Depending on the era, culture and context, fire may symbolize everything from divinity, power and dynamism to destruction and the damning fires of hell itself. It is one of the main elements as described in both Western and Asian traditions.
The fact that fire may symbolically represent both positive and destructive qualities is due to its physical nature, which may provide warmth and light but may also destroy. Christian, Hebrew and Chinese philosophies view fire as being akin to divinity. It is also viewed as a force of purification. Since human beings can produce fire themselves, unlike other traditional elements like water and Earth, it has been considered a link between human beings and the gods. In the modern era, Freud saw fire as being linked to sexual passion and libido.Learn More
The birthstone for the Aquarius sign is amethyst. Garnet and jasper can also be considered birthstones under that sign as well.Full Answer >
A cat that has two different eye colors has a feline version of heterochromia iridis. Cats that have heterochromia iridis are also called "odd-eyed cats" and this usually affects white cats or those with the white spotting gene.Full Answer >
The thermotropic liquid crystals in a mood ring twist and change colors when the peripheral temperature of the wearer changes. If the outside air is very cold or the stone is damaged, the color of the stone turns black.Full Answer >
Since antiquity, unicorns have symbolized purity, magic and healing and were revered among Babylonians, Persians, classical Greeks, Romans and early Jewish scholars. The Celts of ancient Britain also associated these mythological animals with life, joy and masculine potency.Full Answer >