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Candle Dressing Basics 101

Dressing a candle for a spell in witchcraft is an important part of ritual work. It's a way to imbue the candle with your intentions and desires, as well as to connect with the element of fire. Here's a step-by-step guide on how to dress a candle for a spell:



1. Choose the Right Candle: Select a candle color that corresponds to your intention. For example, use green for money and prosperity spells, red for love spells, white for purification, and so on. You can also anoint a plain white candle with oil and roll it in herbs according to your specific spell.


2. Cleanse and Charge the Candle: Before dressing the candle, cleanse it of any negative energy by smudging it with sage or passing it through the smoke of incense. Once it's cleansed, hold the candle in your hands and focus on your intention, visualizing your desire and infusing the candle with your energy.


3. Anoint the Candle: Anoint the candle with oil by gently rubbing it from the middle towards the top, then from the middle towards the bottom. As you do this, focus on your intention and visualize the outcome you desire. You can use specific ritual oils, such as patchouli for grounding or lavender for healing, or use olive or jojoba oil as a simple alternative.


4. Dress the Candle with Herbs: After anointing the candle with oil, roll it in herbs that correspond to your intention. For example, use cinnamon for success, rosemary for protection, and so on. Make sure the herbs are finely ground so they adhere to the candle easily.


5. Carve Symbols or Words: Use a small, sharp tool like a nail or a toothpick to carve symbols, words, or your intention directly onto the candle. You can carve runes, sigils, or simple words such as "love," "prosperity," or "healing."


6. Charge the Candle: Hold the candle in your hands once again and charge it with your energy. Visualize your intention coming to fruition and focus on the feelings associated with achieving your goal.


Once your candle is dressed and charged, you're ready to incorporate it into your spellwork. Light the candle during your ritual, focusing on your intention as it burns. As with any spellwork, remember to be safe - never leave a candle unattended, and always be mindful of the energy you put out into the universe.

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