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How to Cast Petition Candle Magic Spells for Beginners

Sage has been a witch for 25 years. She enjoys writing informative articles to teach others the craft of the wise.

Candle Magic for Beginners and Advanced Witches

Candle Magic for Beginners and Advanced Witches

Candle Magic

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 a deity in helping one obtain a goal.

Personally, I don't use petition magic a lot. In my trade, 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 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 judgment.'

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 judgment.

When I want a change but I'm not sure what the best change would be, I'll petition for guidance or direction.

Which color will you choose?

Which color will you choose?


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 printout 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 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.

Below are some examples of petitions.

Straight-forwardly writing your request is how some people like to do it.

Straight-forwardly writing your request is how some people like to do it.

Using a symbol, like a rune, also works well. This petition is for healing, the rune is written in a color that represents healing to some, and the healing rune 'covers' the person's name.

Using a symbol, like a rune, also works well. This petition is for healing, the rune is written in a color that represents healing to some, and the healing rune 'covers' the person's name.

This is a creative petition influenced by conjure magic, in which the names of the two people the spell caster desires to cross paths are actually crossed, and the request is written in a circle around them.

This is a creative petition influenced by conjure magic, in which the names of the two people the spell caster desires to cross paths are actually crossed, and the request is written in a circle around them.

A picture of a compass seems appropriate when the spell is asking for direction. The green ink for the request was chosen specifically because it's the color of the heart chakra, to seek the heart's desire.

A picture of a compass seems appropriate when the spell is asking for direction. The green ink for the request was chosen specifically because it's the color of the heart chakra, to seek the heart's desire.

Petition Magic Spell Step-by-Step Guide

  1. Gather all your supplies. Make sure the room is well ventilated and you turn off smoke alarms momentarily.
  2. 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.
  3. Ground and center yourself to prepare.
  4. Dress your candle with oil while focusing on your goal.
  5. Light the candle and invoke your deity.
  6. Meditate on your goal.
  7. Take your paper and writing implement and write/draw your petition, focusing on it as you do.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. Thank your deity, and (if doing the spell in the middle of one) finish your ritual.
Legend has it that the smoke of burning items carries up the request to the gods.

Legend has it that the smoke of burning items carries up the request to the gods.

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.

It may not always be in a way you expect or want, but the deities will always send some kind of an answer to you.

It may not always be in a way you expect or want, but the deities will always send some kind of an answer to you.

This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.

© 2015 Mackenzie Sage Wright


Silky Gupta on June 01, 2019:

Dear Mam,

Is there a particular time of day we should do the spell? Like during the day or in night time only?

Also, if we do it in the night then can we keep the ashes for the night and bury it in the morning?


Celine Morgan on December 17, 2018:

Hello. Dear teacher!

I am confused to choose between my goals and dreams(priority). Because i'm not sure if i be capable of dealing with all difficulties in achievement of every single goal. So i cant make up my mind and take the best decision. I wish if you could help me with some advice like....should i write my options on a simple paper.? Or which symbols i can use? Which color?

and after casting the spell how can I find out the result?

Thank you

In Advance.

R.J. on November 28, 2018:

How do you burn paper indoors without setting off smoke alarms?

Bruno on July 18, 2018:

Is there any way I can make such spell withou the use of candles? is it possible to ask an ancestor to help you and a deity?

olivia decorta on April 19, 2018:

I think it is very interestion

Mackenzie Sage Wright (author) on April 17, 2018:

Hi Push; I'm afraid I don't put much faith in the candle. The candle is a tool.

Think of a finely crafted chef's knife-- in the hands of a novice cutting onions, it can still result in a bit of a mess.

Yet a master chef can pick up a cheap dollar store steak knife and do a 10x better job than the novice with the best knife.

That's kind of what candles are in magic: tools. The magic comes from the caster, though... your skills & knowledge. Now someone can bless & charge your candle for you, but it's still just a tool with someone else's energy lent to it. It's up to you to know how to release it.

As you improve your skills and understand better what you're doing, you can get results with a birthday candle or candles from the dollar store.

Hope that helps. :o)

Pushpanjale Pujar on April 13, 2018:

HI Mackenzie Sage Wright ,

Thanks for your Response...Can you suggest me good strong spell candles or web sites which sell them...Some of the candles which i buy is not strong enough or not giving perfect results as am expecting .....

Mackenzie Sage Wright (author) on April 10, 2018:

You can burn it. Some people burn their petitions, it's common.

Mackenzie Sage Wright (author) on April 10, 2018:

Hi Pushpanjale; no, doing another spell doesn't override a previous spell. Choosing the color is something that is subjective. The guide is only meant to be that-- a guide. It's more important that you choose the color that resonates with you. Some people pick green for marriage (love, domestic home, etc.) while others pick white (pure love) and others pick red (sexual love, energy, romance, etc.). When choosing colors, consider the guides but always go with your gut.

Pushpanjale Pujar on April 09, 2018:


I have one more question..If i do marriage spell and write petition for it ...

Can i burn that paper by putting on the candle fire ???

or i need to bury that paper ?

Pushpanjale Pujar on April 09, 2018:


I casted black candle spell as someone did some kind of magic on me...I casted black candle petition spell to banish negativity ....Now i want to get good job and marriage etc ...Can i use red candle to write a petition for my marriage ??? will it over ride my black candle power which i casted earlier?

Mackenzie Sage Wright (author) on April 09, 2018:

Hi, absolutely, petition spells are actually a great way to appeal to deities. Also it can be a good idea to simply start praying to her, honoring her and leaving offerings and such, that can really get her attention.

Once on April 08, 2018:

Hello, I feel a calling to Aphrodite, I’m also extremely new to witchcraft and magick, but I have been doing as much research as I can on Wicca and witchcraft. I just have one question, is it ok to try and use this spell to see if she’ll take me underneath her wing and help or teach me?

Helpless on March 06, 2018:

I drove an hr to dispose of my remnants came home noticed I forgot the candle that I bond in the bag. Now what?

Janice Goerlitz on February 10, 2018:

Thank you for making it plain and simple to do this. With out fear of doing it wrong. It makes sense and I feel more confident.

Celine on January 19, 2018:

I want to move house or apartment where my friend lives,what do you recommend I use in a jar spell.

Thank you

Nova alaxander on December 13, 2017:

I want to learn steeet magic card magic and mny more what i should write on a paper and what time we have to do this

Felix on December 07, 2017:

If I Should Do This Petision Candle Spell Are You Sure That It Will Work

Kimboo on December 05, 2017:

If I want to write a petition to win the lottery what type of paper should i write that on ? An should I explain why I want to win it ?

Mackenzie Sage Wright (author) on November 25, 2017:

Hi Tanswell; that's a slippery slope because when you do the second one, it's like telling your subconscious mind you don't have much confidence in your spell working. Of course, you can experiment and see how it works out for you, but generally I recommend putting all your energy into one single spell for one goal, rather than doing multiple spells for the same exact goal.

tanswell on November 15, 2017:

Hi Mackenzie

Can I do two different candle love spells for one goal

Mackenzie Sage Wright (author) on November 07, 2017:

Hi Amos; that's why I try to write all these articles for people. To help ;o)

Mackenzie Sage Wright (author) on November 07, 2017:

Hi Amos; I don't believe in perfect... I do believe in developing skills. Study & practice will help you advance. Best of luck.

Amos orji on November 06, 2017:

i love to learn praticing witch craft or wiccan,pls i need ur help tnx

amos orji on November 06, 2017:

how do i become a perfect spell carster or a witch, i mean to belong ?

Hi on October 24, 2017:

Also I feel like since I doubted it just for a bit it will not work now or isn't it still effective? if I just keep thinking positive it will be ok? Should I do it once more in case I undid anything.

Hi on October 24, 2017:

Hi Mackenzie, I have a question maybe you could answer. I have done a job spell for this job I already applied for. I did it once on Sunday and again in Monday. I did it twice because I'm new to spells. I have been meditating for awhile and felt comfortable doing it. Will doing it twice cancel it out? Also I wonder if I did it correctly which is why I wonder if I should do it again.

Also I want to banish something that may get in the way of me getting the job, is writing it in a paper and burning it correct? Thank you

max on October 03, 2017:

hi what kind of cirle i draw when im doing retual?

Mackenzie Sage Wright (author) on October 02, 2017:

Thanks Cacica, comments like these make my day! :o)

Mackenzie Sage Wright (author) on October 02, 2017:

Hi Tahoora; I'm not sure what your danger is, so I don't know how to answer that question. Petition spells are, in my experience, pretty innocuous, sort of a prayer with props. That's why they're so good for beginners.

Maybe you could elaborate on your concerns? I'll try to help you if I can.

Mackenzie Sage Wright (author) on October 02, 2017:

Hi Luna; if you're looking to do your spells within a full-blown ritual, I'd start by getting a regular ritual format to follow, then begin practicing it. Start working on each individual part of the ritual (cleansing & consecrating, circle casting, invocations, etc.) and put it all together, then simply cast your spells when you're in the circle.

Personally I don't do all magic in a circle, it depends for me, but it's good to know.

Gypsy on September 25, 2017:

I've been on the spiritual path for very long time and haven't done a real spelling years I also believe in everything you said and working things for yourself and I have never asked got a goddesses for help. This is the money situation where a contractor stole $14,000 he purchased materials and then return them and hasn't been back to finish the job. That was my life savings I was everything I had. I know that I am to blame as well because I trusted him he was a friend of mine we were close, I didn't doubt him for a moment that's why I gave him the cash. I do have all the receipts I have pictures of screenshots of conversations I have all the return receipts and I know that he returned over $6000 of material and never replaced it and I need help

Cacica on September 24, 2017:

I've been working with candle magic for a long time and a lot of what I've never heard it explained this well before!

Tahoora on September 23, 2017:

I would love to do this. I wanted to know if my danger would not disturb me?


Luna on September 20, 2017:

How would I begin a full circle spell? I want the most effectiveness, for emotional healing and strength.

Mackenzie Sage Wright (author) on August 27, 2017:

Hi Anabella :o)

Anabella on August 23, 2017:


Mackenzie Sage Wright (author) on July 14, 2017:

Hello; I used to live in NYC so I know it can be hard to bury stuff. I would keep stuff in a coffee can until I went somewhere that I could take care of it. Another alternative is a flower pot with potting soil.... which you can empty sometimes after everything disintigrates and start fres.

Distracting yourself is where the mental discipline comes in. I try to go right into a mindfulness state whenever a thought pops up in my head. If you must think about it, keep thinking about it in the positive way you did for the spell and try to avoid worrying or doubting it. It takes time to train yourself, but it can be done.

Much luck to you!

Ashton on July 11, 2017:

I was wondering, are there any substitutions for burying the remnants of a spell like this? I don't live in an area where there are a lot of places I can bury things freely and I don't have a garden of my own.

Also, I'm new to this and I was wondering how do you distract yourself from the spell after it's cast? I know you listed some, but sometimes they still cross my mind every now and then, especially while I'm in the process of heavy beginning research, and it's very difficult to put those thoughts to rest for me. Thanks for your help.

Mackenzie Sage Wright (author) on May 31, 2017:

Hi Ashley; petition magic is something you could do any time; if you want to give it the extra push from the moon energy, general rule of thumb is waxing to full moon to attract something, waning to dark moon to repel something.

Ashley on May 31, 2017:

Hi! I'm interested in witchcraft and I learned a lot from your page.

Just wanna know, what's the best time to do the petition magic?

It would be my 1st time if ever..

Thanks ^_^

Mackenzie Sage Wright (author) on May 08, 2017:

Hi Edward.

Nope, there is no limit, though I wouldn't try to do them together or even in the same day because it can be very draining and it's like you don't end up focusing very well if your mind is too scattered on too many different things at once, but there is nothing wrong with doing several spells per month. I'd just focus on one at a time.

A lot of people will tell you not to do magic too much, only for an emergency. But I don't agree with that, practice makes perfect. You get better by practicing, so don't wait for the proverbial poop to hit the fan.

As for repeated spells for one purpose, I don't recommend that. It's like telling your subconscious mind you don't trust your skills to work, and once you program that message into your subconscious, guess what? Your doubts are going to inhibit your magic from working. If you do a spell for anything it's better to let it run its course and trust it before trying to do a spell for the same thing again.

Good luck :o)

Edward on May 08, 2017:

Hi, is there a limit number of how many spells we should do?

Is a bad thing if I do many spells (3-6) per month on different purposes?

And also for one purpose but with diferent methods?

Or for one purpose but step by step?

Erica on February 24, 2017:

Do i burn my pettion if it is for a love spell and don't i keep the pettion under the candle till it works

Willow on January 04, 2017:

Candle magic really helped me .

Mackenzie Sage Wright (author) on June 16, 2015:

Thanks Social Thoughts, may you be blessed. I appreciate the comments.

social thoughts from New York on June 16, 2015:

Thank you for sharing your knowledge. This is quite informative since I haven't done this kind, yet. Perhaps, I'll try it. Blessed be!

Kristen Howe from Northeast Ohio on June 14, 2015:

Aww thanks Sage, You're so kind and you're welcome for votes anytime.

Mackenzie Sage Wright (author) on June 14, 2015:

Thanks so much, Kristen. I appreciate the comment and the votes, and as always it's good to see you.

Kristen Howe from Northeast Ohio on June 12, 2015:

Sage, this was another great hub on wiccan magic spells. Voted up!

Mackenzie Sage Wright (author) on May 31, 2015:

Hi Oztinato. Prayer is a suitable word to me. I do pray, daily.

Normal prayer is much less formal. I don't consider this kind of petition the same thing as a simple prayer; it is more of a formal ritualized prayer request, something of a cross between a prayer and a spell. It's a fairly common form of folk magic, you'll find versions of it in Witchcraft, Hoodoo/conjure magic, etc.

Thanks so much for your comment!

Mackenzie Sage Wright (author) on May 31, 2015:

Hi Billy, always nice to see you! I am well and hope you're the same.

Andrew Petrou from Brisbane on May 31, 2015:

Is "petition" another word for "prayer"? Is "prayer" an unsuitable word?

Hindus use candles in certain kinds of meditation; also traditional churches use candles to focus their attention and to create spiritual ambiance.

This is not meant to be a criticism, just an observation.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on May 31, 2015:

I just dropped by to say hello. I hope you are doing well, my friend.