When we burn candles or set lights in the conjure tradition , we often watch and wait for divinatory signs that tell us how the work is going to come out -- that is, whether the spell will be a success or not -- and "what does my candle burn mean?
How do we know what a candle burning means? How do we know what it tells us about our magic spell? How do we engage in the spiritual practice of reading candles? Some of the visual marks and signs we observe when candles burn come from outside of the candle itself, that is, we may be setting a candle for the love of a man named Bob and while it is burning, we keep hearing the name Bob being mentioned. This is a sign -- but it is not a sign unique to candle magic. It helps us know what is going on, but it is not the same as candle reading.
We can check how well our candle magic is going by consulting a trusted system of divination, such as using a pendulum or a Jack Ball, reading or cutting playing cards or tarot cards , or employing Bibliomancy divination by means of a book such as the Bible.
But, again, this form of fortune telling arises outside of the candle magic spell that we are performing. It may give us information, but it is not the same as reading candles.
Perhaps the best way to get a divination on candle-burning spells is through ceromancy -- divination by wax. In this case, the wax we "read" is the wax of the candles themselves. Many people consider ceromancy to be a superior method of divination on candles because the magical spell work of candle setting provides its own form of fortune telling. In other words, your reading of the candle wax tells you how your own candle spell is going!
There are two forms of ceromancy or wax reading. The first involves dedicating a candle in a ritual manner, then pouring some of the melted wax from it into cold water.
The resultant hardened blobs of wax can be read just like reading tea leaves, with similar or identical meanings given to the images formed in the wax -- a tree, a cat, a book, a car -- that you will find in any book on tea leaf reading. The second form of ceromancy or wax reading is employed by those who are using candles are part of a magical rite. In this case the wax is not poured off of the candles but rather the manner in which the candles burn, and the remnants left after their burning, are observed for signs.
Not every magical practitioner takes heed of the manner in which ritual or spell-casting candles burn, but for the most part, in my experience, people who work in African-American and African-Caribbean traditions often pay attention to the way a candle burns and can draw conclusions about it.
In particular, spiritual workers who set lights for clients make a habit of noticing the manner in which the candles burn. If smoke is involved in the divination process, the technique of assessing this is capnomancy; if the flames are watched for signs, you are practicing pyromancy. In hoodoo candle burning, we generally combine pyriomancy, capnomancy, and ceromancy into one art, which we call " reading signs from candles.
Rather than my doing that, i would like to suggest that if you wish to do candle work yourself and not to hire a conjure doctor to do the work for you, then it is your job as a practitioner to learn to develop an insight into the theory behind candle wax divination, not by memorizing long lists of supposed "rules," but by entering into a spirit of observatory "play" or spiritual insight with the candles , insofar as they represent the people for whom they have been named.
Of course, it is important to note that some candles are simply poorly made and will burn badly no matter what you do with them for instance, if the wick is too thick they may burn sootily.
Also, the temperature in the area, the presence of wind or a draft, and other external factors may play a part in how candles burn. The novice should not worry over-much about how candles burn until he or she has burned a lot of candles and gained some perspective on the matter.
The physics and the chemistry of candle burning are fascinating topics. Physics covers things such as ambient temperature, air flow, barometric pressure, humidity level, ratio of wick diameter to wax diameter, effects of additional combustible materials such as herbs and roots , placement of the wick in the column of wax, and so forth.
Chemistry covers wax composition which can vary greatly from candle to candle , effects of dyes upon combustibility, the incorporation of essential oils and hoodoo formula oils with their own varied chemical compositions , and the like. Those of us who have set many lights in some cases, tens of thousands of them do take notice of these things all the time, both at a conscious level and at an unconscious level.
We reach a kind of knowledge-level at which we balance out those factors, based on a large data-bank, and still read the candles from a psychic or spiritual viewpoint.
For instance, you may have noticed that ambient air temperature affects candle burn patterns. Most people first become aware of this when they observe that setting a light in a chilly room slows down the burn-time and may leave more wax remnants on the candle-holder or plate or in the candle-glass than would be found had they burned the candle in a warm room.
I ask you to go a bit further: Try burning the same brand of candle dressed the same way in a very overheated room, simulating a hot summer day -- say at an ambient temperature of degrees. You will get a different effect. Very possibly if you are burning a free-standing candle, it may bend and bow over and if you are burning a glass-encased vigil light, the candle wax in the glass will liquefy to oil. You can now manipulate your spell work to take advantage of this newfound knowledge.
But it would be wrong to deduce from these observations a rigid formula that "the environment actually dictates the burn. I can -- and have -- set 20 candles from the same factory on the same day for the same general proposition -- for instance, love -- and placed them side by side on the ground in wrought iron holders in a block 4 candles by 5 candles, and no two may burn alike.
There will be no pattern of smoke marks, or label-burn, or glass-cracks that indicate where a candle was positioned in the block. Badly placed wicks will crack the glass or burn the labels, a bug flying into the flame may leave its dead body in the glass, too many herbs will cause a smoke buildup, and so forth.
The signs left were not dictated solely by the physics of the environment, but by dozens of other factors which worked themselves out in varied ways. When negative signs, such as smoke or soot, appear, one of the first questions i am asked by novice practitioners who post in the Lucky Mojo Forum is, "Was this due to a poorly made candle? The actual question you are asking is, 'Do omens exist at all or are they simply the result of happenstance and a poor understanding of the physics of candle manufacture and burning?
In the practice of magic, one of the basic principles is that things not seemingly connected on an overt or mundane level, when interpreted in a spiritual manner, give clues to underlying patterns of activity in the cosmos. The idea of an omen or sign derives from this basic principle -- also known to some as the principle of synchronicity or the principle of intersubjectivity or the principle of wholistic experience.
The real question is not, "Was that candle ill-made? When a materialist decides to try candle magic, there is often a half-hearted attempt at producing a non-materialistic or transcendental outcome -- "I'll light a candle to improve my situation" -- but as soon as a sign is given, the entire enterprise is immediately downgraded to materialistic physics -- "The candle was probably badly made, right?
Based on my lifetime of experience practicing and teaching these arts, my best advice to those who pose questions about what "causes" a candle to burn with a particular sign is, "If you cannot feel the spirit, don't waste your time in church.
But if you want to learn the art of hoodoo candle magic, remember this: Either one studies divination or one does not. Where non-magicians have the notion that environment "dictates" the burn, i instead see that the environment is part of the divination. A candle burned in a cold garage might not come out as clean as a candle burned in a warm home -- but what kind of a person burns a love candle in their garage?
The environment that the candle setter selects, the random draw of which candle was pulled from a case of factory-made candles , and the way that he or she tends to the candle are part of the whole "isness" of the burn from which the divination is made. A sign that appears during the burning of a candle does not reflect on your ability to do the work: If your candle burns badly or goes out, you did not "botch" the spell.
However, on the other hand, the fact that a "natural" draft put your candle out or "the cat tipped it over" does not obviate the fact that the candle going out was a bad sign. This is because a sign is a message, and the method of its delivery to your consciousness is not as important as that you saw it and received the sign. If you are passively burning a candle , then if knots form in the wick you will just let the knots stay, watch the twin flames, watch the wax run, watch the glass break and spill wax all over, and so forth.
If you want to WORK the situation through candle magic and you do not like the way that the candle is going, you do not have to sit back and watch it go nuts with knots, runny wax, or out-of-control flames. Get the message the candle gives -- and then rectify the unfortunate candls signs as you work. All that having been said, here are some of the things to watch for when burning candles: You can also perform pyromancy with a campfire or by watching the flames in your fireplace.
To perform a pyromantic divination with candles, it is best to work by candle light only, in an otherwise dark or dim room. If the behaviour does not stop, then it is to be considered a sign, and not simply a physical coincidence. The candle flame flares, dips, bends, or gutters repeatedly To be sure that any unusual behaviour of the candle flames is not caused by the mundane fact that you have set the candle in a draft, it is helpful to keep a few non-specific altar lights going in the room, so that you can truly judge the activities of the flames on your spell-lights against some simple blessing candles.
If you have altar lights set, you can immediately tell if all the lights in the room are "dancing" or if only the lights on your spell candles are affected. If the flames are jumping on all the candles, it may be necessary to close the doors or windows or to move the spell candles somewhere else.
If a candle flame "dances" or "bounces" or forms a high spiral of flame, it is often seen as a sign that the person on whom you are working is greatly affected by the work; your message is getting through; watch out, though, because if the flame flares up tooo high, the candle may burn up overly fast or you may end up with a candle that flames up into a fire hazard.
If a candle shows repeated flaring up and dying away or guttering of the flame, alternating between high and low flame, or even briefly winking out and then relighting itself, it is often seen as a sign that the person on whom you are working is subconsciously aware of your actions and may be responding partially, then fighting off your influence, then responding again.
If you are burning two or more candles, named for specific people, and the flame of one tends to lean or bend toward the other, the person so represented is attracted to the person signified by the other candle.
The one whose flame is taller is the dominant one. If the flame on a candle that was named for an individual leans or bends away from a named candle representing a lover or away from a central candle that represents some person he or she was supposed to protect, or if they gutter down, then the person so signified is emotionally repulsed by the lover or derelict in his protective duty toward the person signified by the other candle. The candle flame hisses, sizzles, pops, or makes other noises A "noisy" candle is usually interpreted -- especially by those in the Spiritual Church Movement -- as a sign that spirits of the dead, of angels, or of other entities are trying to "come through," that is, to communicate.
You may learn something important. A free-standing candle runs and melts a lot while burning This gives you an opportunity to observe the flow of wax for signs. If you are burning a bride-and-groom type candle for love, and the woman's wax runs all over the man's, then the woman desires the man more than he desires her -- and this holds true of all colours, including black for break-ups, white for new love, pink for friendship and romance, red for passionate love, and pale blue for peace and healing.
If the bride side of a bride-and-groom candle -- or a separate female candle -- burns faster than the groom side of a bride-and-groom candle -- or a separate male candle -- then she's more affected by the spell work than he is, and vice versa. If the woman's wax runs around the base of the man's, she's trying to cling to him, and vice versa. If you are burning a green money candle and the wax melts and runs down onto the monetary offering, then the spell is "eager to work" and the candle is "blessing the money.
They do this as an intentional part of the spell-work, to increase the likelihood that things will go the way they want. Others prefer to let nature take its course and to watch running wax for signs, without interfering in its movements. If a free-standing candle smokes excessively at the outset, but ends up burning cleanly, it is a token of hidden trouble or someone working against your wishes.
Things will not go well at first, but with repeated work you will overcome. A pin or needle on a marked free-standing candle drops -- but it clings and won't fall Either the client the person for whom the candle is being burned is clinging to past conditions or someone or something from the client's past is unwilling to let the client go.
The term "past conditions" means events or memories from the client's past. The term "someone or something" means that it may be a living person, or a hostile spirit sent against the client, or a spirit of the dead, or the spirit of a drug or illness. If the client is the one who is clinging, you will probably know it by knowing the client's case.
If someone or something is clinging to the client, it is likely to be the same someone or something that is the cause of or is a part of whatever is the client's problem or situation that you are working to remedy. If, based on your knowledge of the case, you don't know which situation applies i. Once you know which it is, then you can address the issue through spiritual and magical remediation: If the client is the one clinging to the past, then cleanse the client by administering a Black Walnut bath to break ties with the past.
If someone or something is clinging to the client, then give the client a cleansing Van Van bath followed by a Cut and Clear rite or, in a pinch, simply add Cut and Clear Dressing Oil to the client's candle to break that thing off. The candle burns unusually slowly or "won't go out" This is a very troubling and frustrating situation.
How you deal with it will depend on the reason you were burning the candle in the first place. If your light was lit for simple increase or decrease without respect to the will of another being more wealth, less illness, etc. If the candle was set in open opposition to the will of another person e.More...