Direction – South
Season – Summer
Colors – Greens, Browns, Blacks and Coppers
Astrological Signs – Ares, Leo & Sagittarius
Herbs – Cinnamon, Chili, Pepper, Cloves, Ginger, Wormwood, Asfoetida
Crystals – Amber, Apache Tear, Citrine, Carnelian, Ruby, Fire Agate, Fire Opal, Flint, Sardonyx, Red Tourmaline, Sunstone, Spinel, Sulfur.
Moon – Waxing Cresent
The element of fire can be both creative and destructive. It can warm our homes, heat our food and bring us comfort or it can destroy all that we know. Yet, even in its destructive wake, it clears a path for new things to grow and replace the old. This element is considered to be the southernmost element, its nature is hot and dry and the season of fire is considered to be Summer.
Fire magick is used for change, will and passion. It rules all spells that involve energy, authority, sex, healing, desturction, purification and evolution. Fire Magick is candle magick, fire scrying, I do not recommend this if you are a beginner with scrying as it is considered one of the more difficult ways that someone can scry, and using the element itself for multiple purposes.
Candle magick, it is one of the most popular fire magick as it is very versatile. When it comes to candle magick, you can burn a candle that you have inscribed/anointed or you can use it as part of a larger ritual. Let’s look at an example of a candle spell for a full moon blessing.
So for this I would choose a silver candle. I plan for this spell to burn for a long period of time as I plan to be home all day. I inscribe the candle with the rune Ken for positivity, Wynn for blessing and a sigil I have crafted for this specific spell. (Remember, here at The Snarky Witches, we encourage everyone to craft their own sigils, it is safer that way and excellent practice.) After inscribing the candle, I anoint it with moon water and a drop or two of my blood. Practicing safe burning practices, let’s not burn down our homes witches, I place my candle in a fire safe container like my big Mama cauldron and light it. To add an extra boost to my desire, I also burn a spell that I have written, it don’t have to rhyme people, with the flame of the candle. Finally I allow the candle to burn down until it is extinguished. Under no circumstances will I blow the candle out and use what remains of the candle for another spell.
Now let’s look at a spell that just uses candles as a larger part of a ritual. Normally I will use candles to outline my circle, boundary candle magick, use a candle for the element of fire, use two more pillar candles to represent my god and goddess and then have a specific candle for the spell that I am crafting. With that candle, I would include herbs and gems that I need for the spell in question and if I am feeling really froggy, a knotted spell as well. With all of these added elements, on top of the candle magick, the spell that I am crafting has one hell of a kick.
Besides candle magick, let’s be honest, that really is the first thing most of us jump to when we hear fire magick, there is also magickal fires. If you are one of the lucky individuals that has a fireplace or even a fire pit, this magick may be for you. It will prove more of a challenge for you than candle magick and this is because some of the woods may be hard for you to gather. This can also be challenging for people who live in major cities where open fires are frowned upon. Also, side note, please do not burn treated lumber in your magickal fire, this can lead to poisoning yourself and others around you.
As with most things in our world, everything has meaning, including woods and herbs. A magickal fire is exactly what it sounds like, a fire that has specific woods and herbs that is burned for a specific purpose. You can find our list of woods and their meanings here. At this time, The Snarky Witches does not have a list of herbs and their magickal meanings but it will appear sometime in the near future. If this is something that you are interested in but you lack a fireplace or a firepit, you can use a fire safe container, such a large metal cauldron, make your own or find a relatively cheap grill.
To be honest, I am now interest in practicing some fire magick sometime in the near future and am turning ideas over in my head on how I can do it. Living in a major city can make things challenging when it comes to seasoned wood that I know is safe to burn. Apparently trespassing is taken more serious in a city than in the country, who knew?
Anyways now that I have rambled on, back to the topic at hand. Don’t be afraid to experiment with this magick, just remember that this element can be slightly volatile if not approached correctly. Practice fire magick safely.
Until next time witches, may the brew in your cauldron never burn and your broom never splinter.