Candle magick has become a popular method of spellcasting to modern witches as well as the average individual in need of a little help. Candle spells are simple, quick, and effective for creating changes all by lighting a wick, reciting a chant or saying a prayer, and maintaining faith that the energy from the burning of candle will create the requested changes. However, candles in and of themselves are simply tools with no inherent powers. So why do they work? Why does some candle magick fail whereas others prosper despite one's faith in their effectiveness? A quick look into the manufacture of and charging candles provides the answers.
How the Candles are Made
In the manufacturing process, candles can be made simply as a light, infused with scents to serve a dual purpose, or even charged with energy. The candle made just for the ability to burn a small flame with wax will not have much in the way of energy of their own. If you intend to use them in magick, you will need to charge them with your own energy.
The candle with scents have the bonus of aromatherapy properties. However, many are just synthetic scents and not made from real herbs and flowers or even oils from the real plants. In this case, you will also need to charge it. If the candle is of high quality and includes the actual herbs or oils, the candle will have the energy of them within it. This makes charging them considerably easier as you merely need add a little of your own energy and focus the energy already contained within toward your goal.
The candles that have already been charged are the best to work with. They often are manufactured with plants and oils already and have been charged with energy for a variety of purposes, such as money, love, protection, friendship, etc. With these, you will only need to focus the energy within toward your specific goals.
Charging the Candles
This may also be referred to as the intent. Even those who do not practice magick or candle spells may use candles for a number of purposes. It is not the candle so much as their intent and reason for lighting them. For example, saying a prayer and lighting a candle in a Catholic church is not a spell and is rarely compared to candle magick. However, the individual felt that their purpose, or intent, in the prayer needed special attention and so the lighting of the flame was a way to differentiate it from daily prayers. Did the candle have to be in the church? No. Although the individual may have felt the energy within the church would help them focus. Did the prayer require lighting a candle? No. However, the individual may have felt the act would draw attention to their request. The intent is what makes the candle important.
In candle magick, the intent goes a little deeper. Here, you are not only using the lighting of the candle as a way to focus your attention and to demonstrate that what you are doing is important but also adding energy into the candle. The candle often represents something, as was the case with the charged candles mentioned above. You then begin to focus your energy into the candle so that when you light it, the energy is released to the specific goal you intend. If you are using a plain candle, you can use oils, herbs, and stones placed on or around the candle to add their energies to your own.
Why Things Go Wrong
Not all candle spells are created equal. The following are three of the most common problems that arise with tips to help you along the next time.
If you do not believe the spell will work, it simply will not. If you believe, but have some doubts, the spell may or may not work. If you believe, there is nothing to block your energy and the spell will work.
Some people go out and buy a candle and maybe some oils. They light them and recite the little prayer that came with the candle or came out of a book. Then they sit back and expect whatever the problem was to just resolve itself. Spellwork is only half the magick. The other half is doing and taking care of things. If you are doing a spell to gain employment, do not be idle afterwards. Keep looking for and responding to ads, do your best to impress potential employers, and watch for the opportunities you may have overlooked before. You cannot complain that your lottery spells keep failing if you never buy a lottery ticket!
Trying too hard.
You cast spell after spell and do all the work outside of the spell but you still are not getting the results you want. Stop and ask yourself: When you build the energy to charge the candle and then light the candle, have you actually released the energy? Or are you still holding onto it? Many times when we want or need something badly, we internalize it so much that we feel like we are going to burst. Instead of releasing the energy out into the universe so that the universe can respond, we hold it all in, leaving the universe to say, "Okay, fine. Have it your way." The result is that our circumstances do not change. Sometimes they even become less desirable as we become miserable as a result of our wishes going unfulfilled. Stop trying so hard and release the energy.
If you still cannot seem to understand what is going wrong, go back to the basics of magick and how it works. You could be missing a vital piece of the puzzle that leads to effective magick.
© 2012 by Evylyn Rose
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