Burning candles for spiritual purposes goes back to ancient times and the belief that a lit candle connects our physical world with the other side. Colors carry different energy frequencies, so the color of the candle should match your goal. Your intention.

– Madam Josephine

If you’ve ever made a wish while blowing out birthday candles, you’ve participated in a type of candle magic. You thought about what you wanted, focused on getting that result, and then blew out the candle to let the smoke carry your wish into the universe.

Humans have always had a complicated relationship with fire. It gives us light and warmth and protection, but it also burns and destroys. But at the heart of it, fire represents transformation, changing everything it touches.

Candle magic harnesses this transformational energy. We can nurture and hasten changes in our lives by burning candles while focusing on our intentions.

Candle colors can help us tap into our intentions. From psychologists to interior designers, we know colors affect us in different ways in how we feel and behave. We see colors based on their wavelength, and this frequency carries a vibration than energizes certain parts of us. So when you’re working candle magic, select a color that matches your goal. If you’re not sure what color to pick, let your intuition guide you.

Depending on which magical tradition you follow, there are a variety of steps that can be used during candle magic to let the universe know what you want. But at its most basic level, it’s about you and your intentions.

First: Decide on your intention. What do you want to manifest or bring into your life? Do not wish ill on others – instead remain positive and kind. Be clear, specific, and realistic – something that fits in a single powerful sentence.

Second: Choose your candle’s color. Depending on the tradition you’re following, you will also choose the size and shape of the candle, as well as any corresponding herbs and crystals. Also consider the timing associated with days of the week or astrology.

Third: Carve and dress the candle to establish a psychic link. The specifics will depend on your tradition, but carve names, words, or symbols on the candle that match your intention. Then dress the candle by rubbing oil into it – any kind you like. Rub from top to bottom to draw something to you or rub from bottom to top to send away something.

Fourth: You’re almost ready to light it up! Breathe deep, clear your mind, and then focus on your intentions. Then light the candle and visualize the outcome you want. Make sure to extinguish it before walking away!

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