Seeing ashes from a fire is a sense that something important is being reduced to its base elements. This is an organic symbol of allowing the past to be transformed so that you can grow to meet the future. Often the burnt remains can symbolize your inability to let go of responsibilities that are not yours and must disintegrate as part of your rebirth. Like the phoenix that rises from the ashes of the past, this is actually a positive symbol. Ashes in the air, blocking your ability to see signify an inability to let go of the past or to see your way clearly into the future.