Sunday, April 27, 2014

What Is Candle Magic?

Candle Magic Defined and Instructions

Out of the various types of magic and spell work that can be done, the easiest for me, as a witch, while remaining one of the most powerful, is candle magic. The use of candles in petitions, prayers, ritual and ceremonies are common in most spiritual paths in some form or fashion. Witches throughout the world almost all do some sort of candle magic.
Candle varieties are abundant! You can get them scented, large, small, round, square, tall, wide, flat and sculpted into many different figures. All candles can be used in candle magic. The "key" to remember is that when doing candle magic, always use a new candle. If you keep the old ones that still have plenty of life in them, use them for decorations and ambiance around your home and/or office.
Many will say that color is the most important aspect of candle magic. While I agree that color will enhance the magic, the most important aspect of candle magic or any spell work is "intent". People familiar with my writings will see this word in most of what I write. The reason being, to me, "intent" is the catalyst from which all outcomes of magic will materialize and become reality.
Once you have in mind to do some candle magic, pick a candle that is the appropriate color (a sample chart is listed below) if color is what you are drawn to use. Sometimes color will not fit any chart description for your purpose that you can find online or in a book, however, there is nothing wrong with doing your magic with a candle of a color that simply calls out to you.
The next thing you want to do is charge the candle with "intent". This can be done one of two ways. The first is to inscribe something related to your intent upon the candle with a sacred tool such as your altar athame or knife prior to lighting it. The second one, that I personally do 99% of the time, is to charge the candle by holding it in my right hand, focusing on the actions and outcome I would like to see happen as a result of performing this magic. Once again, intent is used. I say my right hand simply because that is my power hand. If you are left handed, use your left hand to charge the candle as that is your power hand.
However you create the intent via focusing and such, make sure it is realistic in manner and not some far-fetched, off the wall thing.
While in the process of charging, once your intent is created, also voice your petition to the Deity that you are calling upon to work with you on this magic. Being vocal will truly enhance your work.
Once you get that feeling that the transfer of energies has gone into the candle, which you will feel, then light the candle. Place the candle in a safe place, and never leaving a burning candle unattended. Now take the time to sit or lay in front of the candle watching the flame and again focus your intent with thoughts and even visualization.
If possible, allow the candle to burn out. If this is not possible, relight it on successive nights until is used up.
To further enhance any magic you may do, research what kind of requests work with the various lunar cycles, and do you candle magic or other magic at the appropriate times.
As you candle burns you can light incense to enhance the magic.

Candle Color Correspondences:

WHITE: Spirituality, purification, protection; all-purpose.
RED: Energy, protection, sex, defense, aggressive actions.
BLUE: Love, healing, flexibility, friendship, peace.
PINK: Love, romance, companionship.
GREEN: Money, employment, commerce, stability.
YELLOW: Intellect, education, benevolence, writing, the arts.
ORANGE: Luck, changing of personal fortune, attraction of influences.
BROWN: Animal magick, healing of animals, stability.
PURPLE: Luck, protection from negativity.
BLACK: Banishment, binding, reversal, removal of negative influences.
Advice I always give about magic and spell work is to remember The Rede " An it harm none, do what ye will " and this would include manipulation of a person in any manner. This is a "key rule" that witches will follow. This is to not say that you can not use candle magic for self-defensive purposes such as with bindings, but again this is a whole new area of discussion that I will elaborate more on in the future.

Candle Magic Fundamentals

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