SWEET 16 BIRTHDAY IDEAS

Sweet 16 candle centerpiece
sweet 16 party centerpiece
LET’S TALK SWEET 16 PARTY DECORATIONS

One of the most important birthdays in the life of girls is the Sweet 16 Celebration. I have ideas for Sweet 16 party decorations and rituals involving candles and candle holders. I’d like you to consider a wonderful, warm candle lighting ceremony that you can cater to your specific needs or situation. I have been researching candle ceremonies, as many of my regular readers know.

I found that a candle lighting ceremony, complete with a special Sweet 16 candle lighting centerpiece or set of candle holders can turn a bland gathering into a celebratory, special occasion to make lifetime memories for your teen and the entire family. Imagine what your teen is about to face these days! I think this rite of passage is important to illustrate to the birthday girl that family, friends and community value her. Your teen will need to know people care about her and want her to have a happy, successful life.

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SWEET 16 CANDELABRA

I would like you to consider adding a candle lighting ceremony to your plans for a Sweet 16 party. I found that Mexico, Latin American nations and Latina communities in the United States celebrate a female’s transition from girl to woman at the age of 15, or Quinceanera celebration. This rite of passage is a religious and social event that reinforces the importance of family and society in the female’s life.

THE RITE OF PASSAGE DAY!

In Spanish speaking cultures the birthday begins with a special mass for the girl, her parents and godparents. Mass is followed by a reception attended by friends and family. The reception is filled with music, food, dancing and well-wishing.

The birthday girl will often have a “court of damas” or maids of honor and possibly chamberlains, which would be male friends or siblings. The celebration can be elaborate or simple, depending on the resources of the family. Some families will have extravagant wedding-like catered affairs. Others are happy with a gathering of people wherever they will be comfortable to express their best wishes to the young woman.

No matter whether the 15th or 16th birthday is chosen by your culture to honor your child, the idea is the same. This is a special year that marks her entrance into society as a young woman, where different behavioral rules will apply. You want your child to know that she is loved and valued as she passes through these years of rapid change.

You can decide your own format for the party of your choice. There are speeches from party goers or parents. Sometimes, you can choose a symbolic event to formally denote your teenager’s passage through time. For example, one tradition involves the birthday girl “handing down” a doll to a younger female sibling, to represent the passing down of childhood ways to the next child. If there is no female sibling, one could vary the ceremony to have the birthday girl “hand down” a favorite toy to a younger brother.

If there are no siblings, there is always the symbolic “changing of shoes” where the birthday girl dons a pair of high heeled shoes for the first time, symbolizing her reaching young womanhood. I have read about celebrations that feature a dance by the birthday girl and her father, if possible. There could be many high points to the evening!

THE CANDLE CEREMONY

Here’s the Sweet 16 Candle Lighting Ceremony basics. As stated above, feel free to personalize the ritual according to your own needs.

In one scenario, the birthday girl calls people up to celebrate with her by lighting a candle. The birthday girl could speak about the influence given her by the person who lights the candle. She can speak about the special guidance of a person or some other attribute of the relationship as she calls up to 15 people up to light individual candles in the candle centerpiece. The candle sets featured on this page are merely suggesstions. They can be used for 15 year old girls and 16 year old girls. They can be simple or elaborate: that’s up to you.

Another variation of the ceremony involves the family head leading the candle lighting ceremony by expressing their hopes and dreams for the girl. They could invite specific people up to the candelabra to light a candle while speaking about their relationship with the birthday girl.

You can create a specific plan according to your needs and desires. There is a lighting order for the candles traditionally. You may want to plan your own ceremony according to these candle lighting practices:

CANDLE ORDER FOR LIGHTING CEREMONY

Candle 1 is for the parents.

Candle 2 is for siblings, if any. If no siblings, then grandparents.

Candles 3 through 6 are for aunts, uncles, cousins or other family members.

Candles 7 through 14 are for specially chosen people who have close relationships with the celebrant, like teachers, clergy or others in the community.

Candle 15 is for the best male or female friend.

Candle 16 is for a male – either a friend or boyfriend.

Note: Candle 17 is for the Sweet 16 party only. Its use is to symbolize good luck for the future.

Warm words and hugs should accompany each lighting of a candle. You could have the guests and family say a few words as they come up to light a candle. Or, you could have the birthday girl choose her own participants and decide whether she wants to speak about them or vice versa. People have both sometimes, since girls in this age group certainly have a lot to say to each other!

Another variation has the birthday girl lighting the candles while she speaks about the people she has chosen to be part of the celebration. If you invite guests up to say some words, it’s great to prearrange this – some people get tongue tied and need the preparation time.

Some families choose to have a musical accompaniment to the candle lighting ceremony. Specific songs could be played while certain friends and family come up to light the candles. Each song should evoke a memory or relationship with that individual.

LET’S SUMMARIZE

I wrote this post to help people looking to celebrate Sweet 16 birthday parties. The post discusses the influence of the Mexican-inspired Quinceanera celebration. I believe the Spanish speaking tradition of marking a girl’s 15th birthday is more religious and highlights the goodness of the birthday girl as well as her family and well-wishers as she continues her journey through life.

God knows how important these teenage years are in the lives of our children. Especially today, with all the negative influences there are to shield from and educate about, the celebration of your teen’s coming of age can be quite stressful for onlookers. These young adults need to feel as loved as you can make them, while introducing them to society and the adult relationships they will now form.

The candle lighting ceremony is a perfect way to stop the festivities for a few moments to solemnly and gratefully acknowledge positive forces in the young woman’s life. It’s a sure way to communicate your love to your child, your family and friends. Thanks for reading and I hope I gave you ideas to help your family make memories and happy occasions.

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NURSING GRADUATION GIFTS OF CANDLES

nurses grad cap
nurse grad cap

CANDLE LIGHTING CEREMONY FOR NURSING GRADUATES

Do you know someone graduating from nursing school? I learned of a 100 year old tradition that is currently carried on by only a handful of nursing schools. Is your graduate performing a candle light ceremony at the school of graduation? The nurse training is especially stressful. Nursing is not a job: It is more of a calling to do God’s work. Not everyone can minister to the injured or infirm.

If your graduating nurse does not get a candle light ceremony to honor his/her entrance to the field of the caregiver, I suggest giving the gift of a candle to the graduate.

FRANCISCAN UNIVERSITY OF STEUBENVILLE

This is a nursing school that celebrates its’ junior year students annually, in April, with a ceremony by candle light. Carolyn Miller, an official of the university, notes that the candle light ceremony is a tradition in nursing. The ceremonies were mostly held at the end of a certain amount of training, along with a probationary period. It was at these ceremonies that students received their “cap”. It wasn’t the type of graduating cap pictured above, but the white nursing cap. The cap is significant and I will write about it in a minute.

In current times, nursing practices have changed. The ritual has mostly been left behind. The Franciscan University at Steubenville provides a ritual for the dedication of graduates to the healing ministry of nursing.

nurses at graduation with candles
nurses at graduation candle ceremony

The above illustration is a generic image of a nursing graduation candle ceremony, not indicative of the ritual at Franciscan University. At the school’s ceremony, the junior year students file into the room, each holding a candle. The candles are symbolic: Florence Nightengale used a kerosene lamp to tend to patients during the Crimean War. In addition, Saint Catherine of Sienna held a lamp while tending to the victims of European plagues.

THE UNIFORM

The traditional white uniform and cap date back to the Medevil times. The uniform was inspired by a religious sister’s habit. Miller says it is professional garb. Nurses receive special pins at the graduation, too.

The little white caps worn by nurses initially represented a specific religious order, bgut have been redesigned over time to represent different nursing schools. These historical elements are included in the Franciscan ceremony to honor the nursing tradition.

The ceremony includes the “blessing” of each individual student and is done by the president of the university. In the last 38 years, Miller says the ceremony has grown since she has been there. More officials of the school attend, as do many families of the students; some come from as far as Alaska to attend.

The class gets to choose a patron and a prayer: “Help us to recognize the face of Jesus in our suffering brothers and sisters and to serve Him with humility and joy” – Class of 2019 nursing students’ prayer.

nurses at graduation with candles
nurses at graduation candle ceremony

The school states it keeps this tradition and ritual in order to recognize our commitment to the care of the sick and injured and to offer this whole business of nursing to the Lord, says Miller.

PURPOSES OF THE CANDLE LIGHT RITUAL FOR NURSES

The purpose of the ceremony is to honor the students for their achievements. It also dedicates future nurses to God’s service. Senior nursing students often attend the ceremony along with their junior year schoolmates. It is truly a time of love, acceptance and hope for the future.

There is a speaker at the Franciscan ceremony. This year, The speaker was Ginna Dumbrowski, who spoke about “being the presence of Christ to your patients…”.The entire ceremony is quite beautiful and holy. It speaks to the kind of spirit one needs to choose nursing as a profession. Nursing is a calling to minister or serve, meeting the needs of the most vulnerable.

I believe a candle is the best way to honor an entrant to the nursing profession. A candle is symbolic of Christ’s purity and guidance. Christ IS the Light of the world. What better way to honor one’s choice of selfless service to mankind than a candle to light the darkness.

The lighting of a candle is representative of so many aspects of life and hope. Knowledge is light – ignorance is darkness. A flame symbolizes a spirit. A candle flame symbolizes a prayer, too. I think it is an appropriate way to present the new caregiver with a gift that might even promote some relaxation and refreshment in the off hours of a stressful job.

IN SUMMATION

This post discusses a candle ceremony that honors nursing school juniors. It is my mission to enlighten visitors to the pleasures and delights of candle light. I believe this ceremony is a lovely way to celebrate someone’s decision to minister to the sick and serve God and humanity at the same time.

When I learned that this ritual tradition was dying out, I decided to investigate why. It is clear to anyone of some age that the health care profession is not one that is lightly entered into. One must feel the compulsion to do God’s work and try to heal suffering to enter this field.

This work demands a love of humanity and God. It is not an easy job and people that choose to enter this field deserve all the best wishes and backing any one of us can give to them. Theirs is a special, trying, although quite rewarding career. They should be treated with the amount of caring they give to others on a daily basis. If you know a nursing school graduate, honor them with a candle.

This website is constantly under construction. Please check back regularly to check our collection of articles and advice on the enjoyment of candle light. We love to communicate. Do you agree with my choice of gift for nursing school graduates? Do you disagree? I would love to hear your comments, pro and con – it’s just a discussion and I love hearing from readers. What would you like help with? Do you use candles? Feel free to leave some comments and I will reply within 24 hours.

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REFERENCE: www.troubonline.com (2018)

MAKE YOUR OWN CANDLE HOLDERS

FOR THOSE WHO PREFER HOMEMADE CANDLE HOLDERS

I have found the perfect reference guide if you are a person who enjoys making your own candle holders. This publication is not new, but it is filled with homemade candle holder creation secrets that are startlingly easy to make while looking professional enough to give proudly as gifts.

The author of this book is a seasoned professional in the home decor industry. Gloria Nicol is the former “HOMES” department head at Good Housekeeping. She wrote (according to me) the definitive how-to guide when it comes to candles and their display.

The publication, The New Candle Book: Inspirational Ideas for Displaying, Using and Making Candles, formally cited below, is a treasure trove of information you never knew you needed.

“The immense potential for using and displaying candles in the home often goes unrealized…” Nicol states. Then, she proceeds to explain how to transform almost anything into a candle holder of great beauty. Her talent as a master crafts person is obvious.

The book is divided into four sections: The Introduction; Candle Style; Candle Making; and the very impressive Containers for Candles segments. I want to share one secret idea from each section of the book. This way, you can plainly see the value of this information.

By the way, the book has stunning photographs. Nicol partnered with a photographer who is renowned for her images employing only natural light while capturing textures and colors exquisitely.

The author presents so many creative ideas on each page, it is difficult to choose which to present to you. Have you ever considered storing candles in plain sight in such a way as to appear to be French Countryside Shabby Chic? No? You must check out page 15 of this book. The author simply makes a pile of cream colored tapers and ties the pile with a decorative ribbon. Store on the countertop or in a cupboard. This adds style to your room while being functional as well, keeping candles pretty until they are needed for use.

The book continues to enlighten and guide the reader to use candles and the holders you choose to display them in as reflections of your uniqueness. You know, I have researched home lifestyles enough to know that there is a trend forming lately. People are increasing the attractiveness and appeal of the private spaces in their homes to maximize the restfulness of the short hours we get to spend in these spaces.

For example, there is a growing trend in fashion and home decor to mood specific scents and even lingerie. One’s bath and bedroom can become the sensual Zen garden of your dreams!

LET’S TWIST AGAIN LIKE WE DID LAST SUMMER

TWISTED CANDLESTICKS
FLATTENED AND TWISTED CANDLES

Did you know that any taper candle can be heated until it twists? It’s true. You can make a twisted candle by employing just the right amount of heat until the candle is pliable. Then, just twist with your hands on each end of the taper. It’s tips like this one that begin to illustrate just how much expertise is contained in the book.

Have you ever considered turning an existing candle stick into one that has mirrored mosaics on it? It’s possible – and inexpensive to do following this book. Themed candle holders are explained in the book, also. Styles such as Byzantine and Provincial are illustrated in detail.

Candle collection ideas specifically for Mother’s Day, Valentine’s Day and Halloween are just some of the candle uses and decorations that begin with an ordinary soda can or dried leaf from nature. Even add a few drops of your favorite aroma and enjoy the sensuality. Every step along the way is clearly defined. Shopping lists of supplies are included.

Here is another tip or two for you from the book I’m getting to know as my bible. Make candle holders from used food tins. Make a habit of saving and collecting cookie tins and jelly jars. You can paint your own color scheme in a pretty pattern to make them stand out in your decor. It’s easy to do with the hints in this book.

I have never considered myself a crafty person. I cannot draw a straight line. But, I am overjoyed to find this book, written by a truly-gifted craft person. It makes it simple for me to display and use my candles to my heart’s content. Remember, using candles and holders in groups of two, three or four adds drama and beauty to your decor.

OK, one last tip. The author advises us that a little gold leaf paint goes a long way when painted on the inside of a cleaned out coconut shell. You wind up with a gilded candle container! Even instructions for making and using papier-mache for candle holders is explained and recipes given!

The making of copper sconces to hold candles is completely explained. All materials are accessible through craft stores and other retail outlets. Templates for designs are included also.

IN SUMMARY

I have written this blog to review the publication, The New Candle Book, written by Gloria Nicol. It attempts to showcase the creative talents of the author, while acknowledging the artistry of photographer, Debbie Patterson.

In my humble opinion, this book should be required reading for anyone who has ever been drawn to candlelight and inexpensive beauty. By breaking the subject of the book into four sections, the author’s expertise on each aspect of candles is revealed.

As someone with absolutely no craft ability, I must state that this book made it possible for me to proudly display my budding artistic ability while allowing me more enjoyment of my passion – candles.

This website is always under construction. I would love it if readers were to return back to the site to review future blogs. And, please, don’t be afraid to communicate. I invite all readers with any comments, criticisms or questions to leave me a note in the comment box that follows this post.

All communication will be answered within 24 hours. Thank you for reading. Please be advised that we serve as an affiliate marketer. It is possible for us to make a commission ( at no increased cost to you!) if you should purchase anything through use of this site. Thank you.

CITATION
Nicol, Gloria (1995), The New Candle Book: inspirational ideas for displaying, using and making candles, Hodder & Stoughton, Anness Pulbishing, Ltd., ISBN number: 0-7336-0085-9

CANDLE MAGIC COLORS AND OTHER SYMBOLISM

I PUT A SPELL ON YOU!

Magic, much like anything else in life, takes attention to detail and practice before it becomes effective. One rule of advice I would like to offer is that it is of utmost importance that you are familiar with ritual procedure before expecting results.

Think of the first time you rode a two-wheeled bicycle. You needed to learn to balance the bike before you sped off with all your other playmates. The same will be true with your magic rituals – except that more is known about balancing a bicycle than is known about making magic happen!

You wouldn’t attempt ot cook a formal dinner for three couples if you have never prepared a meal before, right? You wouldn’t undertake a major remodeling of your home without having a detailed plan, correct? If you did, you would end up costing yourself a lot of expense and headaches.

In this blog, I plan to discuss the magic symbols used in rituals.

THE CROSS WITHIN THE CIRCLE

To produce successful magic rituals, one must bring together every element necessary to communicate intent to one’s subconscious. This includes equipment, the energy one creates and symbols one uses to focus and train your imagery. Whatever objects are present at the temple or altar should symbolically represent one’s intention. Remember, one’s subconscious deals in images, not words. Symbols that do not actually pertain to your intention or idea should be out of sight.

BUILD YOUR TEMPLE

To become proficient at performing rituals, you must understand you will build a symbolic space in your mind to develop your magical powers. Successful spells begin and end with a specific procedure. You may ask why. This is because openings and closings help our minds set on what we are trying to accomplish. We are communicating with the subconscious mind.

IN our imaginations, we prepare for and perform rituals meaningfully and honestly. The opening procedure signals your brain that concentration is coming. When you use the closing procedure, it helps your brain know that the period of intense concentration and visualization is over.

First, assemble your materials. As in the candle ritual related here you face magical east ( always in front of you) and you see a strong door facing you . This magical doorway bears the symbol of a cross within a circle. Light a candle that represents yourself. This symbolizes your inner power, or subconscious. This symbol of a cross within a circle is not Christian or Pagan. It represents the power of the universe.

medieval cross within a circle image
The medieval cross within a circle symbol

See yourself standing in the center of the symbol. The four directions of the cross represent magiccal power flowing throughout the universe, through the circle. See the symbol shining in bright blinding light. Simply focus on the symbol. Perhaps use a verbal or mental command, like, “Circle of the universe – arise!”. Use your imagination to build upon this This is the start of your magical sphere.

Now, add the idea of the four elements to the doorways located on your altar.
In addition to your self-candle, you have four other candles to represent the elements: air, water, fire, and earth. Each element has a color and a direction associated with it.

There is an entire body of complex beliefs about the “fourfold system of power that exists within everything” (ibid, pg 27). Just be aware of your place within the universe. Now picture a doorway directly in front of you again. This door represents the air element and is signified by a yellow candle. As you light the yellow candle, picture the door open. Light floods in and enshrines you in yellow. Yellow fills your temple. Envision it. See it.

Next, see a red doorway. This is the doorway to the element of fire. It blazes you with heat and power when you open the doorway and light the candle. The portal falls away to reveal red flowing through your temple. Visualize this happening.

A blue doorway will be seen next. It is the blue doorway to the element of water. Light the blue candle. As you open the door, the color blue lights every point in space. Blue floods in, as refreshing water to your subconscious.

Lastly, envision a green doorway and imagine it opens to you as you light the green candle. Allow the green light to enter your temple. This is the power of the earth energy. Bathe in the green glow for as long as it takes to fill the temple with the green hue.

THE INNER TEMPLE

Your inner temple is complete. It is now open for you to send out your petition and desires to the universe. Burn some incense, and return to focus on your desired outcome. Use visualization and positive imagery. Remember what you read here and be sure to be “involved” with the ritual. If you speak, speak with feeling. You only get out as much as you put in!

Repeating this opening procedure will give you a feeling of having more control over your ritual. It prepares your mind for the intense communication it will begin. Practice will ensure you are stimulating your subconscious into action by the use of symbolism.

THE CLOSING PROCEDURE

After completing the opening procedure, take as much time as you need to comtemplate your specific intention and visualize as much as you can. When you feel it is completed, perform a closing procedure as follows:

Begin with the air door (east/yellow). Close the door firmly and extinguish the yellow candle. Do the same to the red candle next, signifying south. Close the red doorway as you put the candle out. Proceed to the blue (western/water) candle and put it out. End with the green candle and doorway. Close the door and extinguish the candle.

The only other thing to do is extinguish the candle that represents yourself. Slowly return to normal thought as you go back through the doorways, sealing them closed as you exit. Now, closing is complete!

This is only the beginning practice ritual. You need to perform it several times until you feel natural with doing it. Proficiency comes after daily practice.

IN SUMMARY

This blog attempts to instruct readers in performing candle ritual spells in order to petition the universe. It is serious mental imaging and hard mental visualization. This blog instructs in the opening and closing procedures of candle magic spells. It also sheds some light on the symbolism used in candle magic. The author believes it is possible to petition the universe for our most secret desires.

I would be very interested to hear readers’ thoughts on this blog and the subject of candle rituals. Please feel free to communicate with me, through use of the comment box at the bottom of this post. We enjoy hearing from readers and are interested to hear about your experience.

CITATION
Cooper, Phillip (2000), Candle Magic, a Coveted Collection of Spells, Rituals & Magical Paradigms, Weiser, Inc., ISBN number: 1-57863-121-1

CANDLE SPELLS MAGIC

HEART-SHAPED TEALIGHTS

THIS IS REALLY GREAT NEWS!

I’ve been learning more an more about magic and candle spells as I research writing for this blog and my readers. Did you know that magic spells and rituals using candles have been practiced and handed down through the ages? Now, I’m normally not a believer in the supernatural or the occult – I usually don’t believe anything I haven’t seen myself.

However, I DO believe that candle magic rituals can produce success. It is a positive way to approach problems, quandaries and desires present in our lives and open up the passageways to the subconscious.

I view the mind as a powerful force. As a matter of fact, I think the mind and its’ workings can explain why some people are happy and well-adjusted while other people can’t seem to find peace, fulfillment or happiness.

SIT DOWN AND RELAX

The performance of candle magic rituals can create a stillness of the soul where there is only chaos and confusion. Rituals involve positive, constructive thoughts and images being introduced to the subconscious in ways it will understand. This post will explain about ritual creation, visualization and preparation necessary to be successful in your petition to the universe.

ILLUSTRATION OF THE ELEMENTS AND THE COLORS THEY CORRESPOND TO
ELEMENTS CORRESPOND TO DIRECTIONS AND COLORS

SYMBOLISM

In modern times, science and technology have clearly explained away any belief most humans might have had about the occult, or “magick” as the term had been known. Candle magic spells rituals use creative thinking and symbols. Creative thinking, alone, can cause positive change in life. It happens every day. It is really difficult for some people to think positively. For people like these, candle magic spells are a real life way to improve and increase your positive thinking.

There are symbols used in candle magic rituals but these are the simplest and most innocent of symbols. One needs to be aware of these symbols before one can truly understand what one is about to undertake.

The symbols, of course are the candles you will utilize. In this example we will need one candle to represent ourselves (the self candle). In addition, one needs four other candles. The four other candles should be yellow ( to correspond to the AIR element and the direction EAST), blue (symbolizing the direction WEST and the element WATER), green ( signifying EARTH element and the direction NORTH), and red ( to stand for the FIRE element and the direction SOUTH).

The candles will be placed in a circle with your candle in the center. The “magical EAST”*is always directly in front of you. Use this fact in organizing your temple ( the actual site of your ritual). In accordance with this fact, the yellow candle will sit at the top of the spiritual altar you will build with the candles and your mind. To the right, you will place the red candle, delineating south. Place the green candle opposite the red, signifying the earth and north. Behind your candle, place the blue candle, symbolizing the West and Water.

AS a result of doing this, you have placed the element candles at each gateway of power in the universe. This is why, when you practice the rituals enough and believe, success must follow. This is the message of many mind-power books and motivational speakers. Thinking about something in the correct way stimulates our subconscious.

You must provide the positive change to motivate your own subconscious to petition the universe to bring your desires to reality. Be positive you deserve what you desire and that you really want what you are visualizing.

Another way to think about what you want, since we have to be specific and devoted to get what we want, is to view your desires through an anagram,

SWOT.

Strengths – What is good about your position?
What will aid your success?

Weaknesses – What could go against you?
Do the possible costs outweigh the gains?

Opportunities – It’s all about timing. when is the best time to
do this? Have you any astrological or planetary
concerns?

Threats – What could possibly go wrong? You might be
surprised. Consider it all.

There is a connection between the commitment you make to performing the ritual that will be very important to the outcome of your endeavors. You can just speak the words you are using in the spell, or your could be the thought behind the words. Make them come from your mind. Visualize what you are saying and always believe!

We all know there is intelligence in life’s energies. Some call it “God”. But, this God does not judge you. It never controls you. It definitely breaks cosmic laws to think we do NOT have free choice in how we decide to use energies and powers given to us by being alive.

One can choose to squander the talents and benefits one has been given by birth and waste the power we have over our lives. I bet we all know someone who has chosen this path.

However, if you choose to live in security, wealth and happiness, you have all the same powers at your disposal. Tell the universe what you want, inform your subconscious and your desire will soon manifest itself. Because we have free will, we must behave in a responsible way. Ask only for good.

There are several more symbols people can use to petition the universe, besides the candles. I will discuss these more in another blog. However, if you are curious, look for upcoming blogs about the magic sphere, the cross within the circle, and other amazing aspects of performing candle magic spells.

IN CONCLUSION

This blog has discussed use of performing candle magic ritual spells in the proper mental and physical state. The subconscious is powerful and once you learn to harness its power you will not believe the results. You must be ready to communicate with the universe through use of symbolism and your subconscious.

In other, subsequent blogs I will cover other necessary symbolism for creating positive candle magic rituals. I cited my sources at the bottom of this post. If you enjoyed it, you may consider purchasing same.

Thanks for reading. Think positively!

* CITATION

Cooper, Phillip (2000) Candle Magic, a Coveted Collection of Spells, Rituals and Magic Paradigms, Weiser and Co. ISBN number: 1-57863-121-1

MONEY CANDLE RITUAL USING KNOB CANDLE

KNOB CANDLE COLORS
VARIED COLORED KNOB CANDLES

TELL ME YOUR MOST SECRET WISH!

I have been researching online lately. My readers can tell, because that’s how I get all this great candle information to give to you. I found the most sought-after goal was money or prosperity.

It’s a fact of life on earth for most people. We need incomes. It’s becoming pretty important how large that income is OR has the potential to become. That’s why some people invest in the stock market or have a savings account.

We need enough money to live. And, life gets easier with the more income you have at your disposal. I know money cannot buy happiness. But, it DOES buy a warm place to live.

Do you know that some people actually fear success? It’s true. Some people have negative thoughts about their ability to make money or trouble imagining themselves in better positions. But, there is good news!

Using your mind and candle magic rituals, you can change your own, negative thinking into positive images and self-talk with visualization. If you follow this practice as hard as you can, you will see your thoughts getting clearer and more positive. You will feel less fear and expect only good outcomes.

But, you really have to use your brain to create images in your thinking. The images and thoughts you focus on AND REALLY BELIEVE will be communicated to your subconscious mind. This will allow your life to be opened to the universe, which can give us everything or nothing, depending on what we believe. This is so powerful, it’s easy to overlook.

ARE YOU READY FOR A MIRACLE?

Magic is a science. It is a science that employs you mind to work FOR you. Not everyone can achieve this state themselves. Some people’s minds work against them. To add insult to injury, these people don’t realize that their negative attitude and expectations are causing misfortune to find them, by constantly worrying about the very same thing!

You can teach your subconscious to think positively with practice. The problem is that your mind doesn’t believe anything you tell it to. The subconscious only believes what you believe.

To cause changes to occur according to your will, perform a candle ritual using a knob candle, pictured above. A knobbed candle is one that is sectioned off into 7 obvious parts. It is also known as a “wishing” candle.

The reason for the seven sections is to indicate how long to burn the candle on each of the 7 days. The candle is burnt down to the next section, obviously. While it burns, we perform our ritual. We extinguish the knob candle right before it begins to burn the next knob.

We started this discussion on attracting money or prosperity. If you wish to attract money, you should probably choose a green knobbed candle, as pictured below.

There will be 6 parts to a successful ritual procedure. I list them here for simplicity:

1. Plan your specific intention. First you must have a goal in mind.
2. Plan out the procedure. Know what you are going to do.
3. Make preparations for your ritual. – Assemble things you will use.
4. Relax and be calm.
5. Perform the ritual.
6. Clean everything up.

If you follow these steps above, your ritual will go much smoother and uninterrupted by you having to search each thing out as you need it.

Money rituals involve the planet Venus. You want to harness the power of Venus to attract your desire. Venus’ energy draws success and money. The green color of the candle will cause your mind to focus on this energy so that the subconscious can understand it to be present.

WHAT IF I CAN’T FIND A KNOB CANDLE?

That is no problem. Any candle can be used. Just be sure to mark the candle into seven sections and only use one section of the candle on one night. This spell will last for 7 days and you must be able to follow through for 7 consecutive nights for it to become effective. The ritual should be performed at about the same time of day on each of the days. It’s crucial to persist for the entire week. On occasion, you might feel the temptation of distraction or procrastination, but be strong. Make some sacrifices, or do not expect to be successful with your intention!

Place the candle in a holder of your choice. Put the candle and the holder on a handkerchief or other cloth. Gather your thoughts and be sure to have matches, a candle extinguisher. Sit calmly. Do not entertain thoughts of the everyday world to encroach upon this time in your mind. When you are calm, begin the ritual.

First, use a creative thinking technique, like thinking in pictures. Picture what you want to attract. When you feel ready, light the candle. Put your finger on the first segment of the candle. Visualize having what you want. A few words could be spoken here, “I call upon the abundant universe to direct the power of my subconscious mind to provide what I wish for”. The words are not important. The important thing is to communicate to your subconscious in a way it will understand your desire.

As you visualize, try to see a green light, like a bright emerald, beginning to accumulate around you. As you say ( or think) the words, feel the words and the green light becoming brighter and larger. Visualize yourself to be a magnet that attracts money. Imagine it coming at you as rain, or in big yard waste baskets, whatever seems right to you. Use the power of imagination and positive thinking to FEEL the money falling from the sky into your lap.

Money is pulled toward you in this ritual. You can see it piling up in your mailbox or bank account. There is so much of it, it overtakes the bag or other container to overflow onto the floor. YOU ARE SUCCESSFUL. FEEL IT!

Take ten or 15 minutes to fully visualize and imagining like this. Think up your own symbols, in addition to those mentioned here. It is all about YOU. The symbols you choose will be more significant to you!

After 15 minutes or so, you can imagine the green light leaving the magic sphere by the four directions north, south, east and west. Visualize the light emanating from you stretching out to all people, some you know, some you don’t know. For example, you could think of all the people in all the hospitals now, or people who work for the organizations to whom you owe money. Visualize these people reacting favorably to your light, wanting to help you. Do not see these people as making demands, but as those who would help you.

THE RITUAL IS OVER

When you have completed the ritual and spent time positively visualizing, rise and leave the room. You must allow the candle to burn down to the fist segment. Then, extinguish the candle. Wrap the candle in the cloth or handkerchief and go on with your day.

Do this faithfully for 7 days. It will become easier and more fulfilling to do with more practice. If you have never tried communicating with your subconscious, you are in for a treat. A new world has just opened up to you.

IN CONCLUSION

I have explained a candle magic ritual to attract money in this blog. I know that communicating with the subconscious is very powerful. This is the way we believe ALL THINGS TO BE TRUE. They are NOT true. We only perceive them to be.

If you train yourself to see another reality, you will begin to experience that new reality. Use the power of positive thinking to attract money. Candle magic is a science of the mind. We can all use some help. We can all help ourselves.

I am very interested to hear from my readers concerning their thoughts on the subject of candle magic, candle rituals, or any other thing you might have on your mind. Please leave a reply to this post. We could engage here and I would love to hear thoughts from others! Thanks for reading.

UNITY CANDLES FOR WEDDINGS

IS A WEDDING IN THE AIR?

A wedding ceremony is a magical thing! It is magical for a number of reasons. Initially, wedding ceremonies alter your life. As a matter of fact, whether or not to marry is one of the biggest, longest-lasting and important life decisions you will make. Millions of girls are brought up to expect that one day they will be a bride and have their special, completing, significant other bound to them in a special ritual. I love the use of a Unity Candles wedding ceremony for this purpose.


There are many types of wedding ceremonies. I grew up only knowing about formal Roman Catholic Church and reception affairs. These kinds of weddings take months of preparation and lots of money! They are usually the end of a long engagement period.

  I’ve attended numerous large Italian weddings that included the church service along with all the dogmatic symbolism, the photography session (if you were in the wedding party or a part of the immediate family) and then the attendance at the big gala extravaganza to follow that evening. The bride, in a flowing white gown and veil, presides over the party of her dreams, that includes a formal dinner, a live, local band and lots of presents and well-wishers.

I was a teenager before I realized many people didn’t use this method to marry. When I learned of people that were married at City Hall or some other informal setting, I always wondered how they managed to fit a life-changing event into just another “errand” they had to run that day! Now, I know it happens all the time. To each his (and her) own.

IT’S ONLY LOVE

If you are planning a joining of two lives, you have my best wishes for a joyful event and a happy-ever-after type ending. I have been to lovely weddings in many locations ranging from friends’ basements to beach or backyard gatherings. 

PLAN WEDDINGS HERE!

When you plan a wedding, you have many decisions to make. Since this day is all about making the two participants happy, people choose to get married in many ways and in many different locations.
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I’ve attended backyard weddings that were just as symbolic and beautiful as a formal church wedding. Beach weddings are a favorite of mine after spending years in Florida. The ocean has always been symbolic of “time immemorial”, especially in art. Water itself is symbolic of rebirth and cleansing.

Weddings are all in the details. To some couples, the location of the marriage is of little importance. To others, choosing a location is a personal and sometimes financial, decision.

When you choose a location other than a church, you have the freedom of writing your own vows and planning your entire ceremony to your own tastes. It is a joyous day and deserves to be observed in whatever way will make you happy. I personally know women who had planned their wedding days since they were children.

If you are considering a Roman Catholic or Anglican Church service, the marriage ritual is already set by the church.

These religions have symbols in their ceremonies, but the use of candles is NOT one of them. Since I am a self-proclaimed candle type of person, I wondered whether or not candles were allowed in Roman Catholic marriage ceremonies.

I found out that The Unity candle is NOT specifically banned from these parochial ceremonies. The US Conference of Catholic Bishops states that each church may make its own decision about permitting the use of the Unity Candle in their wedding ceremonies.

TRADITIONAL CHURCH WEDDING
CHURCH WEDDING AT THE ALTAR

If, upon prior agreement between the marriage participants and the pastor or minister, the use of the Unity candle ceremony is included, the ritual candles must be lit from The Paschal Candle /the-paschal-candle-and-the-catholic-church”>

The only other stipulation is the unity candles must NOT be placed on the altar.

However, if you are planning a more casual, less religious service, I believe the Unity Candle ritual is a wonderful accompaniment to the ceremony. For best results, candles are best utilized in indoor rituals and services. The outdoor setting does not lend itself very well to the use of candles.

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bride and groom in sneakers and wedding garb.

THE UNITY CANDLE CEREMONY

A unity candle ritual traditionally involves three candles. The candles are usually white. However, it’s your wedding. You get to make the rules, right?
If you have a color scheme planned, you can choose different colored candles. One large pillar candle represents the union of two combining their energies into one. The bride and groom are each represented by their own taper candle.

The bride and groom can decide the exact ritual. Here are some examples: one ceremony involves the lighting of the two taper candles at the beginning of the ritual. These can be lit by a parent or close family member on each side of the two families. This way, the tapers can symbolize the two families being joined (if there are two families involved) and their acceptance of the union. The large pillar candle may then be lit, by the bride and groom simultaneously, from the flame of these tapers to signify the cementing of the union or the combination of the two flames into one spirit, or flame.

Obviously, one could alter the ritual to one’s individual (or combined) situation. The lighting of the candle is only one symbolic aspect of your wedding ceremony. There is usually a third person who performs the ceremony or ritual. People add vows, music, speeches from others, and whatever other symbolism is important to them to create a wedding that is truly unique and representative of the bride and groom.

 

CONCLUSION

Weddings are a time for celebration and happiness. Many couples today feel free enough to marry using methods as unique as the couple themselves. There are sports-themed weddings, natural setting unions, even large, formal church masses, all used as a metaphor for unification of  two people into one.

wedding silhouette
bride and groom silhouette

I love the benefit of visually representing the union of two people in marriage by the use of the Unity candles. If you are planning ( or have planned) a wedding, I would be interested in hearing your views on the subject.

We can communicate by the use of the comment boxes located at the end of the post. Describe your special day to me. Do you feel strongly about traditional weddings? Or, do you prefer the more casual civil unions? Please engage with me here. I promise to respond within 24 hours. Thanks for reading.

 

BEST MOTHER’S DAY CANDLE GIFT

MOST OF US ONLY HAVE ONE MOTHER

It’s that time of year again! Your sweet, loving mother is anticipating Mother’ Day. Look upon this as an opportunity to let mom know how much you love her. If you can give her your time, I believe most mothers would be happy for that. Then, again, some moms today are busy individuals in their own lifestyles. If you are geographically removed from your mom and can’t visit her personally, then whatever you can do to show you care will be important.

HAVE YOU EVER CONSIDERED CANDLE GIFT BASKETS ESPECIALLY FOR MOMS?

There are a large variety of gifts available for mom. Some moms are easy to buy for because they have a favorite thing they collect or are crazy over handbags of perfume. Still, your mom could have quite enough of her favorite collections already. How many years can you give perfume or flowers?

Mothers are usually busy, that’s for sure. These days, most people are seeking stress relief and relaxation. So, you could spring for a gift certificate to mom’s favorite spa…however, that’s a lot of money to be wasted on even a few hours at a spa. Then, it’s back to her regular drudgery.

One salon owner I read about realized this aspect of many of her clients’ lives: people came in stressed out and rushed. After experiencing treatments at the spa, the same people appeared happy, calm and stress-free. The owner knew the clients would be forced back to daily worries and tasks and searched for a way to allow clients to make the spa experience last long after the visit was over.

If you are a regular reader of my blog, you know about the benefits of using scent to recall pleasant times. We are hardwired to react to scent instantly, before we can even think about it. The salon owner in the above example used aromatherapy in her spa, as any salon owner worth their salt would do. She realized she could use her scents in a candle – one that could be purchased, taken home and enjoyed by the client in their relaxation time.

I thought more about mom and the perfect gift. I thought about the spa and the aromatherapy and began to research some “spa gift baskets”, complete with scented candles and other bath treats. I have learned that lavender is a scent used for relaxation and stress-relief. It is known to effectively treat insomnia. What better scent to incorporate into a Mother’s Day gift. This is my favorite ( I wish I was someone’s mother!):

This is a gorgeous gift basked, chocked full of lavender-scented goodies moms will love. There are 2 candles, bath fizzies, body butter, body mist, aromatherapy room spray and anything else mom could desire for her spa experience. I believe this is cheaper than a spa treatment and will continue to give mom pleasure and enjoyment long after Mother’s Day. There are so many other contents in spa package, it’s easier if you look for yourself, above.
I can’t imagine any woman not loving this gift basket! Besides, it has plenty to enjoy in it.

There are gift baskets that contain candles available in any price range. You will find different scents than lavender. Maybe your mom is too young to want to go to sleep. Remember, there are refreshing, invigorating scents available, too. For example, citrus fragrances are known to be exciting and cause our brains to function with more alertness and higher cognitive functions.


The gift above is sweet smelling. Sweets remind us of happy memories. This gift basket not only smells differently, it is also slightly less expensive than the lavender choice. And, this gift basket comes with slippers moms can wear for her private times. I think this is a great choice of items and is still affordable.

There are gift baskets for as little as $25. Feel free to use the above links to browse other gift baskets, if my choices are too expensive for you. Of course, the links will lead you to more expensive and elaborate gift baskets, too. There’s something for everyone’s budget.

The important thing is that your mother is recognized and made to feel special. I am not fortunate enough to still have my mother to buy for. For you who still have the opportunity to express devotion and thanks to your mothers personally, this blog is written. Were my mom still here, I would get her a Mother’s Day Spa Gift Basket. Maybe your mom would enjoy one, too!

IN CONCLUSION

When spring comes around on the calendar, we realize it will soon be time to honor all moms. Take my advice, your mom wants some recognition and luxury on her special day. When a spa appointment is not available or, more likely, costs too much, you can be sure a spa gift basket will allow mom to calm down and relax – or liven up and get positive, depending on the scent you choose to give. For more information about aromatherapy and its benefits, please read my aromatherapy blog. It explains the scents and the reaction they have on our bodies and minds.

I hope this information helps you in choosing a great gift to show your mom how much you appreciate her. No gift can ever be as precious as time spent with our mothers. These gifts allow mom to keep on enjoying long after the few hours spent at the spa are gone.

As a reminder, I am an affiliate marketer. I can possibly make a commission off anything you purchase through my site. However, the information is here offered in the hopes of helping you with your needs.

I love to communicate with visitors. Feel free to communicate your questions, criticisms to me. I am here to help you. If there is no comment box on the end of this post, there will be one on other posts contained herein. Thanks for reading!

CANDLE CRAFT IDEAS – GEL CANDLE EMBEDS OF ALL KINDS!

HOW TO WORK WITH GEL CANDLES AND THEIR EMBEDS

I’m aware of many readers and our shared love of candlelight. Even the flame of a dollar store candle is drawn to the human eye. Some people enjoy crafting gel candles at home. If you are one of these people, you might already know about gel candles. However, I was a candle lover who just learned about them and their beauty and versatility. It’s an easy craft and a great way to become known and loved for your crafty candle gifts!

Gel, when melted, is transparent. This means you can add other elements to the gel (besides fragrance and color) that appear in the candle. Anyone with a little imagination can envision gel candles that contain glass, ceramic and other non-flammable items displayed in them.

I don’t recommend making gel candles unless you’ve done it before or you are willing to pay close attention to safety precautions that come with the gel. The gel seen above comes in hard form. I like this gel, but you’ll have to work at getting it out of the container.

Melting the gel will take time. Patience is very important! You must keep the gel at the recommended temperatures in the directions. It is recommended that one keep a large supply of baking soda on hand (for putting out fires) and a spare fire extinguisher, available here:

It’s very important to watch the temperature of the melting gel. It must be kept at a low heat and melt slowly, because gel has a flashpoint temperature at which it will burst into flames. The melting gel can do this very quickly. It is NOT recommended you leave the room or become impatient during the procedure. It requires patience and attention to detail.


Stir the melting gel with a metal utensil, the gel could melt plastic spoons – but it will NOT ignite a paper towel you rest your metal spoon on.

Precaution: The gel will need time to melt properly at the low temperatures required by the manufacturer’s instructions. I would suggest not even taking a quick phone call while you are engaged in this process: It is surprisingly easy to become distracted and it only takes a second or two for disaster to strike.

Once the gel is melted and removed from the heat source, it will cool very quickly – so quickly, in fact, that if you intend to pour multiple candles from one melt, it is recommended that you place the gel back on the heat to test after each pour – gel can cool 50 degrees in the time it takes to pour one gel candle!

The temperature of the gel at pour time affects how many ( or how few) bubbles you get in your finished candle. The hotter the gel, the more bubbles will occur. If you prefer your gel candles without bubbles, then place the candle in a 175 degree (F) oven. Once it melts, you can stir the bubbles out.


One appealing aspect of gel candle making is the different effects that can be achieved by experimenting with the bubbly aspect of the gel. It lends itself to different textures.

I grew to be attracted to gel candles because of their aability to be unique. Gel candles can be made with many things embedded in the gel. This creates stunning effects when poured into transparent holders like bell jars, champagne flutes, beer mugs, brandy snifters and jam and jelly jars, to name just a few.

Even martini glasses ( straight up!) can be used to hold gel candles: for a great effect, place an wax embed shaped like an olive in the bottom of the glass. Place a toothpick on the side, secured with tape and add a wick – voila! You have a martini glass gel candle for a gift, party favor or your own enjoyment.


I became involved thinking about all the things that could be used to personalize or just decorate any gel creation: glass beads, non-flammable fabric, pictures even small metal objects can be used to create a gel candle. All you need to do is suspend the bead, shell or other object with sewing thread. Wind the thread around a pencil several times, then susepend the pencil over the top of the container when pouring melted gel. The object will appear “suspended” in the completed candle.

WICKS NEEDED FOR GEL CANDLE MAKING

For use in gel candles, zinc-cored wicks or wax coated wicks are the best choice. They burn well and are stiff enough to be inserted into a poured gel candle. NEVER USE PAPER WICKS IN GEL CANDLES!

Tabbed wicks are those that have a metal tab glued to the bottom of the wick. These are great for use in gel candles. They are also easily available:

If you choose not to use tabbed wicks, the wick you make should never reach down to the bottom of the holder. Always be sure to leave 1/2″ gap between the bottom of the candle holder and the end of the wick, if not tabbed. If you use tabbed wicks, the tab will protect the bottom of the chosen candle holder.

Wick maintenance is vital when one burns a gel candle, If the wick, before being lit, is longer than 1/4″ from the top of the candle, you must trim the wick. Burning a wick that is too long will cause soot to gather at the top of your chosen candle holder. Always trim the wick, before lighting the candle each time, because you don’t want burned wick to get into the beauty of the gel or its’ container. Soot and burned candle wick will greatly diminish the candle’s attractiveness and negatively affect the beauty of the candle light. To extinguish, always use a candle snuffer::

Gel can be fragranced by adding 1 or 2 drops of your favorite essential oil into the melted gel. You can add color to your candles by adding any dye that is safe for wax candle making. NEVER USE FOOD COLORING IN GEL CANDLE MAKING.

Remember there are wax embeds that can be added to gel candles to create special effects. Colored sand can be layered with melted gel for special designs. Don’t be afraid to get creative!

If you are ever dissatisfied with the results of a gel candle that you have made, remember that the candle can always be placed in an oven at 175 degrees (F) or 79 degrees (C) for several hours until melted down completely. Gel is completely recyclable. Just add the unused gel back in with the hardened stuff in the container you bought it in.

IN SUMMARY

I hope you all try your hand at gel candle making. It is not difficult and with just a little patience, attention to detail and creativity, you can find yourself able to customize candles for yourself and your friends.

Think of the things you could use in a transparent candle, scented or unscented. Colored marbles, ceramic and glass ornaments can be displayed in the gel, as well as soda or beer bottle caps – jewelry or other small pieces (spare nuts and bolts – for the man in your life!) can be suspended with sewing thread and embedded in your candles. Even wax embeds, in the shape of food, are available, as discussed above.

Use chunks of lightly colored wax embeds at the bottom of a gel candle. Gel candles can be poured into all types of glass and other, transparent containers. Control bubbles by placing embeds in a small amount of melted gel in a shallow glass, before placing in your candle design. Allow the embed to bubble, thus reducing the bubbling upon placement in the candle gel.

I hope you all communicate with me. I would love to hear about your experiments and crafts gone wild with transparent gel candles. My site is always under construction, so check back regularly for new blogs. Please be sure to leave any comments also. Thanks for reading!

CITATION/BIBLIOGRAPHY
Rankin, Chris (2001), Gel Candles; Creative and Beautiful Candles to Make, Lark Books, ISBN 1-57990-216-2

PINK (AND OTHER COLORS) CANDLE MAGIC

A CURE FOR WHAT AILS YOU!

Easing your burdens, whether physical or mental, can be achieved by practicing candle magic. It’s true. How may among us can say life is a breeze and we have nothing we need to change about ourselves? Anyone who answered, “I can” may leave the room.

For the rest of us still here, pink candle magic can cure the unresolved feelings from your past. Pink candle magic helps heal emotional traumas. In this blog, I will explain how performing a simple ritual involving one candle can help you feel better. Pink candles cure feelings of low self-esteem and dissatisfaction. I will use the pink candle as a demonstration of the ritual, then provide a list of colors for candles used for other specific purposes.
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To begin, always remember the universe is infinite. It provides us whatever we draw to ourselves through our thoughts. However, the universe is IMPARTIAL. Whatever you think about, you will attract: positive AND negative. Therefore, it is imperative you do the work of having positive visualization, appreciation and belief.

Emotions are important because if you feel depressed about something and constantly dwell in negativity, you will attract more of the same.

HELP CONTROL YOUR EMOTIONS AND THOUGHTS TO ATTRACT GOOD THINGS!

Here’s the Pink Candle Magic Ritual:

1. Place a pink candle on a safe holder. Locate the candle in a place you can easily see, on a table (or altar, if you will).
Consider this: if the candle is placed over a mirror, the power of the candle will be doubled!. Be conscious of where you plan to do the ritual. Safe placement of any flame is extremely important.

2. Find a place to sit comfortably. You should be no more than six feet away from your flame and be able to see it without tilting your head. Some people believe the candle should be level with your third-eye.

3. Light the pink candle. Sit on your chair and look into the candle flame.

4. AS you follow the flame with your eyes, it is vital to begin to use visualization and self-talk to imagine already having the desired result. Since pink is used to stop the release of negative energy and to relieve our emotional trauma, you should concentrate on how happy you will feel once you have succeeded letting go of the pain. Begin to visualize yourself already achieving the desired outcome. Realize the amount of joy you can feel after allowing your past problems to float away.

5. If giving and receiving love is problematic for you, do pink candle magic. If you feel uselessness, the pink candle will treat these symptoms. As you look into the candle and think of achieving your goal, begin to notice beyond the flame to the pinkness of the candle. Then, visualize the pink glow beginning to slowly grow to engulf you. More concentration and imagery, perhaps some thankfulness for what you already have ( always helps ), and the pink glow can begin to fill the room.

6. The entire time, focus your thoughts NOT ON THE TRAUMA OR LOST LOVE, but rather on how much happier you will be when you finally begin to help yourself. Visualize your life becoming better and explore the feelings of calm and happiness you wish to achieve.

7. Allow the color of the candle to include not only you, but the entire room. You should bask in the pink of the candle as long as you can visualize pink light flooding the room.

8. Once you feel the glow of pink fill the room, your body and your mind, bathe in the healing. The ritual can last anywhere from 10 to 30 minutes, depending on your capacity for concentration and visualization.

9. When the glow begins to recede, say, “Thank You”. Then, snuff the candle out. Go about your life. Some practitioners believe a candle should never be blown out. A snuffer is the usual, preferred choice.

Many people prefer the Bell Snuffer, so I included a link.

Not ALL feel this way; some think the exertion of air over the flame is significant. So, I just do whatever feels right for that day. For example, on the days I use a red candle for motivation, I will blow it out with my breath. To me, I start to exert my extra confidence to prevail over the candle. This ritual can be done daily, if you wish. It will relieve your negative emotions if you believe and visualize.

Now that you know the ritual, it can be used for a myriad of reasons, explained below. The ritual remains the same. The color of the candle change, depending on your desired result. Let’s look at the other colors used in candle magic and what they cure.

A note about doing the work of visualization and thought imagery during the ritual. However, the ritual alone is not enough to make your dreams come true. For example, if your ritual involves finding the love of your life, you must also put yourself in social situations that can provide you with opportunities for the magic to happen. Performance of the ritual will not cause the love of your life to find you sitting alone in your apartment. You must put yourself in social situations and be your true self.

THE COLOR LIST

1. WHITE can be used for any candle color. White is always right. It eliminates worry and creates more protection. Depending on your concentration and visualization, a white candle can be used in place of any other color and be just as effective. White indicates purity of thought and deed.

2. BLUE clears your thought patterns when you are confused. Blue can help you with a difficult decision. The fear of flying ( or other means of travel) can be reduced by performing a blue candle ritual. A blue candle increases your faith, hope and courage.

3. SILVER creates self-esteem and increases confidence. Perform a silver candle ritual when you want to improve your current situation. Silver gives you the power you need to whatever it is we need to do. Silver causes us to feel the best we can! I couldn’t find a silver candle when I needed one, so I bought a silver candle holder and used a white candle.

4. GRAY is the cure for mental exhaustion and great stress over a long period of time. Gray will help our tenacity, at those times when we feel like giving up but don’t want to. I will continue to search for a gray candle. They are not easy to find.

5. YELLOW candle magic cures depression and feelings of helplessness. With visualization and concentration, our feelings of detachment will be eased by yellow candle magic. Communication will be facilitated. Honest communication, especially in relationships, will improve.


6. PINK cures feelings of worthlessness, loneliness other emotional traumas. Review the ritual described above to find more uses for pink candle magic.

7. ORANGE eliminates feelings of lethargy and creates motivation. Orange candle magic will improve your goal-setting ability. Orange cures worry, doubt and fear. It gives guidance on how one should proceed.

8. INDIGO boosts concentration and memory. If you feel overcome by responsibilities, perhaps from your job or family, indigo will be the answer. Concentrate on how much you love everyone!

9. RED is powerful. Red eliminates negative attitudes and pessimistic thoughts. Red creates courage. Red is invigorating and induces self-confidence.

10. VIOLET creates inner peace and cures feelings of guilt, increases feelings of self-nurturing and self-worth. Violet candle magic helps with spiritual direction and faith.


11.GREEN eliminates emotions of instability and co-dependency. Green also does away with tension, resentment and impatience. Green also reduces anger.


12.GOLD will eliminate one’s fear of success. If you feel unworthy, or doubt yourself or your well-being, gold candle magic will help you find areas to excel and progress in, while not feeling negatively about money or success.

IN SUMMARY

This blog is intended to help those who want to use candle magic to improve their emotional and physical health. Pink candle magic, along with other colors of candle magic, when used correctly, will help your emotions and calm your spirit. It will ease past wounds and create happiness. I encourage you to try candle magic. I believe it is encourages us to think positively and be calm. It can improve self-worth and create emotions of well-being.


CITATION: Webster, Richard (2007) Candle Magic for Beginners.