The Five Elements of Tarot: Fire


Fire is typically associated with the Suit of Wands in the Minor Arcana. Fire burns, fire moves. It is energy, and energy cannot be shaped, only directed. Indeed, fire is alive.

Needless to say that it is a source of heat and power, representing the things that drive and motivate us. It is the manifestation of our desires, our passions, and our intentions. As the unfiltered, untamed, primal energy that fuels us, the fire that burns within us pushes us to achieve great deeds and embark on adventures that test our strength.

When it comes to feelings, Fire is personal and individual. What makes us “burn”? What fills us with energy and momentum? What “sparks” us into action? Fire represents the essence of who we are and what we believe in, the rawest part of ourselves that is singularly the truest, unmediated aspect of what defines us. When unmediated, it is the instinctual force that propels us. It is what we rely on to move forward. Without our inner fire, without our will to drive our bodies, no logic or rationalization is going to convince us to move, no amount of social and emotional encouragement will coax us into action, and no amount of physical force is going to make us function.

Fire is our will. It is the desire to self-express, to expand, to manifest what we want into reality and affect changes in our surroundings. Like all other elements, fire has its productive and destructive side. When channeled and directed properly, it will drive us actively participate in our reality and realize our dreams. When fire is overused and poorly controlled and guided, it can wreak havoc to all blocking its path.

Fire is normally associated with spirituality. Fire is associated with spirituality because fire cannot be changed or altered. It will always be fire. It does not have an “external identity”–it is simply, fire. There are things that fire cannot penetrate, but it will always remain as it is: energy. It is not like water that can be shaped by its container; it is not like air that gathers and dissipates according to the currents; and it is not like earth with all its grandness and solidity. Fire is like our Spirit because no matter how big or how small it burns, it will always be fire. It is an essential part of us that cannot be educated, conditioned, or changed. It is, in fact, our very essence and our very soul. It is the central part of us that simply exists.

Lessons from the element of Fire:

  • What drives you and motivates you in life?
  • What do you desire in life? What do you want to achieve?
  • What are the things that fill you with energy, that make you feel alive?
  • What empowers you and makes you want to go forward?
  • What do you believe in? What gives you that “spark” of fire?
  • How do you express yourself creatively and passionately?
  • How do you manifest your intentions and will?
  • Do you allow your passions and desires to get the best of you?
  • Do you fail to consider the passions and desires of others? Do you include other people into your equation?
  • Do you think before you act? Do you know the full extent and consequences of your actions?
  • Do you take responsibility for what you have done?
  • Are your desires and passions healthy? Are they harmful to you, others, or the environment?
  • Are your passions and intentions pent up with no outlet?
  • How do you cope with excessive energy, or the lack of energy?
  • What does “Fire” mean to you personally? How would you define the element of Fire?
  • How do you relate to the element of Fire?

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