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Saturday, August 12, 2006

Ritual Tool ~ Candles

Pictured is an alter with candles. Candles are used in: Trad Witchcraft, Traditional Wicca, Progressive Wicca, and Neo-Paganism.

One of the most beautiful magical tools, candles have been used in religious rituals since prehistoric times. The flame of a candle represents illumination from darkness, the brilliance of knowledge, and spiritual purity.

The candle inspires introspection and contemplation.

In Trad Witchcraft a single white candle is used during magical spellwork.

In Paganism and Wicca, two candles are placed on the alter to represent the God and the Goddess. A service or working candle is also lit. A single candle will also be used when doing spellwork outside of an Esbat or Sabbat. Although white candles can be used, Wiccans will often use colored candles, the color selected to correspond with the Sabbat or the purpose of the spell.

Fire Safety
Unfortunately, fire safety has become a serous problem in the Pagan, witchcraft, and Wiccan community. Candles must be used in a safe manner.

  • If you don't own a fire extinguisher, buy one and learn how to use it.

  • When candles are in use in the home, never leave lit candles unattended! Never! If you are a solitary practitioner and you must leave the room while in the middle of ritual, there is NO REASON to leave the candles lit. It is completely acceptable to snuff or pinch out the candles and to relight them when you return. Please do this.

  • Always follow common sense safety rules.

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