Basic Candle Magick & Safety

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This was a bulletin file on a local Pagan BBS years ago. We don't know where it came from or who wrote it. The information in this article is just one way to do candle magick. Also, be aware that color associations often vary from group to group.
Most of us have performed our first act of candle magic by the time we are two years old.

One of the simplest of magical arts which comes under the heading of natural magic is candle burning. It is simple because it employs little ritual and few ceremonial artifacts. The theatrical props of candle magic can be purchased at any department store and its rituals can be practiced in any sitting room or bedroom.

Most of us have performed our first act of candle magic by the time we are two years old. Blowing out the tiny candles on our first birthday cake and making a wish is pure magic. This childhood custom is based on the three magical principals of concentration, will power and visualization. In simple terms, the child who wants his wish to come true has to concentrate (blow out the candles), visualize the end result (make a wish) and hope that it will come true( will power).

The size and shape of the candles you use is unimportant, although highly decorative, extra large, or unusually shaped candles will not be suitable as these may create distractions when the magician wants to concentrate on the important work in hand. Most magicians prefer to use candles of standard or uniform size if possible. Those which are sold in different colors for domestic use are ideal.

The candles you use for any type of magical use should be virgin, that is unused. Under no circumstances use a candle which has already adorned a dinner table or been used as a bedroom candle or night-light. There is a very good occult reason for not using anything but virgin materials in magic. Vibrations picked up by secondhand materials or equipment may disturb your workings and negate their effectiveness.

Some magicians who are artistically inclined prefer to make their own candles for ritual and magical use. This is a very practical exercise because not only does it impregnate the candle with your own personal vibrations, but the mere act of making your own candle is magically potent. Specialist shops sell candle wax and molds together with wicks, perfumes, and other equipment. The hot wax is heated until liquid and then poured into the mold through which a suitably sized wick has already been threaded. The wax is then left to cool and once is this has occurred the mold is removed , leaving a perfectly formed candle. Special oil-soluble dyes and perfumes can be added to the wax before the cooling process is complete to provide suitable colors and scents for a particular magical ritual. Craft shops which sell candle making supplies can also provide do-it-yourself books explaining the technicalities of the art to the beginner. Once you have purchased or made your ritual candle it has to be oiled or 'dressed' before burning. The purpose of dressing the candle is to establish a psychic link between it and the magician through a primal sensory experience.

By physically touching the candle during the dressing procedure, you are charging it with our own personal vibrations and also concentrating the desire of your magical act into the wax. The candle is becoming an extension of the magician's mental power and life energy. When you dress a candle for magical use, imagine that it is a psychic magnet with a North and a South pole. Rub the oil into the candle beginning at the top or North end and work downwards to the half-way point. Always brush in the same direction downwards. This process is then repeated by beginning at the bottom or south end and working up to the middle.

The best type of oils to use for dressing candles are natural ones which can be obtained quite easily. Some occult suppliers will provide candle magic oils with exotic names. If the magician does not want to use these, he can select suitable oils or perfumes from his own sources. The oils soluble perfumes sold by craft shops for inclusion in candles can be recommended.

The candles you use can be colored in accordance with the following magical uses:

White: A balance of all colors; Spiritual enlightenment, cleansing, clairvoyance, healing, truth seeking; Rituals involving lunar energy' May be substituted for any color candle.

Yellow: Activity, Creativity, unity; brings power of concentration and imagination to a ritual; use in rituals where you wish to gain another's confidence or persuade someone, or in rituals that require solar energy.

Gold: Fosters understanding and attracts the powers of cosmic influences; beneficial in rituals intended to bring about fast luck or money, or in rituals needing solar energy.

Pink: Promotes romance, friendship; standard color for rituals to draw affections; a color of femininity, honor, service, brings friendly, lively conversation to the dinner table.

Red: Health, passion, love, fertility, strength, courage, will power; increases magnetism in rituals; draws Aries and Scorpio energy

Silver: Removes negativity and encourages stability; helps develop psychic abilities; attracts the influence of the Mother Goddess.

Purple: Power, success, idealism, psychic manifestations; ideals for rituals to secure ambitions, independence, financial rewards, or to make contact with the spiritual other world; increases Neptune energy.

Magenta: Combination of red and violet that oscillates on a high frequency; energizes rituals where immediate action and high levels of power or spiritual healing are required.

Brown: Earthly, balanced color; for rituals of material increase; eliminates indecisiveness; improves powers of concentration, study, telepathy; increases financial success; locates objects that have been lost.

Indigo: Color of inertia; stops situations or people; use in rituals that require a deep meditational state; or in rituals that demand Saturn energy.

Royal Blue: Promotes laughter and joviality; color or loyalty; use to attract Jupiter energy, or whenever an influence needs to be increased.

Light Blue: Spiritual color; helpful in devotional or inspirational meditations; brings peace and tranquility to the home; radiates Aquarius energy; employ where a situation must be synthesized.

Blue: Primary spiritual color; for rituals to obtain wisdom, harmony, inner light, or peace; confers truth and guidance.

Emerald Green: Important component in Venusian rituals; attracts love, social delights, and fertility.
Dark Green: Color of ambition, greed, and jealousy; counteracts these influences in a ritual.

Green: Promotes prosperity, fertility, success; stimulates rituals for good luck, money, harmony, and rejuvenation.

Gray: Neutral color useful when pondering complex issues during meditation; in magic, this color often sparks confusion; it also negates or neutralizes a negative influence.

Black: Opens up the deeper levels of the unconscious; use in rituals to induce a deep meditational state, or to banish evil or negativity as in uncrossing rituals; attracts Saturn energy.

If you wanted to use candle magic for healing,
you would select a red candle to burn.
To pass an exam, burn a yellow candle,
to gain esoteric knowledge burn a blue candle
for material gain, burn a purple one.

It is obvious these colors relate to the signs of the zodiac and the planetary forces.

The simplest form of candle magic is to write down the objective of your ritual on a virgin piece of paper. You can use color paper which matches the candle. Write your petition on the paper using a magical alphabet, such as theban, enochian, malachain,etc. As you write down what you want to accomplish through candle magic-- a new job, healing for a friend, a change of residence, a new love affair, etc. -- visualize your dream coming true. Visualize the circumstances under which you might be offered a new job, imagine your employer telling you that your salary has been increased or conjure up a vision of your perfect love partner.

When you have completed writing down your petition, carefully fold up the paper in a deliberately slow fashion. Place the end of the folded paper in the candle flame and set light to it. As you do this concentrate once more on what you want from life.
When you have completed your ritual, allow the candle to have completely burned away. You do not need to stay with the candle after the ritual, but make sure that is is safe and that red-hot wax will not cause damage or fire. Never re-use a candle which has been lit in any magical ritual. IT should only be used in that ritual and then allowed to burn away or be disposed of afterwards.

If you are conducting a magical ritual which involves two people (e.g. an absent healing for a person some distance away) then the second person can be symbolically represented during the ritual by another candle. All you need to do is find out the subject's birth date and burn the appropriate candle for that zodiacal sign. These are as follows:

Aries - red

Taurus - green

Gemini - yellow

Cancer - silver

Leo - orange

Virgo - yellow

Libra - pink

Scorpio - red

Sagittarius - purple

Capricorn - black

Aquarius - all colors

Pisces - mauve



Caution should be taken with candle burning, however fragrant or festive, because it is a source of fire. Here are some safety tips:

  • Always trim the candle and remove matches, trimming, wrapping or other debris before lighting. Candle wick should be trimmed at least 1/4 inch before lighting.
  • Use a proper candle holder for the candle type. Make sure it is fireproof.
  • Burn candles away from drafts, vents, fans or hallways to avoid setting clothing on fire.
  • Do not burn candles where children are playing.
  • Place candles away from dried flowers, magazines, drapery, or other flammable materials.
  • To avoid burns, do not touch burning candles or remove hot wax.
  • Do not burn candles when your are tired and likely to fall asleep.
  • Do not burn candles too close to a heat source.

Most fires caused by candles occur in the bedroom, followed by family room and bathroom. Most candle fire accidents occur when there is a problem with the holder; for example, when a candle holder breaks or falls while the candle is still burning.


  • Beeswax : Beeswax comes from bees. Beeswax candles are long burning, sweet smelling, natural, and aromatic. Beeswax candles are considered a good value and an important contribution to the natural home because they come from an almost entirely natural source, apart from their formation. You can purchase these from craftsmen and beekeepers at farmers' markets in your community. The con against beeswax candles is that their price is generally higher than other candles. Vegans and followers of some religions would not find an insect product like beeswax to be in keeping with their beliefs.
  • Paraffin : Paraffin is the most common candle material today. Paraffin is a petroleum by-product. Paraffin wax candles are easy to find, burn efficiently, and are inexpensive to purchase. The problem many people find with paraffin wax is that it is derived from a fossil fuel, which is not renewable or earth friendly. Because of its source, some users find that paraffin wax candles give off more soot and leave an unpleasant after-smell in the room. Some manufacturers are using food-grade paraffin wax to make what they call healthier candles as a compromise. ***
  • Soy : Soy candles are said to burn efficiently, cleanly, and to hold fragrance very well. American farmers grow soybeans, and by purchasing soy candles you help support their efforts. Purchasing in this manner means a lot to those involved with right-living. Soy is natural but not derived from animals, making it acceptable for vegans. It is also a renewable source, growing in abundance domestically. On the downside, soy candles may not be available in every area and they sometimes cost more than paraffin wax candles because their current demand is lower.

*** Please Note that Paraffin is a very unhealthy candle as it releases at least 11 different toxins in the air it is said to be worst than Smoking.

Source: Four Seasons of Mojo: An Herbal Guide to Natural Living by Stephanie Rose Bird

Added to on Dec 12, 2018
Last edited on Jan 26, 2019
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