relationship between the Divine and the living: humankind and all that lives is part of the divine, and while semi-separated from the divine via physical incarnation, in truth we remain part of the divine and shall return onto the Divine at some point. Water can be seen as a symbol that represents life itself – a river that flows forever changes and never remains the same. The various environmental factors and obstacles that water encounters change the water forever; much the same can be said about human beings.
The element of water is linked with emotions, with empathy, and with compassion. Water, like emotions, move, change, and flow with the situations they are exposed to. Water is therefore associated with love, compassion, and happiness. In its extreme, water is also associated with depression (one only need think of tears to realize the association), an over-zealous empathy.
Water is linked to the mother aspect of the Goddess and the Father aspect of the god. Goddesses like the Persia goddess Anahita, the Mayan Goddess Ixzaluoh, the Goddess Coventina, the Goddess Kupala, the Persian God Apam-natat, the Sumerian God Enki, Neptune and Poseidon are all linked to the element of water.
In the Tarot cards, the suit of cups represents water. The elemental that is linked with the element of Water is the undine, a feminine water spirit. In terms of the Zodiac, water is linked with the zodiac signs of Cancer, Scorpio, and Pisces.
Water is associated with the subconscious or unconscious mind and is therefore associated with dreaming, astral projection and out of body experiences. Water is also associated with divination: the reflective properties of water are also found in water scrying and mirror scrying. Clairgustance, the ability to taste substances that are not present or without actually putting the substance in one’s mouth, and Clairempathy, the ability to clearly sense emotions are associated with the element of water. For that matter, Clairsentience, while associated with the air element, can also be associated with the element of water. Precognition and psychic dreaming are also linked to water via the connection between the subconscious mind and the element of water.
Thales of Miletos, a philosopher, believed that “water was both the beginning and the end of all things, that water was the principle of everything and that humans come from and return to water. Thales also argued that spirits travel through and manifest via water. Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa argued the same in his Three Books of Occult Philosophy, writing that spirits are linked with the element of water because they have moist properties.
Not surprisingly, as the water is associated with the west and the west is associated with the setting sun, both the water and the cardinal direction of west are linked to death and the after life. The water is linked to fall, when all things in nature begin to recede with the coming of winter. Water is associated with the Summerlands, and water’s link with death also links the element with spirit activity. Finally, since the ebb and flow of the tides are controlled and affected by the moon, water is linked to the moon and moon energies.
As mentioned earlier, the element of water is receptive. A Japanese Doctor of Alternative Medicine, Dr. Masaru Emoto has studied how emotions and intent affect water molecules. Dr. Emoto is a graduate from Yokohama Municipal University as well as the Open International University; he has conducted studies that involve photographing frozen water crystals, and he is an author of several books including The Hidden Messages in Water and the Messages from Water (Books One and Two). It is Dr. Emoto’s studies that reveal the extraordinary receptive quality of water; Emoto’s studies involve a process whereby water is first examined in its frozen state after being photographed – individual water crystals are viewed under a microscope and the appearance of the crystal is noted. The same water is then examined in the same fashion after being purposely exposed to written or spoken words and/or music. The results are nothing short of astonishing – the water crystals exposed to negative words, hateful thoughts or unusual sounds creates a very different water crystal than water crystals exposed to positive words, either spoken or otherwise, thoughts, and calming music.
One method used to reveal the expressive and receptive nature of water involves the act of placing water in a container, placing a label on the container and writing words on the label. Words like “love and gratitude,” “thank you,” “the chi of love,” are used on some water samples, while other water samples have less appreciative phrases applied to the labels like, “hate,” and “you make me sick”. The water is later frozen, examined and photographed. The photographs of water crystals derived from the containers with positive expressions possess beautiful crystals – appearing like snowflakes, each crystal is beautifully formed and a seeming work of art. In contrast, the water crystals that come from containers with hateful messages on the bottle appear distorted – the crystal reveals and expresses and upset in its design. The water changes depending upon the intent of the expression it is exposed to and language is not a barrier in Dr. Emoto’s experiments.
In addition, Emoto has found that that water derived from clean, unpolluted springs or water exposed to loving expressions have more complex and stunning designs than those water crystals that have been derived from polluted waters or waters exposed to negative expressions. Finally, the biggest implication derived from Emoto’s study is that positive intent can make changes to water that has been exposed to negative emotions or environmental sources – the act of blessing water actually changes the form of the water crystal, even if the water is polluted. Furthermore, the more powerful the intent behind the action, the grander the effect is on the water crystal in terms of change.
Summary of Water Associations (by no means all inclusive):
Mundane senses: taste
Sixth Sense: Clairgustance, Clairempathy, Clairsentience, Precognition, Psychic Dreams
Cardinal Direction: West
Properties: Cold/Warm, Moist/Heavy, Passive/Active
Color: Various Degrees of Blue, Aquamarine, Silver, and Sea Green
Witches Pyramid: To Dare
Hours: Dusk to Midnight
Tool: Chalice and Cauldron
Stones: Aquamarine, Lapis, Limestone, Moonstone, Pearl, Rose Quartz, Shells, and Sodalite.
Metals: Copper and Silver
Practical applications: healing, cleansing
Goddess Aspect: The Mother
God Aspect: The Father
Goddesses: Venus, Aphrodite, Ixzaluoh, Anahita, Kupala, and Coventina
Gods: Poseidon, Neptune, Ea and Enki
Paranormal: spirit manifestation
West Wind: Zephyrus
Instrument: Water Harp, Glass harps
Zodiac: Cancer, Scorpio, and Pisces
Flowers: Carnation, water lily, lotus, lilac, Rose
Herbs: chamomile, jasmine, Gardenia, sandalwood, vanilla
Mythical Creatures: mermaids, nymphs
Things that Fall Under the Rulership of Water
- The Mind
- The Body
- Tear Ducts
- The Womb
- Water Scrying
- Mirror Scrying
- Astral projection
- Moon Magick
- Fertility Magick
Extremes in Water:
- Fluctuations in Body Temperature
- Lack of Empathy
- Overzealous Empathy
- Obsessive Love
What the Bleep Do We Know?:
Dr. Masuru Emoto:
The Natural Magick Shoppe: http://naturalmagickshop.com/articles/correspondences.html
Article written by: Dayna Winters
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