Anyone can perform a spell.
Candle magic becomes more powerful when you match the color of your candle with your intention for your spell. Here is a handy graphic for the meaning of colors when used for candle magic.
When you light candles for yourself remember there are basic magical associations for each color. It is ideal to use a candle whose color matches your intention for your spell; however, we don’t always have the correct color on hand, so what do you do?
When in doubt, use White for any spell intention.
Here’s a helpful witchy tip. If you don’t have the correct color to match the intention of your spell, simply use a white candle. White is not a color, it is a hue. As such, white is the presence of ALL colors of the rainbow so a white candle can substitute for any color. Black is the other hue and it is the absence of color. More about black below.
Candle Magic Tips
- Whether you are performing candle magic or just lighting a candle for atmosphere, always burn a candle in a holder that is appropriate to the size of the candle. It is never a good idea to burn a candle on a plate. Candles can melt down fast and you could end up with melted wax on your furniture. Votive size candles should go into a votive holder, pillars into a pillar holder, and so on. Now, one exception is the chime candle. These candles are only about 4″ high and about 1/2″ in diameter. You can set that size candle on a plate, but be careful that the candle is at the center of the plate. I also do NOT recommend you light them in formation on a plate unless you can keep an eye on them. When the energy is running high they can melt down quickly and you’ll end up with a huge pool of molten wax on the plate and that can cause really high flames as well, so the chimes can become a real fire hazard.
- Be sure the candle is away from drafts, curtains, papers, books, and other delicate items that may ignite from a stray spark.
- When performing candle magic this can change typical candle behavior. Candles used for magic have been known to throw off sparks, so do be careful as to where you place your candle before lighting it and take that possibility into account.
- If you are using a plate for your candle, line it with foil first. When you light your candle drip a bit of wax onto the foil, then set your candle into that bit of wax. It will act like a glue that will keep your candle upright on the foil. That will save you from cleaning up a waxy mess afterward. Be sure the reflective surface of the foil faces up. If you do that, the reflective property of foil with actually magnify the energy output of your spell. Setting your candle up in front of a mirror will achieve the same purpose. Use foil AND a mirror, well, you get the idea.
- To clean wax out of a votive holder or any other size candle holder simply pop it in the freezer for about an hour. Then you’ll be able to dig the wax out with a fork. NEVER place a votive holder or any other holder in the microwave hoping to melt the wax. Most candles are made with metal wick clips and you should NEVER place anything metallic in a microwave.
- If you have any wax remaining for a spell intended to bring something TO you (love, money, success …) keep the wax remains, if any. You can bury them on your property or if you rent put them in a potted plant, or just put them in a plastic baggy and store them where no one will bother them.
- If you have any remaining wax for a spell meant to banish or send something AWAY from you – always dispose of the remains AWAY from your home. Any body of water will work well for this. If you live in the city find a dumpster behind a business or a trash bin in a park and use that.
A note about black candles for candle magic.
Black candles are NOT evil. In fact, nothing about candle magic or witchcraft is evil. Evil resides in the hearts of us humans. Items in and of themselves are not evil, but ANY item can be corrupted and used for evil ends. Take the Christian Cross, for example. It is often inverted and used in black magic. The Pentagram is another example. Upright it is used for positive magic, but when inverted the magic is dark.
Black candles aren’t evil or bad. There is no reason to avoid using black candles. Black, like white, is a hue. Black is the absence of all color. It is a void. It is empty. The color black is used in candle magic mainly for banishing. Banishing means you are sending something AWAY from you. You desire to get rid of it. Black can also be used for protection. If you are new to candle magic I do not recommend you attempt to perform a binding as that requires more a more advanced skillset, but binding is also a use for black candles.
When shopping for black candles (as well as gold or silver), keep in mind that many manufacturers who sell black candles market them as a black candle, but they are actually white candles that have simply been dipped in some black wax in order to coat the exterior of the candle. For real candle magic performed with a black candle you need the candle to be solid black wax all the way through.
Final safety tips.
Remember to keep all candle wicks trimmed to 1/4″. Never leave a candle burning unattended. Never allow small children or pets easy access to a burning candle.
Be safe & may all your wishes come true.
Wishing You Many Blessings,
~ Dr. Nefer Khepri, PhD
Exclusive Channel of the Clear Iridescent Energy Ray (CIER) of Archangel Michael
Reiki Master Teacher