As in ancient times before civilization, fire has always been used to promote a feeling of safety and warmth. When our forebears found that sticks in the fire would burn longer and brighter with the fat from a kill on it the first candles were born. Fire has always held a sacred position in the hearts of human kind. The use of candles whether from animal fat or bees wax was common by the 5th Century A.D.
In the Middle Ages they found that bark from trees, berries, and other dyes could be added to the fat or wax for coloration. Michelangelo used ores to give candles a blue color. The Catholic Church found that using red candles brought a higher level of energy to their High Mass. Our Wicca mothers used to add hemp or aloe to green candles for financial gain. With the advent of color psychology we now know why yellow would be a good color to stimulate the intellect. The full list of candle colors and their associations are as follows**:
- Day – Monday
- Planet – Moon
- Purity, Truth, Sincerity, High Spiritual Ideals.
- Day – Sunday
- Planet - The Sun
- Attraction, Persuasion, Charm, Confidence
- Zodiac sign - Leo
- Day – Wednesday
- Planet – Mercury
- Stimulates the intellect. Anything to do with the mind or the brain
- Zodiac sign - Gemini
- Day – Friday
- Planet – Venus
- Vitality, Money, Balance,
- Zodiac sign - Virgo and sometimes Taurus
- Day – Thursday
- Planet – Jupiter
- Lighter... Tranquility, Understanding, Patience, Health
- Darker... Impulsiveness, Depression, Changeability
- Zodiac sign - Sagittarius The more teal or blue green belongs to Aquarius
- Day – Tuesday
- Planet - Mars.
- Lighter... Honor, Love, Morality
- Mid rage... High levels of energy. Sexual energy.
- Darker... Martial pursuits, hate, vengeance
- Zodiac sign - Aries, darker red - Scorpio
- Encouragement, Adaptability, Stimulation, Attraction.
- Zodiac sign - Taurus
- Day – Saturday
- Planet – Saturn
- Ambition, Power, Royalty
- Darker... Restriction
- Zodiac sign - Capricorn and Pisces. The more lavender belongs to Libra
- Planet – Earth
- Keeps thing as they are. The darker the color the more stagnant things become.
- Reversing, absorbing.
Silver / Gray
- Cancellation, Neutrality,
- More Silver... True Moon Psychic Powers.
- Zodiac sign - Cancer
Why does Candle Magic Work?
As a candle burns it releases not only it's wax but it's color into the atmosphere. Whatever has been connected with the candle- as in the form of embedded energy - or written on the candle will transmigrate to a plane where it can do what you have intended and focused on it to do. A candle, like everything else used for a magical purpose, has to be consecrated. Use a general consecration for candles. They are creatures of Fire or of Art.
After consecration a candle must be dressed. This consists of anointing the candle with a special oil you have chosen for the purpose in mind. If you are drawing money to you I would suggest "Money Draw Oil". If you are healing a friend I would use "Health Oil”. The recipes for these and other oils and incense are in Herman Slater's "Magickal Formulary" or Scott Cunning ham's The Complete Book of Incense, Oils & Brews . Both are excellent.
To dress a candle correctly, liberally dab some oil on your finger. Touching the top of the candle say, "As Above". Touch the bottom and say, "So Below". Starting at the center touch the candle with more oil and move your finger to the top. Lift you finger off and place it again in the center and stroke the candle to the bottom. Do not move your finger in an up and down motion. This confuses the energies. Do this until the candle is coated. There are many other things you can do to embed a candle to your purpose. You can etch runes in it; a name on it; a purpose for it to perform.. Really the list is endless.
If you are doing a Solar spell consult the table for the proper hour, i.e., Sunday on a Sun hour. Consult the celestial guide to see if Mars and Saturn are not square, in opposition or conjunct to your purpose (unless you are trying to wreck havoc... watch that Karma) and that the Moon is not V/C. (void of course). For a spell that is to bring things to you the Moon needs to be "waxing" . For a repelling or banishing spell the Moon needs to be "waning".
Simple Spells, Mixed Spells, and Complex Spells
All the formulas given here have the same basic concepts. They are timing, intent and focus. For timing one would go to an astrological table (celestial guide), days and hours table. For focus refer to an herbal listing magical properties of each, (and possibly a gem or stone guide too), and last but not least an oil and/or incense formularies. (Not easy being a Witch is it?). Next decided whether the spell is going to need a Deity push (invoking the God and Goddess of your choice) or maybe just an elemental. Decided how much power this spell will need. (You wouldn't use a nuclear weapon to blow out a match but you do want to make sure that the spell will work.)
Simple Candle Spell
A simple candle spell consists of usually one candle of the necessary color, the special purpose oil and the matching incense. The spell will be performed on the correct time with all necessary symbols engraved on the candle. The candle is lit and allowed to burn all the way down at one time.
Mixed Candle Spells
This gets a little more complicated. There are 1 day spells as the one above, 3 day spells, 7 day spells, 14 and 21 day spells. I have yet to see a 28 day spell work. (Something about the Moon going full circle nullifying the spell...try it if you don't believe me..). 3day,7day,14day,and 21 day spells all have the same thing in common. They are started on the appropriate hour and last only one hour per day, that is to say... If we are doing a Solar spell we would start on a Sunday in the first hour (Sun hour for that day) and let the candle burn for only one hour. The next day we would light the candle in the first hour which would be a Moon hour on a Moon day. Lastly we would light the candle again on the first hour of the last day and that would be a Mars hour on a Mars day letting the candle burn all the way down on the third day.
A note here about putting out candles. do not blow out a candle***. Snuff it. Blowing out a candle finalizes the energy not to mention pissing off the Fire elemental. The only time you would blow out a magical candle is when you need and emergency STOP. There will be a backlash so be prepared. Regardless, if the Moon is Void of Course on any of the other days you would still follow through just as long as when you started the spell the Moon was in a positive aspect to your intent.
Adding power is really a simple process. Before starting the spell write a chant that you will do upon lighting the candle each day. Once the process of the spell is underway (the candle is lit) one could write a petition to a Deity or an elemental using Dragon’s Blood Ink on parchment and burn it with the incense in the thurible. Further, one could use a sigil or seal and do the same thing. A sigil or seal can be placed under the candle and burned later after the spell is complete. The combinations are endless. Specific gems and stones can be placed around or near the candle to give it more power. Herbs can be embedded or sprinkled around the alter area for more potential too.
Complex Candle Spells
Complex candle spells require some space. The idea behind them is that you are building a world with candles and influencing that world by moving the candles around as you would have events move in the physical plane. When candles move toward something then that "thing" is getting closer to the person the spell is for. As the candles move away from a person then that "thing" is moving away in turn. In a complex spell there are many factors to contemplate. What color candles do I use for what? What different incenses and oils for what candle, and how many different sigils or seals are necessary? Before attempting the complex variety I would suggest reading all the information there is. These are the hardest to reverse. In general a candle spell looks like this:
- Gather materials i.e.., what color candle, type oil and incense
- Will I need inks?
- Will I need to write on the candle?
- Do I need to invoke the God and Goddess?
- What is the Timing?
- Cast a circle (not absolutely necessary but I do it).
- Consecrate candle.
- Write on candle (if desired).
- Dress Candle
- Write petition (if using one)
- Add incense to thurible
- Light Candle and meditate on intent
- Burn petition in thurible ( if using one)
- When the spell is complete if you are trying to invoke something cast the ashes to the wind and bury the excess wax in a secret place. If you are banishing something, throw the remains in the garbage.
To reverse a candle spell (this works for most other spells too)
- Gather all melted wax, burned incense
- recopy all sigils, seals and even the chant used in the spell you want to reverse or stop. (Sometimes it isn't available due to throwing things to the wind or putting things in the garbage... get what you can!)
- Gather up a gray candle.
- You will need reversing oil and incense.
On a waning Moon duly cast a circle. Place the candle in the middle of the alter. Place all the items from the spell you want reverse or stop around the gray candle. Using your athame point at the gray candle and say:
"These things have I enmagicked
be will now cease to exist,
Go back the way you have begun,
cease now and desist.
With harm to none and no alarm
the energies dissipate,
Return all things now as they were,
I relinquish them to fate.
Nema, Nema, Nema."
(make banishing Earth Pentagram and light candle) (let burn all the way)
**I am including these colors as this is how the article was written, however, these associations may not be accurate for you. I truly believe much of the most effective magic is instinctual. For me the color associations are different, i.e. orange is for calm & peacefulness…Do what works for you and you will find it does – work for you that is *grin*
***additional note from dawtch – I disagree with this theory – that blowing out a candle “scatters” the spell intent, so they should be snuffed. I guess I am just too logical – in my brain, “snuffing” a candle will also “snuff” the energy and force it back into the candle rather than releasing it to the Universe. Conversely, when you “blow out” a candle, rather than “scattering” the energy as many claim, it seems to me, you are sending it on it’s way. This is something that I believe is “to each their own” much like the elemental/directional associations. I have always followed what I believe to be correct, and have not noticed any diminishment of the effectiveness of my spells :)
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