You might have always noticed how fire and flames accompany almost all sorts of rituals and prayers. Fire has always played a very integral part in nearly all traditions and ceremonies. Since time immemorial, candles have been lit to illuminate the altars of the Almighty. The magical and spiritual powers of the flame cannot be and should not be underestimated. A lit candle exerts some kind of a magical pull and creates a spiritual environment. Candle magic and Candle Spells are a powerful genre of magic that though seemingly subtle, has powerful implications.
Using Candles in Spells and Candle Magic
Candles are an integral part of most spells and rituals, and their shapes and colors are an important factor when performing magic, witchcraft, Voodoo, or Wiccan rituals. Their colors, the charging process, dressing and cleansing, and the creation of efficient energy are crucial to the success of spells and magical workings.
Different Types of Candles and How to use Them
There are various different types of candles, specific in their functions and effects, each assigned to a different type of spell. Different types include Chakra candles, Male and female-shaped pillars, zodiac candles, and 7-day candles. The pillar candles are most commonly used and can be used daily. Also, they come in a wide variety of colors and are immensely sought after owing to their longevity. Every type of candle mentioned here is specific in nature in that the chakra candles are used for cleansing our bodies and providing a holistic effect; the male and female-shaped ones are meant to be used for casting love spells.
Altar, Jumbo, and Pillar Candles
These candles are usually thick and tall and burn very slowly. That’s why they are best used as altar or deity candles, as they are lit first and extinguished last. They are also available as 7 Day Candles in a glass container.
Table Candles are readily available in stores and can be used for most rituals. Always buy the best quality, and make sure they are not dipped.
Taper candles are tall and thin and require special care when you anoint and dress them. They are best used when quick results are needed. Always use a candle holder, and make sure the candles you buy are colored all the way through.
Astral or Zodiac Candles
Astral candles usually represent you or another person in a spell or ritual. They have a wide variety of uses and can be used for many rituals. Make sure never to discard them, always let them burn out, or store them safely.
Astral Candle Color Chart
- Aries – White, pink, red
- Taurus – Red, yellow, green, pink
- Gemini – Red, blue, yellow, silver
- Cancer – Green, brown, white
- Leo – Red, green, gold, orange
- Virgo – Gold, black, gray, yellow
- Libra – Black, blue, light brown
- Scorpio – Brown, black, red
- Sagittarius – Gold, red, blue, purple
- Capricorn – Red, brown, black
- Aquarius – Blue, green
- Pisces – White, green, blue
Image candles symbolize a specific person, situation, condition, or goal in your ritual work and are available in a variety of shapes and colors. The most famous ones are:
Adam and Eve Candles
Adam and Eve candles have the shape of a nude male and a female and are available in a variety of colors. These candles are primarily used in love and attraction spells. Use them to attract love into your life, return a lost lover, send away an unwanted lover, or break up a relationship.
Cat Candles have the shape of a cat. Use a black cat to banish bad luck, attract good luck, and break curses, hexes, and jinxes. A green cat candle helps with prosperity and healing, especially the healing of pets. Use a red one to increase the potency of your love spells.
Mummy Candles and Skull Candles
Mummy candles have the shape of a mummy lying in a coffin, and skull candles have the shape of a skull. These protective candles are highly beneficial in warding off dangerous situations, illness, and death.
The Seven-Knob candles are made of seven equally sized knobs. Burn one knob a day while focusing on your wishes, goals, and desires. Since it takes these candles seven days to burn, it makes the magical work very potent. Use the following colors depending on what you wish to accomplish.
Seven-Knob Candle Color Chart
- Black – Banishing spells, releasing spells.
- Red – Love spells, removing obstacles, setting energy into motion
- Green – Money spells, court case spells, manifesting
- Orange – Business success, removal of obstacles
- Brown – Justice spells
- Yellow – Bad luck removal
- White – Purification, granting secret wishes
- Purple – Defeating spiritual attacks, spiritual protection.
- Blue – Stop depression, fights, and confusion
Satan and Devil-Be-Gone Candles
Made in the shape of the Christian devil, this candle is used for exorcism and removing spiritual entities, negative energies, spirits. Burn together with an astral candle that represents the person that needs the cleansing.
Cross and Crucifix Candles
Use this candle for protection work and banishing spells. It is also highly beneficial as an offering to an Orisha, deity, God, saint, or Lwa.
You may also use scented candles in your spell work. The chart shows the magical properties of each scent.
- Blueberry – Keep negative energies away
- Carnations – Healing
- Cherry – Attract love
- Cinnamon – Attract wealth, good fortune
- Coconut – Purification, protection
- Frangipani – Attract positive energy
- Honeysuckle – Good luck, healing, psychic abilities
- Jasmine – Love
- Lotus – Harmony, inner peace
- Musk – Love, sexual passion, strength, courage
- Myrrh – Protection, purification
- Patchouli – Attract money
- Pine – Strength, eliminating negative energies
- Rose – Love
- Sandalwood – Protection, healing, purification
- Strawberry – Love, friendship, luck
- Tangerine – Prosperity
- Vanilla – Sexual passion, enhance memory
How to Use Different Candle Colors in your Spells
The colors of the candles also play an important role, as each color will bring with it its own power and energy. That’s why it is essential to choose the color according to the purpose of the spell as well as your intention. The chart shows the magical properties of each color and what each color stands for and symbolizes.
White is the color of purity and unity, as it contains all colors. It is also associated with illumination, spirituality, and truth. White candles are often used for defensive and purification rituals. Light them if you believe you will soon come into contact with unclean things or dark temptations. White also stands for spiritual strength, innocence, and power. It is also used to form connections with the departed souls, contact spirit helpers, and destroy evil and destructive energies. Whenever you are unsure which color to use, always choose white.
Black is the color of absence or the ending of existence. However, this does not necessarily mean it is bad! Black can end bad things (such as a streak of bad luck) as well as good. Burn a black candle to absorb negative influences that are already present, as a black-colored object absorbs all light. Black projects a very strong appearance, especially to the magic world. Highly beneficial to use in spells for protection, banishing, reversing, repelling black magic, removing negative forces and energies, breaking up spiritual blockages, and creating discord among your enemies.
This color symbolizes energy, passion, vigor, and health. Red-colored candles are also used for performing spells for the return of lost love. Red is the color of health and vitality. It inflames the soul and strengthens it against negative or corrupting influences. Red is also the color of passion and sexual congress. It is the color most strongly associated with the element of Fire. Light a red candle before a task that requires courage and a steadfast heart, such as a job interview or a first date.
Violet is the color of power. Whereas blue increases one’s awareness of the spiritual world, a violet candle increases one’s magical prowess. Burn a Violet candle along with other ones for more potent spells. For instance, when casting a healing spell, burn a violet candle alongside a blue one. The violet strengthens the caster’s desire to cast a powerful healing spell.
Yellow is the color of discovery and knowledge. It improves one’s visualization and locomotion. It is the color most commonly associated with the element of Air. Light a yellow candle before studying, and your recognition will improve—it’s beneficial for the serious magical practitioner. Yellow shades might range from non-metallic to golden sunflower to lime yellow. It symbolizes cheerfulness, attraction, captivating and is used to perform rituals for making your dreams come true, like laying your hands on a lot of money.
Blue is the color of happiness and relaxation. It promotes healing and strengthens your mental link to the supernatural world. If you have trouble sleeping, project your desire for sleep into a lit blue candle for a few minutes before getting into bed, before putting it out. Blue candles also enhance one’s natural spiritual awareness. Favor light blue candles over the dark blue, as they are more uplifting.
Light blue stands for the qualities of coolness, tranquility, clarity in thinking, perception, and calmness.
Medium blue symbolizes spiritual fortitude and peace.
Dark blue candles symbolize deep and extensive mental thoughts and immense devotion to spirituality. Dark blue candles are also used for spells cast to make someone depressed and moody.
Green is the color of prosperity, growth, and fortune. It is also associated with healing like blue candles are. It is the color most commonly associated with the element of Earth. Light it before undertaking a task related to money, such as a job search. The green color stands for wealth, money, business, and financial success and harvest. Green candles are used to cast spells for achieving business success, especially financial success.
Orange is the color of energy and attention. Burn an orange candle to attract influences or objects. For instance, a spell that is designed to locate a lost object may require orange candles. It can be combined with other colors to strengthen the power of that color. Orange candles stand for stimulation of positive mental as well as physical energy, happiness, clarity in thinking, and encouragement.
Pink is the color of connections. Like red, it represents love—nurturing and communication that is as important to true love as one’s physical attraction and magnetism. They also bolster self-confidence—light pink candles before ceremonies that emphasize the bonds between people, such as marriage ceremonies. Pink candles symbolize love, affection, and romance and are used for casting spells aiming for long-lasting and meaningful relationships.
Brown is the color of the natural world. It is associated with animals in particular. Combine this color with the colors listed earlier to apply your spells to the natural world instead of to other people or yourself. Russet brown stands for uncertainty in romance and love and has slight red color influences. Medium brown symbolizes hesitancy, pauses in actions.
Silver is used for dissolving and getting rid of all negativity and emerging victorious. It stands for good overtaking all that is evil. A different shade of white, silver, is used for reflection, intuition, and even lunar connections. Silver aids with developing psychic powers, neutralizing negative situations, and removing negative powers and destructive forces. Silver is associated with the female deity powers.
Unlike yellow, gold candles are primarily related to financial gain, business endeavors, and even solar connections. It helps with prosperity, financial gains, great fortune, divination, and intuition. Gold is also highly beneficial in attracting knowledge, money, influence, happiness, and healing. Gold is associated with the male deity powers.
How to Cleanse and Consecrate a Candle
This article explains in detail how to cleanse a candle in order to remove all energies from it. Once the cleansing has been completed, you will consecrate a candle.
How to Cleanse a Candle
We cleanse candles to remove any and all energies that were infused into the candle during the manufacturing process. You will have to cleanse all of them unless you have made the candle yourself with a specific purpose or spell in mind.
Different Ways to Cleanse a Candle
- Saturate a tissue or cotton ball with rubbing alcohol and cleanse its surface, moving from bottom to top. This is how the energy from the candle is expelled.
- Burn incense or sage and hold the candle over the smoke.
- Prepare a bowl of sea salt and bury the candle in it for 24 hours.
- Leave it outside or on a window sill overnight in the moonlight.
How to Consecrate the Candle
We consecrate a candle to dedicate it to our purpose. There are several methods on how to bless a candle. You can choose either one of the methods or all of them.
The consecrating process dedicates the candle to your purpose.
1. Anointing and Dressing the Candle
We always oil candles from wick (top) to bottom to attract good or to get something good and oil the candle from bottom to top to expel something. You consecrate the candle by dipping your fingers into the oil and anointing the entire surface of the candle with it.
You can use candles with only oil in your candle magic spells, or you can dress them with herbs. This is a matter of personal preference and depends on how potent you want your spells to be. Make sure to think about your goals and wishes during the entire anointing and dressing process.
A Special Note for Love Spells:
If you can’t find the oils mentioned below, use either Rose Oil or Lavender Oil. Either one can be used for all love spells listed on our site. For all love spells (except the Break-up Spell), anoint the candle from top to bottom. Only for Break-Up Spells, you’ll need to oil the candle from bottom to top.
Anointing Oils by Purpose and Intent
Cleansing and Purification: Cedar, Dragon’s Blood, Frankincense, Lotus, Patchouli, Sage, Sandalwood.
Creativity: Clove, Peppermint
Divination and Psychic abilities: Honeysuckle, Jasmine, Myrrh, Yarrow.
Energy: Cinnamon, Peppermint, Rosemary
Exorcism: Dragon’s Blood, Yarrow
Happiness: Amber, Bergamot, Gardenia
Harmony: Gardenia, Ylang-Ylang
Healing: Carnation, Cedar, Clove, Frankincense, Gardenia, Lavender, Myrrh.
Hex and Curse removal: Cedar, Dragon’s Blood, High John the Conqueror, Myrrh, Vetiver, Yarrow.
- Attract Love: Amber, Frangipani, Gardenia, Patchouli.
- Break up Spell: Columbine Oil.
- Commitment: Rose, Patchouli.
- Faithfulness: Magnolia.
- Make Someone Fall in Love: Jasmine, Lavender, Musk, Violet.
- Remove Relationship Problems: Melissa.
- Return a Lover: Use Lavender Oil for your candle; use Rose Oil for your lover’s candle.
- Sexual Love and Lust: Musk, Orange, Nutmeg.
- Stop a Divorce: Lemon.
- True Love: Rose, Frangipani, Ylang-Ylang.
Money: Bergamot, Cinnamon, Heliotrope, Honeysuckle, Jasmine, Peppermint, Vetiver.
Prosperity: Bayberry, Musk.
Protection: Bayberry, Carnation, Dragon’s Blood, Frankincense, Myrrh, Heliotrope, High John the Conqueror, Juniper, Lilac, Lotus, Patchouli, Pine, Rosemary, Violet.
2. Using Herbs to Coat Oiled candles
To add extra energy and potency to your spells, you may want to coat your oiled candles with herbs. Crush the herbs into small pieces and put them onto a paper towel or piece of paper. Then roll the oiled candle in the mixture until it is coated. It’s almost impossible to coat the entire candle, so please do not worry; it’s not necessary. If you do not know which herbs to choose, you will find the herbs listed by intent on our Herbs page.
3. Carving and Engraving the Candle
Take a pin, carving tool, nail, toothpick (or athame if you have one) and carve the appropriate symbol into it. If your goal is romance, engrave a heart into the side of the candle. If your goal is money, a dollar sign will work. You may also choose runes, element signs, astrological signs, or a personal sign representing you or your lover. Engraving names into the candles is also highly effective.
While you engrave the candle, you have to think intensely about your wishes and goals and speak them out. To repeat verbal formulas in the form of incantations or affirmations is highly recommended.
4. Spray the Candle with Holy Water
To consecrate your candle and get it ready for use in a spell or candle magic, you can spray it with your own Holy Spell Water.
How to Make Holy Water or Spell Water
You will need three pinches of Sea Salt and mix it with 1 cup of water. You may also add a drop of the oil that you are using to consecrate the candle.
Fill the water in a plant mister and then spray the entire surface of the candle. While you are doing it, focus on your wishes and goals and also repeat your affirmations and incantations.
If you do not have a plant mister at hand, just sprinkle the candle with water drops. Simply dip your fingers in the water and anoint the candle.
Easy Candle Magic Ritual
Candle magic spell casting is regarded as one of the simpler and basic forms, and even amateurs to spell casting can practice it with little guidance. When you are about to start with the process of casting candle magic spells, there are certain rules and measures that you must follow.
The first thing to do is to consider which kind of candle to use for the spell casting. When using colored candles, make sure that the entire candle is authentically colored and not just the surface. Keep the plain, white candle as a backup option in case you cannot find a colored one.
How to start the Candle Magic Spell
You will then have to inscribe your personal motive accurately for performing candle magic. Then, light the candle and place it in front of you as you meditate on your spell casting goal. Visualization plays a crucial part in candle magic, and if you want your candle magic spells to have full effect, try to conjure a perfectly clear picture of your purpose. Take your time while performing the spell; there is no set time frame for casting candle magic spells. Follow your instinct; you will know when it is time to stop.
Expert Tips for Working Candle Magic
- Give protection top priority, and don’t let the candle magic burn down your house.
- DO NOT ever blow out the flame of your candle. Pay respect to the fire element. Either use a snuffer or lick your fingers, then quickly pinch the wick.
- Find the right color for your purpose. Different colors represent different types of energies, and therefore it is important to understand the connotation of each color.
- If you don’t have a candle in a certain color, then use a white one.
- Try to build a psychic link with the candle to bring out more energy. Using the correct oil can help with this.
- If a flame goes out while you are casting the spell, this is a sign, a message. Pay attention.
- You can use any candle in your spells, but beeswax candles are the most powerful ones.
- Using your own handmade candles will greatly increase their potency and power.
- Clear your thoughts, focus on your wishes and meditate for a while, then start the ritual.
- If you need to regain or strengthen your focus, a perfect way is to look into the candle’s flame.