Water (水 shuǐ) is the Fifth and final Element of the Creative Cycle of Chinese Elements. Its Direction is North, so it is associated with Midnight, Winter and Old Age. The Chinese Water Element correlates well with Western Water, Vedic Apas, and Nova Thought Rain Principle.
The Zodiac Animals for Water are the Rat (Yang), Pig (Yin) and Ox (Yin). The Sacred Animal is the Black Tortoise. In the Body, Water relates to the kidneys, the urinary bladder and the ears. The bladder, of course, is located at the Svadhisthana Chakra, which connects us back to the Rain Principle. The Color is White, and the Planet is Mercury. Notice that this is a switch from the Western Correlations. Most European Cultures associate Mercury with Air and Jupiter with Water. You may have noticed that the other Three Elements match Western Tradition.
Balanced associations of the Water Element are stillness, flexibility, intuition, rest, rejuvenation, creativity, innovation, reflection, philosophy, and conservation.
If the Water Element is imbalanced, there is a tendency toward inconstancy, anxiety nervousness, insecurity, eccentricity, fear and passivity. In the body, these can cause urinary tract infections, kidney stones, hearing disorders.
A good Afirmation for the Water Element can be found in the Tao Te Ching, Chapter Forty-Three.
43.1 In the same Way that Water, the softest Substance in the Universe, can dissolve the hardest Stone, Non-Being can penetrate everywhere, even when there seems to be no opening. Thus do I know the value of Non-Action.
43.2 Few are those that understand the Teaching without words and the value of non-action.