Fire is one of the most powerful instruments that can be used in magic. Its energies of creativity, passion, and transformation make it a wonderful ally to support just about any intention. One of the simplest ways to incorporate the essence of this element into a spiritual practice is through the use of candle magic. As anyone who performs spells will likely attest to, candles are an amazing resource to have in a magical arsenal as they are inexpensive; come in a wide variety of shapes, sizes, and colors; and are well known for their usefulness in meditative practices, religious ceremonies, and spellwork in cultures all around the world.
Candle magic is not only useful for incorporating the fire element, but also for condensing it into a more manageable form to support an intention. It is without religious dogma and can be done by anyone regardless of personal beliefs or spiritual lifestyle. Additionally, this magic is highly customizable, and thus rituals can be as simple or as complex as desired. The candle itself acts as a prop – a symbol upon which we may focus our will to improve the probability of bringing about the desired outcome. And therefore we have uncovered the “magic” ingredient behind this practice: our will.
To illustrate what’s actually happening when we utilize candle magic, let’s take a moment to reflect upon the age old tradition of blowing out candles at a birthday party:
First, an intention or “wish” is decided. Second, that wish is visualized. Third, the wish is focused and willed into existence by blowing out the flame. This is one of the most well known examples of candle magic, and it really can be that simple.
On the more complex end of the spectrum, candle magic may be strengthened and supported by combining other elements such as chants, crystals, herbs and spices, moon energy, sigils or symbols, and even petitioning a deity or spirit for assistance. Wax is very easy to carve personal power symbols or intentions into, and natural beeswax sheets can be used for rolling specially blended oils and herbs directly into the candle itself. Candle ingredients and color may also be considered depending upon the intention. If the desired color isn’t available, plain white candles are appropriate for use in any ritual; and if funds only allow investing in a single color, they are a smart choice due to their versatility. Ultimately it is intention and will that are the key components to making magic. With this in mind, it’s important to not get too caught up in the details and simply let the magic flow.
Always take necessary precautions when working with fire;
Personal injury or property damage is possible!
Always use a fire safe holder or dish on a heat resistant surface.
Remove all flammable labels and packaging from candle before use.
Keep away from pets and small children.
Never leave a burning candle unattended.
Basic Candle Magic Exercise
Needed materials: candle, lighter or matches, fire safe dish or candleholder
Optional: paper, writing utensil
- Decide upon an intention and gather the necessary supplies
- Find a quiet location where this exercise can be performed on a heat resistant surface
- Sit silently for a few moments to clear the mind, taking care to breathe calmly and release any physical stress
(If desired, this is the time to petition any personal deities or spirits for their protection and assistance)
- Focus upon your intention, speaking it aloud into the space
The intention may be written on a piece of paper
(This paper may be folded and placed under the candle dish, or burned to symbolize “releasing” the intention to the universe)
- Visualize the intention coming true and focus on that feeling for a few moments
While still visualizing, light the candle
- Taking particular care to feel the sensations of already having whatever is being wished for, maintain this visualization for a few minutes (1-3) at minimum, with eyes closed, or staring directly into the flame
- Extinguish the candle and express gratitude to the universe or your helpful spirits
That’s it! As previously mentioned, feel free to incorporate other elements into the ritual to lend additional power to the magic. As with any magic, be safe and follow intuition!
Do you have any experience with candle magic? Leave us a comment and tell us your stories, or pass along some helpful tips for beginners!
Blessed Be ~
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