The alchemical/magical symbol for water is an inverted triangle, symbolizing downward flow. The downward pointing triangle is an ancient symbol of femininity, being a representation of female genitalia.
One of the four alchemical elements, water has the properties cold and moist, and symbolizes intuition, the unconscious mind, and the enclosing, generating forces of the womb.
When paired with the fire triangle, or upward moving force, the Seal of Solomon is created. The water triangle is often represented by a chalice or cup; the symbol of water in tarot is the cup.
In Ritual magick and some alchemical tradition, the elemental spirits of water are Undines. Zodiac signs ruled by water are: Pisces, Cancer, Scorpio.
See also: Tools of Magick/Tarot Hallows
|Water chalice, from the tarot|