The Benefits of Candle Magic

The Benefits of Candle Magic

Using candles in rituals and spell work is an ancient practice that has been noted and documented in cultures all over the world. The origins are not known specifically but the evidence of beeswax candles being used can be traced back to 300 B.C.E. Egypt where they believed that staring into the flame of a candle could allow the individual to see gods, he would retire to a remote cave or dedicated room and then dream of conversations with divine beings. Pagans used candles in rituals as far back as the 4th century and following this was the use of candles and lanterns used in other religions around this time to exorcize demons, consecrate burials, and absolve individuals of sins. 

The many uses of candles in our history includes ancient peoples prescribing a candle to protect from the negative influence of witches, as well as actual witches using them in magic rituals all the way up until present day. 

“In folklore, candles have a strong association with the dead, perhaps dating back to old Jewish customs, later adopted by Christians, of lighting candles for the dying and dead. A lit candle placed by the bedside of a dying person is believed to frighten away demons. One Jewish custom calls for keeping a lit candle for a week in the room where a person died, perhaps to purify the air. In American folklore, however, a candle burning in an empty room will cause the death of a relative. Superstitions about candles hold that a guttering candle means someone in the house is about to die, and a candle that burns blue means a ghost is nearby.” (Candle Lore and Magic by Rosemary Ellen Guilley) 

The uses of candles vary from cleansing, or using as an offering on an altar, as well as using as a guide in any form of divination. The use of a candle in a magic ritual holds the intention and energy of fire, which is that of moving energy quickly, dissolving energies, or burning away / clearing out old energy. The practice and intentions is up to the user entirely but candles can be mixed with herbs, crystals and other tools that can enhance the other tools and the intention of a candle. Many rituals and spells in modern paganism and witchcraft include lighting a candle that has been dressed with oil, tied with cords and rolled in herbs that can be used to cut ties to people, reveal love, create love, remove obstacles, open doors to higher consciousness, and create boundaries or protections over specific things or people. 

However you choose to use candles in your next ritual or practice, there are specific uses and colors to keep in mind as well! 

(List from Llewellyn Worldwide Blogpost Candle Lore and Magic)

  • White: Spiritual truth and strength; purity and purification; meditation; attract benevolent spiritual forces; break curses; feminine principle (in alchemy).
  • Pink: Love and friendship; harmony; entertaining; morality; domestic tranquility; the sign of Cancer.
  • Red: Sexuality; strength; physical health and vigor; passion; protection; the signs of Scorpio and Aries; masculine principle (in alchemy).
  • Orange: Courage; communication; solving of legal problems; concentration; encouragement; the sign of Taurus.
  • Yellow: Persuasion; confidence and charm; aid to memory and studying; the signs of Virgo and Gemini.
  • Green: Healing; money and prosperity; luck; fertility; the sign of Sagittarius.
  • Blue: Psychic and spiritual awareness; peace; prophetic dreams; protection during sleep; the signs of Aquarius and Virgo.
  • Purple: Ambition; ruling authority; reversing a curse; speeding healing in illness; extra power; the sign of Pisces; lavender for the sign of Libra.
  • Gold: Protection; enlightenment; masculine principle; the Sun; the sign of Leo.
  • Silver: Intuition; subconscious; feminine principle; the Moon.
  • Brown: Protecting pets; solving household problems; attracting help in financial crises; the sign of Capricorn.
  • Gray: Stalemate; neutrality; cancellation.
  • Black: Loss; sadness; discord; releasement; negativity.

Candles are a central tool in witchcraft, often used for their symbolic representation of the element of fire and the transformative power it embodies. In magical practices, different colored candles are chosen for their specific correspondences and energies. Lighting a candle during a ritual is believed to amplify intentions, create a sacred space, and serve as a focal point for meditation and manifestation. The act of lighting the candle, focusing on the flame, and watching it burn can be a deeply meditative process that enhances concentration and directs spiritual energy towards the desired outcome. Furthermore, candles can be inscribed with symbols, anointed with oils, or charged with crystals to intensify their magical properties, making them versatile tools in a practitioner's repertoire.

Candles have a rich history and profound spiritual significance that spans across various cultures and traditions. In ancient times, candles were not only sources of light but also sacred objects used in religious ceremonies and rituals. Over the centuries, their role in spiritual practices has evolved, yet they remain a powerful symbol of transformation, illumination, and the human connection to the divine. In modern witchcraft, candles continue to be used for their potent ability to focus intent, symbolize the element of fire, and serve as a conduit for energy. Whether for meditation, ritual work, or simply creating a sacred atmosphere, candles hold a timeless place in the heart of spiritual practices, bridging the gap between the mundane and the mystical. Their enduring presence in witchcraft underscores their versatility and the deep, symbolic resonance they carry within the human psyche.