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.

Your Altar:
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.

Dressing Candles:

Naturally candles have polarities. Everything in our program has positive and negative polarities, as it is an electro magnetically based program.

Dressing a candle is no more than putting your vibration, thoughts and outcome you want into the candles vibration force. [This works the same way with crystals and stones]. Dress the candle with oil. Use whatever oil you prefer or what a specific spell asks you to use. Rub oil on the candle in a downward motion from the top to the middle and then from the bottom to the middle.

To send something away, stroke the candle 7 times from the middle of the candle out to the ends. Always stroke the candle in one direction.

Dab the remaining oil from your fingers onto your third eye and on your breast bone [heart chakra]. Then state your intent or the purpose of the candle.

Now light the candle and let it burn down.

Why People Burn Candles

Talk to God
Obtain Money
Win the Love of Man or Woman
Settle a Disturbed Condition in the Home
Obtain Work
Conquer Fear
Conquer Addictions
Develop Understanding
Break up a Love Affair
Unfavorable Vibrations
Gain Prosperity
Change One1s Luck
Develop Spiritual Understanding
Learn the Truth
Stress Management, Soothe and Quiet the Nerves
Regain or Retain Health
Gain Power Over Others
Arouse Discord or Anger or Jealousy in Another
Awaken Spiritual Understanding in Another
Protect Against Evil Influences
Stop Being Slandered
Achieve Goals
Win or Hold Happiness
Attain and Maintain Success
Heal an Unhappy Marriage or Other Family Situations


The wick is the quintessence of the candle. Quintessence is the vertical reflection of Essence into matter and is at the center of every material thing. Although quintessence is a material principle because it is a perfect reflection of the Spirit to become one with the quintessence is in effect to become one with the Spirit. When the candle burns while air is flowing directly into the flame the wax is flowing into it indirectly by means of the wick. The lower action reflects the higher.

Melting candles that drip, can produce patterns from the dripping that can have meaning for the person near the candle.

Candle burning is one of most simple forms of magic. It can be performed most anywhere and candles are really easy to purchase. The basic principles are to concentrate, visualize and focusing (willpower) on the candle as a symbol.

Candle magic can be used for overcoming bad habits, attracting things, settling disturbing atmospheres, protection, regaining health, developing psychic powers, etc.

Choosing a Candle

Colors: Meaning, Frequencies, Healing

People chose the frequencies of candles by color and shape.

White, spiritual blessings, purity, healing, rest

Light blue, peace, harmony, joy, kindly intentions

Dark blue, moodiness, depression, unfortunate circumstances

Green, money, gambling luck, business, steady work, good crops

Yellow, devotion, prayer, money (gold), cheerfulness, attraction

Red, love, affection, passion, bodily vigor, luck

Pink, attraction, romance, clean living

Purple, mastery, power, ambition, control, command

Orange, change of plans, opening the way, prophetic dreams

Brown, court cases, neutrality

Black, repulsion, dark thoughts, sorrow, evil, harm

Metallic gold, money, gambling luck, prosperity, success

Often two colors are used to work together to create magic, affect energies.

Candles vary in shape depending on its purpose in candle burning / magic.

Candle Gazing

Find a quiet place, free of disturbances, people, phones, pets, fans, air conditioners that might disturb the flame.

You may use soft background music.

Some people enjoy using incense.

Make clothing comfortable, remove eyeglasses or contacts.

Make the room dark, the only light being the flame of a candle used. I prefer spiral candles or large thick candles that last for hours.

Sit in a relatively comfortable chair with the candle approximately an arm's length distance in front of you, perhaps at a kitchen table.

You could also place the candle on a coffee table then sit on the floor, as many people are comfortable in the lotus position.

This can be a method of self-hypnosis. In this case send your a message that you are to return to consciousness after your messages / messages have been given.

You can state your intention before you begin focusing on the flame of the candle, such as, "I want to see myself in a past life that links to this one."

Now gaze at the flame. Look at the flame. Breath deeply and evenly, in through the nose and slowly out through your mouth.

As you look at the flame, you can see that it is actually made of the colors of the rainbow. Subtle shades of red glow at the very tip of the flame. Your passion, your physical body are being left behind, as a faint reminder of who you are.

The orange that follows spans a short time on the flame. Your anchor on this earth, also reminds you that there is a life on this plane.

Then, the yellow, the most prevalent, the most powerful part of the flame draws your attention. It burns as your creativity, yearning to burst free and shower you with its inspirations.

Your eyes follow down and see the tiny segment of green, your center, your growth. This is where the bountiful harvest of your life lies.

Feel the growth and abundance everywhere in the universe before you fall into the blue at the base of the flame. The blue, the higher emotion of your secret self burns brightly if only you look at it.

Below it, barely perceptible, is the violet of your spirit. This is the same spirit that resides within you, but it is barely perceptible day to day. You must catch it unawares to know it. As you watch your flame/spirit, Let the violet flame enlarge and envelop the blue, green, yellow, orange and red of the fire. Let your spirit enlarge to fill you in the same way.

As you inhale, feel your spirit fill you with the light of the candle.

Breathe the flame. Become one with it and the essence of the source of creation.

Close your eyes.

Breathe your spirit. Find your LIGHT.

Visualize your descent down a long and beautiful spiral staircase and when you reach the bottom of the staircase you will see three doors. [Remember that consciousness spirals into reality. Three=manifestation in the physical].

Choose a door.

Wait patiently for your subconscious mind to open it.

When you go through the door, relax your mind. Patiently watch your inner screen, in front of your forehead (third eye chakra) for images.

You may see colors or shapes, people or places. You may hears tones.

Often images will drift into your awareness which may not make sense to you at first. These are your archetypes for awakening / remembering your mission, who you are, why you are here.

If nothing appears to you when you first do this exercise, you will benefit from experiencing the meditative state and your mind will become conditioned for self-hypnosis and past life regression.

After receiving your messages, you may enter the other doors or return upstairs.

These messages should be recorded when you are finished, as they will make sense later on.

You may want to draw what you see or create a short story about it.

Candles and Past Lives

Again set the ambiance for peace, quiet, relaxation.

This exercise involves two people.

Use a tall candle, one that is drip less, or a wide candle on a saucer-like holder.

An audio / video tape recorder can be used to record messages given.

Sit across from the other person. The lotus position is often best as you need to be face to face. If this position is too difficult, sit on two chairs facing each other.

One person is to hold the candle to the side and front of their face, you will easily determine the distance once you begin.

You must try to not blink to often and remain as still as you can.

There is a tendency, when the other person tells you what they see, to respond emotionally or physically, talk or laugh.

The person not holding the candle will now relax, wait, and soon see your facial features change.

When they change, that person my have a message for you about who they are seeing and anything related to that person, thoughts that enter their minds.

Ex. I look at you and see you turn into a man who I describe. As you transform to another of your soul aspects, I many think of a name, such as John. I may think of other things about him. I may see someone standing next to you in the room.

After a while, you will see the person change again and again depending on how long the person can sit still without much flinching.

It is now your turn to hold the candle and allow the other person to view you.

This is very easy, as everyone changes.

You can also do this yourself by standing in front of a mirror, in a dark room, the candle on the side of your face, then watch yourself shift. You are returning to the source of creation, the light and seeing other aspects of your soul experience.

Talk to that person in your mind, as they have come to you now, through the spiral of time for a reason. tell them to clear their issues, that you seek soul union and something is blocking you here.

With any of these exercises, you feel discomfort, please stop. Something is resisting physically and emotionally. You can always try again at a later date.

There is no time frame for this. You know when you are complete for that session.

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