There are many myths and fairy tales regarding fire and its transformative powers- in some legends and myths, gods, serpents, and ravens steal fire from the sun or the gods in order to gift it to humanity- this is the fire of wisdom, cunning and knowledge, the flame of Lucifer which ignites our passions for knowledge and enlightenment.
Fire in its most pure form is the sun, the life-giving energy of the heat and light, without which everything would die. The sun has been personified by many gods including Ra and Helios. Other Gods associated with sun and solar include Apollo, Isis, and Sekhmet.
Fire is action, willpower, success, strength, power, enlightenment. It is also death and rebirth as captured by the myth of the phoenix.
“You must walk through my flames to know true bliss”
-Kelliana Kali Ma
Fire is an element of transmutation and the power of that transformative change. In some fairy tales and folk tales Old Witches and Yaga’s would attempt to trick children into the oven’s or kilns so that they could cook them and eat them. Often the children would then trick the Witch, or the Yaga into the oven, by pretending not to know how to get in, the Witch would then show them, and be stuffed and burned in the kiln herself.
These fairy tales and folk tales are considered to be initiation stories, where the body and soul would be transformed through a trial by fire.
Spells which utilise fire include banishing negativity, destroying bad habits and burning away negative thoughts. Petition spells make use of fire to burn away negativity by burning a piece of paper or representation of negativity. Spells which utilise candles may use a similar method or as the candle burns the spell is fulfilled. When a spell using fire to banish is cast any leftovers and ash should be buried/disposed of off-property.
Fire has both destructive and creative potential, which is important to understand the healing nature of fire- it purifies.
Fire is warmth, heat, passion, light, and creativity. Fire is the part of us that is impulsive and that free-abandon that we so hope and wish for. Fire is also representative of truth and knowledge and as Hekate’s torch it guides the way.
Draw on the energy of fire when you need qualities of courage, independence, and swift action.
3 parts Frankincense
2 parts Dragon’s blood
1 part Red Sandalwood
1 pinch Saffron
a few drops musk oil
“Smolder for summoning the powers and beings of Fire, and also for success, strength, protection, health, passion, and other similar goals” He suggests substituting Orange peel for Saffron.
-Scott Cunningham The complete Book of Incense, Oils and Brews
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