Water - Elemental Philosophy

Wicca Natural Magic Kit: The Sun, The Moon, and The Elements, Elemental Magic, Moon Magic, and Wheel of the Year Magic - Lisa Chamberlain 2018

Elemental Philosophy

Water shares with Air the ability to move easily, and is the shape-shifter of the Elements. Also like Air, it inhabits physical realms we can’t access, in the form of the deepest depths of the oceans and the glacier-covered extremes of the North and South poles.

Water covers most of the planet and manifests in a dizzying array of forms, from the smallest raindrop to an unfathomable tsunami. Essential to the makeup and survival of all living things, Water is nourishing and often soothing, provided we’re not tumbling in the rough surf of the ocean or getting drenched in a torrential rain storm!

Water can be completely still or in constant motion, can appear to disappear completely as it joins with Air, and can change to solid form. Its ability to exist in three different states of matter is a testament to the mutability and flexibility of Water. Water will always take the shape of whatever contains it, be it a cup, a pipe, or a depression in a rock. Indeed, it always follows the path of least resistance, as seen when rivers create new pathways in the Earth to get around physical obstacles. Water is powerful—it can flood dry land, extinguish Fire, and when combined with Air can it even dissolve metal over time—but it is also cleansing and purifying.

Water’s ability to flow connects it to the realm of human emotions, demonstrated most physically by tears of sadness and joy. The phrase “welling up” is sometimes used to describe a sudden onset of tears caused by emotion. Water is also associated with psychic abilities, as is the Moon, which links to Water through the push and pull of ocean tides. Sensitivity and intuition are related qualities of Water, as are romanticism, generosity, and empathy.

Water personalities

People with Water as a dominant Element are the most naturally psychic of all the Elemental personalities.

Even if they don’t realize the source of their intuition and intense feeling, they can be incredibly sensitive to the moods and energies of others, whether those people are in the same room, or, in the case of those they’re emotionally close to, very far away on the physical plane.

Water people tend to have a deep understanding of the makeup and motives of the human psyche, and make for good healers and listeners. They are generally creative types, with mystical leanings and an appreciation for the sensual. The energy of Water allows them to be more at home in their emotions than others, which is essentially a prerequisite to being an artist of any kind. Water people love to be in love, and are immersed in the connections they form with others.

The challenges of carrying Water energy include intense emotionality and difficulty maintaining psychic boundaries.

Water people can be overly sensitive, to the point that they are essentially immobilized by all of the stimuli around them and risk drowning in other people’s emotions and energies. Depression can be a recurring issue for Water people, as can obsession with wanting to know the unknown before such knowing is possible. Indeed, a drawback of the high levels of psychic activity in Water is that they get accustomed to accessing information unavailable through the usual five senses, and they can get stuck seeking answers to questions they just aren’t meant to have answered at the time. They may also unintentionally give away too much of their power to negative people who feed off their kindness and loving natures, and thus become drains on the energies of others.

Some natural Water bodies are stagnant, which, while beneficial for some life forms, is unhealthy for humans to drink. Likewise, Water people can succumb to laziness and lethargy if their energy frequencies are too low. Earth energy is a good starting point for Water people who need balance, as the ground can absorb excess Water. Fire, Water’s opposite, can shed light into the shadows, raise the frequency, and brighten the mood.

Ways of connecting with Water

Probably the most powerful way to attune to the energies of Water is to immerse yourself in it.

Swimming in any natural body—ocean, lake, river or pond—is an ideal experience of communion with nature, but this can be a far-away or even unattainable luxury for many people. A pool can also do the trick, as can a relaxing soak in the bathtub. The next time you’re immersed in Water, notice the feel of it on your skin and the difference in the way it feels to move your body.

Of course, it isn’t strictly necessary to be completely immersed in Water to be in tune with its energy. Dipping a toe or a foot into a stream, taking a refreshing shower, or even running your hand through a bowl of water also forms a direct connection, as does appreciating a long, cold drink of water to quench a thirst.

Water is also experienced through sight and sound—walking along a river or spending time on the beach gazing out at the waves is calming to the body, as is the sound of rain or small waves quietly lapping a shoreline or a river bank. Even recordings of water sounds can help bring people more in touch with their inner selves! As mentioned previously, the calm surface of a bowl of water or even a pond or lake can be used for scrying—Water can speak to you through images, just like clouds and fire. Wherever you encounter Water, be in gratitude for its healing, cleansing, purifying, and nourishing qualities. Allow it to help you open up to the unseen and mysterious forces at work in the Universe—both in yourself and in those around you.