Fire is a good companion for the mind.
~ May Sarton ~
Fire. Not the element you’d normally associate with spring. And yet, if it wasn’t for the heat, the fire of that ever-nearing sun warming the Northern Hemisphere, snow and ice wouldn’t melt and fill the rivers, and lakes. And the moisture in the air would fall as snow instead of rain.
At this time of year when it is often still too cool to do without heat, Bob and I warm the house with fires in the woodstove, nicely contained.
Yet uncontained, unrestrained fire can destroy a home, a community, or a forest and take lives with it. Like all of the elements, fire can be both friend and foe.
In the tarot, the element of Fire is usually represented by the suit of Wands, symbolizing the aspects of spirit, creativity, career and work. In the Northern Hemisphere, it represents the direction of the South, source of more heat from the sun. And, in the zodiac, the fire signs are Aries, sign of spring, Leo and Sagittarius.
Thinking about Fire, he appears as a wonderful hero for a romance novel. He invites me to sit by the fire blazing in the very large hearth of his room and hands me a cup of hot tea. He sits and together, we gaze into his fire as people have done for centuries, and from the flickering flames, stories emerge, mythic and as old as time.
Stories of life and death, of the adventurous hunt or quest, of love gained and lost, of magical beings and new worlds.
Fire sparks the imagination and blazes into a story that leaves writer and reader sweating and panting. Or, contrarily, burns out too soon, leaving only embers to mark its presence.
Fire reminds me that he inhabits characters as anger and irritation, lust and passion, quick energy, and smoldering resentment. Those who know how to work with his gifts and challenges are firefighters and glassblowers, chefs and magicians, jewelers and steelworkers.
Fire often lies hidden and banked within a character until something blows those quiet embers into an explosion of rage…or passion.
Fire is the setting of the desert, of a seemingly lifeless, heated landscape. It is the home of dragon and salamander.
For the creative process, Fire ignites the idea or inspiration and wants you to write while the passion for the story is high. And he wants you to write when it feels like only cooling coals remain because the embers of possibility are still there just waiting for your presence and willingness to work in order to flame into words that crackle and burn on the page.
Which of your characters is a Fire character? Is her fire contained or uncontrolled? Is control or ambition his issue for the story? Who can handle her heat? Is the heat desire, passion, or anger?
Where does the power and heat of Fire act as a metaphor in your story or writing?
Is it time to turn up the heat in your writing? Or is it time to bank the embers and let it cool for a little while so that you can refresh and renew?
Oh, element of Fire. I honor and welcome your presence on the altar of my creativity. Burn away fears and doubts to make room for new ideas and new stories. Burn brightly that my words crackle with the passion and promise of a story well-told. Draw to me those who wish to warm themselves at my creative fire that I may serve them well.