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As one of the most ancient and powerful mysteries, fire is profoundly connected with human survival and spirituality. Fire, been used for warmth, keeping nighttime predators at bay, hunting, forging weapons, and cooking; it has directly impacted our very evolution. While evidence of controlled fires dates back nearly 800,000 years, what is more intriguing is that humans have personified fire and practiced fire worship since the Stone Age. Fire, therefore, is not only in our DNA and epigenetics; but deeply ingrained in our culture, as well.

Fire rituals, along with subsequent mathematics based on 9 numerals (1 through 9), practiced by ancient cultures, such as Proto Indo-Iranians (Aryans), including Sintashta-Petrovka, Fedorova, and Vedic groups, and their cultural decedents, have notably impacted the modern day humans.

“Yes, love indeed is light from heaven; A spark of that immortal fire with angels shared, by Allah given to lift from earth our low desire.“
– Lord Byron (George Gordon Byron, 6th Baron Byron, FRS)

While most fire symbolism, like power, passion, and consumption, is so ubiquitous, it often goes unperceived; the most compelling evoke fire’s transformative power. When fire burns wood, or other fuel, through a dramatic chemical reaction watched by humans since ancient times, the host, which is absolutely consumed and destroyed, is literally transformed into something fundamentally different – light and heat. That process provides for unmistakably rich and dynamic metaphors – death transformed to rebirth, sickness to health, folly to wisdom, destruction to creativity, sin to redemption, and hell to heaven.

“The soul is composed of fire.”
– Heraclitus

Heraclitus said the eternal soul’s quest is to become pure fire. Similarly all physical matter, including ourselves, eventually return to energy, which might be considered a sort of “enlightenment”. In addition to sharing most of humanities genetic affinity for fire, GHARAVI was directly imprinted, having been raised participating in Indo-Iranian, Zoroastrian fire ceremonies, and therefore forged within those metaphysical customs. But fire is not the only symbol for metamorphosis.

“Heat cannot be separated from fire, or beauty from The Eternal.”
Dante Alighieri

The number 9 is the last unique numeral in the range 1 through 9. To get the next number, in place-value of numbers, the numeral 9 must be totally discarded and replaced with a zero (eg. 999,999,999 becomes 1,000,000), which doesn’t have graphically resemble the original it came from  (eg. the glyph “9” does not resemble the glyph “10”). Thereby, numeral 9 is the LAST number before significant change and therefore can represent transformation. In Durante degli Alighieri’s, 14th century poetic masterpiece Divina Commedia (“Divine Comedy”), for example, the Inferno (Hell) has 9 rings and the “vestibule” of Acheron, there are 9 levels of suffering on Montagna Purgatorio (“Mont Purgatory”) before reaching “The Earthy Paradise”, and Paradiso (“Heaven”) is reached only by journeying through 9 spheres. In all of 3 instances, there are 9 regions (3×9=27; 2+7=9) before reaching the final place, which is fundamentally different in nature from the other nine.

Given this symbolic power of transformation, it is easy to understand why, for millennia, fire imagery, along with the number 9, have been used for meditation, affirmation, channeling, journeying, and devotion.