I scored a nice 12 pack of shorty votives for $2 and a super cute little candle plate for another 99¢. While this may not sound too blog worthy, give me some credit; good unscented candles are hard to find.
Also, I was thinking it would be a good time to explain passively burning an undressed candle to see how much of the way it acts is from the candle itself. Some candles will give out “signs” good or bad all on their own, this is chemistry and physics at work most of the time (on rare occasion it could be an omen or sign.) The next step is to dress a candle or two as you would for any working, but hold back on praying over them, just light and observe. This is how you can watch the physical properties of all the stuff you add interact as the flame burns.
I’ll usually do these passive burns where ever I typically do my work, so that the environmental conditions (drafts, ambient room temperature and foot traffic) remain the same.
Now, if you always burn the same type of candle from the same manufacturer you won’t need to do this every time you bring candles home. If you spot a bargain or buy candles from various sources it’s usually a good idea to do a few test burns so you have a base line knowledge of how that particular type of candle is going to burn as well as how it’s going to react with various oils, powers, herbs and other additives once it’s dressed.
Candles that don’t burn well on their own I won’t use for spiritual work, those get to burn just for pretty and if they do weird things I’m not inclined to pay attention (unless it’s something significantly weird, but that hasn’t happened yet.) Of course, no matter how the test candles burn, before any candle work commences it’s a good idea to make sure that the candle is without significant flaws, a ding or two in the wax is not a significant flaw; but an air or wax bubble in the wax itself can effect the burn, an air bubble in a candle glass can cause a nice little explosion, also check any stick type candles (utility candles, tapers, chime candles, etc) for breaks which can prove problematic if you’re supposed to burn the candle to the socket during your work.
I’m going to skip the common candle signs, you can find lists of those by the dozen and most say more or less the same things.
White smoke or film inside a novena or 7-day candle glass Regardless of the type of work being done; this indicates that there’s a desperate need for the anyone involved in the work to take a mental and physical break.
White smoke and puffs of white smoke White smoke usually indicates that the condition being worked on is not as clear cut as it may seem, and that other conditions may have to be cleared before you see any significant manifestation. Small puffs of white smoke can signal that the petitioner is unsure if he/she really wants the work to manifest.
A fan of flame around the wick The petitioner has issues that need to be addressed before the work manifests. A good example is if the work is for keeping a job, but the petitioner has serious anger issues towards a coworker, if the work is allowed to manifest before his anger is resolved he may find himself being demoted to the mail room or janitorial, or sent to some remote branch of the company. He’ll still have his job, but he won’t be happy about it.
A ball shaped flame Small, low burning flames are somewhat ball shaped, but if the flame is a relatively normal size and yet still burns in a ball shape then it’s revealing that hidden forces are at play relative to the matter at hand.
Singing (or whistling) This is sometimes because the wick was not completely dry when the candle was made if it’s a hand-dipped taper, some people still load their wicks with salt water to extend the burn time of the wick and let them air dry before dipping and the sound is quite a bit like hearing a tiny teapot whistle. Because the phenomena has physical origins doesn’t mean it’s to be completely discounted either.
The candle wax forms a spout or bottom lip This is kind of a normal wax-melting thing, it happens quite a bit and unless the type of candle you’re using never does this sort of thing it’s probably not too significant.
A candle with multiple wicks doesn’t burn evenly The balance of power in a relationship is out of whack or one person (assuming this is a figural bride/groom or female/male candle) wants the desired outcome far more than the other.
This post was about divination signs from candle burning, info on dressing a candle.