The study of the four classical elements—Water, Air, Earth, and Fire—enables us to harvest much of astrology’s powerful ancient wisdom in our quest to gain a deeper understanding of ourselves and the forces that shape us. One need not know the positions of each of your ten planets or the configuration of your unique natal chart to benefit. In this four-part series, you will be guided to do an internal inventory of the characteristics of each element within you, and you will be given tools to bring them into balance so that you can experience more ease, peace, and joy in your life.
Life begins in water. Our first nine months are spent in our mother’s womb surrounded by warm fluid, so when working with the four classical elements, renowned astrologer and psychotherapist Debra Silverman always begins by evaluating our relationship with the qualities of Water—the element associated with Cancer, Scorpio, and Pisces zodiac signs.
Elemental Water Wisdom: Ebbs & Flows
People who have Water personalities live in the realm of emotions. Their world is focused on feelings, intuition, and family. They also often feel a close connection to animals.
[Read: “Empaths and Animals: A Special Relationship.”]
“At best,” Silverman explains, “a Water personality type easily embraces silence and stillness. They are comfortable feeling their emotions. They listen to their body’s subtle messages and naturally practice self-care. Water personalities love massage, spa days, and spending quiet time alone.”
Of course, water can be still or choppy, clean or murky. People who haven’t cultivated their Water element can easily become depressed, anxious, reclusive, negative, or overwhelmed, as a result of neglecting their sensitivity. Some struggle with addiction, seeking comfort through escapism.
“At worst,” Silverman says, “Water can turn to ice, which means people become very numb. They feel so many emotions they don’t want to feel, so they turn them off and pretend not to care. Often it requires their body to scream for attention through pain. Illness always makes us slow down and ask for help. Learning to ask for help is one of Water’s life lessons.”
Testing the Water