Candle Magick
Candles have been used for prayer and meditation in almost every religion. Across the world you can walk
into a church and light a candle in prayer, or light a candle in remembrance of a loved one, celebrate an
ancestor, or honor deity. There are candle vigils, and candle light services for lighting a candle is
empowering. It shifts us into a spiritual mode serving as a bridge to connects us with the Divine. The act of
lighting a candle adds magick and enrich our lives. We conjure romance when we light tapers for a
candlelight dinner. We preform wish magick when blowing out birthday candles on a birthday cake. We use
candles in good luck traditions like the Yule burning of a bayberry candle down to the socket to bring joy to
the heart and gold to the pocket. In fact the simplest way to making your life more magickal is incorporate
the act of lighting a candle into your daily life. When you wake, take a moment before you put the kettle on
for tea or start the coffee. Draw your focus in and light a candle. Take a few deep conscious breaths and
whisper a few words to greet the day as you watch the flame. If you are able, turn this act into a ten minute
meditation ritual. You will be surprised by all it brings...  

Candle magick is one of the oldest and simplest forms of magick. In spellwork, a candle is chosen so that its
color corresponds to the energies being directed with intent to gain a desired effect.
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Charging your candle: or cleansing, dressing, and inscribing it
If you didn't make your candle chances are it passed through a lot of hands to reach you. Before you burn it for a ritual or spell
it is important to clear its energy and dress it, or charge it, and even carve it, to recalibrate its energy to fit your working.
Charging a candle means preparing it, and imbuing it with your intent and energy to make it more powerful.

Cleansing Your Candle
When you cleanse a candle, you are removing all the negative energy or psychic sludge that it might have picked up before it
made its way to you. There are several ways to do this. Choose the way that seems the most right to you.
You may: take the candle in your strong hand and pass it through the smoke of your ritual fire, or pass it under running water.
You may let it rest in the light of the moon, or bury it in the earth, or a bowl of sea salt, or herbs. You can even dip the candle
in a small glass of rum and then rub the alcohol, starting at the bottom, and work your way to the top.

No matter which cleansing method you choose, it is very important to always focus on your goal while performing the cleansing.
Fix your intention in your mind and intone while you do the method you choose.

Dressing Your Candle
Dressing is the process of anointing a candle with oil. When you dress a candle, you are imprinting it with your intention and
the energies of the oil or oils. This mingling of energies works to boosts the success of your spell.
Take the oil specified in the spell, fix your intention in you mind and rub it on the candle. Again there is no right or wrong way
to do this. Do what feels natural . Some like to rub oil in the middle of the candle and then proceed to rub downward, from the
middle of the candle to the bottom. Some rub from the middle to the top. Whichever direction you choose to anoint your candle,
make sure you focus on your goal and visualize it while you are dressing your candle. For example, if your goal is to draw in
more money, visualize yourself gaining prosperity as you rub the candle.

Carving Your Candle
After cleansing and anointing your candle, you may want carve your candle with a symbol or a words to boost its power.
Carvings should be done with a ritual tool specifically designated by you for carving candles. It can be anything, a silver letter
open, the thorn of a rose, anything you deem magickal for this purpose. If you are working a money drawing spell you can carve
a dollar sign into the side of your candle, if you are working for love, a heart. If you are charging elemental candles, you could
carve the symbol of the element into its designated candle. This not only fixes the energy, it helps you focus on your intention
as it communicates your message to the powers and presences that are listening.

Putting it all together with a basic Prosperity Spell
Work this spell on a Thursday
You will need: a piece of root of High John the Conqueror or a Galangal root, or piece of Ginger.
a green candle
a batch or prosperity oil - recipe below

Dress a green candle with prosperity oil and carve a dollar sign into its side. Take a deep breath and come to center. (
If you
don't know how to do this see our page) When you have reached the proper mental state say,
"I come here on benevolent Jupiter's day,
the ruler of luck and fortune,
I light the flame of prosperity to signify what I seek
."
Light the candle.

Pick up the root and pass it through the flame of the candle as you say,
"I purify this root to serve as a lasting token of my desire this night spoken."
Say whatever it is out loud letting your words carry your wish out into the Universe.

Pick up the prosperity oil. Anoint the root with the oil as you say,
"High John (or Galangal, or Ginger whichever root you used)
I anoint you with this essence of prosperity that you shall serve to draw to me the abundance that I seek.
May its power add to your own to speed good fortune my way."
Hold the root in your strong hand and visualize the whatever it is you are working for. When you have the visualization firmly
fixed in your mind, say,
"
By my will and by thy power
Prosperity descends upon me to shower
blessings that meet my needs
and empower my life
as good luck flows,
and good fortune fills
to open doors and grant my wishes.
and my life blessed, I am blessed,
and all is well, with harm to none
as I will it, so mote it be
."
Place the root in a secure place or carry the root in your purse to draw good things your way.

Prosperity Oil
Use this potion to add some oomph to any prosperity spell. Take a sterilize canning jar and add 1 cup of fresh basil, 1 cup of
fresh spearmint, and 3 cinnamon sticks. Cover with a base oil and seal the jar. Store it in a dark place for at least two weeks.
Then strain the oil into an amber or blue glass bottle for a magickal oil to anoint candles or to burn in a diffuser.
Never leave a candle burning unattended.
Candles are the #1 cause of house fires.
Any firefighter will tell you that the worst
culprits are those Jesus candles in glass
jars.  Sure they seem safe but when the
glass gets hot, it breaks and starts a fire.
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From 2011-2015, U.S. fire departments
responded to 8,700 home fires that were
started by candles. These fires caused an
annual average of 82 deaths, 800 injuries
and $295 million in direct property damage.