It’s a powerful and complex image and as one of the four classical elements of earth, air, fire, and water it has had significance in religion, science, and alchemy.
As a dream symbol it can represent ones passion and energy– energy at high speed. It can represent anger, desire, resentment, and destruction that has the potential to radically alter all points-of-view. It is the herald of change or a flame of hope and purification.
When your house is burning within the dream it might suggest that some transformation is taking place within you that will alter the very structure of your inner being. This is the power of fire i.e. to transform reality.
It can be symbolic of the blacksmith’s forge, creating and tempering for endurance and strength.
It is a symbol for cleansing and for the spirit within us. It’s flames can bring with them renewal and inspiration. It is also the light at your center and of your soul and that which transmutes matter into energy.
Like its elemental opposite, water, fire can be a representative of your emotional state and temperament while a wall of fire can be a circumstance or personal behavior that impedes your forward movement or the attainment of your goals.
Astrologically a fire personality can be found within Leo, Aries and Sagittarius all rather intense and fiery i.e. the ‘wild children” of the zodiac. In the Tarot it shows up in the suit of Wands (see right) and symbolizes conversion or passion positive or negative, refining or destroying, new beginnings or opposition, progress or oppression.
In some religions fire can be about regeneration, resurrection, and renewal as with the Phoenix bird that goes up in flames only to be reborn again and again.