WE CONTINUE OUR SERIES ON THE ELEMENTS…
Introduction: A SUMMARY OF THE METAPHYSCIAL USE OF THE ELEMENTS
The spiritual use of “elements” or energies or substances have been incorporated into cultures around the world since day one. These are not the “elements” you learned about in chemistry class on the Periodic Table that represent the atoms which make up our world. Instead, they are forces of nature and/or physical substances that have been important in our survival and lives since ancient times. They are so basic that cultures and religions have gods and goddesses dedicated to them. They are used ceremonially in all major world religions today. In a word, they are ELEMENTAL. For instance, the Chinese use wood, fire, earth, metal and water in their Five Element Table of Correspondences which connects all parts of our lives including health and healing in a holistic way. Native Americans use the Medicine Wheel and the four directions and incorporate their version into sacred ceremony—usually air, water, earth and fire. Other cultures have used different combinations. What is important is that even in this modern world, we connect to these basic forces and substances. Connection with the “elements” simplifies our complicated lives and brings us back to our roots.
FIRE: INDICATOR OF CREATIVITY, COURAGE, SELF-SUFFICIENCY, & SPONTANEOUS UNIQUE WAYS.
Yang or masculine in character, its motion is upward and its energy is expansive.
Associated with the planet Mars, summer, south, daylight and heat.
Red-the “Good Luck, Good Fortune” color in China and used at the Chinese New Year and at weddings.
Astrally represented by the Red Pheasant or the Phoenix-the Primal Spirit of fire. Dragons are represented in many cultures.
Manifested in the sun, lightning, fire, volcanoes and lava, and all forms of light.
Personified by the lion and tiger, and other predatory creatures, such as the (red) fox.
FIRE ACCORDING TO THE CHINESE FIVE ELEMENT THEORY:
The system of Five Elements (Correspondences) was used for describing interactions and relationships between phenomena. The original foundation for the idea is based on the concept of the Five Cardinal Points.
HERE IS THE CHINESE “TAKE” ON FIRE
Coupled Organs: Heart and Small Intestine; Pericardium and Triple Burner
Past: Rejection in infancy, scorn, put-downs, unloved
Fear: Of disgrace
Need: Love, adoration, self worth
Positive: Love, joy, self worth, intuition, creativity, leadership
Negative: Egotism, hate, despair, suicidal, critical of self and others
Susceptibility: Rejection, low self esteem
Attribute: Joyful, loving
- The hearth with its fire is the center of the teepee, the center of the council circle.
- Sage is burned as incense. The smoke banishes negativity and cleanses body and spirit.
- Meat, elk, deer, buffalo is smoked and preserved.
- The heat and smoke of the sweat lodge is a spiritual and physical cleansing.
WICCAN: In most Wiccan traditions, fire is associated with…
- The South,
- The Summer
- The color red on the physical plane.
- The athame or ceremonial dagger.
- In covens that use the sword, it is often associated with this element.
- Blood, candles, the guitar, rubies and incense. In rituals, fire is represented in the forms of burning objects, love spells, baking and lighting candles or fires.
COOKING, FIRE and ALCHEMY
When we learned that food could change for the better when put in a fire, the art of cooking was born.
Fire and/or heat transmutes or changes substances chemically. Alchemy was all about changing one substance into another-once considered a form of magic.
Consider what happens when egg white is heated. The protein in an egg changes from a slimy colorless fluid to a thick white solid.
When we cook we create magic. We combine, change food, and add in our own creativity and magic.
The resulting synergy makes the final dish much more than a sum of its parts
SOME THINGS TO DO USING THE FIRE ELEMENT:
CANDLE MEDITATION: Candles have traditionally been used in meditation to give focus. Pick a candle or a group of candles in a color that has a meaning for you. Red for beauty or strength, white for purity, blue for calmness, orange for warmth and the sun, green for new beginnings or growth, etc. Gaze at the candle(s), empty your mind, focus on your breath and “Allow”.
LETTING GO CEREMONY: (BURN WHAT NO LONGER SERVES) Write on a slip of paper what you want OUT of your life. Place in ashtray or dish. As you burn the paper. Say “ I am removing _________from my life. I am allowing this all to go up in smoke. I am giving it back to the universe to be cleansed, recycled and purified. I have no use for_____________. BEGONE!! Then go out and bury the ashes.