Symbolism of Fire
Fire symbolizes our Inner Sun, center for creativity, third chakra, passion, desire, transformation and motivation. In Alchemy, our Inner Fire gives rise to life and is the mediator of different forms. The Alchemist is a Master of Fire and uses it in processes of transmutation. So, was fire something we created or discovered?
It seems most likely we discovered it in nature, maybe from a forest fire caused by a lightning strike. From this observation we decided to find ways of creating what we thought as a new force of nature. We do know our application and intellectual ability to utilize fire power allows us to triumph over the rest of the animal kingdom.
Fire may be applied in many ways, literally and energetically. Fire is used to;
- Add Warmth
Fire is associated with our third chakra, Manipura, which in Sanskrit means “Lustrous gem.” The region of this energetic wheel is from the navel to the solar plexus. Here fire combines and its chief operation is combustion.This lustrous gem is a yellow color and functions to produce will, power and assertiveness. Foods related to our third chakra are starches. Too many starches (sugars) can lead to digestive imbalances and leaky gut.
Our Manipura corresponds to many things. Its outer form is plasma and inner states include laughter, joy and anger. The glands and other body parts include the pancreas, adrenals, digestive system and muscles. Malfunctions in this integration center will promote areas of dis-ease causing ulcers, diabetes, hypoglycemia and other digestive disorders.
The third chakra corresponds to the verb I can and it is suggested to use dragon’s blood, sandalwood, saffron, musk, cinnamon or ginger for this space.
Metaphysical Applications of Fire
What is Alchemy?
Alchemy originated in Medieval times and is seen as a precursor to chemistry. One defintion describes it as a magical process of transformation, creation or combination. Fire in alchemy, is where it all begins… the seed and root of magic.
With casting spells and performing rituals, Fire is used to symbolize anything to do with self-empowerment, harnessing imaginative power, manifesting dreams and it represents bravery and new beginnings. Our words are spells, that is why it is called spelling. So we have the ability to cast spells each time we speak. We have the potential to manifest our dreams by utilizing elemental magic.
Fire Crystals, Animals and Plants
Crystals hold healing potential. It is said there are crystal beings here to guide us and when a crystal speaks to you it is calling to you to help shift your vibrations and awareness. Different colored crystals are assocaited with different properties. Fire is represented by bloodstone, fire agate, carnelian, fire opal, ruby, sunstone and tigerseye.
Fire is magic because it is alive. There are animals which represent fire. Living inside each fire are beings called Salamanders who dance in the fire with joy until the embers are no more. Fire is also associated with dragons, the phoenix, lady bugs, scorpions, lizards, bee, lions, and tigers.
Plants hold healing properties. If our Inner Sun is shining less bright, if we are feeling down and less self-determined and driven to accomplish our dreams then we deserve more fire magic. One way to get fire into our bodies would be through essential oils, teas and other supplements which may help us open up our creativity and act with self-love. Plants associated with fire are Thorn, Basil, Garlic, Sunflower, Juniper, Ash, Cacti, Cinnamon, Ginger, Nettle, Thistle, and Holly.