6. Discuss the ritual significance of Fire and Water in ADF liturgy. (minimum 100 words)
Fire and Water are the two most common representations of the Two Powers in ritual. The Earth Power is often represented as the chaos of potential that flows and rolls below our feet, the deep ocean that supports the land. The Sky Power is often seen as flames, or as the starlight, or sunlight. These are ordering forces in the ritual, shining on and ordering the waters below us and within us.
Beyond this, though, they play an interesting role in the ritual as a whole.
Each ritual begins with the fire of inspiration: an invocation of Awen begins
each rite. This "Fire in the head" orders the chaos in our world, allowing
us to form thoughts and actions. This carries through the rite, ending in the
blessing of the waters, which imbue us with the chaos of potential, "the
power to do as we will in the world," and carries us out again into the
world, full of that chaotic spring of renewal.