Candle magick is one of the most popular forms of magick. There’s just something about declaring your intention and then lighting a flame that has a certain power to it. Candles are so pervasive in magick that they have worked their way into mundane society. How often have you seen non-magickal people light candles to warm their homes, bring cheer and set the mood for the evening?
Candle magick is appealing because it’s very simple. You don’t need to do a whole lot of ritual preparation. The tools for candle magick are easy to get and you can often pick them up at your local Wal-mart! You can practice candle magick in any place at any time, as long as you take precautions to make sure you won’t light the room on fire!
You’ve probably been practicing candle magick without even realizing it! Think about your birthday each year. You make a wish and then you blow out a candle. It’s a purely magickal act and is based on the three principals of magick: concentration, will power and visualization. You concentrate making on what you want to occur in the coming year, you will it to be so and then you visualize it coming true.
A lot of people worry about the type of candles that you use. Although I’m always a fan of using specific colors for candle magick, the size, shape and type of wax that you use aren’t very important. If you’re doing a spell that requires you to leave a candle burning, you may want to use a small candle or at least one that will burn out within a few days. Most magickal shops have candles categorized by “hours” or “days.” I have a specific size of candle that I enjoy using and all of my candle holders hold that size.
Make sure that you use candles that haven’t been used before. If you have some candles lying around from a holiday, leave them be. You need to use “virgin” candles that haven’t been burnt before. When you use brand new candles, you won’t have to worry about any previous energy coming into your circle and disturbing your work.
If you’re so inclined, you can make your own candles. The benefit to making your own candles instead of using store bought ones is that you’ll have an extra touch of your own personal energy. The mere act of making the candles is a magickal act.
You can buy candle making supplies at a craft store or metaphysical shop. As you are making the candles, keep your intention focused and add your energy to the wax. You can add special oils to the candle wax in order to make them more appropriate for different types of magick. You can also mix in herbs and colored dyes. Make a day of creating candles for your future magickal workings. For more advice on making your own candles, you should find an appropriate craft book.
Once you’ve bought or made your candles, you need to consecrate it with oil before you use. This is also called “dressing” a candle, and is important to establish a psychic link between you and the candle. This allows the candle to become an extension of yourself, which allows you to effectively work your magick. When you touch the candle, you are adding your own energy and the psychic impressions. While you dress the candle, make sure to focus on your intentions for the magick and use an oil that corresponds to your spell. I have a special blend that I dress all my candles with that is appropriate for any type of work, but I also have specific oils that I’ll use for money magick and psychic work.
You need to apply the oil in a specific way in order to dress the candle properly. Imagine that the candle has a North and South pole, just like the earth. Start at the center of the candle, and then rub the oil into the candle toward the top or North end. Then flip the candle over and coat the candle from the middle to the South end. After you dress the candle and let it dry, it’s ready to be used in your spells.
The following correspondence chart can be used to identify the right types of candles for your magickal work.
White candles are appropriate for magick that deals with spirituality and peace. They are also general purpose candles that can be used in place of other colors if you don’t have anything else to use.
Red candles represent health, energy, strength, courage and sexual potency.
Pink candles are for love, affection and romance.
Yellow candles represent intellectual powers, imagination, the mind, memory and creativity.
Green candles are used in money magick, spells dealing with abundance, good luck and harmony.
Blue candles are for inspiration, devotion, protection and wisdom.
Purple candles represent material wealth, higher psychic abilities and spiritual power.
Silver candles are for clairvoyance, inspiration, astral energy and intuition.
Orange candles are used for career, the law and energy magick.
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