Definition: an event of something burning; the act of firing a weapon; the process of combustion; once thought to be one of four elements composing the universe (Empedocles); feeling of great warmth and intensity – ardor, fervor; a severe trial; intense adverse criticism.
Throughout history, fire has been seen as such an important element that many myths have its “dwelling place” with the gods, from which it came to be used by humans through expert thievery by demi-gods, or heroes, who often paid dearly for their hubris. Fire was seen as sacred. On a physical level fire keeps us warm, cooks our food, and, through the sun, brings us the light of day, sustaining life. In Alchemy, fire was seen as a catalyst for both initiating and completing a process. Fire represents transformation, energy, spirit, all things electrical, the sparks of inspiration, and the energy behind change.
Our language reflects how we experience the element of fire. We often say someone has “sparked” new interests, or, when they are fully inspired or impassioned, they are “on fire” or have a “burning desire”. Fire also refers to adverse situations such as when we are in the “line of fire” under intense criticism, or when we are “fiery” mad, or “breathing fire” when angry. The experience of anger in our body is often felt as heat that can be explosive and that “fires us up”.
The appearance of this card may suggest that the qualities of fire may be important for you at this juncture. It may be a confirmation that some fiery energy within you or around you is helping to transform your world. Or, it may be an indication that you need more fire in your life.
If you have pulled this card, you may want to reflect on the meaning of fire for you. Ask yourself what you are on fire about. Is your fire at a steady flame or are you burning out of control? Do you need more fire and inspiration in your life? If there is too much fire, what would it take to bring you back to balance?
© 2011 Leslie Helen Bambic Ciechanowski
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