What Is Candle Magick?
One of my favourite and most effective ways to work magic is with candles. The burning of candles is a very old magical art that dates back for centuries. Celtic priests and priestesses used tallow lamps or rushes. Bonfires of certain woods were also used. In today's society, candles are a very convenient and acceptable substitute. The candle is the image of humanity in many respects.
The candle itself is our body, the wick is our mind and the flame our spirit or soul. Candle magic is a fire-based magic that is used to achieve the desired results with the element of fire. The candle is told its purpose and then burned. That "purpose" is then burned up and transformed into an message (much like a prayer) through the smoke and flame, to the Divine Spirit.
One of the simplest of magical arts which comes under the heading of natural magic is candle burning. It is simple because it employs little ritual and few ceremonial artifacts. The theatrical props of candle magic can be purchased at any department store and its rituals can be practiced in any sitting room or bedroom.
Most of us have performed our first act of candle magic by the time we are two years old. Blowing out the tiny candles on our first birthday cake and making a wish is pure magic. This childhood custom is based on the three magical principals of concentration, will power and visualization. In simple terms, the child who wants his wish to come true has to concentrate (blow out the candles), visualize the end result (make a wish) and hope that it will come true( will power).
If you are conducting a magical ritual which involves two people (e.g. an absent healing for a person some distance away) then the second person can be symbolically represented during the ritual by another candle. All you need to do is find out the subject's birth date and burn the appropriate candle for that zodiacal sign.
Essentials for Candle Magick
As with any ritual or spell, when you begin working candle magic you should have the following:
A definite purpose.
You should have in mind WHY you are performing this act of candle magic. Is it to help you bring love into your life? Assist someone else in healing an emotional wound? Doing candle magic with the idea of "making me a better person" or "helping so-and so" is a waste of wax and wick in my opinion.
Proper candle colour.
When working any magic it is important for the choice of colour to be suitable for the intent (your purpose). Each colour emits a special vibration and attracts different spiritual influences. The also symbolises your personal beliefs and feelings. The colours listed on the Candle Correspondence Page are by no means the only way colours can be interpreted. They are only a guideline and should be customised to fit the individual person or intent.
Appropriate days, time and place to perform the magic.
Finding the perfect time to perform work candle magic has to be the most annoying aspect, and one that frustrates me continually. The perfect moment is either in the distant future or it just passed the day before. But timing is essential to the magic's success and to its effectiveness. When you decide to cast the circle everything has to be ready!!!
The size and shape of the candles you use is unimportant.
Although highly decorative, extra large, or unusually shaped candles will not be suitable as these may create distractions when the magician wants to concentrate on the important work in hand. Most magicians prefer to use candles of standard or uniform size if possible. Those which are sold in different colors for domestic use are ideal.
Candles Should Be Virgin
The candles you use for any type of magical use should be virgin, that is unused. Under no circumstances use a candle which has already adorned a dinner table or been used as a bedroom candle or night-light. There is a very good occult reason for not using anything but virgin materials in magic. Vibrations picked up by secondhand materials or equipment may disturb your workings and negate their effectiveness.
When you have completed your ritual, allow the candle to have completely burned away. You do not need to stay with the candle after the ritual, but make sure that is is safe and that red-hot wax will not cause damage or fire. Never re-use a candle which has been lit in any magical ritual. IT should only be used in that ritual and then allowed to burn away or be disposed of afterwards.
Making your Own Candles
Some magicians who are artistically inclined prefer to make their own candles for ritual and magical use. This is a very practical exercise because not only does it impregnate the candle with your own personal vibrations, but the mere act of making your own candle is magically potent. Specialist shops sell candle wax and molds together with wicks, perfumes, and other equipment.
The hot wax is heated until liquid and then poured into the moiled through which a suitably sized wick has already been threaded. The wax is then left to cool and once is this has occurred the moiled is removed , leaving a perfectly formed candle. Special oil-soluble dyes and perfumes can be added to the wax before the cooling process is complete to provide suitable colors and scents for a particular magical ritual. Craft shops which sell candlemaking supplies can also provide do-it-yourself books explaining the technicalities of the art to the beginner.
The simplest form of candle magic is to write down the objective of your ritual on a virgin piece of paper. You can use color paper which matches the candle. Write your petition on the paper using a magical alphabet, such as theban, enochian, malachain,etc. As you write down what you want to accomplish through candle magic-- a new job, healing for a friend, a change of residence, a new love affair, etc.-- visualize your dream coming true. Visualize the circumstances under which you might be offered a new job, imagine your employer telling you that your salary has been increased or conjure up a vision of your perfect love partner.
When you have completed writing down your petition carefully fold up the paper in a deliberately slow fashion. Place the end of the folded paper in the candle flame and set light to it. As you do this concentrate once more on what you want from life.
The use of colors in candles for decorating altars and for use in candle magick is not as hard as it may seem. Listed below are three tables which may help you to choose which colors you need to use for your specific purpose. As with all magick workings, please be careful and think about whether your actions will harm another. Are you creating an attraction spell? Using the astral colors for a type of person you wish to meet seems ok, but creating a spell to attract a specific person who is not attracted to you is wrong. You will be going against that persons' will Granted, what is right to someone may be wrong to someone else. Use your judgment when creating spells.
You are the one who must decide the difference, so please BE CAREFUL! Always take time before creating your spells to consider the outcome and remember that for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. The list below is in no way complete, considering that there are hundreds of colors and shades in the spectrum, mostly this listing is created using primary colors.
If you wanted to use candle magic for healing, you would select a red candle to burn. To pass an exam, burn a yellow candle, to gain esoteric knowledge burn a blue candle or for material gain, burn a purple one. It is obvious these colors relate to the signs of the zodiac and the planetary forces.
Candle Colour Chart 1
TO ABSORB OR REMOVE,TO UNBLOCK,PROTECTION,MEDITATION RITUAL, BINDING,SHAPESHIFTING,UNCROSSING RITUALS,AND HEXES,ABSORPTION,DISPELL NEGATIVE ENERGY, PROTECTION,OPENS MINDS UP TO DEEPER LEVELS OF UNCONSCIOUSNESS, THE GOD
THE GODDESS, PEACE,HIGHER SELF, PURITY, CONSECRATION RITUALS, DIVINATION, SPELLS INVOLVING HEALING,TRUTH,SPIRITUAL STRENGTH, LUNAR ENERGY, MEDITATION, CLAIRVOYANCE, TO REPEL DESTRUCTIVE FORCES, TO RAISE VIBRATION, CREATE ILLUSION, CONFOUND ENEMIES, VIRGINITY (NOT ONLY PHYSICALLY, BUT AS IN THE WOMAN'S MIND IS OWNED BY NO MAN) WHITE CAN ALSO BE USED AS A SUBSTITUTE FOR ANY OTHER COLOR!
RELIGION, PEACE, CALMNESS WITHIN, GOOD FORTUNE, OPENING OF BLOCKED COMMUNICATION, WISDOM,PROTECTION, HARMONY, MEDITATION, THE ELEMENT OF WATER, SPIRITUAL INSPIRATION, CALM CREATIVITY, GENTLY MOVING, LOYALTY, TRUTH, TRANQUILITY, SLEEP PROTECTION, ASTRAL PROJECTION, PROPHETIC DREAMING
USED IN DEVOTIONAL AND INSPIRATIONAL MEDITATION. BRINGS PEACE AND TRANQUILITY TO THE HOME.
CHANGEABILITY, DEPRESSION, IMPULSIVENESS
LOYALTY, LAUGHER AND JOY, LOYALTY ON COMMUNAL LEVEL,SUCCESSFUL GROUP ENTERPRISE.
DEEP WISDOM, INTUITION
TO ERASE, CANCEL, NEUTRALIZE AND RETURN TO THE COSMOS WITHOUT REPERCUSSION AND AID IN BALANCING.
MONEY, HEALING, LUCK, PLANTS, ELEMENT OF EARTH, PHYSICAL, HEALING, TREE AND PLANT MAGICK, RITUALS TO COUNTERACT GREED AND JEALOUSY, HERBAL MAGICK, FAIRY MAGICK, REJUVENATION.
EMOTIONAL HEALING, PROTECTION, CALMING.
ATTRACTS LOVE, SOCIAL DELIGHTS, FERTILITY
AMBITION, GREED, JEALOUSY
BRINGS MORE OF WHAT YOU HAVE, WISDOM, KNOWLEDGE OF HIGHER REALMS OF MAGICK, SPIRITUAL PROTECTION, HEALING, INFLUENCING PEOPLE IN HIGH PLACES, THIRD EYE, PSYCHIC ABILITY, SPIRITUAL POWERS, SELF ASSURANCE, HIDDEN KNOWLEDGE, MANIFESTATION, HOUSEHOLD PROTECTION,DRIVE AWAY EVIL.
INTUITION, DIGNITY, SPIRITUAL SHIELD
ROMANTIC LOVE, EMOTIONAL WELL BEING, PEACE, AFFECTION, CARING AND PARTNERSHIP, SOUL MATE.
JOY OF SENSUAL PLEASURES
BREAKS UP BAD PREVAILING CONDITIONS, DISPELS GLOOM.
THE GODDESS, TLELPATHY,CLAIRVOYANCE, CLAIRAUDIENCE, PSYCHOMETRY,INTUITION, DREAMS, ASTRAL ENERGIES, FEMALE POWER, COMMUNICATION, SPELLS TO REMOVE NEGATIVITY, TELEPATHY, ENERGY.
MONEY, THE GOD, THE SUN
GAIN INSIGHT INTO PROBLEMS, ALTER DARK MOOD SWINGS, THE SUN, INTELLIGENCE,ACCELERATED LEARNING, MEMORY,LOGICAL IMAGINATION, BREAKING MENTAL BLOCKS, COLOR FOR AIR (GOVERNING MENTAL ACTIVITY) STIMULATE INTELLECT AND IMAGINATION, ADAPTIVITY, CREATIVITY, SKILLS, COMMERCE,MEDICINE,DIPLOMACY,
COUNSELING,SUDDEN CHANGES, BENDING THE MIND OF ANOTHER.
DISCOURAGES LAZINESS, BUSINESS GOALS, PROPERTY DEALS, AMBITION, GENERAL SUCCESS, JUSTICE, LEGAL MATTERS, SELLING, FRIENDSHIP, MENTAL AGILITY.
TO LEARN TO CENTER YOURSELF WITH THE EARTH, GOOD FOR SURVIVAL, FRIENDSHIP (HUMAN FORM, FAMILIARS, AND HOUSEHOLD PETS) FAVORS, LOCATING LOST OBJECTS AND INCREASE POWERS OF CONCENTRATION.
SUPER POWER, ABILITY TO PENETRATE ALL PLANES, WORKS QUICKLY, CAN BE USED WITH OTHER COLORS FOR FASTER RESULTS, SPIRITUAL HEALING, EXORCISM AND QUICK CHANGES OF A FAVORABLE NATURE, OMNIPOTENCE.
PASSION, MONEY GOALS, PROFESSIONAL GROWTH, CAREER MANEUVERS.
PROMOTES INERTIA, MEDITATION, STOP GOSSIP AND LIES, NEUTRALIZES ANOTHERS MAGICK, REPENTANCE.
ANGER,COURAGE,FERTILITY, SPELLS INVOLVING PASSION,LUST, LOVE , HEALTH, PHYSICAL STRENGTH, REVENGE, ENERGY, CAREER GOALS, VIBRANCY, SURVIVAL, WILL POWER, ELEMENT OF FIRE, FAST ACTION, BLOOD OF THE MOON, PROTECTION FROM PSYCHIC ATTACK, CONQUER FEAR.
GENTLE STRENGTH, JOY
AWARENESS, MEDITATION, MOON CREATIVITY.
Candle Colour Chart 2
The candles you use can be colored in accordance with the following magical uses
**Purity, Truth, Sincerity
**Strength, Health, Vigor, Sexual Love
**Tranquility, Understanding, Patience, Health
**Impulsiveness, Depression, Changeability
**Finance, Fertility, Luck
*Gold / Yellow
**Attraction, Persuasion, Charm, Confidence
**Hesitation, Uncertainty, Neutrality
**Honor, Love, Morality
**Evil, Loss, Discord, Confusion
**Tension, Ambition, Business Progress
*Silver / Gray
**Cancellation, Neutrality, Stalemate
**Encouragement, Adaptability, Stimulation, Attraction
**Sickness, Cowardice, Anger, Jealousy, Discord
Jan 20 - Feb 18
Feb 19 - Mar 20
Mar 21 - Apr 19
Apr 20 - May 20
May 21 - Jun 21
Jun 22 - Jul 22
Sep 23 - Oct 22
Oct 23 - Nov 21
Jul 23 - Aug 22
Aug 23 - Sep 22
Nov 22 - Dec 21
Dec 22 - Jan 19
Colours by Days
Dressing Your Candles (Oil)
Once you have purchased or made your ritual candle it has to be oiled or 'dressed' before burning. The purpose of dressing the candle is to establish a psychic link between it and the magician through a primal sensory experience. By physically touching the candle during the dressing procedure you are charging it with our own personal vibrations and also concentrating the desire of your magical act into the wax. The candle is becoming an extension of the magician's mental power and life energy.
When you dress a candle for magical use, imagine that it is a psychic magnet with a North and a South pole. Rub the oil into the candle beginning at the top or North end and work downwards to the half-way point. Always brush in the same direction downwards. This process is then repeated by beginning at the bottom or south end and working up to the middle.
The best type of oils to use for dressing candles are natural ones which can be obtained quite easily. Some occult suppliers will provide candle magic oils with exotic names. If the magician does not want to use these, he can select suitable oils or perfumes from his own sources. The oils soluble perfumes sold by craft shops for inclusion in candles can be recommended.
Reading you Melting/Melted Candle
A speedy, clean burn means things will go well with the spell or blessing and that one will most likely get what one wishes for. If a glass encased candle burns and leaves no marks on the glass, that is best. If a free-standing candle leaves little or no residue, that is best.
If a free-standing candle runs and melts a lot while burning, one may observe the flow of wax for signs. For instance, if one is burning a bride-and-groom type candle for love, and the woman's wax runs all over the man's, then the woman desires the man more than he desires her -- or if one is burning a green money candle and the wax melts and runs down onto the monetary offering, then the spell is "eager to work" and the candle is "blessing the money." Some people try to influence the way melting wax runs; they do this as part of the spell-work, to increase the likelihood that things will go the way they want. Others prefer to let nature take its course and to watch running wax for signs, without interfering at all.
When a free-standing candle burns down to a puddle of wax, most workers will examine the shape of the wax; they may see something of importance there; the shape may suggest an outcome regarding the matter at hand. For instance, a heart-shaped wax puddle is a good significator if one is burning a red candle for a love spell -- and a coffin-shaped wax puddle is a good significator if one if burning a black devil candle against an enemy. Wax puddles come in all kinds of shapes; most candle-magicians treat them like tea-leaves when they look at them.
A dirty, black, sooty burn (especially one that messes up a glass-encased candle) means things are going to go hard -- the spell may not work, the blessing may fail, the person is in deeper stress or trouble than you thought. If the work is being done against an enemy and the enemy's candle burns sooty and dirty, then it is likely that the enemy is fighting your influences.
If a glass-encased candle burns half clean and half dirty or if a free-standing candle lets out a lot of smoke but then burns clean at the end, that means there is hidden trouble with the person, or someone is working against your wishes. Things will not go well at first, but with repeated work you may get them to go better.
If a candle tips over and flames up into a fire hazard, or if it goes out before completely burning, those are very bad signs. Someone is working against the pracitioner.
When a candle burns up very fast the work will go well but it may not last long. If one lights candles for several people and one burns faster than the others, then that person is most affected by the work, but the worker's influence may not last long.
In European-American traditions, many people bury candle wax and other ritual remains after a spell is cast. Burial toward the appropriate quarter of the compass is considered a thoughtful way to go about this. Some neo-pagans dispose of ritual or spell remains in a bonfire or fireplace.
In African-American hoodoo candle magic spells the disposal of left-over materials follows other patterns, usually dependent upon the type of spell.
If the intention of the spell is good and it involves matters around one's own home, like blessing, love-drawing, money-drawing, or home protection, one can wrap the materials in a cloth or paper packet and bury them in the yard. It is important to never bury remains from negative spells in one's own yard.
If the intention of the spell is not centered on matters close to home, or if one does not have a suitable yard, one can wrap the materials in a cloth or paper packet and throw them in running water over the left shoulder and walk away. Alternatively, one can take the materials to a crossroads -- any place where two roads cross -- and throw the packet into the center of the crossroads over the left shoulder and walk away. The crossroads is also the preferred place to throw bath-water before beginning a spell; it is often used for throwing out the remains of candle wax if the spell does not personally involve the practitioner or if the spell is negative or influence-removing.
If the intention of the spell is specifically to get someone to leave town or leave one alone, one can divide the materials (e.g. 9 needles used in a spell and 9 pieces of wax from a candle) into 9 packets and add Hot Foot Powder (or Drive Away Powder) to each packet. One starts at a crossroads near to where the person lives and throws out the first packet. Then one travels in a direction away from the enemy's home, toward where one wants them to go, and drops a packet at each crossroads one passes until all the packets are gone. In the country this might carry one several miles. In the city it would only be 9 blocks, so city folks only count major intersections (with a light) when they do this, or they may count freeway interchanges to get some distance worked up between the packets.
If the intention of the spell is seriously, irreparably harmful (like causing another person grave illness), especially if it contains graveyard dirt or goofer dust, one can dispose of the material in a graveyard. The wax and other remnants are placed in a miniature coffin, buried, and marked by a miniature headstone with the enemy's name on it. When setting such a spell to rest, many workers also sprinkle a mixture of sulfur powder and salt around the grave, then walk home and don't look back.