9.22.2004

Fire In The Sky

Next to me is a broken pencil. I just snapped it in half.

There was a momentary resistance, followed by a small explosion. I'm sure in slow motion it would have looked fascinating. Force expelled in all directions as the sound whizzed through the air, tiny pieces of wood scattering off into the breeze. For a fraction of a second all was chaos, and energy, and change. Obviously no great achievement, but by my will this was done.

And then, swiftly, silence. And I had no power to stop that.

The pencil no longer exists. At least, not as it was. Though all is calm again, everything has changed, and there is a new reality bound by new laws, where the pencil is not one whole thing, but two. What happens to those shards from here on out is anyone's guess.

This is the world of Fire and Air.

Energy, change, and chaos are the hallmarks of the Fire element. Law, relationship, and order are likewise under the element of Air. Between the two, things eternally transform, but then are returned to a stable state in which everything relates...as well as it can, at least. They are not ignorant of each other. Far from it, in fact. But they work in counterbalance. They are polar. And a sign in either element bears alliance to that element, and works for it.

That can make for conflict: Individual ego versus social law. Fate versus free will. Chaos versus stagnation. Inspiration versus the status quo. Revolution versus governance.

But they can also be in balance. That is the more natural state, as evidenced by the fact that where there is too much of one element, the other eventually emerges to tip the scales. But balance is where the greatest strength lies.

The earth is in a constant state of change, propelled along its course by a seemingly limitless energy as it hurtles through space. Stop the world from turning, from moving? Any world? I don't think so.

But the Earth is also bound by its relationship to the Sun, through gravity it obeys the steadying hand of physics. It never flies off into space because of this relationship. We do not freeze in the black depths of the galaxy.

Nor does it "fall" into the sun, into its own fiery destruction, as it would if it had no energy to propel it. In fact, it is the balance between physical forces and physical laws that keeps the Earth moving around the Sun year after year. Controlling energy without stopping it. Through this, the Earth maintains its environment perpetually.

And we continue to exist.

5 Comments:

Blogger weng said...

i wonder how much of this balance between physical forces and physical law impacts our ability to maneuver our emotions... so that we too, continue to exist amidst the turmoil of everyday living.

11:03 PM  
Blogger weng said...

nice piece, like always. have a good day!

11:05 PM  
Blogger LisaPal said...

Thanks for the birthday wishes! I officially completed my 42nd orbit at 3:47 PM on the 21st. This event has come with a bit of turbulence the last couple of years, but when the dust settles, these is usually something of value left behind.
Beautifully written post, by the way.

12:50 AM  
Blogger LisaPal said...

I made that typographical error ("these" instead of "there") just to make you feel better about yours in my blog comments... :-D

12:54 AM  
Blogger Lasciate said...

I appreciate the compliments, guys :)

Weng - Next post, 'cause what you're talking about is more the Earth-Water polarity. :P

Lisa - I am fond of birthdays, for both the obvious astrological reason, and also because they can be like a personal holiday. Just not my own!

5:41 AM  

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