December 22, 2010 § 1 Comment
The Fire that is pointed towards the air is a fire of purification. It is in other words the direction of the fire that decides its function. Fire that burns in direction towards earth or water, is usually an erotic element (“fire of love”).
For the alchemists, the purifying fire is symbolized by the sword. It can be noted that the shape of the sword resembles the shape of an upwards directed flame. The fire is a source of light, to be likened to the light and splendour that can be reflected in the blade of the sword. Not to mention the demolishing and extermination that can be achieved through both.
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