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For candle customs associated with the celebration of Christmas, see Advent Candle; Advent Wreath; Candlemas; Christingle; Christmas Candles; Christmas Symbols; Denmark, Christmas in; Farolitos; Ireland, Christmas in; Plygain; Pyramid; St. Lucy's Day; Saturnalia

What does it mean when you dream about candles?

Because of their association with light in the darkness, candles can indicate something of spiritual significance—protection from the unseen, and guidance through the unknown (the light in the window to welcome you safely home). Many candles together unify a purpose or a cause (e.g., a mass, a march, a wake, a celebration). Extinguishing candles portends the passing of a problem, or perhaps a wish to cease overindulgence from “burning one’s candle at both ends.”

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After a while he re-entered it as if to snuff the candles, and, seeing the prince was lying on the sofa, looked at him, noticed his perturbed face, shook his head, and going up to him silently kissed him on the shoulder and left the room without snuffing the candles or saying why he had entered.
He soon spied them out, and putting down the candle, deliberately proceeded to cast them into the fire: palette, paints, bladders, pencils, brushes, varnish: I saw them all consumed: the palette-knives snapped in two, the oil and turpentine sent hissing and roaring up the chimney.
The children fastened their eyes upon their bit of candle and watched it melt slowly and pitilessly away; saw the half inch of wick stand alone at last; saw the feeble flame rise and fall, climb the thin column of smoke, linger at its top a moment, and then -- the horror of utter darkness reigned!
To make matters worse, the candle went out and father and son were left in the dark.
He who came upon him so unexpectedly was about to break his rest by thrusting him with his foot, when, glancing at his upturned face, he arrested himself in the very action, and stooping down and shading the candle with his hand, examined his features closely.
He saw that a sigh was held back in her throat, and the little hand in the long glove shook as it held the candle.
Without another word of explanation, she hurriedly lit a candle and withdrew into the bedroom to put on her bonnet and shawl.
There--in the chair at the bedside--there, suddenly revealed under the flow of light from the candle, was the figure of a woman, reclining.
He took one of the candles, lit it carefully, came back and stuck it in the neck of the whisky bottle.
When his knees struck the edge of the tunnel he had dropped the candle.
Strange enough they looked in the yellow light of the candle.
Pretty soon the door that I had tried silently opened and the old man came in, carrying a candle.