We were asked recently via facebook to blog about the basics of candle magic...so we have:
Candle magic is one of the most popular methods of working magic. It can be as simple as lighting a white candle and putting your intent into it or going the whole hog and tying in the correct colour of the candle, adding corresponding herbs, anointing with oil, carving runes or sigils, chanting a spell to go with it – or anywhere in between.
The choice is yours, it’s a personal thing, sometimes you may want to keep it simple, other times you may want to add to it – play around with all the various methods and see what works best for you.
When should I work candle magick?
Well, again this is up to you. If you have a need to do the working right now…then do it. If you want to add a bit of oomph to your candle magic working then you could correspond it to the phase of the moon.
The basic rule of thumb with the moon phases is:
Waxing Moon is for growth and new projects.
Full Moon is for completions, healing and empowerment.
Waning Moon is for releasings, cleansings and banishings.
New (or dark) Moon is for divination.
If you really want to get specific, you could also perform the candle magic on the corresponding day of the week
A basic white candle is good and covers pretty much every intent. However if you want to add power to your intent pick a coloured candle that mirrors your objective.
You can also dress your candle with a corresponding essential oil and also add crystals at the base, or carve runes into the candle itself.
At the end of the day all the extra touches add a bit of extra power, but it is your intent that is most important.
Charge the candle with your intent, by holding your hands either side and sending the energy of your intent into the candle, visualise the outcome that you desire as you do so. If you choose to use herbs or oils to dress the candle in, charge those as well.
For spells I prefer to use small beeswax candles as these don't take hours and hours to burn and they don't leave any wax behind.
Never leave a lit candle unattended.
We have an in depth lesson on candle magic within our Kitchen Witch School of Natural Witchery