How to Do a Candle Spell: Candle How-To Guide

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Getting Started with Candle Spells

Are you just getting started in spells and witchcraft? Don’t yet know the right way to do a candle spell? I’ve written a book all about this topic called The Book of Candle Magic which has everything that you need to know. But if you want to get started right away, you’ve come to the right place. Check out this handy Candle How-To Guide I’ve made just for you.

Choosing a Candle for Your Spell

When it comes down to it, you can use any candle, even a birthday candle, to do spell work; but spell work is an art, and like any art, if you have the right tools it is much easier to create what it is that you envision.

Quality really does matter. I’ve worked with thousands of candles over the years and I love the candles that we create here at the Parlour of Wonders because they are what I like to call “witchcrafted” – created by magic workers and loaded with intention that supports your spell work.

When you choose the candle that is aligned with the work that you wish to do, you know that you are choosing a candle crafted with the correct colors to support your intention. Add some spiritual  oils and magical herbs that support the work and you ready to activate what it is that you desire. When you start out with the correct tools, you give your work an amazing burst of power.

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Are Beeswax Candles the Best for Your Spells?

Are the beeswax candles that we make here at the Parlour of Wonders the best for your spells? The short answer is yes. Of course any candle can be used for a quick spell, but if you have very important intentions that you want to amplify with positive energy, I recommend the candles we craft for you here at the Parlour of Wonders. Why? You truly are purchasing an empowered item for your spell.

To do your very best spell work, it is best to start with tools that are aligned with your intention. With our candles you get access to three times as much positive power in your spell. With a witchcrafted beeswax Parlour of Wonders candle you get the empowerment of the magical energy of the bees, the energy of our magical candlemakers as we craft a candle just for you, and the energy that you yourself put into your spell. A mass-produced paraffin candle can never compare with a lovingly hand-poured beeswax witch-made candle like the ones we make for you.

However, no matter what candle you choose for your spell, it is essential that it is a new candle, not one that you have burned before and especially not one that you have burned for another spell. You don’t want to confuse and dilute the energetic intention!

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Choose a Candle Color That’s Perfect for Your Spell

When you choose a candle that is already dressed with oils and herbs and blessed for a certain outcome, you do not have to consider the importance of the color of the candle. But if you are choosing a pure beeswax figural, pillar, or taper candle and dressing it with oils and herbs yourself, you may want to choose a color that corresponds to your intention.

Here are candle colors and their corresponding intentions:

  • Green – Prosperity, money luck, growth, fertility, gambling luck, business, a good job, abundance
  • Red – Passionate love, energy, action, attraction, sexuality
  • White – Cleansing, clarity, blessing, healing, connection to spirits or the spiritual world, purity, rest
  • Black – Cursing, banishing, protection, reversing, repulsion, dark thoughts, sorrow, freedom from evil
  • Blue – Harmony, peace, calming, ideas, joy, kindly intentions, healing
  • Pink – Romantic love, friendship, sweet feelings, heart connection, affection, clean living
  • Purple – Empowerment, success, controlling, commanding, mastery, power, ambition
  • Lavender – Healing, calming, tranquility
  • Yellow – Optimism, prosperity, happiness, gambling luck, attraction
  • Orange – New opportunities, success, new ventures, change of plans, opening the way, prophetic dreams
  • Brown – Court case work, justice, balance, grounding
  • Gray – Neutrality, invisibility, working in “gray areas”

There are also double-action pillar candles that are half black and half another color. These special candles are used in reversing spells to send negativity back to its source and bring in blessings.

  • Black and White – Removing general negativity and bringing in blessings
  • Black and Red – Removing negativity surrounding passion and bringing in love
  • Black and Green – Removing negativity surrounding money and bringing in prosperity
  • Black and Blue – Removing negativity surrounding health and bringing in healing
  • Black and Pink – Removing negativity surrounding relationships and bringing in heart connection
  • Black and Purple – Removing negativity surrounding empowerment and bringing in mastery
  • Black and Yellow – Removing negativity surrounding happiness and bringing in optimism
  • Black and Orange – Removing blocked energy and bringing in success
  • Black and Brown – Removing negativity surrounding court cases and bringing in justice

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When Do I Light My Spell Candle?

My belief is that if you need a spell RIGHT NOW, then do your candle spell right away. But, if you can wait a few days to work with a time that aligns best with your intention, you can harness an extra boost of energy to add to your spell.

There are a few choices that you have when it comes to when to start your candle spell.

timing your candle spell to the phases of the moon

Working with Moon Phases

There are two basic phases of the moon that can be harnessed for candle magic: the waxing and the waning moon.

Waxing Moon

The time when the moon appears to be growing larger, from New (dark) Moon to Full Moon.

The Waxing Moon is the time to do spell work about invocation, attraction and bringing in; for example, attracting a lover or bringing in more abundance.

Waning Moon

The time when the moon appears to be growing smaller, from Full Moon to New (dark) Moon.

The Waning Moon is the time to do spell work about clearing, removing and banishing; for example, clearing out negativity and removing unhealthy patterns.

Some candle spells should ideally only be used at the Waning Moon (such as a Curse Reversal Spell) or Waxing Moon (such as a Lovers Passion Spell or Seven Treasures Spell) but others (such as a Change of Heart Spell) can be used at either time of the moon, either to release heartache or open your heart, for example.

If you are working with the waxing or waning moon, it is best to light your candle toward the early part of the moon phase and completely burn it before the phase of the moon completes. if you’re unsure of what phase the moon is in, check an online moon phase calendar for your area.

Ideally, to really create some powerful magic, do two candles working with the waning and then the waxing phase of the moon. First, use a clearing candle in the Waning Moon phase, clearing the way for something new and then, use a drawing candle to invite in what you want in the Waxing Moon phase.

Here are some examples:

Waning Moon – Removing poverty-thinking – Waxing Moon – Creating abundance

Waning Moon – Banishing self-limiting beliefs – Waxing Moon – Inviting success

Waning Moon – Clearing out old relationship baggage – Waxing Moon – Attracting a soulmate into your life

Using astrology to time your candle spells

Working with Astrological Phenomena

If you are familiar with astrology, you might want to coordinate your candle around the Moon, Sun or planets being in certain signs to enhance your work.

For example, you might want to do love work when Venus is in the sign of Cancer, professional success as a performer when the Sun is in Leo, or enemy work when Mars is in Aries.  The Moon goes through a new sign every couple of days, so it’s easier to coordinate an auspicious timing.

Astrology is a fascinating topic to explore and you can use even a basic knowledge to coordinate your candle work. 

days of the week can be used to time your candle spells

Working with Days of the Week

Traditional rootwork relies not on the phases of the moon or planets but on days of the week to coordinate when to light candles.

  • Sunday – Healing, blessing, general positive work, optimism
  • Monday – Women’s concerns, childbirth, fertility, psychic work, spiritual work, marriage
  • Tuesday – War work, enemy work, break ups, banishing, strength, health
  • Wednesday – Communication, business, travel, negotiations, faster results, gambling
  • Thursday – Power, wealth, success, money, business, legal issues
  • Friday – Love, sex, beauty, prosperity, business, admiration, creativity
  • Saturday – Enemy work, binding, blocking, clarifying, creating structure, revenge, justice

There are many more ways that you can choose a time to start a spell, but these three are the most popular.

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Altar Preparation

Prepare an altar space in your home on a small table or nightstand. Using water and a paper towel, wipe down the area of your table that you intend to use as an altar in a counter-clockwise motion, with the energy and intent that you are clearing space for your magical work. Arrange a pillar candle in a votive candle holder, jelly jar, or cup (anything that will contain the wax as it melts). Place a figural candle on a tray or dish large enough to contain the wax that will melt. Taper candles can be placed in candle holders or affixed to a dish or tray by softening the wax on the bottom.

Once you’ve arranged your candles, add anything else that represents the focus of your spell on the altar in a way that is pleasing to you. You can add gemstones, incense, candle snuffers, cauldrons, or bells for extra magical support for your spell.

Candle Preparation

For all candles (except Vigil Candles) unwrap the candle removing all paper and plastic. Sit with the candle in your hands and meditate on your intent. If you are working with a free-standing candle, take a nail, wax inscriber, pencil, knife or some sharp object and carve words representing this work into the sides of the candle. You may choose to inscribe it in a downward motion from wick to base for a clearing candle or in an upward motion from base to wick for an invoking candle.

Dress your candle with an appropriate oil, stroking it in a downward motion for clearing or an upward motion for invoking. After dressing your candle, you are ready for the spell. (For more information on working with Spiritual Oils, go to my “Spiritual Oils How To Guide“)

 For Vigil Candles, which are already dressed and blessed, just remove the lid and sit with the candle in your hands and meditate on your intent.

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Lighting Your Candle

Place your candle in the holder or on the tray. Light incense that is pleasing to you and use it to clear the energies surrounding you and your altar space.

Pray, chant, sing to focus your energy before you light your candle. When you feel ready, light your candle and speak your spell words.

using a snuffer to put out a candle


Candle Maintenance

Your candle will need to be put out when you leave your house or go to sleep, but the effectiveness will remain if you snuff your candle instead of blowing it out. When you need to snuff your candle, use a shotglass, cup, dish, candle snuffer or pinch out the candle with moist fingers. Do not blow out the candle.

When you relight your candle, repeat the key message from your spell in a few words or a sentence. Repeating the focused words from your spell will actually help empower it and keep the energy high.

Correcting Candle Problems

Whenever you are doing a candle for spellwork, you are working to shift something to go in your favor; therefore, you want to work to make the candle comply with your wishes. The ideal candle burn is for a candle to burn with a middle-sized flame, not too high and smoky and not so small that it goes out. If your flame is too high, trim the candle wick to about 1/4″ tall. If the flame is too low or the flame goes out, pour off some of the excess wax so that the wick is a little taller.

If you are working with more than one candle, such as two figural candles, and burning them over the course of several days, the ideal is that they burn at about the rate. If one candle is burning faster than the other, snuff the faster burning one out earlier than the slower one and let the slower one catch up.

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Candle Interpretation

One of the wonderful things about a candle spell is that it can give you feedback from the spirit realm as to what to expect from your spell. The primary way to interpret candle remains are to look for soot or smoke on the glass (if applicable), to look for excess candle wax and to read the candle wax remains.

For Vigil Candles and Candle Burned in Glass Holders:

Black soot or smoke indicates spiritual blockages around your intention. The amount of soot indicates the level of blockage (a small amount indicates small blockages, a lot of soot indicates heavy blockages). Re-do your spell again or start with a candle dressed with Energetic Purification oil, Block Buster oil or Open Roads oil to remove spiritual blocks and then, when this cleansing candle has burned cleanly and completely, light another candle for your original intention. Additionally, you may want to enhance your work by doing a series of cleansing baths on yourself with Energetic Purification Bath Crystals.

Grey or white smoke indicates that your spirit guides are surrounding you on this issue and would like to help you with your situation. If you would like more help connecting to guides, listen to Magic and the Law of Attraction podcast episodes 9 and 10.

Wax remaining in the bottom of the glass indicates that there is material world work and effort that needs to be done to support your outcome. Wax burned completely indicates that there is no extra work or effort that has to be done on your part.

A broken glass indicates that someone is working against you having your good outcome or that breakups and banishing work has been effective.

Looking at any candle remains such as wax, glitter, or herbs, you can see shapes or symbols which can be interpreted as you would interpret tea leaves in a tea leaf reading

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For Free-Standing Candles on Plates or Trays:

Wax spilling over the side of the tray or dish indicates that you are revealing too much in the situation – either too much information or too much emotion.

Wax “pillars” standing up indicate blockages or areas that need your attention – large or tall wax pillars indicate large blockages, short ones indicate small blocks. Many pillars indicate many blocks, a few indicate only a few hurdles. Wax pillars that were standing at one time but have fallen over by the end of the spell indicate blockages that have been removed or overcome through the spellwork.

Excess wax drowning your candle flame before it has burned completely indicates that there is material world work and effort that needs to be done to support your outcome. Wax burned completely indicates that there is no extra work or effort that has to be done on your part.

A broken dish or tray indicates that someone is working against you having your outcome.

Looking at any candle remains, you can see shapes or symbols which can be interpreted as you would interpret tea leaves in a tea leaf reading.

If you are working with a figural candle, you can see any particular parts of the candle that remain as a message also. For example, if the feet are remaining, you interpret that symbolically as you need to get your “foot in the door” or you’ve got your “feet on the ground” or that you need a “better footing” in the situation or that you are “standing on your own two feet.”

Candle Wax Reading


Candle Spell Completion

When your candle has completely burned down, you may choose to recycle the entire glass container with the wax in it. However, if you would like to reuse the holder, take any remaining wax out of the holder. This can be done by placing the holder in hot water or by placing your holder (if it’s oven safe) in an oven set at the very lowest setting (usually “Warm”).  Alternatively, you can use a hair dryer to soften the wax in the glass. Once the wax is soft, it may be scooped out or even wiped out with a paper towel.

You may dispose of the leftover candle wax by throwing it in the trash (your own trash if the spell was to bring something to you or a trashcan away from your home if you were doing uncrossing or banishing work), however, if you would like to dispose of your candle in a more ceremonious way, you have several options:

  • If you have been working with an invoking candle, you may keep it in a bag and place it in an appropriate place (such as your bedroom for a love spell or your office for a prosperity spell) until your spell comes to fruition.
  • Alternatively, you may bury it on your property or in a potted plant in your home or workplace.
  • You might want to form the leftover wax into symbols such as hearts or dollar signs and place these wax talismans on your altar or add a small piece of the wax to a mojo bag.
  • You can also soften the wax with a hair dryer and use it to form a poppet or doll baby.
  • For an uncrossing or banishing candle, you may want to bury it somewhere away from your home or bury it in a graveyard.
  • You can also leave it in a crossroads, that is, leave the spell remains in the center of a quiet intersection where two roads cross.

In any case, once your candle has burned completely, your spell work is complete. Your work now is to envision, expect and receive the positive results.

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How Long Does It Take a Spell to Work?

How long it takes for a spell to work depends on the circumstances surrounding the situation. Often, more challenging situations require a longer time to turn around. I was taught, as a general rule, to look for three signposts indicating that your spell worked: Message, Movement and Manifestation.


A message for a spell is a signal from your guides, deities, or the universe, telling you in some way that you’re on the right track. A message is a small positive sign (such as hearing a special song on the radio, seeing a word on a billboard, a special number on a clock or seeing a symbol of some kind) within three days of completing your spell work. Keep your eye open for these special spiritual messages that come from the otherworld.


Movement is an event which moves you slightly closer toward your goal. For example, movement could be getting a like from your target on your social media or for a job to call you in for an interview. Movement is not the end result but it’s a step toward your end result. Look for movement toward your goal within three weeks of finishing your candle spell.


Manifestation is your final outcome. The manifestation of your spell should occur within three months of completing your candle spell. If, at any point, you are not seeing one of these messages, movement, or manifestation, then you probably have to go back and give your intention more energy, employ a new strategy, light another candle or do some more spiritual work around your situation.

Think about this: not every disease is cured with one dose of medicine; sometimes it requires another dose and sometimes several – the same is true for spiritual work. If you would like to know more specific timing for your particular case or a spiritual assessment of how challenged the situation is, I recommend getting a tarot reading with a trusted reader.

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Working with the Spirit of Black Hawk

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Who Is Black Hawk?

Black Hawk (who was born Ma-ka-tai-me-she-kia-kiak), was a famous Native American war leader from the Sauk tribe in the American Midwest. When Native Americans were being forced off their lands by white American settlers in the early 1800s, Black Hawk led several successful attacks to defend the lands of his tribe. 

Black Hawk and Spiritualist Churches

There is a long history of Spiritualist churches working with Native American Spirits. The spirit of Black Hawk came to Mother Leafy Anderson in the 1920s as her spirit guide and has since contacted many other spiritualists to guide them. (By the way, check out the gorgeous spirit lights around Mother Leafy Anderson in the photo above.)

Black Hawk is particularly attracted to helping those who are fighting social injustice, to protect those who have been oppressed by “the system,” and those who have Native American ancestry.

How to Work with Black Hawk

If you would like to work with Black Hawk (or any spirit or deity, for that matter). I recommend that you first ask the spirit if you may work together. If the answer is a yes, you will be given some sort of sign. For those who ask to work with Black Hawk, I have heard many different possibilities of signs – seeing a hawk in the sky, seeing an image of or the word “Hawk,” seeing Native American imagery and so on.

Spell to Work With Black Hawk

If Black Hawk agrees to work with you and you would like his aid and guidance, I recommend the following spell:

Choose a Black Hawk candle of a color that is aligned with your intention (red for love, green for prosperity, white for general blessings, blue for healing, yellow for success, orange for opportunities, purple for power, or brown for legal matters).

Inscribe your intention around the base of the candle. Be sure to word your petition in a gracious way that doesn’t sound demanding, for example, “Black Hawk please aid me in protecting my loved ones” – that “please” is important. Black Hawk will be more likely to help you if you approach him with the respect and reverence he deserves. 

Dress the candle with an appropriate spiritual oil and place it on a dish or tray. As you dress the candle, respectfully ask the spirit of Black Hawk to assist you in your worthy cause.

Leave an Offering for Black Hawk

Place five Indian Head Pennies and three whole fruits around the base of the candle; small apples are an excellent choice, as they are regional to the midwest and less likely to go bad while you do this spell. 

Thank Black Hawk in advance for his help and sprinkle the candle with Tobacco to assist your connection to him before lighting for your intention.

Burn your candle for three nights, snuffing it out before you go to sleep.

After the candle has burned completely, retrieve the pennies and use them as talismans to keep the spirit of Black Hawk close to you.

Eat the fruit or offer the fruit back to the earth as compost.

Soften the remaining wax with a hairdryer and mold it into a talisman for your altar or bury the wax in your backyard.

Look for signs that Black Hawk is communicating with you and assisting you from the spirit realm.

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11 Ways You Can Make Some Serious Magic with the Full Moon

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Make Some Powerful Full Moon Water to Do Moon Magic

What’s more magical than the moon? Is there anything more beautiful than a full moon on a clear night, the silver light glistening in the crisp fresh air? Whenever the full moon shows her face, it’s the perfect time to do some powerful moon magic.

When I was a little girl, long before the internet let us find anything we wanted at the touch of a Google “I Feel Lucky” button, I was always searching for any information I could find on magic. In a book somewhere I read that witches would spin around three times and bow to the moon on the night when it was full. So, the little girl that I was would go out into my backyard, look up at the full moon, spin around three times and then make what I thought was a graceful, dizzy curtsy.

The Full Moon Is a Perfect Time for Doing Divination

I was born under the sign of Cancer, and Cancers are ruled by the Moon, so it was only natural that I gravitate to what I call my “Moon Mama” but any sign can benefit from working with the Moon. Full moons are the perfect time for doing spells for increasing psychic abilities and powers of divination. It’s the perfect night to dust off the old tarot deck or do a tea leaf reading for your friend, for example.

Make a Powerful Magical Water to Use All Month Long

Full moons are also amazing for creating powerful intentions for love, prosperity and blessings. But you don’t have to limit that kind of magic to just that one night. If you want to carry the power of the full moon over to the rest of the month, you can capture the magic by making Full Moon Water. Full Moon Water is an extremely powerful water for blessing in any context.

Before you get started, check your favorite online moon phase calendar to see when the full moon is going to be at its apex. If it’s early in the morning or during the day, this spell can be started on the night before so that you capture the waxing moon’s magic.

Spell for Full Moon Water

Fill a clear glass or white porcelain bowl with spring water on the night of the Full Moon. You don’t have to go to a spring to get the water (although, that would be amazing). Bottled spring water will work perfectly for you city spellworkers. As an alternative, you can gather rainwater or melted snow for this spell, which is another amazing way to add an extra level of magic to the working.

If you would like to supercharge your spell and really draw in some extra magnetic force, you can place some tumbled moonstones around your bowl of water to amplify the moon energy.

At moonrise, place the bowl outside or, if you’re going to do your spellwork inside, place it next to a window where the moon can shine down on it.

Hold your hands over the bowl as the moon begins shining and say a prayer or intention for the water, for example, “Open my psychic abilities and strengthen my intuition,” “May my true love be drawn to me,” or “Bring bright blessings into my life.” Whatever you are asking for, ask for it with a clear, confident and powerful intention.

Leave your water in the light of the moon for the entire night. The next day, you can decant your water to a bottle to use throughout the month.

Ways to Use Your Magic Full Moon Water

You can use this holy moon water to sprinkle around your house to bless and protect it.

You can add a bit of clear alcohol (such as vodka) at about a 10% ratio to preserve the water. Keep it in the fridge and you can drink it all month long.

You can use it in magic potions, such as teas.

You can add it to your bath water for a spiritual cleansing.

You can use it to bless and consecrate your magical tools.

You can place a cup of it as an offering on your ancestor altar.

You can pour it over your body for a self-love ritual.

You can plant a magical plant and water it with this amazing water to infuse it with your intention.

There are so many beautiful ways that you can use this holy moon water.  Let your inspiration guide you.

This article was written by Madame Pamita and was published on YourTango and Medium.

Want to do more moon magic? Check out this Moon Spell for New Love.