Candle Burning Basics

candle burning basics

The Proper Way to Burn a Candle

Lighting a candle is a physical action of sending out a prayer. But how do you know if the Universe hears your prayers? There are visual signs that you can look for as the candle burns to prove the Universe can hear your prayers. But first you need to know how to perform a simple candle burning exercise. I’ll tell you how. And once you master that, I will tell you what to look for to prove your prayers have been answered, or if you’ll encounter difficulties and delays. If it’s just not meant to happen, I can tell you how to look for those signs too!

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The Process

Let’s take a simple candle-burning exercise from beginning to end. The goal is to prepare you so that you feel confident when performing this exercise on your own. .

1. Select the Appropriate Candle
For almost all candle exercises, I suggest the tall, candles in glass, which can be found in grocery stores in the Hispanic food section. Sometimes these candles may be labeled with images of Saints, religious icons, or angels. I suggest these candles because divination signs can be easily read along the glass as the candle burns. Additionally, these candles are inexpensive and usually burn from 5 – 7 days. I don’t recommend using the smaller tea light candles because they burn quickly, and it’s harder to decipher divinatory messages. I also don’t recommend using those freestanding candles not enclosed in glass because they will make a mess, dripping on your table surface. You could read the divination signs in the meted wax, but that is a much trickier task for a beginner.

Once you select a glass-enclosed candle, choose an appropriate color from the following list:

White: Spiritual practices, marriage or grieving and prayer. Also used for general purpose, or when other colors are unavailable.

Black: Repelling negativity

Green: Money-drawing or good harvest

Blue: Spirituality, health or a peaceful home

Purple: Conquering, mastery, and success in studying, exams, school

Brown: Court cases or finding lost items

Orange: Creating change

Yellow: Devotion, gratitude

Pink: Drawing romance and love or friendship

Red: Romance, sexuality, love and passion

2. Consecrate the Candle
Once you get your candle, you need to prepare it before burning. The purpose of preparing a candle is to establish a psychic link between the candle and your prayer. Holding the candle, announce your prayer or your desired wish. This creates a charge with your personal energy and programs your desires into the candle.

3. Set the Light
Light the candle, or “set the light,” and allow it to burn while concentrating on your desires and visualizing the desired outcome. Then place the candle on a special location such as an altar or area where you will frequently see it burning.

You will not blow out or extinguish this candle! Rather, eave it to burn for the entire duration, approximately 5 – 7 days. Should you need to leave your house and you want to keep it in a safe, pet-free, child-free zone, place it in your bath tub, shower stall, or in a deep sink to prevent a fire hazard. When you return, place the candle in the special location again.

4. Read the Signs
Be certain to take note of the progress of your candle and any signs that you may begin to see forming on the glass. You may even want to write down dates and times, noting your observations and what appeared, as the signs do change. The waxy buildup you see one morning may be gone later that afternoon, for example. Divination of signs by observing burning flames is known as Pyromancy. In looking at your notes in hindsight, you may be able to link divination signs to events in your life that affected your prayer.

Pay attention to the following signs while the candle burns:

The glass of the candle gives a clean, even burn with no signs.
This means things will go well and you will likely get what you wished for.

The candle flame flares, dips, and flares again and again.
First, make sure that this is obviously not occurring because you have set the candle in a draft. This is seen as a sign of partial response. It’s like two steps forward, and one step back. It’s a slow process.

The flame goes out before completely burning the entire candle.
This can be a bad sign, a negative reply from the divine, questioning your intentions. However, you can relight the candle with prayer (or begin a new candle), and be clear in the outcome you desire. Is it for your good, the good of others, and for the greater good of the Universe? Always allow your higher power to have the ultimate say with the result of your wish.

The candle flame sizzles, cracks, pops, or makes other noises.
This is interpreted as spirits (often as deceased ancestral guides) trying to communicate or assist you.

The candle burns very quickly.
A fast burn is good, but an extremely fast burn can mean that although the prayer may not last long. You might have to repeat the request or prayer again.

The candle burns extremely slowly.
A very slow burn signifies that the outcome is very slow in coming to fruition or that it will take time before you see results.

The glass has a run of wax droplets down the side of the candle.
These are knows as “tears” and they indicate difficulty or “tears” before the prayer receives an answer.

The candle burns, but leaves up to a half inch of un-burned wax at the bottom.
Un-burned wax at the bottom of a candle is a sign of unfinished business. Therefore, it is best to perform the exercise again, with a clearer intent or more specific desired outcome.

The candle creates a lot of smoke.
This suggests hidden trouble or someone working against your wish. Things may not go well at first, but with repeated effort, you may overcome.

A half clean and half dirty glass.
A black, sooty top of the glass which fades to a clear bottom certainly indicates that there is hidden trouble.

The candle cracks or breaks, spilling wax.
Generally, a broken candle glass is a bad sign.

5. Dispose of the Candle
Since the candle itself is a tangible extension of your prayer, you do not want to treat it as garbage when it has finished burning. You may choose to bury the candle in your backyard, keep it as a memory of your prayer, or consciously recycle it by disposing it in a recycling location and imagining the energy you put into the candle being recycled into the Universe. Most importantly, do not cast the glass into the garbage, as you would certainly not want to throw away your prayer or attained result. Show respect!

“It is better to light a candle than to curse the darkness.” – Ancient Chinese proverb

Faithfully,

Marin

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28 thoughts on “Candle Burning Basics

  1. Hal

    I began 2 orange candles at dawn. Both candles and the meditation felt good. This afternoon one candle dripped into the second and closed the flame of the 2nd candle. The 1st candle looks healthy; the flame is steady at a good height. I feel like I should meditate again at dawn and turn on the 2nd candle again. But I wouldn’t want to muddle things. Should I leave the candles alone and let only one burn or re-light the second candle? Thank you for your help 🙂

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  2. Bea

    I turned on a white candle saint jude and the bottom of the glass from the candle broke and I know that this is bad, what can I do to prevent any negative to happen to my house hold or I.
    please reply.

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  3. jay

    TO: OSCAR

    I NO IM A LITTE LATE BUT ABOUT YOUR (open caminos candle). THAT ISNT GOOD AT ALL NOW I AM HOPING YOU LIGHT THE CANDLE TO ELGGUA BUT IN ANY CASE WHAT THAT MEANS IS THERE IS SOMEONE WORKING ANGAINS YOU THAT DONEST WANT TO SEE YOUR ROADS OPEN NEXT TIME DONT BUY A FIXS CANDLE DO IT YOUR SELF ALL YOU NEED IS THE CANDLE AGAIN BUT NOT FIXS AND OPEN ROAD OILD AND HIGH JHON OIL TAKE THE CANDLE AND PUT IT IN WATER WITH SEA SILT FOR 24 HOURS TO CLEAN THE CANDLE OF ANY NEGATIVE ENERGY IT MAY HAVE PICKED UP AFTER THAT DRY IT OFF AND TAKE THE HIGH JOHN OIL AND PUT SOME ON THE OUTSEID OF THE CANDLE ALL OTHER THE OUTSEID CANDLE THEN YOU NEED TO MAKE A HOLE WITH A PIN OR SOMETHING TRY TO GO AS DEEP IN THE CANDLE AS YOU CAN AND PUT THE OILD IN THE CANDLE ALL MUST TO THE TOP OF THE HOLE WITHOUT IT COMING OUT I RECOMEN TO ASK ELGGUA TO OPEN YOUR ROADS BUT YOU CAN LIGHT IT TO WHOM EVER YOU BELIVE IN I HOPE THIS HELP AND MAY ELGGUA OPEN YOUR ROADS TO A BETTER LIFE GOD BLESS.

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  4. angee

    Hello i burned a bring peace to my home candol and the flame is high and the tip of the glass is burned what does it mean i also have a reverse candol and the flame is high they both burn in like 4-5 day

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  5. angee

    Hello i burned a bring peace to my home candol and the flame is high and the tip of the glass is burned what does it mean i also have a reverse candol and the flame is high they both burn in like 4-5 dayd

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  6. bw

    Hello, on Friday i prepared a pink pull out candle for come to me/love me work for my ex. Things have been ricky between us lately and we just had a baby. At first the candle was fine, it hissed a little bit at first when first lit and flame was really high. On Saturday night he and i had an argument and disagreement and now the candle is sending off small puffs of black smoke and the top of the glass is dark gray/black. What does this mean ? Is there anything i can do to manipulate the candle to get my desired wishes ? I really want him back in my life as my man and a father to our child, but he’s so hung uo on his new girlfriend. Help please.

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  7. marry

    I’ve, done a prayer using an label virgin mary candle, after I’ve finish my I let the candle out its self the candle burned for a while then the next evening I’ve notice the candle relight its self around the same time I’ve made my prayer request doing a full moon it is this mean something good I’ve hope

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  8. Oscar

    I turned on a fixed candle (open caminos candle).just when it was going to finished it started to make crackle sounds once every minute and sounds started to make. The flame was big but it was flickeringat the bottom of the candle.Weird thing was no wind was circulating in the room. Later the glass candle broke but it was still in flame. scared it would catch fire on the outside of the candle so I grabbed some holy water because it was the closes water available and it cause it to burst in flames before it turned off.. this flame burst out of the candle about 6 to 8 inches high from the top of the candle…ever heard of this happening? Is this a good or bad sign? Plz get back with me? Would love your opinion.thanks

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  9. Amanda

    Hi.I burned a red candle for different desires of mine and wrote it on my candle, passionate,health,courage,protection,physical energy… At 2am this morning my candle cracked on the bottom part a piece of the corner came off.it was about done all the way to the bottom also the half of the candle had a white residue and the rest of the candle was clear what happen? What does it mean?

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  10. Norma G

    I had an experience with my red candle there we’re crackling n pops and my concerned is I haven’t learned too let go off my deceased daughter…. is it a demon trying too hunt me or my Angel trying to let me to let go.???

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  11. Silver

    What is your take on re-lighting candles that were previously burned for divination, but the results were not clear? Can re-lighting help the situation or will it somehow interrupt he process? Or is it best to just leave it alone or start over?

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  12. joeleen

    Hi. I lit a red candel yesterday to bring back my husband and the flame was long and straight up, the flame moved side to side but for a short while and as it was burning the candel formed into a flower on the top around the edges. The candel dripped once . The wig became into a loop until the candel burned down completely leaving a broken heart shaped form and the wig was left aswell. What does this mean? Please help

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  13. cherise headley

    What does it means when an eye appear in the center of the lit vigil candle. Also six holes in different areas appear on the same candle… what does this means…any help?

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  14. tammie

    i went to where my candles were and no matter what candles i get burn fast and clear but my money drawing burned clear but it broke in half but all the wax is completely gone what that means this never happen

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  15. jazzy

    Does anybody know what it means when I light money 7 day candles (bayberry and Rue) and it consistantly burns dirty half way…clear towards bottom..and the wick remains in the candle it is sticking up and about 1 inch of the wick still standing..weird. I have been burning them constantly for 6 months now and it burns same. what does this mean?

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  17. chrissy

    I love this, this was the best i ever heard someone show you the right way with candles, I love my candles but i always been afraid of how to pray for what i want in words. my heart know just dont know how to say it out lord. dont want to ask for the wrong thing. should you light one candle at a time. most of the time i have 4 .. white, yellow green and pink. is this okay.. and i always always get top of candle on my pink one black… if im understand right its not good and ofcourse i am looking for love and have been hurt many times.. help please…

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