Friday, July 29, 2011

Candle Magic

Candle Magic History

Candle Magic has been around for many, many years, being traced as far back as
the Paleolithic era. It is a very powerful form of sympathetic magic. There are many factors that play into the art of candle magic. Keep in mind that 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.

Any type of candle can be used for candle magic as long as it has been cleansed and consecrated prior to use. Cleansing removes any 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. The candles you use for any type of magical use should be unused.

Under no circumstances use a candle which has already adorned a dinner table or been used as a bedroom candle or night-light. Vibrations picked up by second-hand materials or equipment may disturb your workings and negate their effectiveness. Once you have purchased or made your ritual candle it has to be oiled or 'dressed' before burning. The purpose of dressing the candle is to establish a psychic link between you and it through a primal sensory experience. By physically touching the candle during the dressing procedure, you are charging it with your own personal vibrations and also concentrating the desire of your magical act into the wax.

Dressing a Candle

Chose an appropriate candle color for the ritual at hand. Cleanse the candle prior use. You may use water, salt, pure soap, or baby oil (all previously blessed and consecrated).
Bless the anointing oil to be used, appropriate to ritual. State and engrave (if you wish) what the candle is to represent. Anoint the candle with oil and focus on desire (purpose of ritual).

For ritual of achievement: anoint oil from the top of the candle to the middle in a
downward motion, then from the bottom of the candle to the middle in an upward

For ritual of banishment: anoint oil from the middle of the candle to the top in an
upwards motion and then from the middle to the bottom of the candle in a
downwards motion.

Bless the candle and then meditate on the desired outcome.

Some do not use matches to light candles, the sulphur is considered unclean. If
you feel this, use an incense starter or stick to light your candles. Others feel that lighters are not natural enough - choose the method that you feel comfortable with.
To extinguish a candle, snuff it out, do not blow it out. Blowing a candle out blows desires away and is considered by some to be an affront to the element of fire.

To begin you need to choose the right color.

WHITE: Spiritual truth and strength; purity and purification; meditation; attract benevolent spiritual forces; break curses; feminine principle (in alchemy).
PINK: Love and friendship; harmony; entertaining; morality; domestic tranquility; the sign of Cancer.
RED: Sexuality; strength; physical health and vigor; passion; protection; the signs of Scorpio and Aries; masculine principle (in alchemy).
ORANGE: Courage; communication; solving of legal problems; concentration; encouragement; the sign of Taurus.
YELLOW: Persuasion; confidence and charm; aid to memory and studying; the signs of Virgo and Gemini.
GREEN: Healing; money and prosperity; luck; fertility; the sign of Sagittarius.
BLUE: Psychic and spiritual awareness; peace; prophetic dreams; protection during sleep; the signs of Aquarius and Virgo.
PURPLE: Ambition; ruling authority; reversing a curse; speeding healing in illness; extra power; the sign of Pisces; lavender for the sign of Libra.
GOLD: Protection; enlightenment; masculine principle; the Sun; the sign of Leo.
SILVER: Intuition; subconscious; feminine principle; the Moon.
BROWN: Protecting pets; solving household problems; attracting help in financial crises; the sign of Capricorn.
GRAY: Stalemate; neutrality; cancellation.
BLACK: Loss; sadness; discord; releasement; negativity.

Anointing Oils

This is a short list used just as an example of the different types of anointing oil and there uses.

Camphor: Use to draw down the Moon.
Cedar: Use to invoke the planetary energies of Jupiter for great good fortune, good luck and success.
Cinnamon: A Solar oil that can be used to draw money. Be careful with this one if your skin is sensitive. It may burn a little.
Clove: Use to bring wealth, career advancement.
Eucalyptus: Use for healing spells.
Frankincense: Use to draw Solar influences and as a holy anointing oil for objects and candles.
Jasmine: Use for dream magic.
Lavender: An all purpose oil for well-being and also to draw the planetary influences of Mercury.
Myrrh: Use for protection and purification.
Patchouli: Use in prosperity spells and for Earth magic.
Rose: Use to invoke the Goddess of Love.
Rosemary: Use for Woman's power and to remember.
Sage: Use for purification.
Wormwood: Use for divination.

This is just a simple generic candle spell that you can adapt to most anything you need. If you use it, please use it wisely. Don't use it to interfere with anyone else's life.

Find a spot where you will not be disturbed for awhile, and will have reasonable quiet. Use a flat level service, such as an altar. If you don't have an altar, you can use a coffee table or dresser. You can perform this spell during the day, or at night. If you do it at night, you can turn the lights off, but if it makes you uncomfortable, leave them on.

You will need a candle, oil for anointing the candle, one or more herbs corresponding to the spell. You will also need your athame, or straight pin if you don't have an athame. You can also use stones if you want. Check herb and color correspondences for the appropriate color, herb and oils. The shape of the candle does not really matter. Taper or Votive candles will work. If you can't find the color you need, use plain white.
Carve what you wish to accomplish into the candle with the athame or pin. If you are using a taper, carve the words from top to bottom, for increasing and bottom to top for decreasing. If you are using a votive candle, carve it around the candle clockwise for increasing, counterclockwise for decreasing.

Anoint the candle with the oil. A drop is enough. Rub from wick to end for increasing and end to wick for decreasing.

Put the candle in the holder. Sprinkle the herbs in a circle around the base of the candle, a pinch is more than enough. If you are using stones, set them in a circle around the candle holder. If you are using just one stone, set it beside the holder in the direction that corresponds to the purpose of your spell. For example, if you were doing a spell to increase your physical energy, you might set the stone in the south.

Light the candle. As you light the candle, visualize what you want to accomplish. To do this, think of what you need and hold a picture of it in your mind. You can also use a chant at this point or just say what you want to happen out loud. This is optional, in my opinion, visualization is the most effective.

Let the candle burn out completely if possible. DO Not leave it unattended. If you have to leave or go to sleep, put the candle out and re-light it as soon as you can. No matter how safe you think your candle holders are, accidents can happen. I have had wax catch fire and cause a glass candle holder to split. If I hadn't been watching it, my altar would have caught fire. ALWAYS monitor your candles, and use fireproof holders.
When the candle has burned out, dispose of the wax and herbs. Bury it if possible.

Candle Magick Anointing

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