Water popularly represents life. It can be associated with birth, fertility,
and refreshment. In a Christian context, water has many correlations. Christ
walked on water, and transmuted it into WINE,
thus these acts can be seen as a transcendence of the earthly condition.
Christians are baptized with or in water, symbolizing a purification of
the soul, and an admission into the faith. However, water can also be destructive
(as in the biblical flood which only Noah and his family escaped); water
drowns and erodes, wearing away even the densest of stones given enough
time. Water is also one of the FOUR ELEMENTS
essential to life in traditional western philosophy; In this form it is
represented by undulating lines, or a triangle pointing down. Colors commonly
associated with it are BLUE and GREEN.
Its qualities are fluidity and cohesiveness. Flowing water usually represents
change and the passage of time.
(Related entries: OCEAN, SEA,
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