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The Wiccan Elements: The Element of Water

A Wiccan of 25 years, Sage likes to put her background as a writer and teacher to use by helping people learn about this NeoPagan path.

The Element of Water

In ritual and magic, you’ll often find the Spiritual Elements brought in, in one way or another. This is common with the modern Pagan religion Wicca. Wiccans often see the Elements Earth, Air, Fire, Water and Aether (Spirit, or Akasha) as symbolizing or representing the energies of all things in life. The first article for this series begins with a general introduction to the relationship between the elements, and has continued by focusing on the correspondences of each Element in turn. We arrive now at the Element of Water.

The way various people, trads and religions view the Elements often overlap, but are not set in stone. Keep in mind as you read this that correspondences can vary. A list of correspondences should never be seen as something fixed, but as something to personalize. The most important thing is that you meditate on it, use your head and align the Elements where you personally feel they serve you best.

The Element of Water

Water is one of the 4 sacred Elements.

Water is one of the 4 sacred Elements.

Alchemical Symbol for Water


The Element of Water

Gender: Feminine

Charge: Negative (-)

Energy: Passive

Qualities: receptive, fluid, creative

Aspects: formless, deep, cleansing


Positive: beautiful, compassionate, creative, deep, flexible, intuitive, mysterious, resourceful, receptive, sensitive, sensual, understanding

Negative: ambivalent, complex, deceptive, emotional, moody, over-sensitive, passive-aggressive, selfish, vain, wishy-washy

The Element of Water

Magical water.

Magical water.

Aligned With:

Day of the Week: Monday, Friday

Direction: West

Locations: any body of water, seashore/beaches

Sabbats: Lughnasadh, Mabon

Time of day: Twilight/Sunset

Time of Life: maturity

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Time of the year: Autumn

Wind: Zepher

Witch’s Pyramid: To be silent

Water- It's In Your Blood

We're mostly made of water.

We're mostly made of water.

Ruling over:

Body parts: bodily fluids—blood, saliva, semen, urine, etc.; the womb

Bodily functions: drinking, lactating, menstruating, perspiring, secretion, urination

Colors: blue, silver, aquamarine

Incense: cypress, lotus, myrrh

Instruments: string instruments

Occupations: bartender, brewer, cosmetologist, pet, dishwasher, diver, dowser, fishing, hematologists, ice skaters, laundry workers, life guards, marine biologists, naval careers, oceanographers, painters, psychics, sailors, swimmers, surfers

Sense: Taste


Corresponding to:

Herbs: African violet, apple, avocado, belladonna, blackberry, boneset, cabbage, cardamom, catnip, chamomile, chickweed, dittany of Crete, daisy, cucumber, daffodil, gardina, heather, hibiscus, jasmine, myrrh, poppy, rose, sandalwood, thyme, valerian, vanilla, willow, yarrow

Metals: silver

Minerals: blue lace agate, aquamarine, azurite, beryl, coral, geodes, jade, lapis lazuli, moonstone, pearl, sapphire, sodolite, tourmaline

Runes: Wunjo, Ehwaz, Hagall, Isa, Phedro, Lagaz

Tarot: Suit of Cups; all Queens; High Priestess; Death; The Moon; The Chariot

Wiccan tools: cup; cauldron; bowls

Zodiac: Cancer (cardinal); Scorpio (fixed); Picses (mutable)

Creatures of Water

The Element of Water is full of life.

The Element of Water is full of life.

Associated With:

Animals: fish, scorpions, serpents, waterfowl, water mammals, creatures who dwell/live in water

Elemental Beings: Undines

Gods: Aegir, Charon, Cthulhu, Nun, Dagon, Eros, Hurican, Lyr, Neptune, Nereus, Oceanus, Poseidon, Triton

Goddesses: Amphitrite, Aphrodite, Astarte, Heket, Isis, Kwan Yin, Lady of the Lake, Mary, Melusine, Psyche, Styx, Tefnut, Thetis, Venus

Mythical Creatures: hippocampus, kraken, leviathan, merfolk, nerids, selkies, sirens, waterhorse, any sea monsters




Mackenzie Sage Wright (author) on October 26, 2015:

Ha, Altruist! Completely brain farted there. I gotta fix that. Thanks for pointing that out, I must have had fire on the mind that day.

Altruist on September 20, 2015:

It says that this is about the element of Fire. Just thought I'd point that out. Great article though -thumbs up-

Mackenzie Sage Wright (author) on October 10, 2013:

Thanks so much LastRose!

I have to admit, I personally don't believe the 'find your Element' thing; that seems to be a new thing that's gotten more popular in the last decade, maybe I'm old school but to me the point of the Elements is that we all are all the Elements because they represent so many different things, and the goal is to find balance. I personally believe if someone finds themselves super aligned with one element, it's a sign of imbalance and they should start focusing on bringing the others more into their lives. I know not everyone agrees with me, the 'find your Element' mentality has kind of permeated people's consciousness now-adays, but hearing another opinion is always good food for thought to chew on.

I appreciate your comment, thanks so much!

LastRoseofSummer2 from Arizona on October 09, 2013:

Thank you for a beautiful article. I don't know much about these things, but I'm assuming water must be my element. I am a Scorpio, and I must say that the positive and negative attributes are quite accurate with my personality!

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