Candle magic is one of the simplest forms of spell casting used in Wicca and witchcraft .It’s a method which doesn’t require a lot of fancy ritual or expensive ceremonial artifacts, but there are some simple things to know and understand before doing candle spells.
Types of candles:
Any type of candle can be used for candle magic as long as it has been cleansed and consecrated prior to use. Beeswax candles are higher in price than store bought candles, but they are more powerful because they are produced from nature. Many experienced Witches will use only candles they have crafted themselves because of a belief it strengthens their energy in the working. However, using a store bought candle can be just as effective. Small taper candles work well.
Cleansing & Consecrating:
This is a very important step and needs to be done to cleanse and remove all the negative energies that the candle has picked up along the way. As with all supplies you want your candles to to be as free of psychic debris as possible. Some witches will submerge it in sea salt and ask the God and Goddess to cleanse and consecrate it. Most witches will use an oil to dress a candle and ask the God and Goddess to cleanse and consecrate it.
Dressing the candle with oil is as important as any other step. Use whatever oil you prefer or what a specific spell asks you to use. To bring something to you, rub oil on the candle in a downward motion from the top to the middle and then from the bottom to the middle.Then say some enchantment over the candle that ask the God and Goddess to cleanse and consecrate it and bless it with your intent or purpose of the candle.
To send something away from you…you rub the oil from the middle of the candle out to the ends. Never make a back and forth motion as this defeats the purpose. Dab the remaining oil from your fingers onto your third eye and on your breast bone. Then say some enchantment over the candle that ask the God and Goddess to cleanse and consecrate it and bless it with your intent or purpose of the candle.
If you inscribe a candle you should use your Athame. The same principle as dressing the candle is used…
To draw something to you, write from the top to the middle, and then from the bottom to the middle.
To repel things, write from the middle to the ends.
Color of Candles and representations:
- Red: Courage and health, sexual love and lust, passion, fire element
- Pink: Friendship, sweet love, emotional healing, peace,
- Orange: Attraction and encouragement, business goals, selling
- Gold: Financial gain, business endeavors, solar connections, male energy
- Yellow: Persuasion protection, intelligence, communication,air element
- Green: Financial gain, abundance, fertility, element of earth
- Light Blue: Health, patience and understanding , sky symbolism
- Dark Blue: Depression and vulnerability, water element
- Purple: Ambition and power, psych-ism, healing, dreams
- Brown: Earth-related or animal-related workings
- Black: Negativity and banishment, protection
- White: Purity and truth, spirit, substitute for any color
- Silver: Reflection, intuition, lunar connections, telepathy
Some witches like to use matching colored paper or parchment paper to write their specific goal and desire down and will burn it by folding it and holding it into the candles flame and then putting it into a cauldron or fire safe dish. Some even write their intent using a magical alphabet.If you have knowledge of rune stones it is possible to write them on the paper or carve them into the candles to help intensify the magick. The choice is up to you on how creative you want to be.
Time your candle-burning to correspond to the cycles of the moon if your need can wait. With Moon Magick, to bring something into your life, do your rituals when the moon is waxing (or growing). To rid yourself of something, do it when the moon is waning.
Meditate briefly before lighting the candle to help still the mind and bring your desire into focus. When you light the flame, state your intention out loud, in simple, clear terms. Imagine that you already have what it is you want in your life. Continue to chant your desire as the candle burns. It is not necessary to chant the entire time. Watch the flame steadily, but don’t stare intently. Focus on being receptive and open to what it is you want.
When you have completed your ritual, allow the candle to completely burn away. Some will tell you to let the candle burn down all the way. Others will tell you you can snuff it out or pinch it out and you can re-use it. I believe the choice is yours and it depends on your working. I prefer to use one candle and let it burn out completely. If I am trying to banish or rid myself of something, I will bury the candle away from my property. I will bury it on my property or keep the wax drippings in a special place if I am wanting to draw something to me. Again the choice is yours!