Inspired by the success of my post, The Role of Water in Witchcraft last summer, I decided to continue it as a series for each element.
One of my earliest memories takes the form of my mother allowing me into the kitchen to watch her make dinner. Sternly, she instructed me “Not to touch that stove, little one.”
Naturally, the moment she turned, I place my hand unflinchingly on the hot surface, giving myself a ripe little burn and a lifelong lesson about fire:
You really shouldn’t touch it.
Like all the elements, fire bears both creative and destructive force. Simultaneously dangerous and beautiful, our respect for fire usually begins the first time it burns us!
And yes, I got a nasty burn that day. But my mother used it to create a hot meal for us.
Same flame, same day.
I chose fire for this season because I strongly associate it with winter. In the darkest, coldest months, fire provides warmth and light.
Let’s go over different kinds of fire and some creative ways to use it in spell craft.
Candle flame. Easily the most convenient, common fire tool in ritual, candles are an ideal, all-purpose source of fire perfect for altars.
Bonfires encourage groups to gather around it, making it an extremely effective focal point for group rituals and coven meetings. Ideal for “going big” in rituals evoke empowerment or for burning spell elements in banishing rituals.
Hearth fires warm the home and create a cozy, holiday feel. Perfect for enjoying a winter Sabbat like Imbolc or Yule. Or, get creative and charge it with passion herbs for a date night at home.
Sparklers. Remember how magical it was to hold one in your hands as a child, making streaks of light across the summer night. Use sparklers to bring that same feeling to a moon ritual or night spell.
Torches (as in the sticks with fire on the end of them, not flashlights) look a feel very ceremonial. These are ideal for rite-of-passage type ceremonies, particularly involving the transition to manhood, or the ascension to a clergy position.
Lanterns work nicely for spring and midsummer festivals, anything involving faeries or woodland spirits, and garden blessings.
Flash paper is available at theatrical supply stores. It’s usually used for stage magic, but it’s also great fun in spell casting! Write spells or symbols on them and up it goes–in a flash!
Hope some of these ideas inspire you to use fire in more creative and fun ways during your rituals. Blessed be!