Candles, The Power of the Flame
The flame represents the source of our creation, your inner light.
It speaks to us of the soul spark that is above and below, within and without, that which links us all together originating from the same source of thought consciousness.
You can give power and magical qualities to the flame, but the energies come from your consciousness.
Candle drippings viewed after a ceremony or meditation, will take shape and form and have meaning for you. They too are created out of the magic of your thoughts.
The power of the flame is neither male nor female but all and everything.
Candles and sacred flames are part of the myth and mystery of humanity’s experience in the physical, always a reminder of our connection to source.
Candles are often used during religious and ritualistic ceremonies.
A candle melts until its flame is extinguished in the physical … but a soul spark is immortal.
As we are all created by the flame of soul, therefore we all believe in magic at some level. Somewhere in our souls is the knowledge that there is more than physical reality. All is magic and illusion.
Many people associate ceremonies using candles with the occult, black magic, witchcraft, etc. Nothing is dark or negative unless it causes harm to someone or results in a negative reaction and most often originates from a dysfunctional soul.
Candle Magic has been around since the dawn of time, traced as far back as the Paleolithic era. It is a very powerful form of sympathetic magic.
You have to believe in the power of the candle if it is to work for you. Candle magic is usually part of a ritual but can be part of meditation or other exercises (see below).
There are many factors that play into the art of candle magic. Any type of magic that is performed is supposed to return to you three fold, whether it be positive or negative. Always keep the Wiccan Rede ‘An harm to none do what thou wilt’ in mind when considering your work. Always keep in mind that magic effect’s the entire world around you. Be very careful what you ask for, for it may well come true. The wording in any type of magic must not be taken lightly, be very careful, concise, and precise, make sure you have covered all possible bases.
Some candle magic has to be repeated over a period of days. Therefore, you will want to place them in an area that will not be disturbed. Do not choose a place where there is a TV, radio noise or disturbances of any kind. Keep in mind to not put candles near curtains and such, as you would not want to burn your house down. Candle magic should always be performed in a low traffic area. That is why a bedroom is really nice for such work.
You may use anything that has a flat top. Be creative. Cover the altar if you prefer. Although some magic specifies a color then what ever color is specified should be used. Again, be creative. Keep in mind that candle magic is usually done in condensed areas so keep things as simplistic as you can, especially your candlesticks and crystals.
Incense is part of the process. The type / types that you use may be specified in a specific spell, if that is the case by all means use that. Research on incense fragrances and their effects is need here. Incense symbolizes Air, as the smoke rises our thoughts are carried up into the universe.
Preparing of the Practitioner:
Light a few candles, turn off the light and relax. Clear your mind.
Types of candles:
Any type of candle can be used for candle magic as long as it has been cleansed and consecrated prior to use. Although beeswax candles are higher in price than store bought candles, they are more powerful because they are produced from nature. As with any other tool, the candle made by the practitioner for a specific purpose captures the energy of the practitioner. Many experienced Witches will use only candles they have crafted themselves because of this.
Cleansing & Consecrating:
This is a very important step and should not be omitted. Cleansing removes all the negative energies that the candle has picked up along the way. As with all supplies you want your candles to be as free of psychic debris as possible. Submerge the candle in sea salt and ask for cleansing.