Basic Candle Magic Information - Getting Started
- Your candle doesn't have to be any specific size, it doesn't have to
be expensive or made of any special material. Your intention & personal
power you 'charge' the candle with is what's most important (see 'Charging
A Candle' from the first Candle Magic page).
- Using a candle color that corresponds to the energy or spell you are
trying to invoke assists the spell-maker to accurately program personal
power (see 'Candle Colors' from the first Candle Magic page), so if you
can, purchase an appropriate color.
- Carve symbols on the candle that are appropriate for the spell.
For example, a heart for love, a dollar sign for a money ritual, the initials or
name of the of the country or state you want to move to, a crescent moon
for sleep or psycic awareness. Rune symbols are also good for carving into
candles. I use a seam ripper to carve my candles as it has a small tip and
is easy to manage.
- 'All Purpose White'. If you can't find an appropriate colored
candle, using a white candle
can be used for every positive magical purpose.
- Size Doesn't Matter.
I use tea candles for candle magic! I also use the 'standard'
votive candle as they are easy to contain, come in many colors, and are
safely burned for long periods of time.
Spell On A Candle
- It's best to use an individual candle for each specific magical
intention, spell, or ritual.
- You will first 'charge' the candle with the intention for the spell using
your personal power (see 'Charging A Candle' from the first Candle Magic
- You will want to burn the candle until it is completely gone
(tea or votive candles) or until it is as close to the base of the holder
as is safe.
- Light candles with matches. Using a plastic lighter to begin a
magical ceremony negates some of its charm.
- It's okay to extinguish a candle before it has completely burned down,
then re-light it again when you return.
- Some folks believe that blowing out a candle used for magic releases
the intention, so you might want to use a candle snuffer, pinch out the
flame with wet fingers, or clap over the top of the flame to extinguish
- Please make sure you place your candle somewhere that will not cause
an accidental fire, both indoors and outdoors.
- Using some kind of candle holder that completely contains the candle
is a good thing to do.
- Make sure that you have something that will contain the melted wax
if you don't use a candle holder (cauldron, metal pot, glass jar, etc. Sand
is a great Earth element that absorbs wax well).
- I always use tea lights or votive candles that
I can put in a small glass container.
- A great outdoor candle can be made with a canning jar & sand.
After you have 'charged the candle with your intention' use a different
candle to create a small pool of hot wax on the bottom of the jar. Then
place your 'charged' candle in the hot wax until it stays firmly in place.
Pour an appropriate layer of sand around the base of the candle in the jar
and your 'outdoor' candle is ready.
Here's some of the ways I've burned candles for extended periods;
- I have placed a candle and its holder in a sink or a fireplace
- I often place the candle in it's holder on something metal like a cookie
sheet or a trivet
- I have also used sand to contain any wax leakage in case the glass
- You could also use a large metal pot or a cauldron
- A bathtub is another good spot for a candle
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