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The Basics of Candle Magick




Candle magic is a form of sympathetic magic that uses candles as the primary tool for focusing and directing energy to manifest a particular intention or desire. It has been practiced for centuries in various cultures and traditions, including Wicca, Hoodoo, and other forms of folk magic. The basic concept behind candle magic is the belief that candles, with their symbolic colours, shapes, and energies, can be charged with intention and used as a conduit to bring about desired outcomes.

Here's a general explanation of how candle magic works:


  1. Selecting a Candle: Choose a candle that corresponds to your intention. Different colours are associated with various energies and purposes. For example:

  • Red: Love, passion, courage

  • Green: Money, fertility, abundance

  • Blue: Communication, healing, protection

  • White: Purity, spirituality, cleansing

  • Black: Banishing, protection, absorption of negativity

  1. Cleansing and Charging: Before using the candle, some practitioners choose to cleanse it of any residual energies and then charge it with their specific intention. This can be done through various rituals or personal affirmations.

  2. Carving or Dressing the Candle: Inscribing symbols, names, or specific words on the candle is a common practice. This is believed to enhance the connection between the candle and the intended outcome. Anointing the candle with oils or herbs corresponding to the intention is also a common step.

  3. Setting the Mood: Create a sacred space by dimming lights, playing calming music, or using incense. This helps focus your energy and concentration on the ritual.

  4. Visualization and Meditation: Before lighting the candle, take a moment to visualize your goal. Focus on the desired outcome and allow that energy to fill your mind. Some practitioners meditate during this step to strengthen their concentration.

  5. Candle Lighting: Light the candle, and as it burns, concentrate on your intention. Some people recite chants, prayers, or affirmations during this time. The flame is considered a representation of the energy and a channel to the spiritual realm.

  6. Observing the Candle: Pay attention to how the candle burns. Some practitioners believe that the behaviour of the flame (steady, flickering, sputtering) and the way the wax melts can provide insights into the progress of the spell or ritual.

  7. Closing the Ritual: Once the candle has burned completely or for a set period, thank the energies involved, and close the ritual. Dispose of the candle remnants appropriately, considering the nature of your intention.

It's important to note that candle magic is a personal and symbolic practice, and the effectiveness may vary based on individual beliefs and energies. It's also crucial to approach it with respect and a clear understanding of your intentions to avoid unintended consequences.


Hope this quick overview is helpful and dont forget to pop over to the home page and follow the link to our Candle Magick Supplies.


Becci and Holly



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