Candle Magic(religion, spiritualism, and occult)
A form of sympathetic magic, earliest examples of which appeared 25,000 years ago, in Paleolithic times. In candle-burning magic, candles represent people and things, attributes, emotions and influences. By lighting and by manipulating the candles, what they represent is manipulated.
A very simple form of candle magic is seen in Roman Catholic and other places of worship, when a petitioner lights a candle and asks for a healing (for example) for a friend or relative. Praying to God (or a saint or whomever) to ask for the favor is part of that ritual. In medieval Europe, during Yom Kippur, it was a Jewish custom to light a candle and place it where it would not get accidentally blown out. It was left there for ten days before the Day of Atonement. If, at the end of that time, the candle had gone out, it was taken as a sign that the person burning it would not live out the year.
An old form of magical divination entailed a girl burning a candle outside the house of her betrothed. If the flame of the candle leaned toward the house, then her lover was faithful. If, however, it leaned away from the building, he was unfaithful.
In most candle magic in which a number of candles are used, the candles are distinguished from one another by their color. The symbolism of colors is as follows:
|Red||Courage, health, sexual love, strength, vigor|
|Pink||Honor, love, morality|
|Orange||Adaptability, attraction, encouragement, stimulation|
|Yellow (Gold)||Attraction, charm, confidence, persuasion, protection|
|White||Purity, sincerity, truth|
|Greenish-yellow||Anger, cowardice, discord, jealousy, sickness|
|Green||Fertility, finance, healing, luck|
|Brown||Hesitation, neutrality, uncertainty|
|Blue, light||Health, patience, tranquility, understanding|
|Blue, dark||Changeability, depression, impulsiveness|
|Violet||Healing, patience, spirituality|
|Purple||Ambition, business progress, power, tension|
|Silver (gray)||Cancellation, neutrality, stalemate|
|Black||Confusion, discord, evil, loss|
The color of candles representing people is based on the person's zodiacal sign.
These are as follows:
|Astrological Sign||Birth Date||Primary Color||Secondary Color|
|Aquarius||Jan 20-Feb 18||BLUE||Green|
|Pisces||Feb 19-Mar 20||WHITE||Green|
|Aries||Mar 21-Apr 19||WHITE||Pink|
|Taurus||Apr 20-May 20||RED||Yellow|
|Gemini||May 21-Jun 21||RED||Blue|
|Cancer||Jun 22-Jul 22||GREEN||Brown|
|Leo||Jul 23-Aug 22||RED||Green|
|Virgo||Aug 23-Sep 22||GOLD||Black|
|Libra||Sep 23-Oct 22||BLACK||Blue|
|Scorpio||Oct 23-Nov 21||BROWN||Black|
|Sagittarius||Nov 22-Dec 21||GOLD||Red|
|Capricorn||Dec 22-Jan 19||RED||Brown|
A person's representative candle can be of the primary color alone or of the primary and secondary colors together, with half the candle one color and half the other, or in alternating stripes or bands. If the birthdate is unknown, a white candle may be substituted. Store-bought candles can be used, but many people prefer to make their own, personalizing them to a higher degree.
The person doing the ritual (or for whom the ritual is being done) is represented by a candle called the Petitioner. This is of that person's astral color(s). Other pertinent candles are placed in positions about the Petitioner candle. They are first anointed with oil, then lit with appropriate words to designate the purpose of each. They may be left to burn as they are or, more frequently, they may be moved periodically to affect the magic. Candles that have been used in one ritual should not be used in another, even if that ritual is for the same or similar purposes. All new rituals should start with fresh candles.
An example of the use of candle magic would be to attract money. In very simple terms, the Petitioner's candle would be lit and the Petitioner named. An orange candle would be placed beside the first candle, proclaiming it a candle for attraction. Then a green candle, representing money, would be placed at the far side of the altar, the surface on which the candle manipulation is taking place. A simple ritual would involve moving the green candle by degrees closer and closer to the Petitioner's candle. Symbolically, the orange candle is attracting the money to the Petitioner.
Although candle magic rituals are somewhat more complex than this simple example, they are still very basic and require little in the way of monetary outlay or time to perform. For this reason they have remained popular for generations. Further, they have proven to be extremely effective, contributing to their popularity.