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Witchcraft: Beginner's Guide to Candle Magic

Candle magic uses the transformative power of fire to help you attain your goals.

Candle magic uses the transformative power of fire to help you attain your goals.

Why and How to Practice Candle Magic

Candle magic harnesses the power of fire—the element of transformation—to bring change. Think for a moment about how fire transforms things. It melts wax. It renders many organic materials (leaves, wood, flesh and bone) to ash. It softens hard metals and makes 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 or your dough into bread. It brings light to the darkness and warmth to the cold.

Ever since human beings discovered fire, they have been in awe of its power, and they sought to harness that power, mostly to use its transformative abilities. We continue this ancient tradition when we practice candle magic.

If you’d like to learn candle magic, this guide will take you through the process step by step, from determining your goal and designing your spell to dressing your candle and burying it once the ritual is done.

Step 1: Determine Your Magical Goal

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

  • Be Specific: Avoid ‘wishing’ or ‘make-everything-better’ type goals.
  • Be Realistic: Don’t venture into the realm of fantasy here.
  • Be Ethical: Always act ethically, and don’t interfere with free will.
  • Use Positive Language: Avoid words like ‘don’t’, ‘can’t’, ‘won’t’ and ‘not’.
  • Create a Series of Goals: Break bigger goals down into a series of smaller ones.

With those tips in mind, 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, and 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 you. 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.

Chant to Attract Money

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

When pulling together the components for your candle spell, it's important to find ones that are meaningful to you.

When pulling together the components for your candle spell, it's important to find ones that are meaningful to you.

Step 3: Collect Your Components

Choose components aligned with your goal. You will want to find a candle color and oils, herbs and spices that correspond 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. Let's look at how to choose components that align themselves best with our money spell.

In my magical cabinet, I will look for:

  • A New Green 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: This oil is associated with prosperity.
  • Ground Cinnamon: This spice is associated with wealth.
  • Dragon’s Blood: This resin lends spells power.
  • Ground Ginger: This spice is used to speed up results.

How Do You Choose What Kind of Candle to Use?

When it comes right down to it, you can use pretty much any kind of candle for your spell. I prefer tapers (typically medium-sized), but I sometimes use chime candles in a pinch. Votive candles and tea lights also work, though the latter is hard to dress. Lastly, pillar candles are a great option for multi-day spells, but I find they're a bit of a waste for one-day burnings.

How Do You Choose Magical 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 that can come in handy; a quick Google search will yield an abundance of them. While these charts can be helpful, the most important thing to remember is that the correspondences need to have meaning to you.

A good thing to ask yourself when choosing correspondences is, “What things do I associate with my goal?” In my case, green reminds me of money and wealth, but if gold or brown or red reminds you of money and wealth, you could use those colors instead. If I didn't have essential oil, I might just use corn oil—corn reminds me of cash crops and prosperity. But you could just as easily 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 the results of spells. But let’s say you hate Chinese food because it makes you sick, and the smell of ginger reminds you of that. In that case, ginger would not be a good correspondence for you because you associate it with being sick.

What Color Candle Should I Use to Cast a Spell?

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.



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


dreamwork, 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

Step 4: Dress 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’.

1. Rub the Candle With Oil

Dressing the candle requires the candle and some oil (whatever you’ve chosen based on your goal). The basic idea is that you have to pour the oil on your hands and rub it on the candle, but 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 top to send things away.
  • Start at the center of the candle and rub from center to top, then from center to bottom.
  • Start at the ends of the candle and rub oil on from the top to the center, then from the bottom 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.

2. Visualize Your Intent

More important than the way you rub the candle is your mental state as you do so. 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.) You will start to 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.

3. Continue Until Candle Is Charged With Energy

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.

Carving a rune into your candle can help make your spell more powerful. The rune Fehu represents wealth.

Carving a rune into your candle can help make your spell more powerful. The rune Fehu represents wealth.

Using Herbs and Spices to Add Power to Your Spell (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.

Using Runes and Symbols to Add Power to Your Spell (Optional)

Another way to add power is to scratch names, numbers, or symbols in the wax of the candle. You can use anything from a pin or earring to a ritual knife to scratch things into the wax.

For our money spell, I’ll scratch my name into the wax (to further connect myself to the candle), and I'll add the ancient rune Fehu. 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.

The visualization of your goal is a big part of candle magic. Before you even light your candle, you should already feel the energy of your goal radiating out from it.

The visualization of your goal is a big part of candle magic. Before you even light your candle, you should already feel the energy of your goal radiating out from it.

Step 5: Cast the Spell and Light the Candle

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 would probably be happy, relaxed, and relieved. Imagine what you’d look like—what your life would be like—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 to your goal. You may continue chanting if you desire.
  6. Spend some more time visualizing yourself attaining your goal. Hold the visualization as long as possible.

Step 6: Let the Candle Burn Out, Then Bury It

Make sure the candle is in a safe place, and allow it to burn out on its own. 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.

Once the candle has gone out, bury the remnants and know that the ritual is done.

More About Candle Magic

This is only one of many candle-magic methods. 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.

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 also can keep it fairly simple with a minimum of supplies. Keep practicing and you may be surprised by how helpful this skill can be.

If you're interested in learning more about candle magic and spells, check out the books below. Both are excellent resources for beginners.

Candle Magick Workbook

Candle Spells and Rituals

© 2014 Mackenzie Sage Wright


chukwu chima on June 25, 2020:

thanks I

want learns more

Clarence on March 02, 2020:

Thank you for this article! I was reading through your instructions and then decided to visualize it (since I'm just starting with this journey and have no tools). I visulized doing the ritual(?) or spell in my head cause I was feeling this pent up energy and excitement in doing it and then as I was visualizing and started saying a chant in my head (not a real chant/spell, just some words that has something to do with money) and then suddenly I heard this voice of a black woman saying "el clarificacion" which I interpreted as "be more clear or be more specific" (I don't speak spanish or whatever language that is so I just assumed that, that's what it meant). I don't know what to make of this experience and can you give me your opinion on this? Thank you!

The Pagan Grimoire on February 12, 2020:

Thank you for this guide! As I explore my spirituality more, I've been sharing thoughts on specific candle meanings on and I love how you talk about how to get centered and send your intention out to the universe. Whether or not you believe in witchcraft or paganism, I think we can all agree that being clear in your intentions and coming from a centered place can help you achieve your desire. Thank you! :)

Flavia Luz on January 09, 2020:

Thanks a lot for this article, it explains everything very clearly.

Mandy on January 06, 2020:

Hi...I have green and white candle,can I use it all alone or is it important to add some oil and spices in it

Kon on January 03, 2020:

I'm trying to do a patience and understanding candle spell, but I only have a light blue candle. I hear that's the right color for what I'm trying to do. Is it ok if I only have that one candle?

Tyler on December 18, 2019:

Witchcraft is evil . Read deutronomy 18:10 . It is a trick repent . God will save you .

Kk on November 24, 2019:

Its a trick!!!! Run and repent jesus christ can save you

Cass on October 31, 2019:

Hi im new to all this i want to learn how to do spells but im not a witch even tho i wish i was but i dont even know if any of this is real but if it is i want to learn a protection spell and to having a baby

Casey on October 25, 2019:

How do I cast a candle magic spell for happiness, and what ingredients would I need for casting a candle magic happiness spell?

Mona on August 01, 2019:

I'm a novice witch and use candles for basic things.

The other night i lit a black spell candle for protection and banishing negative energy. I let the candle burn and all the wax burned away. There was only a small bit of burned wick left in the holder. Almost like the wax candle disappeared. I know that a clean burn can indicate a properly done spell, but what are your thoughts? I find this incredibly odd

Arin on July 08, 2019:

In order for me to be a part of all of this, do I have to use candles for anything? I'm going to be living in a place where candles aren't allowed and I suck at hiding things. I really want to get into this life. I want to be a witch and embrace this life but I'm not sure how important candles are.

jay prize on June 03, 2019:

when you do honey jar love spell, what do you do with it. do you keep it, can you plant in a flower. i see you mention to threw it away. wanted to confirm what to do with it, i want to attract love/relationship

Wendy on May 25, 2019:

I was told from a young age I was a witch by strangers and a few psychics and always saw it as amusing. I figured it was just because I was born at 3am on Halloween. But I later discovered my family actually came here on the mayflower and settled in and around Salem. I recently started reading more about Wiccan if for no other reason but desperation. I have been experiencing really bad luc over the last several years and was actually thinking there is a curse involved here. I have written some spells and had some success but I think because I'm still a bit uncertain, the powers I have are weakened by the fears I carry because of the negative experiences. Can anyone suggest a way to help jump start cleansing myself of the bad luck that has become almost a habit.

Ricky on May 24, 2019:

I am a beginner and im trying to get my wife back i taped a picture of her on a red glass candle and said my own chant and set up a miniture alter with a picture of us on a date behind the candle this is my first try..i anointed the candle with my cologne with intent that as the candle burns she will smell my scent.. Im going to let it burn all the way out.. Tell me what yall think please

Beginner wicca on May 07, 2019:

Just so everyone knows, yes, you can use white candles as a substitute for a color as long as you address your intent clearly to the candle. Also, I have to say this article is super helpful, as I am a beginner wicca and want to learn about things like this. Thank you!

Tina on May 02, 2019:

Thanks this helped me alot. Im a beginner in candle magic

Rosanna Rendon on April 06, 2019:

Can you do spiritual work on your own self like a love spell for you or your husband or your boyfriend to come back cuz some people say no you can't do it on your own self you can only do it for other people and if you do a candle for your own benefit your own gain it won't work is that true different people say different things that's why I'm confused?

Makayla on March 26, 2019:

This is sooooo cool

Susan hewitt on March 09, 2019:

His girl sdod my boyfriend was form. Me I wit him back

Luna on February 28, 2019:

It’s ‘magick’ not ‘magic’. This isn’t Harry Potter. There’s a difference. Magick refers to witchcraft (the craft of the wise). But magic, just just generic hocus pocus.

TJ on February 16, 2019:

If the candle drips interfered with the candle causing it to go out. Do I relight the candle?

RE on February 06, 2019:

Thanks so much! This was very informative and helpful.

SK on February 05, 2019:

I have never believed in candle magic even though I identify as a free spirit. I have read about it & heard other people's stories but still never believed in it. Anyway, I was in a very violent & toxic relationship. He abused me in every way possible. I kept replaying over & over in my head the sexual abuse he put me through & I was tormented with it. The heartache was unbearable from it & it was killing me thinking about it. The things this man did to me were cruel & wicked. It had been 6 months since it was over & I thought even eternity won't erase this pain....Then I re read about candle magic & thought I might as well give it a go but at the same time deep down inside I thought this is never going to work. So last month on the full moon I purchased a pink candle & placed it on a small plate and surrounded the candles with sea rock crystals. I engraved the candle with: "Please take away my pain from P.O". I said a small prayer to the Moon,mother earth & the 4 elements. The candle burned the entire night. I swear on eveything I believe in that what happened next changed me forever...Then when I woke up in the morning you will never believe this but the first thing I thought was :" F*** the neighbours..." I thought to myself why am I thinking of my neighbours first thing? Then I looked at the candle & realised it must have removed all the pain from around me as my neighbours are such nosey people & loved gossip especially about my ex & I really cared about their opinion. Hey presto I no longer care one iota about my neighbours opinion. But the bit of all is after I did the candle magic on the full moon last month not once have I ever thought about the sexual abuse my ex put me through, it is as if it has been wiped from my memory. I can now officially say after my very own personal experience I know believe in the incredible power of candle magic.(SK)

Lauren on December 15, 2018:

I broke a candle and continued to do a love spell, it’s burning now, please get back to me soon, what do I do?

clarsuetch on December 07, 2018:


The post is great one.

I am a niche blogger. I write specifically on Magic and astrology. It has been around five months since I started writing for this niche.

Now I am seduced by the way people describe its effects.

Does magic and astrological remedies really work?

If they do, what are the best book you'll recommend that cover both magic and astrology. I really want to be a witch, I am an Aries ;)

Dwight Reger on November 27, 2018:

I was just wondering when using candle magic can you substitute a certain color with white

abiud on October 25, 2018:

Hi send me some tricks on how to energise or be more focus when meditating. thanks for the great lecture.

Hannan Zhou on September 19, 2018:

Oh, yeah, Ilan, I thought you might want to know, I'm twelve, so my view on things might be childish to you.

Hannan Zhou on September 19, 2018:

I'm no expert, but my hypothesis is that if the scent is related to your goal, if will affect the results. I guess if you had a situation where you were stressed, and you wanted to not be stressed, a lavender scented candle (associated with peace and calm) would help. I mean, candle magic is flexible, as the article said. As far as my research had told me, magic isn't a fixed thing. Changes can be made.

Ilan on September 18, 2018:

Does it change the affect if the colored candles are scented?

Candie on September 16, 2018:

Very informative, I'd love to learn more.

Steve on September 01, 2018:

Hi i wanted to ask during my sessions with the candle i heard 3 hisses behind me what does it mean and i got a green candle and i got it prepared for my business. Idk if some one is trying to communicate or a demon or a spirit but it felt dark though too.

alexa.a on August 18, 2018:

can i use a candle holder in any spell? since this 7 day luck spell requires a candles to be put on a saucer but it cant stand up on its own. and if i lay it down the wax will go on the table.

Hi on August 15, 2018:

I used a purple candle instead of an red candle since I didn't have any for a love spell ritual. Is it wrong and will it wreck my spell? Please help me

Hi I'm avaya on August 13, 2018:

Im only 13 and want to learn voodoo early .do you think it will be harder on me ? Also since i'm an emo kid and i've been emo for 8 years now, do you think that will have a negative effect on me?

Joe on July 25, 2018:


My name is Joe, and I have a really serious problem that i believe can be solved using candle magik. I have been married for over 10 years now. My wife is extremely abusive and i feel like it's grown exponentially worse over the years. Now it's gotten to the point where she hates my mother. She won't forgive. She loves to hold grudges and even threaten my pet who lives with my mother. She says viscous things about my mother constantly but never once has shown remorse for any of it. I try to always take the high road and remain calm and tell her things like " that's not nice," etc, but there's just no relief. The list just goes on and on. I know it sounds crazy that ive hung in there this long. I have tried tarot spells before, seen phsycic after phsycic, but nothing has ever worked. I want to try a candle spell to just make her a nicer person and bring about a much needed peace between her and my mother. Im certain i need a blue candle. I definitely want to dress it. Im not quite sure what to use for this. And i also want to use as many extras as possible to make the spell as powerful as possible to see if i can soften her heart. I sometimes feel as though she's posessed, that's how bad it can be. My intention here is just to bring about peace. I truly mean no harm. Its so bad that im even being kept from communicating with my own mother. The abuse at times is just so unbearable. Please, if there's any advice you can give me on how to give this the best possible chance of working, it would be soooo much appreciated.



Cynthia Ortiz on July 15, 2018:

Mackenzie Sage Wright if someone puts two names of different people under a candle and its lit and i cant blow it out it has to be finished on its own what is the meaning of that i heared its to break up those two people so theu wont be together. Is that correct? Im not sure. The names are in two differnet papers under the candle. Please get back to me

Shirley on July 08, 2018:

Came across your sight by accident. So glad I did. Want to learn some magic for healing . Do you have magic that works on pets?


QueenofSwords on June 28, 2018:

Does it matter if his burns out a little before mine in a forgiveness spell? I used 2 votive candles. They both burnt apx 8hrs...mine about 20-30 mins longer.

Diamond poole on May 30, 2018:

I need to no how to cut it on with my hands is this real in the was

GertieMcGert on May 30, 2018:

Hi all,

I found a knife with wax & scorch marks on it and a (not white) candle. Wax has been spilled upstairs as well.

The story I am being told is this is a healing ritual where you pour white wax on a blade, then peel it off as a healing spell. The white candle cannot be found (no mention of burying it) and I have never heard of this type of candle magic; honestly sounds more BDSM to me.

Can someone please weigh in on what was going on? Thanks a bunch!

Mary on May 21, 2018:

Hi , when performing candle magic is it necessary to sit infront of it the whole time , what if the candle keeps burning for long and one cant sit through it ? should let it burn on its own ? thanks

c on May 19, 2018:

if you start magic young is that better or do that make it harder?

Mackenzie Sage Wright (author) on April 23, 2018:

Hi DeeDee; yes, I have been in those tough places where there is a decision to be made. Sometimes the best thing to do is just relax and meditate, review the pros & cons and then listen to your intuition. The great thing is, we always have control over our lives; no matter where you end up, you can make it work for you. Good luck with your decision & studying the Craft!

DeeDee on April 20, 2018:

I’m new here and at being a witchling and would like to learn more and how to practice, However I’m not able to focus due to a long (temp brain drain) connection dilemma regarding our decisions.

Are we going to stay in the state we’ve lived for a year now or are we going to move back east where we came from.. I need to find a way to clear my space/being and quickly come to this decision soooo I can move on and allow myself to relax and become the witch I feel deep inside

Paige S on April 18, 2018:

Hi, I was wondering if you can make candle spells for physical features like height and skill. I'm a figure skater and need some more skill to get my axel down!

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

Hi Slim; you can cast spells for anything. Success rates depend, there are a lot of variables. Magic can't always defeat things like illnesses; it works with nature, not so much against it. It's not like in fiction. But I say any little bit that could help push things in my favor is worth a shot. Good luck!

Slim J on April 17, 2018:

Can I do a magic spell for a healthy baby ?

Mackenzie Sage Wright (author) on April 08, 2018:

Hi Sofi; sure you can extinguish a candle if need be-- especially with candles for spellwork, sometimes unpredictable things can happen (sparks, unusually large flames, bursting candle or candle holder, etc. You can pinch it out and go back and re-light it later.

Mackenzie Sage Wright (author) on April 08, 2018:

Hi Jeff; Some spells are one-shot, for these it may sometimes call for letting a candle completely burn out. For these kinds of spells I'd pick a taper, votive or chime candle. You want a candle that's small enough to burn out in a single session, within a couple of hours at most.

If you were doing a multi-day spell, going back every day to visualize/chant/etc., then you could use a large candle but you would extinguish it before leaving the room each time. Don't leave those candles burning unattended unless you have them in a really safe place, like a sink, a large heat-proof pot, or in your fireplace.

Jeff on April 05, 2018:

If your doing a money spell and your supposed to let the candle burn itself out do you let it burn even if it lasts multiple days?

Sofi on April 04, 2018:

Hello there!

I am recently getting more into witchcraft and I had a question about a candle spell: What if the candle burns all day and into the night, of course we have to sleep, is it okay to put it out at this time?

Mackenzie Sage Wright (author) on April 03, 2018:

Hi hon; oh, I was bully bait throughout school so I know how you feel ((hugs)) hon. It's hard.

Revenge isn't always the best idea... I'm not saying it's never a good idea but first it's best really to just try and *stop* the other person rather than just get back at them.

Brianna on April 03, 2018:

I am a witch in 8th grade and i have a hard time by getting bullied by other people is ok to do a revenge spell?

butterflykisses on March 17, 2018:

thank you for confirming my inner knoledewge I can cast are blessed

Yeidy on February 27, 2018:

How often can I burn a green candle?

Liddy Martin on February 21, 2018:

I very much appreciate your information. Thank you for sharing! I wish you all the very best! Thank you!

Elana Newell on February 01, 2018:

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

Kimie Walling on January 19, 2018:

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.

Veronica on January 15, 2018:

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

Jane on December 07, 2017:

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.


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

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!

Josh t Apprentice on October 28, 2017:

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.

Mackenzie Sage Wright (author) on October 12, 2017:

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

Alyssa on October 10, 2017:

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

Kalani Augusta on October 06, 2017:

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!

Izzy on October 04, 2017:

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..

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

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)

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

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

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

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:

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

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

Rose Gail on September 30, 2017:

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?

Karen Whelan on September 26, 2017:

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.

Kailey McCusker on September 18, 2017:

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?

MysticMoonWolf on September 18, 2017:

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.

Mackenzie Sage Wright (author) on August 12, 2017:

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!

Mackenzie Sage Wright (author) on August 12, 2017:

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.

Moon Flower on August 11, 2017:

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

Kiah on August 10, 2017:

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!


Mackenzie Sage Wright (author) on July 21, 2017:

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!

Amariehx on July 21, 2017:

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!

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

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.

Beezs on July 11, 2017:

Dose it really give you the goal

Mackenzie Sage Wright (author) on July 10, 2017:

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.

Ashton on July 10, 2017:

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?

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

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.

Chandana Sarkar on July 07, 2017:

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

becky moon on June 19, 2017:

thank you for your video awesome

Mackenzie Sage Wright (author) on May 12, 2017:

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.

Alexander on May 12, 2017:

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!

Georgia from Greece on November 02, 2016:

Thank you!

Mackenzie Sage Wright (author) on November 01, 2016:

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.


Georgia from Greece on October 30, 2016:

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?

Mackenzie Sage Wright (author) on October 25, 2016:

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!


Pattycakes on October 05, 2016:

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!

Andyacosta on March 16, 2016:

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!!

Mackenzie Sage Wright (author) on February 08, 2015:

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

Gemini on January 05, 2015:

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

Mackenzie Sage Wright (author) on September 03, 2014:

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