Author: Silver RavenWolf

Candle Divination — The Science and the Unseen

by Silver RavenWolf
copyright 2016

candleDoes the way a candle burn have a mystical significance?  Or, do we rationalize that the manner in which the wax drips and pools falls merely within the realm of science?

The answer to both these questions is — yes!

I have been making candles for many years — you name it?  I tried my hand at it — paraffin, soy, blend of the two, beeswax melting and rolling, pillars, figure candles, votives, tea candles, container candles — whew!  I’ve worked with a slew of products — waxes, additives, oils, essentials, carriers, wick weights and types — if you could consider it a candle?  I made it.

Along the way I learned that there is always a scientific explanation on how any particular candle burns — space conditions, barometric pressure, the quality or type of wax used, wax temperature when poured, additives, oils, herbals (if any) the wick size, etc.  I was forced to acknowledge the science that creates a high quality product; yet, at the same time, I realized the amazing mystical aspects at play in all of my choices.

spiritsummon2For example, let’s say you bought a dud candle — it simply won’t light.  Perhaps the wick, somewhere along the way from production to you, was saturated with a heavy oil that won’t allow it to burn.  A bad carrier or even an overload of essential oils in the wax can also create the same problem.  That’s the science.  The magickal aspect asks:  “Why do I have this stupid, non-burning candle right now?  Right when I want to do this magick?”  We know that the Universe helps us in the form of visual signals that seem ordinary — like the candle wick not accepting the flame as a hint that all is not right with this working.  In the realm of the mystical — that candle possibly won’t light because:  You haven’t thought this spell through.  It isn’t the right time to do this particular spell.  You really don’t want to do this working because you are fearful or unsure of the circumstances…etc.  Perhaps, if you do this spell, it is going to rebound on you like dog shit flying out from under a ten ton mower blade.

The trick is to find the balance between the mystical, divinatory possibilities and the scientific reasoning.  By tying the scientific with intuition, you can learn a lot more about an issue simply by paying attention to the signals the universe is sending through ordinary means.  Being aware of your feelings before you do candle magick is worth the few moments to analyze the type of emotion you are experiencing before you light that wick.  Are you confident?  Afraid?  Feeling good?  Not so sure?  Back off if you are in the negative, do a cleansing of some type and then move forward.

Let’s say that you empowered your candle, lit it and it is burning beautifully.  Along comes your spouse and he blows out that candle. 



You’ve got to be kidding me! 

WHY did you do that? 

Perhaps that person gives a very logical explanation.  You turn away, frowning, because your mind is filled with questions.  Why did that happen?  Should I light the candle again?  Should I trash it and start over?  Obviously the scientific answer is that your spouse blew out the candle.  Done deal.  The divinatory one can be a little more complicated depending upon the nature of the working.  It could be that you (or your spouse) subconsciously don’t want to move forward on this issue at this time.  Perform some type of spiritual cleansing or Jinx Remove to get rid of this type of block, re-empower the candle if you still want to move forward OR, trash this candle and do a new one where the wording is different.  The spouse blowing out the candle could also be a signal that someone outside of yourself or your partner is concentrating on blocking your success on this issue — someone at your place of employment, or in the family who wishes to “outen” your work — an individual who, for whatever reason, does not want you to succeed.  It could be petty or it could be “just business”.  If your gut tells you that this is the right explanation, you would re-empower the candle, re-light it AND add an additional candle — such as Road Opener, Crown of Success, Protection, Hex Breaker, Send Back, or Black Cobra (if you think the negative energy is intentional). 

Hand rolled beeswax candles for Money Spell

Although natural soy and beeswax candles rarely soot — it can happen on occasion — soot indicates that there is resistance to your work.  Scientifically, certain fragrances and essentials are known to create soot — pine being the major one.  Again, why did you choose a pine scented candle for that working?

Here’s another example:  You buy ten beeswax candles in a pack.  You go to do the spell with one of the candles.  The flame goes out immediately.  You light it again, this time holding the flame longer to the wick and touching the wax.  The candle stays lit.  Science:  You did not hold the flame to the wick long enough because these wicks are not pretreated with any chemicals and it is cotton.  Mysticism: As this was the first candle out of this package, and you did not already know to hold the flame securely to the wick for a longer period of time — you may be jumping the gun on the working — or, your working will seem to take off, then poop.  Conversely, if this is the second candle in the pack, you already know to hold the flame to the wick longer because of what happened with the first candle — and the candle will take off the first time no problem.  

Scrying Candle

Strange things can happen with candle magick, which is why you must be vigilant in safety procedures.  If a glass container candle explodes, there are at least four scientific explanations:  Either there was an extreme temperature variation between the surface glass and the burning wax,  OR the container suffered some sort of hairline fracture, OR there were too many herbals in the wax too close to the flame (I blew up a love spell with that one), OR when the candle was poured the wick was crooked and portions bent too near the glass.  The last explanation is the most dangerous because when you first purchase the candle, you can’t see that the wick is doing a strange loop-de-loop under the surface of what looks like a centrally placed wick.  I set a pair of curtains on fire years ago because a dollar store candle wick was next to the glass half way down the jar and I didn’t realize it.  Hence, my interest in making my own darned candles!  Whatever the scientific reason for the explosion, in the realm of the mystical — expect the circumstance to be over quickly and often with an unexpected or powerful event.  Usually it is a good sign if you can get past the physical damage that might have occurred. 

ritual candles
Candle Magick Ritual

If a candle keeps going out on its own — scientifically, the wick is not heavy enough to handle the wax formula, you cut the wick too short for that formula, the carrier of the fragrance is too heavy, or the ratio of essential oil to wax is incorrect.  Sometimes you can continue to dump the excess wax so the candle can burn properly — however…what does this tell you about the circumstance?  Maybe, you need to do a different type of working to combat the obstacles that you might not be seeing.  Or, perhaps you aren’t actively investing your energy in the issue and need to change your behavior and thoughts surrounding the circumstances.  Scientifically?  If you have two of the same candle and they both burn badly?  Find a new brand of candle.

What if the candle makes snapping sounds?  Scientifically, there is water somehow, some way, in the wick, OR your magickal oil dripped down (somehow) next to the wick column between the wax and the wick. Mystically, chatter in candle magick is normally seen as a good thing, meaning that a great many changes are being made to fulfill your goal. 

mycranberrytinWhat if your candle burns super fast?  Scientifically, there is probably a lot of air movement around where the candle has been placed (drafty), OR the wick is too large for the formula or size of the candle, OR your magickal oil or other ingredients in the candle such as herbs, hasten the burn, OR you are burning a soy container candle and you didn’t let the melt pool cover the top of the candle before putting it out.  This is called tunneling.  On the lines of mystical interpretation — be pleased — your desire will come to pass quickly.  

If the wick flame is super high, you either forgot to trim the wick to the height appropriate for the type of wax, or there is an additive that is super combustible (something either added in the manufacturing process or by yourself).  Enchantment thought is that there is an influx of energy and the matter will end well and swiftly.

Puddles of wax can also be read in a divinatory way.  To the right of the candle, the worst is behind you.  To the left of the candle, there are obstacles ahead, gather up the puddle once it has cooled, inscribe a banishing pentagram on it, and dispose of it off your property.  The shape of the puddle can also be read like tea leaves — does it look like a ship and you were burning a money candle?  Then your fortune is on its way!  Does it look like cat vomit?  That was the first thing you thought?  An aura cleansing is definitely in order!  Usually the first image that comes to mind when reading wax like this, is correct — your subconscious mind is trying to tell you something, through a symbol, that the conscious mind is ignoring.  Stars are generally success, birds are messages, arrows are moving in a specific direction, etc., however, symbols although universal, should be read in a personal way.  For example, a spider can mean creativity and is solution oriented; but, if you see a spider and you don’t like spiders, then the message is definitely a personal one.  Scientifically, a soy votive will puddle everywhere unless burned in a candle cup, and various other waxes have their own general pooling patterns.

The residual wax left on the sides of a container candle can also be read in a divinatory way by interpreting the shapes and patterns remaining on the cold glass.  Why is there wax clinging to the inside of the container?  Whether soy or paraffin, the wick was too light or the choice of wick construction was not appropriate for that type of wax.   For example, natural waxes require a different type of wick than paraffin waxes.  If you use a wick designed for paraffin in a soy brew, you will have trouble with a good burn (if it burns at all).  Beeswax is particularly fussy.  Sometimes chandlers (candle makers) actually design the candle so that it will leave the residue, making the container appear to glow softly.  

samhainbag5.jpgWhat type of candle is best for mystical purposes?  They say that beeswax is superior, soy second (because it is natural; however, due to the process involved in making soy wax, research indicates soy wax cannnot be termed “organic”), followed by palm wax, and paraffin last — this, of course, depends on who you are asking.  But, who is the expert?  You are.  Choose the type of wax, that through personal experimentation, brings you the most reliable, consistent results.

Science?  Magick?  Both?  You decide.

Silver RavenWolf – Day 31 -Thursday – 31 December 2015 – Great Release Challenge – Cinnamon Prosperity Wish Bags


2015 Great Release Program
Day 30- December 30 2015
by Silver RavenWolf

Every day you must throw or give something away!


3rd Quarter Moon Void in Virgo (Closure)
Moon Moves into Libra New Years Eve for Pacific Coast
but remains void for East Coast

Mercury Hour for Virgo Energy
Jupiter Hour for the Ruler of the Day

This Week’s Theme:  Peace Within – Closure

The Foundation —  Begin your day with the Braucherei Morning cleansing and empowerment exercise (please view first post of the program ).

Continue to use the Five Rays of Joy exercise given on On Day 12 .

If you like, continue to use the Peace Prayer in your daily activities (located in Day 2 of the program) and and Peace in the Moment visualization.  When you have finished with this week’s theme exercise, move on to today’s fun activities!

Silver’s Notes:  Whoot!  You Made It!

You did it!  Every day for 31 days you managed to throw or give something away!  During the program we cleaned, straightened up, fixed, cleared and accomplished — and all that while we focused heavily on your magick and the inner self.  I am so proud of you!

This last week I managed to finish the craft room closet (which I thought I wouldn’t be able to get to), cleaned out the kitchen cabinets, fixed a broken table, completed three household craft projects, do grandma duty (my version of babysitting), clear out the refrigerator a second time, finish the laundry, take a sick person to the hospital, and rearrange my bedroom clothing shelves.  Whew!  What were you able to accomplish?

New Years Eve is one of my favorite times for magick because a large portion of the world expends a great deal of energy in revelry — energy that you can catch the wave and use, if you focus.  I also like New Years Eve/Day because the time period isn’t a religious holiday — it is simply “joy of the people”.  Don’t forget that Jupiter goes retrograde on the 7th — which often affects good fortune coming into the home if you haven’t prepared for it.  Each year I make a conjure bag to keep our stability and finances strong during that retro period.  I also learned a long time ago that you:

  1.  Keep the largest denomination bill you can afford rolled and wrapped with red thread hidden in a box throughout the Jupiter retrograde period.  When the retro is over, spend it on the home OR give it to charity.
  2. ALWAYS have some money in the bank — even if it is only a few bucks.

During a retro period, a planet’s energies are turned within — that means that you will expand within yourself — it may be your spirituality, educating yourself, learning to be more charitable, etc.  When the planet swings direct, you will feed that energy out into the world.

On this last day I’ve given you two idea that you can use to prepare for the Jupiter retro period — the Cinnamon Conjure Bag or the Gnome Prosperity Poppet.

Mercury is retrograde from 5 January through 25 January 2016.

Jupiter is retrograde from 7 January through 9 May 2016.

This year, the Moon is Void in Virgo most of the day and evening, so you may want to do your New Years magick early in the day (before 11:50 AM EST/ 8:50 AM PST) OR after 1:41 AM New Year’s Day for Eastern Standard Time.  Pacific folks can work their magick at 10:41 PM on New Years Eve, when the moon moves into Libra.

This is a third quarter moon, so banishing work will do extremely well.  A simple spell would be to write all that is bothering you on slips of paper and burn them as that wave of energy flows your way.

Traditionally, New Years Day is seen as “new beginnings” regardless of the moon phase.  In our Pennsylvania Dutch German family we always have pork and sauerkraut on New Year’s Day to bring good luck throughout the coming year.  We also do the Braucherei Takin-off for every member of the family to remove all negativity on New Years Eve.

It has been a marvelous pleasure to spend the last 31 days with you!  I am proud of all of you for sticking with it, and plowing into change with a light heart and plenty of smiles.  You are the best!  May the wonderful energies you have created in this last month stay with you the whole year through!  The brightest of blessings to you in 2016!

Your Magickal Challenge Today — is to do the New Years Ritual that you have been planning — you can do it today OR tomorrow – given that the Moon is Void most of the day.

Magickal Ideas for the New Year

This past week I made Cinnamon Good Fortune Wish Conjure Bags to give to my friends to empower on the 9th of January, when the New Moon is in Capricorn.  However, they could also be used for Jupiter Conjure Bags, which you would want to empower before the 7th of January, to protect the wealth in the home.

Regardless, I will bless them at dawn on New Years Day while that sauerkraut and pork simmers in the oven.





The three orange buttons serve three purposes:

While I sewed them on, I chanted a good fortune charm.
The color (orange) is for opportunity.
You can touch the three buttons to help count the chants when empowering the bag or using the bag as a focus in a seven-day good fortune spell.

The rag embellishments are to catch those good fortune energies.

I will burn my bag at Midsummer, and then construct a new one for the second half of the year.

Prosperity Gnome Poppet

On Day 13 we talked about House Spirits and Helper Gnomes.  I found a free felt pattern that you can turn into a gnome design with little effort at Crafter Without a Cat blog.  I decided to create several house-helper gnomes to help usher in the New Year.  This one is for prosperity; however, you can also make one for Wisdom, Family Happiness, Healing, etc.


I stuffed all the items shown into the body of the poppet, added a petition paper to tune the gnome’s energy to my intent, then placed a small amount of batting on top to hold in the contents.


To easily attach the felt bottom, I put the gnome upside down in a small glass and used a whip stitch for closure.


Here are two of my completed gnomes — one is for good fortune and the other for business success.


To empower your gnome — you can use this easy technique:

Hold the gnome in your hands and state your intent.  Then:
1.  Give him or her a name, repeating it 9 times.  With each repetition of the name, blow on the poppet face, envision the glow of life entering the poppet.
2.  Give him or her a specific purpose.
3.  Indicate how you will activate him or her when he or she is needed.
4.  Seal the magick by drawing an equal-armed cross in the air over the gnome.

Keep your gnome in a safe place.  The destruction of your gnome by your cat picking his teeth with it may lead to unfortunate circumstances (like a sick cat).

If, for any reason, you no longer want to use your gnome — de-activate the poppet magickally, and then physically.

Physical Challenge

What is the one last physical thing that you would like to do today to finish out the program with a feeling of super success?  Have at it!

Today’s Summary

Practice the Peace in the Moment Exercise.

Repeat the Peace Prayer, Star Throw Blessing, and Peace in the Moment exercises if you like.

Practice your personal Five Rays of Joy wake-up program.

Choose a magickal craft that is a significator of your efforts in this program — something that you will look at throughout the year and remember how much effort and the wonderful success you achieved with the Great Release Challenge!

Perform a New Years Ritual that is tailored specifically for your needs.

Do one physical thing to close out the program.

    Throw out or give one thing away (most important task)

Don’t forget to add the coins to your Joy Jar! Tomorrow, give the coins to charity.

Peace with the Gods
Peace with Nature
Peace Within

Sleep Well and see you next year!

Happy New Year!