Fire and water have a tendency to cancel each other out, yet we see this surprising combination in a multitude of forms. The balance of a caldron over a fire is a great example: the element of fire is beneath a body of water, an elemental balance between forces: the fire too low and the caldron will remain cold; the fire too high and the water will boil over and extinguish the flame. When working with opposites, it is a question of balance: heating the water until it goes from liquid to a gas: transforming it as Elemental fire often does.
In a grand scale: stars are a liquid-fire (plasma) form of Hydrogen (the most plentiful substance in the known Universe). Through heat and pressure the “gas” becomes liquid flame and crushes the molecules into new forms of matter only to explode out into surrounding space as a Nova. Cascading into the surrounding space as iron, gold and many other forms of mater.
We see this time and again: leaves immersed in the medium of water with the aide of fire’s transformative qualities to make a simple cup of tea.
On a cold winter evening, I found myself musing over the mixture of images: the flame of transformation and the Moon representing the tides of our watery oceans and sculpted a tiny piece: a crescent moon gilded by flame and solidified in sterling silver: the Moon Flame Amulet. The flame is “almost” many things..do you see a face? a figure dancing in the light? The Moon Flame is ever-changing…