Discover the mystical powers of the candle, used throughout the ages as an indispensable tool for setting the proper atmosphere for spellcasting, divination, meditation, banishing darkness, and communicating with the dead. Sections include sacred candle colors of the gods and goddesses, crystals and gemstones, Voudoun candle magick, and the making of sacred oils for candle blessing rituals. Easy-to-follow instructions will guide the modern witch into crafting and consecrating various types of candles such as Witch Candles, Healing Herb Candles, Rune Candles, Magick Symbol Candles, and Voodoo Candles. Modern Wiccan expert Gerina Dunwich also discusses candle omens and provides a collection of powerful folk spells and incantations for nearly every purpose. Wicca Candle Magick is an essential resource for today’s everyday goddesses.
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To make homemade Witch Candles, you will need the following items which are obtainable at most hobby and craft stores as well as candle shops: candle wicking, wick tins, fireproof candle molds, wire rods, equal parts paraffin and pure beeswax (amounts depending upon how many candles are to be crafted) and a double boiler for melting the wax.
Place the end of a metal core wick (pre-cut to fit the size of the mold and allowing at least one extra inch of wick above the top of the mold) through the star-cut stamped in the center of a wick tin and then bend the tips of the star down to hold the wick in place.
Place the wick tin and wick in a candle mold with the wick centered by a loop in a wire rod placed across the top of the mold. (Candle molds, plain and fancy, are also available in most of the shops that sell crafts and candles. Ordinary household things such as empty waxed milk cartons, plastic bottles, paper towel rolls, paper cups and metal cans make wonderful molds that are inexpensive and disposable.)
Non-disposable candle molds such as muffin cups and fireproof tumblers can be made stick-proof with special candle spray, silicone sprays or non-stick sprays for frying pans. Another (and more old-fashioned) method to prevent candles from sticking to the molds is to grease and then dust the mold with flour or talcum powder.
Cut the paraffin into small pieces with a sharp knife and place them inside the top of the double boiler. (A large tin can placed in a pan of boiling water may be used in place of the double boiler.) Partially fill the bottom part of the boiler with warm water and then place the top part with the cut-up wax inside of it. Add the beeswax to the paraffin and place the double boiler over low heat to melt the wax. (Never attempt to melt the wax directly over fire!)
Scent the melted wax with an aromatic herb oil appropriate for the type of magick spell the candle will be used for. For instance, scent the candle wax with oil of cloves if the candle will be used for divination, exorcism or rituals involving spiritual purification; frankincense oil for love spells, consecration, healing, protection and rituals to banish evil and negativity; lavender oil for love spells; lemon oil for healing rituals and spells involving clairvoyance and prophetic dreams; mint oil for exorcism and healing rituals; musk oil for love spells, sex-magick and fertility rites; patchouly oil for love spells and invocations of elemental powers; pine oil for spells to attract money and success; rose oil for Goddess invocations and spells to increase good luck, courage and love; sandalwood oil for purification rites, healing and protection against evil influences.
To make colored candles, melt a colored wax crayon in the paraffin. (See Chapter Three for the symbolism of candle colors.)
After the melted wax has been scented and colored, remove the double boiler from the heat and slowly pour the wax into the mold(s). Allow it to solidify.
After the wax has cooled, a conical cavity may form on the top surface around the wick. Pour enough melted wax to fill the cavity and provide a level surface to the candle.
Remove the candle from the mold only after the wax has cooled and hardened thoroughly.
Before burning the candle in a magickal ceremony, anoint it with a small amount of oil to put your psychic vibrations into the candle, magnetize it and transform it into an extension of your mind power. (See Chapter Two: Consecration.)
Beeswax candles are tapers fashioned from the honeycombs of bees and used in special magickal spells and rituals that require that no tallow (animal fat) be burned.
To make beeswax candles, wrap or roll a honeycomb sheet of beeswax around a candle wick. (Artificial honeycombs of beeswax are obtainable from beekeepers, waxchandlers, honey wholesalers and hobby shops.)
Cut the wax sheet to the size you desire. (For a 6-inch long candle, cut a 12-inch wax sheet in half.)
Place the wax on a smooth surface. Press the wick vertically against the shorter side of the wax sheet and begin to roll the sheet around the wick. (If the wax is cut on top at a slanting angle away from the wick, the candle's shape will be enhanced by its tapering conical contour.)
Anoint the candle with oil to consecrate it and charge it with power before using it in spells or magickal ceremonies.
Runes are letters of magickal alphabets used to spell words containing powerful mystic meanings. There are many different forms of Runes, including the Druidic Ogam Bethluisnion, Egyptian hieroglyphics, Theban Script, Pictish, Celestial, Malachim, etc.
To make Rune Candles, heat the tip of a consecrated athame and use it to carve the magickal designs into the wax of smooth tapers or jumbo candles. (A heated steel knitting needle or nail can also be used just as effectively.)
Magick Symbol Candles
Other powerful Pagan symbols that can be carved into (or painted on) candles include the sign of the Pentagram (a five-pointed star within a circle) which represents the four ancient elements of Fire, Water, Air, Earth, surmounted by the Spirit, and is used in many spells and magickal ceremonies.
As a Witch's Star (or "Goblin's Cross" as it was called by churchmen of the Middle Ages), the pentagram symbolizes human spiritual aspirations when its point faces upwards. When its point faces down, it becomes a negative symbol of black magick and Satanism.
The Crescent Moon is a sacred symbol of the Goddess and feminine energy. It is the appropriate symbol to be used on candles crafted especially for Goddess invocations, Sabbats and women's healing.
The ancient magickal symbol called the Seal of Solomon is a hexagram consisting of two interlocking triangles, one facing up and the other one facing down. It is a symbol of the human soul, and is most powerful when used on candles crafted for spells and rituals involving spirit communication, wisdom, purification and the strengthening of psychic powers.
The ankh is an ancient Egyptian symbol resembling a cross with a loop at the top. It symbolizes life and cosmic knowledge, and every major god and goddess of the Egyptian mythology is depicted carrying it. Also known as the "crux ansata," it is an appropriate symbol to place on candles for spells and rituals involving health, fertility and divination.
The Eye of Horus is another ancient Egyptian symbol which is often used in contemporary Witchcraft. It depicts the divine eye of the god Horus, represents both solar and lunar energies, and is carved into candles to symbolize spiritual protection as well as the clairvoyant power of the Third Eye.
The triangle is a symbol of finite manifestation in Western magick, and is used in rituals to evoke spirits when the seal or sign of the entity to be summoned is placed in the center of the triangle.
Triangles containing veves (intricate symbolic emblems representing certain Voodoo spirit-loas) are extremely powerful when carved into candles. (See Chapter Nine: Voudoun Candle Magick.)
The triangle, equivalent to the number three (a powerful magickal number) is also a symbol of the Triple Goddess: Mother, Warrior, Crone. Inverted, it represents the male principle.
The Swastika is an ancient religious symbol formed by a Greek cross with the ends of the arms bent at right angles in either a clockwise or counterclockwise direction. Before being adopted in 1935 as the infamous official emblem of Nazi Germany, the Swastika was a sacred symbol of good luck in pre-Christian Pagan Europe and in many other cultures around the world including the Orientals, the Egyptians and the Indian tribes of North, Central and South America. (The word "Swastika" stems from the Sanskrit "Svastika" meaning "a sign of good luck.")
In addition to the above-mentioned symbols of magick, there are numerous ancient as well as modern mystical symbols that can be used to empower candles with specific magickal energies. These symbols include the male and female fertility symbols, crosses, circles, peace signs, astrological and planetary symbols, numbers, etc.CHAPTER 2
Before using any candle (hand-made or store-bought) in a magickal ceremony or in the simplest of spells, it is recommended that you first dress (anoint) the candle with a small amount of oil during the waxing phase of the moon to consecrate it and charge it with magickal energy.
Candle Blessing Ritual
Using your bare hands, rub an anointing oil into the wax starting at the middle of the candle and working your way up to the top as you say:
I CONSECRATE THEE AS A TOOL OF MAGICK.
Start again at the middle and this time work your way down to the bottom of the candle and say:
I CHARGE THEE WITH POWER IN THE NAME OF THE GODDESS.
SO MOTE IT BE!
½ teaspoon dried yarrow
½ teaspoon dried sweet basil
1 teaspoon powdered myrrh
3 drops rose oil
3 drops lavender oil
½ cup olive oil
Place all ingredients in a clear glass jar and gently swirl in a clockwise direction to slowly agitate the oils. (As you do this, fill your mind with images of the Goddess and visualize Her divine power as an aura of white glowing light radiating from your hands into the jar of oil, charging it with magickal energy.)
Seal the jar with a tight-fitting lid and store it in a cool, dark place for at least seven days. Strain the oil through a cheesecloth and use it to anoint candles for love spells, Goddess invocations, divinations, healing rituals and all positive (white) forms of magick.
GOOD LUCK OIL
1 tablespoon dried wormwood
3 teaspoons ground nutmeg
½ teaspoon powdered mandrake root
13 drops pine oil
¼ cup olive oil
Place all ingredients in a clean glass jar and gently swirl in a clockwise direction. Seal the jar tightly and allow it to sit for 13 nights in a cool, dark place.
Strain the oil through a cheesecloth and use it to anoint candles for wish-magick, jinx-breaking and spells to attract good luck, money and success.
1 tablespoon powdered orris or serpentaria root
1 tablespoon dried Solomon's Seal
1 tablespoon dried and crushed rosemary
1 small pinch of powdered jade or turquoise*
3 drops sandalwood oil
3 drops mint oil
¼ cup safflower oil
Mix all of the ingredients together and store in a tightly-capped glass jar for at least three weeks in a cool, dark place.
Strain through a cheesecloth and use to anoint candles for exorcisms, seances, counterspells, purification rituals, protection against evil influences and spells to increase clairvoyant powers.
3 tablespoons honey 3 teaspoons powdered bat's skull (optional) 13 drops blood (human or animal) 6 drops honeysuckle oil 3 drops patchouly oil ¼ cup sunflower oil
Mix all of the ingredients together on a night of the full moon and use it to anoint Voodoo candles for both white and black magick spells, divination, spirit communication and invocation of loas.CHAPTER 3
Symbolism of Candle Colors
Magick Candle Colors
Before casting spells or performing any kind of magick, the color of the candle should be chosen carefully according to your purpose, for each color possesses a different energy vibration and attracts certain influences.
The following is a list of candle colors and their magickal properties: BLACK: Meditation rituals, hexes, uncrossing rituals and spells to banish evil and negativity.
BLUE: Magick that involves honor, loyalty, peace, tranquility, truth, wisdom, protection during sleep, astral projection and spells to induce prophetic dreams.
BROWN: Spells to locate lost objects and improve powers of concentration and telepathy, protection of familiars and household pets.
GOLD: Spells that attract the power of cosmic influences, and rituals to honor solar deities.
GRAY: Spells to neutralize negative influences.
GREEN: Spells involving fertility, success, good luck, prosperity, money, rejuvenation and ambition, rituals to counteract greed and jealousy.
ORANGE: Spells to stimulate energy.
PINK: Love spells and rituals involving friendship and femininity.
PURPLE: Psychic manifestations, healing and spells involving power, success, independence and household protection.
RED: Fertility rites, aphrodisiacs and spells involving sexual passion, love, health, physical strength, revenge, anger, will power, courage and magnetism.
SILVER: Spells and rituals to remove negativity, encourage stability and attract the influence of the Goddess.
WHITE: Consecration rituals, meditation, divination, exorcism, and spells that involve healing, clairvoyance, truth, peace, spiritual strength and lunar energy.
YELLOW: Spells involving confidence, attraction, charm and persuasion.
Sabbat Candle Colors
CANDLEMAS: Red, pink, brown.
SPRING EQUINOX: Green, yellow, gold.
BELTANE: Dark green.
SUMMER SOLSTICE: Green, blue.
LAMMAS: Yellow, orange.
AUTUMN EQUINOX: Orange, brown, yellow.
SAMHAIN: Black, orange.
YULE: Red, green, white.
Zodiac Candle Colors
Each of the 12 astrological signs of the zodiac is ruled by its own color. It is important when casting horoscopes or performing zodiac-related magick that the colors of the candles used correspond to the proper zodiacal color:
ARIES: Red TAURUS: Green GEMINI: Yellow or silver CANCER: White LEO: Gold or yellow VIRGO: Gray LIBRA: Royal blue SCORPIO: Black or red SAGITTARIUS: Dark blue or purple CAPRICORN: Black or dark brown AQUARIUS: Light blue PISCES: Aquamarine
Each day of the week is ruled by its own magickal color. Candles used in daily meditation rituals should be of the following colors:
SUNDAY: Yellow MONDAY: White TUESDAY: Red WEDNESDAY: Purple THURSDAY: Blue FRIDAY: Green SATURDAY: Black
Sacred Candle Colors of the Gods and Goddesses
Just as Christianity is made up of many different religious denominations, there are many different traditions in Witchcraft (or Wicca, as many modern Witches prefer to call it). Each Wiccan tradition has different rituals and festivals, and many use a different name for the Goddess and Her consort, the Horned God.
Although white altar candles alone can usually be used to invoke the Pagan deities, using a special candle of the appropriate sacred color when invoking a particular God or Goddess will bring much better results.
The following alphabetical list contains the names, descriptions and sacred candle colors of most of the Goddesses and Gods worshipped by the various Wiccan traditions as well as many of the ancient nature deities honored by different Pagan cultures throughout history. (For the sacred candle colors of the Voodoo gods and goddesses [loas], see the list of Rada and Petro loas in Chapter Eight: Voudoun Candle Magick.)
One of the sacred Moon-Gods of ancient Egypt. His sacred candle color is silver.
Hindu Sky-Goddess. Her sacred candle color is blue.
Hindu god who takes three forms: the sun, lightning, and fire. His sacred candle color is red.
Japanese Sun-Goddess. Her sacred candle colors are yellow and gold.
AMON (or Amen)
Egyptian god of life, reproduction and agriculture; represented as a man with a ram's head. His sacred candle color is green.
Persian Fertility-Goddess. Her sacred candle color is green.
Celtic Mother-Goddess, Dawn-Mother, and Goddess of death and the dead. Her sacred candle colors are white and black.
Egyptian god of death and black magick who appears in the form of a dog or as a man with the head of a jackal. In Egyptian mythology, he was the son of Nephthys, and at times he rivaled the great god Osiris in importance. His sacred candle color is black.
Celtic Fire-Goddess. Her sacred candle color is red.
Greek goddess of love and beauty, and one of the Twelve Great Olympians. She is also known as Cytherea, and is identified with the Roman Love-Goddess Venus. Her sacred candle colors are red and pink.
Greek god of the sun, fertility, prophecy and oracles, and also a deity associated with light, healing, music and poetry. In Greek mythology, He was the son of Zeus, the twin brother of the Moon-Goddess Artemis, and one of the Twelve Great Olympians. His sacred candle colors are gold and white.
Welsh Mother-Goddess and Neo-Pagan goddess of fertility. Her sacred candle colors are green and white.
Greek goddess of the moon, hunting and wild beasts. As a lunar goddess, she has been an influential archetype for Witches and worshippers of the contemporary Goddess-cult. She is the equivalent of the Roman Moon-Goddess Diana, and is identified with Luna, Hecate and Selene. Her sacred candle colors are silver and white.
Canaanite goddess of the moon and fertility. Her sacred candle colors are green, white and silver.
Phoenician goddess of love and fertility. She is identified with the moon and depicted with crescent horns. Her sacred candle colors are pink, green, red and silver.(Continues…)
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Copyright © 1989 Gerina Dunwich.
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Table of Contents
Introduction: The Magick of Candles,
1: Candle Crafting,
3: Symbolism of Candle Colors,
4: Candle Magick for Healing,
5: Sabbat Candle Rituals,
6: Candle Magick,
7: Magick for Hearth and Home,
8: Voudoun Candle Magick,
9: Candle Omens and Superstitions,
About the Author,
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