Water

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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.

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