Candles burning has roots that stretch back to ancient times as a part of religious ceremony, ritual, and magical rites. Most spiritualist and metaphysical practitioners will use and burn candles for metaphysical effects to help manifest prayers and desires. Candles have a unique role in our society and they link us to our past. They help convey messages of love, spirituality, and secret wishes.

The Egyptians and Cretans made candles from beeswax as early as 3000 B.C.E.[1]

In addition, clay candle holders found in Egypt date back to 400 B.C.E.[2]

In early China and Japan, tapers were made with wax from insects and seeds, wrapped in paper.[3]

Qin Shi Huang (259–210 B.C.E.) was the first emperor of the Chinese Qin Dynasty (221–206 B.C.E.). His mausoleum, which was rediscovered in the 1990s, twenty-two miles east of Xi’an, contained candles made from whale fat.


Candles are embraced by nearly every faith, creed, and nationality.  There is just something peculiar about a candle flame. Each one of us have participated in candle magic as early as childhood when we were directed to make a wish as we blew out our birthday candles. The simple act of focusing your mind on a symbol to create and manifest your desires, is basic metaphysical science.

Any type of candle can be used for candle magic as long as it has been cleansed and consecrated prior to use. Although beeswax candles are higher in price than store bought candles, they are more powerful because they are produced from nature. As with any other tool, the candle made by the practitioner for a specific purpose captures the energy of the practitioner. Many experienced Witches will use only candles they have crafted themselves because of this.

Cleansing & Consecrating:
This is a very important step and should not be omitted. Cleansing removes all the negative energies that the candle has picked up along the way. As with all supplies you want your candles to be as free of psychic debris as possible. Submerge the candle in sea salt and ask for cleansing.

Naturally candles have polarities. Everything in our program has positive and negative polarities, as it is an electro magnetically based program.

Dressing a candle is no more than putting your vibration, thoughts and outcome you want into the candles vibration force. [This works the same way with crystals and stones]. Dress the candle with oil. Use whatever oil you prefer or what a specific spell asks you to use. Rub oil on the candle in a downward motion from the top to the middle and then from the bottom to the middle.

Color of Candles Meaning



Black: Used in rituals to induce a deep meditational state, to protect and/or to ward off negativity. Can be used to banish evil or negativity as in uncrossing rituals; attracts Saturn energy. Burning black with any other color is said to dissolves all negative energies.

Blue: The primary spiritual color It’s used to obtain wisdom, harmony, inner light, or peace; confers truth and guidance. Other uses include healing, sleep, creativity, perception, calming wisdom, truth, loyalty, dreams, and the examination of emotions. Some say it represents the divine mother.

Blue (Dark): Promotes laughter and joy as well as loyalty. Can be used to attract Jupiter energy, or whenever an influence needs to be increased. Confers wisdom and self-awareness. Can be calming and assist sleep. Also used to influence truth, dreams, emotions, and loyalty.

Blue (Light): Another very spiritual color: it is used to increase peace, tranquility, patience, and calmness. It radiates Aquarian energy and can be used in devotional or inspirational meditations; employ where a situation must be synthesized.

Blue (Royal): Mostly used to confer wisdom, protection, and good fortune. Increases spiritual awareness. Also increases communication, which can cause change. Can bring about a deep meditational state. Used in rituals that need increased Saturn energy.

Brown: This is an earthy, well-balanced color It is used for rituals of material increase. It is said to eliminate indecisiveness and improve powers of concentration, study, and/or telepathy. Said to increases financial success. Also represents the home. Some say those born under Capricorn will be more potent in their work using it.

Gold: Fosters understanding and is said to bring about fast luck or money. Represents solar energy. It is used to heal all inner wounds, also to confer money smarts. Prosperity, wealth, money, attraction. Some also say it represents enlightenment, protection and the Divine Mother.

Green: Promotes prosperity, fertility, and success. Stimulates good luck, can increase money, harmony, and rejuvenation. Also represents Healing, health, and growth. Can be an important component in rituals involving Venus; attracts love, and social delights.

Green (Dark): Color of ambition, greed, and jealousy. Used to counteract these influences in a ritual. Also relates to personal goals.

Gray: Useful when pondering complex issues. Can neutralize negative influences without repercussions. Represents balance, encourages stability, helps develop psychic abilities. In magic, this color often sparks confusion; it also can negate or neutralize a negative influence.

Indigo: This is the color of inertia; stops situations or people; best used in rituals that require a deep meditational state. Also stimulates Saturnian energy.

Our ancestors were very in tune with working with candles in the early 19th century there were many spiritualist churches that worked with candles. These churches also were havens for people that didn’t have a place to work with their candles many of these spiritual churches had a service called “setting lights”, an individual in the church was in charge of  burning candles for people that had no place to burn their candles. Some would even leave little slips of paper with prayer request with their burning candle. The individual would inform the person how the candle was burning , fast, slow, low flicker, high flicker, by watching the action of the candle this tells you if your prayer request was heard or would manifest.

The first time I worked with a candle I was having some family communications issues. I and my mom had an argument we were not getting alone very well, my Mom is stubborn. She usually doesn’t apologize when she is in the wrong. I didn’t know what to do to fix the communication issue, I just got fed up one day I grabbed a white candle I had, it was one that was already encased in glass. I cleaned the outside really well poked some holes in the top of the candle, poured in olive oil. I found a red ink pen tore off a small piece of notebook paper and wrote love and forgiveness on it, next I found a pic of my Mom. I lit the candle fold the paper up put it on top of the pic and put both pic and paper under the candle as it burned. As it was burning I kept repeating love and forgiveness I love you Mom and I forgive you I did this for maybe two hours. Occasionally , I would take her pic and look at it and kiss it and say I love and forgive you Mom. I would look at the candle flame and keep repeating love and forgiveness. I tell you it worked within the two hours my mom called and apologize she has never did that before. I was floored I didn’t think I was going to get a response that fast or one at all. But I knew I was tired of the fussy stuff and I wanted it to end, after that happened I have continued to work with candles.

If you are interested in working with candles we have books, candles, and other items available on our black owned spiritual website http://www.kemancestry.com. We thank you for all your support.

Metaphysical Minister Penelope Stewart B.Msc..