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The use of Candles in Magic:

Candles, Colours & Correspondences

           Colour and candle magic is used in a wide variety of spells and invocations. Although the use of both is not essential it does help to concentrate or focus the intent. In selecting your colours you are mentally preparing yourself spiritually for the task you have set yourself, i.e. the casting of the spell!  The intent and outcome are clearly envisioned and as a result you stand a greater chance of a successful outcome.

         You can also enhance the power contained within the colour by using oils to anoint the candle and also carving runes into the candles. When using coloured candles in magic you can also link the colour to a Goddess or God. All these action as I have said earlier are not essential in the casting of a spell or an invocation, but the more power you can build into a spell or invocation the greater the chances of success are.

       The following are some universally excepted colours and correspondences; but with a little thought you can combine other colours to produce the type of re-action you require.

 

        Black.                 This colour is ideally used in Protection spells and to counter Negativity. It can also be used to work against and counter other spells that you may feel have been directed at you or another. This colour candle is ideal to use at equinox Sabbats paired with a white candle!

 

        Dark Purple.     This colour is used for calling up the old gods and for sigils and rune magic. It can also stand in for black at a push. This colour stood for royalty and sovereignty.

       Lavender.          This colour can be used for spells that benefit either yourself or others. It can also be used in conjunction with blue for protection from illness and infection in healing magic.  

        Dark Green.      This colour can be used for regeneration in; agriculture, finance and healing especially where broken bones and cuts etc need to be regenerated!

        Green.                This colour usually stands for the goddess, although some also use brown; other uses are Healing and to promote good health. It can also be used in spells for success in finance as well as fertility, plant magic and growth. In the context of the circle it is usual to place it at the North tower. It can also be used for the same type of spells as dark green.

       Light Green       This colour is an aid to weather magic (improving) although I would caution anyone to avoid meddling with the weather. A minor local change in the weather patterns could cause a dramatic change far away causing untold misery.  

        Dark Blue          This colour can be used in conjunction with a white candle to cause confusion and to disrupt other people’s spells that are of a harmful nature to either you or others.

        Blue.                   This colour is used where there is a need for protection; it can also be used to open blocked lines of communication. Other uses include spiritual inspiration and wisdom seeking; i.e. looking for answers. In the context of the circle it is usually placed at the West Tower.

        Royal Blue         This colour is ideally suited for use in power and protection spells; and can be used in conjunction with purple. Royal blue and purple are the colours of sovereignty and in the days of our early ancestors sovereignty was synonymous with the power to protect.

        Light Blue.        Again this colour is used for protection but more specifically of the home and buildings. It’s also the colour you should envision/project when you cast the boundary of your sacred space etc.

        Ruby.                 This colour stands for Love or anger; both love and anger are closely related, this is also the colour that represents passion, courage, the driving force and survival and should be used when you need to inject some vibrancy into a project in order to drive it forward.

        Red.                   Again this colour stands for Love; but this time of a romantic kind, not a consuming passion, but an enduring love. It also represents the element of fire and in the context of the circle it is placed at the South Tower.

        Light red.          Again this colour stands for love, but this time for the Deep affection of friendship of a non-sexual nature.

        Deep Pink.        This colour is used to enhance Harmony and Friendship, especially in the home, family and between friends.

        Pink.                 Again this colour represents Harmony and friendship, and can be useful in strengthening and/or binding magic.

        Yellow.              This colour is used to represent the sun. It can be used in spells where wisdom and learning are needed. It can also be used in healing spells. In the context of the circle it is usually placed at the East Tower. (Gold can also be used here, dependant upon the ritual)

         Gold.                  This colour is used where there is a need or hope for a favourable outcome for wealth and to promote winning etc. It is also used to represent the God, male happiness and the sun. One of the best ways I have seen this colour used was as a ‘Father Candle’; a white wide based candle that has been burned down to form a cup shape, with a gold candle embedded in the centre, this is especially beneficial at Beltaine as it represents the union between the goddess and her consort. In conjunction with red candles this colour is often used at the solstice festivals if you are unable to build and light fires. It can also be used in this way at both the Beltaine and Samhain festivals.

        Deep Gold.        This colour is used as above and for Prosperity and Sun magic.

        Pale Gold.         The same as for deep gold above, used in spells for Prosperity, but more pacifically for prosperity in and of health.

        Orange.             This colour is useful in spells where a favourable outcome in matters of business, property, career, justice and material gain are needed or when a general attraction spell is used. It can be used in conjunction with Gold or Silver, dependant upon the sex of the user.

        Copper.              This colour is used when spells for personal growth, fertility in business, money (used in conjunction with gold) and career advancement.

        Dark Brown.     This colour is used to invoke earth magic in all its forms and can be used at the north tower in place of green.

        Brown.               This colour is often used in spells for Peace; herb magic and friendship. Some also use this colour to represent earth and the north tower.

        Silver.                This colour is used in Invocations to the moon. It can also be used to enhance empathy, telepathy, clairvoyance and money spells. Other uses are to represent the Goddess and female happiness.

        White                 This colour is used represent the Goddess, spirituality, peace, the higher self and purity. It’s also used for Altar candles and can also be substituted for any other colour. It is sometimes used with black at equinoxes when a balance is needed.

        Off White.          As with white, but it can also be used to make a ‘Mother Candle’. A wide based candle burnt down to form a cup like receptacle so that another coloured candle can be embedded in it. It is traditional to light this candle at each festival and at each moon phase in your solitary rituals.                           

       When using candles whether they are homemade or bought, they must be cleansed and consecrated before they can be utilised. For this you will need some essential oil made from either herbs or flowers which can be bought from most new age/craft shops.  You can if you have the time, patience and resources make the oils yourself. If you can’t wait you can use olive or saffron oil and at a push plain old corn or sun flower oil will do.

      When you wish to draw something towards you such as good health, money and/or friendship etc, you start at the top of the candle and in a downward motion rub the oil to the middle of the candle, then from the bottom of the candle up to the middle. You can at the same time repeat a short spell or blessing.

          When you are going to use the candle in a spell to repel, you reverse the action by rubbing from the middle outwards towards the two ends, again you can repeat a small spell over and over until you are finished anointing the candle. At this stage some witches dab some of the remaining oil; that which is left on your fingers will do, in the centre of their forehead, the position of the third eye. If you wish to carve runes on the candle as well; again you start at the top and carve the runes working down to the middle; then from the bottom up to the middle when you wish to draw something towards you. It is usual to use the Athame for this process but a special ritual knife can be used if the Athame is too big for the delicate task of carving runes on a candle. Again you reverse this procedure to repel. When you are done you can bless the candle and dedicate it to the desired objective by saying something like;

“Behold this candle; cleansed and consecrated,

May it be blessed and empowered by the Goddess and the God,

For the purpose of ………..

Blessings be upon the candle”

          Now put you candle somewhere safe until you are ready to use it. It is customary to wrap it in a black clothe as black repels negativity.

Researched & Written by Rainbird 

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Mother and Father Candles:

Candle for your altar.

     There are two candles that I believe should be prominent on your altar, these are called Mother and Father Candles, or as some people call them Goddess and God candles. As far as I know they cannot be bought or atleast I haven’t found anywhere they can be bought, although I could be wrong. You have to make them, which is quite easy although time consuming.

     To make a ‘Mother Candle’ first you need to purchase or make a black pillar candle roughly 3 or 4 inches high and at least 4 inches in diameter plus a white candle atleast 1 inch smaller in diameter, it doesn’t matter how tall it is.

     Once you are in your temple or sacred space etc you light the black candle while saying these words or something similar:

“Our Goddess emerged from the depth of chaos and gave birth to the divine light. In honour of our Goddess I light this candle symbolic of the light ‘She’ brought to the void. May she bring light to illuminate our souls?”

     Now as the candle burns down, carefully curl the edges of the black candle out and down to form a cup or chalice type receptacle. Once this has been done to your satisfaction, light the white candle from the black candle with these words:

“This white candle is symbolic of the body of the Goddess in my soul, life, heart and home. As I light this candle I invite the Goddess to entre and let me feel ‘HER’ presences.”

Then place the white candle in the centre of the black candle, making sure that the two meld, this necessitates the extinguishment of the flame of the black candle. Then say:

“My soul will be uplifted as this flame rises and my life and home will be graced with harmony”

     When you extinguish the ‘Mother or Goddess Candle’ say these words or something similar:

“Although the light and flame are no longer visible to the mundane eye, the flame of the Goddesses/mothers love continues to burn within my spirit and the world. Each time I relight this candle I rekindle my love and devotion for the Goddess and ask her to enter my sacred space.”

     For a God candle the format is similar except you use a red base candle and either a white, gold or yellow candle to represent the God.

Light the red pillar candle and say these words or something similar:

“Our Goddess gave birth to her consort and son and our God at the yoke of the year. May his strength, protection and wisdom be with me as I walk the path of the Goddess and the God.”

     Now as the candle burns down, carefully curl the edges of the red candle out and down to form a cup or chalice type receptacle. Once this has been done to your satisfaction, light the white, gold or yellow candle from the Mother/Goddess candle with these words:

“Our God died so he can be reborn; this candle represents the rebirth of the God in my soul, life and home. When I light this candle I invite the God to enter my sacred space and ask him to allow me to feel ‘HIS’ presences”

     Then place the white, gold or yellow candle in the centre of the red candle, making sure that the two meld, this necessitates the extinguishment of the flame of the red candle. Then say:

“This white candle is symbolic of the body of the God in my soul, life, heart and home. As I light this candle I invite the God to entre and let me feel ‘His’ presences.”

     When you extinguish the ‘Father or God Candle’ say these words or something similar:

“Although the light and flame are no longer visible to the mundane eye, the flame of the God/Fathers love continues to burn within my spirit and the world. Each time I relight this candle I rekindle my love and devotion for the God and ask him to enter my sacred space.”

     These candles can be used on your altar at all rituals, although some tend to light one or the other dependant on the type of ritual being performed.

Researched and written by Rainbird )O( 2014

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