The Symbolism of Water and Water Signs in Astrology

Whatever you water… GROWS.

Water represents…

…fertility, birth, beginnings, caring, compassion, empathy, feelings, depth, fluidity, emotional intelligence, tears, nourishment, quenching thirst, motherhood, feminity, blending, and…


Each element has three zodiac signs that can show you how these signs relate to one another because of the specific element they share.

Water: Cancer, Scorpio, and Pisces

Air: Aquarius, Gemini, and Libra

Earth: Taurus, Virgo, and Capricorn

Fire: Aries, Leo, and Sagittarius

Water Signs

Water rules the signs Pisces, Cancer, and Scorpio. Their planets are Neptune, the Moon, and Pluto. Neptune is the dreamy planet that is totally covered in water, which rules the sign Pisces. The Moon controls Earth’s tides with its gravitational pull and rules the zodiac sign of Cancer. Pluto, which rules Scorpio, has a subsurface that is made up of water.

Someone who is ruled by water in their natal astrology chart is usually sensitive, intuitive, deep, considerate, kind, romantic, dreamy, emotionally intelligent, empathetic, caring, compassionate, unpredictable, nervous, emotionally perceptive, comforting, loving, gentle, creative, communicative, etc.

Those ruled by water can also be smothering, moody, overly emotional, easily offended, emotionally intense, non-discriminating, careless, shallow, inconsistent, fearful, melancholy, and vindictive.

Cancer the Crafty and Caring Crab

Scorpio the Seductive and Shadowy Scorpion

Pisces the Precious and Patient Pair of fish

Symbolism of Water

Like Jesus turned water to wine, through life’s many baptisms, we often find ourselves drowning, or in a process of transmutation… evolving one thing to another version of that same thing. Transmutation is like turning water into ice or snow, for example. Although it has appeared to change, it’s still water, nonetheless. Likewise, when water gets incredibly hot, it boils. When water is at a boiling temperature, it can burn and scold flesh, almost like liquid fire. Then, it may transmute into steam and evaporate, where it blends with the air element.

Water is a feminine element, which opposes masculine fire symbolically. Fire becomes imbalanced when it suppresses the feminine counterpart, water. Metaphorically, water contains everything inside of it that fire does not, and vice versa. The universe always seeks to balance itself. Whatever we may fear to lose is only a hurricane we create inside ourselves, flooding us with emotional overwhelm; which we will be faced with watching it wash away.

Water can be calm, smooth, soft, and inviting. It can be like a mother with her loving nature, as well as her protective fears. Sometimes, however, water can be over-bearing, like crashing waves. Water is a small stream that soothes and a tsunami that kills.

Without water, we’d have no trees, rain, clouds, flowers, people, animals, green grass, tasty food and beverages, ocean waves, river days, lakes to fish, ponds to swim, streams for our feet, springs to drink, baths to relax, showers to get clean, etc.

Without water, we’d have no life!

From Within the Labyrinth,


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