The candle symbolizes light in the darkness of life especially individual life, illlumination; it is the symbol of holy illumination of the spirit of truth. Lit in times of death, they signify the light in the next world, and they represent Christ as the light. Purification and cleansing closely related. Festive in nature; in Judaism the holiday Hanukah is the ‘Festival of Lights’, and a candle is lit for each of the 8 nights. Used to ward off evil spirits, life safe as long as candle burns; in relation to Halloween, candles were carried from eleven til midnight, if the candle went out it was an evil omen, if it didn’t it meant one year free from witchcraft.
Its components also have great meaning: wax – pure flesh or humanity, wick – soul, light – love, divinity, flame – godhead, fire – obedience, heat – humility.
Sir Godfrey Gregg