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Elemental Imbalance: Fire

Fire is fierce and living. It represents the Spirit and Soul. It demonstrates influence through Creation, Consciousness Change, Spirituality, Danger, and Inspiration. When this element is in balance, we find ourselves motivated and inspired. We eagerly create and feel connected to our purpose. We are driven, open minded, and enjoy moving regularly. Being the element of spirit, and pertaining to our Spiritual balance, it is one of the harder elements to understand as we are often quick to neglect our spiritual health when prevented with problems in our physical, mental, or even emotional health. 

Imbalance in our fire element can manifest as over stimulation, anxiety, anger, frustration, or on the deficit end as apathy, possibly depression. Physical deficits in our fire element can be represented by poor exercise and metabolism, and may manifest as laziness, obesity, depression, or even as fever or pain. To address the issues of imbalance inside our fire element, we have to analyze for deficit or excess.

Qualities of Deficient Fire Element:

  • Apathetic, Unhealthy Seclusion (Loner Depression), Poor Motivation, Disconnected from Purpose, Little to No Spiritual contemplation, Creative Block, “going through the motions” almost unconsciously. Little to no exercise, Stagnation. Physically may manifest as obesity, slow metabolism, inhibited blood-flow, and indigestion

Qualities of Excessive Fire Element:

  • Poor Emotional Control/Understanding, Obsessive spirituality, Overbearing sense of morality and principle, Judgemental, Easily Angered, Little Patience, vengeful. Physically may manifest as fever, underweight, inflammation, or dehydration. 

As with the other elements some of these qualities actually present themselves in both deficits and excess, so it is important to find more than one quality when analyzing the full scope of imbalance in our earth element. As discussed with Imbalanced Air, we also have to be mindful of what excess or deficit is made in our other three elements, with this imbalance of fire.

For example, if our fire is in excess, and we find ourselves manic and obsessive, these all share characteristics with an excess  of water, as fire, being the element of spirit and creation will manifest an excess as obsessiveness, or a similar “controlled by our emotions” sense of feeling, which can happen from water as well. Likewise if we find ourselves riddled with indigestion and inability to comfortably stick to a diet we could also be experiencing an excess of earth with a fire deficit.

These are just a couple examples to represent how imbalances in two elements will coincide when we analyze which one needs our attention. Typically in these situations one element is the dominant agitator, or the “cause” of the imbalance, and once it is addressed the other half of the imbalance will gradually bring itself in harmony. This is why it doesn’t benefit us to necessarily address both elements at one time. More work on the agitating element (usually the one in excess) will bring both of them into harmony.

Remember, most commonly one element’s excess can cause all of the others to become deficient, or even in some cases, can incite it’s opposite to rise in power too, leaving the remaining two drastically deficient, but if you only focus on the two deficient elements, you are not providing the room for them to actually grow.  This is another reason to focus on the main dominant agitator, and once it feels to have been balanced, we can reassess the harmony of all four, and move forward. 

This post is part of the Elemental Imbalance Series, and to fully grasp the concepts presented it is highly recommended that you also read the other three for Air, Earth, and Water. While every article on Elementalism will shed some light, it is important, as with all aspects, to consider the whole of the information, and build from that, as opposed to bits and pieces.


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