Water Signs of the Zodiac

The Water Signs of the zodiac are Scorpio, Pisces and Cancer.




These are 3 of the 12 signs of the zodiac, the 12 sun signs being divided into the 4 groups of Air, Earth, Fire and Water. (The groups are sometimes called 'triplicities' because each group contains 3 sun signs.) The water signs, together with the earth signs, are the yin, negative, introvert, i.e. self-containing feminine signs.

Characteristics of the Water Signs

What do the astrological water signs have in common?


Words used to describe those born under water signs typically include:

  • Artistic associated with being dreamy and imaginative.
  • Emotional, emotionally sensitive in both positive and negative respects.
  • Fantasy world (as they may sometimes seem to disappear into their own 'world')
  • Wavering, sometimes said to be inconsistent.

People born under the water signs of scorpio, pisces and cancer are often particularly emotionally sensitive, including having high awareness of the emotions of others. They are also generally considered to be imaginative, dreamy and sometimes impulsive rather than logical.

It's not unusual for water sign people to pursue creative careers in fields such as design, writing fiction, fine arts including painting and even using psychic skills to work with healing, or as psychic artists e.g. sketching clients' spirit guides or guardian angels.

Challenges / Potential 'negative side' of Water Signs

Due to their awareness of emotions, water signs may be caring and empathetic or skilled at emotional manipulation in various contexts e.g. in love or at work. The latter may be considered 'negative' by others but an 'advantage' by the water-sign emotional manipulator. People born under the water signs may also feel things so deeply that they tend to brood or experience mood swings.

Differences between the 3 Water Signs

Table to compare the 3 water signs at a glance:


  • Ambitious, highly 'driven' when pursuing goals
  • Creative, especially with use of inutition
  • can be stubborn to the point of obsession with attaining or retaining an objective
  • Loyal, can also include obessive streak - the flip-side being possible jealousy


  • Affectionate nature
  • Compassionate, even empathetic
  • Imaginative
  • Romance
  • Shyness 'Dreamy' tendencies


  • Ambitious, successful in chosen field of expertise or employment
  • Articulate including expression of emotions
  • Homeloving, e.g. with interest in interior design and practical skills useful for homemaking

There are so many similarities between the three water signs that the differences between them can seem quite subtle.

Different sources (articles, books, websites etc.) emphasize different characteristics, e.g. depending on the situation being described e.g. astrology signs for love and romance readings, career forecasts, business characteristics or tendencies and so on.

In can be helpful to consider the differences between the water signs in terms of the three modalities of astrology, namely cardinal, fixed and mutable.

Scorpio is one of the fixed signs of the zodiac. Fixed signs in general are associated with ...

Pisces is one of the mutable signs of the zodiac. Mutable signs in general are associated with ...

Cancer is one of the cardinal signs of the zodiac. Cardinal signs in general are associated with ...

  • considerable willpower, yet
  • resistance to change (sometimes even if the change is for the better)
  • adaptability
  • action, vitality
  • initiative (able to surprise & delight, as well as work unsupervised)

That scorpio can be stubborn, obessive and highly driven in pursuit of ambitions reflect the fixed nature of this sign of the zodiac

Mutable aspects of pisces include tendency to compassion. They can be highly empathetic, that is - aware of the emotions being experienced by another person or animal, even to the point of 'feeling' such emotions with that other.

In common with other cardinal signs, such as capricorn, cancer's cardinal characteristics may be seen in his or her striving to achieve ambitions. Such action & initiative often leads to success in many of cancer's endeavours.

Certain angels are associated with 'passing-over' and our smooth transition from this life to the next ...

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