THE ART OF CANDLE MAGICK
Candle Magick is greatly desired by Witches. Almost always used in magick making, candles are associated with the fire element. They speak a magickal language, the words being expressed by the flickering and dancing of the candle flame, the billowing of the smoke, and the popping of the hot wax. Candles chatter, and the direction of the flame denote magical communication. Just sitting in a room lit only by a few candles or several creates this mystical, magickal experience as the flame of the candle dances in the darkened room. In one's temple, lit candles set the mystical atmosphere for what is to transpire that night. I have 48 candles in my temple and that does not count the Elemental candles nor the candles on my altar.
There are many questions on the art of candle magick. This section will show the different techniques in successful candle magick using feathers, rattles, oils, crystals and parchment paper. This teaches a simple yet successful way in burning candles and candle magick. Your candle magick can be very ceremonial or very simple. Sometimes, the simpler the better.
A lot of witches burn candles just about every night. They burn a candle in honor of the Goddess. Just burning a candle, too, puts you in the right frame of mind. Some witches, even if they are burning a candle in honor of the Goddess, still dress the candle. Dressing the candle means applying the right kind of oil and/or writing out on your candle what you want. So, you need to know the right kind of candle and the right oil. Most of this information is supplied in books which can be purchased are many book stores. If you can find a nice witchy shop, more the better.
Now you have to do a little homework for your candle magick to be successful. Research, research, research. There are planetary influences, there is whether the moon is waxing, full, or waning; there is the day of the week -- certain days are better to do the kind of magick you are looking for. There is also Moon Void Of Course. When the Moon is void of course, do not do any magick. If you want to do a simple candle magick, the most important thing would be the phase of the moon and the void of course.. There is the oil or oils that you will need. Whenever you are searching for the right oil, you also need a catalyst which gives it that extra boost, like cinnamon. Catalyst herbs need to be in all spells. You need to use catalyst herb/oil along with your intended oil to send it off, to activate it. But just a pinch or drop or so of oil. They are:
1. Dragons Blood - all spells should have this herb. Whatever you put in, you get out.
2. Allspice is good for money.
3. Cinnamon - psychic work and love spell.
4. Cloves - love and psychic.
5. Galangal - this is a good one for prosperity.
6. Lilac - with flower power (feminine).
9. Myrrh - another great oil which gives power to any oil.
The color of the candle is very important as well:
White candles reflect all colors back.
Red for sexual love.
Pink for love of the heart.
Orange - for attraction. This is good for a calling.
Yellow - well being, concentration, intuition.
Green - represents health and healing, money, changes and renewal.
Blue - spiritual, healing, memory.
Indigo - Brow, third eye, psychic center. Helps to see aura. Psychic awareness. Purple - Crown center, royal color, Deity, spiritual.
Brown - Stability.
Grey - represents intuition.
Now when purchasing your candle, most witches buy the small candles which can be found in New Age stores.
When you are doing your spell, think positive that it will work. Never, ever think that your spell will not work.
When doing a candle magick, leave opening for Gods to let them make decision. Also, set a time limit on the candle magick. Give it a certain amount of time for it to happen and if it does not, then do it again. Also remember, sometimes you just might not get your wish, and it might not be because you failed in your magick, but because it is not in the cards for you. Like you might ask to be rich but maybe this lifetime you are not meant to be rich.
However, when your magick does work, do not forget to thank the Gods. Also, feel that feeling of how it feels when something great happens and put that same feeling in another candle magick that you do.
When you are putting things together for magick, you are making magick work; you are energizing and enhancing magick. Ritual sweep is acquiring the ingredients you need for particular spell beforehand, thinking what you want, what will make it work.
Spells do not last forever. If some time has passed, say a Full Moon or so then you must do it again.
To start with, write a paragraph of what you want. Then form into a few sentences, then a sentence, then a word. You have to visualize what you want. Do not narrow yourself on how you will get what you want, leave open for that.
Most people go to a God for the energy source like Kuan Yin for love and compassion, etc. But know your energy source. If you do go to the Gods, make sure that you go to the God for that strength and character traits.
You can charge your candle with a quartz crystal, or by using a laser wand crystal, or a magickal wand made out of a particular wood. You can place your candle on a paton or pentacle. You can write a petition on parchment paper of what you specifically want and also putting certain oils on the paper or wrap herbs in the parchment paper as well or do both. Then fold parchment paper up and place it under your candle and let candle burn down and then light parchment paper and watch it burn and while doing so, see what you want happening. Then take the ashes outside and toss them in the air to be taken to the Gods.
PREPARATION FOR CANDLE MAGICK
Remember the most important thing is what phase the moon is in. If it is waning, you want to work on something that you do not want anymore or some kind of psychic work. If it is waxing, then for new things, etc. Or suppose you are in need of money but the moon is waning, then you do a banishing spell of banishing poverty. You do not have to really wait for the moon—you just work WITH THE MOON. Most witches are particular with the moon. If the moon is full at 7:30 a.m. Sunday morning, then sometime Saturday night, they will do their candle magick, because by 7:31 a.m. Sunday morning, the moon has started its waning process. Spells are too important to witches. If they want something bad enough, they will make time for their magick. I have heard some and astonishingly read wherein some Witches believe that they can do Full moon magick (or dark moon magick) two to three days after the moon is at its fullest.....in this instance Sunday 7:30 a.m. This is not correct, and they do not truly understand the energies of the Moon.
Prepare for ritual. Decide what it is you want to work on which is called the ritual sweep we mentioned above. You can prepare sacred space or you can cast a circle. Sometimes, when you are preparing your candle for the type of magick, music can play a major roll in your candle magick. Music reaches into the depth of your soul and you need that depth to put in that candle. You need your feelings to be poured into that candle.
Ceremonial - make test of things. Choose space and set up like props appropriately and then prepare yourself: wearing special clothes, jewelry, wear something different to trigger your mind. You will have done your homework in the oils and incenses you will need.
Choose color of candle best for situation. Before this point you will have done your petition and then you put that petition onto the candle with a special knife/cutter -- something you use only for magickal purposes. Then you will put on the oil that goes with the spell onto your candle and all of the time you are rubbing that candle with the oil, you are visualizing that it has happened, and that you got your wish. There are different ways in which books tell you to rub the oil in your candle. There really is no wrong way. Only what you feel is right. But concentration is very important. When dressing the candle, see your spell as already happening. Do not say "I WANT" but "I HAVE," as if it happened already. If you want to run your prepared candle through the smoke of your incense burner, then do so as well.
Then you do a Rune of Consecration as follows:
Upon this candle words of fire, spell out the words of my desire.
Take these words and give them wings, As they descend from thoughts to things.
Bless these things and make them real, O Lady of the Silver Wheel
CONE OF POWER -
Then you want to energize that candle. There are many ways to energize the candle -- singing, chanting, dancing, meditation. Some witches use a special rattle that is sacred to them. They start up slowly and start chanting and rattling over the candle to wake up the spirits. Some have turtle rattles that are very magickal. Then you go faster, faster, still chanting, and then faster till you think you are going to burst with it all. You are loud with your chanting, you are holding nothing back. Then all of a sudden, drop your rattle and grab candle with both hands and send that energy into that candle. Feel it going into the candle. This is called the Cone of Power. Then light the candle. Some people prefer lighting their candle with the candle representing the Goddess. Also, if you have a feather or a feather with a crystal, whatever, with that feather you can send the energy up to the Gods. Birds are great messengers to the Gods. So imagine you are pushing, pushing that energy of your desires up with the feather until a bird comes to take your wish and watch that bird fly, fly away to the Gods.
When done, you bind the candle spell with this Rune as follows:
I call Earth to bind this spell,
Air, speed its travel well.
Fire, give it spirit from above,
Water, quench my spell with love.
Now watch the flame of your spell candle, and in that flame, see yourself having what you wished for. Let your spell candle burn completely and evenly. Some believe that if your candle does not burn down all the way that you will not get what you wished for.
After this is done, do not think of spell again. Do not dwell on it. And remember KEEP SILENT. Do not go around and discuss your spell. There will be forces out there that will start tearing it down either by friends who do not believe in magick, etc.
If you cut a circle, then it is time for the Goddess to leave so say your farewells.
Then dismiss the quarters.
Draw back the energy..
Now remember, the candle must burn down by the end of the waxing moon or waning moon, depending on the magickal time you did it in. Never blow out a magickal candle. If you cannot let it burn all night, put it out by snuffing and when you have more time, simply say a prayer over the candle, visualize your having what you want, light the candle and you are on your way. But most of your serious witches’ always make time for their candles to burn. You can also put the burning candle in the middle of your tub (no curtains around it of course) or in the kitchen sink, free of any articles in the sink.
ETHICS OF MAGICK
A so called Black Magician is one who has no ethics where Magick is concerned. He has no qualms about interfering with another’s free will. A young woman in love, who sets out to work a spell to draw a particular young man to her, would be included under this heading. She would be a black, or negative magician. Her goal is to draw that man to her whether he wants to or not, which then interferes with his free will.
MAGICK HOLDS NO GUARANTEES
There are no guarantees with Magick. We can do everything correctly from the use of right incense, correct time of month, right colored candle, etc and still you get nothing. Why is that?
I feel that the Gods are watching over us and we picked certain things in our lives before incarnating onto this planet. If you chose to be a poor person before incarnating onto this planet, then no magick will alter that plan. Or maybe the Gods know better than we do about the choices we want.
Also, the time that it takes for Magick to work can have a bearing on our belief as to whether our magick worked or not. Sometimes the results are a long time in coming.
Or sometimes you limited yourself to a certain thing by being too specific in what you want and that can narrow things down especially in love matters. Sue wants love and she wants Johnny but the love is not in Johnny but in someone else. However, Sue specifically named Johnny as her love.
Candle burning Magick is based on what is known as sympathetic magick. People use to use clay or wax figures as symbols of what they wanted, or if you have a figure which represents something real, whatever you do to that figure will cause the same thing to happen to who or what it represents. In other words, one is "in sympathy" with the other. This is the origin of sympathetic Magick. People used or use Voodoo dolls, or images of people, to do black magick on. Candle magick is sympathetic magick using candles to represent the participants in what is to be achieved. Candles also symbolize things such as Success, Money, Love, and Protection. By manipulating these candles, you show what it is that you desire -- for example, to bring success to yourself (moving one candle toward the other), or to draw love to a person (advancing two candles until they meet and join).
Sometimes you need to do your candle magick more than one time for success.
MAGICK IS A POWER:
Magick is a powerful force which can be used for good or evil, depending upon the person.
Magick is energy which can be created by anyone.
A combination of need and will power is all that is necessary to do Magick. If you ask someone else to do your magic for you, it is unlikely that he or she will be able to produce the results that you could. The reason is that the Magician does not have the personal connection you have -- the need for the Magick to succeed. You need the driving need for the Magick to work.
One of the most important ingredients for working Magick is will power. It follows, then, that the most important preparation for Magick is mental preparation. You must train yourself to focus exclusively on the object of your desire -- your reason for working the Magick. You will need this concentration even before the ritual itself, for you will need it when making the candles and everything else connected with the ritual.
READY, AIM, FIRE!!!
You ever see a child pumping up his air gun, aiming it and squeezing the trigger. The pumping up is the imagining, building up power to be released. Aiming is getting a clear picture in your mind of what you want to achieve and directing the energy there. Firing is of course the actual release of the built-up energy.
Aiming: One of the secrets to successful Magick is to see the finished product -- to concentrate on the end result rather than on the steps to getting there. You would concentrate on the situation as it will be when the magick has done its work.
Building Power in the Ritual: In ordinary Candle burning rituals, you are using your need for success in the rite to help you put your energy into the lighting of the candles and their manipulation. In advanced candle Magick, you should do more than that: you should work up that need and build your power so that there is a force to be released like a heat-seeking missile, homing in on the ultimate goal you have planned.
CRYSTALS AND STONES:
Using a particular crystal (precious or semi-precious stone) as an amplifier in a ritual. This is exactly what these stones are: amplifiers. A crystal will magnify the Magickal energies at work.
MAGICKAL TOOL CONSTRUCTION:
Magickal Robes are an excellent idea. You must wear them strictly for magickal workings only.
Wands: The purpose of a wand is to store and project your power. You can store the energy in your body and project it with your finger if you prefer. However, for many, using a wand is a means of focusing; of mentally balancing the forces.
Engraver: People mark the candles with names or properties. To do this you use an an engraver, whether it be with a sacred small knife, claw of a bird, crystal, whatever. You scratch or engrave, the characters into the wax of the candle.
Incense : It was an ancient belief that the smoke of incense carried one’s prayers up to the Gods. It is also a fact that incense-burning creates a certain atmosphere or vibes which add immeasurably to a Magickal ritual. It is another important ingredient to help achieve the ultimate Magickal power. When you are creating your incense from herbs and oils, you put your thoughts and your power into the mixture so that when it burns, it is focused on the ritual’s purpose as much as you are. And remember, always prepare your incense when the moon is right.
Poppets: which represents a person and frequently used in sympathetic magick. Poppets must never be used to manipulate someone against their will. You stuff the Poppet with the right herbs for the occasion. If you have something personal to be added into the poppet is a good thing. Draw a face on the Poppet. Decorate it as much as you feel like it.
Photographs, etc: There will be occasions when you will use photographs, letters and other objects in your rituals.
For more information on candle burning, Raymond Bucklin’s Advanced Candle Magick is an excellent book to have in any witch’s library.
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