“The most powerful weapon on earth is the human soul on fire.” Ferdinand Foch
“The most powerful weapon on earth is the human soul on fire.” Ferdinand Foch

Camping in the mountains, the nights are cool – a perfect time for a fire. Having spent the last few days doing just that, I was drawn to research and write about this powerful element. What is it about a fire that draws us, connects us, warms us? Both soothing and invigorating, it invites conversation and reflection. And man can’t do without it.

Fire is life giving: it warms our homes, allows us to cook our food and wards off the darkness.  barn-1364280__180As we all know, fire can also be destructive. Think about the sun, and lightning – two forms of fire. On a recent drive, I passed a house still smoldering from the flames that had consumed it – a sobering reminder of what fire can do if it goes unchecked. Too, the recent Arizona wildfires are a stark reminder of fire’s destructive nature. Controlling those aspects, along with utilizing its positive qualities, was vital to the development of civilization.

Fire has played a central role in the rituals and traditions of nearly every culture and religion on Earth. It is also very symbolic in other practices, such as astrology, Tarot readings and Wiccan beliefs.

According to information at thewhitegoddess.co.uk, “Fire is…contrary to water; it is a masculine element, its aspects being change, passion, creativity, motivation, will power, drive and sensuality. It is sexuality, both physical and spiritual. Fire is used in spells, rituals and candle magic for healing, purification, sex, breaking bad habits or destroying illness and disease. Fire is the element of authority and leadership.”

THOUGHTS: How does fire play a part in your daily life?

Rebecca E. Neely tells stories with a paranormal flair. In the first book in my new Crossing Realms series, The Keeper, elements converge in those realms in unusual ways…Available on Amazon now!