The Water Signs are Cancer, Scorpio, and Pisces.
Cancer, ruled by the Moon, is drawn to the reflection of its early environment, memories of childhood, and home. The lunar type relies on their ‘gut instincts,’ and they usually receive impressions and an overall feeling about a person. Cancer is usually very much in tune with its emotional needs and forms a powerful attachment to its early ’roots.’ Many Cancerians delve into their family tree and study subjects like history. They tend to be natural carers and rescuers. The crab’s hard shell hides a soft center that is secretly, or not so secretly, romantic and sentimental.
Scorpio is a fixed water sign, and it is ruled by Mars and Pluto. The Scorpion probes into the environment, and it signifies deep water where transformation takes place below the surface of life. Scorpio presents the tougher side of water and is extremely self-protective, secretive, and distances itself from social situations. The sign is based on mutual entanglements and merges with others in a profound way, penetrating emotionally in order to strike at the very heart and soul of emotional experiences. Scorpionic feelings are hot, fiery, emotional, and prone to violent eruptions. The person responds to the darkest depths of human emotion and forms the most profound bonds through life and death situations, and emotional confrontations. It must be said, however, that the Scorpion does tend to ‘provoke’ what lies beneath the surface of life, even if it dredges up ugly emotions. Above all, the sign values emotional honesty and needs to know how others really feel and will not be fooled by social niceties, pretense or keeping up appearances.
Pisces, the mutable water sign, ruled by Jupiter and Neptune, dissolves and crosses boundaries, it signifies the widest of emotional experiences. A Piscean can be extremely submissive and the most changeable of the water signs. The emotions are constantly shifting, moving, and changing. All of the water signs operate from their feelings, but this sign is possibly the most sensitive on the most expansive scale possible. They have very thin skin and are easily wounded. Suffering, sacrifice, or loss, well, these are some of the difficult themes connected to the zodiac sign of Pisces. Furthermore, the emotions are boundless; they also seek to fuse with others. This is done in a highly caring and compassionate way. Artistic ability and healing capabilities reach a phenomenal scale in the realm of the Fishes.
In essence, those born under the water triplicity respond beautifully to anything colored with human emotion. They are sensitive to the needs of others, reacting appropriately to the mood of the moment. However, it is very necessary for them to have secrecy and private time. Classically, water quite likes emotional drama and sinks easily into feelings of melancholy. Usually, there is a deep psychic sensitivity to life; they’re deeply in tune with the cycles flowing round and round. Astrologically, water is related to the occult and to mystical points of view and protects the secrets to the mysteries of birth, death, and rebirth.
“Of all the elements, the Sage should take water as his preceptor. Water is yielding but all conquering. Water extinguishes Fire, finding itself likely to be defeated, escapes as steam and reforms. Water washes away soft Earth or, when confronted by rocks, seeks a way around… It saturates the atmosphere so that Wind dies. Water gives way to obstacles with deceptive humility, for no power can prevent it following its destined course to the sea. Water conquers by yielding; it never attacks but always wins the last battle.” The Wheel of Life
The water elements take all shapes and forms: the pond, calm and tranquil, and the sometimes violent sea, or the hard frozen lake. Water signs tend to be ‘deep’ and introverted; they value relationships, need emotional bonds, closeness with others. At worst, they can get waterlogged and bogged down by too much negativity in their environment, and there is often a vulnerability in all water signs. Prone to suffering from extreme ‘mood swings,’ the water types are often ‘inarticulate’ souls. However, emotional types have the capacity to feel and react to others in a caring and sensitive way. In astrology, the masculine signs (fire and air) usually seek experiences while the feminine signs (earth and water) let themselves be found.
“The watery type is usually well-acquainted with the darker side of human nature, which earns these signs their reputation for compassion and empathy. There is the inherent capacity to feel what another feels, and to assess things in what appears to be a totally irrational way which can be infuriating to the airy type, who must reason everything out, “Why don’t you like him?” says air, and water replies, “I don’t know, I just don’t feel good about him.” But you must have a reason.” I don’t need a reason, I just know.” “But surely you don’t expect me to accept your judgement without a reason!” Relating: An Astrological Guide to Living With Others on a Small Planet