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Welcome to ‘WATER’
Water is without doubt one of the most undervalued resources on earth.
Without water life would not exist on the planet – all living things rely on water and without it we die, quite quickly. Humans can survive without food for up to a month, but without drinking water survival is limited to a matter of days.
It’s not surprising that throughout history, people have settled near to water sources for drinking and to grow crops. From the Seine River in Paris to Lake Texcoco in Mexico City, population growth and distribution have been intimately linked to the availability of fresh water for centuries.
Water is not only essential for human survival. There is also an ecological water requirement, below which our natural world cannot function. Water has a number of competing uses:
as an element of ecosystems.
a foundation of livelihoods.
a resource of value.
an anchor of cultural meaning.
Globally, there are increasing pressures on water supply. In particular, population growth and economic development are putting pressure on available freshwater resources. Water quality is inextricably linked to human health in many ways and poor water quality can lead to disease, reduced food availability and malnutrition. Improved access to fresh water has a direct positive impact on people and communities leading to significant social, economic and environmental benefits.
Water – The ELEMENT
Water is the most feminine of the five elements and therefore is considered very yin. In Taoist cosmology, femininity is not considered weak. On the contrary, water is the most powerful element for it can move around any obstacle in its path without losing its essential nature. Water can, in time, dissolve the hardest mountains.
Water’s planet is Mercury. The metal Mercury exists in a liquid form, like water. Water’s season is winter and therefore corresponds to the three earthly branches of wintertime: Boar (November), Rat (December), and Ox (January). Water’s direction is north. Water’s postion on the feng shui ba-gua represents career adn the life journey. Water’s tri-gram is two broken lines with a solid line in the center. Water’s symbol is a black Tortoise.
Although water is a very yin element, it can exist in either a yang or a yin state. When water expresses masculine yang energy, its color is black and is symbolized by a wave. When water expresses feminine yin energy, it color is gray and is symbolized by a brook.
Water qualities are creativity, sensitivity, reflection, persuasion, effectiveness, and desire for life and sex. Water types value family and social contacts and possess the ability to attract (being receptive, water can attract, rather than pursue). The emotion associated with water is fear. Other water emotions are indecisiveness, vacillation, and uncertainty. Those born in a water year succeed by not allowing fear to block the fullest expression of creativity. The challenge for water types is to overcome their fears and become active participants in life.
In traditional Chinese medicine, water’s body organs are the kidneys and bladder. Water types may have a disposition for urinary problems, bladder infections in women, or prostate difficulties in men. Coffee drinking weakens the kidneys, and cocaine and marijuana abuse causes irreversible kidney damage. These toxic substances, including alcohol and other drugs, must be avoided.
Kidney illness and water imbalance are indicated as dark circles or swollen bags under the eyes. Baldness is often another sign of weak water.
Colors: black (yang) and gray (yin)
Earthly branches and months: Boar (November), Rat (December), Ox (January)
Body organs: kidneys (yin) and bladder (yang)
WHAT ARE THE FOUR ELEMENTS ?
In western astrology, it is believed that the universe is formed by the four elements: Earth, Air, Fire, Water. These are the outward manifestations of the true Elements. Each of the four elements contains its own unique properties, which work simultaneously to create one united universe. None of the elements are inherently good or bad, however, each has both positive and negative qualities.
Whether you’re loud or quiet, timid or outgoing, impetuous or logical – your personality is filled with both pros and cons. Nobody is perfect and it is difficult to self-evaluate in order to understand our base emotions and desires. That’s why finding your element is so important. As you read over the qualities associated with each of the four elements, you might have your “A-ha!” moment, or you might feel as though you don’t relate to certain aspects. This is because every person is at a different point in his or her path to developing the human spirit. By finding your element, you’ll be able to better appreciate your own strengths and be more self-aware of your weaknesses. This understanding will help you to build better, stronger relationships with those around you. Let your element be a guide to a more intuitive self.
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