In the Chinese Five Element System fire makes earth. There is nowhere that this is more evident than on the island of Hawai’i (Big Island) in Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park. The power of the fire in the earth is very apparent.
Steam is visible everywhere. At night the glow of fire from the caldera at Kilauea is visible from many points around the crater and frequently lava is visible flowing down the mountain to the sea.
As we drove towards the water in the daylight the stark landscape of lava spread out before us as far as the eye could see. This is where fire creates earth.
Regrowth is visible in the crevices. Tiny plants grab whatever nutrients they can along with the abundant water, and grow.
Some places that were missed by the lava flow are verdant with plants. It rains a lot so the recovery is quick – in geologic time. The earth begins to return to what we might think of as normal. Almost. Steam appears as the rain seeps into the hot ground and the fire in the earth is evident again.
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