How does the Fire element make me feel? This is a more difficult question than when I ask myself how the other elements make me feel, because here I am confronting my own element, and dealing with one’s own element presents challenges and risks all of their own. One would think that its very familiarity to me would make me feel far more at ease, but oddly this is at the same time both a true and a false assumption.
In a way I am very easy in the presence of Fire because I
can relax and express my enjoyment of life with those who enjoy similar
things. But I find that I am also
irritated by just those familiar qualities in other Fire people that irritate
me in myself. So my contacts with Fire
are not always the unalloyed delight one might expect them to be.
In looking at the elements over the years I have often
learnt a great deal from studying them in those closest to me, my family and
friends, as many of us do. We cannot
choose our families, but we do of course definitely choose our partners, and
thereby hangs many a tale about our relationship to the other elements. We also choose our friends. Unless we have moved from partner to many
other partners over the years, our choice of friends will provide us with the
largest selection of those we like to be with. We are likely to have accumulated
more friends than partners, and thus have a larger choice from which to
learn more about the elements at close hand, and more specifically, to explore
what it is about particular elements that has attracted us sufficiently to select
them as people whose companionship we enjoy. For me
it has been a fascinating exploration which has yielded surprising results, all
of which has taught me a lot about particular elements in general and about my
own element in particular.
therefore used myself as a productive tool of learning, which we should all do
if we are to deepen our understanding of what distinguishes one element from another.