Candle magic is one of the simplest forms of magic for a beginner to master. It uses a physical representation to assist with the channeling of the will. Candle magic works well with almost any other type of magic. It is commonly used in combination with herbal magic, color magic, and aromatherapy to name a few.
The first step in the process is, of course, to select the right candle. Handmade candles work best as you can enchant them during creation. If this is your first time, pick an unscented candle in a basic shape. Color can be very important. The color of your candle should coincide with the intentions of your spell. Colors mean different things to different people, and encompass an entire other form of magic. Here is a list of possible color meanings, though many more exist.
Red-life, blood, energy, rage, passion, fire
Blue-calm, water, astral plane
Green-new life, nature, money, jealousy, poison
White-purity, blank, new, clean, blessings
Black-mysterious, night, secrets, darkness, death
Purple-royalty, spirit, charm
Brown-earth, grounding, strong, confidant
Gold-wealth, dragons, fame, the gods
Silver-strength, self discovery, protection
These are only a couple possibilities. Pick a color that means something to you.
Now that you have your candle it will need to be carved and dressed. These two steps are responsible for the enchantment of the candle. During these steps you should keep your mind focused on what you hope to achieve and attempt to channel your will and energy into the candle.
“Carving” a candle is almost exactly what is sounds like. You will carve images and symbols into the candle that relate to what you want the spell to do. Symbology is yet another branch of magic, but everyone has symbols in their life that remind them of what is important to them. You may use any instrument you feel comfortable with to carve the candle. A simple toothpick works great on softer candles. Take your time to really make your candle unique.
After your candle is carved it will also need to be “dressed”. Dressing a candle is adding enchanted herbs and oils to it to amplify its power. Select essential oils and herbs that relate to your intentions or use a prepackaged candle dressing. Put your oils herbs onto a baking pan and roll your candle through them or simply mix them in a bowl and use your hands to work them onto your candle. During the dressing process keep your mind focused on your desire.
Once your candle has been carved and dressed it is ready for use. You may want to write a spell to burn in the flame or recite a mantra while lighting. Be sure to practice fire safety, and never leave a candle burning unattended. If you need to put out a magic candle, never blow it out. Doing so will cause some of the candles energy to be wasted on the wind. Instead, snuff out your candle if it needs to be extinguished. If you wish to reuse your candle it is perfectly ok to do so and usually requires no further enchanting. However, if your candle was enchanted to effect a certain person be warned that re lighting it may re start your original spell. This is especially dangerous when reusing candles intended to curse.
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