Im not allowed to light candles or incense in my bedroom because i have carpet that can easily start on fire. I cant have them lit when im alone in general because of "medical issues" (overprotective parents). Will magic still work?
Re: Magic without candles By: SergioC. Sep 15, 2014
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Of course magic will still work without candles. Things like candles and incense are just tools that help us get into the right mindset for performing magic, but if you know how magic works, there isn't a use for them. Never have I used candles or incense in my work, and my spells still work very well.
Re: Magic without candles By: Brysing Moderator / Adept Sep 16, 2014
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The ancient witches only used candles for light. They had no magical significance. At first, light was from "rush lights"; oil lamps; and then candles made from beeswax. Before the rise of Christianity, witches worked out-of-doors in light (and heat!) from a fire. As Christianity condemned witchcraft, the witches then only worked by candle-light. Only in the past 100 years or so have candles been seen to be "magical". Many believe that the Christian altar has candles for "magic". Not true! The candles are there as a reminder of the days when the scriptures could only be read by candle-light,
Re: Magic without candles By: Lark Moderator / Knowledgeable Sep 16, 2014
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Many people run into the issue of not being able to use candles. Sadly it seems as though modern practitioners have forgotten that there are many other ways to power a spell other than through candle magic. In your case you might want to try cord magic instead. Almost any candle spell can be modified in such as way as to use cords as an alternative.
Cord and knot magic is a very old form of folk magic that was often associated with wind/weather magics. In cord magic the spells are simply prepared ahead of time, and then used as needed. Each knot is then untied releasing the power entrapped in the cord over nine consecutive days.
For cord magic you will need a cord that is nine feet long (three times three; the traditional magical number) and is the color appropriate to the magical working. Smaller cords can be 9 inches long if you want something simpler to carry and store.
Because it is a magical tool, no one else should ever use your cord but you. Tie a knot in each end to keep it from unraveling. Consecrate the cord to your purpose when once the cord has been cut and the ends knotted.
The most common use of the cord is as a storage cell" for the power. The first knot is tied at one end, with the words "By knot of one, the spell's begun." At this point, chanting or meditation is appropriate until you feel it is time to tie another knot.
The second knot is tied on the opposite end with the words: "By knot of two, it cometh true". Take "aim" at this time by visualizing your need or desire being fulfilled. As the power builds, more knots are tied until there are nine knots in the cord. (Not counting the ones you tied to keep the ends from unraveling.
Here is the pattern of tying, together with the appropriate words:
By knot of ONE, the spell's begun
By knot of TWO, it cometh true
By knot of THREE, so mote it be
By knot of FOUR, this power I store
By knot of FIVE, the spell's alive
By knot of SIX, this spell I fix
By knot of SEVEN, events I'll leaven
By knot of EIGHT, it will be Fate
By knot of NINE, what's done is mine
At the tying of the last (ninth) knot, all the energy is directed into the cord and its knots, with a final visualization of the object of the work. The power has been raised and is now "stored" in these knots in the cord.
Why would you want to store a spell? For some magic, the time for it to happen is important.
Suppose, for example, that you want something constructive to happen but the most propitious time for it to do so happens to be close to the New Moon. Do you do your constructive magic during the Waxing Moon? No. You do it early on, at the Full Moon, using a cord.
Now the power is there, properly raised, but stored for use.
You have nine knots. Although they are all tied in one ritual, these must be released one at a time - one a day - for nine consecutive days. Release them in the same order in which they were tied, NOT the reverse order.
In other words, on the first day untie the knot that was first tied (to know which end you started with, when making the cord, braid in a small bead at one end and always start with this end); on the second day, the second knot tied; and so on.
In this fashion, the last knot untied, on the ninth day, is the ninth knot that was tied at the climax of the tying ritual - the time of greatest power.
Each day, before you actually untie, do your concentration on what is to happen, visualize and again build power. Then, as you release the knot, release the power.
Cords should be of natural materials, such as wool, the best, or cotton; however, if all you have are synthetic materials it will still work..Remember that the tool is not the Witch. The real power comes from within you.
White - purity, truth, sincerity, spirituality, the goddess, peace, higher self, virginity(as in the woman?s mind is owned by no man), a substitute for any other color.
Red - strength, health, vigor, sexual love, energy, passion, courage, element of fire, career goals, fast action, lust, blood of the moon, vibrancy, driving force, survival
Light Blue - tranquility, understanding, patience, calm, gently moving, wisdom, good fortune, opening blocked communication
Dark Blue - impulsiveness, depression, changeability, protection, spiritual inspiration, reassurance, creativity
Green - finance, fertility, luck, Earth Mother, physical healing, monetary success, abundance, tree and plant magick, growth, Element of Earth, personal goals
Gold - wealth, The God, promote winning, safety and power of the male, happiness, playful humor
Copper - passion, money goals, professional growth, fertility in business, career maneuvers
Cord magic is often overlooked but it is an old and reliable way of doing spellwork. I often recommend it for those who live in places such as a dormitory where they cannot use the more popular and well-known candle magic.
I have been using candles in every one of my spells for the past 20+ years. It's something I began doing and it has become a natural way for me to cast. Anointing with oil ( the physical doing part) the lighting with a pure white lighting candle ( the energy transfer part) the heat from the flame (the energy rising part). Everyone has their own way of casting a spell. Hey, what works - works!
Re: Magic without candles By: NoctemV Sep 23, 2014
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Personally, I use differing herbs and oils to perform my daily rites and prayers. As I live in a college dormitory, I cannot light candles, or even incense. Most of these things are just used as a focal point to concentrate on. The light and heat from a candle flame can also represent life, depending on the severity of what you are trying to perform.
For daily rites, it really is up to the caster. Use whatever makes you comfortable and confident in your own space.
Re: Magic without candles By: MaidenCrow Sep 27, 2014
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As said before: candles are only tools. You do not really need much to work magick and rituals. It's okay if you can't light candles. You can just envision they are lit or use something in place of the candle.