Pretty In Punk
So here's the thing from A to Z, you want to get with me you got to listen carefully...
I. Am. Full. Of. Fire.
My sun and moon are in Aries, my rising sign is Leo and my chart signature is Sagittarius. You have been warned! But here's the other thing: I have manic depression (bipolar disorder type 2) so there are still times, believe it or not, when even I need to tap into that primal energy and fiery nature. I share this information because I had to step waaaaay outside of my own fire pit to see things for what they were, acknowledging I don't always need to douse myself in water and that I shouldn't always be so dismissive of my ambition, determination and sheer force of will. Even though fire is always represented in my rituals, for a long time I was scared to work too closely with it; and yes it can be destructive, egotistical and hot tempered but there are plenty of positive aspects to it as well. In fact, fire is considered to be the very life blood of existence and therefore essential for survival.
As for how it's power can be utilised there are three main areas - that pertaining to 1. physical well-being, 2. emotional and mental well-being, as well as 3. external circumstances.
1. Physical: fire is all about the energy system and metabolism so it's perfect for helping improve basic vitality - note here that it can verge on excess, so be prepared. It's associated with the cardiovascular system - life blood - as well as the liver due to its ability to cleanse and heal. One example in which fire could be utilised is to generate enough physical energy and sheer determination to complete tasks that need to be done, especially those you might not like doing.
If experiencing heart irregularities, poor circulation. chronic fatigue, or recurring problems that might be connected to your liver please see a medical professional - the below ritual is no substitute for this.
2. Emotional and mental: fire is great for helping with creativity and inspiration, and in particular aids original thought. Once you've had a spark of determination and enthusiasm it keeps the fire burning, so to speak. It's also great for reinvigorating passion, in whatever that may be, as well as charisma and warmth. For example, if your thought process is usually slow and methodical it could speed things up, or send it in an exciting new direction.
3. External: fire helps take new beginnings and initiatives to the next stage. It's great for assisting with the preparation of something and leading it to fruition. In that sense, it's perfect for growing new projects and opportunities. If something has become stagnant and needs a new injection of life, fire can help.
Note that there is a fourth possible area which is far too extensive to summarise in one blog post, and this pertains to enhancing the strengths you already possess (if your sun, moon or rising sign is Aries, Leo or Sagittarius). Of course if not a fire sign you can also empower yourself with these strengths, or those associated with Mars and the Sun. In time I will cover the ins and outs of this in a zine, but for now there is significant enough overlap with this blog post to get things started.
Fire is most closely associated with the waxing gibbous and full moon phases, with the height of its power coinciding with the day of the full moon - and here I do mean day because, as the bringer of heat, fire rituals are best performed at midday. Sundays and Tuesdays are the best days of the week, although as the next full moon falls on Wednesday (September 6th) the ritual could just as well be done on Tuesday and Wednesday to bolster the power.
If possible gather the following:
- palo santo or sage *
- red, red-orange or gold candles (white can be substituted) *
- a heat-proof receptacle - brass or gold is preferable - and charcoal **
- piece of paper and pen *
- fire element pin *
- supporting tarot cards: Judgement, Knight of Wands
- supporting herbs, e.g. all spice, basil, cloves, coriander, cinnamon, dill, fennel, hibiscus, juniper, mustard, nutmeg, nettle, peppers, tobacco, thistle - basically anything with a bit of zing!
- supporting stones, e.g. bloodstone, carnelian, fire opal, garnet, lava rock, obsidian, peridot, rhodochrosite, ruby, tigers eye (clear quartz can be substituted)
- any other items that correspond to fire for you, e.g. annointing oils, altar decor etc.
* These items are necessary as an absolute minimum
** For the purpose of this ritual it is preferable to have a fireproof dish and charcoal upon which you will burn corresponding herbs or incense, to which you will add your intention but this is not essential. The only essential aspect is a suitable fireproof dish - even an ashtray or something you use for baking would be appropriate - as you will burn a piece of paper and need somewhere to discard it.
Begin by gathering everything you will need for the ritual, laying it out in front of you.
Cleanse yourself and the space within which you will cast the spell and don't forget to open a window to allow the stagnant air to be released. Cleanse all of the ritual tools one by one as you set up your altar to focus your dedication to the fire element. Pay particular attention to the pin - it must be charged to fill it with energy and power, and to be most effective in charging it with your particular intention it must be "clean" without any residual energies. Ground yourself with a few deep breaths to release any physical tension, shaking out any remaining frustration or stress. Visualise any distracting or negative energies dispersing.
Cast your circle to protect you from negative energies or psychic attacks.
Engrave your candle(s) with the fire symbol. If you are using supporting herbs or oils, this would be a good time to anoint the candle(s) with them.
Light your candle(s) and if you are using herbs or incense, get them smouldering. Look into the candle flame and start to channel that energy. Being careful not to burn yourself or overheat the pin, pass it through the flame whilst stating "this talisman I will now sire, I consecrate with the element fire".
Hold the pin in your hand(s) and whist still looking into the flame, bring to mind your intention. When you feel a familiar surge of determination or excitement reach your heart, write down absolutely everything that comes to mind regarding the intention. It doesn't have to be full sentences, any one language, or even words! In fact, none of it need make any sense to anyone but you. If you feel it, and it's positive, write it down. Once you have completed this, burn the piece of paper. Look into the flame and hold the pin, feeling the energy that has been generated flow into it. You can cast off with a simple incantation, like "I charge this pin with fire's energy, to achieve my goal so mote it be".
Ground yourself by visualising any excess energy flowing into the earth. Clean up. Dismantle the altar if you wish. Undraw your circle and then do something mundane, like drinking a hot chocolate.
Wear the talisman and be mindful to create, and keep open, channels that enable energy to flow freely between you and your intention. When you need to tap into that energy, touch the talisman. Repeat your incantation if you wish (out loud or in your mind) to reassert your intention. Do this as often as you see fit - the intention is yours, and yours only, so make sure you follow your instinct.
Note that fire's energy is quickly manifested and potent, so the ritual does not need to be long winded, but as fierce and forceful as it is, it does eventually burn out. I would suggest repeating the ritual for as long as you need the talisman, preferably when the moon is in Aries/Leo/Sagittarius.
Photo by: Brodie Vissers