A pipe of any sort suggests some kind of spiritual conduit. When we are in difficulty in everyday life, a simple symbol such as a pipe will indicate how making connections between the various aspects of a situation will help resolve it. On a purely practical level a pipe can symbolize many things. A water pipe can give information as to how we might handle our emotions (the size and type in this case will be significant); a clay pipe might suggest former times or an old-fashioned attitude. A tobacco pipe or chillum might suggest a means of escape, whereas a musical pipe indicates our connection with the rhythm of life.