Walking a Magical Path
Magic isn't something that I believe is taught, its shared and for me is rarely performed for another, yet on the occasions it is, its for those closest to me. Magic is something that is to be discovered, to explore and to be found, personally, Often shared from Grandmother to Mother to daughter or Father to Son and so on.. or in a Coven or Grove..
It’s a nature-based belief and we use the seasons, herbs, colours, candles, the moon and the sun to help with spells to attain our dreams and desires, and those of others.
For a short time I had a wonderful Mentor Avery, she is A Hedge Witch, who nurtured the foundations after a lifetime of unlocking this path, she above all else helped me remember that Magic lives in us all.. It comes from deep inside us and from around us… Yet my greatest Teacher has been the innate and direct experience itself..
Think back to childhood Birthdays, A cake full of Candles, surrounded by friends and family, and love.. You told to blow out the candles and make a wish, that is the foundation of candle magic right there.. Candle magic is one of the simplest forms of spellcasting, and as such, it doesn’t require a lot of fancy ritual or ceremonial tools. In other words, anyone with a candle can cast a spell. Think back again to when you made a wish before you blew out the candles on your birthday cake. The same idea applies to candle magic, only instead of just hoping for your wish to come true, you're declaring your intent.
As a Hedge Witch does, one foot between the worlds, The Hedge is a powerful metaphor.. A space between worlds, beyond the Hedge is the wisdom of those that have come before us who carry a lantern of light, yet it also holds the spark of who are yet to come..
The Mechanics of Magic
Magic, It comes from deep within, harnessing all that moves through the cosmos, with grace and heart… Candle Magic is as Old as Flame and Fire itself, Its Woven.. Every spell is a journey..
So, what magic spells really are?
By casting a spell, you are performing a ritual act activating a change or a movement in the path you want your life to go. Be sure you are extremely clear about what you truly want; It’s normal to perform spells at home by creating a sacred space in the beginning. When it comes to your personal space, let it be safe, calm, and full of positive energy. Approaching your magic slowly becoming present.. believe in your spell and the way you perform it. As long as you feel empowered when doing it, the magic, it will take hold, yet at the same time have realistic expectations of the result.. Let the natural order of things unfold..
If magic spells are not associated with your inner intentions as well as forward action, they are just worthless. In other words, getting help from spells and rituals will bring more opportunities to your life; however, it’s still up to your own decisions to grab those opportunities and achieve what you crave for. Your efforts and patience will be worth the wait if you meet the Magic and the Candle with full presence and gently stay concentrated throughout the casting and your weaving...
Defining your intention
Intentions are very significant in the practice of witchcraft. What is your intent? What do you want to achieve? When working with the Spiritual Force, the energy that runs through all things , you have to be as much specific as possible. Don’t be too general, or it will bring confusions to your spell. Moreover, avoid using negative words or sentences. Simple Magic is often the best.. strong solid words and actions.. Writing your own will always hold so much power and bring the magic alive..
And how do we get to that ? The effective way I have found is to write down your intentions in your journal ( dedicate a journal to magic ) or just a piece of paper. When writing it down, you need to describe your desire with clear, meaningful words, helping you understand things you want better. What’s more? let the words be clear yet of heart.
If you think about it, the birthday candle ritual is based on three key magical principles:
Decide on a goal.
Visualize the end result.
Focus your intent, or will, to manifest that result.
Choosing a Candle
Most magical systems will tell you that the size of your candle really isn't important. In fact, really big candles may be counterproductive. For instance, a candle that takes three days to burn can be highly distracting to someone working a spell that depends on the candle burning all the way down. Yet you can blow that candle out and relight it the next evening with the intent that the spell is still running..
Typically, a short taper candle could work best.
When it comes to colours, you may wish to have a variety on hand for different magical purposes. Work with a sense of intuition and association when it comes to colour..
Using Your Candle in Magic
After you've selected a candle, oil or dress it before burning. This is a method by which you'll establish a psychic link between you and the candle itself. In other words, you're charging the candle with your own energy and personal vibrations and projecting your intent into the wax before you burn it.
To dress a candle, you'll need a natural oil; many practitioners like to use grapeseed because it has no smell. Another option is to use your own blended special candle magic oils remember my Chili Oil as a Oil for clearing the way? . Begin at the top of the candle, and rub the oil down to the middle. Then, begin at the base of the candle and rub the oil up towards the middle, ending where the first coating of oil left off. In some traditions, the anointing is done just the opposite way; start in the middle and work your way towards the two ends.
If your working calls for herbs to be used as well, roll the oiled candle in the powdered herbs until it is coated all the way around. It's important to remember, however, that a candle is just a tool. It is not inherently magical but a way to create magic using the element of fire to set one's intention into motion. Just as other tools used with magical intent are, candles should be spiritually cleansed before they're included in a spell.
The most basic form of candle magic uses a piece of coloured paper that matches the intent of your candle. Decide what your goal is, and write it on the piece of paper.