Fire is wild, primal, awesome, and sacred. It is magic at its most powerful. When working with fire, we are working with one of the most ancient of elemental qualities, which is that of creation/destruction, and also with the essence of desire, or will in order to manifest and materialize something into existence.
Fire is representative of the driving force of life and the core essence of change and transformation, and in almost every culture there are goddesses associated with fire, volcanoes, and lightning. These archetypes are the keepers of the sacred fires who remind us that once, long ago…fire belonged to woman.
For centuries many cultures have utilized fire for cooking, warmth and energy, and the candle for illumination as well as for magical, religious and spiritual ceremony, as fire was considered a divine gift and blessing as it’s smoke was an excellent medium to carry one’s intentions and prayers up to Heaven and to the gods. In many ancient cultures fire was considered to be a sacred, living thing which had the power to destroy—and activate life, such as during a forest fire when it burns away acres of plant life, but also causes certain seeds to germinate.
Fire is the most unusual and the most intriguing of the four elements because unlike the others: air, earth, and water, it does not exist as a natural event on its own. It is only able to come into being by consuming another element. Fire is transformational, changing what it consumes into other forms, such as energy, heat, light, ash, and smoke.
Even though fire is considered a ‘masculine’ element, which means that its nature is active, rather than still, the creative/destructive nature of fire has long been associated with The Goddess as the source of all life and of death as transformation.
It is said that the universe began with a big bang and was literally brought into being from the nothingness by the fiery, silent flames of a deep space explosion. To set something on fire is to set something into motion. It is an alchemical action that cannot be undone. It is the complete destruction of one thing, to create a completely new other thing. Fire is death, fire is birth, and fire is power.
There is an innate, primitive and fiery sexual power within women that is often dormant until activated, and even though fire is considered to be a masculine element, which means that its nature is active, rather than still, the creative/destructive nature of fire has long been associated with The Goddess as the source of all life and of death as transformation.
You can use fire magic and ritual to heal and awaken your own fiery inner nature…and have some fun while doing so. While there are ways to activate your inner fire, I find that dance is most successful of all.
When you have about an hour of free time, and a private space in which you will not be disturbed by housemates, animals, children, beloveds, or cell phones, prepare your space for dancing. Turn on some music with earthy, rhythmic drumming. Move the furniture out of the way. Center yourself and then light one red candle, and some aromatic incense.
You may choose to perform your dance with or without clothing, and you may choose to wear long, sheer scarves, beads, rings or headwraps. It is up to you.
Watch the flame of the candle; noticing how it moves languidly to one side, then copy this movement with your body. Sway your hips as if you were the flame. Move fast, and then slow down. Move sensually, move with passion. Imagine that you are kindling a fire from deep within, near the place of your sacral chakra, which is below your belly button and above your pubis bone. Move from this place and let the fire smolder, burn and radiate from the place of your womb, and throughout your entire body. This fire within heals you, activates you and strengthens you.
You will know when you feel complete, and then you will slow yourself down as if the flame within was going out. Then come to a complete stopping of movement and breathe deeply, and slowly as you ground back to the earth, and settle your energies. Notice how you feel and notice any thoughts that you may have and journal them if you like.
Perform this dance to ignite long lost passion or to increase passion, desire and sexual feelings. Dance to call in or honor a special goddess, or to invoke The Goddess Herself. Dance to honor the sacredness of fire, and for the sheer joy of being a woman, filled with fiery power.