Candle Spell Reading

Candle Wax Reading: Technique & Meanings in Divination

Candles serve as more than just a source of light. They’re believed to be messengers, conveying spiritual messages. They can provide answers to questions posed during prayers, indicate the presence of negative energy which needs to be cleared, or even evaluate the efficacy of a prayer.

Wax reading is an ancient practice that uses the shapes that randomly appear in the melted wax, lending insight into patterns of time, events, emotions, and energies. Wax reading allows you to interpret the drips left by a burning candle, providing insight into the world around us.

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See also: Candle Color Meanings

Shapes in Candle Wax and their Meanings

Candle Magic Interpretation is a fascinating aspect of spellwork, offering insights into the energies and outcomes of rituals. Here’s a guide on the different symbols and their meanings:


Represent challenges, hurdles, and obstacles in your path.

Mountains in candle wax reading


Hooks suggest moving from challenges to success, though it might be a difficult journey.

Candle wax with hooks meaning


Swirled wax signifies past emotions or feelings being awakened.

Swirled Wax candle reading


Bubbles in the wax can symbolize suppressed emotions, hidden thoughts, or underlying tensions.


Springs represent returning to the original state or baseline.

springs candle wax meaning


Tears symbolize strong emotions, sometimes even real tears.

Tears in candle burning


The crown can represent a significant achievement, honor, or recognition coming one’s way.

Crown candle reading meaning

My Candle Opened Like a Flower: What Does It Mean?

One of the most frequently asked questions revolves around a candle that melts to resemble a flower. So, what does it mean when a candle opens like a flower? Let’s decipher the symbolism.

1. The Well-Defined Flower

When a candle melts to form a distinct and shapely flower, it’s seen as a positive sign. Such a formation can signify impending moments of joy and prosperity, particularly if it’s related to the purpose of the prayer. A large, well-defined floral shape is often interpreted as a strong affirmation or a clear ‘yes’ to a question posed during prayer.

Candle melted like a flower

2. The Ill-Defined Flower

If the floral shape is indistinct or not clearly visible, it might indicate wavering conviction or doubts about what’s being prayed for. Although your request might still be granted, there could be some unforeseen challenges or instabilities along the way.

Ill-shaped flower melted candle

Why is my candle wax turning black?

Blackened wax in candle reading signifies negative energies, interference, protective barriers, or a clearing of negativity. The blackening can represent challenges, opposition, protection, or purification. Before proceeding with another prayer or ritual, it’s advisable to cleanse the surroundings. This can be achieved through energy baths or by burning incense, like rue or sage.

In conclusion, reading candle wax is similar to interpreting a candle flame 🕯️, as both are fascinating ways to seek spiritual insights. Whether it’s a flower or any other shape, the melted wax can offer guidance, answers, and a deeper connection to the spiritual realm.

Divination with Candle Wax & Water

While it may seem challenging to perform divination, reading candle wax is a great way to start! This is because it’s likely that you already have all the necessary materials on hand. Let’s dive in!

You Will Need

  • A bowl
  • Water
  • A candle
  • Matches or a lighter
  • Pen and paper


  1. Gather the supplies listed above. If possible, select a bowl for scrying that is wooden, ceramic, or made of natural material. Avoid materials such as plastic, as the wax may burn the inside of the bowl.
  2. Meditate on your intention. Will you be attempting to contact a specific entity? What information are you looking to glean from this experience? What are your goals, and how can this practice help you to achieve them?
  3. Write down your intention(s) with your pen and paper. If you have any specific questions you would like to ask during your divination session, write these down so you can reference them later.

    How to Meditate

  4. Fill your bowl with cool water. Natural or spring water is best, but tap water will do just fine.
  5. Light your candle and hold it above the bowl, carefully allowing the wax to drip into the bowl. While doing so, be careful not to shake the bowl or move the water. Allow the wax to form shapes naturally as it dries.
  6. After a few moments, blow out your candle. Ensuring it is properly snuffed, set your candle to the side.
  7. Now it’s time to observe your wax drippings. Spend a few moments gazing at your creations, looking for shapes and patterns along the way. Feel free to take down notes of anything that stands out to you. Using your intuition to guide you, pay attention to how the symbols may you feel.
Wax and Ash Reading

How To Interpret Your Candle Wax Reading

Now that you’ve performed the steps required, how do you go about reading your wax? Interpretation is not always straightforward and may take some study and practice to fully get the hang of it. Luckily, there are a few basic things you can look for to start decoding these messages from the universe.

Look For Letters & Numbers

Just like with Ceromancy, the art of reading wax, sometimes the wax in your bowl may appear to form numbers and letters. Letters may indicate names of people or places in your life, or even a specific event.

Numbers, on the other hand, can be a bit more complicated. Numbers may represent specific dates and times, or even hold meanings rooted in numerology. This is why it’s important to follow your intuition during readings to interpret the relevance of a particular number.

Seeing Angel Numbers

Prophecies dwell in numbers just as names rest in letters, so you may feel a spiritual connection to friends, relatives, or a significant event in your life after looking upon these signs.

Pay Attention To Wax Movement

If your wax circles your bowl in a clockwise motion, then congratulations – this is usually a good sign of something positive coming your way. Conversely, wax traveling in a counter-clockwise direction may indicate a negative result or loss.

Look For Recognizable Shapes

Much like reading tea leaves, the wax in your bowl may form shapes with significant meaning. For more information, you can look up other common symbols found in tasseomancy, as their purposes often carry over.

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Location Of Wax In Bowl

If your wax is closer to the middle of your scrying bowl, it’s likely referring to something that occurred further in the past. That said, wax that gathers near the edge of your bowl may refer to situations that will soon be occurring.

Divination is an ancient practice that can be found in cultures all around the world. Though there are many different ways to read omens and symbols, candlewax divination is a simple yet effective method that anyone can try at home. With careful consideration, the shapes that form in your bowl could deliver answers to deep inquiries, related to your personal growth and journey. Unlocking their knowledge is distinctly similar to how someone tackles reading divinatory tea leaves – all that is needed is a willing mind and intuition.

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  1. Kimberly Banyard

    What if your candles wax burns down and it’s like a top portion of someone teeth?

    • Symbols are often very personal because they help us tap into our unseen mind. Think about how this symbol made you feel and what you were thinking when it happened. Outside of your personal thoughts on it, teeth can symbolize health, energy, vitality, beauty, communication, and confidence.

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