Today is my friend Jeremy’s birthday. Jeremy’s astrological Sun sign is Sagittarius. Both of these aspects are important to Jeremy. This weekend, Jeremy pointed out that his Sun sign and my Sun sign (Leo) are both fire signs. I then nodded my head towards Jorge and mentioned that his Sun sign is Aries, another fire sign. So all three fire signs were represented in the room, drinking coffee together.
The elemental groupings of astrological signs are:
Water–Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces
Air–Gemini, Libra, Aquarius
Earth–Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn
Fire–Aries, Leo, Sagittarius
Although I don’t take astrology seriously, it’s an interesting subject because it is the ancient root of astronomy and psychology. Simple Sun sign astrology is a good conversational ice-breaker. Jeremy thinks of himself as an amateur astrologer, so the signs of the Zodiac are brought up frequently whenever he is together with friends.
Jeremy claims that the positions of fire signs in the various portions of a person’s chart indicate where that person’s illumination, inspiration, and power show up in her or his personality. He claims that a dominance of the fire element, especially in the Sun sign bring more lust for life, risk-taking and “energy” to the person. An overabundance of planets in fire signs in a chart supposedly indicates a reckless nature.
My Sagittarian friend does have a fiery personality, but not overly so. He says it is tempered by the presence of plenty of water signs in his horoscope. That said, Jeremy is outgoing and enjoys being the center of attention. I told Jeremy that he inspired today’s bluejayblog post and that he will have to consider it his birthday present from me. He said his Sagittarian nature is happy about that.
I thought about the fiery nature of my friendships, not only with Jeremy and Jorge, but with my other friends near and far. I think friendships are acquaintanceships that have caught fire. The fiery warmth provides the power for the confidence, forgiveness, and sharing that are present in true friendships. We might say that fire illuminates the mind.
“Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.”–William Butler Yeats
The fiery parts of our personalities are not just present in interpersonal relationships; they ignite our airy dreams, help bring those dreams into earthly form, and tempered by the watery parts of ourselves.
One of humankind’s greatest achievements has been the harnessing of fire. In some form, fiery energy is used in the kitchen to prepare the food we need, and the togetherness shared by family and friends. The harnessing of fire enabled civilization through culture. The abuse of fire escalated conflicts up to wars.
Fire in reality or as metaphor is indeed one of the classic elements of life. To embrace the fiery parts of ourselves, keeps us vital through thick and thin. The fire and warmth within, brings us life and purpose.
The Blue Jay of Happiness likes this thought from Albert Schweitzer: “In everyone’s life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit.”