The Nature of Fire

The activities of all the elements are instigated and regulated through the action of fire. Fire is the first step in every process. It provides the initial spark for all life, from the spark of conception of a baby to the spark of inspiration for an idea. Every process begins with fire.

The abilities to flare or subside are qualities of fire. This allows variation in any process so that activity can be appropriate to its time and place.

Fire is the least dense of all the elements, being a light, upward-tending element like air. Fire stimulates air, working through the balance of gases in the atmosphere and bringing it to a state of activity so that it can support life.

The opposite of fire is water. Fire counters the tendency of water to remain still by bringing the vitality of movement to it.

Fire also has the ability to consume and transform. Through burning, materials are drastically changed. The old form is consumed in the flames and a new form remains. All change, therefore, uses fire in some degree. Everything from physical growth to spiritual evolution depends on aspects of fire. Fire has the ability to cleanse and purify and to invigorate and vitalise, allowing new life.

The Sun is essential for life on this planet. It emits heat and light. Air moderates the heat and harmful rays from the Sun, so that life on Earth can be sustained. The resulting warmth is a physical and metaphysical aspect of heat. It is nurturing and sustaining. Metaphysically, warmth and life are practically identical. Warmth works through the element earth predominantly, countering the inherent darkness and coldness of the earth element and allowing it to become a fertile womb.

Warmth from the Sun also moderates and stabilises the forces of contraction and expansion that are key functions of the element, earth.

Light works through air to reach the other elements. Metaphysically, it brings vitality to air and encourages physical and spiritual evolution. Everything of a progressive, expansive and uplifting nature arises from light at work in the world.

Fire Spirits

Fire has the least number and variety of types of nature spirits associated with it of all the elements. Fire spirits are associated with the element fire in all its forms as well as with the spark of life within all things. Their activities call forth the fire archetypes from within the Sun and within the Earth and express them at the Earth's surface within the atmosphere. As with nature spirits of all types, they do their work through the materials of various metaphysical realms: the etheric field and the astral and higher planes.

At the very highest levels, a range of angels and devas work with the fires of Creation, bringing the essence of the original archetype down through the planes from Soul. These are the angels and devas of the forces of Creation. They are not specifically related to fire, as they work through all the elements in turn, however they begin their activities with fire and it plays a very important part in all their work. These great spirits initially work with fire through air. They connect with the Angels of Light in the atmosphere, working with light as an aspect of fire. The angels and devas of creative forces include spirits of sound, colour and music, these all being modes of Creation.

The smaller spirits of fire work with activating etheric and astral substance. Their work is twofold. They vitalise the etheric field generally so as to make it receptive to astral forces. They also increase activity and change the density of various parts of the etheric so as to lay down a framework for the nature spirits of the other elements to work with. Astral forces in the environment of these changed areas are also activated in preparation for invigorating the matter of the physical plane and expressing all forms of fire. These spirits have energy centres at the chest and the head.

Nature spirits of fire include salamanders, larger spirits associated with tectonic and volcanic activity and solar spirits.

An interesting feature of salamanders is that they are never seen to move backwards, whereas the nature spirits of the other three elements all do so at times.

Solar Spirits

A great solar angel resides within the Sun, presiding over every aspect of its function. His aura reaches out throughout the Solar System, affecting everything within it. Just as the Sun's gravitational field, its heat and solar winds extend throughout the Solar System, so too do this angel's metaphysical effects. He is so immense that it is very difficult for a human being to perceive him, even with the inner eye of metaphysical vision. One tends to register him as a light so bright that no detail is apparent. This light source is seen shining behind the many and various angels, devas and fire spirits who are a part of the Sun's function. He oversees every fire function within the Solar System.

Smaller, but still enormous, highly evolved solar devas protrude from the orb of the Sun, extending from its surface in every direction like petals surrounding a great sunflower. They have the appearance of barely seen figures of light almost completely concealed within shifting veils of plasma-like substance. The lower parts of their forms are immersed within the Sun's fire. Flames wrap all around them, moving to alternately hide and reveal their heads, which are crowned with light. These are powerful, radiant centres of consciousness that beam light from eyes made of fire. These great spirits reach from the astral world up through the planes to the highest levels, transforming spiritual light down through the planes at the instigation of the solar angel who stands behind them.

Even smaller devas bask within the light of the larger devas. These are located here and there around the Sun, springing into states of increased activity when solar flares or sunspots form.

Smaller nature spirits of fire are called salamanders and these are present in and on the Sun in vast numbers. Their sizes vary greatly, with some being minute and others quite huge. They are golden yellow in colour, with touches of brilliant orange. They have little definite form, having mainly a head with glowing, intelligent eyes and a suggestion of arms or wings. The lower parts of the body tail away in an elongated curving trail or coil of energy. The absence of form in these spirits is not an indication of a low state of evolution as it would be if this characteristic was present in an Earth nature spirit. Instead it is a reflection of the nature of the Sun, where all is in constant movement and there is little form evident.

The salamanders swim with undulating movements through the material of the Sun, following the patterns of the etheric and astral currents that flow within and around it. Frequently they spring clear of the densest part of the burning surface gases, moving in graceful arcs. They do not pause in their flight, but immediately dive back into the flames to disappear from view. Salamanders appear and disappear constantly, so that any part of the Sun that one observes seems to be alive with their activity.

Subterranean Heat and Volcanic Fire

Great heat exists deep beneath the surface of the Earth, sufficiently hot for rock to be in a liquid state known as magma. Salamanders in a range of sizes exist within the molten rock.

Like all fire spirits, those of the molten underground world move swiftly. Earth spirits at these depths respond to the metaphysical aspects of the enormous pressure with very slow rolling movements; however it has no impact on the salamanders who dive easily back and forth as if through air.

The appearance of these salamanders is not pleasant to the human eye, as their features are somewhat like those humankind associates with devils and demons. Although there is no evil in them, they belong to an environment that is foreign to human beings and in which they could not survive. Hence, they seem repellent.

The fire spirits of the underground are very similar to the salamanders of the Sun in their fundamental shapes; however, the details of their appearance are very different. Where those of the Sun are wispy and ethereal in appearance, those of molten rock are very definitely formed, a product of their close association with earth.

Like all fire spirits, those of the underground have heads, which function as centres of consciousness. Spikes arise from their head, sometimes one, sometimes many, and these curve back from the head a little like horns. Their features are pointed with glowing eyes. Their entire forms are coloured in combinations of black and red, with some of the red so dark as to be almost indiscernible from the black. Brighter fiery red highlights flicker through their forms. Sweeps of fiery energy spring from their shoulders suggesting arms. These are barely discernible from the rest of the form. They are held swept back against the form. Some of these spirits also have wings, which are clearly shaped like those of a bat. They are mainly held streamlined back against the form also, but sometimes they are extended a little and retracted in a repetitive, pulsing motion as they move through the molten rock. The lower parts of their forms, as with all fire spirits, taper away in elongated curving trails of energy that flex and coil as they move.

Spirits of this type exist wherever there is molten rock, whether it is deep within the Earth or closer to the surface in the magma reservoirs associated with volcanic activity. The closer to the surface the magma is, the less dense in appearance and less clearly defined are the forms of its salamanders.

Volcanoes whether active or dormant all have large devas associated with them. These highly evolved nature spirits are usually situated directly over the volcano, with their lower aspects anchored into the mountain. They are made up of radiant sheets and beams of energy that wrap the central figure in shifting fiery colours. Great sweeps of energy form wings that are held aloft during the day and lowered to wrap the body at night, responding to the energy of the Sun. They have great chakras that radiate power in every direction as they process light from higher planes. Radiant crowns of light rise from their heads, pulsing with golden light and shooting sparks of power skywards.

The devas of active volcanoes exhibit all the colours usually associated with fire. When a volcano has been dormant for some time, fiery colours are still evident in the deva's form, however when there is regrowth of vegetation on the slopes of the volcano, the deva reflects this with the inclusion of greens and deeper yellows. Often the curling, geometric archetypes for new plant life can be dimly seen inside the deva's form, as if being incubated there.

An angel of Creative Fire usually presides over groups of volcanoes and their devas. He governs the creative processes that occur with the earth-building associated with volcanic activity. Volcanism and all forms of seismic activity are very chaotic processes. The angel brings down creative light from the higher planes, transforming it in his powerful chakras. The angel's awareness reaches deep into the earth, directing the transformed light. He uses it to awaken the inherent wisdom within the Earth and bring order to the processes occurring there. The work of the angel ensures that new life in all its forms arises from the extreme and rather destructive activity.

Salamanders of the Surface World

Fire at the surface of the Earth is associated with flames and anywhere there is a flame, there are one or more salamanders. It does not matter how small the flame is or what material it is burning. Salamanders exist in the flame of a match, in the burning tip of a cigarette and in raging bushfires or forest fires.

The salamanders working at the surface of the Earth are the smaller nature spirits of flame who work with etheric and astral forces, bringing life and alertness to the element of fire.

Small, stable individual flames like that of a burning candle have single salamanders that stand erect within the flame. These are larger than the flame, extending above it around half the height of the flame again. Their bright auras extend in concentric spheres of light around them. They have quite clearly defined pointed heads and their faces exhibit sharp, upward-tilting features. Their expressions show a kind of wild glee. Wings of fiery light curve upward, closely framing the head. Tiny tongues of flame-like energy lick upward from the edges and tips of the wings. The lower part of the form is anchored within the source of the flame, while the top part moves freely with a graceful, swaying motion, elongating or shortening in harmony with the movement and flickering of the flame.

In larger fires with multiple flames, such as in a hearth, a single larger salamander can usually be seen within and extending above the flames. In shape it is very like the salamander of a candle flame. If the fire is burning evenly, it is positioned in the centre of it. When the fire is burning more strongly on one side than the other, the salamander is situated over the more strongly burning part.

In addition to this principal salamander, a number of smaller figures can be seen diving amongst the flames. From time to time, they leap out of the flames into the heated air above, then plunge back into the fire. The more vigorously the fire burns, the more active are the salamanders. In colour they very closely resemble the colours seen in the flames with faint hints of violets and blues rippling fleetingly through them. Their colour can vary somewhat depending on the chemical composition of the fuel being burnt. These salamanders are transparent and blend very well with their environment. In shape, they resemble the salamanders of the Sun.

Huge fires such as bushfires and forest fires have many salamanders. A large fire that has been burning for some time often has very large fire spirits accompanying it. These are of the upright type already described and can be up to twice as tall as the height of the physical flames. They are centred within the hottest and largest part of the fire and move with the fire front. These spirits are identical to their smaller relatives in everything but size. They move with the fire front, their auras extending well ahead of the fire. This creates a metaphysical environment that makes it possible for the fire to keep burning and to spread. Elongated tongues of energy can extend from the aura for great distances depending on conditions, sometimes for over twenty- five kilometres or fifteen and a half miles.

Mobile smaller salamanders dive and spin through the wildly flickering flames, just as they do in a hearth fire. The only difference is size, with these salamanders being larger, a little over a metre or around four feet tall.

During large fires, a type of nature spirit can often be seen spinning and rolling along ahead of the fire front, close to or just above the ground. These are wind-fire spirits. They are predominantly fire spirits; however they also have in them the essence of air. Bushfires and forest fires create their own wind and these spirits are a part of this. The windier the conditions, the higher into the air and the further they are able to go. These are the precursors to fire spreading and new fires starting. They travel ahead of the main fire within the aura of the large fire spirits, conditioning the etheric of the area so as to encourage sparks to ignite the countryside.

Wind-fire spirits initially seem to be spherical in shape, with an uneven surface. These are around ten centimetres or four inches in diameter. They are made of a mixture of smoky blue and purple energies that arise from the centre and radiate outwards. The colours have a smudged, blended appearance. Concealed at the centre of this sphere is a mass of fiery orange energy in a state of concentrated vitality.

When these embryonic spirits coincide with the presence of a physical spark, the spark ignites and the wind-fire form springs open at the point of combustion. The outer purple and blue energy flattens to form a flat disk of energy with orange light at its centre. Instantaneously the vitalised energy within the sphere leaps into form as a perfectly shaped small upright salamander. As the fire catches, the disk is quickly absorbed and the salamander grows with the fire.

All salamanders of fire burning at the surface of the Earth emit crackling and popping sounds from time to time, very like the sounds of physical fire. It is quite difficult to tune into these clairaudiently, as there is no strong feeling of direction with the sounds. They seem very distant, as if coming from another place.


Salamanders are highly aware of their surroundings, but they do not purposely interact with people or animals. They are completely impersonal and so there is no reason for them to interact. They simply perform their functions with vigour and joy.