The Cult of Fire Worship grew inevitably
from man's fear, curiousity, and eventual Mastery of the Enigmatic
Flame. But so strong was the Ancient's fear and curiousity that in
spite of their control of fire, the flame never lost it's mystical purposes
symbolizing Occult Power and Presence.
Both beneficial and malevolent attributes
are ascribed to the flame; for as fire is the Great Destroyer so it is
the Great Purifirer, giver of warmth, and protector of man. So it
is that candles are burned in invocations to seek love, health, fortune,
exorcise Evil and Cast Spells...
In some form, candle burning for
attaining one's obiectives has been used throughout history by the Chinese,
Egyptians, Hebrews, and Christians. Candles, like incense, were commonly
employed in pagan worship and in the rites for the dead. The Christian
church adopted them to enhance the splendor of their ceremonies.
They are like music, lights, perfumes, bells, and vestments, not of special
significance to any one particular cult, but are common to almost all ceremonial
rituals. They are part of the natural language of mystical expression.
Candles are used at baptisms, funerals, excommunications, confirmations,
and the blessing and dedication of new churches at almost all religious
Long ago the conception was formed
that the wax of the candle symbolized the flesh of Christ, the wick the
soul of Jesus, and the flame the divinity which absorbs and dominates both.
The symbolism is still accepted in the Catholic Church, and it is not lawful
to say Mass without lighted candies. If the candles are in danger
of being blown out, they must be protected by lanterns.
In magical practice, all kinds of
candles are used, and they are covered here only briefly. There
are entire books available on prescribed rituals to be followed to accomplish
particular objectives, but the simplist candle ritual consists only of
concentration on the objective you are seeking, a communion with God in
the form of a petition or prayer, the lighting of the candle, and a complete,
unquestioning faith in the ability of a Higher Power which will assist
you toward your declared goal.
The altar for your ritual can be
any small table, shelf, or bureau top. It should be in a secluded
room where meditations, prayers, and devotions can be conducted without
interruption or distraction. An altar cloth, made of any clean white
material, covers the center of the altar.
The dressing of candies with oils
is believed to enhance their powers, and candies should always be anointed
before using, for this magnetizes them and brings your vibrations into
them. The selection of the oil to be used is a matter of individual
decision as long as the one chosen is in harmony with the purpose for which
the candle is burned. To anoint the candle, it is rubbed from the
center point upward to the tip, and then from the center downward to the
bottom. Never apply the oil all the way in one direction from top
to bottom always from the middle upwards or donwards.
The burning of incense with candle
rituals is not absolutely essential, but it is certainly compatible and
is often recommended. Again, choose an aroma which complements the
candle's objective. If incense is used, the burner always occupies
the center of the altar-center from top to bottom, and center from side
to side. The type of incense used, whether sticks, cones, blocks,
or powdered, is not important.
Various colors of candles are alleged
to set up particular vibrations, and the color is chosen according to the
aim in the petitioner's mind. Authorities differ on candle color symbolism,
so simply follow the guidance given by the author you feel most knowledgeable
on the subject. Much of the confusion about candle color symbology is caused
by "brand" names. Each manufacturer, distributor, or seller can name
the various colored candies as he wishes. A black candle can be called
Weed of Misfortune, XX Double Cross, Hexing, or some similar gloomy and
evil-sounding title. Whatever the appellation given to the black
candle, it is still a black candle, and the "fancy" name is just the word
title attached to it by the maker.
The great variety of shapes available
in candles is also confusing. Some rituals in certain books require
the use of image candles in the shape of a man, woman, devil, skull, witch,
cat, and such. Some of the unusual shaped candles, can be quite effective
as they do add to the symbolism and reinforce ones mental image of the
intent or message they are designed to convey. However, when effigy
candies cannot be obtained, plain straight candles can serve the same purpose
if the petitioner is sincerely convinced of the effectiveness of the "philosophy
of fire" and devoutly believes in his purpose and his ritual.
The most popular candles, used in
various magical spells, are:
round candies that come in varying sizes, from small votive - types which
burn from 10 to 15 hours, to large seven-day candles which last for an
entire week. Any size candle may be used, and as one burns away,
light another of the same type from the flame of the first, thereby continuing
the vibratory influences without interruption as if there were only one
huge candle being used during the entire period.
Candle rituals are generally of no
special duration. Start those attracting and drawing spells during the
waxing moon - between the new moon and full - and begin the banishing,
dispelling, and driving away spells on the waning moon - from full to dark.
During the full moon period, spells for gaining power and health rituals
are specially favored. No spells should be instigated during the dark of
the moon-the three day period just before the new moon appears.
Once a candle ritual is started,
continue it daily until the objective is accomplished.
After a candle has been lighted toward
a certain objective, it should not be used again for a new or different
intention even if it is not fully burned out. It is all right to
burn the same candle any number of times as long as the purpose is the
same, but if the aim of the ritual changes, start with new candles.
Here is a simple suggested prayer
which will serve for almost any purpose. As you light your candle
under which you have placed your petition, pray sincerely:
Consider and hear me, 0 God, for in thee I put
my trust. Bless me
this day, and knowing thou has said "whatsoever
thou wilt ask of
God, God will give to thee," I ask humbly and
with true faith (state
your objective, wish, purpose). I thank
thee that thou hast heard me.
Glory be to the Father, the Son, and Holy Ghost.