©10-13-2010 by Donna Cunningham, MSW
I’d intended to take a break before starting on the tests for the elements, but it turned out that water was the theme of this year’s Blog Action Day. More than 5500 blogs in 143 countries pledged to publish posts Friday on the subject of preserving the planet’s water supply, with the aim of sparking a global discussion and driving collective action. As a cardinal water sign, I had to take part!
Why water? As their site explains, “Right now, almost a billion people on the planet don’t have access to clean, safe drinking water. That’s one in eight of us who are subject to preventable disease and even death because of something that many of us take for granted. Access to clean water is not just a human rights issue. It’s an environmental issue. An animal welfare issue. A sustainability issue. Water is a global issue, and it affects all of us.”
How else could an astrologer support important event than to dedicate the next few days to exploring the element water and the water signs?
We need to become more aware of the effect those parts of our charts have on us. Hopefully, by doing so, we’ll become more appreciative and protective of the watery parts of ourselves and of this planet.
Let’s start with a test to see how strong the water signs, their rulers, and the associated houses are in your chart. Here’s an overview of this trio of watery chart factors:
4th: Home and home life; roots; family ties; heredity; family influence; the nurturing parent; senior years.
|Scorpio||Pluto||8th: Sexuality; money you don’t earn (inheritances, grants, etc); taxes; partner’s resources; death; transformation; healing.|
|Pisces||Neptune||12th: Things that are repressed or hidden—secrets we keep from ourselves and others; self-defeating behavior; chronic or psychosomatic illness; service; retreats from the world; the spiritual quest.|
People who score high on these watery elements are likely to be highly sensitive, emotional, intuitive, right brain types. Like water itself, they’re very responsive and adaptable to their environment and are able to ebb and flow with the tides of life. Their emotional temperature changes in reaction to the people and situations around them—they can boil, be mild and temperate, or freeze, depending on the circumstances.
The Test for Water Types—What’s your Score?
____ Sun, Moon, Ascendant, or Midheaven in Cancer, Scorpio, or Pisces. 5 points each.
____ Other planets (including Chiron) in Cancer, Scorpio, or Pisces. 3 points each.
____ Sun or Moon in the water houses, the 4th, 8th, or 12th house. 5 points each.
____ Other planets (including Chiron) in the 4th, 8th, or 12th house. 3 points each.
____ 10% of your Moon Score, rounded off . For example, 10% of a score of 35 would give you 3.5, rounded off to 4 points, but a score of 34 would be 3.4, rounded off to 3. See How Strong is your Moon? Here’s the Score? ( If you can’t recall your exact score, ballpark it–or check to see if you posted it in the comment sections for those tests.)
____ 10% of your Neptune Score (See How Strong is your Neptune? Here’s the Score! )
____ 10% of your Pluto Score (See How Strong is your Pluto? Here’s the Score! )
____ BONUS: Pluto or Neptune within 10° of a conjunction to the Sun, Moon, Ascendant, or Midheaven; or, the Moon conjunct the Sun, Ascendant, or Midheaven. 15 points each. (This is the single strongest factor in making you a watery person, but other aspects to these points are included in the planetary scores)
Total all the chart features that apply. Since this is a brand new measurement, I don’t know yet exactly how many points would make your score strong or weak.
REVISED SCORING: Based on the scores that people are posting, it looks like below 20 would be considered weak, 20-35 would be moderate, and anything above 35 would be considered strong.
The tests in this series aren’t a perfect scientific measurement—that’s impossible. They’re just meant as a simple and fun way to find out the strongest influences in your birth chart.
And, yes, no doubt there are a myriad of other factors that could add to your watery nature. I’m opting to keep this to a few crucial factors in order to simplify the math and standardize the scores.
For the purpose of standard reporting in the comment section: Don’t use the Part of Fortune, the Vertex, Antivertex, Part of Fortune, Sedna, Eris, or the bazillion asteroids other than Chiron. For your own purposes, use anything you doggoned well please. If your high school swim team won the regionals and you medaled, give yourself points. If you need more than 8 glasses of water a day, give yourself points.
How did you do? Since this is a completely new test, you’re a beta tester and your input is valuable. Let us know your score in the comment section down below this article so we can see what the range of scores is on this test.
To have a better understanding of your water element, see these Posts about the Element Water:
- Get to Know the Water in your Chart–a Wetting Reception
- Ways to Use Water to Heal Yourself and Others
- Our Precious Water Supply and How We Can Preserve It
- Flower Essences for Difficult Patterns of Water and Air Signs
- Why Cancer Isn’t a Popular Sign
- A Water Sign, in her Element at Last—Writing Wet, not Dry
- Four Kinds of Smart—Air, Earth, Fire, and Water
- Venus in the Elements: Fire, Earth, Air, & Water
In case you missed them, here are the popular astrology tests:
- Are You a Fire Type? Here’s the Score!
- Are You an Air Type? Here’s the Score!
- A Terribly Tentative Test for the Earth Element in your Chart
- How Strong is your Sun? Here’s the Score!
- How Strong is your Moon? Here’s the Score?
- How Strong is your Mercury? Here’s the Score!
- How Strong is your Mars? Here’s the Score!
- How Strong is your Jupiter? Here’s the Score!
- How Strong is your Saturn? Here’s the Score!
- How Strong is your Uranus? Here’s the Score!
- How Strong is your Neptune? Here’s the Score!
- How Strong is your Pluto? Here’s the Score!
- From Joyce Mason: Chiron Quiz: How Strong is Your Chiron? and The Chiron Resonance Quiz: What’s Your Chi-Res Score?
- How Cardinal are You? Here’s the Score!
- How Fixed are You? Here’s the Score!
- How Mutable are You? Here’s the Score!
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