The Fine Art of Candle Reading
I have been asked a lot of questions in the Psychic Realm chatroom
about "ceromancy". That is the fine art of reading a situation by
studying the way a candle burns. Are the flames leaping high? Is the
wax sizzling and crackling and popping? What does it mean when the
flame goes out?
people in the Realm over the last year have become avid candle-burners
and realized quite instinctively that the way a candle is behaving is
often a mirror of the situation as it presently exists and its outcome.
It is, after all, one of the world's most ancient forms of divination.
The leaping and reaching candle flames are seen to represent the souls
of the individuals involved in the situation being read. For instance,
one member, the other day asked me what it meant when the wax from the
candle she was burning for love melted into the shape of a heart.
Anyone who is used to reading wax drippings knows that is extremely
good news and probably means the other person is thinking of you.
phenomenon that I am constantly asked about is what I call "accelerated
magic." This is when a candle, that usually lasts about four hours,
starts smoking and seems to burn down very rapidly …like in about
fifteen minutes. This is usually good news and means that your prayer
or request will probably be answered quite rapidly. If the candle was
being burned for protection of some kind, it means that there was more
than likely some kind of invasion or attack that the spirits decided to
take care of as fast as possible.
general, when you first light the candle, if the candle starts smoking
quite heavily right away that is a very good sign. It means that
negative energy is being removed from the situation. If the smoke is
white, it means your prayers will be answered right away. If it is
black, your prayer will probably be answered, but it is possible there
will be obstacles in a way. You have to use your gut instinct if the
flame doesn't smoke at all. Sometimes that can mean there are no
obstacles and other times, it means that the matter is long over. A
clear, strong flame that burns steadily is a good sign that the candle
is sending out a great deal of power and energy to manifest what you
want. If it is small and more ball shaped than teardrop shaped, it is
less likely that your prayer will be answered. A weak or low flame
means you are facing some "heavy" opposition.
at a flame is a great way of telling you if your magic is working. It
never ceases to amaze me how a flame will seem to grow higher or grope
for more air the more you meditate upon it. You can also do some
divination by looking straight into the heart of the flame - the blue
center that is surrounded by the orange halo. A healthy flame has a
bright red core, surrounded by a blue halo and then a yellow colour. 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
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.
leaping and steadily rising flames are an excellent indication that
spirits are fighting the obstacles that are in your way. This can be
quite fascinating to watch, especially if the flame is really jumping
and you are burning a candle that is intended to fight another's will.
If the flame is really protesting, so is the person and sometimes this
is your cue to put the candle out. If the candle makes sizzling,
hissing or popping sounds, this is also a sign that some kind of
spiritual warfare is taking place. If it scares you or doesn't feel
right put the candle out. However if it feels like obstacles are being
destroyed or eliminated then enjoy the show.
you are burning a love candle and a second flame develops from an ash
then I consider that to be a bad sign. It means you have a rival. If
you are burning two candles that are supposed to represent two
different individuals, it is not a great omen if one of the candles
burns away to the bottom much faster than the other does. That is often
a sign that your timing is off in the relationship or it is not meant
the candle smoke wafts towards you it means that your prayer is more
than likely to be answered. If it wafts away from you, then it means
that you will need a great deal of perseverance in order to have your
prayer answered. According to author Reverend Ray T. Marlborough If the
smoke blows to your left "you are getting too emotionally involved with
the situation and are in danger of subconsciously sabotaging your own
prayer so that it will not be answered. If it blows to the right you
will need to use your head rather than your emotions to pursue 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.
wax drippings is a totally intuitive matter. It is similar to reading
tea leaves. Some shapes are obvious, like the heart, which obviously
represents love. Wax drippings may form in shapes that mean something
very personal to you - a totem animal for example. A good general
reference book to buy that tells you the meaning of a lot of shapes,
common symbols and animals is Talismans and Amulets by Felicitas H.
one thing to remember when you purchase a candle is that you cannot
read the drippings of a candle that is made of paraffin or that is
marketed as "dripless". Go for a candle made of messy natural wax or
beeswax, as they are the ones that tend to reveal the most astral