On August 1 we celebrate the peak of the Fire element season as we walk the wheel of the year. This season has some pretty important influences on our health and wellness as well as on our personal growth and development. As part of our Spiritual Herbalism School we recently spent a session exploring the power of the Fire element as it relates to constitution, health, imbalances, and different Fire-ruled herbs. Here are a few of our favorite points from that session we think you'll enjoy.
The Fire Person
Those who are ruled by the element of Fire tend to have the following personality, energy, and body traits. We use this type of constitutional profiling in Spiritual Herbalism to help best define which types of herbs and energies will best work with an individual person.
Fire Energy Season
During Fire energy season which initiates at the Summer Solstice (June 21st), peaks on August 1st, and transitions into Water energy season on September 21st, we experience the light and heat of the Sun at its greatest. The Sun is the cosmic pivot of the Fire element and we often consider our experiences of Fire to be directly related to that of the Sun.
During Fire season we should be in a state of manifestation. The natural world around us is showing signs of fruition- the trees and garden plants are all putting their energies into making beautiful fruits and veggies. If we planned and aligned energies appropriately in the Winter and Spring, the Summer should bear the fruits of our own actions. During Summer Fire months we are active, making things happen, taking advantage of longer days, and soaking up the primal force of the Sun to really get things done.
Fire season is also very much about purification. The antiseptic action of the sun and of cleansing fire can be brought into our own lives through meditating on the light and warmth of the sun, kindling sacred fires, and working with Fiery herbs of detoxification and purification. We sweat more in the Summer which is another signal that purification is happening. We often celebrate the initiation of Fire season in June with a tossing of toxic patterns and unwanted things into the fire so that they don't follow us as dead weight into the manifestation time of Summer.
For those who are ruled by Fire, Summer can be a time when we learn how to balance our internal power with that in the world around us. Very fiery people can become excessively fiery at this time of year and often need to work with Earth and sometimes even Water herbs to help soothe and control the burn. Those who tend to be deficient in Fire energy can work with this season to create harmony, balance, and power in themselves to carry them through the darker, colder seasons ahead.
When the Fire element becomes excessive in someone, we often see issues such as:
Herbs of Fire
Some of our favorite fiery herbs include: