Elements captured from the fires, Montagu, & Betty’s Bay, Western Cape. South Africa
The powerful force of fire. Fire consumes, warms, & illuminates, yet can also bring pain, death & destruction; thus, its symbolic meaning varies. It is often the symbol of inspiration, fire is the only one of the 4 elements” that humans can produce themselves, so it bridges the connection between mortals and gods. Rituals often involve an eternal flame, and kindling a fire is equated with birth and resurrection.
Fire can also be seen as purification. In a more modern context, forest fires, seen as destructive and costly by modern society, from a scientific & ecological mode of purification — old growth that is burned away & makes way for new growth to begin, and the entire ecosystem is rejuvenated.
Many cultures view fire as a symbol of wisdom and knowledge. So, what does it mean when fire destroys? Is this an opportunity for rebirth, fresh ideas, new beginnings? The sudden loss of a home and material goods, forces one to look within, for we have to dig deep into our own hearts & minds, to find a way to transform loss into something meaningful