One of the simplest of magickal arts, which comes under the heading of natural magick, is candle burning. It is simple because it employs little ritual and few ceremonial artifacts. The theatrical props of candle magick 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 magick by the time we are two years old. Blowing out the tiny candles on our first birthday cake and making a wish is pure magick. This childhood custom is based on the three magickal principals of concentration, will power and visualization. In more simpler 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 of any type of magickal 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 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 magickal 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 magickally 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 occured 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 magickal 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 proceedure, you are charging it with our pwn
personal vibrations and also concentrating the desire of your magickal 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 magickal 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 magick 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 magickal uses:
White - spirituality and peace.
Red - health, energy, strength, courage, sexual potency.
Pink - love affection and romance.
Yellow - intellectualism, imagination, memory and creativity
Green - fertility, abundance, good luck and harmony
Blue - inspiration, occult wisdom, protection and devotion
Purple - material wealth, higher psychic ability, spiritual power and idealism
Silver - clairvoyance, inspiration, astral energy and intuition
Orange - ambition, career matters and the law.
If you wanted to use candle magick 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 or for material gain, burn a purple one. It is obvious these colors relate to the signs of the zodiac and the planetary forces.
The simples form of candle magick 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 magickal alphabet, such as theban,enochian, malachain, etc. As you write down what you want to accomplish through candle magick - - 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 magickal 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 magickal ritual which involves two people (e.g. an absent healing for a person some distance away) then the second person can be symbollically 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
SAGITARIUS = PURPLE
CAPRICORN = BLACK
AQUARIUS = ALL COLORS
PISCES = MAUVE
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