The FIREKEEPER wind blew in with a passion this New Moon. Firekeeper is all about fire, passion, vitality, desire.... Even the storms are showing the passion of nature with the lightning, thunder, tornadoes, etc...
Those who have Firekeeper as a main Role on their Wheels have lots of vitality and spark. They are optimistic, spontaneous, enthusiastic and have great ideas, but are not always good with following through on them (unless they have another more grounded Role on their Wheel). That is because Firekeeper is a Mid-Wind, not an Anchor. It is situated in the Northeast of the Wheel, where the Wheel begins. That says a lot about Firekeeper. Fire is the essential element of LIFE and BIRTH! We are conceived in Passion after all!
As a Wind, Firekeeper brings us hope, vitality, optimism and energy to get things done. This year 2012, the Firekeeper is stronger than usual as are all the Winds. Together with the Moon of INTER-RELATIONS, as you might guess... sexuality is high as well, so make the most of it!!!
Of course we always want to look for balance in all our Roles. Those with a strong Firekeeper as a Role might have to work to stay grounded and balanced. They can be filled with unrealistic illusions, passions and desires or even prone to manic episodes when at extreme imbalance.
In Catholicism, they talk of the PASSION OF CHRIST... referring to his crucifixion. In Buddhism passion or desire is something to overcome, to detach from in order to become enlightened.
In Shamanism, we use our desires to dive into experience so we may learn, heal and grow. We don’t judge our desires. We allow ourselves to live them until we don’t need to anymore. At some point we become free of desire naturally. But meanwhile, we live life to the fullest and end up with a basket full of wisdom based on first hand experiences. The same goes for illusions. We need illusions, desires, wishes, hopes, intentions, vows, etc... in order to step into incarnation, into experience. This is what starts the Wheel of Life moving.
Once the Sacred Fire of desire is lit, we can then work with the Visionary anchor to ground the Wish. It is good to be conscious of our intentions behind our visions. Most often we come from our fears, insecurities, ego or selfishness. But if we align our personal will with Creator’s will ( the Dreaming, Spirit, your Higher Power, God), then we can create magic! Did I mention that Firekeepers believe in magic?
In Shamanism, we know that if we follow the Dreaming, we will find healing and growth, abundance and prosperity. I can say that for a fact after 20 years on this path. And it all starts with the Firekeeper.
This month... I am finding myself feeling the collective desires and cravings. This can be the shadow side of the Firekeeper. It is interesting to see myself wanting to eat when I am not hungry as if I want more, more, more... even when I am full. The Buddhists call this the Hungry Ghost syndrome. It basically means that we are always looking to fill the emptiness inside with more possessions, food etc.... When I am conscious that I am feeling the collective, it is easier to make healthy choices, but the pull is strong.
If we want to make the most of this Wind, we can use the energy and vitality it brings to get things done. I am finding myself doing all the little projects left hanging the past little while, like cleaning out my garage... but I also need to make sure I get enough rest, because I can burn myself out real quick. It takes discipline to manage FIRE energy.
At out MW circle on Saturday, we did some art to honor the creative energy of the Firekeeper. We all have a spark of the Divine in us and creativity brings us closer to Creator. It was amazing to see how the act of creativity helped us all to ground, center and balance ourselves!
So take time this month to focus on some creative projects. Use this wind to renew your faith in life, in art, dance, music... any creative projects that may have been put aside. This includes bringing vitality to your love relationships! And be aware of the impulsiveness, cravings, desires that are out of balance. This shows us where we need to do our work.
If you are reading this, please take a moment to give back by leaving a comment, sharing your experiences related to this topic or asking questions. Your input helps to make this a Sacred Circle experience. Thanks for reading and posting!!!
*** The photo is of my son EA who is a Fire Dancer.
P.S. July 24, 2012
Impulsiveness is another trait of the Firekeeper... impulsive buying for one thing. I find myself having to restrain from overspending!