So if you have used paraffin candles in your magickal
workings, there is no reason to not try a gel candle. Gel candles
are just as safe to use as paraffin, read Truth
About Gel Candles for more information about burning candles
safely. The only real difference is that gel candles should not
be burned for more than 2 hours at a time. This makes them ideal
for multiple day spells or spells that get repeated. Holiday candles
can be burned the night before and after along with using them during
your ritual. Gel candles do not work very well if your candle magick
spell calls for letting the candle burn down completely in one night.
Then you can either change the spell or use a votive.
HowI Make Gel Candles for Magick
To be honest, when we first started making magickal
candles, we thought of using paraffin. They really are more cost
effective: no containers needed, once you purchase a mold it can
be used time after time, paraffin wax is cheaper. And people were
used to using them. But my business marketing mantra is "why
create something that already has tons of competition?" Try
a search of magickal candles, there are thousands of paraffin candles
available. But we are the only ones making magickal gel candles,
or at least we were the first.
Since the wax is not the closest to nature, the
additions are. I only use essential oils to scent my candles. This
is great for magick but hard sometimes to create the best scent.
For example, when we created our Autumn
Equinox candle we really wanted to make it apple scented, or
at least have apple in it. But there is no apple essential oil.
For our Lughnasadh candle, which we
created to look like harvest wine, we wanted something fruity but
again, no berry essential oils. So I often look to the associations
of an oil for the scents rather than matching the look or traditional
smells associated with the purpose.
Every candle contains a stone or crystal that relates
to the energies of the candle. This helps further align the candle
with the natural forces needed for successful spell casting. The
stones are cleansed and then empowered with the candles. Once the
candle is burned down, the stones can be used in any way you see
fit to finish the spell, or you can cleanse them and empower them
with your own purpose.
The glitter......well....that really isn't natural.
I often use glitter to color the candle instead of dyes, altho some
like World Peace or Midsummer
candles do contain dyes. Think how boring a gel candle would
be without color or glitter. The flames would reflect any bubbles
and add a nice touch but still..... I stand behind my decision to
use glitter because it really enhances the look of the gel candles.
It adds a touch of movie-fantasy magic, making the candle really
sparkle when lit. To some this may aid the mind shift from the mundane
world to the spiritual world in which magick is performed.
To some candles I add other symbols like the cat
charm in Bast candle and the moon in Night
Magick candle. Those items are made of metals which are natural
substances. To the Wheel of the Year candles I added stickers and
ribbon to the outside. When possible I used natural ribbons but
some are polyester. These were added to enhance the look of the
candles and to help with the visualization of the energies.
On the night that I make the candles, I gather all
ingredients together and ask Brigit
to bless them and my workings that night. We asked Brigit to help
us with this business when we first started, and I have continued
to work with Her after my partner left the business. She is a goddess
of the flames and of creativity. She is associated with candle making.
You do not have to follow Brigit to use my candles, She is the patroness
goddess of my business but not of each individual candle.
Once made, all candles are empowered with the corresponding
energies in a circle. The empowering spell I use has a specific
form with some lines being changed to match the candle. During the
empowering, I direct the candle to release the energies when invoked
by the spell written on the card accompanying each candle sold.
I only empower the candles during the circle, I do not combine other
spells or rituals with this task. Once the circle is released, the
candles stay on the altar undisturbed overnight. In the morning
a piece of plastic wrap is placed over the container to keep the
energies and scent in, and all other energies out.
I have had great response to my magickal gel candles.
I have used them during rituals and spells with great success. I
would welcome any comments by those who purchase the candles, especially
with permission to print quotes.
I hope this page has cleared up any misconception
that gel candles are any less safe or less magickal than any other
candles. I hope you will choose to try one of our candles and respect
your choice if you don't. Blessed be, ~~ Laura (Rhiannon Rose)