Cleansing, Consecrating and Charging a Candle

Candle magic is one of the simplest forms of spellcasting, and as such, it doesn’t require a lot of fancy ritual or ceremonial tools. However, it’s essential to understand the basics and the importance of preparation.

Safety and Practicality:

  1. Size Matters: Using larger candles means a longer burn time. For spells requiring candles to burn down completely, consider tealights or small taper candles.
  2. Fresh Start: Every spell deserves a new candle. Bulk purchases of smaller candles can be economical and practical.

Cleansing Rituals:

Cleansing is essential to remove any energies the candle may have picked up before coming into your possession. This ensures that your spellwork remains pure and unadulterated.

  1. Sage Smudge Stick: By lighting and letting it smolder, its smoke can be used to cleanse the area, objects, or even oneself.
  2. Salt Water: A traditional cleansing agent. After reciting the mantra, use the charged water to purify your ritual space.
  3. Moonlight Bath: Leaving the candle under the moon overnight can cleanse and charge it simultaneously.
  4. Salt Burying: Completely immerse the candle in salt overnight.
  5. Sage Smoke: Run the candle through sage smoke for a thorough cleanse.

Charging Rituals:

Once cleansed, candles need to be charged with intent. This is where you instill your energy, desires, and purpose into the candle.

  1. Moonlight: Particularly during a full moon, it infuses the candle with potent energy.
  2. Personal Energy Visualization: Hold and visualize your energy filling the candle, shaping its purpose.


Further sanctify your candle with blessings or chants, sealing in the intent and charging.

Anointing Rituals:

Infusing candles with oils or herbs personalizes and strengthens the intent behind the spell.

  1. Oils: Different oils correspond to different magical intents. Choose or blend oils that align with your spell’s purpose.
  2. Herbs: Enhance your candle’s power by adding herbs. Research individual herb properties to ensure they align with your goals.

Anointing Techniques:

  1. Positive Attraction: To draw positivity, anoint from the top to the middle and then from the bottom to the middle.
  2. Banishing Negativity: For banishing, anoint from the middle to the top and then from the middle to the bottom.

Preparation Timing:

While immediate preparation before spellwork is ideal due to the fresh and potent energies, advanced preparation is possible for those with tight schedules. Keep in mind that pre-charged candles may lose some energy potency over time.


The foundation of successful candle magic lies in proper preparation. Always remember that intent, focus, and sincerity are paramount. With a properly cleansed, charged, and anointed candle, your spells have a better chance of manifesting the desired outcomes. Happy casting!