Candle Magick

Signs from candle-burning

Not every magical practitioner takes heed of the manner in which spell-casting or ritual candles burn; there is often a great deal to be learnt from understanding a little bit more about how to interpret the way a candle burns. In voodoo and Afro-Caribbean magic, for instance, spiritual workers who ‘set lights’, as it is called, for clients will automatically take notice of such details and incorporate their findings in any further work. It is worth remembering that some candles are simply poorly made and will burn badly no matter what you do with them. If the wick is the wrong size, for instance, the candle may be no use for magical work. It is nice to make one’s own candles, although there is quite an art to it and the novice may end up feeling rather frustrated, if the intention behind the candle is not quite right.

External factors can also play a huge part in how candles burn. The way the candle is placed in the holder, the temperature in the surrounding area, an open window causing a draught, and other such things can all make a difference. Equally, the candle can be affected by your own mood and really until you have learned how to meditate using a candle flame you need not worry too much to begin with. All that having been said, here are some of the things to watch for when burning candles.

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