How to Use an Obeah Candle

Updated April 17, 2017

Obeah is a form of sorcery that has its roots in Caribbean and African folk magic. Obeah spells are used to enact specific change such as increasing love, attracting money or binding enemies from harm. Obeah can be used on the individual casting the spell or on another person. These spells can be beneficial or dangerous, depending on the intent and power of the practitioner. Although the ingredients used in obeah vary among individuals, most practitioners will enter into a trancelike state in order to connect with the spirit or deity whom they believe will materialise their spell. Candles are often used to help focus the intent of the spell.

Cleanse your space by removing clutter and distracting items from the area in which you plan to practice obeah. Take a bath or shower and relax, turning your mind from stressful thoughts.

Choose a new candle for your ritual. Pick a colour that corresponds with the intent of your spell. For example, white often represents spirituality or purity; blue represents peace, health and wisdom; red is used for power or sexuality; green is often used for wealth, fertility or success; and purple is used for psychic power.

Anoint your candle with an essential oil of your choice. Start rubbing oil on the candle from the top and work your way down, then bring your hand back toward the top, resting in the centre.

Visualise the desired results of your spell as you are holding and anointing the candle.

Light the candle and allow it to burn out. This will mark the end of your obeah candle ritual.


Never leave a burning candle unattended. If you need to stop before the candle is fully consumed, put the candle out and light it again on another date when you are ready to resume the ritual.

Things You'll Need

  • Candles of various colours.
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Rachel Cates, a professional life coach, has been writing since 2001. She contributes blogs for Ultimate Vision Life Coaching and has written for "The M'Powerment Hour" and "Washington Spark" newspapers. Cates has a Bachelor of Arts in broadcast communications from Temple University.