Since ancient times, candles have been used as a sacred element in countless rituals and ceremonies across continents and cultures. Read on to explore how candles are used in spells of Magic, their significance, symbolism in Witchcraft and Wicca, and find a Candle Color Chart to guide you on your witchy works.
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You have probably been a part of many candle rituals by now. Ever made a wish before blowing the candles on your birthday cake? Ancient Greeks started the tradition¹ of decorating cakes with lit candles in honor of the Goddess Artemis. A round pie was meant to symbolize the moon, and the candles were the light radiating from it. This act was a sacred one, and still remains to be. Every year we gather with our friends and family to evoke Magic, strength and hope.
Since their earliest origins, candles have been used for ceremonial and religious practices that go from prayer to healing and transformation. The spiritual significance of the candle flame is well known.
Candles are used by almost every Witch, no matter what their belief system or Magical tradition (Wiccan, Hoodoo, Yoruba, or any other). While not everyone likes candles, you will soon realize why their use is so widely spread. Candles symbolize light and the Spirit being brought to life through the Element Fire, burning in the hearth, a symbol of home.
Candle Magic 101
1. Setting a Goal
Before lighting a candle or casting any candle spells, you should be aware of the reasons why you will be doing this ritual. That is, establish an intention for your spellwork. Candle Magic can be used as a way to protect yourself and others, as an aid to achieve a desired goal, to help with your meditation or simply to ask for guidance in your daily life.
If you are petitioning for something, the candle alone is not going to do the work. Everything depends on what you ask for and how you do it.
Clearly define whether this magical work is intended for yourself or for another person. If it is for another person, it is essential to first get their permission. Otherwise, you might be working against their free will, breaking one of the most basic Rules Every Witch Should Know.
2. Choosing a Candle
Choose the candle that best fits your need depending on the wish or the intention of your spell. Because colors have powerful effects on behavior, each color has a symbolism attached to it. There’s a Complete Candle Color Guide below. If you don’t have a candle of a certain color, you can always use a white one.
You can use taper candles, table candles and even tealight candles for your spells. Keep in mind that the size of the candle will affect the duration of your ritual.
Although some people use square-shaped, pyramidal or engraved candles, I can assure you that regular candles are as effective as any other type of candle, regardless of their manufacturing or external appearance.
Candles, however, need to be charged with a specific intention. For this, you can carve your petition/goal on it, or you can anoint the candle so it will embody your intention. See step 4 (Dressing your candle).
3. Preparing your Altar
You will need a place to practice your Candle Magic. It could be any room in your home where you can be alone and carry out all your spellworks without interruptions. Find a private and quiet place and set up your altar. This will be your sacred space.
4. Dressing your Candle
Candles can be purified and consecrated before their use in a ritual for any Magical purpose. By anointing the candles we are charging them with our intentions and willpower. This is also done to eliminate all residual energies from any person who handled the candles before you bought them.
Do I always have to dress my candles before a spell? No. This is a personal decision and a way to add intent and power to your spell. If you don’t have any oils to dress your candle, you can cast the spell without doing this step, or simply state your intention while holding the candle.
How to dress a candle
- Choose a suitable oil. This will depend on what kind of ritual you are going to do and what your intentions are.
- Hold the candle with one hand and wet your other hand’s index and middle fingers with the oil.
- Rub the oil all over the candle without touching the wick. You can start from the bottom and work your way up or start from the top and go down. Note: There are as many opinions on this matter as there are Witches on earth. A common practice is to rub your fingers from the top down to attract something, or to rub them from the bottom up to banish or repel something.
- As you are rubbing the oil, visualize your wish and how it’s going to manifest. Spend a minute or two focusing on this.
5. Cast your Spell
You are now ready to add any ritual acts that will be part of your spell. What follows are just a few examples of spells with candles you can cast at home. You will find many more spell recipes browsing our Spell Collections or the Library of Spells. Scroll further down on this page to find frequently asked questions and extra tips about working with Candle Magic.
Try These Spells with Candles 💫
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‘Rekindle Me’: Red Candle Spell for Lust & Passion
Easy Money Visualization with a Green Candle
Color Chart for Candle Spells 💫
- White Candle
- Black Candle
- Red candle
- Pink candle
- Yellow candle
- Blue candle
- Green Candle
- Purple Candle
- Orange Candle
- Brown Candle
- Light Blue Candle
- Golden Candle
Use this guide to help you choose a candle for your spell. For each candle we have included an overview of the meaning of colors in Magic. Keep in mind that these are just general associatons meant to guide you as you learn. To make your spells unique, you will need to create your own associatons. Ideally, each color should have a personal connection that talks to you on a much deeper level that a simple color chart could ever do.
White candles can be used for any type of ritual, meditation, or spellcasting work. Light a white candle every day to bring clarity and clear up energies. They can be used as a substitute for any other color, and are generally used for healing, lighting paths, and for extra protection. White candles symbolize positive energy, purity, and goodwill.
If you associate black with darkness, or the absence of light, you could make the mistake of thinking that black candles are evil. This is not accurate. Black candles are powerful and protective. If you treat them with respect, they will always work in your favor.
During a spell or ritual, a black candle can be placed next to another candle of any color to dissolve negative energies. They are typically used by those who feel the need for some extra protection. It is said that black candles can absorb hostility, unfriendliness, curses, negative spells and other dark energies around us.
Red has a very powerful and lively energy in candle Magic. It is used for strength, emotional and sexual stimulation, vitality, and passionate love. A red candle will bring vigor and sexual energy to an existing relationship.
Red candles have many other uses and are also commonly associated to protection, fire, fertility, quick action, power, lust, blood, physical attraction and passion, courage, energy, attraction, magnetism, desire, action, physical strength, and willpower.
A red candle is ideal for when you need a push starting a new project, or igniting a fiery love. This color connects you with your desires and everything related to new beginnings.
Pink candles are the candles of romantic and tender love. Many people wrongly assume that the red candle is best for love spells but the truth is that pink candles are the most powerful when we want a long-lasting relationship or to reinforce a friendship.
Light a pink candle to ask for the return of a lost love, or a new love, to relief depression when in need of self-love, and when casting spells related to friendship, honor and moral. This color will help you connect with your most sensitive and receptive side, harmonizing bonds of friendship and love.
Yellow candles are used for spells and works related to creativity, imagination, communication, mental strength, knowledge, and intellect.
A yellow candle will help strengthen your focus and powers of visualization during a ritual of Magic. This color is used to stimulate mental clarity and knowledge but can also bring joy, prosperity and the power to connect with our identity. It’s great for requests of creativity, materialization and trust.
Light a yellow candle if you want to be more open during a ritual, mentally as well as spiritually or socially. Yellow also represents attraction, charm, confidence and persuasion.
Blue means, above all, serenity, peace and tranquility. People who seek to connect with their spirituality light these candles because it brings them harmony.
Blue is a very spiritual color that is used to search for inner peace; It confers truth and guidance. Other uses include physical and spiritual healing, sleep, creativity, perception, calm wisdom, dreams, and the examination of emotions.
Some authors say that it represents the Divine Mother or the Goddess. Wear blue for creative expression, understanding and patience. Light a blue candle before an important exam, to meditate, to avoid nightmares, or to activate your intellectual plane.
Green is the color of growth. It is related to health, fertility, abundance, money, home, harmony, and luck.
A green candle usually represents the direction North, the element Earth, and the Magic of Nature. In addition, the color green encourages us to improve ourselves in personal projects such as studies, work and self-growth. Use green candles to cast spells that promote health, finances, good luck, fertility, or any personal goal that requires development and renewal.
You can also work with green candles in requests for the healing of body and soul, invoking the healing energies of Nature.
Purple is considered a very esoteric color. It symbolizes spiritual development, psychic powers, and expanded consciousness.
Light a purple candle to meditate, for introspection or even profound transformation. It will stimulate idealism and psychic manifestations, and help you make contact with the spiritual world. Purple also increases ambition, enthusiasm, desire and power.
Other types of rituals that use purple candles are invocations and request for change. If you need to perform a deep cleanse, transform a very important aspect of your life, or even ask for a miracle, a purple candle is your best ally.
This is a warm and stimulating color. Orange candles are frequently used in spells for courage, stimulation and attraction. They promote positive thinking, justice, courage, and change.
Orange represents the building of energy and enthusiasm. It can attract success, prosperity, and emotional healing. It will also activate your sacral chakra, enabling healthy relationships, attracting friends, self-respect, courage, and ambition.
Light an orange candle during your ritual to act as an element of balance. It can also promote mental agility, energy, success, and endurance.
Brown candles can symbolize a connection to Earth, but as a more material approach. This color relates to stability, security, and balance. It can be used to aid your rituals for material gain, tenacity and commitment. Brown eliminates indecision, encourages concentration and promotes learning.
Light a brown candle for the protection of pets. Very light brown or beige candles can also be used to bring neutrality, balance and safety to your spellcasting.
Light Blue Candles
Light blue is closely related to blue, and it is also used in rituals to increase peace, tranquility, patience and calmness. It radiates Aquarian energy and can be used in devotional or inspirational meditations.
If you want to reinforce a union or a family relationship, light a blue candle.
Gold represents the dominant aspect of the Divinity. This color is used in candle burning rituals that have to do with protection, success, masculinity, joy, luck, divination or victory.
Light a golden candle during a spell in which you want to work with masculine energies, attract personal recognition from the outside world bringing prosperity, success, and abundance.
FAQ about Candle Spells
Can I blow out the candles?
Blowing a candle symbolizes the end of the ritual or spell. If you are not going to light the candle again, then you can blow the candle and terminate your ritual. However, if the ritual is going to continue the next day or at another time, it is better to blow out the candle with a wet finger or use a candle snuffer, symbolizing that even though the candle is out, the ritual is still going on.
If you have blown a candle when you shouldn’t have, don’t worry. This is not so important, it’s mostly superstition. If you really believe that blowing the candle will cancel your spell, then probably your mind and intentions are not fully aligned. There should be no trace of doubt that your spell will work in your mind. This way it will work no matter what.
How long do you leave the candles burning?
There are spells that clearly indicate to let the candle extinguish itself. This could be an issue for many Witches since it can take up to 2 hours for a candle to burn all the way and because it’s not safe to leave candles burning without supervision. Do not leave the room if the candle is still lit!
Instead, you have a few options:
- Plan ahead. Find smaller candles and take the necessary time to let the candle burn all the way. Use this time for meditation, self-improvement and as a small sacrifice or a time-out from other things in your life.
- Modify your rituals and spells so they are shorter. Instead of waiting for the candle to burn all the way, finish your ritual when you feel confident to do so (for instance, clap your hands or ring a bell to indicate sending the energies on its way), then blow out the candle, cut off the parts that you used or carved, and throw it away or bury it.
- If you are a beginner, start with tealight candles, which are a lot smaller and burn faster. They will make your first spells feel easier and quicker.
Don’t be afraid to experiment. It might take a while, but eventually you will find the best candles that fit your purposes and you will learn how to carve them to make them burn faster.
Can I re-use the candles in my spells?
As mentioned before, some spells require you to light the same candles over the course of several days. If that’s the case, you should certainly re-use them. For one-time spells, if the candle is a central part of the spell, do not use that candle again because it’s now charged with the intention of that specific spell and re-using it may override and cancel the effect.
If you are using candles for a routine meditation or a simple cleanse without any directed intentions, then you can definitely re-use that candle the next time.
How to dispose of candles after a spell?
Studies have shown that beeswax, paraffin and vegetable-based waxes are biodegradable ². The vast majority of candles today are made primarily from these waxes. According to your tradition, you will either bury the leftovers on soil, such as in your backyard, a churchyard, or you can throw them in your compost. Many people prefer to keep it simple and throw the remains in the trash since they will go to a landfill and be buried anyway. When doing this, remember that it’s still part of the ritual and a sacred act, so you could say a prayer as you do it, or just give thanks to the Elements for their help.
If you were casting a banishing spell or any kind of work to get rid of something, it’s a good idea to take the materials you used somewhere outside your home, such as a churchyard or a crossroad and bury them there. Some traditions and rituals require to dispose of the remains of a spell in a running body of water. You can so this by going to a stream, river or the sea. Make sure you are using biodegradable materials before doing this.
- The Fascinating Origin of the Birthday Cake | Reader’s Digest
- Candle Composition | National Candle Association
📓 In this lesson, you will learn the following, and more:
- What to Expect from Spells
- 5 Signs a Spell Is Working
- 1. Changes in your Mood
- 2. Signs and Omens from Nature
- 3. Messages in your Dreams
- 4. Coincidences
- 5. Real-Life Interactions
- Extra Tips for After Casting a Spell
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