Power of the Candles
Fire is a powerful force.Fire represents passion, enthusiasm, desire and courage, force, lust, fertility and virility, initiative and rejuvenation. It represents both light and heat. The light of intelligence and the courage to follow it. A low fire person is usually cold, slow to act, without enthusiasm for life or himself. A high fire person is bold, dramatic and passionate in all areas within himself, however this person must be careful as fire can destroy everything in it’s path. Fire magic can bring on the new, bring on courage and passion and destroy the old.
It’s feelings are hot and dry, it’s season is Summer and direction is South/Energy. It’s symbol is the Athame/Sword, Candle and the Burner; it’s colors are Reds, Oranges and Golds. The moon phase is the second quarter and it’s time is high Noon.
The different types of Fire Magic are Bonfire Magic, which usually involves burning something such as an herb or flower, or a piece of paper or petition on which you have written your desire. It is used for banishing, ridding or destroying negative influences in your life.
Another is Candle Magic, a simple, easy and useful method in bringing about your desires. A color for the candle is chosen and can also include the correct scent in relation to your desire and lit sometimes for up to seven days. This type of Fire Magic is usually for any type of desire.
Another is Sun Magic. Using the Sun in our desires is a beautiful way in which to enhance new beginnings in love, health, work and home, awaken subtle powers and aid in attraction desires. As our thoughts are extremely powerful, as are our Words. Words can be put together in such a way as to form spells, or used in channeling your power. Words give rise to our desires and can be released upon the winds for attainment. Created and repeated with intensity and concentration the spoken word is a powerful magic in itself. You do not have to be an accomplished linguist, just a simple sentence will do. It creates an atmosphere of concentrated awareness and strength. Words can be used in moments of stress and fear, and will create the magic itself. It does not have to be said aloud, say them to yourself if need or want be.
Candles have a unique place in our society today, and are also an incredible link with our past. Unlike anything else, candles convey messages of romance, warmth, spirituality, secret wishes and brightness, all with the simple construct of wax and wick. For centuries candles of different colors have been burned in rituals to attract desired emotions, material wealth, or karma and can be one of the most effective tools used for meditation, rituals and other ceremonies. With a relaxed, positive state of mind, burn the candle color that best influences your motivation and think about what you want to accomplish.The power of fire and candle burning is evident in all cultures across the globe; since the beginning of time fire has been used in rituals, ceremonies, and other sacred parts of life. Candle Burning plays important roles in many rituals, magic, spell castings, meditations, prayer and devotions. The energy created and taken is more than scientific; it is spiritual and metaphysical. The burning of candles for spiritual works goes back to ancient times. Many spiritual workers believe that the flame of the candle pierces the veil between the physical and the Spiritual world and creates a passageway that allows the prayers and petitions to be more readily received by those from whom help is being sought out.Embraced by almost every faith, creed and nationality, there is something special about a solitary flame and the energy exchange that it puts forth. It touches our souls. Who among us has not been be touched by the commonality of candles in our religions? People of all faiths and walks of life, and many different creeds, can join together in a candlelight vigil to grieve, or come together in prayer.
Candles are unique tools indeed to link mankind to the Divine. The eternal flame has played a role in human spirituality since man first discovered fire. This is the origin of candle use for spiritual intention. There is a misconception that candle burning is negative, but the reality is candle burning is a part of virtually every spiritual denomination.
Candle burning is quite intricate. There are certain days best for certain candle prayers, and there are also certain times within the lunar cycle that are best for certain types of affirmations. There are even different energies attracted or repelled depending upon the color of the candle. Here are some of the best times to burn your candles to attract what you want.
For thousands of years, candles have been employed for spiritual insight. As a conduit for fire, the candle represents illumination in the dark, for both the material world and the spirit realm. The open flame is an avenue for communication to other realms of existence, making it useful for carrying prayers, transmitting chants and asking questions. One would light a candle to accompany them on journeys through darkness and unknown territory. The candle also symbolizes consumptive power, elemental magic and transformation. It is the ideal tool to have for conducting spells and practicing magic, positive or negative.
Few people in modern civilization haven’t had contact with candles. In fact, most of us encounter them every year blazing forth upon a birthday cake, ready for us to blow out and “make a wish.” Our enchantment with birthday candles as children predisposes us to the belief that magic and candles naturally go together. Not only “birthday wishing” but any religion we were likely exposed to as children was surrounded with the symbolism of candles. Many older church sanctuaries even have a special place to light a votive for remembering a departed loved one or to send special prayers for the living who are in need. Candles “connect” like a conduit between people, to the Divine, and to the deceased. In our everyday homes, they are special reminders when we need a lovely “romantic” candle light supper, a “relaxing” candle light soak in the tub or even just “warmth” to look at on a frosty winter night. They set the tone and focus us.
In addition to lighting candles during meditation, you can work with them on their own. For example, if you feel enveloped by a strong fear of anything or feel anxious for no apparent reason, burning candles can help.
First, reflect on what is causing your anxiety. Meditate with the Divine Light to cut loose the fear and uplift the consciousness. Then add working with candles outside your meditation. For fear and anxiety, burn powder blue, gold (there are gold-foiled taper candles you can buy) and bright orange candles together to help disperse these emotions. When you first begin, burn the candles for two hours. After the initial burning, relight the candles for ten minutes intermittently throughout the day or until you feel a lifting. If there is still difficulty, burn a powder blue candle for 10 minutes before going to bed.
This will accomplish several things. For one, it will alert the divine that you are asking for added help. In addition, it will create an atmosphere of energetic support. When one is worried, that energy is not only expressed in the auric field, it can permeate the surrounding environment which can inadvertently be picked up again, even after a meditation. And finally, burning candles can help you sustain the benefits of your meditation and keeps you from unintentionally reigniting internal patterns of worry all over again.
Safety first when it comes to candles. Don’t leave candles unattended. Sometimes it’s good to burn them in a tray, sink or something that is nonflammable. If your work schedule does not allow you to light a candle for extended periods of time, do the candle exercise at a time when you are not so busy. Vacations, weekends, mornings or evenings are good times to work with candles.
It is great fun using candles and discovering their power in helping to transform situations in your life. You will find that adding candle work is a wonderful support system in your spiritual practice.
The popularity of candles has skyrocketed in our world of electric lighting. There are now more colors, better production methods and much nicer scents than our ancestors could ever have wished for. Due to the popularity of aromatherapy, essential oils are also more widely available for home use. Properly anointed, our energies become focused on what exactly is our “will” and “intent” each and every time we glance at the dancing flame.
The psychological basis of most ritual performance is the connection to the emotional body. The subconscious mind cannot and does not distinguish between ‘actually is’ and ‘what it thinks is’. It makes no judgment. It does not discern or weigh evidence. It accepts all input like a filtering house for all data. It will file, categorize, and label experiences from all 5 senses.
It will be altered to any danger, or anything that has left an impression on or pattern from a previous experience. To the subconscious everything is real. This is the seat of phobias, fears and where habits form, but it is also the place of love, compassion and hope. If you want to ever change an old pattern of behavior, the subconscious is the area you must appeal. There is where change is formed and made.
The hints, nudges and ‘intuition’ you feel is the direct communication from your subconscious. Do not confuse this with psychic energy, though, closely related and somewhat similar; it is not quite the same.
The feeling of Deja vu can sometimes be an association that surface when we are doing an activity and the subconscious already has a file on similar activity. It feels as if we have done it before because our subconscious mind feels a kinship of familiarity with a present activity. However, Deja vu can come from deeper levels, like precognitive dreams, or the super consciousness.
When we desire something we create a strong attachment and connection to the thing we desire, whether it is a healing, an object, a mate, a job, etc… When we do this we build an energy ‘bridge’ between the thing desired and ourselves. This strong emotional connection is one of the components as to why candle burning can actually work.
The energy force of the mind is a powerful tool. Usually, if we move something through the subconscious it will have a more lasting effect that if we do it in just the conscious mind. When we use the conscious mind it is much as if remembering a phone number that we know we will not use again, we use it then quickly dismiss it.
Using the subconscious is more like remember something by association.
First, we should have a short meditation session, just to clear your energies and help you focus. This is a very good practice, especially, if you have had a very draining day, and have come in contact with many negative energy.
Just using public transportation home would be enough of a reason to cleanse first before you enter the circles of Light and Energy. Can you imagine the effect if you brought all that conflicting negativity with you in the configuration?
Let’s say you want to bring money to you. You need money. Next, you will choose the appropriate color. You could choose Gold, Green or Brown. One has to decide the nature of their money needs. Brown is usually for financial crisis, where Gold is more for quick money and improving financial flow. Green is more for vast wealth. In this case some quick money might do, so Gold is better for this occasion.
Next you can set up for the Triangle layout of candles. See the diagrams. At this point one “dresses” the candle buy cleansing them with a white all cotton cloth. Taking care to rub in one direction only so there is no conflicting of energies. Rubbing in one direction “tags” the frequencies and help excite the atoms and molecules.
Sit in the middle of the triangle. Holding the candles in your hand say some blessing or spiritual affirmation such as, “Oh Universe or Oh Lord, bless these candles.” “Give bounty to my request if all is in balance as I ask it.”
The reason we ask this way is that sometimes we ‘think’ we know what we want or need – this may or not be true. We see only a small portion of the larger workings of Universe. Sometimes we are not always aware of the deeper reasons why things are going on in our lives or around us. As such we may be in direct conflict of what should be happening, and is supposed to be happening.
This is why we petition but leave it as, I would like this or that, or “if it is in my best interest”. Trust the Universe to know if it fits in with what is supposed to be going on. We also want to ask in a way that ensures that no others will be harmed or lessened by our request.
Then we must take care to be very thorough. Yes, there is a reason to be very thorough. In asking for something, you may know what you mean, but if you do not state how then Universe will supply it by the shortest means possible.
Energy follows the path of least resistance. This means that it will find an opening any place where there is one. As the creators and orchestra conductor it is up to us to manage our experiences with the utmost of responsibility. It is said that Universe will help once we have exhausted our part in availability.
Stipulate thoroughly, as to your intent. Have it come in the most balanced way. Make sure it harms not yourself or others in any way.
Begin lighting the candles in a clockwise movement, in sequence. Never out of sequence, that is chaotic energy. With each light of the candle reaffirm the desired object or effect that is wanted.
Next, sit, quietly, for 10 or 15 minutes and visualize the object, etc., surrounded in the color candles you are using.
Breathe deeply and slowly inside the triangle. Usually, 10 or 15 minutes will be enough time inside the candle layout. Next, you must extinguish the flame of each candle. Never use the breath to extinguish the flame. The breath has its own power and source. It will conflict the desired energies. Use a metal cup or a store bought candle snuffer.
- The color of the candle is the frequency you will amplify and release.
- The color of candle you choose is determined by what is needed.
- Candles should be ‘dressed’ and cleansed before each use. This rids the candle of any accumulated negativity. I recommend rubbing them with an all-cotton, white color, flannel fabric. Rub them in one direction only, as not to build any static charge that could affect the energy flow. After you cleanse them hold the candle and state a simple affirmation over them as a ‘blessing’ of the candle.
- Never mix use candles. i.e.: If a candle has been used for healing never uses it for anything else. This remains true for all uses. Do mix use will conflict the energy and weaken or disrupt the clear frequency.
- Never use candle burning to inflict pain, discomfort or to manipulate another person’s Free Will. To do so will create some very negative karma for the one who does it. In candle burning one produces ten—which means whatever you put out to someone else comes back 10 times on you. As an added note of information for those who may not be familiar with.
- Never use the breath to extinguish a candle flame. To do so affects the frequency of the ending part of the candle burning session. The breath is an energy affecting force and is use in other forms of healing. The two creative forces of ‘breath’ and ‘flame’ can conflict the creative forces and desired effects instead use a metal cup or flame snuffer made for this purpose.
Before you burn a candle for a ritual or spell, you should charge the candle. Charging a candle means preparing your candle to make it more powerful. The ways you can achieve this is through cleansing, dressing, and carving your candle.
By cleansing a candle, you are removing all negative or psychic energies that the candle might have picked up along the way. It’s like resetting the candle to its original state.
There are four ways to cleanse a candle:
- Hold the candle over incense or sage smoke.
- Leave it outside overnight in the moonlight.
- Bury the candle in sea salt and leave overnight or one full day.
- Rub alcohol on it, starting at the bottom, working your way to the top. If you are working with a candle in glass, then rub alcohol on the exposed areas and glass.
No matter what cleansing method you choose, it is very important to always focus on your goal while cleansing. Pray and ask for blessings and cleansing of the candle.
Dressing is a process in which you anoint a candle with oils. When you dress a candle, you are imprinting your intentions onto it. This makes your spells more powerful and effective. Despite the various conflicting methods on how to dress a candle, you can’t do it wrong if you set your intentions right. Some like to rub oil in the middle of the candle and then proceed to rub downward, from the middle of the candle to the bottom. Some rub from the middle to the top. If you are doing a spell that is bringing you something, rub oil from the top of the candle, downward to the bottom. If you are doing a spell that is getting rid of something, rub oil from the bottom upward to the top. Always stroke the candle in the same direction. Whichever direction you choose to anoint your candle, make sure you focus on your goal and visualize it while you are dressing your candle. For example, if your goal is to draw in more money, visualize yourself gaining prosperity as you rub the candle.
You may also use herbs, cut or in powder form, in your oils. Certain oils and herb combination help produce different outcomes. Cinnamon Oil, Clove Oil and Attraction Oil are best for love spells, All Spice Oil and Better Business Oil are good for money spells, and Rosemary Oil and Dragon’s Blood Oil are best for breaking a hex or crossed condition. There are many more oils and herbs that correspond to your spell and desires.
After cleansing and anointing your candle, you may want to carve symbols, letters, drawings or words right onto the candle. You can carve your name or the names of loved ones or symbols like a dollar sign or a heart. If the spell is for a specific event, carve the date onto the candle. This not only helps you focus on your desired outcome but it also sends the intention out to the universe. You can use a straight pin or knife to carve or have it pre-carved with your inscription. In addition to carving, you can also write out a petition on a paper and place it under the candle or candle holder. If you are burning a candle for someone, placing a picture of him or her under the candle can help with your desired result.
A popular last step is sprinkling your candle and/or casting a magic circle around your candle. This can be done with sachet and sprinkling powders like Cascarilla. Simply pick a powder that works with your desired spell and sprinkle it on your candle. Creating a circle around the candle acts as protection to you. As you can see, there are many ways to prepare your candle. You can’t go wrong if your intentions are pure and you speak from the heart.
Remember, the language of the candle is important. The direction of the flame, the wafting of the smoke, and the audible chatter are all a from of communication for divination into past, current, and future events. Take notes and learn the language of the candle so you can better understand the workings of your magick. Whenever you are looking for omens in candle language, always use your common sense. Remember that each magickal act is different and reach candle is unique. Combine this awareness with your subconscious interpretations of the omens and you will find that your interpretations will vary from those of others under similar circumstances. Experiment to find out what is right for you.
Steady candle – The spell will probably be in your favor, especially if the glass is clean, no wax. If the flame is also steady things will stay the same, and is sending out strong energy to manifest your desires.
Unsteady candle – The flame is dripping, rising, and flaring constantly the spell is being resisted by the person it was intended for.
Candle goes out – If the candle goes out the spell should not be done, and has a negative outcome. It is possible for someone to have a candle burning for you, but they were stronger so it could not be fought off. Otherwise the opposition is resisting. If the candle was directed at an individual a different candle should be lit the next day due to resistance. However if your intentions were impure for attempting to control someone’s free will, or the desire was self-serving not for universal good, then intentions should be reevaluated. Only then a new candle should be lit. When a candle leaves a layer un burned there is unfinished business, and intentions may not have been clear. When a candle is performed for someone else and the candle goes out. The individual succeeded in fighting off the attack, and alarmed the individual. A different type of spell must be performed. If the flame dies quickly then expect an abrupt change. If a seven day candle burns out early a new candle must be lit immediately. Reversing spells and spells of harm failed and has a lot of negativity directed at you. The other individual have spirits fighting it off and will soon be successful.
Direction of Smoke
Northern – Something physical is manifesting. You will have to work for what you wish to achieve.
Eastern – Something mental is manifesting. Think things through and have patience
Southern – Something intense and short lived is manifesting. Success comes rapidly and with intensity.
Western – The manifestation of strong Magick intervention. The issue is too emotional. You are too involved-step away for a time. Clear your thoughts.
Infrequent Noise(Soft) – Pure thoughts, intimate conversation.
Frequent Noise(Mild) – An authority figure giving orders or directions.
Frequent Chatter(Strong) – Arguments, quarrels or loud disagreements.
When you first light the candle, if it emits black smoke it is a sign that it is beginning to remove negative energy from your desire.
When the smoke is white, then your prayer will be answered, but there may be some struggles to obtain your desire.
A strong flame is a good indication the candle is working by sending out a lot of power and energy to bring about a manifestation of your prayer. This is a sign that the candle is working rapidly.
A weak or low flame indicates that the candle is working very slowly to remove an obstacle or to bring in a positive vibration to your prayer or spell. You are facing some heavy opposition to having the request granted. It is an indication that you will have to pray a little longer time before your desire is granted.
A jumping flame can indicate spiritual warfare on your behalf. A lot of raw energy and power is working. If the candle is a war candle then the person whos name is attached to the candle is fighting.
If the smoke wafts towards you then your prayer is acknowledged.
If the smoke blows in the direction away from you, it is a definite sign that you still need perserverance in order to obtain your desire.
If the smoke turns towards your right, then you will need to use a bit of patience, success will come through using your head.
Again, if the smoke comes towards you, success will come quickly in granting the prayer.
If the smoke turns towards your left, then you are becoming to emotionally involved with the situation you are praying for and in danger of subconsciously sabotaging your own spell so that it will not be answered.
At times you will hear crackling sounds as the candles are burning. This is taken that the spirit is pleading your case on your behalf. The stronger the crackling sound, the stronger the opposition is against you.
If the glass breaks, it can indicate, depending on the situation, that someone is working against you because the pressure is on. On the other hand, if the work you are doing is an uncrossing or jinx removing and the glass breaks, then the evil that is against you is broken.
Candle burns the bottom half of the glass black – There are two meanings which can be applied to this. The first, if the candle is a prosperity, protection or luck candle, negativity was sent your way and the candle detected it.
The second, if the candle was being used to harm or dominate another individual, the spirit of the individual was alarmed and has reversed the spell. It would be almost be impossible to start another work of any type once the individual knows and has protection.
Candle only burns on one side – This means that the spell will only be part way effective. This can also mean that the wrong type of candle or candle dressing was used.
The glass cracks – If the candle is being used for self protection, this means that the candle broke the negativity in the environment. This can also mean witchcraft or the presence of secret enemies. If the candle is being used to dominate an individual, it means that the protection of this individual was broken.
The candle flame crackles – If the flame on a candle makes a crackling noise, and the candle is for self protection, it means that someone is talking about you and has bad intentions directed toward you. If it is being used to harm an individual, this means that the individual is thinking about you.
The candle has more than one flame – The center or main flame represents you. If the candle is being used for self protection, this means that each flame other than the center one represents an enemy. If the candle is being used to dominate another individual, this means that the individual is being helped by other people.
The candle flickers – When a candle flickers, this signifies the presence of spirits.
The entire top of the candle including the wick on fire – If the entire tip of the candle catches on fire, this means that the spell is being fought off by guardian spirits but more than likely, the spell will be successful.
The candle flame goes out in the middle of a spell – If the spell is for self protection, this means that while you were performing the spell, witchcraft was directed your way and your spirits were unable to fight it off. If the spell was directed toward another individual, their spirits were able to fight the attack off and has alarmed the individual. Another type of spell must be performed.
A candle be extinguished and lit again later – Only a candle being used to bring prosperity or success to an individual may be extinguished before it has completely burned. If the candle is being used to dominate or cause harm to another individual, the candle flame must never be put out because the spell will not work. In this case, the guardian spirits of the other individual will have time to prepare and reverse it back to you.
A healthy flame – has a bright red core, surrounded by a blue halo and then a yellow color. A blazing red center tells you that spirits are getting to the heart of the matter. A red center that is dim or just a pinpoint reveals a situation that may not be motivated by the heart. If the wick of the candle starts building a little bulb at its tip, chances are that you have opposition or a third party working against you. If there is a lot of blue in the flame, I take that as a sign that angels and spirits are protecting you from a possibly unhappy outcome.
How to put a candle flame out – Candles can only be turned off by placing a plate over the top of the candle, thus allowing the flame to extinguish itself naturally. Candle flames can also be extinguished by using a candle snuffer.
( A magical or spiritual mediation candle should never been blown out).
Extinguished a candle and it later turned itself back on – This means that your guardian spirits do not want you to turn the candle off because they are detecting something good or bad for you. At any rate, if the candle is turned off they can not assist you effectively.
Seven day candle burns out before seven days – If a 7 day Candle burns out before seven days, this means that the spell is working fast and another one must be lighted immediately. In the case of prosperity spells, this means money. In the case of reverse spells, this means that there is a lot of negativity around you. In the case of spell of harm, this means that the individuals spirit is fighting it off, but the spell will soon be effective.
What will make a candle spell work more effectively – The use of the appropriate incense, floor wash or spiritual herbal bath are all ways to enhance a magical candle spell.
The way a candle unfolds or deconstructs as it melts can be very significant. It is wonderful when the candle seems to collapse outward or unfold like a flower. I consider that to be a sign that your wish will be granted. It represents possibilities and paths opening for you. A candle that is too lopsided in one direction or another universally means that you are dealing with a situation that is way out of balance. If the flame is buried by the wax, to me that is often a sign that the wish will not be granted.
If they do burn cleanly and leave no trace other than a circle and a bit of charred wick, then the spell worked very well indeed. Flat smooth wax puddles means the spell worked well.
A free-standing candle runs and melts a lot while burning: This gives you an opportunity to observe the flow of wax for signs. For instance, if you are burning a bride-and-groom type candle for love, and the man’s wax runs all over the woman’s, then the man desires the woman more than she desires him. If you are burning an abundance or prosperity candle and the wax melts and runs down onto the monetary offering, the spell is working well and the candle is blessing the money. Some people try to intentionally influence the way melting wax runs with the intention of increasing the likelihood that things will go favorably for them. Most practitioners allow nature to take its course and watch running wax for signs, without interfering in its movements.
A free-standing candle burns down to a puddle of wax: When this happens, examine the shape of the wax for a sign. You may see something of significance there, for the shape may suggest an outcome regarding present or future matters. Wax puddles come in all kinds of shapes; most candle-workers treat them like tea-leaves when they interpret them.
There is much lore in the Mexican tradition regarding the wax remains – they leave messages such as: long serpent-like strings indicating evil intent being neutralized and probably a repeat spell is required.
Heart shaped wax puddles of positive when working love spells.
A Coffin shaped puddle indicates success when burning a candle against a nemisis.
Flat wavy papery remains usually with two claw-like projections are read as scorpions which mean malicious gossip and back biting that is being neutralized. Repeat the spell until wax burns clean.
Twisted pillars of wax, bizarre shapes or monsters is read as turbulence and further healing is required.
Wax remains in the shape of sex organs usually means some sort of infidelity or a venereal disease.
A hooded figure means the “Santa Muerte” Holy Death has been invoked and requires a further ritual to neutralize this.
Shapes of animals, cats, goats, domestic animals and fowls can mean that an animal sacrifice took place to strengthen a spell against you. A further ritual is called for to neutralize the spell (the source, usually Santería or Palo Mayombe). Many make or buy tallow candles for uncrossing and unexciting spells. On a positive note, it could be an animal spirit that is close to you.
A free-standing candle lets out a lot of smoke but burns clean at the end: Signifies hidden trouble or someone working against your wishes. Things will not go well at first, but with repeated work you will overcome.
The Law of Manipulation.
One should not pray, excite or execute any motion of thought or action directly ‘to’ or ‘for’ another without their explicit acceptance. Nor should one do absent healing or any form of energy implementation toward another without their avowal. It is allowed and not a Free Will breach to generally pray, excite or excite energy implementation for or toward another. i.e.: ‘I pray for the uplifting of all souls.’ ‘May those who are in need find assistance and safety.’ These examples do not breach the laws governing Manipulation.
When you are ready to light the candle, chant something like:
Candle of power, candle of might,
Create my desires here on this night.
Power, stream from this candle’s fire.
Bring to me my heart’s desire.
My words have strength, the victory’s won.
So say I, this spell is done.