Who doesn’t love a great candle? When lit, it fills a room with its warm glow and creates a mood of relaxation and contentment. There are certain times when a candle can do much more though, and we’ll help walk you through the basics. Anointing and dressing a candle can be used for many things. Use it to bring more abundance into your life, as a prayer for the healing of a loved one or as an offering of gratitude for all that you have in your life.
Candle Magic ~
First, we want to clear up any misconceptions about the word “magic”. When we say magic, we are not talking about anything that is “dark” or menacing. Magic is the term we use to describe the use of the energy that is around and available to us. Remember when you were a child and made a wish before blowing out your birthday candles? This is a very simple (and innocent) form of candle magic. It’s all about using the energy that is available to you, setting your intention and then letting the candle do the work.
Choosing a candle ~
There are two things to decide when choosing a candle. First the color. Different colors hold different vibrations and should be chosen for the specific work you are doing. For instance, if you are working on bringing in abundance, you would choose a green candle. If you are working on bringing in love, you would choose a red or pink candle (depending on what type of love you are looking for)… and so on. Also, always use a new candle. Never reuse a candle that you have burned before.
Once you know what color you will be using, it’s time to choose a size. When doing this type of work, we normally use votives, chime (ritual) candles or small tapers. The reason we like the smaller ones is because once you light your candle, it should be left until it burns all the way down (or completely out) on its own. If you choose a larger candle that takes days and days to burn all the way down, this may start to become a distraction and then the intention of what you put into the candle starts to fade and becomes counterproductive.
Anointing and Dressing your candle ~
Once you have your candle you can create a psychic link with the candle. This is the most important part of candle magic. If you are sensitive to energy, just handling the candle will begin this process. Your energy will begin to meld with that of the candle and vise versa. To strengthen this bond and to add additional intention to your “wish”, add specially formulated candle anointing oils to the outside of your candle. We have a full line of oils made specifically for this purpose which you can find here. Place a drop of oil on your finger and rub onto the candle. It is at this point that we should mention that how you place the oil on the candle is very important! If your wish is to bring something TO you, place your finger at the top of the candle and move down to the bottom. If you wish to release or push something AWAY from you, place your finger at the bottom and move to the top. Many people have different ways of doing this, and that is just fine. Do what feels right to you! You can add as many drops as you want around the diameter of the candle. When you feel like you’ve added enough, stop (we would say not to add too much though… you don’t want the oil to drip everywhere!).
After you have added your oil you can add any flowers, herbs, roots or bark (this is the dressing part). This is a fun and creative process, so do what feels right to you! Just remember that these items hold specific vibrations, so you want to make sure to use items that match the vibration of what you are going for. Also, use caution when using dried herbs. They are extremely flammable, so you only need a little bit.
Setting your intention ~
Now that you have anointed and dressed your candle, it’s time to set your intention. Sit quietly for a moment and visualize what already having your wish looks like. It’s important to feel the emotion(s) behind this wish. That is where your power comes from. Once you have seen clearly this wish already manifested, light your candle and let the magic begin!
Allow your candle to burn, uninterrupted until it is completely burned down or until it has extinguished itself. When the candle goes out, the work is done (even if it only burns half of the candle). Do not relight it! Once the wax has cooled, dispose of the candle and know that your wish has been heard.
There is a lot of information out there about this subject and it can be quite confusing sometimes. Some people do it one way, others do it a completely different way. This is just a guideline for those that have never tried working with candle energy. The most important part of this is to have fun, have a clear intention and feel that intention already manifested in your life. And always do what feels right to you!
Some of my most profound meditations have been when I have an anointed candle burning during this time. It is one of the quickest and easiest ways to focus your intention and harness the energy that is available for you!
*Please use caution when leaving a burning candle around. Make sure that it can safely burn without catching anything around on fire, and that children or pets won’t disturb it.