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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 Wiccan traditions, the elemental spirits of water are Undines.

Zodiac signs ruled by water are: Pisces, Cancer, Scorpio.

See also: Tools of Magick/Tarot Hallows

The Four Elements

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Water chalice, from the tarot
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Crescent moonAquarius Vesica pisces
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The upward pointing triangle is the alchemical symbol for fire. One of the four classical elements, fire has the properties of heat and dryness, and symbolizes the “fiery” emotions- love, hate, passion, compassion, empathy, anger, etc., as well as spiritual aspiration- those actions of intent which bring us closer to the divine. Fire is represented in numerous cultures as the triangle, symbolizing rising force.

The symbolism of the upward-pointing triangle symbolizes rising energy. The element is sometimes represented by a sword or knife; when paired with the chalice of water, it is referred to as the blade.

In Paracelsian alchemical tradition, the elemental spirits of fire are salamanders.

The fire symbol is derived from the medieval magical Seal of Solomon.

Zodiac signs ruled by the element of fire are: Aries, Leo, and Sagittarius.

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Fire triangle, Tibetan painting
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Coptic CrossAssyrian winged solar disk
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copperRepresents the planet Venus, and it corresponding alchemical metal, copper.

The glyph represents the copper mirror of Venus/Aphrodite, and may be related to the Egyptian emblem of the goddess Hathor. It may be a variation of the ankh.

Venus rules over the constellations Taurus and Libra.

The Venus glyph is also the universal symbol for the female sex.

Venus
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Related Symbols:
Water elementAnkh

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