Candle Burning Basics

July 21, 2010 at 5:00 pm

Often when we light a candle, a physical action of sending out a prayer, there are visual signs that one can look for as the candle burns and our prayers are heard. What follows are specific divination signs that will assist you in knowing if your prayer will be answered, if you will encounter difficulties and delays, or if it is simply not meant to happen.

Let us take a simple candle-burning exercise from beginning to end so that you are prepared and confident to perform a candle exercise to assist you in achieving your desired goals.

1) Selecting the appropriate candle
For almost all candle exercises, I suggest the tall, glass-enclosed candles, 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, a suggested length of time for you to perform an exercise to see divination signs. Smaller tea light candles burn quickly, and it’s harder to decipher divinatory messages. Free-standing candles not enclosed in glass can cause a mess as they drip onto a table surface, leaving you to read the divination signs in the melted wax. This can be a little trickier for a beginner.

Select a glass-enclosed candle, and choose an appropriate color from the following list:

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

Black: Repelling negativity

Green: Money-drawing, good harvest

Blue: Spirituality, health, a peaceful home

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

Brown: Court cases, finding lost items

Orange: Creating change

Yellow: Devotion, gratitude

Pink: Drawing romance and love, friendship

Red: Romance, sexuality, love and passion

2) Consecrating the candle
Once you have purchased your candle, it should be properly prepared 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 our personal energy and programs your desires into the candle.

3) Setting the Light
Light the candle, or “set the light” as it is sometimes called, and allow it to burn while concentrating on your desires and visualizing the desired outcome. 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! Leave 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 into your bath tub, shower stall, or deep sink to prevent a fire hazard. When you return, place the candle in the special location.

4) Reading the signs
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: waxy buildup you saw one morning may be gone later that afternoon. Divination of signs by observing burning flames is called 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 seen as a sign of partial response. It can be interpreted as two steps forward, and one step back. A slow process.

The flame goes out before completely burning the entire candle.
This can be considered a bad sign, a negative reply from the divine, questioning your intentions. Relight the candle with prayer (or begin a new candle), and be clear in your desired outcome, if it is for the good of you, others involved, 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 be answered, it 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 called “tears” and they indicate difficulty or “tears” before the prayer is successfully answered.

The candle burns, but leaves up to ½” of unburned wax at the bottom.
Unburned wax at the bottom of a candle is a sign of unfinished business. It is best to perform the exercise again, with a clearer intent or more specific desired outcome.

The candle creates a lot of smoke.
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 indicates that there is hidden trouble.

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

5) Disposal 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 a prayer that was answered, 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 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



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  1. Teresa April 20, 2015 at 8:28 am

    Can we light 3 different candles at a time?

  2. angee October 14, 2014 at 9:42 pm

    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

  3. angee October 14, 2014 at 9:42 pm

    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

  4. Deisy October 5, 2014 at 10:29 pm

    What does it mean when a candle has black smoke. When the flame is high and when is low??

  5. C August 1, 2014 at 5:03 am

    What to do with leftover wax from single burned candle.

  6. C August 1, 2014 at 5:02 am

    How do you dispose of single candle wax leftover from request to a saint.

  7. bw July 27, 2014 at 12:30 pm

    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.

  8. marry June 12, 2014 at 4:04 pm

    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

  9. Oscar April 6, 2014 at 11:12 am

    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

  10. darlene March 22, 2014 at 2:32 pm

    I always burn white candles but I have one that broke and wax spilled out what does that mean

  11. Amanda January 31, 2014 at 7:33 am

    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 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?

  12. Norma G December 10, 2013 at 11:44 am

    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.???

  13. Silver December 2, 2013 at 8:21 pm

    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?

  14. joeleen October 31, 2013 at 11:47 am

    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

  15. joeleen October 31, 2013 at 11:35 am


  16. cherise headley September 10, 2013 at 11:11 am

    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?

  17. CHarmaine July 7, 2013 at 12:10 am

    Please tell me if a candle burns & no wax what does it mean

  18. tammie May 22, 2013 at 4:36 pm

    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

  19. ancnsfero February 25, 2013 at 10:34 am

    reengagement ?? has ?? almost ?? with ?? them

  20. jazzy January 20, 2013 at 2:26 pm

    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?

  21. chrissy February 5, 2011 at 1:22 am

    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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