The candles should be purchased or made in the colors appropriate to the spell you want to use. You need to use new candles for each ritual, they cannot be reused. The candle is charged for a particular magical intent for the ritual and retains this charge which can only be removed by burning the candle completely. It hardly need be said these days since you will not find any candles made from animal fat, but they cannot be used in candle magic. No tallow candles, they should be parafin or beeswax. The candles should also not be broken, a broken candle will not store and release the energy you place into it correctly. If there are any broken candles in the box save them for candlelit dinners.
In addition to the candles, you will need a number of individual candle holders which can be inexpensive glass or metal holders that each hold a single taper. They need to be able to be moved individually on the altar. Some spells require that the candles touch so try to find small holders that will allow this. The number you will need depends upon the number of candles used for the spell you choose. I recommend getting the smallest, plainest holders you can find inexpensively. If you have a 99 cent store in your area they usually have something appropriate.
There is some small controversy as to whether you should light your candles with a match. Some say that the sulfur in the match is associated with "negativity" and will contaminate the candle. This is not true, sulfur is used in protective magic both by ceremonial magicians and by witches. It is used to drive away negativity. A chunk of sulfur may be placed on the altar during protective rituals and some add a small amount to exorcism or protection incenses. It is associated with the sun, and the element fire. If you feel strongly about it despite this, you may use a taper or a punk to light your candles instead, lighting the taper or punk from the altar candles. In case you don't know, a punk stick is a blank incense stick with no scent added. They are used by insulation contractors to look for air leaks in homes and by those who test smoke detectors. If you can't find them in your area you may use a lightly scented incense stick.
You will also need some oil, either apricot kernal, olive, or almond from the grocery store to anoint the candles before use. See the bit below about anointing the candles for directions. If you already have an altar you can conduct the spell there, if not you will need to locate a flat surface large enough to hold the number of candles specified in the spell. A dressing table, dresser, diningroom table or other piece of furniture will do. Now just choose one of the following spells to perform for the goal you desire, and follow the directions for preparing and setting up the spell.
Anointing the CandlesCandles are anointed with oil prior to magical use. The oil used may be a plain vegetable oil; almond, apricot kernal or olive are recommended. You may wish to create a scented magical oil for anointing candles. Here are several recipes for appropriate blends:
As you are anointing the candle meditate upon the purpose for which it will be used. Visualise the outcome you seek happening and how it will be. You are infusing the candle with the proper energies to manifest your intent by doing this.
General Instructions for Candle Rituals
After you have chosen a spell from those below you will need to gather the required number of candles in the appropriate color(s) with holders to go along with them. The spell will state on which day it should be performed. For the strongest planetary influences the spell should be performed at one of the following times on that day: 12 midnight, 7 am, 2 pm, or 9 pm. These are the hours ruled by the ruler of the day. If one of these times is not convienent simply do the spell on the day noted, regardless of the hour.
After you anoint the candles place them on the altar in their holders in the arrangement indicated in the spell. A diagram will be provided to show how the altar should be set. Place a copy of the words of the spell on the altar as well, so you can read them. You may want to have a photo or other item to represent the person the spell is for if you are performing it for another, or it involves another person.
Try to assure that you will not be interrupted during the the time it takes to do the spell, allow about half an hour, let the machine get the phone for example. Once begun it is best to complete the spell in one block if it is a one day spell, don't stop in the middle. Some spells require that they be performed over a series of days, it is generally best to use the same time for the successive days that you used for the first. If necessary to more clearly state your desire the words accompaning the spell may be altered and personalized. Try to fully state what you want as clearly and simply as possible.
As the spell is being performed there may be occasions where one of the candles goes out on it's own, without the wind. If this happens, do not relight it. One of two things may be assumed to have happened, either the required amount of energy had already been released and the spell is complete for now, or there was something wrong with the way the spell was going and it will need to be redone. Simply complete the ritual for that night and continue it on the next day in the series. If it happens on the last day, simply allow the other candles to burn down as usual and complete the spell at the point where the candle went out.
It is also possible that the candle flame may jump or crackle during a spell. If you are summoning entities, the flame may grow to as much as six inches in height when they manifest, or make a crackling, popping sound. In regular candle spells a crackling, jumping flame generally implies that alot of energy is being generated due to high emotions or the effects of the spell. It is generally a good sign that the magic is working. Note which candle in the altar setup is crackling and go on with the ritual.
A particularly strong flame means that power is being generated toward manifesting your intent. If a candle used to represent a person is particularly stong it can imply their dominance in the situation, their higher energy level, they are winning the situation, or anger and strong emotions on their part. A particularly weak flame shows that there is strong opposition to the manifestation of your intent and the spell may need to be repeated. If a persons candle is weak it may mean that they are in a submissive position in the situation, that they are losing, they have a lower energy level, or that they are in a weaker emotional position.
After the spell is complete, if the spell is to be continued, leave everything in place for the next day. Pinch out or snuff the candles rather than blowing them out. Some feel that blowing out the candle is dismissive of the fire elemental in the flame. If it is a one day spell, or the last day of a multi-day spell you should allow the candles to burn out by themselves. Candles cannot be reused for another spell, and burning them completely releases all of the magical energies stored in them to the cosmos so that it can set the vibrations in motion to acomplish your goal.
Healing Candle Spell
is done on Friday and repeats seven times. You will need a candle to represent
the person the spell is being done for, this is called the petitioner
candle. The petitioner may be yourself or someone else. This should be
one of the colors that represent their Astrological sign, see
for a table giving the colors. In addition, you will need two white
altar candles, one red candle, two blue candles and one orange candle.
If you use the homemade candles below, you may substitute the color candle
specific to the disease indicated for the blue candles. You will also
need a good healing incense, see for recipes for
healing incense. The altar setup is as indicated below.
Herbs for Healing Candles
To make the candles you will need: a large saucepan, a large empty tin can, a knife, paraffin and/or beeswax, wicking, molds (either purchased or 'found'), broken crayons in appropriate color, and about a teaspoon of the appropriate dried herb for your purpose. The herb should be powdered and dried. You can use paraffin mixed with beeswax, beeswax alone or paraffin alone. Cut the wax into cubes with the knife. Put about two cups of water in the large saucepan and place it over a medium heat. When the water is hot, put the wax into the tin can and place the tin can in the large saucepan of water to melt the wax. When the wax is melted add the herb saying the following: "Oh magic herbs of root and flower, give this candle healing power. Let all evil sickness flee, when it is burned so mote it be!" Then add the broken crayons to color the candles. Stir to blend. Prepare the molds by spraying them with Pam or a similar vegetable oil spray so the candles will be easy to unmold. The molds may be purchased candle molds or you can use found items such as milk cartons, frozen juice cans, muffin tins or other similar containers. Be sure they are water tight so the wax won't leak out and heat resistant so the hot wax won't melt them. Cut lengths of wick long enough to reach the bottom of the mold plus at least an inch. Suspend the wicks into the mold from stick as show below. Pour the wax into the molds and allow the candles to cool and harden completely. Similar candles may be made for any magical purpose by adding the correct herb. Consult the herbal correspondences section to determine the herb to use for your purpose. Coloring may be determined by consulting the color correspondences.
Attracting Love Spell
The purpose of this spell is not to attract a specific person and if you use it for that purpose you may rue the day. For this spell you will need an astrological candle to represent yourself and three pink candles. The spell is done on three consecutive Fridays. This is a very simple spell. Place the candle which represents you in the center of your altar. Place the three pink candles in a triangular shape surrounding it, about 7 inches away.. There should also be two altar candles on your altar. You will need a good Venusian incense or Love Incense, (see the Incense recipes for some options), and you may want to dress the pink candles with a Love Oil, (see the Oil recipes for some).
On the first night dress the candles and place them on the altar as described above. Meditate for a bit to empty your conscious mind of the daily thoughts and become concentrated on the task at hand. Light the altar candles and the Love incense. Close your eyes and visualize yourself surrounded by warm, soft, pink light. See the light glowing around you, feel the warmth of it's touch. Still holding this image open your eyes and light the candle representing you. Say "This candle is me, I am this candle." Light the three pink candles while still maintaining the visualization. Say "This is the love that surrounds me, the benificent love of the universe, a warm, loving cloud that envelops me and caresses me". Let the candles burn a moment and refocus the visualization. One by one move the pink candles one third of the distance toward the candle representing you. Say "This is the love of the universe being attracted to me, coming to me to bring me the love that I seek". Allow the candles to burn for at least ten minutes while focusing on the visualization.
Each of the next two Fridays repeat the above actions, the second Friday move the pink candles half the distance toward the candle that is you, and the third Friday move them all the way to the candle and on the last night allow the candles to burn out completely. Be sure that you do this safely, if you will not be present, put the burning candles in the shower or tub to burn away from anything that could catch alight. It's no good attracting love and burning down your house at the same time.
Love Attracting Candle Spell
This spell is not intended to attract a specific person, it is designed to attract love into your life with a person who will be compatible with you. The spell is begun on Friday and continues for several days. For this ritual you will need two red candles, a gold candle, the candle to represent the petitioner in the appropriate color, two white altar candles, and a love attracting incense. See Astrological Correspondences to get the petitioners candle color, and Incense for a recipe for love attracting incense. The altar set up is as indicated below.
for a few moments on the petitioner as a warm, loving, attractive person
who deserves to have love in their lives. Then recite the Invocation to
Venus as follows:
Move the red candles about three inches closer to the petitioner candle, saying "Here draws he to she (or he to he, she to she); the one towards the other. Such is the love that all feel it's attraction. These candles burn and draw him/her ever nearer. Powerful is the attraction." Meditate on the petitioner being surrounded by the rosy red glow of the light of love, bathed in its warmth for about ten minutes. Snuff out the candles. Continue the ritual on each successive day until the red candles touch the petitioner candle.
Prosperity Candle Spell
This spell should be begun on Thursday. You will need five green candles, prosperity incense, a yellow candle, a red candle, and the petitioners candle as well as the usual two white altar candles. See Astrological Correspondences to get the petitioners candle color, and Incense for a recipe for money/prosperity attracting incense. The altar set up is as indicated below.
red candle as you comtemplate the strength of the petitioners will to
succeed and prosper. Light each of the green candles in turn, visualizing
the green glowing light around the petitioner growing stronger with each
candle lit until it is a brilliant, bright, searchlight, gleaming into
the sky. As you light the green candles say
Sit for ten minutes visualizing the bright green searchlight illuminating the petitioner and surrounding them with a powerful glow of wealth and prosperity. Then snuff out the candles. Each day following move the green candles three inches closer to the petitioner prior to repeating the spell. Continue until they touch the petitioner candle.