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Candles have been used for centuries for magic and rituals. Most people, at least in the West, have performed their first act of candle magick by the time
they are two years old. We blow them out at
birthdays and light them at holidays. They invoke the divine and they create a sense of
ceremony. Indeed candles do have a special ability to make wishes come true, because they help clarify our minds
and help us to focus.
We may not have realised it at the time buy blowing
out the tiny candles on our first birthday cake and making a wish was pure
magic. This childhood custom is based on the three magical principals of
concentration, will power and visualisation. 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
Candle Magick is one of the
easiest of all the magical arts. The rituals are very simple. Candle magick can
be practiced in any room, practically anywhere. You don't need much equipment
either, and what you do need is cheap and easily available. When working at home,
use the Sanctum you have already set up. Just place the candle on your sanctum altar where
you can burn it and then leave it undisturbed to burn down afterwards. You can add flowers, incense or
other symbolic items to the altar if you wish.
The size and shape of the
candles you use is unimportant, although simple plain ones are best. Elaborately
decorative or unusually shaped candles are too distracting. You will need to use
the correct colour correspondences for you purpose. Candles are sold in different colors for domestic use
so this is no problem.
Even if you do live in some really remote part of the world, it's easy to make
your own. There are lots of occultists who are
artistically inclined and prefer to make their own candles. 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
The hot wax is heated until
liquid and then poured into the mould through which a suitably sized wick
has already been threaded. The wax is then left to cool and once is this
has occurred the mould 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 candle-making supplies
can also provide do-it-yourself books explaining the technicalities of the
art to the beginner.
The most important thing of all is that any candles you use for any
type of magick MUST should be virgin, that is unused. Under no
circumstances try to make do with a candle which has 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.
You can use any kind of candle that appeals to you.
White is always a good choice, but you may want to choose ones whose colors
correspond to specific energies. Red, for example, connotes passion. Green
brings growth. Yellow improves communication and blue creates health,
harmony and understanding.
The candles you use can be coloured in
accordance with the following magical uses:
MAGICK - Table Of Correspondences
(Can also be used in place of any other colour if you don't
have the right one)
love and affection
energy, strength, courage.
||intellectualism, imagination, memory and
fertility, abundance, good luck
inspiration, occult wisdom, protection and devotion
|| higher psychic ability, spiritual power and idealism
|| clairvoyance, inspiration, astral energy and intuition
career matters and the law.
If you wanted to use candle
magic for healing, you would select a blue 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 green one.
Before using a new candle it should be oiled or "dressed" before burning.
The purpose of dressing the candle is to establish a psychic link between
it and you. 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.
A candle is dressed, or anointed, by rubbing it with oil. This imparts your special energies to it
and forges a psychic link. 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 essential oils which can be
obtained quite easily in most places. 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. However, many Witches think this is all too
and prefer to use plain cooking oil. This is fine but, if can can afford it,
do use extra virgin olive oil.
Time your candle-burning
correspond to the phases of the moon. You can find them out by looking on the
weather page of your newspaper or by looking at the moon logo in Monograph
10. But the best way is to look up into the night sky. As Witches
we should always be aware of the current phase of the moon.
To bring something into your life, do your
rituals when the moon is waxing. To rid yourself of something, do
it when the moon is waning.
Meditate briefly before lighting the
candle to help still your mind and bring your desire into focus. When you light
the flame, state your intention out loud, in simple, clear words. Imagine that
you already have what it is you want in your life. Watch the flame steadily, but
don't stare intently. Being receptive and open to what it is you want.
Engrave the candle with the name of the person ot thing you wish to
affect, the person's date of birth or star sign (if known) and one or
more of the sigils
you learned in Monograph
You can also write down the objective of your ritual on a virgin piece of
paper. If you wish you can use coloured paper to match the candle. Write your
petition on the paper using a magickal alphabet, such as Theban, Enochian,
or Malachain (explained in a latter Monograph). You can even combine candle magic and runic magick
(explained in a latter Monograph) by using the runic alphabet known as
the Elder Futtark.
As you write down what you want to accomplish through
candle magic, visualise your dream coming true. By "visualise"
we don't just mean for you to see in thing in your mind, you must know
it with all your senses, not just the sense if sight. Feel it, touch
it, smell it, hear it, MAKE IT REAL!
When you have completed
writing down your petition, carefully fold up the paper in a deliberately
slow fashion, concentrating your whole mind upon each action. 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 to
happen as a result.
When you have completed
your ritual, allow the candle to burn down completly. You do not
need to stay with the candle after the ritual, but make sure that is safe
and that hot wax will not cause any damage. 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. If there is any residue
remaining afterwards it should be recycled in running water. A stream
or brook is best but flushing it down the lavatory is a necessary
adaptation to modern life for many Wiccans. Whichever method you
use, it should be accompanied by the following words (silent or aloud);
"Thank you for aiding my magickal purpose. Now return to the
elements from which you came. Go with love to love".
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
One final point. As with any type of spell, always add the words
"... should it be for the grater good of all concerned. So Mote
You can repeat the rituals as often as you like, but don't become
obsessive. Candle burning is a way to help you stay open to the
possibilities of life. It may seem that your particular wish didn't
come true, but who knows? Maybe it is because something better is
coming along in your life.
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