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Candle Magic for Beginners: Your ULTIMATE Guide

Wondering how to do simple candle magic? It’s a lot easier than you might think! Here’s your ULTIMATE guide to candle magic for beginners. We will discuss the magical properties of certain colors for candle magic, the sizes and types of candles and their applications, dressing a candle, and how to do a basic candle spell.

Candle Magic for Beginners

What you’ll find in this tutorial:

  • Candle magic colors
  • Sizes and types of candles best for certain rituals
  • How to dress and bless/charge a candle
  • How to do candle magic
  • What to do with candle spell remnants

Candle Magic Colors

The best candle magic starts with thinking about the color and kind of candle you’ll use. First start with the color. Color itself is a magical thing and fuels your intention in your candle magic ritual. Use this candle magic color guide to choose the right color. Feel free to pin it to your Pinterest board for future reference!

Candle Magic for Beginners: Candle Colors

Kinds & Sizes of Candles for Magic

Beginners are often confused on what kind or size of candle to use for candle magic. The thing is most rituals and spells don’t tell you what kind or size to use. It’s left up to the candle magic practitioner to decide. I’ve tried to make it easier for you here. Use these guidelines:

  • Tapers:  These are the long, thin candles your grandma has at her house. These were popular candles in the old days and were handmade back then. Use tapers to light up your altar during ritual or seal a witch’s bottle. 
  • Novenas:  jarred, tall candles often found in the dollar store, Walmart, or the grocery store with pictures of saints, Mary, and Jesus. Use novena candles to honor your gods/goddesses, ancestors, angels, etc. Bless them and burn them as often as you’d like.
  • 7 Knob: seven knob candles are popular in American folk magic traditions and are used to cast a spell for seven days in a row. Light and burn one knob each day for 7 days.
  • Medium to Large pillars: thick, medium to large candles. These burn a long time, so I recommend using only as ambient lighting or to honor your gods/ancestors. 
  • Small pillars: smaller candles that burn faster than pillars and larger candles. Use these in candle magic that lasts three hours or more. Great to seal larger witch’s bottles or jars. 
  • Chime/Spell Candles: PERFECT for candle magic for beginners. Bell candles (also called chime or spell candles) burn in about an hour. 
  • Birthday candles: a cheap, quick-burning substitute for bell candles. These also come in different colors
  • Animal and Figure Candles: these kinds come in various sizes and styles. Owls, wolves, cats, lovers, birds, etc. Animal candles are extra helpful when honoring and communicating with animal spirit guides and familiars. Human figure candles are used in love and healing spells, mostly.
  • Tealights: I particularly love tealights for heating up jar spells or doing quick candle magic. They come in all colors and some are scented. Find tealights in packs at your dollar store or Walmart.
  • Floating candles: candles that float in water aren’t just pretty…they’re great for keeping one’s wishes afloat. I find them particularly powerful when using both the water and fire elements to fuel your spell work (think sacred polarity).

How to Dress a Candle

Candle magic for beginners should always include dressing a candle, but unfortunately this part is frequently overlooked. Dressing a candle involves adding extra ingredients and intention into your candle spell or ritual by anointing your candle in oils, carving symbols or words into your candle, and/or rolling the oiled candle in loose leaf herbs and powders. You may choose to do one or all of these.

While you carve, load, anoint, and dress with herbs, visualize your intention for this candle ritual. Do you need healing? Are you attracting love? A new job? Friendship? Justice in a legal matter? Envision yourself having whatever your desire/need is while dressing the candle. This adds extra power to your ritual.

Here’s the different ways to dress your candles:

  • Carve symbols, sigils, pictures, or words into your candle using an athame, knife, pin, etc.
  • Anoint the candle with magical oils
  • Load your candle by carving out a portion of the top/bottom and adding herbs/oils
  • After you’ve anointed in oil, roll your candle in loose leaf herbs or powders of your choice
  • Encircling your candle spell with powders, oils, crystals, etc. protects the spell while it’s in action and amplifies your intentions

WARNING! Overloading your candle with herbs or plant matter of any kind CAN and WILL produce a large flame. This is a common mistake with beginners and is a definite fire hazard. A sprinkle/pinch of herb is typically enough and cuts down the risk. NEVER LEAVE YOUR CANDLES UNATTENDED.

How to Bless or Charge a Candle

There’s that word again – charge. It seems everywhere a beginner looks this work is thrown into online sources and books. But what does it mean to charge? And how do you do it? To charge an item means to put your energy into it, your intention, your emotions, your goals. It’s easiest to charge your candle and candle magic ingredients while you’re dressing your candle.

By simply visualizing your goal’s positive outcome while holding the candle in your hands, your energy is being imprinted onto the candle, oils, and herbs themselves. This is what it means to “charge”. Some people feel their energy radiating from their palms into the items they’re charging, while some feel a warmth. Some might feel nothing at all. As long as you’re visualizing your goal, literally seeing it happen in your mind’s eye, then you are imbuing that energy into whatever you’re holding. 

Candle Magic for Beginners: How to Cast Like a Pro

It didn’t take me long to become proficient in candle magic, and it won’t take you long either as long as you practice. Candle magic for beginners may seem convoluted, but eventually you’ll come up with your own signature style. Adapt to your needs and preferences. Here’s how to do a basic candle spell or ritual:

  1. Choose the color and size/type of candle for your intention.
  2. Prepare oils and herbs/powders and knife for carving.
  3. Carve your symbols, sigils, etc. into candle (optional) (start visualization of your goals/desires coming to fruition at this point and continue throughout ritual).
  4. Anoint candle with oils.
  5. Roll oiled candle in herbs/powders.
  6. Light and burn for intended time (I recommend letting the candle burn out on its own instead of blowing or snuffing the flame. Make sure you monitor the candle spell while it’s burning so nothing catches fire!)

What to Do with Candle Spell Remnants

Following a candle spell, beginners might wonder what to do with the remnants. Before you dispose or keep the remnants, consider doing candle wax predictions. Look at the wax drippings and scry a pattern, picture, letter, number, etc. that may give you a deeper look at the spell’s energy and results. Don’t make this a difficult process. Simply look at the drippings and make candle wax predictions based on the first thought that pops into your head. Your intuition usually speaks before logic. Write down your readings then move onto disposing/keeping the remnants.

What you do with the remnants of the candle magic will depend on the intention. For instance, if you want to draw something to you, you’ll want to bag up the remnants and keep them close-by. If love is your intention, take the wax, herbs, and remnants of the spell, tie them in a bag, and keep it under your mattress, next to your bed, or in your underwear drawer, etc. If you’re looking to banish something from your life like a bad habit, bag up the remnants and throw them in running water, trash them on the other side of town, etc. Just get it away from you.

The ultimate guide to candle magic for beginners: candle colors, size,s, how to charge, dress, and do candle magic plus candle wax predictions!


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  9. Rebekah

    December 16, 2018 at 4:44 pm

    Very informative and nicely written! Easy to understand. Glad you addressed toxic herbs. I need to put a list of these in BOS.

    1. admin

      December 17, 2018 at 2:18 pm

      Thank you, Rebekah! Glad you found it useful.

  10. Itsme0775 Itsme0775

    November 17, 2018 at 3:20 pm

    What kind of powders. Not sure what you mean

    1. admin

      November 17, 2018 at 10:24 pm

      Herbal powders – powders made from grinding down herbs into a fine dust. Powders can also be made from eggshells, etc.

      1. Karen

        December 10, 2018 at 7:11 pm

        Would it just be from organic material? Could you use rose petals? Or lemon rind? Something like that?? Or just herbs? I assume fresh herbs if so.. are there some herbs better than others?

        1. admin

          December 11, 2018 at 12:22 pm

          It can be anything you want to use. Rose petals absolutely work as well as lemon rind. Fresh OR dried herbs do the trick! No herbs are better than others, just be careful the ones you use don’t put off toxic fumes if lit up.

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