Fire is perhaps the most mesmerizing of the Wiccan Elements, and yet it’s the only one that can’t be touched without harm to the body. While not technically necessary for human survival—we did live without it for a brief early period in our long history—the Fire Element is certainly integral to a healthy and comfortable existence. For over 100,00 years, Fire has made it possible for us to cook nutritious meals, work and play after sunset, and warm ourselves in colder climates.
Represented by the Sun and its light, as well as the stars, deserts, and volcanoes, Fire is the Element of transformation, and is associated with illumination, health, strength and creativity. Always in motion, even when rooted in one spot, it is the most active and animated of the classical Elements. As a contribution to the natural order of the Earth, Fire keeps forests healthy through cycles of burning and regeneration.
Of course, this same power is also dangerous and deadly when unchecked, which is why this Element commands such respect from those who seek to use it. Fire can be extinguished by any of the other Elements, but it is also the only Element that must have another substance to consume in order to maintain its existence.
Connecting with the Fire Element
Most would agree that the most pleasant way to enjoy the Element of Fire is in the outdoors at a merry bonfire, either alone or with friends and loved ones. Many covens perform their ritual work outside around a fire when possible. Listening to the crackle of the kindling as it burns and watching the embers release sparks into the air can induce a calm, meditative state.
The same is true of gazing at a candle flame, if you’re looking to connect with the Fire Element on a smaller scale. Furthermore, flames and smoke from any Fire source can be “read” for visions and signs, based on the movements and shapes that they make, and some traditions use the ashes from ritual fires for divination. However, an actual fire is not strictly necessary for communing with this Element.
Spending time under the Sun is another way of connecting, for even though the Sun is technically formed from gas, its heat can certainly be fiery. You can also symbolically honor the Element of Fire by engaging in vigorous exercise or ritual dance, which raises the heat of your body, stoking your internal Fire.
Spiritual and Magical Associations of the Element of Fire:
Deity: the God
Energy: masculine, projective
Tools: wand or athame, depending on tradition; candles
Colors: red, gold, crimson, orange, white
Zodiac Signs: Aries, Leo, Sagittarius
Magical Uses: Candles are used both as adjuncts to magic, in order to enhance the atmosphere for spellwork, and as the primary focus of candle spells. Fire is also used in burning spells.