Healing Arts and Pagan Studies ~ Candlemas

Imbolc/Candlemas Comments



A wondrous force and might
Doth in these candels lie…

~ Barnaby Gouge: The Popish Kingdome

In keeping with the policy of the Catholic Church to subsume pagan festivals into Christian feast-days, the Day of Bride became equated with Candlemas on February 2nd, the feast of the Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary. At this time, forty days after childbirth, Mary was supposed to have gone to the Temple at Jerusalem to make the traditional offering to purify herself. As she entered the temple, an old man named Simeon recognized the baby as the Messiah of Israel, and a “light to lighten the Gentiles.”

So, once again we encounter the archetype of the young Sun or Light come to redeem the darkness, but now in Christian clothing. Certainly, the service most used for this day in the medieval church made much of this symbolism, playing upon images of the appearance of divine light in the darkness of human sin, of renewal and rebirth of light in the dark time of the year, and of the new light of heaven come to transform an old world.

In Britain, Candlemas was celebrated with a festival of lights. In the dark and gloomy days of February, the shadowy recesses of medieval churches twinkled brightly as each member of the congregation carried a lighted candle in procession around the church, to be blessed by the priest. Afterwards, the candles were brought home to be used to keep away storms, demons and other evils. This custom lasted in England until it was banned in the Reformation for promoting the veneration of magical objects. Even so, the symbol of the lighted candles had too strong a hold on the popular imagination to be entirely cast aside. Traces of the festival lingered until quite recently in other areas of the British Isles like little lights that refused to be blown out. In Wales, Candlemas was known as Gwyl Fair y Canhwyllau, Mary’s Festival of the Candles, and was celebrated as late as the 19th century by setting a lighted candle in the windows or at the table on this night. Special Candlemas carols were sung by singers who processed from house to house. One of these contains the lines:

Hail reign a fair maid with gold upon your chin,
Open up the East Gate and let the New year in;

The carolers had to undergo a contest of riddles before being allowed to enter (an example of ritual at a liminal place.) When they were allowed in, they might see a young girl with a baby boy on her lap, surrounded by candles, to whom they sang once more and pledged in drink. She of course personified Virgin and Child, but in a country where Catholicism never had a strong hold, it is not difficult to discern a pre-Christian custom similar to the Scottish welcoming of Bride behind the Christian trappings.

In the county of Shropshire, the snowdrop, first flower of spring, took the place of candles, being named, “Candlemas bells,” “Purification flowers” or – with a faint remembrance of Brigid, perhaps – “Fair Maid of February.” And an interesting survival was noted in Cornwall, where until recently in the town of St. Ives, a silver ball was passed around from 10.30 till noon on this day throughout the streets and on the beach. It was started off by the mayor at the parish church, and whoever holds the ball at noon receives a small prize. The significance and history of this unusual and isolated custom is not known. Does the silver ball represent the pale orb of the returning sun?

Finally, traces of the festival of the growing light can even be traced to modern America in the Groundhog Day custom on February 2. If the groundhog sees his shadow on this morning, it means there will be six more weeks of winter. The custom comes directly from Europe, and Scotland in particular, where an old couplet goes:

If Candlemas Day is bright and clear,
there’ll be two winters in the year.
A Scottish rhyme about the Feast Day of Bride begins:
This is the day of Bride,
The queen will come from the mound…

In other versions it is a “serpent” that will emerge from a hole, an allusion which Professor Séamus Ó Cáthain has linked to Scandinavian customs regarding the reappearance of the hibernating bear. For this is the time when the animal world begins to stir from its winter sleep in the depths of earth, and life and light is ushered in by Brigid, the Queen.
© 1999 Mara Freeman
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A Love Spell for Friday – Drawing Love and Romance Spell

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A Love Spell for Friday

Drawing Love and Romance Spell


This candle spell is designed to draw a little romance and love into your life. Fridays are linked to the planet Venus and to all the love deities, and this is the most opportune day of the week to work your witchery for love and romance. Like always, remember not to target anyone specific here. We want to pull a little romantic fun and excitement into your life, not take away another’s free will.

Gather the following supplies:
1 pink floral-scented votive
1 pale green, apple-scented votive
2 votive cups
A rose and a bud vase or fresh, loose rose petals (match the color of the flower to your magickal intentions)
Lighter or matches
A safe, flat surface on which to set up the spell

Arrange the candles and the flower or flower petals in a way that pleases you. Try scattering the petals in a circle around the outside of the votive cups or setting the flower in a bud base off to the side. Please note that you can call on either the Norse Goddesses Freya and Frigga or you may petition the Roman Venus or the Greek Aphrodite with this spell—whoever you feel more of a connection to.

Light the candles and repeat the following spell three times:

Roses and candles, symbols of desire and love
Venus/Freya, hear my call, send your help from above
Send to me a lover who is fun, faithful and true
Guide my magick and assist me in all that I do.

Close the spell by saying:

For the good of all, with harm to none
By candle and rose, this spell is done!

Let the candles burn until they go out on their own. Keep the rose in the vase until it begins to fade, then crumble apart the petals and allow them to air-dry. If you used loose petals, allow those to dry out as well. After the petals have dried, you may add them to a charm bag and keep it with you to encourage loving vibrations or return them to nature as an offering to the Goddess.

Note: If you decide to reword this spell to suit your own needs, then please be very specific. If you go overboard on the “love me” theme and work for an existing spouse or lover to become more passionate or devoted to you, you could suddenly find yourself with an obsessive partner who never leaves your side. They may become jealous or never allow you any privacy. And no, I am not trying to spook you. Just think of this as a friendly reminder and consider yourself warned—and be very careful what you spell-cast for, especially when it come to love..



Book of Witchery: Spells, Charms & Correspondences for Every Day of the Week
Ellen Dugan.

Tarot Spell to Increase Your Income

Tarot Spell to Increase Your Income


  • 1 green candle and 1 white candle
  • 1 deck of tarot cards
  • An object that represents your desire
  • 1 pen with green ink
  • 1 piece of paper


  • During the waxing moon

Green is the color of paper money as well as healthy, growing plants. White represents clarity and protection. Put your candles at opposite ends of your altar. Between them, place an object that signifies your desire to increase your income. This could be one of the objects that you chose to symbolize the intentions on your wish list. Or it could be a coin, a dollar bill, a piece of jewelry, or something else that suggests wealth.

From your deck of tarot cards, select the ace of pentacles (sometimes called coins), which indicates new financial undertakings and opportunities. Place it in front of the white candle. In front of the green candle, put the ten of pentacles. Sometimes called the “Wall Street” card, the ten symbolizes a financial windfall. In the middle, between the two candles, place the nine of cups — the “wish card” — and the Star card (from the tarot deck), which symbolizes hope.

Light the candles and say:

The money I spend

or the money I lend

comes back to me

in multiples of three.

Visualize money flowing to you from all directions. The more vivid you can make your visualization, and the more you back it with intense emotion, the faster your wish will manifest. This ritual can be as short or as long as you want it to be. End the spell by extinguishing the candles and giving thanks. Allow everything to remain on your altar overnight.

You can enhance the money-drawing power of the candles by dressing them with essential oils before you burn them. Pour a little oil of pine, sandalwood, mint, clove, or cinnamon — the scents associated with money — in your palms, then rub the oil on the candles.

The next night, repeat the ritual, but with a few changes. Get out your tarot deck again and remove the two and five of pentacles from the deck. You don’t want these two cards on your altar. The two of pentacles indicates financial imbalance and can mean you’re robbing Peter to pay Paul; the five signifies poverty and debt. Take the remaining cards in the suit of pentacles and place them between the candles. Light the candles. Say the incantation while you visualize and affirm your wish coming true. Then extinguish the candles, leaving everything on the altar overnight.

On the third night, light the candles and give thanks for everything you have (even those things that haven’t yet manifested). Repeat the incantation and feel the reality of your increase taking form around you. Let the candles burn down completely.


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New Moon Spells – New Moon Job Spell

New Moon Job Spell

Another good spell purpose for the new moon is getting a new job. If you’re seeking new employment, try this ritual out. Get your supplies out:

  • 2 white candles
  • 2 green candles
  • 2 gold candles
  • 2 pieces of malachite and tiger eye
  • Cinnamon oil

Line up the candles, alternating the colors. Anoint each one with cinnamon oil, and rub a little oil on the stones too. Start at one end and light each candle. With each one, repeat these words:

A new career is what I desire,
I cast this spell to get a hire.
By the light of this new moon,
I need a new job soon.

After all the candles are lit, take each stone and gently pass it through the flames (careful of your fingers). Then hold the stones in your hands and visualize the type of job you want to get. After the spell, pocket the stones and carry them with you. You should have a new job by the next new moon.


Free Witchcraft Spells

Spell for Being Healthy

Spell for Being Healthy

Obtain a vial (about 100mL) of water from a steadily flowing river and put aside. Light two blue candles and place at the north and south points of a circle. Light two white candles and place at the east and west points of the same circle. Scatter freshly picked lavender and crushed leaves of an iceberg rose evenly around the perimeter of the circle and sit within it, facing the north point. Cross arms loosely over the chest and focus your awareness on the breath entering your body and slowly spreading through it. Return your focus slowly to your environment and extinguish the candles using the river water, kneeling before each as you do so, in the order north-west-east-south.

Home Protection Mirror Spell


Compose an altar: place a censer in the center before an image of the Goddess. Have a twelve-inch (or so) round mirror there as well. Ring the altar with nine white candles. Burn a protective incense(such as sandalwood, frankincense, copal or rosemary) in the censer.

Beginning with the candle most directly before the Goddess image, say these or similar words:

Lunar light protect me!

Repeat as you light each candle until all are glowing. Now, holding the mirror, invoke the Goddess in her lunar aspect with these or similar words:

Great Goddess of the Lunar Light
and Mistress of the Seas;
Great Goddess of the Mystic Night
and of the Mysteries;
Within this place of candles bright
and with Your mirror nigh;
Protect me with Your awesome might
while ill vibrations fly!


Standing before the altar, hold the mirror facing the candles so that it reflects their flames. Keeping the mirror toward the candles, move slowly, clockwise, around the altar, watching the reflected firelight bouncing off your surroundings.

Gradually increase your speed, mentally invoking the Goddess to protect you. Move faster and faster; watch the light shattering the air, cleansing it, burning away all negativity and all lines along witch the ill energies have traveled into your home.

Charge your home with the protective light of the Goddess. Race around the candles until you’ve felt the atmosphere change, until you feel that your home has been cleansed and guarded by the Great Goddess.

When finished, stand once again before the image. Thank the Goddess in any words you wish. Pinch out the candles one by one, bind them together with white cord and store them in a safe place until (and if) you need to use them again for this same purpose.





Candles and Sympathetic Magick

Candles and Sympathetic Magick

Candles moulded into shapes are considered sympathetic magick. Our ancestors at some point placed animal head-dresses on their heads and animal skins on their backs to ask their spirits for good hunting. This is also a type of sympathetic magick; using a like object to reach our intent. To assist you in finding a familiar, burn a candle of the animal you desire.

For a hunter in buck season, burn a candle for a male deer. In both these instances, you would be contacting the animals’ collective unconscious to request their assistance.

Fertility spells can be cast with a phallus-shaped candle. Healing spells can be performed with human-shaped candles (pick up those skull-shaped candles around Samhain). White ones are great for healing; black ones for reversing spells or warding off negativity.

Another type of candle/sympathetic magick is to inscribe runes, names, or other magickal symbols directly on the candle before burning. If you are in a real hurry and need results pronto, take a hat pin (yes, they are still around but you have to look for them) and stick it as close as you can to the top of the candle without breaking it. As you are inserting the pin, say: When this candle burns to the pin, the process of (name the desire) will begin. Insert a second pin close to the first, and say:


When this candle burns to this pin, the process of (name desire)
will come to a successful completion, and end.


Of course you may have to re-word the spell, but you get the idea. Candle and colour magick are considered “sympathetic magick” – wherein like attracts like. The colour red, for example, attracts passion, courage and strength. A candle of that colour or any colour acts in the same fashion. Other items commonly used in sympathetic magick are locks of hair, photographs, personal effects of a particular individual, and poppets (dolls). Because these items have a psychic link to the person they have been taken from (the dolls are made with the link), they are very powerful. These things can be used in healing rituals or for drawing good fortune to that person, and aid in eliminating bad habits.

The Witch’s Magick for April 2nd – A Mirror Spell of Protection of Personal Space

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A Mirror Spell of Protection of a Personal Space



9 white candles

A protection incense

A largish round mirror

A representation of the Goddess



Light the incense.

Place the candles in a ring around the Goddess image. Light the candles, beginning with the candle most directly before the Goddess image and say these or similar words:

Light of Luna, Protect me now.

When all are lit, hold the Mirror so that it reflects the light of the candles. Turn slowly in each direction, ensuring that you throw the light as far as you can in each direction. Then spin round as many times as you have candles, continuing to project the light and say:

Goddess of love, Goddess of Light, Protect this space.

Pinch out the candles and put them away safely until you need to use them again.



Natural Magic: Spells, Enchantments & Self-Development
Ball, Pamela (2002-11-20).