Only fire is life-giving

“Everything comes from heaven into earth, into water, into air.
Only fire, which is borne upwards, is life-giving.
What moves downward serves it.
Yet what moves down from on high is full of generative power; what moves upward gives nourishment.
Only earth of all the elements remains within itself and is the receiver of every kind of form, and what it receives it returns.”

Hermes, Asclepius