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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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I stood and warmed my numbed fingers over the blaze, then I looked round; there was no candle, but the uncertain light from the hearth showed, by intervals, papered walls, carpet, curtains, shining mahogany furniture: it was a parlour, not so spacious or splendid as the drawing-room at Gateshead, but comfortable enough.
As soon as she was alone again, Magdalen extinguished the candle, and drew an empty chair close to her own chair on the hearth.
But they did not keep "self-fitting sixes"; and it takes five mice to carry one seven inch candle.
In the outlying serfs' quarters torches and candles were burning and no one slept.
She struck the match on the box, and lit her candle.
Hester Dethridge dragged herself free from Anne, advanced, with her candle in her hand, and threw open Geoffrey's bedroom door; returned to the head of the stairs; and stood there, firm as a rock, waiting for him.
He then took up one of the candles and relighted it by thrusting it into the fire.
Twenty-five candles, and not a trace of a candlestick.
He found a little table set for dinner and lighted by a candle stuck in a glass bottle; and near the table sat a little old man, white as the snow, eating live fish.
The church became so still that the drops of wax could be heard falling from the candles.
It was his custom to bid his servant go to bed at his own time unless he had orders to the contrary, and to leave a candle on the common stair.
While I was considering that some one must have been there lately and must soon be coming back, or the candle would not be burning, it came into my head to look if the wick were long.