Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Candle Magic

Last summer I read a wonderful contemporary romance by Joy Nash titled A Little Light  Magic. The book was a 2010 RITA nominee for Contemporary Single Title. The heroine of this book, Tori Morgan, casts seven candle spells for seven different situations. I was fascinated with this concept and decided to explore further. I even have my Nephilim hero, Dagon, doing a bit of spell-casting himself in Hunted, the sequel to The Last Soul.

Candle magic is the practice of burning candles as part of rituals designed to accomplish a specific goal. Ideally you want to use candles made from soy or beeswax because they contain natural ingredients, helping to bring you closer to the sprit of the universe. Although there is disagreement among practitioners about which colors are best to use for specific spells, these guidelines were universal among the resources I found.

Red = the element of fire. It is common in spells to maintain health, increase strength, promote passion, or employ defensive magic.

Pink = relaxation, love and friendship. Pink candles are commonly used in rituals to promote self-love. They are also ideal for spells related to weddings and emotional unions.

Orange = energy. This candle is used to attract specific influences or objects when casting a candle magic spell.

Yellow = air. Yellow candles are recommended for spells which are intended to heighten visualization abilities. Yellow is also the color of intelligence, confidence and eloquence.

Green = money and prosperity. This candle color can also be used in spells for fertility, healing, growth or abundance.

Blue = water. This color is used for spells to affect sleep or to awaken the psychic mind.

Purple candles enhance spiritual activities and increase your magical powers. When combined with blue candles, they can be used in healing rituals.

White = protection and purification. Linked with the moon, white candles contain all colors and are used for positive purposes.

Black = outer space. Black candles absorb negativity. Black is the absence of color and is often associated with evil magic, but black candles are used for positive rituals such as those to absorb illness or stop bad habits.

Brown candles are burned in combination with other candles when spells invoke animals.

Do you dabble in candle magic? Share your stories with us.

3 comments:

  1. I have some candles somewhere. We light them when the cats make such a huge stench in the litterbox it's unbearable. What color candle would be best for that?? :)

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  2. LOL, Jody! Brown or yellow, of course. :)

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  3. This is all new to me. :) Interesting.

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