What's Cooking?: Fires of Transformation
Dreams can offer us knowledge about our shadows, our fears and our anxieties, as well as our transformative experiences. Our dream images can pinpoint how these energies are expressing themselves in our lives.
Fire is one of the primal elements of life, along with water, air and earth. The element of fire illuminates, transforms, creates and destroys. Fire in dreams can express some of our fears very clearly, as well as our passion and our need for transformation.
When we dream about fire burning down our house, it helps to look at what we're angry at. What's going on in our lives that is making us so angry that we'd rather destroy something than heal it? When our 'home' is overwhelm by the destructive power of fire, we are losing a vital part of ourselves in the flames. What's burning you up inside? Are you having a temper tantrum? Burning houses down is not a sign of health.
When we dream of fire as passion, we might find ourselves in a flaming bed if our passion is becoming obsession. Or we might dream that a candle set in a window is calling us home to our heart.
One of many repeating dreams I've had over the years about fire involves kitchen stoves. I would often have dreams where there were two or three kitchens in my home. I would go and stoke the fire to cook something in one, and then I'd find myself in a whole other part of the house in a new kitchen. And sometimes even find myself in a third kitchen. And as we know, the Goddess always works in threes! So I was undergoing a process, a process that transformed and enlightened me.
Fire helps transform what is raw into something cooked and easily assimilated into consciousness. Having the fire in a stove makes for more control and focus. During my years at the C. G. Jung-Institut, Zurich, I had many house dreams with multiple kitchens. These were the years when I was undergoing major transformations in my life, years when I had to learn what my life experiences were teaching me and forming my character.
On one level these multiple kitchens and stoves symbolized the process of integrating my unconscious knowledge into my life. On another level, multiple kitchens referred to transformation occurring in my Body, Mind and Spirit.
And of course, there are the Sacred Fires, like the fire above at the Sekhmet Temple, which burn with our passionate love for the Goddess.
However Fire finds its way into your dreams, always treat it with respect and honor its power!
Until Next Time,