Have you been naughty or nice? Krampus knows!
The history of the Krampus figure has been theorized as stretching back to pre-Christian Alpine traditions, with celebrations involving Krampus dating back to the 6th or 7th century CE. Krampus appears in the folklore of Austria, Bavaria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania, Northern Italy, Slovakia, and Slovenia.
Krampus is a horned figure in the Central and Eastern Alpine folklore of Europe who, during the Advent season, scares children who have misbehaved. Assisting Saint Nicholas, or Santa Claus, the pair visit children on the night of 6 December, with Saint Nicholas rewarding the well-behaved children with gifts such as oranges, dried fruit, walnuts and chocolate, while the badly behaved ones only receive punishment from Krampus with birch rods. Krampus day itself, on the other hand, is on the 5th of December.
Although Krampus appears in many variations, most share some common physical characteristics. He is hairy, usually brown or black, and has the cloven hooves and horns of a goat. His long, pointed tongue lolls out, and he has fangs.
Krampus carries chains which he thrashes for dramatic effect and wears bells of various sizes. Of more pagan origins is the Rute, a bundle of birch branches that Krampus carries and with which he occasionally swats children. The Rute may have had significance in pre-Christian pagan initiation rites. Sometimes Krampus appears with a sack or a basket strapped to his back so that naughty children can be put in the bag and taken away.
With his shaggy hair, his lolling long tongue and the crying baby in his basket, this candle is sure to please a Krampus fan. You can burn this candle to celebrate the season, appease the spirits, or keep Krampus from taking you or your loved ones away. You can also do a lovely seasonal spell with this candle to convince someone who is naughty to be nicer.
Use the color that aligns with your intention:
- Red for passion and action
- Pink for romance, friendship or family
- Black for banishing or protection
- Green for fertility, generosity or prosperity
- Blue for tranquility, healing or reconciliation
- Purple for power and mastery
- Yellow for fame or happiness
- Orange for removing blocks or inviting opportunities
- Brown for grounding or connecting with nature
- White for blessing or any other purpose
Ways to use this candle:
- Dress the candle with Spirit Guide Oil or Native Spirit Oil before lighting for your intention.
- Place this candle unlit on an altar dedicated to connecting with Krampus, St. Nicholas or the old nature gods.
- Add a Protection Booster Pack to petition Krampus for protection.
For more information on how to cast a spell with a candle, check out our free How to Do a Candle Spell: Candle How To Guide
Candle measures 8” tall
Burn time: 16 hours
100% pure beeswax
Cotton wick – lead-free
Lovingly witchcrafted at the Parlour of Wonders in Los Angeles, California