The Astrological Water signs of the Zodiac are Cancer, Scorpio, and Pisces

Let’s look to understand the emotional AND intuitive astro signs and their dominant element, Water

Water signs are intuitive and sensitive, and they feel more intensely than the rest. They are emotional and nurturing, and like a river, they run deep. How things feel is what matters to these folks, and they base their actions on sense, rather than on logic or intellect.

The element of Water rules the signs; Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces, and it also rules the Fourth, Eighth and Twelfth Houses.

Watery descriptions are well suited to this element: Fluid, flowing, wavering. These terms can easily apply to an individual’s emotions — the realm where Water most powerfully exerts its influence.

Note: You do not have to be one of the water sign to exhibit traits associated with water. For example, you could have someone who is a Leo, but maybe has 4 or 5 planets in Cancer, and could still exhibit many water qualities, even though Leo is a fire sign.

Element Overview.

Signs: The water signs are Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces

Houses: The water element rules the 4th, 8th and 12th Houses.

Light Traits: Emotional, empathetic, nurturing, sensitive, compassionate, imaginative, intuitive

Shadow Traits: Oversensitive, easily influenced, withdrawn, uncommunicative, vindictive, moody

Water Element Representation

The element Water represents Emotion(s), the Subconscious, the Ideal. The watery intelligence is sensitive, caring, emotional, psychic and artistic. Not being a logical element, Water struggles to be expressive. It understands things through how they feel about things rather than what they are. Water is at its best when feeling out relationships and the way everything interacts. Water people understand the feelings and emotions of others better than any other element and are capable of high emotional depth and compassion for others. Aware of the nature of human existence, water can have very vivid personal experiences that tend to overwhelm external experiences, like an awareness of a spiritual level. While Air is creative imagination that requires some Earth for actualisation, Water can see a possible existence where there was no existence before. Water sign people, or those with high water energy in their chart, take their sense of the world and translate it into artistry.

However, a non-active Water sign person is not at their best. Water signs feel most fulfilled when they are helping others, and they do so in an enchanting, considerate and even romantic way. The flip side of this imaginary Water world is the tendency of these individuals to brood. And my goodness, can they brood. Water signs are susceptible to mood swings. At their worst, they can become self-indulgent, controlling and hostage to a fantasy world, which brings up the ability of these folks to see things more clearly than others. You could call this ability psychic. 

High Water Personality


  • close touch with one’s feelings and emotions
  • awareness of nuances and subtleties in the environment which less watery people do not notice
  • understanding through emotions
  • Romance, sentimentality, affection, nurturing
  • excellent non-verbal communication
  • a natural inclination towards forms of artistic expression


  • to be aware of relying too much on hunches
  • to guard against mood swings, possessiveness and jealousy
  • to not let the heart rule the head always
  • to be more practical and less emotional
  • to be more objective and evaluate things impersonally
  • to guard against impressionability leading to bad judgement

Low Water Personality


  • lack of emotional intensity
  • difficulty in engaging with others on an emotional level
  • difficulty understanding the deeper meanings of events and circumstances
  • frustration when dealing with intense emotional demands of others
  • quick recovery from emotional letdowns and disappointments


  • guard against being too callous and cold
  • guard against appearing too detached and without emotions
  • listen to and trust your intuition once in a while
  • exercise more compassion and sympathy with others


So now that we have discussed the water element. As mentioned, there are the three water signs. Let’s take a little look at them in a bit more detail.


Cancer sign is the first water sign and represents water in it’s most basic form. Cancer is genuine, concerned with others, nurturing and the most helpful. When unleashed, however, like a river that spills its banks, Cancer can be very aggressive when the need to defend themselves or someone they love.


Scorpio represents the power that water potentially has. If not properly contained, it can continuously wreak havoc on everything in its path. Scorpio is full of energy and intensity and is similar to a raging river. Scorpio needs control and has to be under self-control; all the energy has to be harnessed to be effective, like putting a hydroelectric dam on the raging river. It provides power and light to cities and protects farmers fields from flooding


The final water sign is represented by the small creek, by piling up a handful of dirt, you can make it flow another direction when it rains, it can flow north when it generally flows south because the rainwater overtakes it. Pisces is overly flexible and too adaptable. Pisces is very charming, inspirational and mystical, also like the beautiful creek that which artists paint pictures. It is calming, and the sound can put you to sleep and mystify you. Pisces is the most spiritual of all the zodiac signs.