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Candle Magick
1. One of the simplest of magical arts which comes under the heading of
natural magic is candle burning. It is simple because it employs little
ritual and few ceremonial artifacts. The theatrical props of candle
magic can be purchased at any department store and its rituals can be
practiced in any sitting room or bedroom.
2. Most of us have performed our first act of candle magic by the time
we are two years old. Blowing out the tiny candles on our first birthday
cake and making a wish is pure magic. This childhood custom is based on
the three magical principals of concentration, will power and
visualization. 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( will power).
3 The size and shape of the candles you use is unimportant, although
highly decorative, extra large, or unusually shaped candles will not be
suitable as these may create distractions when the magician wants to
concentrate on the important work in hand. Most magicians prefer to use
candles of standard or uniform size if possible. Those which are sold in
different colors for domestic use are ideal.
4. The candles you use for any type of magical use should be virgin,
that is unused. Under no circumstances use a candle which has already
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.
5. Some magicians who are artistically inclined prefer to make their own
candles for ritual and magical use. 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 equipment.
6. The hot wax is heated until liquid and then poured into the moiled
through which a suitably sized wick has already been threaded. The wax
is then left to cool and once is this has occurred the moiled 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 candlemaking supplies can also provide
do-it-yourself books explaining the technicalities of the art to the
7. Once you have purchased or made your ritual candle it has to be oiled
or 'dressed' before burning. The purpose of dressing the candle is to
establish a psychic link between it and the magician through a primal
sensory experience. 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.
8. 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.
9. The best type of oils to use for dressing candles are natural ones
which can be obtained quite easily. 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.
The oils soluble perfumes sold by craft shops for inclusion in candles
can be recommended.
1.0 the candles you use can be colored in accordance with the following
magical uses:
white- spirituality and peace.
red- health,energy,strength,courage, sexual potency.
pink- love affection and romance.
yellow- intellectualism, imagination memory and
green- fertility, abundance, good luck and harmony
blue-inspiration, occult wisdom, protection and devotion
purple Material wealth, higher psychic ability,
spiritual power and idealism
silver- clairvoyance, inspiration, astral energy and intuition
orange- ambition. career matters and the law.
11. If you wanted to use candle magic for healing, you would select a
red 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
purple one. It is obvious these colors relate to the signs of the zodiac
and the planetary forces.
12. The simples form of canoodle magic is to write down the objective of
your ritual on a virgin piece of paper. You can use color paper which
matches the candle. Write your petition on the paper using a magical
alphabet, such as theban, enochian, malachain,etc. As you write down
what you want to accomplish through candle magic-- a new job, healing
for a friend, a change of residence, a new love affair, etc.-- visualize
your dream coming true. Visualize the circumstances under which you
might be offered a new job, imagine your employer telling you that your
salary has been increased or conjure up a vision of your perfect love
13. When you have completed writing down your petition carefully fold up
the paper in a deliberately slow fashion. 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 from life.
14. When you have completed your ritual, allow the candle to have
completely burned away. You do not need to stay with the candle after
the ritual, but make sure that is is safe and that red-hot wax will not
cause damage or fire. 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 or be disposed of afterwards.
15> 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 zodiacal sign. These are as
TAURUS green
GEMINI yellow
CANCER silver
LEO orange
VIRGO yellow
LIBRA pink
AQUARIUS all colors
PISCES mauve
Melted Candle Wax  What to Watch For
A speedy, clean burn means things will go well with the spell or blessing and that
one will most likely get what one wishes for. If a glass encased candle burns and
leaves no marks on the glass, that is best. If a free-standing candle leaves little or
no residue, that is best.
If a free-standing candle runs and melts a lot while burning, one may observe the
flow of wax for signs. For instance, if one is burning a bride-and-groom type candle
for love, and the woman's wax runs all over the man's, then the woman desires the
man more than he desires her -- or if one is burning a green money candle and the
wax melts and runs down onto the monetary offering, then the spell is "eager to
work" and the candle is "blessing the money." Some people try to influence the way
melting wax runs; they do this as part of the spell-work, to increase the likelihood
that things will go the way they want. Others prefer to let nature take its course
and to watch running wax for signs, without interfering at all.
When a free-standing candle burns down to a puddle of wax, most workers will
examine the shape of the wax; they may see something of importance there; the
shape may suggest an outcome regarding the matter at hand. For instance, a
heart-shaped wax puddle is a good significator if one is burning a red candle for a
love spell -- and a coffin-shaped wax puddle is a good significator if one if burning
a black devil candle against an enemy. Wax puddles come in all kinds of shapes;
most candle-magicians treat them like tea-leaves when they look at them.
A dirty, black, sooty burn (especially one that messes up a glass-encased candle)
means things are going to go hard -- the spell may not work, the blessing may fail,
the person is in deeper stress or trouble than you thought. If the work is being
done against an enemy and the enemy's candle burns sooty and dirty, then it is
likely that the enemy is fighting your influences.
If a glass-encased candle burns half clean and half dirty or if a free-standing
candle lets out a lot of smoke but then burns clean at the end, that means there is
hidden trouble with the person, or someone is working against your wishes. Things
will not go well at first, but with repeated work you may get them to go better.
If a candle tips over and flames up into a fire hazard, or if it goes out before
completely burning, those are very bad signs. Someone is working against the
When a candle burns up very fast the work will go well but it may not last long. If
one lights candles for several people and one burns faster than the others, then
that person is most affected by the work, but the worker's influence may not last
In European-American traditions, many people bury candle wax and other ritual
remains after a spell is cast. Burial toward the appropriate quarter of the compass
is considered a thoughtful way to go about this. Some neo-pagans dispose of ritual
or spell remains in a bonfire or fireplace.
In African-American hoodoo candle magic spells the disposal of left-over materials
follows other patterns, usually dependent upon the type of spell.
If the intention of the spell is good and it involves matters around one's own home,
like blessing, love-drawing, money-drawing, or home protection, one can wrap the
materials in a cloth or paper packet and bury them in the yard. It is important to
never bury remains from negative spells in one's own yard.
If the intention of the spell is not centered on matters close to home, or if one
does not have a suitable yard, one can wrap the materials in a cloth or paper packet
and throw them in running water over the left shoulder and walk away.
Alternatively, one can take the materials to a crossroads -- any place where two
roads cross -- and throw the packet into the center of the crossroads over the
left shoulder and walk away. The crossroads is also the preferred place to throw
bath-water before beginning a spell; it is often used for throwing out the remains
of candle wax if the spell does not personally involve the practitioner or if the spell
is negative or influence-removing.
If the intention of the spell is specifically to get someone to leave town or leave
one alone, one can divide the materials (e.g. 9 needles used in a spell and 9 pieces of
wax from a candle) into 9 packets and add Hot Foot Powder (or Drive Away
Powder) to each packet. One starts at a crossroads near to where the person lives
and throws out the first packet. Then one travels in a direction away from the
enemy's home, toward where one wants them to go, and drops a packet at each
crossroads one passes until all the packets are gone. In the country this might
carry one several miles. In the city it would only be 9 blocks, so city folks only
count major intersections (with a light) when they do this, or they may count
freeway interchanges to get some distance worked up between the packets.
If the intention of the spell is seriously, irreparably harmful (like causing another
person grave illness), especially if it contains graveyard dirt or goofer dust, one
can dispose of the material in a graveyard. The wax and other remnants are placed
in a miniature coffin, buried, and marked by a miniature headstone with the
enemy's name on it. When setting such a spell to rest, many workers also sprinkle a
mixture of sulfur powder and salt around the grave, then walk home and don't
look back.