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What is the Symbolism of fire?

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Cynthia Baker on March 25, 2018

The symbolism of the Fire . Below are some excerpts about the symbolism of the fire. Combined with what I have added is only a small amount of information. . I see the symbolism of fire in relation to the Medicine Wheel (which explains the energies of the four directions, the four elements, the four stages of a fraction of a second, a day, a year, a lifetime, etc.; the four colors; and the four universal energies). In the Medicine Wheel the This Power is the direction of fire and Is the symbol of the pure spirit; enlightenment, illumination etc. (see my Medicine Wheel for the Southern Hemisphere in the article Circles and Cycles in www.sittingowl.com/v1n2.htm ) . The offering of herbs such as tobacco to a Sacred Fire that symbolizes the transformation of one form of energy, a prayer, in another form that is easily transformed by the transformation of the energy of fire and then sent it to God or the Great Spirit through the smoke. This also symbolises our willingness to let go and give the last the Creator of all things that prevent us from fulfilling our potential. . The animal totem for This and the Fire is the Eagle who flies the highest to take our prayers to the Great Spirit. And this also brings in the association with the Thunderbird and the Phoenix. . Yours in Spirit Sitting Owl . Traditionally, fire represents the active and masculine Yang of Chinese symbolism. It is more closely connected with the sun and the powers of change and purification. In contrast to water, fire moves upward with rising energy; therefore, the alchemical symbol is a triangle pointing upward. The fire can also be represented by a sword. . If there ever was a dichotomous element it would be Fire. The fire is the bringer of destruction; the symbolism of chaos and war. The fire burns everything, bringing nothing but ruin. And yet, Prometheus risked the wrath of the Titans to bring fire to men. Fire banishes the darkness. The fire cleanses and purifies. Finally, sometimes Love is spoken of as an eternal flame.. Fire can be shown as an agent of destruction. Everyone can imagine the scene in which the protagonist looks down and the city is awash in flames. The fire is also usually used for strong emotions (such as love, hate, desire and determination). The fire can also be used to express determination or a strong desire as well.. the Characters and the things that have been shown to have a 'fire-esq' quality to them usually have a red color theme for them. Color red, because of the flames and embers have a red coloration. They are also more likely to be violent (in this case violent meaning extreme and chaotic) in their response, and more likely to rush into a situation without thinking the consequences through. For example, Rei Hino / Sailor Mars (Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon) is the Fire personified, but she is hardly evil, and has bad color. She is strong-willed, hot-tempered, and very determined and independent, that's all. . Between the four basic elements fire has been called the "ultra-living element." One of the most brilliant analysis of fire symbolism ever undertaken is Gaston Bachelard's Psychoanalysis of Fire . In the book, Bachelard makes this point about this unique "lifeness" of fire:. "It is intimate and it is universal. It lives in our heart. She lives in the sky. Rises from the depths of substance and offers itself with the warmth of love. Or you can go down into the substance and hide there, latent and pent-up, like hate and vengeance.". The conception of a hidden interior world of fire, Bachelard notes, is the basis of Dante's Inferno .. Traditionally, fire has represented the active and masculine or the Yang of Chinese symbolism. Its major symbolism is related to the sun and the powers of transformation and purification. Its basic movement is upward rather than downward like water. Traditionally, the basic symbol for fire is a triangle pointing upward or pyramid. Colors of fire are the advancing colors of red and orange and the aspects of fire are flames and rays. Whereas water has different states related to movement or rest fire is always moving and consuming.. The place of fire in natural systems is represented by deserts and mountains. The deserts symbolize the quality dryness and heat associated with the fire and the mountains symbolize the upward pyramid shape of fire. Similar to the fire element, representing, deserts have tradionally been associated with purification. Elements of place symbolism associated with fire is day time and specifically noon when the sun's light and heat is greater. The association with the sun makes fire on the space of phenomena, rather than a below or within space phenomena. A natural phenomena which represents fire is lightning, and the phenomenon of the fire out of control is symbolized by the forest fire.. There is an interesting relationship of fire with the symbolic place of Paradise. In An Encyclopedia Illustrated of Traditional Symbols , J. C. Cooper explains the origin of the expression "baptism by fire." The term is associated with an experience which restores primordial purity by burning the dross of life by passing through fire to regain Paradise. Since Paradise was lost it has been surrounded by fire or protected by guardians with swords of fire. These guards and their fire symbolize understanding barring the way to the ignorance or the ignorant.. To Gaston Bachelard, the fire occupies a central place in the experience of mankind. In Psychoanalysis of Fire, points out that "fire has been an occasion for unforgettable memories" and that there is a "...slightly hypnotized condition, that is surprisingly constant in all fire watchers." This hypnotized condition is related to a state of "reverie":. "...the fantasy in front of the fire, the gentle reverie that is conscious of its well being, is the more natural-centered reverie. Can be counted among those which best hold fast to his object, or, if one prefers, to their pretext.". To Bachelard, fire is the prime element of reverie. "If fire," he says, "was taken to be a constituent element of the Universe, it is not because it is an element of human thought, the prime element of reverie?" It is almost certain, Bachelard says, that "the fire is precisely the first object, the first phenomenon, in which the human mind is reflected." Interestingly, a number of modern observers have compared the tv to the fire to call the "electronic fireplace.". The fire and heat have been used to symbolize human emotions and particularly the emotions associated with the sexual power. This association can be seen in the popular clichés such as "they warmed up to each other" or "she gave him a cold shoulder" or in "the heat of passion." Bachelard makes some interesting and unusual observations about the relationship between fire and sex observing that the "love act is the first scientific hypothesis about the objective reproduction of fire" and that "...the conquest of fire was originally a sexual conquest.". Bachelard writes about the amazing dichotomies of fire. "Among all the phenomena," he says, "is really the only one that can't be so definitely attributed the opposing values of good and evil. It shines in Paradise. Is burning in hell. It is the tenderness and torture. That is the kitchen, and it is the apocalypse.". The fire is also related to the process of change. Bachelard notes that slow change is defined by the process of life and quick change is explained by the process of fire. As indicated in the "fire suggests the desire to change, to speed up the passage of time, to bring all life to its conclusion, to its hereafter." In this sense, all that changes slowly may be explained by the life, while all that changes quickly may be explained by the fire." As Bachelard says: "through fire everything changes." Bachelard reminds us that when we want things changed we call on fire.


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