Aries is the first fire sign which means that it’s dynamic and temperamental qualities are heightened. Aries astrology represents fire in it’s most pure form, being the most active, interested in everything and adventurous, like a small fire that has just been ignited in a fireplace full of kindling. This is where and how Aries childlike qualities and raw enthusiasm originate.
Human beings initially knew fire primarily as a means of destruction. When we learned to control fire and harness its energy, our civilization began to make rapid advances. This dual nature of fire as both a destructive and a creative force harnessed the spirit of our intuition. The occasional forest fire is a benefit to the natural world. The rich soil nourished by the ashes allow for abundant growth.
In our lives we can relate fire to the removal of useless or destructive habits and the subsequent creation of a stronger self. But it is for its qualities of heat and light that fire is most often used. The light of our intuition allows us to explore undiscovered areas. When we get an idea in a sudden flash of insight, this is our intuition at work. The heat of our intuition gives us our energy. Our primal nature gives us our instinctual drive to reproduce, create and expand. Jung referred to the energy of fire as "Intuiting".
Fire Element in Astrology
When the fire element is present, there’s a warm radiance, a trust in life’s journey and a willingness to take risks. Any party or celebration is made better with the presence of a fully-charged up fire sign. They’re great catalysts for play, and liable to unearth the spontaneous side of those around them. Because they sense a golden thread of destiny and potential running through their own lives, they have a knack for leading others to theirs. Fire signs act on instinct or "sixth sense", and that makes them look reckless to more cautious types. They’re actually following a powerful intuition that keeps them at the leading edge of fresh experiences.
Fire is infused with the divine spark, and this can spread like wildfire to everyone around them. They’ve got a lust for life that is enviable. Those that are weighted down might try to toss a wet blanket on their enthusiasm, so Fire must vigilantly guard its beacon. It’s important for them to have cheerleaders to fan the flames of their interests. But Fire that thinks only of itself learns the wisdom of the other elements the hard way. They’ll keep coming up against resistance, until there is willingness to see there are no short cuts. Each of the other elements has something to offer, and in return, Fire gives off a glow that is as nourishing as the rays of the Sun.