FIRE Archetype

If  you are primarily a fire type, your strengths will lie in the blood and blood vessels. In nature, fire is responsible for warming and achieving clarity. A fire type can illuminate and comfort any given situation. They are leaders, highly charismatic, self-driven motivators, and very passionate. The fire type enjoys being in the limelight. They are adventurous and excited by change. This can bring about great success, or failure if they are not careful. The fire archetype tends to walk fast, be very creative, and take on many challenges, which makes them ideal warriors. The fire type is normally unconcerned with wealth, yet fond of beauty. They may have a reddish face with a large nose, curly hair, or lack there of! They are energetic and active.

The fire element relates in with the heart and small intestine. The pericardium and triple burner may fall under this element as well. The heart will tend to absorb the brunt of all other negative emotions. The heart also houses the primary negative emotion of over excitation, or excessive joy, and the positive virtue of love. The fire element shows itself in the veins and arteries. The sense orifice it opens up into is the tongue, which controls taste. The element is connected to bitter foods.


The major physical signs of fire are slim hips and shoulders, mobile hands, sparkling eyes and redness in the throat and neck areas. Fire people tend to be small in stature and very lively. Their main goal in life is to play. They love new experiences and communicating, whether verbally or through body language. Fire people are changeable and scattered. They are also very charismatic and charming. They tend to flourish in warmer climates as they dislike wearing much clothing and have a naturally high body temperature. They are full of ideas and prefer starting to finishing. Fire types enjoy excitement and can become thrill seekers. They are also naturally attuned to rhythm and love to dance to a strong beat. Their biggest health problems come from inflammation, which is caused by unrestrained fire and an overactive nervous system; this includes lupus and rheumatoid arthritis. Fire people are prone to disturbances in speaking and thinking that are caused by a misfiring of the brain and an overactive imagination. These disturbances include stuttering, phobias, and mental illnesses or even psychosis. The fire element’s primary organ is the heart, which controls and regulates the expression of all emotions. Suppression of emotions can therefore cause problems with the heart, including arrhythmia, tachycardia and heart disease. Fire people maintain a youthful persona and try to continue living an erratic life late into their years that often causes burnout and ultimately sadness.


People that are deficient in the fire element may be prone to heart-related problems, and/or problems with their veins, arteries, or blood. Those who have fire deficiencies may want to add items into their environment like candles, objects that contain the color red, and pictures of fire. Buildings with steep roofs, like churches steeples, also help. Adding pyramid shapes to the environment and mountain ranges with steep peaks also support more of the fire aspect. It is best to avoid alcoholic beverages, greasy fried foods, and caffeine. Kale and apricot kernels are examples of bitter foods that help to bring balance to the fire element.

The Heart (and the Pericardium)

It is believed in TCM that the heart is the most important organ and controls the other viscera and bowels. The heart is divided into Yin and Yang. The Yin aspect refers to the blood controlled by the heart. The Yang refers to the actual function, heat, and Qi of the heart. The main functions of the heart are controlling blood circulation, taking charge of mental activities, sweat as the fluid of the organ, and having relations with the tongue and face.

  • Controlling Blood Circulation: Blood vessels are the tubes in which blood is able to flow. They are linked to the heart, creating a closed system. TCM says that it is the Qi of the heart that keeps it beating and sending blood through blood vessels. When the heart’s Qi is sufficient, it can keep a normal rate and strength. The pulse of the heart tells you if Qi is sufficient or not and whether or not the blood is also sufficient. A weak and empty pulse shows deficiency of heart Qi. A light and weak pulse shows deficiency of the blood of the heart. A rough and rhythmical pulse shows decline of the blood of the heart.
  • Taking Charge of Mental Activities: TCM believes nervous activities, like thinking, depend on the functions of the heart. When the functions of the heart are normal, the person will have a healthy consciousness and healthy mental activities. Abnormalities, like insanity, may be brought on by an insufficiency of blood. Treatment is found through an analysis of the heart condition.
  • Sweat as the Fluid of the Heart: Body fluid is the most important component of the blood, and sweat comes from this body fluid. TCM says that profuse sweating means the heart is using a lot of blood and Qi, which may result in palpitations and violent beatings of the heart. Too much sweating hurts the Yang of the heart, and a lot of body fluid is lost in the process. Those who have a lack of Yin in the heart are likely to sweat at night.
  • Having Relations with the Tongue and Face: TCM believes that the condition of the heart can be represented on the tongue and the face. Because the face has a lot of blood vessels, it can show the condition of the heart. A bright and red face or tongue shows that the heart is functioning well. The face and tongue will be pale and white if the heart is not functioning well. Stagnation of the heart can be represented in a face that is blue with a dark purple tongue. The hair can also show the health of the heart. Healthy hair shows a healthy heart.
  • Pericardium: The pericardium is the protective tissue of the heart. External pathogenic factors, like a high fever, coma, and a red tongue mostly affect the pericardium before they affect the heart.