The Art Of Candle Magick
Candle Magick works like everything else in the world of the unseen, either you believe or you don’t. I light a green and gold candle for prosperity every night with a blessing of prosperity to follow me through to the next day. Since I have done just this one simple act of energy transmutation, I have seen a steady upswing on my finances. Now whether it was just that I was due or my eternal belief in fairy dust, I don’t care. All I know is that the intent was there and the universe is answering.
The color of the candle that you work with, put your intent into and then out into the universe is an important step in the process of how candle magick works. Also, how you prepare your candle for your ritual of bringing the energy of what you want from the power of the elements that are attached to the color candle.
Each color has a significance of what you are asking of the universe and the nature elements to bring into your life.
The colours of candle magick
Red holds the energy of assertiveness, courage, creativity, energy, passionate love, sex.
Orange holds the energy of ambition, concentration, eloquence, legal issues, intellectual pursuits, success.
Yellow holds the energy of attractiveness, clarity, happiness, intelligence, persuasiveness, and travel.
Green holds the energy of growth, fertility, harmony, health, prosperity and wealth.
Blue holds the energy of dream work, healing, intuition, loyalty, peace and spirituality.
Purple holds the energy of connecting to the higher self, communing with higher beings, meditation, psychic abilities and development.
Pink holds the energy of beauty, compassion, femininity, partnerships and romantic love.
White is an all-purpose color and can substitute for any other color, bringing cleansing, purification, truth and reflecting energy.
Black absorbs energy, banishing, breaking things (bad habits, hexes, etc.) discovering hidden wisdom, protection and self-defense.
Grey represents invisibility, loneliness, neutralizing energies and spells, wisdom.
Gold is the color of abundance, wealth and prosperity.
Brown is the color of abundance, family, friends, gardening, grounding, pets, stability
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When doing candle magick, first choose a plain candle of uniform shape. Having unusual or large candles can be distracting and is therefore not suitable for magical use. Candles used for magick should always be Virgin (unused) at the start of the ritual. Using secondhand candles or other materials in magick can have disastrous effects as they might have picked up vibrations from previous use, even if it was just on a dinner table!
Dressing the Candle. This is one of the most important parts of doing candle magic. You have to establish a psychic link between the candle, you and your goal. The process for doing this is known as ‘dressing the candle’. Dressing the candle requires the candle and some oil (whatever you’ve chosen based on your goal). You have to pour the oil on your hands and rub it on the candle. There are a lot of different opinions on the ‘proper way’ to rub the oil on the candle. Here are some variations:
Rub the candle with oil from top to bottom
Rub the candle with oil from bottom to top
Rub from top to bottom to draw things to you; rub from bottom to tip to send things away
Once this is done, light it and place it in the center of a table. Sit down about six feet away from it in a position where you can look directly at the candle flame without raising or lowering your head. Ideally, the flame should be in a direct line with your third eye, in the center of your forehead.
Gaze at the flickering flame and think about your purpose for this ritual. For example: If you are burning a gold candle for prosperity, you might visualize yourself in a number of situations that show you in a prosperous life. Look at the flame and imagine the gold of the candle expanding until it completely fills the room you are in. Picture yourself completely bathed in the golden color. Hold your image of prosperity and wealth for as long as you can. When it starts to fade, say “thank you” out loud. Stretch and take a few deep breaths. Snuff out the candle and carry on with your day. This entire exercise can be accomplished in ten minutes or less. You will feel a shift of energy right away in your emotions and perspective.
Susan Z’s Verdict
Candle lighting is represented in many forms of religious ceremonies, wicca rituals and just lighting them to bring a more peaceful and beautiful energy into a space. Energy is just that, energy. Where you direct it can change the circumstances of a challenging situation to a solution of a higher energy force, drawing to you what is needed and wanted. My parting words when anyone decides to put their intentions out there in the universe is always, “Be careful what you ask for, for you may just get it.” The universe receives intentions literally, so be very specific about what you are trying to manifest.
Susan Z Rich is an emotional addiction counselor, spiritual intuitive and holistic therapist. She counsels others to see life in a more positive way and teaches personal accountability for life choices. She is also the author of several children’s books and Soul Windows…Secrets From The Divine.