Solar Today Summer 2016 : Page 34
FIRE, as expected, is the next of our continuing lines. The Sun is fire. Without fire, there would be no sun. And without sun, there would be no solar power. Period. This, obviously, is the easiest of the Four Elements to figure out and understand in relation to solar living. The Sun is resonant of our own hearts beating within our bodies. The Sun can be looked at as the Earth’s heart beating within the “body” of our Universe. Just like our own hearts, it is what keeps us alive, it is what keeps us living, it keeps the flow flowing, and the love loving. Passion is one of the forces of Nature that keeps us striving toward our potentials, acting out upon our capacities, and revitalizing our vitalities. Living with the power of the sun is no different. There has not been one single time that after having turned on a simple light, that I did not feel one hundred percent and completely amazed that I was turning on the sun in my own home, and in my heart. P HOTO BY L EAF R UNNING -RABBIT P HOTO BY L EAF R UNNING -RABBIT WATER, as expected, is the ending point of our use of the Four Directions . Water flows through all of us like rivers. Water flows through our atmosphere like clouds. Water, as far as solar input and solar living goes, is largely related to the AIR and the way sun rays pass through our atmosphere, into our panels, and into our homes. Water is a major part of the refraction of light, at least I think. I am not a scientist by any means, but I believe that without water in our atmosphere, we would not be receiving nearly as much solar input as we do by having water in our atmo-sphere. All I know, is that sometimes I feel tears of happiness well up in my eyes just knowing and realizing that I am in direct communication with the Sun and with the Four Elements of the Earth, and friends, those watery tears are a direct result of living my life as earth-centered as possible, and having a sincere and loving relationship with those four elements. Ok, so getting back to the question of tilting my panels for summer sun right now, or leaving them more upright in their winter sun position for another couple of weeks so that snow falls off of them more easily… Well, after going through all of the Four Elements and all of the beautiful ways that I am in a love affair with Nature, now makes this question seem not so important. 34 SUMMER 2016 SOLAR TODAY Copyright © 2014 American Solar Energy Society. All rights reserved.