CEROMANCY: The Beautiful Art of Candle Reading
Lately, I’ve been asked a lot of questions in the Psychic Realm chat room about “ceromancy.” That is the fine art of reading a situation by studying the way a candle burns. Are the flames jumping high? Is the wax sizzling, cracking and popping? What does it mean when the flame goes out?
Many people in the Kingdom over the last year have become avid candle burners and have instinctively realized that the way a candle behaves is often a mirror of the situation as it currently exists and its outcome. After all, it is one of the oldest forms of divination in the world. The flames of the leaping and reaching candles are seen to represent the souls of the people involved in the situation being read. For example, a member, the other day, asked me what it meant when the wax from the candle that he was burning for love melted into the shape of a heart. Anyone used to reading wax drops knows this is very good news and it probably means that the other person is thinking of you.
Another phenomenon that I am constantly asked about is what I call “accelerated magic.” That’s when a candle, which usually lasts about four hours, starts to smoke and seems to burn very quickly … like in about fifteen minutes. This is generally good news and means that your prayer or request will likely be answered fairly quickly. If the candle was burning for protection of some kind, it means that there was probably some kind of invasion or attack that the spirits decided to take over as quickly as possible.
In general, when you first light the candle, if the candle starts to smoke a lot right away, it is a very good sign. It means that negative energy is being removed from the situation. If the smoke is white, it means that your prayers will be answered immediately. If it’s black, your prayer will likely be answered, but there may be obstacles in some way. You have to use your instinct if the flame doesn’t smoke at all. Sometimes that may mean that there are no obstacles and other times, it means that the matter is over a long time ago. A strong, clear flame that burns steadily is a good sign that the candle is sending out a great deal of power and energy to manifest what you want. If it’s small and more ball-shaped than teardrop-shaped, your prayer is less likely to be answered. A weak or low flame means you are facing “strong” opposition.
Looking at a flame is a great way to tell yourself if your magic is working. It never ceases to amaze me how a flame seems to grow taller or grope for more air the more you meditate on it. You can also do some divination by looking directly into the heart of the flame, the blue center that is surrounded by the orange halo. A healthy flame has a bright red core, surrounded by a blue halo and then a yellow color. A bright red center tells you that the spirits are getting to the heart of the matter. A red center that is faint or just a dot reveals a situation that may not be motivated by the heart. If the candle wick begins to form a small bulb at its tip, you likely have opposition or a third party working against you. If there is a lot of blue in the flame, I take it as a sign that angels and spirits are protecting you from a possibly unhappy outcome.
Jumping, leaping, and the ever-rising flames are an excellent indication that the spirits are battling obstacles that stand in their way. This can be quite fascinating to watch, especially if the flame is really jumping and you are burning a candle that is meant to fight someone else’s will. If the flame is really protesting, so is the person and sometimes this is their signal to blow out the candle. If the candle sputters, hisses, or pops, it is also a sign that some kind of spiritual warfare is taking place. If you are scared or not feeling well, blow out the candle. However, if you feel like the obstacles are being destroyed or removed, enjoy the show.
If you are burning a love candle and a second flame develops from an ash, then I consider that to be a bad sign. It means you have a rival. If you are burning two candles that are supposed to represent two different people, it doesn’t bode well if one of the candles burns to the bottom much faster than the other. Often times, that is a sign that the timing of the relationship is not right or is not meant to be.
If the smoke from the candle is heading your way, it means your prayer is more likely to be answered. If he strays from you, it means that it will take a lot of perseverance for your prayer to be answered. According to the author, Reverend Ray T. Marlborough, if the smoke is blowing to your left “you are getting too emotionally involved in the situation and in danger of unconsciously sabotaging your own prayer from being answered. Let your emotions haunt the situation. “.
The way a candle unfolds or deconstructs as it melts can be very significant. It is wonderful when the candle seems to collapse outward or unfold like a flower. I take it as a sign that your wish will be fulfilled. It represents possibilities and paths that open up for you. A candle that is too lopsided in one direction or another universally means that you are dealing with a situation that is seriously out of balance. If the flame is buried by the wax, to me that is often a sign that the wish will not be fulfilled.
Reading the wax drips is a totally intuitive matter. It is similar to reading tea leaves. Some shapes are obvious, like the heart, which obviously represents love. Wax drips can be formed into shapes that mean something very personal to you, for example a totem animal. A good general reference book to buy that tells you the meaning of many common shapes, symbols, and animals is Talismans and Amulets by Felicitas H. Nelson.
Perhaps one thing to remember when buying a candle is that you cannot read the drip of a candle that is made from paraffin or is marketed as “no drip”. Choose a candle made from messy natural wax or beeswax, as these are the ones that tend to reveal the most astral information.