The spirit element of water is essential for life and our spiritual growth. It can be found around us and within us. It circulates in our body, and also in our oceans and rivers. It is, therefore, our connection with nature. When there is an unbalance in nature, water can be devastating, as seen through storms and Tsunamis.
In some ancient cultures, water is considered to be the source of life and is seen as a symbol of fertility. Ancient Egyptians, for example, compared the fertile River Nile to a birth canal, which determined their existence. Since it is fluid in nature, some believe water represents our emotions, which mimic the ebb and flow of this spirit element. It is constantly in motion and always goes with the flow, teaching us a wise lesson on how to adapt and deal with life’s victories and failures.
In many religions, water symbolises cleansing, and forms an important part of the initiation rituals as seen in Christianity and Sikhism. It is also used to purify the soul as seen in Hinduism, where devotees often immerse themselves in the holy river Ganga. Water originating underground, such as spring water, makes its way up to the surface, while pregnant with nutrients of the earth, and is therefore considered by many to be energising and healing.
While there are many meanings and symbols attached to this calming spirit element, it is important to remember that we are all made of water, and therefore, underneath it all, we are all one and the same.