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.
How We 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
Since the wax is not the closest to nature, the
additions are. We only use essential oils to scent our 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. We often look to the associations
of an oil for our 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
The glitter......well....that really isn't natural.
We often use glitter to color the candle instead of dyes, altho some
like our 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..... We stand behind our 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. It adds a festive
touch to rituals when our Wheel of
the Year candles are used.
To some candles we add other symbols like the cat
charm in our Bast candle and the moon in our
Night Magick candle. Those items are
made of metals which are natural substances. To our Wheel of the Year
candles we added stickers and ribbon to the outside. When possible
we 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 we make the candles, we gather
all ingredients together and ask Brigit
to bless them and our workings that night. We asked Brigit to help
us with this business when we first started. 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 our candles, She is the
patroness goddess of our business but not of each individual candle.
Once made, all candles are empowered with the corresponding
energies in a circle. The empowering spell we use has a specific form
with some lines being changed to match the candle. Since the spells
have the same rhythm and certain parts we each speak separately and
others together, we are able to concentrate more on the words and
energies rather than when to speak or make a motion. During the empowering,
we direct the candle to release the energies when invoked by the spell
written on the card accompanying each candle sold. We only empower
the candles during the circle, we 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.
We have had great response to our magickal gel candles.
We have used them ourselves during our rituals and spells with great
success. We would welcome any comments by those who purchase our 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)