Candle Spells: Everything You Need to Know About Candle Magick

Written by Feather GardenBelle

Candle Spells: Everything You Need to Know About Candle Magick

Any witch worth her salt knows there's no such thing as too many candles, especially if you're a regular practitioner of candle magick.

Candles have been associated with magick and spirituality since antiquity. In fact, many people associate magick and candles at least once a year--remember when you were a child and made a wish when you blew out your birthday candles?

Candle magick is a lot like that, except instead of hoping for a new bicycle, you're declaring your intention to bring about a result. Want to find out more about this approachable craft and making your own magick with candles? Keep reading to find out more!

What is Candle Magick?

Candle Magick 

You can't remember the first time someone told you to make a wish and blow out your birthday candles, but it's been a feature of your birthdays for as long as you can remember.

No one can quite remember where that tradition came from, nor can they remember who first came up with the notion of candles and magic.

Candle magick as it's practiced today is one of the simplest forms of spellcraft out there, in that anyone who has a candle and a lit match can perform candle magick.

The premise is simple: using the candle as a focus tool for magical intent in order to cast a spell, meditate on what you want to let go of, or other forms of craft.

Why Practice Candle Magick?

If candle magick is so simple, why practice it? Beginners to the craft might think that you could get more magical oomph from a more complicated spell.

Well, candle magick is a lot more powerful than you think, even in its simplest form.

That's because candle magick harnesses the power of transformation, vis-a-vis fire, wax, and candle wick.

Think for a moment about how much transformational power fire has. Humans today have lost much of the wonder we once associated with fire, so it's worth pondering how powerful fire truly is.

Let's say you take some flour, eggs, sugar, and a few other ingredients, mix them together and put the mixture in a fire. You won't get flour, eggs, and sugar back again--fire transforms them into a cake, just as it transforms your dough into bread.

Fire does this with all sorts of things--it makes hard metals malleable, brings light in the darkness, and offers warmth against cold air. It can even turn water into a gas (boiling water into vapor).

Candle magick is powerful precisely because it harnesses fire's transformational abilities.

The Basics of Candle Magick

It might seem counterintuitive, but in candle magick, the candle itself isn't the source of power. That is, the wax and wick aren't the drivers behind the magick--instead, it's the fire melting the wax and burning the wick.

Think back to birthday candles. The wish doesn't work if you blow on unlit candles, does it?

The same basic principle applies in candle magick, except that in candle magick, you shouldn't blow out the candle--you should let it burn down completely or put it out with a toll or wet fingers. Blowing out the candle can be seen as an insult to the element.

Candle Color Meanings

Candle Magick Colors

That said, the candle itself does have some power in the spell, even if the fire is the component that puts the spell in action.

One of the ways the candle affects the magick is the color of the candle. Different color candles have different magical associations, so the focus of the spell will be different depending on the color.

Here are the common magical associations of various candle colors:

  • White: purification, clarity, truth
  • Black: banishing negativity, protection, binding, trances
  • Red: passion, love, lust, courage, strength, life force
  • Pink: friendship, self-love, compassion, empathy, emotional healing, the feminine
  • Yellow: joy, energy, creativity, intelligence
  • Orange: success, power, encouragement, confidence, authority
  • Green: money, luck, fertility, abundance, growth, wealth, prosperity
  • Dark blue: depression, vulnerability, changes
  • Light blue: health, patience, healing, peace, serenity, meditation
  • Purple: psychic powers, wisdom, intuition, hidden knowledge, spiritual power
  • Brown: earth or animal-related, grounding, stability, balance
  • Silver: reflection, channeling, neutrality
  • Gold: attraction, financial gain, victory, authority

When in doubt (or lacking a colored candle to correspond with your spell) a white candle will always serve you well, as it's a magical clean slate.

Types of Witch Candles

Money Spell Candle

You may also use different types of candles depending on the type of spell you want to cast.

Table candles are the most easily available types of candles. While they do need to be set in candlesticks, they burn freely for six to eight hours and can be used in most spells as needed, so it's good to keep a supply on hand.

Pillar candles are the next most common type of candle. They're freestanding candles that don't need candlesticks and can be formed into various shapes, like an owl, heart, or skull. Because they take quite a while to burn out, they're best for spells you want to take effect over an extended period of time.

Finally, there are taper candles, which are tall thin candles that require a candleholder. They burn out quickly, so they're good for spells that you want to take effect quickly.

Other common types of candle for candle magick include:

  • Votives
  • Tea lights
  • Chime candles
  • Birthday candles ~ great for quick spells
  • Container candles
  • Novena ~ also known as seven-day candles or vigil candles
  • Seven knob candles ~ wishing candles
  • Figurine candles ~ skull, pyramid, female/male parts, cross, lovers, animals

You can purchase basic candles at any store and use them, but if you want your spell to have something extra working for it, you can also purchase spell candles.

Crafting Candle Spells

Now that you know the essentials of candle magick, let's talk about how to craft your own candle magick.

When you break it down, it's a lot like making a wish on a birthday candle. The difference is that you're doing it with intention.

Determine Your Magical Goal

First, you need to determine your magical goal. An unfocused spell may work, just not in the way you expect (or want!)

Here are a few things to keep in mind:

  • Be specific: avoid wishing or generalized goals
  • Use positive language: give your spell a direction to go, rather than cutting off its avenues of growth
  • Be realistic: you're not going to magic up a million dollars, but you could motivate yourself to get down to business at work tomorrow
  • Be ethical: i.e. don't interfere with other people's free will

When in doubt, it's best to break down your magical goal into a sentence. If it's a bigger goal, break it down into a series of smaller goals.

Design Your Spell and Collect Your Components

Candle Spell

Once you know what you're trying to accomplish, you can design your spell.

You can collect items with significance to your goal, like this simple pleasures in life spell, or you can keep it simple with a candle to build and release transformation paired with a basic chant to focus your intent.

For example, a money spell would often include things like a green candle and herbs associated with money and wealth, such as mint.

If you're going to keep it simple, it's a good idea to write down a chant--this will help direct the spell as you work and keep you focused on the goal.

Cleanse Your Candle

Let's say you want to do some candle magick and you purchase a candle from the store for that purpose. You're ready to go, right?

Not so fast.

Before you use a candle in a spell, you should cleanse it first. This will give your magick the best results, since you won't have the energies of other people who handled the candle lingering over it.

One easy way to do this is by smudging the candle the same way you would smudge your house. If you don't have a smudge stick, you can also use smudge spray, incense smoke, or some other type of purification spray or ritual.

Bless and Charge Your Candle

Blessing a Candle

Once the candle is smudged, you need to bless the candle to seal in good intent. There are three easy ways to do this.

  1. Place both hands over the candle and visualize your energy going into the candle. You can simply visualize a bright light going from your hands into the candle.
  2. Breath your own energy into the candle. Visualize your breath surrounding the candle and infusing into it.
  3. Say a prayer over the candle or speak an incantation related to your intention.

Inscribe & Dress Your Candle

Before you begin your candle spell, though, you should make sure to inscribe the candle, which is when you carve your intention into the candle with words, symbols, or sigils.

Once the candle is inscribed, you anoint the candle by dressing it in herbs and herbal oil matching the intent of the spell.

If you don't have the means to carve a candle you can also write your intention on a piece of paper, place it under the candle during the spell, and burn the paper afterward to ignite your intention.

Once the candle is inscribed and anointed, you're ready to light the candle to perform the spell. While the candle is lit, it's important to focus your thoughts and intentions toward the flame. Think of it as a kind of meditation to help focus the spell.

After you're done, don't forget to thank the elements or deity, and release them. A good closing phrase is something like, "Go if you must, stay if you will, but know that you are always welcome."

Crafting Your Magical Path

Ready to try your hand at candle magick? It's an easy way to test the magical waters and start finding out what spells you like.

And if you're an experienced witch, don't be afraid of going back to basics! You never know when a simple spell is just what you need to find new inspiration.

If you're in the market for spell candles, check out our collection of herbal alchemy spell candles, and don't forget to check out the blog for more helpful posts, like these 10 ways to practice everyday witchcraft.



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  • Redbeard

    To George: I would use one green surrounded by two brown candles, and a gold candle above all of them. Between the other candles put two citrine stones (they don’t have to be faceted or even polished). If you want to go all-out, you will want a smudge stick and a shell (or the like) to tamp it out. dried herbs, an herbal essential oil and incense. Patchouli, orange, cinnamon and rose are the scents that I know of for a need like this. Smudge the candles (lighting the bundle of smudge and wafting it over each candle), then light the incense, then dress the candles with the oil. Be sure to rub the candles TOWARDS you as this is something you desire. If you have dried herbs, then roll the candle in the herbs. Light them in this order: brown, green, gold. Think of a number that calls to you at that moment, then say an incantation that many times. You can write your own, but here is one you can use: I wish for all to see my sign; success I will have. Good fortune be mine.

  • Ken

    Hi. I never knew anything about spells and witchcrafts. I just lit a white candle around past 3AM today, wished my heart out to make the person who hurt and betrayed me will suffer to her own guilty conscience to realize what she did wrong to me and what pain she have brought me.
    Is that a bad idea?

  • Elijah

    Im new to witchcraft and im here to make sure i dont mess something up. i truly am trying to get in touch with the world of magick and as an ex-christian its hard to get right into it.

  • Goose

    Hi I have lit my black candle to remove negativity. It was alright I tried to move it and it fell on the wit surface and went out. I panicked and re lit it was thst the right thing to do ? Thanks

  • jmac

    earlier this week, i cast a candle spell that i believe was very strong, based on the flame and wax behavior and based on how i felt during and after the spell was done. i’ve noticed a few coincidences/signs this week that seem to be encouragement from the universe as if to say, “it’s going to be ok. you did it. we’re on it.”

    i’ve read that worry or doubt can weaken a spell, and while i feel very strongly that i have been empowered in this candle spell, i do wake up with grief and anxiety each morning. (it’s so much better than it was before the spell, but it’s still there.) i have been able to deal with these feelings using meditation, therapy, writing exercises, etc, and when i am able to retake control of my internal energy, the doubt goes away.

    waking up and feeling this way, i feel like there’s little i can do to control it other than what i’m already doing. i’m working on accepting my negative feelings as a natural part of mourning and allowing myself the space to feel them without shame or frustration, but i’m wondering if my anxiety be hurting my spell’s strength?

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