- Candle Magik Basics
- Every Witch should know which days to work and which to take
off. Which moon phases are best for what kind of casting. That's
also true for Candle Magik. The essence of magik is to "go
with the flow" and use the energy of the universe to create
a partnership for creation. That's a fancy way of saying you
want to use the right tool for the right job. Or in this case,
what candle to use for what kind of spell.
- There are two requirements for Candle Magik. Know what spell
you want to cast and which color candle is best suited for that
energy. You might also want to read about Color
- Selecting A Color
- Think of your magik as a way of joining forces
with the energy in nature. All energy vibrates with it's own
sound or frequency, and it's own color. In candle magik, you
want to compliment natures energy with your own, and with your
choice of candle. By that I mean the choice of color. But how
do you know what color goes with what energy?
- One method is to associate colors to the Chakra centers.
The Chakras are the energy vortices (or centers) of the spiritual
body at a sub-atomic level. They are also called the spiritual
DNA which hold your trace memories from past lives. In your current
physical embodiment, the chakras act as input centers for the
cells of your body. They are in the simplest of terms the physical
manifestation of the soul within the human body. You can read
more information about the individual chakra
centers. This explains how the energy of your soul works
in concert with your physical energy. This will help you work
with the flow in all your magikal endeavors.
- Another method is to chose colors based your own personal
symbology. For instance, some people make associations based
on culture or society. A good example of this is the use of color
when associated with money or finances. Here in the U.S., we
would associate green with money and finances. But in other countries
that might not make sense as not everyone in the world has green
- I strongly recommend you write down your correspondences
and keep them up to date. You want to create a consistency with
your workings and maintain a balance. There will always be changes,
but that's expected as you live, grow and learn.
- The picture to the right represents
the location and color of each chakra center as I have come to
view them. This is the method I use to associate colors to candles
- Defining your chart of color and energy will help you make
choices for yoru own workings a little easier and quicker. Here's
- If you want to cast a spell that will help you with your
psychic development, you'll want to chose a color that matches
the energy of your 3rd eye or the Pituitary chakra. In this case,
you'd select a shade of purple.
- What if you want to cast a spell for financial abundance?
You'd want to match the energy of the Pancreas. So you'd select
a shade of orange. Why orange? The Pancreas controls the sugar
in your body, or the sweetness of life. In the human frame of
mind, financial abundance helps you secure or add to your sweetness
- I prefer to light vanilla candles (sort of an off white)
each night, saying a special prayer for each one. White (or off
white) can be viewed as a general all purpose color. But it also
matches the energy of the Crown chakra, which is the spiritual
gateway or connector to the cosmic consciousness.
- It's important to note that these colors as viewed here are
not the only method for selecting a candle for your magik ritual.
In fact, it's not the one I use when we're selecting a candle
for a Sabbat ceremony. In the table below, I'll give you the
two most common methods for color selection. The key is finding
a method that best fits your beliefs and what you feel comfortable
Chakra Color System
Cultural Color System
For Divine Spiritual Work, such
as prayer, increasing your spiritual knowledge, meditation, etc.
For Psychic work, such as divination, psychic healing, or psychic
For matters of the heart, such as love spells, heart conditions,
Different cultures represent love or the heart with different
colors; a common American color would be pink for love or red
for the heart.
For spells of protection, strength, courage or increasing your
"gut feeling" or psychic feelers
Light Green or shades of Yellow to Gold
The same cultural impacts apply. In the U.S. you might chose
For stabilizing emotions, increasing abundance or conducting
Shades of Orange
You might chose a color that represents money in your culture.
Here in America, that would be Green
For grounding your energies, casting spells for physical pleasure,
Again the same cultural impacts apply. Here in the U.S. you might
chose Red for the physical or Blue for fertility.
For Healing Spells
Chose a color that matches the chakra center where the healing
is needed most.
For General All Purpose Candle Magik
For binding one from doing harm to you or to them self; for forgiving
yourself or another; for acknowledging karma, or a past hurt;
for letting go of past events
White or Pink
White or a color for love
For Spells of Justice, such as helping a law suit, combating
a lie or deception
For undoing a spell that has been cast upon you, for creating
confusion or stress (please remember what you put out you
will get back. I conduct spells of undoing when we're working
a case with the police. I ask for confusion and stress within
the body and mind of the criminal who the police are trying to
capture. In this way, I hope the criminal will make a mistake
in their actions that will help the police find the evidence,
clues and information needed for an arrest and conviction.)
- Candle Inscriptions &
- Many people like to add to the energy of their candle workings
by inscribing the sides with their personal sigil,
or a special symbol that supports their intent. Others like to
decorate their candles with ribbons, stones, or other such decorations
to add to the energy of their intent. Choosing decorations is
just as important as choosing the color of the candle to be used.
So do your research and match your intent with the colors, stones
or whatever it is you choose.
- Symbol inscriptions, such as a dollar sign for financial
abundance, or a Reiki symbol for healing are carved into the
sides of the candle. Typically inscribed twice and on opposite
sides of the candle. If you candle is square, you can carve the
inscription on all four sides. Once the candle is inscribed it
should only be used for that intended purpose.
- This is best done within your magikal circle. Especially
if this is a candle you will light each night when you come from
work and state a prayer over it in a simple lighting ritual.
Inscribing your candle inputs your thought, energy and intent
into the candle in a focused way. You're basically programming
the candle for the intended purpose, and lighting the candle
turns on the release of that captured energy for manifestation.
- Inscribing is often done with a tool of some sort. I know
people who purchased a meat thermometer and cut off the thermometer,
leaving only the pointed steal stake. They use this as a pen
to inscribe their candles. An advantage of this method is that
they can heat up the tip and make it easier to inscribe the wax.
Of course there are considerations to this. First using a metal
point can be hazardous, secondly, heating up that point can add
to that danger if the tool is not used carefully.
- Another method is to use a wooden stick that has been sharpened
to a mild point. I know a lady who purchased a wooden cuticle
stick and she uses that to inscribe her candles. Another person
I know purchased a small wooden rod at a craft store, about the
diameter of a pencil and uses a regular pencil sharpener to create
- My personal method is a little more rustic. I choose a stick
that has fallen from an oak tree during a thunderstorm. You can
use any kind of tree, an oak is just what I have in my back yard.
The stick should be about the diameter of a regular pencil, a
little thinner or thicker doesn't matter as long as it's strong.
I peal the bark from the stick and cut it to size. Typically
about 9 inches long. Using my athame I carve one end to a point.
- For simple prayer candles that I will light each night, the
ritual is equally simple. I like to inscribe my candles during
a new moon ritual. I will ask the GreatSpirits to help me empower
the candle for the desired purpose and to guide my hand in marking
the candle with whatever symbol it is I have chosen. Depending
on the purpose, I might invoke the element of fire to increase
the 'programming' of the candle's inscription. I do this by setting
the tip of the oak branch on fire, letting it burn for about
30 seconds. I blow out the flame and while the stick is still
hot, I use it to inscribe the symbol in the side of the candle.
- For ceremonial candles, I will use the fire method and incorporate
the inscription process at the beginning of the magik ceremony
- Candle Magik Rituals &
- Of course there are many ways of conducting a simple ritual
or complex ritual. Way to many to list them here. But I have
created a step by step process that provides an example of a
Candle Ritual & Ceremony.
- Where To Place Your Ritual
- After you have completed the magikal working the next step
is to care for your candle. This includes extinguishing the flame
and storing your candle.
- Let's start with how long the candle should be allowed to
burn. Once you have completed your ritual or ceremony, the candle
should burn for at least 30 minutes. If you would like for it
to burn longer, that's fine but never ever leave a burning candle
unattended. I place my nightly ritual candles on my fireplace
mantle. They are out of the way and sit safely in a place where
they will not be bothered and more importantly where they are
not around any other objects that could be ignited.
- When you are using a candle during an in depth magikal ceremony,
you will want to close the circle and clean up your space before
you move the candle to it's safe location. Again try to leave
it burning for at least 30 minutes.
- In either case select a place in your home where you can
keep an eye on the flame, and where the candle is safely away
from curtains, plants, tissues or any other items that can be
ignited. Don't assume the candle is ok here or there, make sure
- Extinguish The Flame
- Within the magikal community there are differing ideas about
how to put out a candle. You must chose what feels right for
- Some say you must extinguish the flame so that no smoke escapes.
Using a candle sniffer or your athame to extinguish the flame.
Holding the energy of your spell within the flame and candle.
- Others suggest that it's important to blow out the candle
so that your energy rides along the smoke rising up to the spiritual
ethereal plane where it can manifest. I personally use this method
as it coincides with other elements of my personal beliefs and
practices. I also invision the prayer or spell floating upon
the waves of smoke, moving up and out into the etherial to be
manifest. But as with all things, do what feels right to you.
- Care And Storage Of Your Ritual
- Storing your candle is also up to personal choice. The candles
I light each night stay on the fire place mantle until the candle
has been totally used up. It's economical to save the remaining
wax for later and make your own candles for future workings.
If this isn't possible, then some people like to bury the remains,
others break up the pieces and throw it away and still others
just toss it out with the kitchen trash. Choose what feels right
- For candles that you will use again for a later similar purpose,
storage is the question. Some like to wrap the candle in natural
fibers such as silk or pure cotton, then store the candle in
a wooden box in their magikal broom closet. Personally, I simply
roll mine in a paper towel and place it in my portable altar
box. Again, chose what feels right for you.
- Source: 1, c3,
- Created: 04.08.1999