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Dear Friends,

Candle magick is on of the most important forms of magick and should become part of your regular practice. While candles can be used to represent the Goddess, God and the elements in ritual work, they can also be used to cast spells. Candle magick can be used for many different types of magick, from love to luck to divination to money.Performing candle magick can be as simple or as complicated as you’d like it to be. You’ll want to use your regular altar space, but make sure that it is cleared of any remnants from past spells. When I am performing a candle magick spell, I like to cover my altar in a color related to the spell that I am performing (green for money or job, red for love, etc). You can also use a white cloth, since white is a multipurpose color. You’ll also want to use Vervain incense. I find that Vervain gives all of my spellworking an extra oomph.

After you’ve selected a candle magick spell from a book or received one from your coven, you’ll need to purchase your candles (if you have none) and then dress your candles. Beeswax candles are a good choice because they are made with natural materials. Some witches prefer to make candles themselves because they will be instilled with the energy from the witch. However, when you are starting out store bought candles are perfectly fine.

When you use store bought candles, you’ll need to dress them with oil before you perform your spell. I normally do this the day before my planned spell because it gives the candle time to absorb the oil. It also gets me in the magickal frame of mind for the next day. The choice of oil is up to you. I use a special blended energizing oil for most spells, but on occasion I use oil that it specific to the magick I am performing.

The most important part of dressing the candle is the direction in which you do so. If you are performing magick to bring something to you, start at the top of the candle and rub the oil to the middle. Then start at the bottom of the candle and rub the oil toward the middle. For spellwork that you are using to send something away from you, start from the center of the candle and rub the oil outward toward both ends.

While you are consecrating the candle repeat the following phrase:

“I cleanse and consecrate this candle in the name of the God and Goddess. May it burn with strength in the service of light.”

On the day that you are performing the magick, take a ritual bath before you begin with warm water and a handful of sea salt. This will neutralize any negative energy you’ve gathered from the day. This will also help prepare your body and mind for the work. While you bathe, focus on the magick you are about to do and clear your mind of the stresses of the day.

Follow the directions for the your spell for the rest of the candle spell. Some spells require you to light and relight a candle over a set period of time. For these, you’ll need a safe space to store your candle. If you altar is not permanent or is too low to the ground to be safe, cleanse a space that is in a more appropriate location. In fact, you might want to use the new location for the entire ritual. The same goes for spells that require you to leave a candle burning.

Candle magick can be quick and very effective. I encourage you to branch out into this form of magick and try different types of spells and candles.
Love And Light,

Rose Ariadne, Your Warm And Caring “Resident Witch In Charge”


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Dear Friends,

I had a really profound insight the other day while sorting through the large load of dirty clothes that had accumulated in my family’s laundry room. I realized the amount of trust that we put in these simple machines that wash and dry our clothes. I thought back to the days of my great-great grandmother who did all of her laundry by hand. If she saw my modern machines with different temperature settings and wrinkle release system, no doubt she would think it was magick at work.She would be amazed at the way I am able to simply put in the load of clothes, pour in some detergent, press a button and have clean clothes in under an hour, without having to do any of the hard work myself. I don’t have to scrub, I don’t have to rinse, I don’t have to apply different techniques to get stains out. I don’t get my hands dirty at all. I am as removed from the process as I can be. It would only be simpler if my husband would do it!

You may wonder exactly what magick has to do with my laundry. Or anybody’s laundry for that matter. Although the washing machine and dryer are not magick, per se, they do illustrate an important magickal principle. I completely trust in the process and trust them to do their job. When I put clothes into my washing machine and dryer, I let them do what they do. I don’t question how the mechanics of the process works. I don’t sit there and fret about whether or not my clothes will really get clean or dry. I don’t wonder if I remembered to put the laundry detergent in the machine in just the right fashion. When I close the lid on that washer, I know that my clothes will be clean. I forget about them and go about my day until I hear the chime coming from the laundry room.

How many times have to cast a spell and then begun to worry about it day and night? Do you analyze every aspect of the ritual and wonder if you did the right thing? Do you look for signs of your spell coming to fruition? I know I’ve been in this position. It was early in my walk on this path and I was so eager to see signs that it actually worked. I didn’t trust in the process.

The old saying goes “A watched pot never boils.” And your magick will never work if you never let it go. Staying focused on the outcome of your spell isn’t releasing the energy of the spell, its holding onto it. For magick to work, you have to release it.

In the beginning, it may be hard to trust the process of magick. It hasn’t been “proven” to you in a way that you can see plainly in your life. It requires a bit of faith to be able to use magick with as much reliance as you use your washer and dryer. But believe me, your magick will be much more effective if you just trust and let go.

After you’ve completed a spell or ritual, treat it with the same indifference that you do the laundry. Let it go, know that the mechanics of magick will work themselves out. You don’t have to worry about how it works. You just have to know that it does. Don’t look back until you hear the small chime, and see the effects of magick working in your life.

Take some time to trust the process, and you’ll surprise yourself with your magickal power!
Brightest Blessing,

Rose Ariadne, Your Warm And Caring “Resident Witch In Charge”


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