Candles have been used for centuries for magick and rituals. We blow them out at birthdays and light them at holidays. They invoke the divine, create a sense of ceremony and are pretty to look at. Yet candles do indeed have a special ability to make wishes come true, because they help clarify your heart's desire and allow you to focus. Next time you want to make something happen in your life, let a candle light the way. Here are a few guidelines for making the magic happen.

You can use any kind of candle that appeals to you. White is always a good choice, but you may want to choose ones whose colors correspond to specific energies. The following is different colors and what they can be used for:

Black-The polar opposite of White. It's attribute is Saturn the teacher. Here we must be very careful in selecting this color. Saturn is used for retribution when we have been wronged, thus you may feel that you should punish the person immediately with a Hex and let them suffer. That's real power!.... Wrong!!! Avoid this temptation!! Do this and the powers of Karma will come back and bite you. Remember the Wicca Rede at all times!! That is why Saturn is called the Teacher. So you learn not to misuse the power of magick, even when someone is doing bad magick on you. This doesn't mean that you should turn around and resolve it the same way. You must be saying to yourself when do I burn black candles? Not very often... and only when a reputable spell calls for it. Use for candle magick spells and general rituals involving: discord, protection from retribution, power, will power, strength, revenge, reversing, uncrossing, binding negative forces, protection, releasing, repel dark magick (Banishing) and negative thought forms.

Blue-Use for candle magick spells and general rituals involving: peace and harmony, protection, healing (especially where there are fevers concerned), reunites friendships, house blessing for a new home, neutralizing acts of magick ie: breaking bad habits (including all over indulgences, be they food, alcohol or drugs), calms the nerves and will calm the atmosphere of a home where there is calamity, where there has been too many arguments or where a recent traumatic experience has taken place.

Brown-This color works well on the physical planes. It is a combination of red and green. Mars and Venus, when blended together, neutralize. So brown is often used to separate. But on the other side of the coin, it is also a color used for grounding and stabilizing. This color falls under the rulership of Pluto,the Lord of Outer Spaces and the Dead. Use for candle magick spells and general rituals involving: concentration, balance, ESP, intuition, study, justice, and separation.

Gold or very clear light yellow-Fosters understanding and attracts the powers of Cosmic influences. Beneficial in rituals intended to bring about fast luck of money, or in rituals needing solar energy. Use for candle magick spells and general rituals involving: great fortune, intuition, understanding, divination, fast luck,financial benefits and anytime you want to attract higher influence.

Green-Here we have the Planetary Vibrations of Venus. Yes, she rules on an earthly level. Green can attract all that Venus rules on a material sense, treasures, antiques, worldly possessions, etc. This is best worked with an orange, Mercury candle so that obstacles are removed and the way to hidden treasure is opened. Green is also a color of healing of physical disorders and diseases having to do with female problems. Use the Green candle in healing cancer. Use for candle magick spells and general rituals involving:abundance, fertility, good fortune, generosity, money, wealth, success, renewal, marriage and balance.

Indigo or turquoise-Color of indigo, stops situations or people, use in rituals that require a deep meditation state or in rituals that demands Saturn energy. Use for candle magick spells and general rituals involving: meditation, to neutralize another's magick, stop gossip, lies or undesirable competition and to balance out Karma.

Magenta-Magenta has a very high vibrational frequency that tends to work fast so it is usually burned with other candles. Use for candle magick spells and general rituals involving: quick changes, spiritual healing and exorcism.

Orange-Communications is the key word here. This color is ruled by Mercury, divine messenger of the gods. Success spells and favorable decisions are best started here. If you’re having trouble putting your thoughts together or in expressing your desires, orange is your best bet. This also works well when two people desire to open their telepathic senses together. However, both people should be in agreement to this. Do not use this to invade another, for Mercury is a trickster and the trick might be played on you. Excellent for job hunting and success of any nature. Use for candle magick spells and general rituals involving: encouragement, adaptability, stimulation, attraction, sudden changes, control, power to draw good things and to change luck.

Pink-Romantic love is more involved here, as well as passion and flirtations. Can be used when dealing with bitter people. Example: when you have to work with someone and there is a lot of clash, this will help sweeten up their disposition. Pink brings friendship on a platonic basis. Erzulie and Venus rule here. Use for candle magick spells and general rituals involving: love, affection, romance, spiritual awakening, healing of the spirit and togetherness.

Purple-Royal workings for honor and recognition in acquiring wealth and respect of others. This color is ruled by Jupiter, so remember, if you haven't completed the reason for acquiring honors and recognition purple rules higher knowledge. First accomplish the work, then invoke the honors. We cannot put the cart before the horse. Good for winning in the court room, law suits, etc. All psychic work attaining wisdom through psychic visions in business and attracting new business clients. Good for putting your employer in a jovial mood before you hit him/her for a raise. This is a color related to power and will work well with other colors, especially orange, green and yellow. For legal cases use brown or orange. Use for candle magick spells and general rituals involving: success, idealism, higher psychic ability, wisdom, progress, protection, honors, spirit contact, break bad luck cycles, drive away evil and in divination.

Red-Red brings physical love, sexual potency. It manifests ambitions on a physical level. Good for people who are listless and have no ambition or drive. Mars is in rulership here. Good for business deals that don't quite seem to be getting off the ground, healing for muscle wounds. Use for candle magick spells and general rituals involving: physical power, will power, strength and purely physical sex.

Silver or very clear light grey-Removes negativity and encourages stability, helps develop psychic abilities and attracts the influence of the Mother Goddess. Use for candle magick spells and general rituals involving the removal of negative powers, victory, stability, meditation and the development of psychic abilities.

White-Here we have the purity of naught. The serenity of white will bring a clearing effect like a clean sweep. Whether you are using it on a person or to clear away obstacles, it is the best purging of the color spectrum. Use for candle magick spells and general rituals involving: purity, spirituality and higher attainments of life, truth, sincerity, power of a higher nature, wholeness. This color will clean, purify and absorb like no other.

Yellow-This color represents the brilliance of the sun. Use for candle magick spells and general rituals involving: intellect, imagination, power of the mind,creativity, confidence, gentle persuasion, action, attraction, concentration, inspiration, sudden changes, happiness, glory, overcoming injustices, and all magickal acts that require Seals of the Sun. This color is always prescribed when there has been a long dismal period in a person's life. It attracts wealth and acclaim with more, notoriety than Jupiter (Puts you in the spotlight).

The candles you use for 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 magick. Vibrations picked up by second hand materials or equipment may disturb your workings and negate their effectiveness.

Before using it, "dress" the candle by rubbing it with oils. This imparts your special energies to it and forges a psychic link. By physically touching the candle during the dressing procedure, you are charging it with your own personal vibrations and also concentrating the desire of your magickal act into the wax. The candle is becoming an extension of your mental power and life energy.

When you dress a candle for magical use imagine that it is a psychic magnet with a North and South pole. Rub the oil into the candle beginning at the top or North end and work downward to the half-way point. Always brush in the same direction downward. This process is then repeated by beginning at the bottom or South end and working up the middle. The best kind of oil to use for dressing candles are natural ones which can be obtained quite easily. Some suppliers will provide candle magick oils with exotic names. If you do not want to use these, you can select suitable oils or perfumes from your own sources. The oils and soluble perfumes sold by craft shops for inclusion in candles can be used.

Create an altar or special place where you can burn your candle and leave it undisturbed afterwards. You can add flowers, incense or other symbolic items if you wish.

Time your candle-burning to correspond to the cycles of the moon. You can find them out by looking on the weather page of your newspaper. To bring something into your life, do your rituals when the moon is waxing (or growing). To rid yourself of something, do it when the moon is waning.

If you have knowledge of rune stones it is possible to carve them into the candles to help intensify the magick. Meditate briefly before lighting the candle to help still the mind and bring your desire into focus. When you light the flame, state your intention out loud, in simple, clear terms. Imagine that you already have what it is you want in your life. Continue to chant your desire as the candle burns. It is not necessary to chant the entire time. Watch the flame steadily, but don't stare intently. Focus on being receptive and open to what it is you want.

When you have completed your ritual, allow the candle to completely burn away. You do not need to stay with the candle after the ritual, but make sure that it is safe and 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 be allowed to burn away, then dispose of the left-over wax afterwards. To help the candle magick you can also place a piece of the wax under your pillow and repeat the desire every night before you go to sleep. You do this every night for a week after the ritual.