I am a city boy and haven't had much cause to create physical fires. I've watched the druid do it a couple of times camping and at his rites. I had the basic idea down. Still, it took me a couple of tries to get it going.
I noticed a few things:
- the earthen 'bowl' contained the fire and served to generally shape the flames and define the burn area.
- another aspect of earth, grass, twigs and leaves served as fuel
- air served as another aspect of fuel -- blowing on the embers made them hotter
- fire created light and heat
- water was the only element missing
It is now a bit past 1 AM and I'm posting instead of enjoying a peaceful slumber. Why? Because my head is racing over how I can pay off my car if I just exercise discipline.
- Earth, the car, the amount of debt and amount of income shape the fire
- Air, if I keep the goal in my thoughts and keep fanning the flames by focusing my thoughts on the alleviation of debt and not other capricious desires, the goal is easily reachable
- Fire the consumption of these fuels results in the debt being paid.
- The ashes of this debt act as fertilizer to work on paying off the house.
I think the helpful deity took an desire from my mind and made a spell out of it with this fire exercise to show me how to complete other spells in a manner compatible with the deity. Neat stuff.
Now, if only I could sleep.