Many of us use candles for comfort, and others look to them for even more. Candle magic can seem as if its complex and complicated, but once you are familiar with it, it can be fun, easy and effective.
First things first. If you are considering candle magic, you must have a clear goal in mind. Think it through thoroughly before you begin. Work only in positivity as negative goals can only bring negative results back to you in the end.
Choose what type of candle you will work with. A free-standing or taper candle is easy as it can be held in the hand, inscribed and anointed without much fuss. If using a glass encased candle, first ascertain whether or not the candle can be removed and replaced within the receptacle. If it is removable, then remove it from the glass and proceed, replacing it when you’ve completed the candle preparation. This will make sense as we we go on.
It is essential to understand the importance of color in candle magic. Below you will find a chart of common uses for candle colors, but more importantly, consider what they mean to you. Take the color red for example; how does a bright red affect you vs a warm dark red? Feel the difference. Feel the colors. Feel their effect upon your emotions. Choosing an appropriate candle color is an important step in achieving your goal.
Once you’ve decided upon your goal and chosen the colors you want to work with, you will cleanse the candle to remove any residual energy that it may have picked up during the manufacturing process. Better yet, if you have made the candle yourself, you will have imprinted it with your intentions from its very inception.
Holding the candle in hand, clean the candle surface from bottom to top with a tissue or cotton cloth dipped into rubbing alcohol to remove these energies. If you intend to work with a glass encased candle, and the candle cannot be removed and replaced into the receptacle, use the alcohol to clean the exterior of the container of any wax and residue. Using alcohol in this initial step allows for complete evaporation of any unwanted residues and energies that may be present.
When you have finished cleansing the candle, you will dedicate it explicitly to the purpose at hand. This is called consecration. There are various methods of consecration,. The processes of affirmation and anointing are described here.
Think about the purpose of the ritual you are about to embark on, and using a sharp object carve into your candle the symbols that will help you to realize your goal. Carve these symbols into the side of the candle, or in the case of a glass encased candle, into the top. For example, if the goal is romance a heart and the initials of your intended could be used. Other symbols such as astrological signs, runes or elements may be used, depending on the outcome you desire. While carving, continue to envision your goals. Chanting or repeating your intentions while carving is especially helpful in focusing your mind and personal energies. This is called affirmation. See * NOTE below.
Next you will anoint your candle with special oils or waters, as you choose. You may use commercial essential oils or specially prepared waters, or create your own personal mixtures. Consider the goal at hand when choosing the compounds you wish to work with. Commercially prepared oils and waters are available for various purposes such as love, prosperity, healing, etc. Use your fingers to rub the entire surface of the candle with the oils. If using waters, mist gently or sprinkle with your fingers. If you are working toward attracting good, such as bringing new love into your life, rub the candle from top to bottom. Alternatively, if you are working toward expelling negativity from your life, such as bad habits, illness or unwanted situations, rub the candle from bottom to top. Use long firm strokes, envisioning adding something to, or removing something from, the candle, and in turn, your life. If you cannot decide which direction you should oil the candle, simply begin in the middle and work your way toward both ends simultaneously. When working with a glass encased candle that cannot be removed from its receptacle, anoint the top and exposed surfaces of the candle, working in a clockwise motion to draw the good and counterclockwise to expel negativity.
Your cleansed and consecrated candle should be used for one purpose only. If you prepare a candle for prosperity purposes, don’t use it for anything else. Decide how often and for how long a time your are going to burn your candle and choose a size according to purpose. If you consider your goal to be very important and essential, you may wish to burn your candle every day for several days, so choosing a very large candle. Alternatively you may choose to use several smaller candles and burn one each day. If you choose to use smaller candles remember to cleanse and consecrate each one before use.
If necessary, replace the candle into its receptacle. Light your candle. Do so consciously. Concentrate on your intentions. Be aware that fire has an affinity with the spiritual plane.
Keeping in mind that positivity is ALWAYS the goal, you may recite the following:
“An it harm none, do what ye will”.
* NOTE: For the beginner, or if you are uncertain of how to use symbols, runes, or inscriptions, there are commercially pre-prepared inscribed candles available at any of metaphysical shop. They are perfectly appropriate for use, provided you follow the cleansing, anointing and intentional rituals just the same.
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WHITE –Self; Protection; Purification; Full Moon Magic; Purity; Innocence; Centering; Truth; Sincerity; Meditation; Peace; Power of a Higher Nature; Greater Attainments in Life; Spirituality.
RED — South; Protection; Strength; Blood; Passion; Courage; Health; Power; Fire Elemental; Sexuality; Vigor; Energy; Enthusiasm; Will Power; To conquer fear or laziness.
LT. BLUE –Healing; Patience; Happiness; Psychic Awareness; Quests; Intuition; Opportunity; Tranquillity; Understanding. Ward Depression; Safe Journey; Harmony in the Home; Peace.
DARK BLUE –The Goddess; West; Water Elemental; Inspiration; Truth; Dreams; Protection; Change; Impulse; Fidelity; Deep Emotion; Peace; Meditation; Changeability; Psychism.
GREEN –North; Money; Fertility; Growth; Employment; Earth Elemental; Herb Magic; Luck; Healing; Balance; Prosperity; Courage; Nature type Faerie-magic; Garden blessing; Abundance; Generosity; Renewal; Marriage.
YELLOW –East; Air Elemental; Intellect; Creative Work; Learning; Changes; Confidence; Attraction; Harmony; Clairvoyance; Charm; Imagination; Power of the Mind; Gentle persuasion; Action.
BROWN –Earth Elemental; Animal Health; Endurance; Steadiness; Houses & Homes; Physical Objects; Overcoming uncertainty and hesitancy; Attract Money and Financial Success; Concentration; ESP; Intuition; Study.
PINK –Love; Peace; Femininity; Friendship; Honor; Morality; Emotional Love; Affection; Romance; Spiritual Awakening; Healing of the Spirit; Togetherness.
ORANGE –The God; Attraction; Stimulation; Energy; Healing; Vitality; Encouragement; Adaptability; Luck; Pulling things to you; Clearing the Mind; Dominance, Sudden Changes; Change Luck.
PURPLE –Power; Dignity; Spiritual Development; Meditation, Spirituality; Intuition; Ambition; Spirit Communication; Tension; Business Progress; Healing Severe Diseases; Occult Wisdom; Success; Idealism; Higher Psychic Ability; Break Bad Luck; Drive Away Evil; Honors.
GOLD –The God; Solar Energy; Physical Strength; Power; Success; Mental Growth; Skill Sought; Healing Energy; Fortune; Divination; Creative Work; Intuition; Money; Fast Luck; Attracts Higher Influences.
SILVER –The Goddess; Lunar magic; Removes negative forces; Opens astral gates; Conducts Energy; Meditation; Creative Work; Protection; Money; Psychic Development; Success; Balance; Ward Negativity; Remove Negative Energy; Stability; Victory.
VIOLET –Self Improvement; Intuition; Success in searches; Creative Work.
BLACK –Endings; Closing of Doors; Psychic Work; Death; Ward Negativity; Remove Hexes; Protection; Spirit Contact; Truth; Remove Discord or Confusion; Reversing; Releasing; Repel Dark Magic and Negative Thought Forms.
GREENISH-YELLOW –To Negate; Discord, Sickness, Anger, Jealousy, Cowardice, Anger.
INDIGO–Meditation; Spirit Communication; Karma Working; Balance; Learn the Ancient Wisdom; Neutralize Another’s Magic; Ward Slander, Lies or Undesirable Competition
GRAY –Non-Nature Faerie Magic; Travel to Otherworld; Vision Quests; Veiling; Cancellation; Hesitation; Competition.
LAVENDER –Spiritual Development; Psychic Growth; Divination; Sensitivity to the Otherworld; Blessings.
MAGENTA –Very High Vibrational Frequency that tends to work fast so usually burned with other candles; Quick Change; Spiritual Healing, Exorcism.