Water, Wick & Oil — How To Make a Braucherei Spirit Candle From Blessed Water & Cooking Oil
by Silver RavenWolf copyright 2012
Can’t afford expensive candles or just want to go the primitive route? Here’s an inventive candle idea that requires only water, wick, and good old fashioned cooking oil!
Container for your Spirit Candle
Waxed wick to match the diameter of your container — this is very important. If the wick is too small for the width of the container, your wick will drown in about an hour.
One Wick Tab (or you can use a dab of hot glue from your glue gun)
Optional: Fresh herbs, gemstones, and other objects can be placed in the water before adding the oil.
Step One: Affix the wick tab to the wick, or if using a glue gun, go directly to step two.
Step Two: Affix wick to inside bottom center of container. If you are using fresh herbs or gemstones, add them now. A picture of this type of Spirit Candle is shown below.
Step Two and a Half: No kidding. If you wish to banish something from your life, add a little salt to the water. If you wish to attract particular energies, add a pinch of white sugar. For example, if you need prosperity or good fortune in your life, add a little white sugar to the water and stir gently before pouring into the container.
Step Three: Fill container with water leaving about 1 inch space at the top of container. You need this space to add the oil and prevent container from overflowing should you wish to carry your Spirit Light somewhere.
Step Four: Think of your favorite prayer, chant, or blessing charm and intone it over the water while holding the container. Your words can be a simple blessing, or an incantation for a particular spell. When you are finished with your blessing or charm, blow over the surface of the water three times. This is to instill the holy breath of Spirit and attune you more closely to the spiritual energies of the universe.
Step Five: Pour 1/4 inch of cooking oil on top of the water. Don’t worry, it will rise to the surface in a few seconds. This 1/4 inch of oil will give you an approximate thirteen hour burn.
Step Six: Cut wick to 1/2inch above the surface of the cooking oil. The longer the wick, the bigger the flame so be careful that you don’t leave the wick too long. Conversely, if the wick is cut too short, your flame will drown.
Your Spirit Candle is now ready for use. Just light the wick! We used a Spirit Candle like the one pictured below in our healing circle. The power went out all over the valley; but, we had plenty of light to continue our working thanks to our Spirit Candle!
You can also use your Spirit Candle in dedication to a particular deity. In this picture, a request was made for the protection of the Goddess Bast.
Employing the elements of empowered water and fire, your Spirit Candle can be used for all types of magicks, spells, rituals, or meditations. Like the more Heathen approach? Add ice to your Spirit Candle and place container over your favorite bindrune. Just be sure you leave enough room in the container to accommodate the melting ice.
Whether for pleasure, necessity, or magick, a Spirit Candle is particularly powerful because you made it yourself!
- History of Candles (witchesofthecraft.com)