The Ancients recognized four basic elements: Air, Fire, Water, and Earth.
These four elements are still recognized in ritual magick. And it makes perfect sense that, because all things are interconnected, the elements work together toward common purposes.
But for now, let’s focus on each elements individual traits, as opposed to the seemingly infinite ways you can use them in combination with one another.
For this post we will turn our attention toward Fire …
Fire is the only element which cannot exist without feeding on something else. He carries very potent forces of both creative and destructive energy. He is equally adept at forging new life and tearing down old and worn essence. He can be efficiently used to both heal and harm.
His areas of power are energy, love, passion, inspiration, leadership, intensity, desire, intuition, understanding, imagination, and possibilities. He is innately connected to strong will and creativity.
He reigns supreme as a cleanser and purifier. Use His energy when casting spells where this is a pertinent preface to placing your intentions.
Fires energy is positive and very uplifting. He offers us warmth and cooks our food. Yet, He is capable of destroying everything in is His path; making Him a formidable foe.
Use Fire to forge courage and strength, to fan the flame of the warrior who is fighting for what they want, and to cause one’s inner torch to burn steadfast when defending their beliefs in the face of adversity.
Altar representations of this element should be on the south side, as this is the direction He is connected with.
He can be aptly represented by many objects. Incense, candles, and ashes are all great choices. He can also be represented by the colors orange or red. Color is a great way to represent Him when you find yourself away from your altar and/or magickal supplies.
I find that when He takes the raging, powerful form of bonfire, I am motivated and transformed in His presence. And when I am in the presence of the small, steady flame of candlelight, I become introspective and all rigidity within myself fades away.
As one who practices magick it is paramount to stay connected to the energy which surrounds you; making it invaluable to work with the four elements. We have the great fortune of joining forces with Nature and using the power created by this union to manifest our needs and desires.
I encourage you to become close friends with Fire. Get to know Him. Talk to Him. Listen to Him. Work together with Him to manifest the life of your dreams.
It is my opinion that the best way to get to know an element, in this case Fire, is to dedicate a 30 day block to the task. On each one of these days engage in an activity which exposes you to the element. Experience it fully. Journal your experience, particularly any insights it provides for you while you 'dance together'.
Here are a few ideas for ways to spend time with Fire to get you started …
Make a list of things you want to be free of, then burn the paper you write on
Build on outdoor fire and sit with Him allowing Him to permeate your being
Light a candle in each room of your home as you start your day and note any changes it brings to the flow of your morning
Light a candle in each room of your home as you end your day and note any changes it brings to the flow of your evening
Sit quietly with a candle, feeling the power of its flame. Note its affects you.
I have no doubt that you will experience exponential growth from your 30 day journey with Fire.
He is consistent. He is faithful. He is powerful. He is a purifier. Hold this amazing element in reverence my lovely Witches! He will serve you well. He is one of our faithful Ancient Allies!