Definition: A molecule that at room temperature takes the form of a clear colorless liquid; according to Empedocles, one of 4 elements composing the universe; a liquid necessary for life; a major component of the earth’s surface.
Water is a very powerful and important substance. It sustains all life and is more important and precious to us than all the gems, minerals and gold in the world. Symbolically, water represents emotions, feelings, and the unconscious - its properties are seen as formless and limitless. In alchemy, water is required for the first stages of transmutation. Some cosmologies see water as the preserver of life circulating throughout the whole universe, and where all life is born. Chinese tradition suggests that all life comes from waters, the abode of dragons. Ancient Mesopotamian peoples saw water as symbolic of unfathomable impersonal wisdom.
When you pick the water card reflect on the deeper meaning of water to you in your life. It may be time to go inward and tune in to what is going on for you emotionally. Perhaps it is time to be more present to your feelings and just allow them to be, without controlling or analyzing them. You may need a good cry and to allow feelings to flow through you as waves on a shore. It may be that you are experiencing overwhelming emotions. Honor them, as they will teach you great lessons and eventually balance with time. Like water, emotions can be very cleansing and purifying as we allow them to flow through us.
It may be time to reflect on the “fluidity” in your life – is your life moving too slow, too fast, do you need to be more fluid and allowing? How can you be more in the flow?
How can you honor your feelings? How do you allow waves of emotions and feelings to move through you? What is your relationship to your emotions and feelings? Do you welcome your feelings, dam them up or become quickly flooded?
© 2011 Leslie Helen Bambic Ciechanowski
Every week I shuffle and draw a card to write about and represent the week ahead. My only rule is that if I draw one that I have already written about, I draw another. In this way I am using the spirit of the cards themselves.
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