Planet: Sun, Mars, Jupiter
Quality: destructive, choleric, masculine, phallic
Jewel: fire, opal, pyrite/firestone, amethyst, fire garnet
Tool: censer, wand
Zodiac: Aries, Leo, Sagittarius
Colour: red, gold, crimson, orange, white
Incense: copal, frankincense, olibanum, rose
Symbol: swastika (fire wheel), candle, crucible, matches
Plant: alder, almond tree in bloom, dittany, fire thorn, flame tree, garlic, hibiscus, mustard, nettles, onion, hot peppers, red poppy, rose
Animal: salamander, lion, snake, fire-breathing dragon, horse, serpent
Rules: energy, activity, motivation, sight, quickening, blood, sap, spirit, purification, heat, flames, bonfires, lust, life, enthusiasm, passion, the hearth, inspiration, transformation, vitality, sexuality, leadership, combustion, healing, volcanoes, destruction, authority, metalwork, incandescence, deserts, eruptions, explosions, anger, the masculine, the power of will, inspiration
Invocations: djinn, hearth and smith god/desses, the Manes, Salamander
Astarte, Ashtoreth, Bastet, Berecyntia, Brighid, Hestia, Ishtar, Kali, Minerva Belisima, Oynyena Maria (Fiery Mary), Pele, Pyrrha, Sekhmet, sylphs, Vesta
Agni, Ariel, Baal, Bel, Belenus, Chango, Govannon, Hephaestus, Horus, Michael, Mulciber, Ogun, Prometheus, Raphael, seraphs, Shiva, Surya, Uriel, Velchanus, Vishnu, Vulcan
· Spend time out in the noon sun
· Visit a desert or rocky place, observe and attune yourself to the arid landscape
· If you have the opportunity to visit a volcano or old lava flows, do so
· Dance around a bonfire
· Light a candle and sit in a darkened room. Look a few inches above the flame and spend time in meditation on the element of Fire
· During a summer night, try to visit a beach or shoreline during the times when the phosphorescence is high in the water
· Attend a Fire-Walk
Gift: Illumination, attentiveness, purification
Emotion: Yearning, passion, will, energy
Sound: Static, crackling
On a hot and/or sunny day go to somewhere which is sheltered from the wind, where you can lie down in the sunlight. Absorb the heat and light of the Sun, feeling also the warmth of the land you are lying on. Take your time to think about all the things which depend upon heat and light, but do not risk sunburn or look at the Sun itself. Imagine what life might be like with much less, or much more, Sun.
If you have a real fire this is best, otherwise place several candles in front of a mirror so that you can see lots of flames. Now recall a time when you were really very angry – anger is often the easiest passion to recall. Think through the whole situation from the first thing that upset you until you can really feel the anger rising up inside you. Once you are truly angry, stop for a moment and think about how your whole body and mind feel. You may find that you are shaking, sweating or have other physical symptoms. If another person was the cause of the anger, ask yourself how you would feel about working a healing spell for that person right now. Once you have explored the sensations, either work through the feelings or let it subside naturally. Make notes on the build-up of feelings, how you felt when they were at their most powerful and how you felt as they were released or subsided.
The Calling of the Flame and Faerie Fire
Sparkles of the faeries’ flame
Will o’ the Wisps on summer nights
The golden glow of forest green
Glimmering in the sunlight
Powers of flame rise up in me
Powers of flame rise up in me
Balefire crackling on the hill
The flickering light of candle’s flame
Passion drumming in the night
Lava flows, wild, untamed
Powers of flame rise up in me
Powers of flame rise up in me
Here before the flickering flame
Where ancient powers reign
I call to me my destiny
Ancient ones of red and gold
Of sparkle, crackle, trance
Grant me your powers I’ve seen
The mystery of the dance
Knowledge of the powers of Flame
I beseech the Goddess, give
Guide me to their mysteries
And let my magick live
Greeting the Sun
This exercise should be done every day for at least one week.
Begin each day at sunrise, just as our ancestors did, before electric lights allowed us to reprogramme ourselves. Let the Sun recondition your body, and your soul, to a natural rhythm. Rising with the Sun each day requires a great deal of determination, and will reward you with tremendous passion and magical power.
If possible, greet the Sun by going outside. Reach your arms out and watch the sky change colours. Focus your attention on the transformation that the Sun and its fire bring about. Feel the warmth of the Sun on your skin. Listen to the birds singing to greet the new day.
“Cup” the Sun between your hands. Bring your hands, and the Sun, into your heart. Feel it open, and glow, and radiate passion and power through your body. Feel the optimism and empowerment the Sun gives you to do anything you commit yourself to. You might say ‘Blazing spirits of fire, bless me with your passion and powers of transformation.’
Give thanks to this new day of life. By the end of the week, meditate on how your courage, passion and determination can transform your life.
If you wish to be free from a habit, thought, idea; if you wish to be rid of past associations, guilt or blockages; take the symbols of the problem – whatever they may be – and throw them onto a raging fire. The fire will consume the symbols and so shall it consume the power they had over you.
A Fire Divination
Set a fire and watch how quickly the wood begins to burn. If it catches the flames quickly, this is a good sign, and you should proceed with the divination.
If it is hesitant, or if you need several matches to get it going, abandon the project till another time.
Once the fire is burning watch is flames carefully. If it burns to one side of the fireplace, or pit, or area, love may be in the air.
Much crackling indicates misfortune ahead; perform protective spells.
A distinct hollow in the midst of the flames foretells an ending of a problem bothering you.
If the fire suddenly roars up the chimney or up into the air, for no apparent reason an argument may soon occur. Watch your words carefully.
Sparks on the back of the chimney or, if outside, flying aggressively up into the air mean that important news is on the way.
If a loved one is far from home, poke at the fire with a poker or stick. If shafts of flames shoot up you can be assured they are well, safe and happy.
Finally, if three bolts of flame rise up and burn separately expect a momentous event to occur soon in your life.
Another Fire Divination
Once the fire has died to a glowing reddish-white mass of coals, stare into its heart. Scry in the coals. See what shapes the charred wood seems to form and determine their meaning through the language of symbolism.
To Communicate with Others
Write a letter to a distant friend as if you were going to mail it. Next, light a blazingly hot fire and throw the letter into it, firmly visualising the persons face. You should receive a reply.
The Sun and Glass Spell
Make a drawing of a problem or negative influence in your life on a piece of paper. On a bright sunny day take the paper outside with a magnifying glass. Lay the paper on a heat-proof surface and hold the magnifying glass so that its power is concentrated on the centre of the paper.
As the paper begins to burn say;
Through glass the Sun’s bright rays of light
Put ill and misfortune to flight.
No more shall you harm me or mine.
Begone! I charge you in this sign.
The problem should clear up.
All you need are red, yellow or orange candles and a quiet, undisturbed place to sit.
Place the candles in a circle round you, with one in the centre of the circle in front of where you will be sitting. Then light them.
Sit calm and relaxed, but alert, and concentrate on the candles, even the ones behind you that you can’t see.
Visualise their fiery colours weaving a ring of light and energy around you. Does the space feel different now that the candles are lit and, if so, in what way? Sense the glowing candle flames, feel their quiet power reaching you and enfolding you in their special kind off intensity. Do you feel focused or remote?
Now bring your attention to the centre candle. Gaze at its flame for a while, noticing the colours it produces as it burns. You may find that your concentration causes the flame to jump or flicker or spark. Do any images come into your mind, or do you seem to sense any presence behind the candle flame? Do you feel sleepy or alert? Take your time and allow whatever impressions suggest themselves to you. Don’t judge.
Reach your hands towards the candle until you can feel its heat on your palms. Visualise yourself drawing the heat and energy in through your fingers, your palms, up your arms and into our body. What colour is the energy to you? What does it make you feel like?
Continue to draw the energy in on each indrawn breath, feeling it begin to circulate around your system, reaching through your cells and flesh until it irradiates your skin and flows into your outer electromagnetic field, your aura.
Now imagine the energy lighting you up so you seem surrounded by glowing tongues of a fire that soothes and relaxes and revitalises you without searing or burning.
Now see the flames growing smaller, being absorbed through your skin again, and their activity becoming quieter and less radiant.
Finally, see any excess energy dying down to a steady glow.
Place your hands on the floor or ground and feel the stability of earth, the solidness of your body.
Than the God for his gift of fire and the life force it gives us.
Then put out the candles and write up the experience.
The Wicca Handbook by Eileen Holland
Your Book of Shadows: How to Write Your Own Magickal Spells by Patricia Telesco
Embracing the Moon by Yasmine Galenorn
The Real Witches Craft by Kate West
Witch Crafting: A Spiritual Guide to Making Magic by Phyllis Curott
Earth Power by Scott Cunningham
The Sacred Round: A Witches Guide to Magical Practice by Elen Hawke