12 Water Archetypes

 Attributes reassigned from the original I Ching

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RAIN

Melancholy

Pervasiveness

Communication

 

Liquid water in the form of droplets that have condensed from atmospheric water vapor

and then become heavy enough to fall under gravity. Rain is a major component

of the water cycle and is responsible for depositing most of the fresh water on earth.

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SLEET

Inevitability

Vehemence

Multifaceted

 

A form of precipitation consisting of ice pellets, often mixed with rain or snow. 

Unlike ice pellets, which are hard, and freezing rain which is fluid until striking an object,

this precipitation is soft and translucent, but it also contains traces of ice crystals from partially fused snowflakes.

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SNOW

Perfection

Formality

Evenness

 

Forms of ice crystals that precipitate from the atmosphere (usually from clouds)

and undergo changes on the Earth’s surface.  Frozen crystalline water throughout its cycle,

starting when, under suitable conditions, the ice crystals form in the atmosphere,

increase to millimeter size, precipitate and accumulate on surfaces, then metamorphose in place.

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RIVER

Power

Clarity

Enlightenment

 

A naturally flowing watercourse, usually freshwater, flowing towards an ocean, sea, lake or another river.

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CREEK

Charity

Sensuality

Transitory

 

An inlet in a shoreline, a channel in a marsh, or another narrow, sheltered waterway.

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STREAM

Flexibility

Clarity

Subtlety

 

A body of water with surface water flowing within the bed and banks or a channel. 

The stream encompasses surface and groundwater fluxes that respond to geological,

geomorphological, hydrological and biotic controls.

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BROOK

Modesty

Faithfulness

Tolerance

 

From the old English with German origins, a small stream or river.

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FROST

Inspiration

Coldness

Subtlety

A thin layer of ice on a solid surface, which forms from water vapor in an above freezing atmosphere

coming in contact with a solid surface whose temperature is below freezing and resulting in a phase change

from water vapor (a gas) to ice (a solid) as the water vapor reaches the freezing point. 

The propagation of crystal formation occurs by the process of nucleation.

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HAIL

Purity

Aggressiveness

Magic

A form of solid precipitation consisting of balls or irregular lumps of ice.  Ice pellets generally fall

in cold weather while hail growth is greatly inhibited during cold surface temperatures. 

Hail is produced by cumulonimbus and formation requires environments of strong upward motion of air

with the parent thunderstorm.  Hailstones generally fall at higher speeds as they grow in size through

complicated factors such as friction with air, wind, and interaction with rain.

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LAKE

Loyalty

Community

Completeness

 

An area filled with water, localized in a basin that is surrounded by land, apart from any river

or other outlet that serves to feed or drain the lake.  Lakes lie on land and are not part of the ocean,

and therefore are distinct from lagoons and are also larger and deeper than ponds

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OCEAN

Danger

Influence

Destruction

 

From ancient Greek, a body of saline water that composes 71% of the planet’s hydrosphere and 90% of the earth’s biospheres.

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SEA

Happiness

Protectiveness

Pleasure

A body of saline water partly or fully enclosed by land.

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