Earth and fire

In this article an in-depth look is taken at the connection between the elements Earth and Fire. This article is part of a two part series, the other article in the series is Connecting Air and Water. The articles can be read in any order.


Traditionally Earth is associated with the north, with the winter solstice and with midnight. Fire is associated with the south, with the summer solstice and with noon. Earth is considered to be female and Fire male. Earth is considered to be constant and Fire inconstant.


Earth and fire... the combination conjures up an image of a desert, of cracked, scorched earth, with the sun burning relentlessly above...

One aspect of Earth is the material plane, the world around us. One aspect of Fire is passion, everything that warms our heart and drives us on. Connecting Earth and Fire has to do with bringing our passion and our love out into the world, and with our heart being in what we do. If we can't manage to do that, the fire within will lose its power and eventually die. Then again, if we succeed too well we may end up imposing our will and our passion onto the world without any regard for the needs of others, or the world may end up asking so much from us that our inner fire burns out and dies.

Another aspect of Earth is hidden wisdom, rebirth and transformation. Creating a connection between Earth and Fire challenges us to serve, to use our will and our passion for the good of all. This requires dedication, and it may require sacrifice.

In a way, connecting Earth and Fire has to do with discovering who we are, and what we have to offer to the world. It teaches us to deal with disappointment, when the world rejects what we have to give. It also teaches us to retain our strenght and our inner fire when the needs of the world threatens to take up everything we have to give - and more.

Earth and fire... when in balance there may be an ever-burning flame, but when not in balance there is, in the end, only death.


The times of trial, the times to find the balance between Earth and Fire, come to us all. When they'll arrive, you'll know.

Further exploration

Take some time to explore the individual elements:
On-site link, opens in this window Earth
On-site link, opens in this window Fire

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