Fire is a male energy associated with the South, noon and Summer. Fire rules over the will, energy, passion, sex, heat, flame, life, purification, destruction and healing. It’s tools are volcanoes, eruptions, explosions, fires of all kinds, candles, deserts, blood, spirit and the Sun. The colors are red, orange, crimson, gold and white (for the sun at noon).
The animals associated with fire are the lion and the horse. The crystals are fire opal, rubies, and garnets. The tarot suit is wands, to symbolize creation. Herbs associated with fire are red peppers (anything hot really, think of habanero, capsicum, etc.), chili, mustard, nettle, garlic and onion. The tree is the almond tree in flower.
Fire is my element. I almost always have candles going in my house. We light them for breakfast and dinner, I light them when I work in the morning (like right now), I love to make them and mix them with herbs, and I am a big fan of fireplaces. I love the soft light that a candle flame puts out, it is soothing to me.
Working with fire is useful if you want to ignite a change or you need to spark some energy around something. One of the first things we do when casting a circle is light a candle. It is the flame of creation. It is the spark of creating. It gives us energy, confidence and drive. In Witch’s work Fire represents “To will”.
Salamanders are not the lizards we see running around, they are found in the flames of a fire. They are darting, dancing and ever changing. Salamanders are associated with all things that have to do with heat and fire. Salamanders are Elementals to be respected and possibly even feared. Think of how temperamental fire is: It erupts and destroys, it rages, it ravages. You do not want to be in the path of a rampaging Salamander! But, like the phoenix, this destruction brings rebirth. It allows us to start again. Salamanders purify by banishing the old and allowing the new to come to light, using the flame of the Sun to nurture growth.
The detoxification shows up in our bodies as well. When we are sick and run a fever, that is the Salamander energy burning off toxins. Salamander elementals also oversee the heat in our bodies, aka our metabolism. They set the regulator for how we ‘burn’ calories. Low fire means low energy, a slow metabolism and sluggishness. Without fire in our bodies we feel fatigue, lethargy, a lack of creativity, we lose the ability to concentrate and lose interest in sex (again, a creating energy).
As witches we will use a flame to signify burning negative energies and then we bury the ashes in the earth, cast them to the wind or run them under water – but it is the fire that destroys.
There are some essential oils and incenses that can help us conjure up the heat energy, my favorite is dragon’s blood, but you can use frankincense, patchouli, mugwork, heliochrysum, and of course sage. Herbs that help are cinnamon, peppermint, ginger, nutmeg, rosemary, and of course, pepper.
When we are healthy and the Salamander energy is flowing we feel confident, we are assertive, and vital. Too much Salamander and we get aggressive, rageful, arrogant and vain. To counteract this use herbs that ground or dampen (see Earth and Water).
According to elementalmagic.com the King of the Fire Element is called Djinn. King Djinn is of average height with a very muscular build. He has tanned brown skin and a bald head. His armour is ornate and has the characteristics of dragons or salamanders. Armoured plates arranged in two offset rows begin on the crown of his head and continue along the length of the spine (similar to those seen on a stegosaurus). He has garnet eyes and a stern expression. Both his face and body are covered with light scars contrasting his brown skin. Of particular note are what appear to be thin, winding burn scars on his hands and wrists. These are not accidental but an artistic form of branding or scarification making an ornate flame design. He wears worn, but well cared for, plate armour with no shoes and carries a sword in each hand. King Djin typically appears surrounded by fire and speaks loudly and very directly and will not hesitate to challenge you if he feels you lack the proper magical authority or are not showing proper respect. Ensure you have good self control and are very clear on your will before summoning this King. King Djinn should be the last of these rulers called.
Djinn governs such things as energy, vitality and life, transformation, courage, inner strength and spiritual conviction.
The female energy is Corona. Corona appears as a nude woman whose body is completely made of fire. Her hair is at the same time long and short, as it changes with the flickering of the flames. Her body is constantly moving but her actual movements are fewer than other spirits. Her sigil is:
Archangel Michael is the first Archangel. He is a warrior and an angel of death. He is also an angel of protection and courage. His colors are red and variants of red (such as orange and violet) or silver and gold.
Michael can help with motivation, energy, ambition and achievement. He represents truth and integrity, courage and protection. One could call on him for power, leadership, ambition, and success or victory. He would also be appropriate for growth, change and transformation, enlightenment, healing, confidence and vitality.
Michael’s cards are the Sun and Strength.