Fire As A Sacred Element Of The Klana Way
As far as I know, every tradition of paganism includes the elements. The Klana Way is no exception. So what is the element of fire and what is its significance?
Fire represents many things, including:
- life, warmth, transformation, change, and life energy
- passion, desire and comfort
How Is Fire Created?
Fire is created when wood or another fuel is heated. This heat can come from friction, the sun, or any other source of heat. When the wood is heated to around 300 degrees Fahrenheit, the molecules of the wood start to release a gas. We see this happen in the form of smoke. This smoke is made of Hydrogen, Carbon and Oxygen. The wood that doesn’t convert to smoke forms a substance called Char which is essentially pure Carbon. The nonburnable substances in the wood become Ash.
These chemical reactions produce a lot of heat. When the heat is hot enough, it will produce flames.
Food For The Fires
Fires need fuel and oxygen to survive. Many Native Americans considered the fire to be a living being. They believed that the requirements for a living being were the need to consume something to sustain life and the ability to make more of itself. Fire has both of those traits.
Fires must breath, remove the oxygen and the fire will die. Fires also need to eat. Feeding the fire wood or other fuel types provides the fire the nutrients it needs to live.
Explained the Klana Way, fire needs Sayari’s breath, the oxygen breathed out by trees and other members of Klana Vejna. Just like we do.
Also, just like humans and other members of Klana Karichna, fire create Carbon Dioxide. They breath in, or consume, Oxygen and breath out, or release, Carbon Dioxide. Carbon Dioxide is needed by Klana Vejna to survive.
The Role Of Fire
Fire represents life energy due to its many relations with creation and life. Fire, like all life, is part of the interconnectedness of all things. Fire is supported by Klana Vejna, like all of Klana Karichna, and it supports Klana Vejna as well.
Fire is used by humans (Klana Sapyana) to keep warm, cook food, make certain tools and many other things. There is no doubt that fire is as sacred as all life, as it is part of the interdependent way of existence. All things depend on eachother.
Fire represents the desire for survival, for life and for comfort. It represents passion and warmth. In this way, we use fire to represent strong desires.
Fire can be used for negative or positive. Some people have used fire to do terrible things, like burning down villages or causing death and destruction. This is not the fire’s fault, it is merely doing what fire does in the places that people have put it.