you perform magick,
you are performing a ritual. There
are rituals within rituals, and
dressing the candle is one of those rituals.
There are many books that tell you how
dress a candle, and most of
them explain pretty much the same thing.
what they tell
you is to take the candle and anoint
it with oil, drawing the oil from the middle of the candle to each end. While this is exactly the
form to use, doing
this is just going through the motions.
a ritual that you want
to be successful, especially when
you plan to work some magick, just going through the motions isn’t
help in the success of either the ritual or the magick.
Ritual and magick are all about Will and
can plan and execute
the most elaborate of rituals, but
how successful do you really think it will be, if the only time you are
focusing on the reason for the whole process, is during the actual
Working? Yet this
is exactly what a lot
of Witches do. They
get so caught up in
making sure that the motions are all done correctly, that they never
to focus on the purpose of those actions.
I explain in What Is
Ritual? the point of always
performing the ritual the same way every time is so that you don’t need
think about what you are doing, you just do it.
This frees up your mind to focus on the
behind what you are doing
sloppy, distracted, or
hastily done ritual, where your
mind is on everything but the Intent of the ritual, isn’t going to be
takes time. It
isn’t instant gratification. After
you have enough practice, and the
motions are second nature, you will find that it doesn’t take as much
focus your mind on the reason for the ritual, and you will be able to
powerful rituals in only a few minutes if you need to.
you are reading this
because you want to learn, then you
aren’t at the point where you can whip up a fast successful
ok, you can get there. Just like anything else,
all it takes is
ritual you perform is
practice, and every time you practice you get better.
I don’t want you to
think that you should just start
doing rituals for no reason. That
be a waste of time and energy. There
plenty of valid reasons to perform rituals and actually see a benefit,
there’s no reason to do mock rituals.
Besides, without an Intent for the
it’s a useless ritual anyway.
focus on the
Intent for the ritual while you are
setting up and performing the ritual.
you’ve ever gone to a public ritual, you may have noticed that a lot of
there just isn’t much satisfaction in them.
There are many reasons this can happen,
everyone just watching
what’s happening instead of focusing on the Intent of the ritual is a
Proper Candle For Your Ritual
choice of candle to
use for your ritual is
Witches will say that
color, scent and type of wax is important.
To some extent, I agree.
three of these attributes can play an important part in helping your
subconscious understand the Intent of the ritual.
The thing is, a candle is nothing more
tool, and the power is not in the tool, it is in the Witch.
has been a raging
argument over whether to use bees wax
candles, or standard paraffin wax candles.
Some believe that because bees wax is
it is better because
paraffin is petroleum based and has impurities that may have adverse
I look at it
this way. Petroleum
is a natural compound produced by
decaying plant matter, put under extreme heat and pressure for eons. The fact that the wax is a
byproduct of the
refining process doesn’t bother me.
Especially when, as Witches, we want to
every possible part of what
we take from the Land.
plays a large
part in the success of a
Working. If you
know that your magick
works, it works. It’s
as simple as
that. So if you
believe that there are
impurities in paraffin wax that might cause problems with your ritual,
also helps the
subconscious mind understand what the Intent
of the ritual is. I’m
psychologist, I don’t understand why color affects us the way it does,
know that it does. It’s
been proven in
study after study that if you paint a jail cell pink, those held in
tend to be much less violent.
has an effect on us.
There are many sources for finding color
are for peace and calming, reds are for
passion or anger, yellows are for inspiration and creativity. If you can’t find the
appropriate color for
your planned Working, there is always simple white.
are those, and I
used to be one of them, that say you
can’t use a scented candle in ritual.
It’s the oil that you use, that gives
candle the properties of scent
that you want for your ritual. The
problem is that it can be hard to find any plain candles that don’t
day I was at the
local grocery store looking for
stores are wonderful
for finding good, cheap candles. You
want those hard to find black and orange candles? Go to the grocery
day after Samhain. I can guarantee that they’ll have more than you can
and will almost give them to you.
I was at the grocery
store looking for candles, and all I
could find were those scented candles in the glass jars. I was thinking to myself “Self, I’m never going to find what I need
here, and I don’t really want to drive all the way to the closest
shop for one lousy candle!”
had an epiphany. The
variety of scents
available in these candles is incredible.
Not only do they have just about every
flower scent, they even
have vanilla, and cotton.
still haven’t figured
out what to use a cotton scented
candle for in ritual, but what is it you are doing when you anoint the
adding scent to it. If
the candle already has the scent
you want, or one that is similar enough to work, why
not use it? And
what’s better, I could
buy one in a glass jar, and let it burn safely over several days!
started this section
with the words, “The choice of candle
to use for your ritual is important“, but I’ve just trashed all the
reasons given for why you should buy a particular candle. So what did I mean? I meant that you must
match the size, type,
and scent of your candle to the Intent of the ritual.
part of your ritual is
to watch the candle burn down to
nothing, you are going to want to use a small candle.
A seven-day votive would be difficult to
watch the entire time. If
on the other
hand, you want something that burns over time, so that the magick is
gradually, a birthday cake candle won’t do either.
Candles as an example. You
are probably going to want to use
something large, so that you don’t have to keep constantly replacing
them. You can go to
a metaphysical or candle store
and buy large unscented pillar candles in the appropriate colors, dress
properly, and use them. Or
you could go
to the local grocery store and buy pre-scented candles in the
colors and scents for a lot less, and use them.
face it, a red
scented candle is probably going to be
cinnamon, or some other fiery scent.
long as it’s not rose scented, it will work fine for the South Quarter.
power is in the Witch, not the Witches tools.