creating by firelight

Fire has a magic and an intensity that is unexplainable. We are fascinated by the glow of a candle, a campfire or a distant star burning brightly in the sky. Watching a candle flame is meditative, you see it dance gracefully around the wick, it breathes with life and power. The soft crackle of a campfire is soothing and its glow penetrates deep to our core. Fire is healing in many ways, yet it can be devastating and destructive, it has a subtle warning that hisses from within; it can be your comfort and teacher, as well as your destroyer.

Fire has been a source of magic and ritual in many cultures and religions, it has been the keeper of life in myths, the symbol of gods, it has been consulted to divine the future. Fire is a source of life as it warms the cold nights of winter and cooks our food to ease our hunger. The fire of the sun allows us to grow food for eating and flowers for medicines and beauty. It truly is the make up of our spirit.

I find myself lighting candles nightly because they bring so much calm and comfort into my life. I light them with intentions and payers, I visualize my desires being pulled into my life by their gentle glow, like curious moths. Often when I am doing a reading or needing to feel inspired I will light a candle because I know that benevolent spirits are attracted to their glow. There is a natural energy that is emitted from a candle flame that isn’t produced by artificial light.

If you feel like you need a little something extra in your life light a candle and say a prayer, ask for something special as you light it. Write out a little poem or a few little “request” and tuck them underneath the base of a candle. If you are missing someone, who is living or passed carve their name into the side of the soft wax and light the candle, speaking your feelings to the flame knowing that it will be heard in their heart and soul. The spirits of those who have passed do not see artificial light, they only see natural light… so they will see the soft glow of a candle.

Whenever I travel I love to light candles at the local churches because I feel like each one has a special energy that lives within its walls. I remember lighting candles in London, Mexico, New York City, and many other places… each one had a special prayer with a special energy guiding it swiftly to the Universe. Use this magic to bring a little light into your life. Find a special candle that has a sweet scent and as it burns allow yourself to be lulled into a meditative state. Make it a mental cue that its time to relax when you light this particular candle. Fire light will sooth you and calm you… it will allow you to access your own inner wisdom.

Another practice that I love, is to write all the things that I want to release from my life on pieces of paper and then I burn them in the flame of a brand new white or black candle to release them from my life. Its a powerful practice that I suggest all of you try. But remember to respect fire as it is a powerful and uncontrollable element. Fire can have a mind of its own so watch it, respect it and thank it. Whenever you are lighting a candle with intention see how the flame dances. Does it strand tall and straight, or poke around, bobbing back and forth, or does it waver and struggle to burn bright? This can all be symbolic of the energy you are sending to your intention.

If you want to take it another step further you can burn candles based off of their color. All colors hold powerful energy and the psychology of colors is something that has been explored for some time. Trust your own intuitive feeling about colors, what do you think they represent? If you see white as the color of peace and purity then use that if you are trying to draw those energies into your life. If you see red as passion then light red candles to bring a little spark back into your love life. You can find many books and lists of colors if you are interested in learning the long-standing symbolism associated with them.

I hope you find the time to consciously manifest and to pull what you want into your life. Try this simple exercise and see what happens, I bet that powerful results will follow if you trust it. Here is a list of a few meanings of colors that I have created from personal use:

White: Purity, divinity, light, peace, healing, spirit guides and the 7th (crown) chakra.

Black: Mystery, the universe, protection, wisdom, the feminine aspects of the divine, change, winter and spirit communication.

Red: passion, romance, sexuality, power, summer, anger, lust, creativity and the 1st (root) chakra.

Blue: Communication, healing, animals, clarity, the angels, harmony/serenity, and the 5th (throat) chakra.

Green: Nature, spring, prosperity, fairies, healing, Mother Earth/goddess, and the 4th (heart) chakra.

Yellow: Confusion, empathy and telepathy, earth spirits/energy, the sun, awakening, renewal, power and the 3rd (solar plexus) chakra.

Purple: psychic abilities, awareness, magic, higher power, the celestial bodies, sensitivity, understanding, higher education, and the 6th (third eye) chakra.

Orange: Work, career, health, nutrition, abundance, and the 2nd (sacral) chakra.

Pink: love, friendship, healing, understanding, forgiveness, matters of the heart and the 4th (heart) chakra.

Brown: Stability, hearth and home, finances, work problems, grounding and letting go.

Gray: protection, invisibility, fear, compromise and neutralizing.

This is my personal list and associates, feel free to add or take away from whatever I have listed here.

Much love,

Shaheen

© Shaheen Miro 12/12/2011

2 thoughts on “creating by firelight

  1. Hi Shaheen, nice to see you back.

    What is that enchanting bird sculpture in the second picture. Looks like a pheasant or peacock, but what’s the story behind you having it, and it looks like it has a bracelet over its neck?

    Lovely candles, I’m always afraid to light candles in case my pets knock them down or their tails catch fire!

    • Hello. Thanks so much. Its good to be back and good to hear from you.
      The bird sculpture is a gift that a friend of mine gave me.
      She owned a vintage and antique shop and it was a little present for when I was moving a few years ago.
      I’m not sure what kind of bird it is, maybe a peacock… I could be wrong.
      And yep that is an old vintage bangle bracelet made of brass and shell that I have had for a long time.
      Its an interesting piece because it has a clasp that looks like a little key or something that holds it together.
      I call it my Greta Garbo bracelet.

      I have to keep an eye on my cats when I light them.

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