We light a candle to add atmosphere to our space. We write on a paper those things we want to eliminate from our life, whether it is a bad habit or goal we are going to let go of, a memory or thought process it is time to put to rest. We give them to the fire, so that as they symbollically go away, and their physical and mental hold on us is gone with the ashes into the fire.
When we expose our selves to heat like in a sauna or a sweat, we release our tensions, pains and fears into mother earth for recycling. As the sweat drips from us, so does the weight of the things we carry.
As we light our homes,the fire chases the cold away. There is nothing like the warmth of a home cooked meal on a cold evening to warm the spirits. Remember that laughter raises vibrations and lights creative fires the same as smiles on the faces of our guests when we are sharing good food, drink, music and the company of those we include in our life.
Our friends gather around all of these fires, and when we are out in the woods, around our campfires where we drum, dance, tell stories and sing. My current residence does not have a fireplace, but candles burning in the living room creates the same kind of ambiance as sitting around a campfire. Since the time of the cave people, we have enjoyed the hypnotic and warming effect of gathering around a fire. When I lived in places where I had a fireplace, I would have it going all fall and winter. Where I live now there is not a fireplace, but keeping candles burning in the living room can create that same kind of ambiance. The vibrations that are raised through laughter, the sharing of food, drink, playing and music are the same experience.
It is always fire that illuminates our life, the fire without and the fire within.