When I think of fire, I think of renewal. A fire cannot start without a thought and it requires several actions to make one. If you look at a flame, not only does it have many different colors but it easily puts you in a trance. Different metal elements change the appearance of the flames. Yellow, orange, red, blue and violet. All colors of the rainbow.
There are various ways to make a fire. You can start a fire with friction, a match, a lighter or through heat. I am glad we have fire. It can be used to harm or to help. It can heat your home, cook your food or destroy your vehicle. It can kill animals in forest fires or keep you warm when you are camping. What you do with it is a choice. Truly, books could be written about fire from an allegorical standpoint or literally. Ancients used fire to burn their own animal sacrifices. Fire has been a mystery to many for centuries.
I will focus on fire as a re-newer, healer and scorcher. I have so many floating thoughts about fire that I have to stay centered. When reflecting on the colors of the flame. I see a warm glowing yellow that is nurturing and dear. Yellow like the sun that helps plants grow and helps open our third eye. Then there is orange. Orange like a flower or fruit giving us sustenance and power. Red the color of blood and life flickering in the fire. Blue the color of water and renewal. Blue calming us and encouraging rest of our body and faculties. Then there is violet, the violet flame helping us to align our chakras and open the crown. Violet helping us to download information and reach new dimensions.
I remember as a kid I loved sitting in front of the bonfire while we all talked about and enjoyed life. It was bonding, caring and a time for laughing. We would roast marshmallows and hot dogs. The adults would drink beer and the kids drank soda. I was a kid, I drank soda. Fire brought us together.
Fire has a special place in Her story. For hundreds of years witches and other pagans conducted rituals around the fire. It may have been for fertility, the harvest, or the birth of a child. It was a time of celebration. Rituals were an important part of ancient life as it is today.
As a child we learn to stay away from fire, that it is a danger. So we develop a fear. Then we saw news stories about local fires or perhaps relatives who fell victim to home or work fires. I had a cousin who had a home fire and then later in life the home my brother and I grew up in burnt to the ground. Thankfully there was no life lost especially my brother. It was sad and yet a reminder that physical things don’t last. Physical things aren’t everything.
I believe fire burns what we don’t need. I believe fire is cathartic and burns as the Phoenix does. When the old dies new emerges. Fire allows us to be born again. In the fire darkness goes away. Fire is light. Fire burns the pain, the stories, the loss, the anger and fear.
A good fire has a lot of oxygen which makes the fire climb higher. It makes the fire dance popping and crackling. You hear the screams that never manifested, you feel the warm tears flow like a river as the fire burns. You smell the burnt branches, the cells (like the earth), the leaves. as the branches burn and the tears flow a slow death a space for new life emerges. You feel the frustration leave your body. You say goodbye to the beautiful young lady that once occupied your body. As the fire burns it feels like it has veins pulsating to mother earth. You feel the energy as what used to be leaves. Pop, pop the embers fly through the cold evening air fire reaching its arms out to the sky like an avatar. It’s a part of you that is leaving. Through your intentions you are letting things go that no longer serve you.
Somehow a nice cold light beer would be perfect right now.
Burning the fie of renewal requires mindfulness. It is a mental exercise easily compared to a real burning fire. The more often I meditate I am more able to clear or burn the thoughts away that give me pain, sorrow or discord. It is something I work at everyday. It does not always come easily yet practice makes perfect. In a metaphorical sense we have to walk into the fire as Billy Joel sings about. We have to know when we are in it and recognize it for what it is. Obviously it is painful. Pain is never a place we want to stay. At times we can gain strength in knowing it won’t last forever.
According to the White Goddess, fire in its physical form can only take place by consuming some other element. To me this means “out of the darkness and into the light” as Pantera croons. So, I ask that fire take away the sadness, take away the grief, the frustration, and all. This will make room for new. In the smoldering embers the molecules needed to create new life, new air, and new breath. When you bring your wings in, just like a Phoenix, you shall be healed. As Jesus stated in Luke 4:23, Kings James Version, “Heal thyself.” In the burning of sulfur molecules we see a deep blue washing away for our new self to shine through.
I bring in the element of fire when burning candles. I most prefer white candles as this signifies purity to me. When I look into the flame I become more mindful and my gaze becomes a gateway to connect to other dimensions or spirits ushering in what is needed for success, love, joy and happiness. It helps me welcome abundance and opportunity. My heartbeat slows and I am naturally calmer and meditative. My cat is like this all the time. He is in contemplative state. Fire is destroying. Fire is creating. I believe a spiritual fire may arise in use of monotomic gold, ayahuasca, and other native herbs which open your third eye and in so doing burn the illusions. I cannot speak from experience as I have not tried these yet the fire element comes in many forms. When I want to center and increase mindfulness I burn the candles which naturally creates a fire in me. I am a natural healer.
A fire crystal may be the ruby, a very revered stone in our culture. Ruby is used to amplify energy or chi, it boosts earth healing and brings a sense of adventure to the wearer. Sunstone is another fire crystal. It may help dispel fears or phobias. It is used to decrease stress and lift depression. One of my favorites is citrine which is used to magnify power and aligns with the solar plexus chakra. Interestingly all of these crystals correspond to the values I place on fire, in my life.
Fire can heat your home or burn you. How you utilize fire is a choice you make. When fire destroys something in your life it takes away something. You can never have it back in physical form. What it means to you will be shown to you. For me fire has benefited my soul even when it was difficult going through it. In order for the fire to burn away my darkness I had to be cognizant of it. This means dark energy. When I chose to focus on other parts of me and let the sadness and rage fall away I was complete, if only temporarily.