From Anthroposophy

Water refers to both the physical liquid substance on Earth, as the element of water as part of the Four elements in spiritual science, see Spectrum of elements and ethers.

Water as a substance

Water on Earth, as mineral physical matter (usually in its fluid state), theoretically consists of hydrogen and oxygen, but in reality it is a mix with manifold mineral substances all in extraordinarily rarefied condition, see also Potentization. This means that water is not neutral, but acts as a living substance and a carrier of formative forces of minerals - see Metals in Mineral kingdom.

Man's body consists of about eighty percent of water, and this is where we find the effect of the formative forces in the Human etheric body.

Water as an element

In the four classical elements (of fire, air, water and earth) within a spiritual scientific framework, water corresponds to the astral element and relates to renunciation (see FMC00.265 on Four elements, and GA132). In the spiritual scientific evolutionary framework, this principle of water arose together with the chemical ether during the Old Moon stage.


  • water has a tremendous influence on the human ether body... and the Egyptians and Indians discovered the etheric body through their experience with water (1924-03-01-GA353)
  • water in its different aggregate states: as as gaseous airy moisture, as liquid, frozen as ice
  • process in nature on Earth and the Earth's hydrosphere
  • as part of initiation exercises: the magical effects of water, see eg Bardon's IIH step 1
  • detection of bodies of water with radiesthesy, see Dowsing
  • the pioneering research by Theodor Schwenk (1910-1985) and Viktor Schauberger (1885-1958) - see References below
  • flowforms are physical forms, structures geometrically designed to support the dynamic rhythms in water flows
  • research institutes:


Lecture coverage and references

1923-10-06-GA229 points out that the combination of water and air as we find on earth is alchemically called quicksilver or mercury, and water contains mineral substances in an extraordinarily rarefied condition

.. even in the earthly realm the effects of enormous dilutions must be reckoned with. We can draw water from a river or a well and use it as water. Yes, it is water, but there is no water that consists solely of hydrogen and oxygen. It would be absurd for anyone to suppose that water consists of hydrogen and oxygen only. In the case of mineral waters and such-like, it is of course obvious that something else is present. But there is no water composed solely of hydrogen and oxygen: that is only a first approximation.

All water, wherever it appears, is permeated with something else. Essentially, the whole water-mass of the Earth is quicksilver for the universe. Only the small quantities we use are water for us. For the universe, this water is not water, but quicksilver.

.. embedded in this quicksilver, naturally, are metallic substances — in brief, all the earthly substances ..

1924-03-01-GA353 describes how the water in an area acts particularly strongly on the etheric body

.. water has a tremendous influence on the human ether body. The Egyptians still had the instinct that enabled them to say: The human being has not only a physical but also an ether body.


When the Indians came to Egypt they appreciated the beneficial qualities of water, and said: This does not act on the physical body, but on a higher body in the human being. And so the Egyptians, and with them the Indians, really discovered the etheric body through their experience with water. Having discovered the ether body, the Egyptians developed the whole of their religion as a religion of the ether body.


Water as a mineral

Water is not classified as a mineral, since it lacks a crystal structure being that it is in a liquid form. However when water freezes into ice, it is a mineral.

Water and Mercury are the only two naturally occurring, inorganic substances with a definitive chemical formula that occur in a liquid state at normal temperatures.

The definition of a mineral is that it is a naturally occurring, inorganic, chemical compound of limited chemical composition, with a crystalline structure.

  • Naturally occurring: Yes.
  • Inorganic? While water is sometimes the result of biological activity, it is, for the most part inorganic, so yes, inorganic.
  • Fixed or limited chemical composition? Yes , H2O. There isn't really any other element that can substitute for hydrogen or oxygen in the structure of water and maintain the chemical properties of water.
  • Crystalline structure?
    • No, water is an amorphous substance, ordered internal atomic structure. However, when water freezes into ice or snow, it will have an ordered internal atomic structure. Ice or snow has (have) hexagonal atomic arrangement and therefore they are Minerals. Note that Ice must be naturally occurring, meaning ice cubes and ice in a refrigerator is not a mineral. Snow is always a mineral
    • Yes - snowflakes are water crystals. Pretty much everything has a melting point, and water's is pretty low, so low that most of the time we see it as a liquid but below 0 degrees C it is a crystalline solid.
  • It is a solid in the natural state: No; it is a Liquid (However, there is an exception to this rule, for example: Mercury is a liquid);.

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References and further reading


  • Theodor Schwenk (1910-1986)
    • 'Sensitive chaos: the creation of flow forms in water and air' (1962 in DE, EN versions 1965 revised 1996)
    • 'Bewegungsformen des Wassers'' (1967)
  • Theodor Schwenk and Wolfram Schwenk
    • 'Water - the element of life' (1989)
  • Wolfram Schwenk
    • The Hidden Qualities of Water (2007 in EN)
    • with Andreas Wilkens, Michael Jacobi: 'Understanding Water: Developments from the Work of Theodor Schwenk' (2019 in EN)


  • Viktor Schauberger (1885-1958)
    • Das Wesen des Wassers (Originaltexte, herausgegeben und kommentiert von Jörg Schauberger)
    • Eco-Technology 1: The Water Wizard - The Extraordinary Properties of Natural Water (1998, w. Coats, Callum)
  • Olof Andersson: 'Living Water: Viktor Schauberger and the Secrets of Natural Energy' (2002)
  • Alick Bartholomew: 'Hidden Nature: The Startling Insights of Viktor Schauberger (2004)


  • Masaru Emoto (1943-2014)
    • 'The hidden messages in water' (2004)

More references: here


  • John Wilkes ( - 2011)
    • 'Flowforms: The Rhythmic Power of Water' (2003)
    • 'Energizing Water: Flowform Technology and the Power of Nature' (2010)
  • Jochen Schwuchow, John Wilkes, Iain Trousdell: 'Energizing Water: Flowform Technology and the Power of Nature' (2010)