|Types of Candles|Using Candles|Choosing A Color|The Runes|Simple Candle Ritual|
Candle Magick is one of the quickest, most effective forms of magick, and is often used by witches because of this. Remember to always use a "clean" candle, that is, one that has not previously been burnt. If the candle has already been burnt, any energy that had been in the candle before your ritual would come into your spell and interfere with your magick.
Types of Candles
- Seven-Knobbed Candle
A candle molded into seven knobs. Usually one knob is burned each day for seven days in a row.
- Figure Candles
These candles are shaped into a specific form and used in sympathetic and natural magick.
- Taper Candles
These are usually 7-10 inches long and made of parafin or beeswax. Dipped tapers are only colored on the outside.
- Votive Candles
Small, fat candles, usually 2-3 inches high. They are made of beeswax or parafin, and are often scented.
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Things to Remember
- Always let the candle burn itself out, if at all possible. If you MUST extinguish it, concentrate on merely closing the energy down until later, not eliminating it. Then, as soon as possible, burn the rest of the candle.
- If you find you must extinguish a candle, it is best to use a candle snuffer. They are safe, and effective. Blowing out a candle blows away the energy.
- If you're constructing your own candle spell, refer to rune charts, color charts, and timing charts to coordinate it.
- Using a chant that matches the intent of your spell, while the candle is burning, is very effective. This does not have to be an elaborate chant. As in most magick, the simpler, the better.
- Wash your candle holders between spells.
- If you are working out of phase with the Moon, you can use a trick I found in a book- Moon Water. Pour a small amount of the proper Moon Water into the bottom of a stainless steel pan and place the candle holder in the center. Don't let the water go over the top of the candle holder. This surrounds the candle with the energy of the proper Moon phase.
To make Full Moon Water, fill a glass jar with water. Three days before the full moon, set the jar outside at night where it can capture the moon's rays. Repeat for the next 2 nights. Full Moon Water is used when doing an invoking spell during the waning moon.
New Moon Water is made in the same way, except the jar of water is set outside during the New Moon , and 2 days before it. New Moon Water is used when doing a banishing spell during the waxing moon.
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Choosing the Proper Color
Working with color is an important part of spellcraft. However, if your own association with a color differs from those in the following chart, go with your intuition and use what is right for you.
hexing, cleansing, scrying
|joy, creativity, group
efforts, peace, contentment
|money, business, earth
|success, sun, God
rituals, fortune, good luck
good fortune, renewal, earth rituals
|deep meditation, karma
work, opening psychic powers
||swift changes, beauty
stimulation, success, sun rituals
||love, platonic love,
friendship, kindness, emotional healing
||wisdom, contact with
||passion, love, sex,
courage, vitality, force of will, victory
||Moon rituals, Goddess
rituals, fortune, good luck
can substitute for any color, lunar rituals
intellect, healing , swift changes
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The Norse developed a system of magickal runes before the second century B.C.E. The runes were considered to be alive, and energy was invoked just by drawing them. Therefore, whenever you use the Norse runes, you should "feed" them by rubbing them with oil, or magickal powders.
The Norse runic alphabet is known as the Elder FUTHARK, and are grouped into three divisions: Freya's Eight, Heimdall's Eight, and Tir's Eight.
| FEHU-increase of wealth and
possessions, protection of valuables.
|| URUZ-used to create change,
healing, vitality, strength
| THURISAZ-beginning new projects,
luck,protection, the hammer of Thor
|| ANSUZ-communications, wisdom,
clarity, attract others to your cause
| RAIDO-safe travel, movement,
obtaining justice, keep a situation from stagnating
|| KENAZ-the hearth fire, artistic
pursuits, healing, love and passion, creativity, strength
| GEBO-gifts, partnerships on all
realms, sex magick, balance
|| WUNJO-joy, happiness, love,
fulfillment in career and home life
| HAGALL-slow, steady pace, no
disruptions, asking for help with a situation you do not
|| NEID-need, desire, love and sex
magick, motivation created by desires
| ISA-cessation of energy, cooling
relationships, separation, division
|| JERA-harvesting results from
efforts already sown, fertility, abundance
| EIHWAZ- banishing magick, removal
of obstacles, invoking foresight
|| PERDHRO-unexpected gains, hidden
secrets, spiritual evolution
| ALGIZ-protection, fortunate
influences, victory, success, good luck
|| SIGEL-victory, power, strength,
health, vitality, drive to work
| TIR-victory, leadership, success
over competitors, increase in finances, zenith of an idea
|| BERKANA-growth, abundance,
fertility, Mother Earth, protection
| EHWAZ-abrupt changes, moving into
a new home, travel, swift changes
|| MANNAZ-cooperation, teamwork,
beginning new projects
| LAGAZ-intuition, imagination,
success in studies, creativity, vitality, passion
|| ING-fertility, successful
conclusions, ending one cycle, beginning another
| OTHEL-material possessions,
inheritance, including genetic traits
|| DAEG-increase and expansion,
prosperity, growth, turning in new directions
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Simple Candle Ritual
Choose what color candle you will need according to the color chart.
Decide what kind of candle you will use. A votive candle is good for when you have less time.
Carve your candle. One of those thumbtacks with the colored heads works well for this.
Consult the rune chart and decide which ones fit your spell. Concentrate on each rune and each letter as you carve the runes, and the person's name for who the spell is being done,into the candle.
Choose and appropriate oil or powdered herb and anoint the candle. Start at the middle, rub upwards toward the wick, then return to the middle and rub down towards the bottom. This balances the energy of the candle.
Raise energy and charge the candle with your intent.
Firmly set the candle in a holder and put it on your altar until you are ready to cast your spell.
Weave your spell, and allow the candle to burn out completely.