The Water Babies

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Bruce Lee famously said, “You must be shapeless, formless, like water. When you pour water in a cup, it becomes the cup. When you pour water in a bottle, it becomes the bottle. When you pour water in a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Water can drip and it can crash. Become like water, my friend.”

Water is one of the five elements in the Chinese philosophy of wu xing. This theory first appeared in the studies of Taoism, during the spring and autumn period sometime between 770–476 BC.

It rapidly expanded with its use in Chinese medicine, philosophy, fengshui, fortune-telling, and martial arts – and is still prevalent to date.

If you’re in a cafe or a lounge, chances are that water babies are all around you. Water babies love hanging out with friends and chatting – the deeper the conversation, the better. They are creative writers, musicians, and philosophers, aptly labelled as they enjoy delving into the depths of life.

Water babies are the ones at art galleries observing a painting for hours, and the ones that enjoy slow walks and stopping to smell the flowers. Water babies take their time; they don’t rush as they take in everything around them.

Water babies like convenience and expect to be served. Doing things themselves and following through with ideas is not their strong suit. Their ideas are unique and inspiring, but putting those ideas into action proves a challenge. Life can look warped to the water babies that dive too deep into their thoughts. They may feel isolated. Imagine diving into a swimming pool, then opening your eyes underwater to look up – you can see above and below the surface, but things look distorted. This is how life can look to a water baby, where everything can become exaggerated and a different reality may be perceived.

Here are 12 water babies and their traits, based on their zodiacs:

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Read more about wu xing in our February issue, “The Water Edition” here or download a digital copy here!

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