Saturday, August 18, 2007

Chinese (Wu Xing)
Japanese (Godai)Fire (classical element) Earth (地) | Water (水) | Fire (火) | Air / Wind (風) | Void / Sky / Heaven (空)
Hinduism (Tattva) and Buddhism (Mahābhūta) Vayu / PavanAir / Wind Agni / TejasFire AkashaAether Prithvi / BhumiEarth Ap / JalaWater
New Zealand
Fire has been important to all people of the earth, and it is rich in spiritual tradition. Fire is also an element that humans and many other creatures cannot exist without, for it offers us warmth and light.

Greek and Roman Tradition
In Chinese tradition, fire is one of five elements. It is associated with the planet Mars, summer, the south and the color red. It is also believed to govern the heart. Fire is associated with the qualities of dynamism, strength and persistence; however, it is also connected to restlessness.
In the conquest cycle, fire overcomes metal, and in turn is overcome by water. In the birth and nurturing cycle, fire burns to earth, and is sparked by wood igniting. The element plays an important role in Chinese Astrology and feng shui.

Fire (classical element) Chinese Tradition

Main article: Agni Indian Tradition

In Modern Magic
In most Wiccan traditions, fire is associated with:
Other correspondences include blood, candles, the guitar, rubies and incense. Fire represents energy, inspiration, passion and masculinity. It is sometimes represented in writing by a red upwards triangle.
In rituals, fire is represented in the forms of burning objects, love spells, baking and lighting candles or fires.
The manifestations of the element are found in the sun, lightning, fire, volcanoes and lava, and all forms of light. Cats of all types, especially the lion and tiger, are also thought to personify the element of fire, as are all predatory creatures, such as the fox.
The astral creatures of fire, known as elementals, are the salamander, phoenix, drake/dragon and, occasionally, the falcon (Although most associate this animal with air, instead).
Fire's place on the pentagram is the lower right point.
Fire belongs to the Tarot suit of Wands, although some Wiccans associate it with the suit of Swords because the athame (ritual knife) is often associated with fire. Fire is associated with warm colours, like red, orange and yellow, but also colours like black.

The South,
The Summer
The color red on the physical plane.
The athame or ceremonial dagger.
In covens that use the sword, it is often associated with this element. Wicca
People born under the astrological signs of Aries, Leo and Sagittarius are thought to have dominant fire personalities. Fire personalities are believed to have good leading qualities, and also tend to be extroverted, rebellious, passionate and enthusiastic; however, they can also be moody, hot-tempered, snappy, uncontrollable and angry.

Astrological Personalities
Fire represents the creativity and passion that all intellectual and emotional beings have. It is an active force that has the passion to create and animate things. The element is also very rational and quick to "flare up" as is the personality of many "fire-children."
Fire in many ancient cultures and myths has been known to purify the land with the flames of destruction; however, it is also capable of the renewal of life through the warmth and comfort of those very same flames.
The element of fire shows up in mythological stories all across the world, often in stories related to the Sun. In Ancient Egypt, fire was associated with the "son of Horus" Duamutef.
In East Asia fire is represented by the Vermilion Bird, known as 朱雀 (Zhū Què) in Chinese, Suzaku in Japanese and Ju-jak (주작, Hanja:朱雀) in Korean. Fire is represented in the Aztec religion by a flint; to the Native Americans, a mouse; to the Hindu and Islamic faith, a lightning bolt; to the Scythians, an axe, to the Greeks, an apple-bough; and in Christian iconography, a lion.