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How to Cast Petition Candle Magic Spells for Beginners

Updated on May 5, 2017
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Sage has been a Witch for 25 years. As a teacher and writer, she enjoys writing informative articles to teach others the Craft of the Wise.

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 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.

Petition Magic

Candle Magic for Beginners and Advanced Witches.
Candle Magic for Beginners and Advanced Witches. | Source

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.

Decisions, Decisions...

Which color should you choose?
Which color should you choose?

Which Color Do You Choose?

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If You Wish, You Can Dress the Candle First

Examples of Petitions

Straight-forward writing your request is how some people like to do it.
Straight-forward 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 wrote 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 wrote 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 color 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 color ink for the request was chosen specifically because it's the color of the heart chakra, to seek the heart's desire.

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

  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...

smoke of burning items carries up the request to the Gods.
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.

You'll Get Your Answer

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.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

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

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      Oztinato 2 years ago from Australia

      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.

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 2 years ago

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

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 2 years ago

      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!

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      Kristen Howe 2 years ago from Northeast Ohio

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

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 2 years ago

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

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      Kristen Howe 2 years ago from Northeast Ohio

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

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      social thoughts 2 years ago from New Jersey

      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!

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 2 years ago

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

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      Willow 6 months ago

      Candle magic really helped me .

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      Erica 4 months ago

      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

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      Edward 2 months ago

      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?

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 2 months ago

      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)

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      Ashley 7 weeks ago

      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 ^_^

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 7 weeks ago

      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.

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      Ashton 12 days ago

      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.

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 8 days ago

      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!

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