Water quenches the thirst of every life form whether plant or animal. It cleanses and purifies. Most of our planet consists of water. Our bodies are primarily water. It's the stuff tears are made of. Even life giving blood is mostly water. Astrologically, the element of Water exemplifies the variety of bottomless emotion and feeling responses we're capable of.
The feeling nature is at least partly unconscious, and that's a vital piece of information to help us understand the Water element. What's interesting about the Water signs are that all of them have an acute awareness of the potency behind the unconscious while also being primarily driven by what they, themselves, are unconscious of.
Without a doubt, the Water element is the most sensitive and intuitive. This element is capable of nourishing our soul through a deep, psychic understanding of what makes us operate. The element of Water is in touch with the source of creation and can sense that we, too, are a part of this divine birthplace. Water signs are incredibly empathic and can feel the emotions of others.
Water can also drown in another person's emotional abyss if not careful because water has no boundaries. It soaks into us. Think about it. The element of Water can conform to the elements around it. When mixed with fire it creates steam, with earth it creates mud and with air it creates rain.
Water has no shape or permanent ability to remain solid. For this reason, water functions at its best when allowed to remain fluid. In fact, the power of water should not be underestimated. Water can extinguish fire, wash away earth and saturate the atmosphere so completely that it stops wind in its tracks.
Putting this into an astrological context, we can see that water has unlimited emotional depth and is self-contained. Water is also self-protective. If provoked, it won't lose a battle with any other element ... it prefers to do whatever it takes to guard itself from outside influences. This guarantees a serene place for personal reflection and insight.
Broken down by sign...
Although each of the three water signs: Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces, will express the qualities of the Water element in a different way, what they all have in common is emotional depth. Individually however...
Cancer will express the element of water to pursue emotional security and to nurture and protect that which it feels most deeply connected to.
Scorpio will display the element of water in ways that encourage deep saturation of, and comfort with, emotional power.