As a candle burns it releases not only it’s wax but it’s color into theatmosphere. What ever has been connected with the candle as in the form of embedded energy or written on the candle will transmigrate to a plane where it can do what you have intended and focused on it to do.
A candle, like everything else used for a magickal purpose, has to be consecrated. Use the general consecration for candles. They are creatures of Fire or of Art.
After consecration a candle must be dressed. This consists of anointing the candle with a special oil you have chosen for the purpose in mind. If you are drawing money to you I would suggest “Money Draw”. If you are healing a friend I would use “Health” oil. The recipes for these and other oils and incense are in Herman Slater’s, “Magical Formulary” or Scott Cunning ham’s. Both are excellent.
To dress a candle correctly, dab some oil on your finger (and be liberal) touching the top of the candle say, “As Above”. Touch the bottom and say, “So Below”. Starting at the center touch the candle with more oil and move your finger to the top. Lift you finger off and place it again in the center and stroke the candle to the bottom. Do NOT move your finger in an up and down motion. This confuses the energies. Do this until the candle is coated.
There are many other things you can do to embed a candle to your purpose. You can etch runes in it; a name on it; a purpose for it to perform.. Really the list is endless.
If you are doing a Solar spell consult the table for the proper hour, i.e., Sunday on a Sun hour. Consult the celestial guide to see if Mars and Saturn are not square, in opposition or conjunct to your purpose (unless you are trying to wreck havoc… watch that Karma) and that the Moon is not V/C. (void of course). For a spell that is to bring things to you the Moon needs to be “waxing” . For a repelling or banishing spell the Moon needs to be “waning”.
Simple Spells, Mixed Spells, and Complex Spells
All the formulas given here have the same basic concepts. They are Timing, Intend and Focus. For timing one would go to the Astrological tables (celestial guide), Days and Hours table. For focus the Magical Herb table, perhaps Gems too, and last but not least the Oil and Incense formularies. (Not easy being a Witch is it?). Next decided whether the spell is going to need a Deity push (invoking the God and Goddess of your choice) or maybe just an elemental. Decided how much power this spell will need. (You wouldn’t use a nuclear weapon to blow out a match but you do want to make sure that the spell will work.)
Simple Candle Spell
A simple candle spell consists of usually one candle of the necessary color, the special purpose oil and the matching incense. The spell will be performed on the correct time with all necessary symbols engraved on the candle. The candle is lit and allowed to burn all the way down at one time.
Mixed Candle Spells
This gets a little more complicated. There are 1 day spells as the one above, 3 day spells, 7 day spells, 14 and 21 day spells. I have yet to see a 28 day spell work. (Something about the Moon going full circle nullifyingthe spell…try it if you don’t believe me..). A 3,7,14,21 day spells all have the same thing in common. They are started on the appropriate hour and last only one hour per day, that is to say…
If we are doing a Solar spell we would start on a Sunday in the first hour (Sun hour for that day) and let the candle burn for only one hour. The next day we would light the candle in the first hour which would be a Moon hour on a Moon day. Lastly we would light the candle again on the first hour of the last day and that would be a Mars hour on a Mars day letting the candle burn all the way down on the third day.
A note here about putting out candles. DO NOT BLOW OUT A CANDLE. Snuff it. Blowing out a candle finalizes the energy not to mention pissing of the Fire elemental. The only time you would blow out a magickal candle is when you need and emergency STOP. There will be a backlash so be prepared.
Irregardless if the Moon is Void of Course on any of the other days you would still follow through just as long as when you started the spell the Moon was in a positive aspect to your intent.
Adding power is really a simple process. Before starting the spell write a chant that you will do upon lighting the candle each day. Once the process of the spell is underway (the candle is lit) one could write a petition to a Deity or an elemental using Dragons Blood Ink on parchment and burn it with the incense in the thurible. Further, one could use a sigil or seal and do the same thing. A sigil or seal can be placed under the candle and burned later after the spell is complete. The combinations are endless.
Specific gems and stones can be placed around or near the candle to give it more power. Herbs can be embedded or sprinkled around the alter area for more potential too.