Hi everyone! I’m back and feeling much better. Thank you for all your thoughts and energy!

Since this is a study group, I guess the lesson to learn here is to focus your energy where it is needed! I have completely disconnected from everything over the last two weeks (yes, even from my email!) and really took the time to recharge. Yes, the energy of the universe is infinite, but we work on a finite scale. We can touch that limitless energy for a few moments from time to time, but we cannot live there (hence our constant desire to reconnect to it). So, working with finite energy, you have to direct it in the important places. When you are sick, it’s towards healing. When your world is tumbling into chaos, it’s towards your family, or your work or your finances or your relationships…. Your inner core is always connected to that Divine absolute, but your earthly energy needs to be rationed sometimes. Use it wisely and don’t spread yourself thin for no reason.

Speaking of energy, we are about to enter the realm of pure energy: fire. Fire is the element of ‘no limits’. It is pure energy, pure passion, courage, absolute anger, it is the element of burning up and throwing caution to the wind. No restraints! Its representation is obviously fire itself, usually as a burning candle. Spend time this week looking at the flame and feeling what it feels like to live there. If you are lucky enough, try to sit by a wood burning fire (in a fireplace or a fire pit). Listen to its sound, smell it, feel your skin burn with its warmth. Really feel Fire.

Fire is represented in the southern quarter. Its Archangel is Michael, whose flaming sword cast Lucifer from heaven. Swords and blades are associated with it, as are candles and string instruments. The animal associated with fire is the salamander. I associate warrior magic with this element (along with earth, because you always need a healing component when you fight). Magical applications of fire are to purify (obviously things that won’t get consumed by the flame, such as space or a blade) It is also used in petition magic. This consists of writing a request on a piece of paper and letting it burn during a spell or ritual. It is a symbolic gesture to visualize the request going up with the smoke all the way to the Divine. I also believe that burning the request is a way of saying that a paper is no longer necessary since the request will come to pass in reality. It is a way to strengthen will and to focus our intention. Candle magic is another form of magic associated with fire. There is an excellent entry of the Christian Pagan Fellowship discussion board on this topic. Essentially, candle magic consists of charging a candle with an intent (through energy or by writing on it) and to let it burn down completely to send out that intent. Candles are also used in devotion to the God and Goddess or to any other deity figure or saint.

Exercises for this week are the following:

1) Journal your experience of fire through all your senses. Feel the courage and passion and dismeasure that fire can bring.

2) find 5 practical and 5 magical uses for fire

3) Choreograph your fire dance (don’t skip this! It is an integral part of really feeling Fire)

4) find 5 examples of Christian references to fire

Journal all this and please share through a post! We have much to learn from each other!

I also want to add that some people might feel greater kinship to one element than to another. Experiencing all elements will really give you an understanding of who you are and what your natural gifts are. When I started on this path, I realized that air and fire were like a second nature. Earth and water were completely foreign to me. So, I really focused on feeling and understanding the element of Earth and its physicality and groundedness. I was so focused on learning more about it, that one day one of my fellow classmates said: ‘ You’re an earth person, aren’t you?’ I knew then that I was heading in the right direction. I’m still working on water and feeling emotions and compassion and so on…. But I’m getting ahead of myself: that’s next lesson.

Have fun tending the flame!