How to anoint candles

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How to anoint candles
Candles anointed with oil are used in some religious rituals. (Jupiterimages/Polka Dot/Getty Images)

Candle rituals are common in Wicca and in magic-infused branches of Catholicism such as Santeria. Santeria is a religious practice blending magic, Catholicism and African/Caribbean rites, which originated in Cuba. Certain rituals, especially in Wicca and Santeria, are typically enhanced by the use of candles anointed, or coated, with special oils. This ceremonious use of oil-coated candles in spells is sometimes known as candle magic; the magic depends in large part upon the anointing of the candle in a particular essential oil.

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Things you need

  • Candles
  • Essential oils
  • Pure olive oil
  • Perfume or cologne
  • Flavouring extracts
  • Herbs and spices (optional)

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    Have your candles ready to anoint before dipping your fingers in the oil. If the candle comes in a glass, you will rub the top surface only. Dip your fingertips in the oil to coat thoroughly. Use an essential oil, or almond or olive oil scented with a few drops of perfume or a flavouring extract. Choose the correct scent for the spell you wish to create; for example, patchouli oil for attracting money, or rose oil for a love spell.

    How to anoint candles
    Scented oil is often used to anoint candles. (BananaStock/BananaStock/Getty Images)
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    Apply the oil to the candle by one of two methods. You can pour a few drops of oil into the palm of your hand, warm it and then rub it over the whole surface of the candle, or you can put the oil on your fingertips and draw your fingers up and down over the candle. In both cases, begin at the middle of the candle and work up or down according to the kind of spell you will be performing.

    How to anoint candles
    Use either your palm or fingertips to anoint the candle with oil. (Jupiterimages/Goodshoot/Getty Images)
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    Anoint the candle for a banishing spell by rubbing the oil in from the middle of the candle down to the bottom end. When the bottom half is coated, start at the middle again and draw your fingers up to the wick end to coat the top half.

    How to anoint candles
    For a banishing spell, anoint the candle's bottom half first. (Jupiterimages/ Images)
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    Cast a spell to draw something or someone to you by beginning to coat the candle from the middle up to the wick end. Then, return to the middle and draw your oil-coated fingers down to the bottom, making sure you fully coat the candle.

    How to anoint candles
    For an attraction spell, anoint the top half of the candle first. (Digital Vision./Digital Vision/Getty Images)
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    Coat the oiled candle with herbs or spices, such as powdered basil or cinnamon, if you wish to enhance its fragrance and power.

    How to anoint candles
    You can roll the oiled candle in a spice like powdered cinnamon. (Jupiterimages/ Images)
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    Purchase the correct type of candle and essential oil for the type of spell you wish to cast. You'll find candles and oil at a botanica, a special store that sells magical and religious supplies.

    How to anoint candles
    Candles for Santeria can be purchased at a botanica. (Creatas/Creatas/Getty Images)
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    Write the prayer words or name of the person the spell is directed at on the candle, using a toothpick. Many spells involving anointing candles are love spells, in which case the words might be the name of the person you wish to attract.

    How to anoint candles
    Write special words on the candle with a toothpick. ( Images)
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    Rub the candle with the correct essential oil. Put the oil into your hands and rub it over the surface of the candle until it is completely covered and feels smooth and soft to the touch.

    How to anoint candles
    Rub the surface of the candle with oil until it feels smooth. (Jupiterimages/ Images)
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    Apply several different types of magical oil, perhaps as many as five, if needed. Layer these oils in a specific order. Lavender oil is associated with love spells, for example.

    How to anoint candles
    Lavender oil is associated with love spells. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

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