by Silver RavenWolf
My magickal family and I do a lot of outdoor work here at the RavenWolf hearthstone, which includes crafting, rituals, meditation, and spellcasting. Sometimes we use the circle bonfire area and in other instances, we have a cauldron centered on a picnic table as our focus. This winter we enjoyed mild temperatures with plenty of good weather to collect dried sticks and tinder for our fire work. To add to the enchantment, I’ve been making aromatic fire starters from collected and recycled materials nestled in soy wax.
You can make your own with just a few supplies. Here is what I used, however, feel free to change anything to match your needs.
Soy Wax — I used Cargill C-3 Nature – 1 pound made 8
Wicks — I used Eco 14 (however, you don’t need the wick, they just make the fire starter a bit easier to handle)
Herbals to match your intent
Indelible Marker – if you want to put sigils on the bottom of your firestarter
Not required: I also added heart and shamrock embeds made of dyed paraffin wax, and
3 drops of matching liquid fluid condenser to each firestarter (see my book The Witching Hour for instructions, or you can purchase Liquid Fluid Condenser from my online shoppe).
Soy wax can be safely melted in the microwave in a Pyrex container (follow instructions from manufacturer). You can also use a double-boiler. Never melt wax in a single pot on the stove as you risk fire/explosion from the gases. Before pouring the wax, you can draw sigils with an indelible marker on the paper cupcake cups, or you can wait until they are cool to add your intent. Place empty cups in the cupcake pan.
Once you have melted the wax, add fragrance if you desire. Follow manufacturer’s instructions for fragrance load. Next, I added dried wax-soaked paper towels (recycled from the cleanup from candle making) in the center of each cupcake paper, or you can cut paper towels in strips and then into small squares and rectangles and stack them in the paper cups. Other choices include using about 1 to 1/2 inch of sawdust instead of wax-soaked paper towels. You can usually get a free bag from a lumber yard. Add any small bits of sticks that you have gathered from the woods. Cedar chips also work.
Pour the wax into the cupcake paper. I pour wax as close to the lip as possible. Wait a few minutes until the wax begins to skim (just a bit) on top. This is so your herbals don’t sink. My advice is not to walk away before adding your goodies because wax has a tendency to set up quickly once it starts to skim. I usually stand there with my Kindle and catch a page or two. Add wick, herbals, and embeds (like the hearts and shamrocks shown here if you are using them). Once all ingredients are added, I empower the firestarters for their intent. The melts vibrate well to tuning forks, bells, rattles, whispering, or chanting.
Once the wax completely cools, your firestarters are ready to use in your outdoor large cauldron or bonfire.
How to Use Wax Firestarters: Lay the firestarter on a bed of tinder, small sticks, or dried herbs. Light the wick or the paper on the side of the firestarter (or both) — lighting honestly depends on weather conditions or the material you are using in your fire.
Love Herbal Formula — Ginger Bits, Rose Petals, Cinnamon sticks, and Hot Peppers with 3 drops of Spirits of Rose Liquid Fluid Condenser in each firestarter.
Prosperity Herbal Formula – Chocolate Mint, Chamomile, Red Clover, Allspice, Cinnamon, and 3 drops of Spirits of Marigold Liquid Fluid Condenser.