Let’s look now at the warm, charismatic and joyful qualities of the Fire element.
Fire feels magical and transformative, creating a warm atmosphere for a life that’s dynamic, expansive and happily social.
- Fire’s symbolic shape is the triangle, evoking the shape of a merry fire burning in a cozy fireplace. So pointed shapes such as stars do a great job bringing Fire into your space.
- Good lighting is another important way to evoke the vitality of Fire.
- Its color is red: a wise use of red accessories create instant warmth and life to your space.
- Another great way to bring Fire into your environment is with the evocation of living things: leather, animal prints, art featuring animals or people and even your pet dog or cat all represent the warm, social nature of Fire.
- The Fire element is closely related to your emotional health: Fire is passionate and enthusiastic, and loves to be nurtured with a good laugh every day 🙂
- It is the element of the fullness of mid-summer and high noon. Be careful to modulate your use of Fire: don’t get burned!
- The archetype of the Fire element is the Wizard. The magical, magnetic qualities of Fire have always inspired a faith that dreams can come true and desires fulfilled.
On the Feng Shui Bagua Map, Fire is the element of your Fame & Reputation.
The bright and lively Fire element is key to your social life, the way you are seen in the world, and your ability to connect meaningfully with the important people in your life.
Look around and start to notice which objects, furniture, and pieces of art may represent Fire in your space.
Now, let’s look at Fire in the Cycle of the Elements:
- Fire is nourished by Wood in the Creative Cycle.
- Fire in turn nourishes the Earth element, as the ash from a fire transforms itself into the earth under your feet.
- Fire is controlled by Water in the Controlling Cycle, just as a dose of water calms or extinguishes a fire in everyday life.
Important note: When you are considering which element might be represented by a particular object, Shape takes precedence.
For example an object that is triangular (like a 5-pointed star ornament, perhaps), mainly represents the Fire element. Depending on its color and other aspects, other elements may also be present, but Fire predominates in that particular object.
(photo by Neil Fowler on Flickr)