• Fire consumes, warms, and illuminates, but can also bring pain and death; thus, its symbolic meaning varies wildly, depending upon the context of its use. Can be spiritual enlightenment, sexuality – “light my fire” and fertility.
  • Forest fires, while looked upon as destructive and costly, are actually, from a scientific and ecological point of view quite positive as a mode of purification — old growth that is burned away makes way for new growth to begin, and the entire ecosystem is rejuvenated.
  • Fire can be an aspect of the libido (sex drive) representing forbidden passions, but it is also seen in psychology as destruction and regeneration and as a mediator between vanishing and appearing forms.
  • The wildfire can represent virtue turned towards vice. Inspiration turned to destruction. But it is also destruction turned to life. The phoenix.

Firefighting fits several bonds for Marjorie Wilson. Fire, and the fighting of it, will be a major theme throughout.

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