Ways of the Candle
dealing with Candle Magick, it is first and foremost best to learn
about candles and their ways so you can better understand just what the
heck you are doing. No two candles act the same way, no matter how or
who made them or what they are made of. It is the personal act of our
desires and our own will that gives it life and we are able to perceive
its ways. This will be an attempt to provide some insight on the candle
itself and the ways in which the candle speaks.
candle is made up of different elements and different parts which
respresent different things. The candle itself contains the element of
water, air and earth. When lit, the elements of fire and the spirit are
employed. So a lit candle is then a full blown item incorporating all
of the elements and thus rendering it again, an extremely effective
magickal tool. Down throughtout history, you will find many references
to the use of canles in many of our modern day activities. Fire was the
ultimate tool used for banishing, cleansing, destruction and worship,
life and death. Such a simple thing as an act of lighting a candle to
hold within itself such power.
body of the candle consists of the elements of water, air and earth.
Made from a variety of ingredients from tallow to beeswax, it can
include herbs, scents or even gems or stones. The body consists of the
top half which starts at the wick and down to the center. The bottom
half is from the base up to the center.
shape of the burned wax when left to flow on its own can also be very
revealing. Never realized that before huh? Check back and see if the
candle left you a message in the shape of the burned wax. You will have
to take into consideration your own circumstances and situation, but
not only will it tell you while it's lit, it just might give you a "PS"
along with it.
Remember that each candle is different as our own
personal wish. Use your journal and learn the different ways in which
it will speak to you. An example, if your desire is to draw a new love,
you might get a very soft or muted pop or snap sound. This is the
candle whispering your thoughts and desires for the forces to take
hold. If however, you are hiding something, holding something back or
in some way have a negative thought towards this, you might hear some
strong snaps, cracks and popping. If it is inbetween, not quite so soft
and not quite so loud, it may be telling you something. Still you mind
and let it speak to you. You may be surprised if you don't all of a
sudden have a new idea or suddenly learn that everything will be okay
and a peaceful felling comes over you. Learn to listen to your candle.
performing candle magick, this is a part of the steps when dedicating
your candle. In this process, you are adding the necessary element of
your will, or desire. The wick represents the human potential. A candle
needs a wick to be lit, a wick needs a human to light it. When lit, we
are sending off our human desires in hopes of manifestation.
noises you hear from the burning candle or the was shapes it leaves can
help you in communicating with your candle, speaking or acknowledgement
of your wish. The candle speaking happens especially in times when
figure candles are used, such as Male or Female, Skull, Cat or any
other number of symbolic figures you may use to enhance your will or
flame or halo of the candle is the life of the fire itself. Upon
lighting the wick, we have now included the elements of Fire and Spirit
along with the human will into the candle. It can speak to us if we are
watchful and aware. We can learn of its ways of acknowledging our
wishes. It casts a halo or aura outside of itself and is usually
regarded as the state of the highest potential of Spirit. The resultant
smoke is what carries our prayers and wishes out to the forces, thus
creating our simple act of magick. Watching the actions of the flame,
you will also see the candle speaking. Again, no two candles are going
to react the same way. Use your head and think about what it is you
have asked of the candle and apply it to the actions. Write all of this
down in your jounal, the first few times you try this. You will soon
learn automatically to see and hear the candle. Each tiny movement of
the flame will tell us something. This is the life of the element of
Fire and it has the ability to communicate with us, if we are only
willing to see and hear.
A STRONG tall flame will tell us that the
energies we are using are inded inherent in the candle and it is
empowered by our desire or will. This is an excellent sign of
acknowledgement by the candle.
A LEAPING or jumping flame can
indicate indecisiveness is along for the ride, make sure you are clear
before you begin. It can also indicate instability in emotions or
actions or the problem/need needs to be worked on.
A WEAK or small
flame may mean there are just too many negative energies at this time
and you may have to repeat the process again at a later time. It could
also indicate a communicationproblem, a smother of emotion, be it in
yourself or the other.
Direction - Elements
direction also of the smoke of the flame can tell us alot. Know the
elements and their directions for correct interpretation of this.
- if the smoke goes to the north with the element of earth, it can
indicate that true manifestation will be revealed, a physcial happening
is occurring. Physical labor can be indicated or a need for stability.
If it concerns a health question, you may want a second opinion or be
cautious and pay more attention to your health or even that a check up
is indicated. If it is about finances, be sure your checkbook is in
order, make sure you are not allowing frivolous speding habits destroy
your savings and make sure you have balanced the checkbook within the
SOUTH - a south direction to your flame is the
direction of the element of fire. This is an excellent sign. If it
concerns health, a recovery will be imminent. If it concerns love, a
passionate love affair is on its way shortly. If it concerns the home,
you will find new ideas and the energy to expedite these. If the
concern is work, success is on the way. You must be careful with this.
As it all sounds wonderful, you must remember, fire can burn if you get
too close, so keep your head on your shoulders through this whirlwind
and you should be fine.
EAST - If the flame goes east, the element
of air is involved and there will be some mental as opposed to physical
labor involved. It is telling you to sit and follow your head in this
situation. Practice logic and patience, think before yu speak. A
waiting period, no rash decisions! If applied correctly, success will
WEST - A west following flame, the element of water, you
have emotions literally flooding everywhere. It could indicate a period
of intense emotions in whatever you desire. A warning of excess could
be indicated. You could be too close to the situation and need to back
off for a while. Or it could indicate that you need to clariy this
thing more. Ground yourself, clear off the emotional aspect of it and
look more toward the thinking part.
must remember the desire when interpreting these signs and apply them
to the situation. Sometimes you may not get what you want to hear or
see. Learn to incorporate all of the signs you are given. Seperate them
when searching them out and then learn how they all interact together.
You may get a completely different answer when applied to another of
the signs. Also, too, step back then and do some more thinking. Did you
clear and calm yourself first? Have you got some leftover emotions
hanging out there? Are you willing the candle? Is your attention
totally focused? Are you truly being honest with yourself? These and
many other things must be considered when communicating with your
candle. Use your jounal like a second skin and write it all down and
try again. Possibly on a different day or at a different time. Notice
the slight similarities and differences and apply them to the desire
and the way in which you approached it this night. You would be amazed
at what you can end up reading. Now make sure that you have a
nonflammable surface upon which your candle is resting and in an area
that children or your favorite pet can not investiage the pretty fire.
Use your head and common sense in safety here. This way you can let it
burn all the way down without any unfortunatte mishaps. Also be careful
with your clothing when using candles. A good idea is a small in home
fire extinguisher near by incase of mishaps.