Communicating With the Candle
candle itself can be equated to the human body or human potential. It
is composed of the magickal elements of Earth, Air, and Water. Once
energized and lit, Fire and Spirit are added: Al the elements necessary
for Magick and life embodied in one compact unit.
The Symbology of the Candle
energy you place into the candle is the unseen factor that creates
change in accordance with your desires. That which gives shape and life
to an action leading to an ultimate reaction. Will is symbolized by a
properly energized and lit candle. Elemental Kingdom - a thought form
created by the Magician.
aura or halo around the flame represents divinity achieved, the life
hereafter, the transmuted state of God- self. Elemental Kingdom- all on
a spiritual level only.
physical properties of the candle exclusive of the wicking. Whether you
use a vegetable wax, a tallow or petroleum base, oil or bees wax, all
the elements are brought to bear when the candle is lit. When unlit,
all elements are present except Fire, Spirit and Will (if undedicated).
Elemental Kingdom - as indicated - Earth-Air-Water.
flame of the candle represents the seat of the soul. The spirit's
transcendence and knowledge of its own divinity. Elemental Kingdom -
salamanders. (Each tiny flame houses a living salamander.)
wicking represents the human potential when unlit. Once lit, it becomes
the vehicle by which transmutation is made possible. Symbolized by the
rising of the Kundalini. Elemental Kingdom - gnomes when unlit, sylphs
and salamanders when lit.
candle holder represents reality as we perceive it along with all that
contains and sustains us here on Mother Earth. Elemental Kingdom -
The Language of Candles
As you begin working with candles, you will discover that they have a
unique language. The language is expressed by the dancing of the flame,
the wafting of the smoke, and the snap and crackle of the burning wax.
In order to successfully interpret how your magickal work is
progressing, you will be communicating not only with your own
subconscious, but with the Fire elementals as well.
No two candles will ever react the same way when lit even when they are
homemade and all things are known to be equal in their manufacture.
Though undedicated, a candle has unique properties that individualize
it form others of the same batch. When dedicated and lit, each candle
displays its unique personality (shaped from your desires) that is
communicated by the tiny Fire Element or Salamander housed within the
flame. Communication with you will vary slightly from candle to candle
depending on the task assigned it and how well you have aligned your
As your candle burns, free your mind and concentrate on the candle.
Watch how the smoke rises and the flame dances and listen to the sound
it makes. The smoke may rise to the East or waft to the South, the
flame may flare or dwindle, and the sounds may be of a popping nature.
Ask yourself how these actions relate to the Magick you are performing.
The answers you perceive are often startling and revealing about the
true nature of your desires.
Do not be surprised if the unenlightened attribute the language of your
candles to the myriad of "logical" explanations regarding drafts,
chemical compositions, atmospheric conditions, etc. When the results
are in and heads are scratched in dismay, just remember that "All of
Magick Is a Seeming Array of Uncanny Coincidence to the Unenlightened."
You will soon realize that your candle flame will frequently wav, dip,
and bob regardless of how carefully you shield it against drafts. This
is called a dancing flame, one of the ways a candle communicates with
you. The dance has meaning and. once understood, can help you determine
how your Magick is progressing.
this indicates that power and energy are going into your desires for
manifestation. This is a very good sign. When a figure candle is used,
a strong flame generally indicates that the person represented by the
figure is winning or angry or is using authority over another. when two
figure candles are present, the higher and stronger flame represents
authority over another.
This can show you that you are facing heavy opposition and must redo
the Magick several times in order to overcome the power you are facing.
The weak flame can also indicate, on a figure candle, that the subject
is losing the battle, argument, etc., against another.
The weak flame that goes out usually means that you have missed your
target altogether. Start over and b more careful of the intentions you
This is an attention getter. It can indicate raw emotions along with
explosions of energy, depending on the candle used and its intended
When two figure candles are being used, a jumping flame usually means
that an energetic or heated discussion or argument is taking place.
As indicated by the name, this flame is composed of various colors.
They have the same meanings as those listed in the colors page listed
in this site.
Flame pointing North: Something physical is manifesting. This can be of long duration.
Flame Pointing East: Something mental is manifesting. New Ideas, intuitions.
Flame Pointing South: Something is happening that is aggressive in nature, a steamy, hot situation.
Flame Pointing West: Something emotional manifesting. A good sign of success.
The following general rules apply when interpreting the direction your candle smoke takes:
You will have to work for what you want. Success will not be easy or
rapid. Perseverance is the key here. In the case of health, it can mean
a condition can get worse. Look to other omens for more information.
Success comes with thought and strategy. Carefully review the situation. Patience is the key here.
Success comes rapidly with your request. In the case of health, your recovery is immanent.
When the smoke wafts to the West, the issue is too emotional. Step
back, You are too involved. Look at the situation from a detached point
of view to clear the mind. Then, reanalyze the problem. Is there
something you are overlooking?
The Talking Candle
Candle chatter denotes communication on some level. That level will
depend on the magick you are performing. Chatter is most common when
using figure candles and can denote who is getting told what and by
Soft, infrequent Chatter: Indicates intimate conversation and, at times, pure thoughts.
Mild, Frequent Chatter: Someone in a position of authority is giving orders or directions.
Strong, Frequent Chatter: Denote Arguments, quarrels or loud disagreements.
Remember, the language of the candle is important. The direction of the
flame, the wafting of the smoke, and the audible chatter are all a from
of communication for divination into past, current, and future events.
Take notes and learn the language of the candle so you can better
understand the workings of your magick.
Whenever you are looking for omens in candle language, always use your
common sense. Remember that each magickal act is different and reach
candle is unique. Combine this awareness with your subconscious
interpretations of the omens and you will find that your
interpretations will vary from those of others under similar
circumstances. experiment to find out what is right for you.