Witchcraft: Beginner's Guide to Candle Magic

Updated on August 10, 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.

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Candle Magic

Candle magic harnesses the power of fire to bring change. Fire is the Element of transformation. Think for a moment how fire transforms things: it melts wax. It renders many organic materials (leaves, wood, flesh and bone) to ash. It softens hard metals to make them malleable for forging. It can heat substances, turning them from liquid to gas (water to steam, for example). If you mix ingredients together and put them into the fire, it can transform your batter into cake, your dough into bread. It brings light to the darkness and warmth to the cold.

Since human beings discovered fire, they were in awe of its power. They sought to harness that power, mostly to use its power of transformation. We continue this ancient tradition when we practice candle magic.

If you’d like to learn candle magic, this guide will take you through it step-by-step. Remember: the moment you begin planning a spell, you are in the process of casting it. Always keep your good intentions and a positive attitude, because you’re pouring your energy into the goal.

Step 1: Determine Your Magical Goal

As with all magical workings, it’s very important to put thought into your goal. Some tips to keep in mind when setting a magical goal:

  • Be specific (no ‘wishing’ or ‘make things better’ type goals)
  • Be realistic (don’t venture into the realm of fantasy here)
  • Consider the ethics of your actions (always act ethically and don’t interfere with free will)
  • Use positive language (avoid words like ‘don’t’, ‘can’t’, ‘won’t’ and ‘not’)
  • Break bigger goals down into a series of smaller goals

Try to write your goal in a single sentence, such as ‘I need to earn extra money to pay the electric bill’ or ‘I want to be protected from harm when I travel’.

Step 2: Design Your Spell

Use your goal to help guide you in designing your candle magic spell. Let’s say I’m doing a money spell for the electric bill. I’m going to do the most basic candle magic spell: I’m going to visualize my goal and light the candle to release the energy.

I’ve decided to keep components simple and to a minimum: a taper candle in a holder, some oils to dress the candle, maybe a few herbs and spices to lend some power

Finally, I want a chant to help raise energy. I can use one of the many chants found online, or I can custom-design one. The only important thing about the chant is that it has meaning to me. I also personally like to use rhymes, because they’re easy to remember and to get into a rhythm.

If you use magical timing, you could check a lunar calendar to decide the best moon sign or planetary hour for your spell.

Here’s a Chant I Might Use:

This is a chant from my Book of Shadows that I wrote when I was out of college, trying to get my finances in order, my career off the ground and pay off student loans:

Money, money, come to me

I seize the opportunity

With this spell the tables turn

What I need is what I earn

Increase paychecks I will see,

This is my will so mote it be!

Step 3: Collect Your Components

Choose components aligned with your goal. For our money spell, we already designed the spell to use one candle, a holder, and some oils, herbs and spices to lend power. We want to find a candle in the color to correspond with our goal. We also want to use oils, herbs and spices that correspond to the goal.

Looking in my magical cabinet, I might find:

  • A green virgin candle – candles should always be virgin, or never used, in candle magic. As for the color choice, use your instincts or see the *quick color correspondence guide below.
  • A gold candle holder – gold also represents wealth (it’s not real gold, it’s just gold-colored, but it’ll do)
  • Patchouli oil – an oil associated with prosperity
  • Ground cinnamon – a spice associated with wealth
  • Dragon’s blood – a resin that lends spells power
  • Ground ginger – a spice used to speed up results

How do I know correspondences? Part of learning Witchcraft is learning to choose correspondences appropriate to your goal. There are lots of correspondence charts in books and on the internet which can come in handy. A quick Google search will yield and abundance of them. The most important thing to remember, though, is that the correspondences have to have meaning to you.

A good thing to ask yourself when choosing correspondences is, “What things do I associate with my goal?” Green reminds me of money and wealth; if gold or brown or red remind you of money and wealth, you could use those colors. If I didn't have essential oil, I might just use corn oil— corn reminds me of cash crops and prosperity. You might use olive oil-- it's expensive, so you might see it as a luxury item.

I use ginger because I have had success with it speeding up results of spells. Let’s say you hate Chinese food because it makes you sick, and the smell of ginger reminds you of that. Then ginger would not be a good correspondence for you, because you associate it with being sick.

*Quick Color Correspondence Guide

assertiveness, courage, creativity, energy, passionate love, sex
ambition, concentration, eloquence, legal issues, intellectual pursuits, success
attractiveness, clarity, happiness, intelligence, persuasiveness, travel
growth, fertility, harmony, health, prosperity, wealth
dream work, healing, intuition, loyalty, peace, spirituality
connecting to the higher self, communing with higher beings, meditation, psychic abilities and development
beauty, compassion, femininity, partnerships, romantic/innocent love
all-purpose (can be a substitute for any other color), cleansing, purification, truth, reflecting energy
absorbing energy, banishing, breaking things (bad habits, hexes, etc.) discovering hidden wisdom, protection, self-defense
invisibility (not literal), loneliness, neutralizing energies and spells, wisdom
abundance, family, friends, gardening, grounding, pets, stability
No list is written in stone. What's most important is what colors represent to you. This is just a general guide-- feel free to tweak it, expand on it, or toss it if it doesn't resonate with you.

Candle Magic: Dressing the Candle

This is one of the most important parts of doing candle magic. You have to establish a psychic link between the candle, you and your goal. The process for doing this is known as ‘dressing the candle’.

Dressing the candle requires the candle and some oil (whatever you’ve chosen based on your goal). You have to pour the oil on your hands and rub it on the candle. There are a lot of different opinions on the ‘proper way’ to rub the oil on the candle. Here are some variations:

  • Rub the candle with oil from top to bottom
  • Rub the candle with oil from bottom to top
  • Rub from top to bottom to draw things to you; rub from bottom to tip to send things away
  • Start at the center of the candle and with oil from center to top, then from center to bottom.
  • Start at the ends of the candle. Rub oil on from the top end to the center, then from the bottom end to the center.

So which one is right? I think this is one of those things in which various methods work and you need to choose the one that works best for you.

The more important thing is your mental state as you rub the candle. As you rub the oil onto the candle, you should be strongly visualizing your intent and mentally ‘pouring’ that energy into the candle. You can use your chant at this point if you feel it will help and feel the energy building. Your hands may actually begin feeling tingly or the candle may begin to feel like it’s pulsing with energy—this is good, it’s working.

Do this for a couple of minutes, maybe 50 to 100 strokes, until you feel the candle is sufficiently charged. You can dress your candle well ahead of time if you like, or you can do it just before casting the spell. It’s up to you.

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Candle Magic: Adding Power – Optional

We talked about using herbs and spices to help lend power to the spell, but how do we do that? It's pretty easy, really. After you choose herbs and spices that correspond with your goal, hold them in your hand and charge them with your intent. Roll the dressed candle in them, or sprinkle them over or around the candle.

Another way to add power is to scratch names, numbers or symbols in the wax of the candle. You can use a pin or your ritual knife to scratch things into the wax. For our money spell, I’ll scratch my name (to further connect myself to the candle) and I'll add the ancient rune FEHU into the wax-- FEHU is a rune that symbolizes prosperity.

If runes are meaningless to you, you might choose a different symbol, such as a dollar sign or money bag. Of course, you could always just write 'money' on it. That'll work, too.

Candle Magic: Casting the Spell

When the time has come to cast your spell, sit before your candle and follow these steps.

  1. Meditate as long as necessary to relax yourself. Take a few deep breaths, release tension and let go of intrusive thoughts and worries. If you want, you can imagine these thoughts are helium-filled balloons, and visualize yourself letting go of them.
  2. Begin to visualize your goal, as if your mission has already been accomplished.
  3. Try to feel the feelings you would feel if your goal were accomplished—you probably would be happy, relaxed, relieved. Imagine what you’d look like, what your life would be, if your goal were accomplished.
  4. When you have a clear visualization in mind, repeat your chant as often as you feel is necessary to raise energy. When you feel yourself bursting with your goal in mind, light the candle.
  5. Imagine the candle’s aura—the light aura right outside of the flame – is growing, getting bigger and bigger, filling the whole area. Imagine it growing out, expanding into the universe to bring you your goal. You may continue chanting if you desire.
  6. Spend some more time visualizing yourself having your goal. Hold the visualization as long as possible.

A Guided Meditation for Manifestation may Help

Candle Magic: Wrapping it Up

Allow the candle to burn out on its own. Make sure it’s in a safe place when you do this. It might go out before it’s finished, or it might completely melt away into nothing. It’s okay either way—don’t re-light it.

Bury the remnants and know that it’s done.

More on Candle Magic

This is only one candle magic method. There are other methods as well. Some people like to write or draw a picture of their goal on paper and place it under the candle. Some people like to write down their desire and burn the paper, lighting it from the candle flame. Some people put a pin in the candle and, instead of letting it burn down to nothing, they extinguish it when it gets down to the pin.

Other more complex candle spells may include performing the chants and visualizations for multiple days in a row. You would extinguish the candle each night and re-light it the next day when you continue with the spell.

Still other candle magic methods involve using multiple candles—one to represent the caster, one to represent the target, and one or more candles to represent goals or situations.

That’s part of the beauty of candle magic: it’s flexible so you can really design your spell to suit your needs, but you can keep it fairly simple with a minimum of supplies. Keep practicing and you may be surprised at how helpful this skill can be.

© 2014 Mackenzie Sage Wright


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      Elana Newell 2 weeks ago

      Hello! I'm a 12 year old who is researching about witchcraft, that way I can get an idea on what spells or anything really to start off with! And I just seem to trust your information on the subject! But I was wondering if it was a necessity to bury the candle, as where I live right now most likely wouldn't allow it. Unless I buried it in a graveyard, which isn't an option lol

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      Kimie Walling 4 weeks ago

      Hi I’m Kimie and I’m 12 years old,I was wondering does it count if the candels are made from crayons because I don’t have any money and I’m not allowed to buy candels.Thank you by the way.

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      Veronica 5 weeks ago

      Thank you for your expert wisdom. Many questions I had came to light. I feel more motivated towards my work study.

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      Jane 2 months ago

      Hi Mackenzie,

      Thank you for your wonderful presence. I had someone ask me to perform a spell on them. I am new to spell casting, and the reason isn't ethical. I'm assuming for that reason it probably won't work, but I am curious of your thoughts.

      Blessed be.


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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 3 months ago

      Hi Josh; basically you would pick your spices and candle color based on intent. I wouldn't recommend using one candle for multiple intents, it's better to focus for each intent separately. For breaking curses, some good herbs to choose from are rue, yucca, galangal root, chamomile, bloodroot, angelica, blessed thistle, chickory, chili pepper, nutmeg and salt.

      Hope that helps!

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      Josh t Apprentice 3 months ago

      what spices would go with a black candle? I wanted to use it for everything you have just listed it under. Also what spice or other item would help lift powerful curses? I know its the users ability, but I would like to know what would be a better option to use.

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 4 months ago

      Hi Alyssa; candle magic is a very beautiful and powerful art. Thanks for your comment!

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      Alyssa 4 months ago

      Welll okay I’m only in grade 6 but I have a very oddd obsession for it

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      Kalani Augusta 4 months ago

      Hi! I'm very much interested in this topic. But I'm curious, can you do these spells outside? Sorry if this sounds very stereotypical but in movies they seem to do it in a dark room. Couldn't you do it on a sunny day? Just wondering!

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      Izzy 4 months ago

      im thinking about becoming a wiccan and reading as much as i can about it, but what stumps me is.. well.. do wiccans have a stronger attachement to one element than all the rest? or is that just a stereotype? and if so, how do you know? i'm kinda cunfuzled, sorry if I offended anyone..

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 4 months ago

      Hi Rose; practically everyone had magical ancestors if we go back far enough. Witchcraft isn't in the blood, in my experience-- because magic is something every living thing has access to.

      Witchcraft is a literal craft-- a learned skill. It's a choice, basically, to learn it. You don't have to learn it just because your ancestors practiced; but even if you never were related to a Witch you can still choose to learn.

      Hope that helps :o)

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 4 months ago

      Thank you Karen, I appreciate your comment, and it means so much that my work has helped you. :o)

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 4 months ago

      Hi Kailey, sorry I didn't get back in time for you but 2 weeks ago I was evacuated for Hurricane Irma :o/

      Thankfully all is good for me and I'm back now. I have a couple of articles for love spells you might find something useful you can use, try checking these out if you're still interested:



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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 4 months ago

      Hi Mystic; I'm not sure what a 'bring my experience' bak spell is... perhaps you can elaborate?

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      Rose Gail 4 months ago

      I found out today that some of my ancestors were believed to be witches.. does this mean that I have it in my blood? Should I try witchcraft, I've always had an odd obsession for it?

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      Karen Whelan 4 months ago

      I am new to your site and I enjoyed your article on dressing the candle very much. It is nice to have someone show you everything, not just a vague description and then you have to guess if what your doing is correct. I also like that you encourage people to do their own thing depending on their comfort level and their pocket book.

      Thank you so much. Blessed be.

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      Kailey McCusker 5 months ago

      Hey, I enjoyed the article! I am going to do a spell tomorrow night. I would like to focus on bringing someone in my life perhaps a future lover. I was wondering what herbs, spices or candle(s) I should use. Also since I'm new to this I was wondering if chakras are included in witchcraft. If so can we use incense?

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      MysticMoonWolf 5 months ago

      Hello I am doing a bring my experience back candle spell. Can I get examples of chants to use and the best way to dress my candles for me and him and the reunion candle? Thank you for your time and help.

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 6 months ago

      hi Kiah; you could always experiment. I would never use a candle imbued with one energy for a spell calling for a different energy (for example, healing candle used for a money spell), but if the energies of the candle are lined up (like old money spell candle for new money spell), it's could work. Really depends but that's part of learning magic-- giving things a try. Good luck!

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 6 months ago

      Hi Moon Flower; you mean protection? Because nothing is perfect.

      Like I said in the article, choose a color that you feel aligns with your intent. Because it's your subconscious that has to respond with the energy of that color and make it work.

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      Moon Flower 6 months ago

      What candle do I light for perfection I am new and have not had many people to talk to about my abilities and I feel bad power coming to me and I must protect me daughter

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      Kiah 6 months ago

      Hi Sage,

      I really enjoyed your article, however, what would happen if I chose to use a non-virgin for 2 separate spells that are similar (i.e. healing/health, wealth)

      If I was using rune carvings as corrisponding dressings and it is a larger candle, but I chose to use paper for the "target" ( writing/drawing out the goal and placing it either under the candle or within the flame *depending on location of casting*) would the candle still be effective in this case as long as I allow it to go out naturally?

      I am asking because I am highly interested in trying candle magic, however, I am in a low income situation where materialistic items are difficult to afford. But i feel that having some sort of "elemental" source to draw power from would be beneficial to the working.

      Look forward to hearing back from you!

      Blessed Be!


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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 7 months ago

      Hi Amariah! Yep, you got it, it comes from within. So definitely you want to go with what feels right as far as chants, it's got to work on your own subconscious.

      There are spells that use multiple candles too. Some spells you have different candles that represent different things, such as with an uncrossing spell I use 2 white for protection, a black to absorb negativity, a purple for spiritual help/guidance, and a rainbow candle to represent me (all chakras). It really just depends on what you're doing.

      Blessings! thanks for commenting!

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      Amariehx 7 months ago

      Hi, Sage! I've been researching witchcraft today and I feel as if it's for me. I'm really into the candle magik and am going to try it soon. Is it ok to light multiple candles? And can your chant/spell sound a little silly as long as it matters to you? I tried to make something like the one you have as an example, it rhymes a lot, but it's something I really believe in so I'm sure it will work since the magik basically comes from within. Love the article, I'll be checking out more soon and I'll let you know how my first spell goes. Thanks again!

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 7 months ago

      Depends on a lot of things Beez. Magic is more of an art than a science. There are a lot of variables. Just like some doctors lose patients, and some teams lose games, some spells don't work. Really depends-- did the spell caster make a mistake? Did something interfere? Etc.

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      Beezs 7 months ago

      Dose it really give you the goal

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 7 months ago

      Yep Ashton, literally burying them, but yes it's also good when casting a spell to get your mind off of it so you don't end up sabotaging your own magic.

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      Ashton 7 months ago

      Under the wrapping it up section, you mentioned burying the remnants. Do you mean literally burying them in the Earth or doing so mentally, or even a combination of both?

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 7 months ago

      Depends on the spell you're trying to cast; I've written several articles on magical timing here: timing by the moon phase, by the moon sign, and by the planetary hour. You can also time it by the day.

      If I were casting a love spell I'd use much different timing than if I was casting a protection spell or a money spell. But if I was in a real rush and did not have time to wait, I'd just cast the spell without worrying about it. The right timing will lend extra energies but in a pinch you work with what you've got.

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      Chandana Sarkar 7 months ago

      Ma'am I am a beginner.What would be the best time to cast a spell?

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      becky moon 8 months ago

      thank you for your video awesome

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 9 months ago

      Hello Alexander. Remember that the tools are just for you to borrow their energy and direct it toward your goal. A little mishap like that will only disrupt that energy if your subconscious mind seizes on it and worries about it. If you're able to take it in stride and brush it off, it won't have much affect.

      I would say if you can keep your goal in mind and not freak out thinking 'omg omg I ruined it omg' you should be fine. There are many spells that call for extinguishing candles and relighting them another time. Just a candle going out doesn't destroy a spell. You just have to keep a cool head about it, stay in a positive frame of mind and keep focused on the goal.

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      Alexander 9 months ago

      Hello, I made a very intense candle spell, but unfortunately at the middle of its burning, the candle fell from its holder and extinguished. Will my meditation, vizualisation and faith in this spell work? Or I should do another spell next month?

      Can I rekindle it tonight to burn to the end?

      Thak you!

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      Georgia 15 months ago from Greece

      Thank you!

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 15 months ago

      Hi Georgia; thank you very much. There are some spells that include extinguishing candles at a certain point, but ultimately it depends.

      In many candle spells, you are sort of 'filling up' the candle with all kinds of energy, and then lighting it to release the energy... so I would let the candle do that a long as it needed to do that. But if I lit a candle and put the energy, say, into a paper, and then burned the paper on the candle to release the energy-- then the energy would be released from the paper, not the candle. So it would be fine to extinguish the candle, but I'd let the paper take as long as necessary to burn out.

      You have to think about the role the candle is playing in your spell basically.

      White candles work fine, and in fact are a suitable substitute for any other possible color.


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      Georgia 15 months ago from Greece

      Very well writen and clear article! Just A question: should I let the candle burn completely if it is a big one? If I put it out after sometime will it lose its power? Or can I do as I please as long as I cast the spell corectly? Also do white candles work or has to be a specific color, whichever color?

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 16 months ago

      Hi Pattycakes;

      Personally I like to only cast spells on people with their consent, even if I think it is for their benefit, I think they have the right to decide. It'll work better with their cooperation anyway, even if they're not a believer but are willing to cooperate. Just give them the necessary visualization/affirmations that will help them keep in the right state of mind (tell them to imagine them at a new job they totally love).

      When you dress the candle, make sure to link it to them with a name, birthday, etc. scratched in. Also you can put a photo, nail or hair clippings, etc. under the candle.

      Prosperity can certainly be work-related, but I tend to go for more long-term solidity (brown or gold candles) than just thinking money (green candles). Or like for me, I'm a writer, so I'll use yellow or orange candles for myself when I need work.

      No, doesn't sound like you're overthinking it. Sounds like you're thinking about just the right things you should be thinking when planning a spell. Blessings to you!


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      Pattycakes 16 months ago

      Hi! I'm really enjoying your articles and I'm at the beginning stages of meditation, but I do have a question about candle magic. My daughter is in need of a job. She has created plenty of channels, but is feeling somewhat despondent at the lack of responses . She is working on her interviewing skills. My question is, is there something specific that I need to do when a candle spell is for a loved one and not myself? Are there changes to the spell made for people who aren't believers or may not know the spell is being performed on their behalf? Also, when performing this kind of spell, is using things associated with prosperity sufficient ? Work and prosperity are related, but not quite the same. And lastly, am I over thinking the spell? Maybe because I am a beginner and lack some confidence, it makes me paranoid about every little thing . Yhanks!

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      Andyacosta 23 months ago

      I really enjoyed your hub, very clear and specific. I am going to perform it tonight. I'll let you know how it goes. Thanks!!

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 3 years ago

      Thanks Gemini, I am so glad I could be of help.

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      Gemini 3 years ago

      I was having a very hard time with a loved one and this me your other blog truly helped me.

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 3 years ago

      Thanks so much, Johne... I appreciate your comment, thanks for stopping by.

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      Johne725 3 years ago

      I really like and appreciate your blog post.Thanks Again. cbgegaegfgce

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 3 years ago

      Hi Nell Rose, thanks for coming by. I love it too, it really helps me focus. Thanks so much!

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      Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

      Hiya Wiccan, I love candle magic, I have used it a number of times over the years. just looking into the flame makes me totally relaxed and its great for visualization, great hub and great read!