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Uses of Black Candles in History
Using black candles during rituals for their powerful associations with energy, money, power, and prayer has gained popularity in modern times.
Although our ancestors most likely used white or naturally colored candles in their practices before the development of pigmented wax, strong invocations using powerful black candle magic have gained popularity over the past century.
The color black is highly associated with the practice of dark arts—mainly Pagan, Wiccan, and Satanic practices. However, the use of a black candle does not necessarily relate to evil practices. Many times, the intention is a positive outcome—either for the practitioner or the subject of the spell.
These candles can have powerful effects, and it is a staple on most altars. When practicing magic on the go, make sure that you include one of these candles in your travels, for there, they serve a variety of purposes.
In this article, you'll learn about:
- How to Use Black Candles During Prayer
- How to Use Black Candles for Cleansing
- How to Use Black Candles for Invocation
- How to Use Black Candles Safely
How to Use Black Candles During Prayer
Black candles can be used in prayer. Although many will associate black with evil or black magic, it can take on the opposite meaning. The color black absorbs and clears negative energies. When you burn one of these candles during prayer, your intentions should be set on casting out all negative spirits that could be afflicting you or a loved one.
These candles can be used for protection. You may not be trying to cast out negative energies, but instead, using a black candle to protect yourself from negative spirits. The use of these candles during spells will depend on the spirituality that you are practicing. For example, if you are a Pagan, your intentions will differ from those practicing Hoodoo.
Overall, the power of your prayer and the purpose of your spell will impact the resulting effect. If you are using a black candle in prayer, your result can be positive or negative, depending on your intent.
How to Use Black Candles for Cleansing
While many of us will utilize a white candle to cleanse a space, black candles are also known to be used for cleansing.
The key to using one of these candles for cleansing and invoking this particular meaning is to light the candle. When the candle is unlit, it isn't invoked to cleanse. We tend to keep unlit candles on our altar. A black candle will help to absorb the negative energy in the surroundings. When it has been lit, it creates a whole new power to erase the negative energy and clean the space.
These candles can be used to cleanse your mind. They are used to make a powerful connection to a deeper consciousness. The intention you put forth in lighting a black candle will help absorb the distracting energies that may divert you from bringing your intentions to fruition.
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How to Use Black Candles for Invocation
Learn how to use these candles to invoke power, money, or energy.
Using a black candle during a waning moon to invoke power is a tradition among many different practices. There are many intentions associated with using these candles to invoke power—and the potency of this spell needs to be taken into consideration.
Many religions use these candles, knowing the meaning and power of the color, to bring about a higher level of power. The word "power" does not necessarily mean evil power, dark magic, or Satanism. Although many spells have been developed to gain demonic power used for evil purposes, the candle can be used as a form of power to protect one from these negative forces.
There are a variety of degrees in which power can be invoked. You may be using one of these candles to invoke the power to overcome a struggle in your life or someone that you love. It may be intended to gain the power to make a decision or to gain self-confidence. The meanings behind the words "black candle" and "power" can be used for good intentions.
Please use caution. Using a lit black candle to invoke power can be overwhelmingly powerful. It is necessary to be steadfast in your intentions so that your prayer is as strong as the power from the candle. It is easy to slip into an unintended use for evil when your intent or prayers waver.
If this happens, remember that the universe may produce the outcome you seek, but you may experience unexpected consequences. Use the power of these candles wisely, and you will find it is a powerful tool for your spiritual practice.
Using these candles during a spell or intention draws the potent energy from the universe during your prayer to fully empower your intention. One of the most common spells is associated with money.
A black candle during these prayer or spellcasting rituals will help you to focus and draw in positive and powerful energies while casting out negativity. Many practitioners will utilize two black candles for spells associated with money.
Money Abundance Spell
One powerful practice is to purchase small, thin black candles—sufficient for you to perform your spell for the entire duration of them burning. Carve words associated with money (cash, wealth, prosperity, rich, money, etc.) into the candles with a sewing needle. Burn a green candle (associated with money) along with them.
As you say your prayer or intention, make sure that you inform the universe that the money will be used for good purposes. When your spirit and the spirits of the universe align, your spell will become much more powerful. The effects will not be immediate—give the universe time to do its work.
Practice these intentions daily, and you will see the results that you are invoking. Although money may not fall from the sky, sometimes these spells will provide the opportunities that you need to acquire wealth. They can give you the power and energy to embark on new opportunities presented to you.
Using a black candle during your ritual can result in various outcomes. Regardless of whether you intend to draw on energy to promote more money or power in your prayers, these candles are the tool that you must use to unite your purpose with the intentions of the universe.
Using a black candle is powerful because it will suck in the energy fields around you—from yourself, your environment, and the universe. That is why using them in prayer or spell-casting is so commonly practiced. It is said that using a black candle is sort of like developing a black hole in the energy field around you. The power of your thoughts and rituals will become more effective.
Focusing on the meaning and intent of drawing in all energies to your favor requires the use of these objects. The candle will be your outlet or door into the section of universal energy that you are attempting to tap into. You are the only one who has the power to tap into this the moment you light the candle.
The outcome will not be based on the candle itself but rather on the powerful intent that you put behind it. If you focus on the negative, the results will be negative. However, if you use one of these candles to clear the negative energies away, you will have the positive outcomes that you seek. The extent to which the energies of the universe can connect with you depends on how clear your spiritual state and space are.
If you harbor negative energies, prohibiting the spirits that will act on your behalf from connecting with you, your spell will fail. Regardless of the spell that you are attempting to cast, you must take the time to clear your energy field to allow the power of a black candle to occur.
How to Use Black Candles Safely
There are two types of safety that we are talking about: physical and spiritual. When using a black candle for magic, you must exercise caution. Many times, individuals will enter into a trance-like state. You may not intend for this to happen, but it does—and often.
When lighting any candles on your altar, do not leave them unattended. Set a timer, if needed, to pull yourself out of a trance state so that you do not leave the black candle burning to the point of danger. Make sure that there are no flammable elements on your altar that will combust during your ritual or practices.
Another element of safety that you have to be extremely cautious with when using a black candle is spiritual safety. There is a strong meaning behind the use of these objects. You may intend to do positive works in the universe for others, but your soulful intention may alter the meaning.
Make sure that you are spiritually sound when you are casting your meaning into the universe. Although we may have good intentions consciously, our subconscious can change that meaning, and we may be harming ourselves or others instead of putting forth the intended positive energy.
Remember, Black Candles Are Powerful
Using a black candle in your spell-casting or prayers can be powerful. If you use these elements, you mean to take all energies within yourself and the universe to make an outcome come to fruition. This means to devote all of what you are and the universal spirits can provide to gain power, money, or prayer.
If you mean to help yourself or others, using a black candle in your rituals will open a gateway to untapped spirits that can work in your favor. Remember to be spiritually cleansed and mentally strong before your spell-casting to get the best outcomes from the black candles safely.
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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.