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How to Interpret your Candle Flame

Updated on September 13, 2010
Steady Flame
Steady Flame
Unsteady Flame
Unsteady Flame
Sparking Flame
Sparking Flame

After successfully anointing and dressing your candle, the next step is to pay close attention to the important messages that you observe in the flame. Here are some meanings and tips on how your candle spell or ritual is going by observing the flame.


Burning Bright, Clean, Strong and Steady: This is how you want all of your candles to burn. An indication that the spell or ritual is going well. It indicates strong thoughts and influences are working in a positive way for you and your end results will work out. If you are burning a 7 or 14 day jar candle or any candle in a glass jar, look at the glass as your candle is burning. If the glass is clean with little or no trace of the wax or black soot, then your spell or ritual is burning clean too. If you see some wax and/or black soot, there is some negativity around. If you can do this without getting burned, get a tissue and wipe the wax and/or soot away to wipe away that negativity.

Unsteady (Moving Erratically), Low flame and/or a lot of Black Soot rising from tip of Flame:

This typically means that there is a lot of negative influences present and that your spell or ritual is being met with some resistance by the person or situation to whom it was intended. This person may be unconsciously aware of your actions and may be resisting the spell. This is the time to give your candle attention with more positive thought and prayer. Put the candle flame out, let the wax dry and re anoint with oil and reconfirm your desires then light the candle again.

Flame Sparks and/or Flame dies: This is never a good sign and the spell or ritual should be abandoned as soon as possible...for the time being. There could be something wrong with what you are asking from the universe as it may be an unrealistic request. Make sure that what you are asking for is an attainable goal. Wait a few days to clear your mind and atmosphere and perform a new spell or ritual

Good Luck to you and remember...Thoughts are things! If you can can Realize!



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      3 years ago

      what white soot means?

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      4 years ago

      What does it mean when you hear a crackle from your candle?

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      4 years ago

      Thanks for the interesting information.

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      4 years ago

      What does it mean when the glass candle holder shatters or explodes when he flame burns out very steadily for a while.

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      5 years ago

      I was told when the flame burns high and dances a spirit has entered the room

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      5 years ago

      I lit a candle for an ill family member and the candle just burnt in middle and straight down and out the bottom. What could that mean or mean anything

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      Amy DeMarco 

      7 years ago from Chicago

      Thank you! I've been looking for something like this. I'm planning to cast some good luck spells tonight. :)

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      Team A 

      8 years ago

      Wow! I'm a natural observer but I haven't thought of observing candle flames before. Good hub!

    • 4tsom10 profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Texas

      Hi IntimatEvolution,

      Thanks for reading my hub. I'm glad you liked it. Yes, there is a thin strand of wire in every wick of a candle, but not every candle burns the same or gives off the same amount of black smoke. Candles along with the thoughts and prayers placed on them give their own interpretations to how things will go when you conduct a spell or ritual. Candles are so personal and powerful.

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      8 years ago from Texas

      Thanks for the positive feedback WoodsmensPost!

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      Julie Grimes 

      8 years ago from Columbia, MO USA

      "Unsteady (Moving Erratically), Low flame and/or a lot of Black Soot rising from tip of Flame:

      This typically means that there is a lot of negative influences present and that your spell or ritual is being met with some resistance by the person or situation to whom it was intended."

      I thought it was because there was a thin strand of lead wire wrapped in the wick of the candle. I know that is what develops the black smoke. However, I love your hub and think candles play an intimate role in our lives. I wrote a hub on how to charge a candle for spells, but this hub has a really unique take on candles, and the human relationship of the flame. Buddha said that a candle's light, was the light needed to get closer to god.

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      8 years ago from Arizona

      Interesting and good explanation, candles have many unique powers when experimenting with white magic.


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