I’ve been thinking a little bit about what sort of objects I’ll keep on my altar. Since I know I’ll have candles, I’ll definitely need some sort of fire starter. I have plenty of lighters around for my hookah and other smoking equipment, but I don’t think that’s right for the candles on the altar.
When I think of a lighter, I think of a sustained flame, constantly provided fuel and burning steadily, but unable to consume the object producing it. Whereas, when I think of a match, I think of the quick strike and flare of lighting it, the way it grows and shrinks in that first second. I think of how it consumes the object that produced it, how it must be treated carefully lest it burn the holder.
A lighter is fire controlled, subjugated, ensnared. A match is an agreement of equals, a balancing act between the striker and the flame.