The Element of Fire

Alison JamesArticles

The element of fire is a phenomenon of the Universe and a prerequisite for life. The heat and light that is generated by the burning of a flame is evidenced in the outer reaches of space and in the earthly plane. The intensity of the sun’s heat and light radiating out to us from the center of our solar system enables life to flourish on earth. The discovery and utilization of fire by our ancient ancestors was pivotal in the evolution of their survival and our existence today.  Life by the fireside, or hearth, has always enabled warmth, social gathering and the preparation of food. Fire provides the heat necessary to bring about alchemical change and spiritual evolution.

Have you noticed the sound when striking a match, when a flame leaps up into life? It is a mini explosion in the microcosm, a scaled down version of what happens in the macrocosm: the element of fire that is ignited in both cases is the same. Man learned to utilize the light of a bonfire on top of a mountain  as a beacon to send a message to the surrounding area or to ships at sea, as a signal or a warning.  The word ‘bonfire’ comes from the Middle English word ‘banefyre, meaning the ‘burning of bones’, a funerary practice with which we are familiar today.

From an earthly perspective, a fire can rage burning everything in its path, fueled by a ready supply of combustible objects and oxygen. Fire can not only change what it comes into contact with, but it can consume, triggering the transmutation of matter. Its destructive power has been the object of the great literary works of poet John Milton in Paradise Lost (1667) who describes hell, sin and death, which we may call ‘hellfire’. In Dante’s Inferno (14th century) we read of Phlegethon, the river boiling with blood and fire in the underworld.  In Greek mythology Goddess Styx was in love with Phlegethon, but he consumed her with his flames and she was sent to Hades before they reunited. The fire-breathing dragon of Celtic lore was similarly feared. Thus man has associated fire with hell. In modern terminology, we may still refer to a ‘trial by fire’, a test of extreme endurance or duress; this dates back to Medieval times when, accused of a crime, one was tested torturously by fire or water.

We have learned to work with fire in the earthly dimensions, harnessing its power with some level of control in firearms and technological advances such as, for example, the motor engine, rocket launchers, the oven and the pottery kiln for our own benefit. Metaphysically speaking, we may also enjoy certain gemstones for their ‘fiery’ brilliance, such as found in certain agates and opals; these crystals have an energy and a spiritual component which can be accessed and attuned to for physical activation and spiritual advancement.

It is fascinating to conceive of the ‘fire above,’ the spiritual fire that that transcends physical fire.  It is important at this time for us to know that there are spiritual flames within the universe and the earthly realms which do not consume in the physical sense, in the way we have come to know, but rather they hold an energy and consciousness for us. This awareness is crucial for our evolution. Among the spiritual flames are the flames for each of the sacred rays aligned with the chakras (seven are named here, but their number far exceeds this list): The Flame and Will of God with Master El Morya, The Flame of Illumination and Wisdom with Lord Lanto, the Flame of Cosmic Love with Master Paul the Venetian, The Ascension Flame with Master Serapis Bey, the Flame of Healing with Master Hilarion, the Flame of Resurrection with Lady Nada and Lord Sananda and the Violet Flame of Transmutation with Master St. Germain.

Among these, of particular significance for us at this time of Ascension, is the Violet Flame of purification and transformation, dispensed to us since the early 1960’s. Ascended Master St. Germain, while overseeing the ascension of Mother Earth, wishes us to call upon the Violet Flame daily to transmute negative energies of all kinds within our being.  It may be invoked by the simple visualization of the flame rising up and around you and by the repetition three times of the following decree:

“I am a being of Violet Fire,
I am the purity God desires.”

The spiritual flames have a radiance and pure vibration beyond any human contrivance. “Pure, fiery light,” theosophist Alice A. Bailey (June 16, 1880–December 15, 1949) states, is the highest initiation the spiritual aspirant must work towards. In this regard, the Ascension Flame for the planet, overseen by Ascended Master Serapis Bey above Luxor, Egypt, may be petitioned. (See my article on “Luxor and The Ascension”.)

Of great importance also is the Threefold Flame of the human heart (embodying Love, Power and Wisdom).  As Merlin channeled to me in our book:

A Christed One carries the Threefold Flame in his heart, the flame of Love, Power and Wisdom.  He has attained Mastery over his seven chakras and the Seven Rays of Consciousness. In other words, he has mastered himself and is now ready to meet his mediator, his Christ Self, upon Ascension.”

I have read that an enlightened yogi may burn with such a purity and intensity that as he sits naked in the snow he may melt that snow with the radiance of his energy field. We too may aspire to be “on fire” with the love of God. Spiritual fire, while beyond our full intellectual understanding, is accessible to us within and without.

With this increased awareness, it is interesting to take another look at the following two Bible stories about fire and ponder their significance. Firstly, In Daniel 3 we read of the story of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, three men in Babylon who refused to worship a golden statue created by King Nebuchadnezzar and were determined to worship the One true God only. They survived the fiery furnace set ablaze by the King to force their obedience, but due to their miraculous survival, he was subsequently converted to believe in their God. It is said that  the presence of a fourth being seen within the fire, the angel of the Lord, saved them. Secondly, in Exodus 3, God speaks to Moses through a burning bush that is not consumed and in 3:14 says:

I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you.”

In other words, the presence and mind of God was witnessed through fire.

From the energies of the heavenly planets, the astrological interpretation of fire is given to us through Aries, Leo and Sagittarius, the three signs of the zodiac in the triplicity of fire.  Cardinal Aries represents the fire of the head, inspiration, the initiating impulse of beginnings and the personality; fixed Leo represents the fire of the heart, a steady flame of attraction and the will to illumine; and mutable Sagittarius represents the wisdom and understanding of relationships to all people, ideas and things. These three signs illustrate for us the intensity of the fiery archetypes.

The representation of the classical element of fire as a triangle is also significant. An equilateral triangle, compared to all the symbols of sacred geometry, is the figure that has the greatest strength representing male active power associated with the ‘Father’; it points upward representing male potency and it brings harmony and balance. It has numerous applications such as in Celtic symbolism, where trinitized energies were represented by the triskelion and the triquetra. The trinitized energies we commonly recognize today are ‘Father, Son and Holy Ghost’, ‘Osiris, Isis and Horus’ and ‘Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva’.

 As we continue to birth the Universal consciousness of Unconditional Love on Mother Earth, the Divine Flame of Love, Prema Agni, with its triangular center, may be utilized to open your heart to receive more love and so that you may give more love.  Love is transforming selfishness into selflessness and self service into world service. We are undergoing alchemical change on a daily basis to ultimately realize our own Divinity, whether it occurs in this lifetime or a future lifetime. We can choose now to participate in our own evolution more consciously by invoking the Violet Flame for our transformation, kindling the Threefold Flame within our hearts and working with the other spiritual flames mentioned herein.

Remember to call upon us.  It is our honor and pleasure to assist you.”  ~ Merlin