The term candle comes from
“There are two ways of spreading light, to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.” – Edith Wharton
Candles are essential ingredients in many spells. They symbolize the fire element and spirit, the energizing force that activates spells and rituals. In addition, they provide a focal point for your attention, helping you to still your mind. And their soft, flickering light creates an ambiance that shifts you out of your ordinary existence.
Magicians usually keep on hand a supply of candles in a range of colors. Chapter 3 discussed color symbolism. When you cast spells, it's important to remember these color connections. If you're doing a love spell, for example, burn a red or pink candle that represents passion, affection, and the heart. Prosperity spells call for green, gold, or silver candles, the colors of money.
Candles can enhance just about any spell. Many magicians set candles on their altars: white, red, or gold to symbolize male/yang/god; black, blue, or silver to represent female/yin/goddess energies. Some formal rituals involve carefully placing candles in specific spots and moving them according to prescribed patterns.
Five thousand years ago, the Egyptians formed beeswax into candles similar to the ones used today. Beeswax candles with reed wicks have been discovered in the tombs of Egyptian rulers, placed there, perhaps, to light their journey into the realm beyond.
You can cast a circle with candles, too. Simply position them around the space where you plan to perform a magic spell or ritual, then light them in a clockwise manner, beginning at the easternmost point. As mentioned earlier, you may choose to dress your candles with essential oils and/or carve words or sigils into the wax. More complicated spells require forming candles into shapes that represent your intentions.
Most people are familiar with a very simple and popular candle spell:blowing out candles on a birthday cake. Because cosmic energies are generally auspicious on your birthday, this is an ideal time to do magic spells. But in most instances, it's usually better to snuff out the candle than to blow it out, and some spells recommend letting the candle burn down completely.