||Candles are a
wonderful tool for magic, and can be a good introduction to spells
for newcomers to the Craft. Candle spells are straightforward to perform,
require no experience to achieve results, make concentration on your
ritual intent easy, and use readily available materials. The candles
used may be regular, 6-12 inch long, paraffin tapers of the sort you
might use on your dining table. These may be purchased at your local
greeting card shop or discount store. You may also use glass jar candles
available from the grocery store for longer rituals. They will burn
for seven days. (see illustration below)
If you like do it yourself
projects you can make your own candles. There are directions below for
making your own herb infused candles for healing or other spells. Another
alternative is to make your own candles using beeswax sheets. These are
available from craft stores or on the web from
The Barker Company in Seattle, Washington. These are the simplest
candles to make (see illustration below). You will need the beeswax sheets
in the appropriate color(s), and wicking.
The candles should be
purchased or made in the colors appropriate to the spell you want to use.
You need to use new candles for each ritual, they cannot be reused. The
candle is charged for a particular magical intent for the ritual and retains
this charge which can only be removed by burning the candle completely.
It hardly need be said these days since you will not find any candles
made from animal fat, but they cannot be used in candle magic. No tallow
candles, they should be parafin or beeswax. The candles should also not
be broken, a broken candle will not store and release the energy you place
into it correctly. If there are any broken candles in the box save them
for candlelit dinners.
In addition to the
candles, you will need a number of individual candle holders which can
be inexpensive glass or metal holders that each hold a single taper. They
need to be able to be moved individually on the altar. Some spells require
that the candles touch so try to find small holders that will allow this.
The number you will need depends upon the number of candles used for the
spell you choose. I recommend getting the smallest, plainest holders you
can find inexpensively. If you have a 99 cent store in your area they
usually have something appropriate.
There is some small
controversy as to whether you should light your candles with a match.
Some say that the sulfur in the match is associated with "negativity"
and will contaminate the candle. This is not true, sulfur is used in protective
magic both by ceremonial magicians and by witches. It is used to drive
away negativity. A chunk of sulfur may be placed on the altar during protective
rituals and some add a small amount to exorcism or protection incenses.
It is associated with the sun, and the element fire. If you feel strongly
about it despite this, you may use a taper or a punk to light your candles
instead, lighting the taper or punk from the altar candles. In case you
don't know, a punk stick is a blank incense stick with no scent added.
They are used by insulation contractors to look for air leaks in homes
and by those who test smoke detectors. If you can't find them in your
area you may use a lightly scented incense stick.
You will also need
some oil, either apricot kernal, olive, or almond from the grocery store
to anoint the candles before use. See the bit below about anointing the
candles for directions. If you already have an altar you can conduct the
spell there, if not you will need to locate a flat surface large enough
to hold the number of candles specified in the spell. A dressing table,
dresser, diningroom table or other piece of furniture will do. Now just
choose one of the following spells to perform for the goal you desire,
and follow the directions for preparing and setting up the spell.
Anointing the Candles
Candles are anointed
with oil prior to magical use. The oil used may be a plain vegetable oil;
almond, apricot kernal or olive are recommended. You may wish to create
a scented magical oil for anointing candles. Here are several recipes
for appropriate blends:
To a base of 2 ozs of almond oil add 5 drops Sandalwood Essential
Oil, 3 drops Frankincense Essential Oil, and 1 drop of Orange Oil.
Candle Anointing Oil
To a base of 2 ozs of almond or apricot kernal oil add 1 teaspoon
of powdered Frankincense Resin, and 1 teaspoon of powdered Myrrh Resin.
Shake thoroughly and allow to steep for one week prior to use.
Cinnamon Anointing Oil
To a base of 2 ozs of almond oil add 5 drops Cinnamon Essential Oil,
and 3 drops of Frankincense Essential Oil.
When you begin to
anoint the candle speak the following words:
As you are anointing the candle meditate upon the purpose for which it
will be used. Visualise the outcome you seek happening and how it will
be. You are infusing the candle with the proper energies to manifest your
intent by doing this.
for Candle Rituals
After you have chosen
a spell from those below you will need to gather the required number of
candles in the appropriate color(s) with holders to go along with them.
The spell will state on which day it should be performed. For the strongest
planetary influences the spell should be performed at one of the following
times on that day: 12 midnight, 7 am, 2 pm, or 9 pm. These are the hours
ruled by the ruler of the day. If one of these times is not convienent
simply do the spell on the day noted, regardless of the hour.
After you anoint the
candles place them on the altar in their holders in the arrangement indicated
in the spell. A diagram will be provided to show how the altar should
be set. Place a copy of the words of the spell on the altar as well, so
you can read them. You may want to have a photo or other item to represent
the person the spell is for if you are performing it for another, or it
involves another person.
Try to assure that
you will not be interrupted during the the time it takes to do the spell,
allow about half an hour, let the machine get the phone for example. Once
begun it is best to complete the spell in one block if it is a one day
spell, don't stop in the middle. Some spells require that they be performed
over a series of days, it is generally best to use the same time for the
successive days that you used for the first. If necessary to more clearly
state your desire the words accompaning the spell may be altered and personalized.
Try to fully state what you want as clearly and simply as possible.
As the spell is being
performed there may be occasions where one of the candles goes out on
it's own, without the wind. If this happens, do not relight it. One of
two things may be assumed to have happened, either the required amount
of energy had already been released and the spell is complete for now,
or there was something wrong with the way the spell was going and it will
need to be redone. Simply complete the ritual for that night and continue
it on the next day in the series. If it happens on the last day, simply
allow the other candles to burn down as usual and complete the spell at
the point where the candle went out.
It is also possible
that the candle flame may jump or crackle during a spell. If you are summoning
entities, the flame may grow to as much as six inches in height when they
manifest, or make a crackling, popping sound. In regular candle spells
a crackling, jumping flame generally implies that alot of energy is being
generated due to high emotions or the effects of the spell. It is generally
a good sign that the magic is working. Note which candle in the altar
setup is crackling and go on with the ritual.
A particularly strong
flame means that power is being generated toward manifesting your intent.
If a candle used to represent a person is particularly stong it can imply
their dominance in the situation, their higher energy level, they are
winning the situation, or anger and strong emotions on their part. A particularly
weak flame shows that there is strong opposition to the manifestation
of your intent and the spell may need to be repeated. If a persons candle
is weak it may mean that they are in a submissive position in the situation,
that they are losing, they have a lower energy level, or that they are
in a weaker emotional position.
After the spell is
complete, if the spell is to be continued, leave everything in place for
the next day. Pinch out or snuff the candles rather than blowing them
out. Some feel that blowing out the candle is dismissive of the fire elemental
in the flame. If it is a one day spell, or the last day of a multi-day
spell you should allow the candles to burn out by themselves. Candles
cannot be reused for another spell, and burning them completely releases
all of the magical energies stored in them to the cosmos so that it can
set the vibrations in motion to acomplish your goal.
Healing Candle Spell
This spell is done
on Friday and repeats seven times. You will need a candle to represent
the person the spell is being done for, this is called the petitioner
candle. The petitioner may be yourself or someone else. This should be
one of the colors that represent their Astrological sign, see
for a table giving the colors. In addition, you will need two white
altar candles, one red candle, two blue candles and one orange candle.
If you use the homemade candles below, you may substitute the color candle
specific to the disease indicated for the blue candles. You will also
need a good healing incense, see for recipes for
healing incense. The altar setup is as indicated below.
|| Cast a circle
if desired, this ritual does not strictly require one. Light altar
candles and incense. Light the petitioners candle, as you do so visualize
the petitioner. Say aloud: "Here is (persons name) fit and healthy.
Radiant with the glow of health by the blessings of the Goddess and
God, who bestow balance and wellness."
the orange candle while saying: "Let this light be a beacon for attracting
all that is good and benificent to (persons name) to serve and help
him/her/me by the power of the Goddess and God." Light the red candle,
visualizing strength while saying:
this light be strength for his/her/my body to use and to and serve
them/me by the power of the Goddess and God." Light the two blue candles
visualizing health and physical well being while saying: "Let these
lights be healing and health, covering (persons name) with healing
blue light by the power of the Goddess and God. To cleanse him/her/me
of all injury and illness and restore him/her/me to perfect health."
Sit for a few minutes focusing on the blue light of healing surrounding
the petitioner. When you have this visualized begin the incantation:
"May the Goddess and the God grant (persons name) strength, balance
and well being that they/I may be strong and whole in body and mind.
May all illness be cast from him/her/me and be replaced with the blue
healing light which fills them/me with vitality and glowing good health.
So mote it be!" Visualize the petitioner clearly in perfect health
with no illness or injury to mar their physical well being. Meditate
on this for about 15 minutes, then snuff out the candles. Leave the
altar set up if possible, and repeat on each successive Friday for
seven Fridays. (Note: If you would like, you may want to make your
own healing candles to use in this ritual, see below.)
If you would
like to add the additional power of healing herbs to your healing
ritual you may want to make some of these healing candles to use.
They are quite easy to make and require only the minimum in materials
and not previous candlemaking experience. They should be made on
Sunday or on another day in the hour of the sun. They may be colored
orange, the sun's color, or blue, the color of healing, or you may
wish to choose a color correspondence specifically for the disease
you wish to heal. There is a chart below which gives these correspondences.
These candles have herbs added to the wax. Choose the herb to put
into your candles based upon the nature of the illness or injury
you wish to heal in the chart below. Please note, the plants indicated
are not to be taken internally for the disease in question, they
are to be put in the candles. They are not necessarily effective
as medication only as a correspondence. Also, a healing ritual adds
to rather than replaces seeking medical attention for illnesses
and injuries. You still need to see a Doctor.
Light blue or
green are both used for general healing or health. Remember that
these are simply suggestions. If you do not have the color candle
indicated use a light blue or green candle, or even a white candle.
Palmetto for men, Black Cohosh for women
Hazel, Mustard, Raspberry
Johns Wort, Kava Kava, Hops
Echinacea, Coltsfoot, Mullien
Wintergreen, Fennel, Anise
Hops, Lavendar, Valerian (doesn't smell good)
Comfrey, Arnica, Clove
Palmetto, Uva Ursi, Cubeb
Lavender, Marjoram, Marshmallow
Healing and Health Issues
Galangal, Juniper, Nutmeg
Attracting Love Spell
of this spell is not to attract a specific person and if you use
it for that purpose you may rue the day. For this spell you will
need an astrological candle to represent
yourself and three pink candles. The spell is done on three consecutive
Fridays. This is a very simple spell. Place the candle which represents
you in the center of your altar. Place the three pink candles in
a triangular shape surrounding it, about 7 inches away.. There should
also be two altar candles on your altar. You will need a good Venusian
incense or Love Incense, (see the Incense
recipes for some options), and you may want to dress the pink
candles with a Love Oil, (see the Oil recipes
On the first
night dress the candles and place them on the altar as described
above. Meditate for a bit to empty your conscious mind of the daily
thoughts and become concentrated on the task at hand. Light the
altar candles and the Love incense. Close your eyes and visualize
yourself surrounded by warm, soft, pink light. See the light glowing
around you, feel the warmth of it's touch. Still holding this image
open your eyes and light the candle representing you. Say "This
candle is me, I am this candle." Light the three pink candles
while still maintaining the visualization. Say "This is the
love that surrounds me, the benificent love of the universe, a warm,
loving cloud that envelops me and caresses me". Let the candles
burn a moment and refocus the visualization. One by one move the
pink candles one third of the distance toward the candle representing
you. Say "This is the love of the universe being attracted
to me, coming to me to bring me the love that I seek". Allow
the candles to burn for at least ten minutes while focusing on the
Each of the
next two Fridays repeat the above actions, the second Friday move
the pink candles half the distance toward the candle that is you,
and the third Friday move them all the way to the candle and on
the last night allow the candles to burn out completely. Be sure
that you do this safely, if you will not be present, put the burning
candles in the shower or tub to burn away from anything that could
catch alight. It's no good attracting love and burning down your
house at the same time.
leukemia, liver infections, neuralgia and paralysis
asthma, bronchitis, constipation, coughs, depression, epilepsy
heartburn, indigestion, menstrual cramps, constipation and
cancer, colds, headaches, high blood pressure, kidney ailments,
nervousness, and ulcers
eye ailments, high blood pressure, hypersensitivity, infections,
inflammations, nutritional disorders and skin conditions
diarrhea, fever, headaches, high blood pressure, insomnia,
menstrual pain, rheumatism, skin rashes, sore throat, sunburn,
ulcers and minor wounds
deafness, dementia, depression, epilepsy, eye ailments, infections,
mental and nervous disorders, parkinson's disease, pneumonia,
tuberculosis and upset stomach
asthma, baldness, bloodclots, colds, gout, mental disorders,
sinus problems, sleep disorders, stress related diseases and
conditions, anxiety, constipation, depression, hearing loss,
insufficient breast milk, broken bones, calcium defficiency,
ulcers and tumors
and diseases of the liver
inflammations and sore throat
and external wounds
and drug abuse, delayed menstrual period, toothache
fever, menstrual cramps
fever, inflammations, menstrual cramps, and nervous conditions
bronchitis, tuberculosis, emphasema, chest complaints and
external wounds and stomach ulcers
gall stones and ailments of the liver, pancreas, spleen or
constipation, fever, hemorrhoids, and impotency
and irregular menstruation
constipation, and irregular menstruation
asthma, infections and rheumatism
impotency and menstrual cramps
and all sexually related ailments
infections, inflammation and insomnia
eye ailments, internal infections, poison ivy, rectal ulcers
edema, heart ailments and weak muscles
colds and constipation
colds, kidney conditions and rheumatism
rheumatism and swellings
headaches, inflammation, insomnia, menopause, menstrual cramps,
fatigue, headache, impotency, neuralgia, rheumatism and sprains
and poison ivy
infections and pain
muscle aches, stomach ulcers, diseases of the lungs and intestines
and menstrual cramps
and muscle cramps
colic, congestion of the liver, depression, fatigue, headaches,
high blood pressure, nervous heart conditions, paralysis,
rheumatism, stress, weakness of the limbs and vertigo
and coughs, depression, fever, flue, insomnia, pleurisy, sprains
and varicose veins
skin irritations and rheumatism
skin irritations and wounds
headaches and whooping cough
insomnia, rheumatism, stress and swollen joints
eczema, inflammations, swellings and tumors
sores, colds, fever, liver diseases and muscle aches
To make the
candles you will need: a large saucepan, a large empty tin can,
a knife, paraffin and/or beeswax, wicking, molds (either purchased
or 'found'), broken crayons in appropriate color, and about a
teaspoon of the appropriate dried herb for your purpose. The herb
should be powdered and dried. You can use paraffin mixed with
beeswax, beeswax alone or paraffin alone. Cut the wax into cubes
with the knife. Put about two cups of water in the large saucepan
and place it over a medium heat. When the water is hot, put the
wax into the tin can and place the tin can in the large saucepan
of water to melt the wax. When the wax is melted add the herb
saying the following: "Oh magic herbs of root and flower, give
this candle healing power. Let all evil sickness flee, when it
is burned so mote it be!" Then add the broken crayons to color
the candles. Stir to blend. Prepare the molds by spraying them
with Pam or a similar vegetable oil spray so the candles will
be easy to unmold. The molds may be purchased candle molds or
you can use found items such as milk cartons, frozen juice cans,
muffin tins or other similar containers. Be sure they are water
tight so the wax won't leak out and heat resistant so the hot
wax won't melt them. Cut lengths of wick long enough to reach
the bottom of the mold plus at least an inch. Suspend the wicks
into the mold from stick as show below. Pour the wax into the
molds and allow the candles to cool and harden completely. Similar
candles may be made for any magical purpose by adding the correct
herb. Consult the herbal correspondences
section to determine the herb to use for your purpose. Coloring
may be determined by consulting the color
is not intended to attract a specific person, it is designed to
attract love into your life with a person who will be compatible
with you. The spell is begun on Friday and continues for several
days. For this ritual you will need two red candles, a gold candle,
the candle to represent the petitioner in the appropriate color,
two white altar candles, and a love attracting incense. See
Astrological Correspondences to get the petitioners candle
color, and Incense for a recipe for
love attracting incense. The altar set up is as indicated below.
Meditate for a few moments on the petitioner as a warm, loving,
attractive person who deserves to have love in their lives. Then
recite the Invocation to Venus as follows:
a circle if desired, this ritual does not strictly require
one. Light altar candles and incense. Light petitioners candle
while thinking of them and saying "Here is (name), this candle
is him/her/me; this flame burns as does his/her/my spirit."
Light the red candles while thinking of the petitioners love
and strength. Light the gold candle while thinking of the
Rome ruled all the world, 'tis said,
Dear Venus, hearts of men you led
to love, the great delight of life
with spell of beauty, not of strife.
Your power's still undimmed, I know,
To me (or petitioners name) true love in life now show.
Bring love to me (or petitioners name) on wings of sound,
Let happiness and joy abound.
With every act and thought of mine (or his/hers),
Let me (or them) attract my (or their) love divine.
Now quickly bring my love to me (or petitioners name),
And as my will, so mote it be!
Move the red candles about three inches closer to the petitioner
candle, saying "Here draws he to she (or he to he, she to she);
the one towards the other. Such is the love that all feel it's attraction.
These candles burn and draw him/her ever nearer. Powerful is the
attraction." Meditate on the petitioner being surrounded by the
rosy red glow of the light of love, bathed in its warmth for about
ten minutes. Snuff out the candles. Continue the ritual on each
successive day until the red candles touch the petitioner candle.
should be begun on Thursday. You will need five green candles,
prosperity incense, a yellow candle, a red candle, and the petitioners
candle as well as the usual two white altar candles. See
Astrological Correspondences to get the petitioners candle
color, and Incense for a recipe for
money/prosperity attracting incense. The altar set up is as indicated
Light the red candle as you comtemplate the strength of the petitioners
will to succeed and prosper. Light each of the green candles in
turn, visualizing the green glowing light around the petitioner
growing stronger with each candle lit until it is a brilliant, bright,
searchlight, gleaming into the sky. As you light the green candles
a circle if desired, this ritual does not strictly require
one. Light the incense and the altar candles. Light the petitioners
candle while visualizing them in a glowing green light and
saying "Here is (name) glowing with prosperity and bathed
in success". Light the yellow candle while contemplating attraction,
confidence and gain. Saying as you do so "Let this light represent
the attractive force drawing prosperity toward (name), bringing
the money to provide for their needs and desires".
and mighty Jupiter, your friendship I do seek.
Your emissaries send to me, spirits rich and sleek.
Good nature spirits sent by Jove, your comradeship I love.
For bounty and good fellowship my thanks are sent above.
Spirits great, your riches share in fun and friendship true,
prosperity descends on me, brought to me by you.
And now my light is shining bright, rich green for all to
Good fortune is my law of life. With thanks, so mote it be!"
Sit for ten minutes visualizing the bright green searchlight illuminating
the petitioner and surrounding them with a powerful glow of wealth
and prosperity. Then snuff out the candles. Each day following move
the green candles three inches closer to the petitioner prior to
repeating the spell. Continue until they touch the petitioner candle.