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The Fire element has to do with heat and with consumption. All elements can provide support or be the cause of destruction. We may notice that the Fire Element is warming and soothing, but it can also burn.
Our desire increases when we are close to a desirable object and we can think more clearly when we have put some distance between ourselves and the object. Our feelings are less intense with distance.
We may notice that Fire has a mezmerizing and attracting aspect to it. Fire has presence - its alive - its more active than passive, it's playful, its shape and colours can be constantly changing. There is light, shadows and colour and intensity associated with Fire.
It also represents cleansing through burning off impurities. It draws things in and consumes them in order to sustain itself. Fire is extinguished by other solid material that doesn't burn (earth element) or by water.
This means that our internal temperature, whether we experience heat or the lack of heat (AKA cold), is part of the manifestation of the fire element. Included in this is the heat used to digest and the increase of energy and warmth that we get from digestion.
It also includes the warmth we get from blood circulation and the heat that we get from fevers or the chills that we get during other types of illnesses, or in a scary movie or other frightening situations.
External sources of heat and warmth, including the sun, are all aspects of the fire element as well. It includes friction and the energy that is created through that process. This also includes human warmth and the heat of passion as well. This even includes a heated argument. This also has to do with the intensity of the energy which is a reflection of the intensity of Fire.
In the Kasina practice, we would use a candle or a fire in the fireplace or a campfire as our focus object in meditation. In the background of our meditation, we would maintain the notion of becoming aware of, and recognizing, the qualities of the Fire element.
9 is associated with Fire.
Years ending with the number 6 and 7, for example 1997, 2007, 2027 etc.
Representing Animals (Chinese Horoscope)