Water, Mother of Wood

“Water . . . flows on and on, and merely fills up all the places through which it flows; it does not shrink from any dangerous spot nor from any plunge, and nothing can make it lose its own essential nature. It remains true to itself under all conditions.”
—  I Ching —
Water Mother of Wood ~ © 2009 Anacaria Myrrha
Water Mother of Wood ~ © 2009 Anacaria Myrrha

In the Chinese Five Element system, water is the mother of wood, feeding and nourishing it. Water contains the wisdom of the ancestors, bringing to us the will to live and the wisdom to live well. It corresponds with the season of winter, and is associated with black or deep blue. As the storehouse of our vital essence, water is the source of great reserves of power and strength.

The hawk is the messenger of the ancestors. It teaches us to be observant, and carries the power to overcome difficult situations.

This mandala was done in the winter. It is about stillness and reserves: about being in retreat during a dark time of year, or during times of difficulty and fatigue. It is about connecting with the Universal Source, with our vital essence, with the ancient wisdom, and replenishing and nourishing our will to live. It is about harboring in safety the seeds of energy, which will quicken and come forth in the wood element in the spring.

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