Candle Magic
by Pamela English

Candle burning is one of most simple forms of magic. It can be performed most anywhere and candles are really easy to purchase. The basic principles are to concentrate, visualize and focusing (willpower) on the candle as a symbol.

Candle magic can be used for overcoming bad habits, attracting things, settling disturbing atmospheres, protection, regaining health, developing psychic powers, etc...

Basic Preparations

To start you should cleanse your space, relax have a positive state of mind. Choose new, unused candles, and do not use the ones you choose for any other purpose.

Make sure your space is quiet, except if you want to use soft music. It's a good thing not to eat or engage in sexual activity before any magic ritual. A "cleansing" bath is also a good thing before.

Give the candle some of your personal vibrations. This will give the wax your thoughts, desires and life-force. You can also use an essential oil on the candle. The energy from your hands will pass into the wax. Always start rubbing the oil from the top to the bottom when anointing a candle. Then go from bottom up to the center of the candle. While you are oiling the candle think about what you want to accomplish. Visualize success and see your desires accomplished.

Candles and Color

Color is very important in candle magic. Color has subtle influences and each one vibrates at a different frequency. Because of the different effects of color on the human psyche and the surrounding environment, different colored candles are used for different magical end-results. These colors and their vibrations are also closely linked with the cosmic forces which in this book are personified by the Planetary Angels. Each color in the spectrum is connected with the astrological signs of the Zodiac and their planetary rulers. Below I have listed the main colors used in candle magic together with their magical significance's and the influences of each astrological sign.

  • White represents purity, spirituality and peace. In some cultures it is the color of death and mourning.
  • Red symbolizes health, energy, strength, sexual virility, courage and the masculine principle in Nature.
  • Pink is associated with romantic love, affection and friendship.
  • Yellow is the color of the intellect, the powers of the creative imagination, memory, communication and mental agility.
  • Green equals abundance, fertility, good luck and harmony.
  • Blue is the color of healing, truth, inspiration, higher wisdom, occult power and psychic protection, understanding, good health and the feminine principle in Nature.
  • Purple symbolizes success in financial affairs, psychic ability of a highly-developed form, idealism and spiritual power.
  • Gold attracts positive influences and it's connected with justice and career matters.
  • Silver represents clairvoyance, astral energies and channeling, also the faculty of far memory and remembering past lives.

Astrologically, the colors and their correspondences are classified and related as follows.

  • Aries (March 21 April 20) Ruling planet - Mars. Shades of red, usually the darker shades of scarlet or crimson. Magically the planet Mars is the purifier and destroyer who sweeps aside the stagnant, the unwanted and the redundant so progress can be made. Alternatively, the planet of war also represents the creative principle and the unconscious urge for the human species to reproduce itself, for life and death are two aspects of the same energy.
  • Taurus (April 21-May 21) Ruling planet - Venus. Green, ranging from the palest apple green to the dark olive of the earth forces. In magical lore the Venusian energy represents the spiritual desire to unite the opposites and balance the dual forces of male and female. This union was known to the medieval alchemists as "the sacred marriage" and is symbolized in magic and Wicca by the ritual metaphor of the sword in the chalice.
  • Gemini (May 22 June 21) Ruling planet - Mercury Yellow is the color of this Zodiac sign representing communication and the power of the mind. In occult tradition Gemini is a symbol of the dualism which manifests from the transcendental Oneness and of magus who acts as a go-between carrying messages between Middle Earth and the Otherworld.
  • Cancer (June 22-July 22) Ruling planet - the moon. Metallic blue and silver are the colours of the lunar sphere. It is the realm of the unconscious, the hidden side of the personality and psychic forces.
  • Leo (July 23-August 23) Ruling planet - the sun. Its colours are gold and orange. The sun represents the life force and is the visible symbol of the Cosmic Creator in the solar system.
  • Virgo (August 24-September 23) Ruling planet - Mercury. Reddish-yellow is the colour associated with this alternative aspect of Mercurial energy It represents the analytical abilities of the mind symbolized by the quest for scientific knowledge.
  • Libra (September 24-October 23) Ruling planet - Venus. Libra's colours are sky blue and rose pink. It symbolizes the heights attainable by romantic and spiritual love.
  • Scorpio (October 24-November 22) Ruling planet - Pluto. Dark red or silvery gray The energy of the Plutonian sphere is connected with Mars and represents death and regeneration. It has rulership over the underworld, the spirits of the departed and nuclear power.
  • Sagittarius (November 23-December 21 ) Ruling planet - Jupiter. Purple and royal blue are the colours of this Zodiac sign. It is an expansive planetary energy connected with the world of finance and social matters.
  • Capricorn (December 22 January 20) Ruling planet - Saturn. Black is the primary colour of the Saturnian energy It rules karma, fate and destiny, the law, old age and property matters.
  • Aquarius (January 21-February 19) Ruling planet - Uranus. The colour of this astrological sign combines all the shades of the spectrum in a flashing rainbow pattern. This planetary energy is a higher octave of Saturn and has rulership over magic (forces, astrology and modern technology like television, video and computers).
  • Pisces (February 20-March 20) Ruling planet - Neptune. Sea-green or indigo are the colours of Pisces, which is connected with the planetary energy of Jupiter. It has rulership over inspiration, matters connected with the sea and entertainment, especially the movie industry.

  • Copyright 1997 - 2010 Pamela English.

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