Spirit and Fire

Spirit and Fire

Spirit may be fire, or breath, or marrow, or semen, or all four simultaneously.
It may be a ghost, animating the machine of the body, or a purified form of that body.
It may be an illusion, or the product of illusion, or the only true reality.
The most common representative of the spirit is as light, and by extension, fire.
A “perpetual fire” is a recurrent symbol of immortality, and ecstatic dancers, shamans and wonder-workers often demonstrate their control over spirits by manipulating fire.
The Indo-European root-word for god, diew, means “the shining one”, and the Indian Vedic god Agni is literally the sacrificial flame.
Clifford Bishop
Sex & Spirit, page 34