Water is sacred in many traditions of the world. In India, the river Ganges is sacred; bathing in the river is said to lead to moksha (enlightenment). In the Bhagavata Purana, there is a story of the creation of the Ganges. It is said that Vishnu (in the form of Vâmana) wanted to measure the universe, step by step. As he took his second step, “the nail of the big toe of His left foot pierced the upper covering of the universe.” With this piercing, water “from the outside entered the hole” and flowed in the form of a great river. This sacred water is said to vanquish “the sins of all the world getting in touch with it.” (Canto 5, Chapter 17)
Carl Jung tells us that “water is the commonest symbol for the unconscious” CW 9i, para 40).
“The lake in the valley is the unconscious, which lies, as it were, underneath consciousness, so that it is often referred to as the ‘subconscious,’ usually with the pejorative connotation of an inferior consciousness. Water is the ‘valley spirit,’ the water dragon of Tao, whose nature resembles water- a yang in the yin, therefore, water means spirit that has become unconscious.” (Carl Jung, )
The Archetypes and The Collective Unconscious (Collected Works of C.G. Jung Vol.9 Part 1)
In the image above, we see Moses and the burning bush. God appears to Moses as fire. A story from Bible Pictures and What They Teach Us (1897) describes the scene:
Moses has grown up to be a man. Now he is a shepherd, and takes care of sheep. He has taken his sheep up on a mountain to eat the grass there. He sees a fire burning in a bush. He comes toward it to look at it. He hears a voice speaking to him. It is God’s voice speaking out of the fire to Moses. And Moses hides his face, for he is afraid to look upon God.”