Herbal How To: Use Fire to Invoke Ceremony or Spells

The use of fire or of lighting virgin candles is a basic element in the binding of spells, the concocting of potions or the setting of ceremony. Considered sympathetic magic, candle magic which doesn’t require a lot of fancy ritual or expensive ceremonial artifacts. Remember when you were a child and you made a wish before you blew out the candles on your birthday cake? That was your first spell. The birthday-candle ritual is based on three key magical principles that can be applied to any spell: (1) Deciding on a goal, (2) visualizing the end result and (3) focusing your intent, or your will, to manifest that result. Use these steps to help guide you if you are new at witchcraft. Lighting a candle puts a spark of breath into your intent and is there to represent itself when you call in the elements. Lighting a candle lets your spell burn with a fiery flame of transformation. Fire is the element of change, a crucial ingredient for any invocation. Always use a new candle and let it burn out naturally – smaller candles are best. After you've selected a candle, you'll want to oil it or dress it before burning. This is a method by which you'll establish a soulful 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 grapeseed because it has no smell. Are you ready to begin magic making? Below are some candle colors and herbs that correspond – I hope they inspire you! If you’re work calls for herbs to be used as well, roll the oiled candle in some powdered herbs until it is coated all the way around. Be sure to watch your candle carefully while it burns if you choose to dress it as some herbs are quite flammable (such as mullein).
Candle Color What it represents Herbs that correspond
RED Courage, vibrant health, lust Rose petals, Jasmine flowers, Damiana or Hawthorne Flowers
PINK Friendship, sweet plantonic love Linden flowers, Peony, Chamomile
ORANGE Attraction and encouragement Schisandra Berry, St Johns Wort, Lemon Balm
YELLOW Persuasion and protection Yarrow, Devil’s Club, Lobelia
GREEN Financial gain, abundance, fertility Ginseng, Nettle, Red Clover Flowers, Eleuthero
Light Blue Health, patience, and understanding Ashwagandha, Licorice Root and Reishi
Dark Blue Depression and vulnerability Blue Vervain, Black or Blue Cohosh, Lavender
Black Negativity and banishment Mugwort, Pau D’Arco, Sage
White Purity and truth Holy Basil or Tulsi, Ashwagandha, Cordyceps
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