“I, with a deeper instinct, choose a man who compels my strength, who makes enormous demands on me, who does not doubt my courage or my toughness, who does not believe me naïve or innocent, who has the courage to treat me like a woman.”
- Anaïs Nin
I had some wonderful friends visit last week, an early Sunday morning, the fiery golden sun just rearing its Autumn rays above the trees. We shared teas, we shared newly ripened fruit, blush pink apples, yellowed pears, hand peeled oranges (hands scented by the oil of the citrus fruit). It was sweet (as was the fruit). As we had a yarn, it was drawing closer to the time when I had to gather my things and head off to my other job. I could feel my energy lower, a little bit of annoyance simmering just on the surface as I realised by gentle morning would be cut short. It was mentioned to me, by the perceptive friend, that he could see red in me. The implication was that this red energy needed to be flushed out.
Of course, rage is never a good thing, I don't endorse anger. Honestly, I know that anger wasn't the root of my feelings, more an air of exasperation, that my side job was preventing me from marinating in the company of friends. Such is life, right now.
The energy of red is the base chakra, and an aspect of the divine masculine. This red connects us to the earth, rooting us into our tribes. Think about the earths magma, a bubbling force that lingers beneath our feet. The magma in the volcano is where the bubbling and fire emerges. In Hawaiian culture, Madame Pele is the Fire Goddess of the Volcano. Through her fire and her red energy, she creates new earth and land.
One one hand, we shun red energy. Somehow its deemed unattractive or unwanted to feel anger, upset and any other plethora of emotions that you'd identify with red. The reality is that the fire can spur passion, and that is the exact recipe for unchartered terrain. If we fear the energy of red, we may fear drive, we may fear the journey. There is no room for creating new worlds without drive, fire, passion, heat and the energy of RED. Red doesn't mean we want to argue, it means you have a passion, which is a fuel, but has a quality of compassion about it.