Fire is associated with the energy of life and in many traditions is considered the mouth of the Gods as it is used to deliver offerings.
Fire is the soul, the driving force, it is energy! Fire is the passion behind creation, the obsession behind destruction. The necessary destructive force that brings about new life. Fire is creative and destructive, desirable and dangerous, necessary and threatening.
Fire in Ritual
Traditional Wicca hails Fire from the South, although it can be called from any direction one feels it connected to, usually the direction of the Sun. If you live in the Southern hemisphere, you may want to call Fire from the North since the equator, and warmest part of the planet is North of you. Fire is sympathetically related to candles and blades or wands depending on your tradition.
These items are often used to represent fire in rituals and on altars.
Literal fires, in the form of bonfires, candles, braziers, etc. are used in ritual to activate a spell and to send offerings or messages to the Gods via burning. Passing items through fire or smoke are methods of ritual purification.
Driving animals (or in modern times, automobiles) between fires is a traditional purification ritual at Beltane or Samhain. Jumping the fire is traditional at Beltane for purification and to ensure a prosperous year. In modern times, jumping over or dancing around a lit candle is often considered a suitable and safer alternative, especially if access to the outdoors is limited.
Fire for Magick
The element of fire can be utilized in spells related to energy, sexuality, passions, love, authority, transformation, purification, healing of the blood and head, destruction, will, creativity, ingenuity, innovation, invention, enthusiasm, the family and hearth, kitchen witchery, protection, courage, strength, physical exercise, self-knowledge, loyalty, vision, illumination, power.
Fire is used ceremonially to activate oils and incense and to release intent through burning as well as to present offerings to the Gods.
Elemental Correspondences of Fire
Fire is active, warm, dry, bright, and masculine. It can be represented on the altar with a candle or a fire bowl or a blade.
- Season: Summer
- Day: Sunday
- Moon Phase: Waxing
- Time: Noon
- Archangel: Michael
- Chakra: Solar Plexus
- Incense: Cinnamon, Frankincense, dragon’s blood
- Sabbats: Beltane, Samhain, Midsummer, Lughnassadh
- Zodiac Signs: Aries, Leo, Sagittarius
- Animals: Lion, dragon, salamander, snakes, coyote, fox, mantids, scorpion, Phoenix, ram, squirrel
- Alchemical Symbol: Triangle with the point up
- Symbolic Posture: Standing straight forming a triangle over the head with arms
- Tarot Card: Judgment(XX), Wands (Sometimes swords, depending on Tradition)
- Planets: Mars, Sun, Pluto
- Elemental Spirits: Salamanders, Sprites, Djinn
- Body Part: Head
- Colors: White, Red, Orange, Gold, Scarlet, Crimson, Fuchsia, Maroon
- Symbols: Flame, Sun, Stars, Volcanoes, Lightening bolt, Double-headed Axe (Labrys)
- Gods: Vulcan, Ra, Agni, Hephaestus, Horus, Atar, Chu-Jung, Mars, Aten, Brigit, Freya, Hestia, Pele, Vesta, Durga, Elena, Aetna, Yansa, Themis, Agni
- Magickal Tools: Fire, Wand, Lamp, athame, Candles, Dagger, Sword, Burned Herbs, Requests on Paper
Minerals related to the element of fire are often protective in Nature. They are usually bright and reflective and may be red, orange, or yellow in color. Those metals used in forging are sometimes said to correspond with fire, especially if they have been through the forging process. Volcanic stones also tend to be associated with the element of fire.
Gemstones: Red Jasper, Bloodstone, Garnet, ruby, Quartz Crystals, Carnelian, Tiger’s Eye, Rhodochrosite, Agate, Fire Opal, Lava or any volcanic stone such as obsidian or pumice
Metals: Gold, Nickle, Steel, Brass
Herbs that correspond with the element of fire tend to cause a warming sensation when smelled, touched, or eaten due to various chemical constituents or a sensation of pain due to thorns or spines. They are often protective or anti-inflammatory in nature.
Some plants that are traditionally burnt are associated with the element of fire on that basis alone.
Nettles, allspice, basil, garlic, hibiscus, juniper, onion (and all alliums), red pepper, red poppy, thistle, almond tree, cacti, chile peppers, cinnamon, mustard, tobacco (nicotiana), most nuts, seeds and pods
Fire in Dreams
In a dream, Fire can be a purifying element; it can relate to anger, to lust, passion, or destruction. Its appearance signifies a major change happening.