Candle Magick

WOTC Extra (b) Preparing for Candle Magic


Preparing for Candle Magic


You’ve washed your hands, chosen your candle and prepared it, and you’re all ready to go! Now for the most important thing in any form of magic— your intent. All of the things that we use day to day or specifically for magic are simply tools for your intent. Your focus and thoughts are what is truly magical in any ritual you perform.

The best way I have found to focus all my thoughts is simply to hold the candle in my hands and close my eyes. I then visualize exactly what it is I want this candle spell to achieve. For example, if I want to send healing to someone, I think about that person being well and healthy. If I need to increase my confidence , I imagine myself overflowing with confidence and stability. I imagine all these thoughts and images pouring through my hands into the candle I’m holding.

There is no time limit to how long you should hold the candle. Trust in yourself. You will know when the candle is ready; it will feel full of your intent. Place the candle in a proper holder so it can burn safely for however long it needs to. Remember that lots of hunky firemen aren’t going to help you in your spell casting, however gorgeous they may be!

Light your candle, keeping all your intent and focus on it. Try not to drift off to thinking about what’s for tea. Once your candle is lit, imagine its flame transforming your intent and carrying it up and out into the world. If you can, leave the candle to burn down safely to complete your spell.

If you can’t leave your candle to burn down safely, what do you do? If you are a really prepared and organized person, you will have selected a candle with the correct burning time for your spell, allowing you to be present throughout the whole burning time. This is not me! Rarely am I that organized. So the question arises of whether to blow out the candle or leave it to burn. Or should you use a snuffer to extinguish the flame, or perhaps your fingers (ouch)?

Well first, never leave the candle to burn down alone. This has nothing to do with magic— it is just common sense. Any flame should be thought of as a toddler— unpredictable and capable of destroying everything in your home in a flash!

There is a school of thought that says you should never blow out a candle used in magic; some think that this blows out the essence of the light created by the flame. I am not of this school at all! I believe the essence of magic is you yourself. And what could be more magical than your own breath? I always blow out my candles if I can’t leave them to burn down . And I always take that moment as an opportunity to mix my breath with the spell that has just been cast and to send thanks for its successful working. I see this as a perfect moment to give a final personal touch to what I have been doing and to rightly send thanks for any help the spell may have received. Manners are everything here!

If you choose to use a snuffer or your fingers, that’s good too. It’s all a matter of personal preference. A bent spoon can make a wonderful snuffer, but please be careful with the fingers thing. Pain is not necessary in spell casting!

So now that you know the basics of candle magic, you have a wealth of possibilities available to you for using this way of spell casting . Take it slowly and find out what works for you. But if you want to experiment, here are a few ideas that I use:

Write words.

Write down your spell on a piece of paper and burn it in the candle flame (always remembering those fingers— get some tongs). You can get really fancy here, with different colored paper for each type of spell if you like, but I always use white. Try writing just a few simple words to start. You can progress to more elaborate verses as you get more experienced. Remember, words are an extremely powerful thing and you must think carefully before writing them down. Be sure of your intent and state it plainly.

Wind thread.

Wrap a piece of thread around your candle before lighting it. Imagine that your intent is spiraling with the thread. This can be a great focus and a wonderful way to create something to carry with you at the end of your spell to keep it going. Spells for confidence and money in particular can become more effective if you carry part of them with you. At the end of the burning, take the thread and some of the wax with you and carry it in a small pouch so you have it on hand whenever you need a boost.

Sprinkle herbs.

A pinch of an appropriate herb sprinkled into the flame during the spell can add the power of that herb to your work. There is a list of common herbs and their associations in the appendix. Keep some small jars or bags of dried herbs especially for this purpose. Dried herbs certainly work better in the flame and are quite often cheaper. And they are certainly a lot easier to store. Remember to use only a pinch, however. It’s the magical element of these herbs you are using here. Any more and you’re playing with fire, literally!

Give thanks.

Don’t forget to light a candle of thanks. So often, we get caught up in what we are doing in spell work and forget all about that purest of intentions— to give thanks. I like to light a candle in the evening. I do it almost every day and I use this moment to send out thanks and healing to all that need it. Just focus that intent into the candle and light it in the same way as before. If we all did this a little more, I really believe it could make a huge difference in the world. Send out that warm healing vibe as often as you can to all you can. It is one of the most important parts of who we are and what we do with our magic!



Hedgewitch Book of Days: Spells, Rituals, and Recipes for the Magical Year

Mandy Mitchell

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WOTC Extra (a) Choosing Your Candle


Choosing Your Candle

You can choose any candle you like for your candle magic. Big or small, short or tall, fat or skinny—any candle that will work for you. Remember, it’s your intent that makes magic happen! However, in most spell work, the candle needs to be burned completely. So if you use a jumbo long-lasting candle, you may be waiting for it to burn down for days! I certainly don’t have the time or patience for that. Besides, some of those lovely big candles cost a fortune.


For me, I like to stay with what I know— birthday candles! They are reasonably priced, they come in a wealth of colors, and they burn away completely in five minutes or less. They are also easy to carry around for impromptu magic on the go, and most come with their own little holders that you can stick in the ground or in a bowl of salt for safety. If I need a longer-lasting candle, I use a tea light. They can also be picked up at little cost and last for between two and six hours, depending on the quality. Votive candles can be useful as well. I tend to use these to imbue the atmosphere at home— normally for peace , to counteract the chaos of everyday life.


If you can, always use a new candle for each spell you do. It’s a good way to insure that your intent isn’t tainted with the remnants of any previous magical workings or energies. This is, of course, unless you are doing an ongoing spell— say, healing for someone. Once your intent has been placed in a candle, it can be used for that purpose until the spell is finished or the candle is gone. I try to keep a store of candles for magical work ready in a small wooden box, hidden away from the sticky reaching fingers of the visiting little angels. I always go through the same process to get them ready for spell work , and it saves me time mucking around with each one before I use it.


To prepare my candles, I bury them in a bowl of salt and ask that they be cleansed of all debris they may have picked up along their way to me— whether it be physical or psychic energy. Remember, you never know who may have handled your candles before they reached your hands. And you really don’t need the energy of someone’s bad day at work interfering with all your good intent! After my candles are prepared, I place them all in my wooden box and I’m ready to use them as soon as I find a minute. Remember not to use this salt for anything else, as it will contain any negativity removed from the candles.


Color is also important in choosing your candle. Color magic can be used in a variety of ways, from cords to cooking. Using color in your candle magic can be fun, and it’s certainly a great way to focus your intent. But it can also become complicated. Deciding what color candle to use can be a mine field. And what if you don’t have the right color candle available? There is a simple guide in chapter 6 of this book that shows the colors I use for particular outcomes in magic and in all other workings.


If you’re just starting out, however, you can always go with white. It’s a color that’s universally available and it is pure and untainted. And it’s probably the cheapest color candle too! Using white candles allows you to start a spell immediately, without worrying about shopping for or finding the correct color candle. Let’s face it. If you need to do a healing spell, it’s not going to wait for you to run to the shops and frantically search for the right shade of blue!



Hedgewitch Book of Days: Spells, Rituals, and Recipes for the Magical Year

Mandy Mitchell


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Let’s Talk Witch – Candle Magic


Candle Magic

Candle magic is one of the simplest forms of spell work you can do. So it seems to me that it’s a great place to start learning the basics of spell casting. It doesn’t require complicated rituals or lots of expensive magical tools, and it’s something we have all grown up with. Remember all those birthday candles? This is probably something we have all done from a very early age; we probably don’t even see it as a form of magic.


Candle magic follows the same principle as the birthday candle ritual, only instead of wishing for something, you say and visualize your intent. It can be as simple or as elaborate as you like. Here are some basics for performing candle magic. Choosing Your Candle You can choose any candle you like for your candle magic. Big or small, short or tall, fat or skinny— any candle that will work for you. Remember, it’s your intent that makes magic happen! However, in most spell work, the candle needs to be burned



Hedgewitch Book of Days: Spells, Rituals, and Recipes for the Magical Year

Mandy Mitchell


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To Reverse Spells Cast With Candle Magick



Light two black candles and chant:

In the name of the Gods and all ye Spirits
In the name of Kernunnos and the light and the dark
And the Gods of the Netherworld
And whosoever shall be casting a curse against me
Let them suffer their own curse
Let these candles be their candles
This burning be their burning
This curse be their curse
Let the pain they have caused me and mine
Fall upon themselves

Do this spell for five consecutive nights (as close to midnight as possible) and each night chant the spell until the candles are spent.

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Tuesday and The Perfect Magickal Spell for the Day

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Tuesday and The Perfect Magickal Spell for the Day


By Tuesday, most people are over Monday’s slump and are ready to charge. They feel more alert and energized on this day . Tuesdays are considered good days for communication, tenderness, taking care of business, and exercise spells.

Candle Communication Spell

1 blue candle
1 bottle of anointing oil (optional)

Take a blue candle and, if you have some oil, go ahead and anoint it. If you choose not to use oil, simply, hold the candle in your hands, and allow your energy to flow into it. After doing this, place the candle on a fire-safe surface and light it. Now, say this chant one time:

“Oh, Great Spirit,
Over land and sea,
Make me a magnet.
Make me as the bees.
Words buzzing to and fro.
As all the rivers run,
Let my channels grow.
Connections opening.
Drawing them close.
Happy smiles And wonderful host.
I speak into this flame.
The smoke carries into trees.
As I blow it out,
So mote it be.”

Now, blow out the candle. The smoke is supposed to drift your spell out into the world and open up new lines of communication for you.

A Witch’s Week of Spells and Activities
Helga C. Loueen

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Witchy Bits – Disposing of the Candle Wax

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Disposing of The Candle Wax


If the formula you are using dictates the proper disposal of wax remains, follow the instructions. If not, when the spell is of a positive nature, discreetly bury the remains in your yard. If you don’t have a yard wrap in a white paper towel or napkin and place in the trash receptacle. If the spell is of a negative nature take the remains away from where you or people you love reside in addition to your place of employment and bury or throw into a dumpster and do not look back.


An American Witch’s Book of Spells: Nine Generations of Formulas that Work
Alex G. Bennington
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WOTC Extra – Reading the Flame ( Pyromancy )

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Reading the Flame ( Pyromancy )


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. Each flickering candle flame contains ‘millions of tiny diamonds, roughly 1.5 million gems are created every second, however they disappear in the blink of an eye. The flame is powerful indeed!

If the candle lights and splits into two or more flames: this indicates the presence of others, either spirits, deities, or human, getting involved. Look to the rest of the candle to interpret whether this person is good or bad. If you are trying to split up a couple and both flames stay lit, the couple will stay together. If you are doing a working for attract a lover and the second flame seems to rise out of the wax your working will be successful especially if both flames grow into one large flame.

If the candle does not light: this means that this type of working will not work for what you need and another type of spell should be used

If the candle flame is high: it means there is a lot of power behind the spell and little resistance. If the candle burns low it means there is a strong opposing spiritual force and a cleansing and or banishing may be needed.

If the flame makes a crackling or popping sound: it indicates conversation. Either the spirits are trying to talk to you or the target is talking about you. Look to the purpose of the candle and the other actions of the flame to determine which is which.

If the flame flickers: there is a spirit around . If the flame pops while flickering it is the spirit trying to communicate to you. Open yourself up to it. If it is a devotional candle and it is flickering it means you are in contact with your deity and any prayers or petitions will be heard.

If you attempt to blow out the flame and it does not go out: this means the spirit does not want you to extinguish it. The same can be said if you blow it out and it flicks back on. Let the spirit complete its work, something important may be in the works that you do not want to interrupt . If you are uncomfortable ask the spirit to protect the candle or ask for permission and try to extinguish it again.

If the entire top of the prepared candle catches fire: it means all the resources of the prepared candle are being used due to spiritual influences creating obstacles. Look to the other signs to see if the candle was successful. If the preparations do not collect along the glass as the candle burns, but remain pooled together, it means all the resources are needed and will burn at the end of the candle. The soot, flame, and glass should be read for the outcome.

If the flame burns high and calm and produces no soot: you are in the presence of a larger entity or guardian spirit, most likely benevolent. The same can be said for high aggressive flames that flicker in large strokes. These tend to be darker spirits and deities, both are there to listen or aid you.

If the flame goes out while burning: this means the spirits cannot help you and the answer you seek is already determined. This can also happen if you unexpectedly get the result before the candle is finished.

Burn marks on the glass: Where the flame burns the label with the Saint (Santo) can indicate that there is a nemesis or frienemies that are stabbing you in the back and/ or casting you the evil eye.

A healthy flame: has a bright red core, surrounded by a blue halo and then a yellow color. A blazing red center tells you that spirits are getting to the heart of the matter. A red center that is dim or just a pinpoint reveals a dim or just a pinpoint reveals a situation that may not be motivated by the heart. If the wick of the candle starts building a little bulb at its tip, chances are that you have opposition or a third party working against you. If there is a lot of blue in the flame, I take that as a sign that angels and spirits are protecting you from a possibly unhappy outcome.

Extinguishing a flame: Use your thumb and index finger to put out the wick, or use a candle snuffer, a plate, -magical or spiritual candles are never blown out.


An American Witch’s Book of Spells: Nine Generations of Formulas that Work
Alex G. Bennington
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Let’s Talk Witch – Ceromancy: The Art of Reading the Candle & the Flame

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Reading Freestanding Candles

The way a candle unfolds or deconstructs as it melts can be very significant. It is wonderful when the candle seems to collapse outward or unfold like a flower. I consider that to be a sign that your wish will be granted. It represents possibilities and paths opening for you. A candle that is too lopsided in one direction or another universally means that you are dealing with a situation that is way out of balance. If the flame is buried by the wax , to me that is often a sign that the wish will not be granted.

If they do burn cleanly and leave no trace other than a circle and a bit of charred wick, then the spell worked very well indeed. Flat smooth wax puddles means the spell worked well.

A free -standing candle runs and melts a lot while burning: This gives you an opportunity to observe the flow of wax for signs. For instance, if you are burning a bride-and-groom type candle for love, and the man’s wax runs all over the woman’s, then the man desires the woman more than she desires him. If you are burning an abundance or prosperity candle and the wax melts and runs down onto the monetary offering, the spell is working well and the candle is blessing the money. Some people try to intentionally influence the way melting wax runs with the intention of increasing the likelihood that things will go favorably for them. Most practitioners allow nature to take its course and watch running wax for signs, without interfering in its movements.

A free -standing candle burns down to a puddle of wax: When this happens, examine the shape of the wax for a sign . You may see something of significance there, for the shape may suggest an outcome regarding present or future matters . Wax puddles come in all kinds of shapes; most candle-workers treat them like tea-leaves when they interpret them.

There is much lore in the Mexican tradition regarding the wax remains they leave messages such as: long serpent-like strings indicating evil intent being neutralized and probably a repeat spell is required.

Heart shaped wax puddles of positive when working love spells. A Coffin shaped puddle indicates success when burning a candle against a nemesis.

Flat wavy papery remains usually with two claw -like projections are read as scorpions which mean malicious gossip and back biting that is being neutralized. Repeat the spell until wax burns clean.

Twisted pillars of wax, bizarre shapes or monsters is read as turbulence and further healing is required.

Wax remains in the shape of sex organs usually means some sort of infidelity or a venereal disease. A hooded figure means the “Santa Muerte” Holy Death has been invoked and requires a further ritual to neutralize this.

Shapes of animals, cats, goats, domestic animals and fowls can mean that an animal sacrifice took place to strengthen a spell against you. A further ritual is called for to neutralize the spell (the source, usually Santería or Palo Mayombe). Many make or buy tallow candles for uncrossing and unhexing spells. On a positive note, it could be an animal spirit that is close to you.

A free -standing candle lets out a lot of smoke but burns clean at the end : Signifies hidden trouble or someone working against your wishes. Things will not go well at first, but with repeated work you will overcome.



An American Witch’s Book of Spells: Nine Generations of Formulas that Work
Alex G. Bennington

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