How to Cast Petition Candle Magic Spells for Beginners
Candle magic is one of the oldest and most potent forms of magic, and one of the simplest yet powerful ways to employ it is with petition magic. Petition magic is a prayerful spell that employs the aid of deity in helping one obtain a goal.
Personally I don't use petition magic a lot. In my trad, we don't make it a habit of asking the Gods to give us everything-- how annoying would that be, right? The whole point of learning Witchcraft is to learn to how to help oneself. Most of the time I cast spells directly to draw my goal to me. But there are times in particular when petition magic is the best choice.
Rather than just give you specific petition candle magic spells, I am going to teach you the principles behind it and how to design a spell. That way, you can use it for whatever purposes you want.
Why I Reserve Petition Magic for Certain Situations
Like I said, petition magic isn't used often in my trad. The philosophy I follow is that we have natural resources to help us live our lives on Earth. This includes things like brains, brawn, herbs for medicine and food, fire for warmth and energy, and -- of course -- magic. These things are meant to be used-- ethically and responsibly, of course, but all of them are meant to be used.
We don't have to ask the Gods for things constantly, because we already have what we need. In fact, I have a theory (and it may be different in your experience but this is mine) that the more we ask the Gods for stuff we could have gotten ourselves, the less They are inclined to give us. They want us to be self-sufficient and independent, to learn to help ourselves.
But there are times when asking is warranted. When you're doing petition magic, you're not just trying to get what you need. You're basically saying, to the Gods, 'for the good of all, if it harm none, bring this to me, using Your judgement."
As with all prayers, the answer might sometimes be 'no', or you may only get what you want in part, or in a way you didn't expect. But when you're putting it into the hands of your Gods, know that they are going to do what they think is best and accept that.
Situations Suited to Petition Magic
I need help from the Gods to deal with things. I might be seeking wisdom, comfort, strength, patience, energy, etc.; some intangible quality that I'm having trouble with.
I want to do magic that involves someone, but I don't have permission. Rather than manipulating them, a petition puts it in the Gods' hands.
When it's a touchy situation and I'm not sure what outcome might be best (maybe I'm too close to the problem, or don't have enough information). I put it in the hands of the Gods to use Their judgement.
When I want a change but I'm not sure what the best change would be, I'll petition for guidance or direction.
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Examples of Petitions
Writing Your Petition
There are different ways to go about writing your petition on paper, but it's really important for you to think about doing what seems right to you in this case. Get as creative as you want. Use words, symbols, pictures or any combination of the three.
Other things you can get meaningful with are the colors of the ink you use on the page. You might use something other than paper, such as using paper from a sugar bag to 'sweeten' a situation, or if you were looking for guidance on which house to buy you might write it on a print out of real estate listings. If you want justice you might write it on the court documents. If you want someone to leave you alone you might write the request on the back of a photograph of the person. If you're looking to reunite with a lost lover you might write it on a pink heart-shaped paper.
You want to basically pour your heart out into this request, so it needs to be a meaningful message from you. Whatever would make it more meaningful for you-- do it.
Petition Magic Spell Step-by-Step Guide
- Gather all your supplies. Make sure the room is well ventilated and you turn off smoke alarms momentarily.
- If you're doing your spell within a full circle ritual (you don't have to, but if you are) then get that started in your usual way.
- Ground and center yourself to prepare.
- Dress your candle with oil while focusing on your goal.
- Light the candle and invoke your deity.
- Meditate on your goal.
- Take your paper and writing implement and write/draw your petition, focusing on it as you do.
- You may wish to add things to the paper and fold it in-- nail or hair clippings, some dried herbs, a drop of blood (if you're comfortable and familiar with blood magic), etc.
- Say a prayer or make a statement telling the deities what you are asking, and light the paper on the candle. Hold it for as long as you can without getting burned, then place it in the heat-proof pot.
- Thank your deity, and (if doing the spell in the middle of one) finish your ritual.
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After Casting a Petition Candle Spell
After your petition spell is over, it's a good idea to bury the remnants of the candle and the ashes of your petition. If you can't do this right away, set them aside in a paper bag so you can do it as soon as you get a chance.
Once your spell is done, try not to obsess over your petition spell. The more you think about it, wondering if it worked, wondering what will come of it, etc., the more you will sabotage your own working. Keep yourself busy with other things-- watch a movie, take a bath, go out with a friend, get some sleep. Focus on other things in the days to come.
Just trust in yourself, trust in the process, and trust the Gods to take care of the matter as they see fit.