In this article an in-depth look is taken at the element Water. This article is part of a four part series, the other articles in the series are Earth, Air and Fire. The articles can be read in any order.


Traditionally Water is associated with the west, with the autumn equinox and with dusk. Of the four magical tools, the chalice is associated with Water and with the west. The colour most associated with Water and the west is blue. Traditionally a distinction is made between male and female elements, and between constant and inconstant elements. Water is considered female and inconstant.


Water stands for emotions, anything that moves us. Empathy, and the ability to relate to the suffering of others, are also connected with Water. So are friendship and companionship.

Everything that moves us, also has the potential to throw us off-balance. A lack of empathy will make us insensitive to the feelings of others, but an excess of empathy may make us lose contact with our own emotional needs.

This is one of the challenges of the element Water: to find a balance between the emotional needs of others and our own.


Here are some practical exercises you could do to further explore the role of the element Water in your life.

Further exploration

Take some time to explore water in connection with other elements:
On-site link, opens in this window Fire and water
On-site link, opens in this window Water and earth

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