“There are four basic magical Elements: Fire, Water, Air, and Earth… They are the basic modes of existence and action — the building blocks of everything in the universe. (These Elements are not to be confused with the scientist’s table of elements, which are only the most materialized expressions of the Elements in the physical plane.)”
Magical Qualities of Fire
Qualities of Fire: active, masculine, spontaneous, quick, initiating, initializing, vitalizing and energetic.The most physical expression of Fire is the visible, active phase of combustion manifesting in heat and light. The Element of Fire was seen by the alchemists as an Element which operates at the center of all things, as well as the “agent of transmutation” because all things are derived from and return to Fire. This Element is seen as the great Supernal Father energy — the “seed” force of the universe. It is an Element with two purposes: (1) it is an expression of spiritual energy and the determination of the Spirit, (2) it purifies, burns and destroys the old so that the new may emerge. Thus it is a symbol of transformation and regeneration.” Excerpt from Self-Initiation into the Golden Dawn Tradition
How the Adept uses the Fire Wand
The Fire Wand of the Z. A. M. is used in all magical workings pertaining to the nature of elemental Fire and is under the presidency of the Hebrew letter Yod and of the “Wand of the Tarot.” It should not be used in anything other than a ritual which involves the elements.
The shape of the Fire Wand is a cone mounted on a shaft. Cirlot states that the symbolism of the cone may be derived from the association of the circle with the triangle or pyramid. Some writers have stated that it is a solar symbol. The flaming Yods painted around the cone firmly establishes its masculine Fire energy.
(Deluxe Fire Wand includes carved Yods in the wand-head.)
The other Elemental Tools of the Adept include the Earth Pentacle, Air Dagger, and the Water Cup.