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According to the Unabridged Random House
Dictionary of the English Language, magic is the art of achieving a desired result by the use of certain mysterious techniques, such as incantations or ceremonies. Aleister Crowley, the famous twentieth-century magician, defined magic as "the Science and Art of causing Change to occur in conformity with Will." One of my favorite definitions of magic comes from Florence
Farr, a leading member of the Golden
Dawn: "Magic consists of removing the limitations from what we think are the earthly and spiritual laws that bind or compel us. We can be anything because we are All." I particularly like the phrase "we can be anything," as magic allows us to overcome apparently insurmountable obstacles and attract to us whatever it is we want.
There are many forms of magic, some of them extremely difficult to master. Candle magic has a huge advantage over virtually all other forms of magic as it is straightforward and uncomplicated. You do not have to remember the 365 names of God, for instance. At its most basic, you can light a candle and make a wish. Of course, there is a lot more to it than that, and the rituals need to be performed properly to be effective. Nevertheless,
candle magic stands alone among the magical arts for its ease and effectiveness.
Here are just some of the advantages that candle magic has over other forms of magic:
The rituals are simple, but effective
The costs are minimal, and the props can be made or bought anywhere
There is no need for special robes or intricate ceremonies
The rituals can be performed anywhere, indoors or out
There is no need for years of training; you can start right away, and experience results immediately
Candle magic is extremely versatile; rituals can be used to attract, to repel, to protect, and to divine the future
You might be surprised to learn that you have been practicing candle magic since you were a toddler. Making a wish when you blew out the candles on your birthday cake is a good example of candle magic. First of all you concentrated, and then you made a wish. Your subconscious mind received this request and made the wish happen.
Many people perform candle magic unconsciously. A
good friend of mine lights candles every Sunday night while writing in her journal. This is a special, quiet time for her, and she looks forward to it all week long. She has a large selection of candles and chooses the ones that appeal to her at the time. Somehow, even though she knows nothing about the subject, she always chooses the candles that relate to what is going on in her life at the time.
Our former next-door-neighbors used to burn a beeswax candle in their bedroom for an hour or two every night before going to bed. They believed that it helped them sleep better, and also made them more likely to remember helpful dreams. Interestingly, my friends at Pheylonian
Beeswax Candles in Canada told me that beeswax candles produce negative ions that help create a balanced environment. Consequently, at the same time that my neighbors thought they were performing a form of candle magic, their candles were busy creating a more harmonious and sweeter environment. No wonder they slept so well.
I have been guilty of lighting candles for a specific purpose while entertaining people. If they had thought about it, my guests would have assumed that I was using the candles for atmosphere and decoration, rather than for a magical purpose.
Candles are incredibly comforting, even when used simply to decorate a dining table. There is something about the romantic atmosphere they create that makes them seem magical and uplifting. Candles create warmth,
light, and feelings of brightness and joy. When you gaze into a flame it is easy to see how candle magic began.
The Roman Catholic, Greek Orthodox, and Russian
Orthodox churches all burn candles when making requests.
Pagans also burn candles for the same reasons.
Candle magic has been used by people of all religions,
and of no religion, to effect change and to make their wishes come true.
Burning candles is one thing; burning them to attain a desired result is another. Candles that are burned with a specific aim in mind become powerful tools that enable you to perform real magic. This is because the person making the request concentrates on the desired result,
which subconsciously impresses this desire into the candle.
As the candle burns, the request is sent out into the universe where it is manifested. The candle is, in effect,
the link between the mind of the person making the request and the Universal Mind, whoever or whatever you perceive that as being. The Universal Mind is spiritual in nature. The candle is solid matter that is transmuted into spirit as it burns. This, coupled with intent, creates incredibly powerful magic.
It is interesting to note that all four elements are always involved in candle magic. An unlit candle represents the element of Earth. However, when it is placed in contact with Fire, the candle starts to melt, creating liquid wax (symbolizing Water) and smoke (Air). The Rosicrucians were referred to as the "fire-philosophers." They used fire to symbolize transmutation, because when a candle is burned it creates light.
It goes without saying that candle magic should be used only for good. Karma follows the law of cause and effect.
Any good deeds you do build up a store of good, or positive,
karma. Any bad deeds build up bad, or negative,
karma that will have to be repaid sooner or later. Consequently,
it is vitally important that you perform any form of magic with pure motives. Your magic must harm no one.
Candle magic involves a number of factors:
You must have an aim, desire, or need in mind;
you need to remain focused on your goal while performing all of these steps
As in all types of magic, there needs to be an emotional involvement
You have to choose the correct candle, or candles
You must dress the candle
You must consecrate the candle
You must burn the candle; this is usually done in the form of a ritual that helps send the desired energies out into the universe
You need to believe in the power of your magic,
and wait expectantly for the desired result
Naturally, you can not expect the candle ritual to do everything for you; you need to do whatever else is required to make your desire a reality;
this usually entails work; if your spell involves finding a new partner, for instance, you have to do your part by going to places where you are likely to meet him or her-creating a spell and then staying at home will not work
We will be covering all of these factors in the following chapters. To begin, though, we need to look at the items that are required to perform candle magic. That is the subject of the next chapter.
Appendix A Elements and Signs for the Years
Appendix B Magical Alphabets 225
Appendix C Planetary Hours 227
Suggested Reading 233
Posted October 28, 2007
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