Prayer Candle Ceremony
The offering of candles with prayers and invocations occurs in wisdom traditions around the world – candles are an offering of light or energy, and when consecrated with prayer or invocation, as they burn they become a physical talisman of that prayer or invocation; in other words, the prayer or invocation continues to be offer as the candle burns.
Candles and incense are often part of the offerings we make to the Holy One and Shekinah, and to the Divine Powers and spirits; they are symbols of prayer and thanksgiving, and honoring, remembering, in worship – an offering up of our life energy. When a candle or light – as with an oil lamp, is consecrated as a prayer or invocation, however, it becomes a theurgic action.
If we want to consecrate a candle as a prayer or invocation first, in one way or another, it is good to purify the candle, removing any residual psychic or spiritual energy that might have been linked with it before we acquired it, or if making our own candles, then it is good to purify the materials we are using; through purification of candles, or other offerings, we make them completely neutral on an energetic level, ready to receive the imprint and charge of out intention and energy.
We can purify a candle by smudging it, or by sprinkling it with holy or blessed water, or by holding it in our hands and praying for its purification, and as we pray we envision a fiery light passing into it removing any foreign energy, any shade or shadow – any of these methods, or any combination of them, will serve very well.
When we want to consecrate a candle, we can do so by holding it and speaking our prayer or invocation, and then lighting it with the conscious intention that it is our prayer or invocation. If we wish to put more energy into this prayer or invocation we can use holy oil and anoint the candle with it, putting a bit of holy oil into our hands and rubbing it on the candle – if our prayer is one of drawing something to us or to a person we are praying for, then we will rub the oil on clockwise while speaking the prayer, but if it is one of sending away or banishing, then we will rub the oil on counter-clockwise. When holy oil is used for this purpose, usually a fragrant oil is used, a fragrance that corresponds to our prayer or invocation. Anointed and charged in this way, then we will light it with conscious intention or in sacred ceremony.
Along with fragrant oil we may also choose a candle with a color that corresponds to our prayer – for example if our prayer or invocation corresponds to a Holy Sefirah of the Tree of Life we might use a candle of that color, or if it corresponds to an elemental force or to an interior star we might select a candle of that color.
Some general correspondences of color for candle ceremony and prayers with candles is as follows:
White: The Father Seed, the Groom, the Holy Crown (Sefirot or Interior Star), Pillar of Mercy, Supernal Grace or Mercy, Bright Mother, spirit-space element, purity, spiritual aspiration, long-life, peace, ascension, blessing, the White Path, all prayers or intentions.
Red: The Mother Seed, the Holy Bride, Gevurah-Severity or Judgment, the Root Star, element of fire, justice, protection or guardianship, dynamic force, passion, power, empowerment, transformation, joy, the Red Path, binding and releasing, resolution of conflict, subjugation and destruction, Madim-Mars.
Black: The Holy Mother – Kali Imma, Dark Mother, the Holy Womb, Pillar of Severity, Binah-Understanding, Root Star, grounding, dispelling negativity or evil, banishing, absorbing or reintegration, sight into the hidden or concealed, mystery, intuition, night, wrathful guardians, the Black Path, opening space, the Black Earth or Primordial Ground, Shabbatai-Saturn.
Orange: Hod-Splendor or Submission, Navel Star, desire, energy, exchange of energy, sensuality, nurturance, empathy, telepathy, study and contemplation, science, logic, analysis, clarity, divine theurgy, travel, Kokab-Mercury.
Yellow or Gold: Tiferet-Beauty, Rehamim-Compassion, the Spiritual Sun, Middle Pillar, Light Transmission, initiation, Living Word, healing power, illumination, uplifting, comfort, harmony, sharing, communion, life-energy, word of knowledge, insight, intelligence, resurrection, the element of air, Shemesh-Sun.
Green: Netzach-Victory or Dominion, Heart Star, material abundance, love, right relationship, opening the way, pacifying and enriching, artistic inspiration or creativity, music, poetry, playfulness, enchantment, generation of merit, the element of earth, Nogah-Venus, Bright Morning Star, Star of the East.
Blue: Hesed-Mercy, Throat Star, all forms of abundance, blessings, forgiveness, generosity or charity, administration, righteousness, divine grace, spiritual love, kindness, friendship, freedom, the element of water, Tzedek-Jupiter (Various shades of blue have special correspondences – Sky Blue, Royal Blue and Indigo Blue, for example, Indigo is the Brow Star, Sky Blue the Throat Star, Royal Blue is Hesed.)
Violet or Purple: Yesod-Foundation, Holy Tzaddik, Crown Star, the dream and vision, prophecy, reciprocity, spirituality and spiritual energy, astral energy, initiation or spiritual empowerment, mystical attainment, desire-energy uplifted, the desire for the Divine, Levanah-Moon.
*There are certainly more correspondences that might be given for these basic colors and there are many variations of color with other correspondences, but these give an example of the use of color with candles – also with other things, like altar cloths and sacred clothing.
It is also possible to acquire candles with sacred herbs in them or to make candles with sacred herbs in them corresponding to your prayer or invocation which further charges the candle with the power of your intention and energy.
When consecrating a candle as a prayer or invocation calling upon the corresponding Divine Name and Divine Power, such as archangel, kerub, or order of angels, can also increase the power with which it is charged.
Where you place the candle can also serve to further charge it according to your intention – in a shrine or on an altar, in a direction of the Sacred Circle or by a certain stone of the Light Wheel, and so on.
Numbers of candles and sacred patterns can also serve to amply the energy of a prayer or invocation – for example, five red candles are very good for ceremonial workings of protection and dynamic force. Likewise, combinations of different colors set into a pattern for multiple needs in more complex situations could be used.
Perhaps from the above you will understand that prayers or ceremony with candles can range from very simple to very elaborate – and it can be joined to meditation and sacred ceremony, becoming even more powerful an art. In truth, it is quite a creative play in the wonderworking art.
Lighting of prayer candles can be joined to all manner of other spiritual work, such as the making of prayer sticks or power bundles for people – candles being lit and offered while making them.
*Along a similar line, tzaddikim in the tradition often have a candle or candles burning when they are imparting teachings or giving a speaking or discourse – the candles being a prayer and invocation for the person or persons they are working with, and with the candle there is also often an offering of incense in prayer for the people.
Here, perhaps, we can give a couple of examples of Prayer Candle Ceremony just to give you some ideas.
A Prayer Candle Ceremony
You can do this sacred ceremony at your shrine or altar or in your sanctuary in your home – you could also go out and do it in Sacred Circle or a Place of Power.
*Any time fire is being used it must be respected and we need to be mindful, conscious of the conditions in our environment and what we are doing.
Go to a sacred place and purify yourself and everything you will be using in the ceremony – perhaps smudging yourself and everything that will be used.
Write your prayer or invocation on a piece of good paper, and be precise and concise in what you write – *very specific and to the point*.
Then take up the candle and consecrate it as you are inspired, speaking your prayer or invocation, and calling upon the Divine Name and Divine Powers that correspond to your intention – and pray that all who share the same need receive an answer to their prayer.
When you have done this, light the prayer candle with conscious intention, having no doubt your prayer will be fulfilled, all as the Divine Mother intends, all as is good; then, with your smudge pot nearby light the piece of paper in the flame of the candle, saying, “This is my prayer – Vehayah, and it shall come to pass, amen.”
Make certain the paper with your prayer on it burns completely, and when you can hold it no longer put it in your smudge pot.
Continue in prayer and meditation for sometime with the candle burning – if it is a big prayer you might even want to hold a vigil until the candle burns down completely, or else, if a long burning candle, run and return in a prayer-meditation vigil frequently while it burns.
Now the ashes of the smudge and prayer are to be dealt with in a sacred manner, committed to an appropriate element – scattered in wind, cast into water, or buried in the earth; so also when the candle burns down, whatever remains can be put in a bit of colored cloth and buried in the earth – a prayer seed in Earth Mother. This completes the sacred ceremony.
Light Wheel Prayer Candle Ceremony
Go to the Light Wheel and take an offering, you candle and a gate key, as well as some smudge and your smudge pot (You might also want your sacred rattle).
Smudge yourself and everything you will be using before entering into the Light Wheel – when you enter the Light Wheel, enter by the Direction corresponding to your prayer or invocation, then walk the Sacred Circle three times, holding your intention in mind.
From the Gate of Entrance go to the Sacred Center, walking the line in a sacred manner, and honor the Supreme and the Holy Shekinah, and all Directions, and make an offering – then go to the sacred stone that corresponds with your prayer or invocation.
Make a special offering to that Divine Power, calling upon it, and consecrate your prayer candle as you are inspired, and offer the candle by that sacred stone. (Remember to pray for everyone sharing the same need.)
There, as inspired, pray and meditate, sing or chant – maybe use your sacred rattle. Do this as long as you are inspired.
While you are in the Light Wheel, and later when you depart – do everything the Divine Powers ask of you.
When the movement is complete, depart the Light Wheel and abide outside of it, tending the flame. (You may want to leave the gate key by the stone and candle.)
*Do not leave a flame unattended outside, save in absolutely safe conditions.
When the candle burns down enter the Light Wheel in a sacred manner and collect the remains – put them in a little colored cloth and take them and bury them (this is usually done elsewhere, not around the Light Wheel). This completes the sacred ceremony.
Shrine Prayer Candle
Open the shrine and purify yourself in the Divine Presence, and purify your prayer candle.
Pray and meditate, and make offerings in the shrine, and worship in the Divine Presence.
When it is time, consecrate your prayer candle as inspired, and then with conscious intention light it and offer it up. (Remember to pray for everyone sharing the same need.)
Continue in prayer and meditation with the candle burning for a while.
Assuming that it is complete safe to do so, leave the candle burning in the shrine.
If it is a long burning candle frequently visit the shrine to pray, keeping vigil.
When it burns out dispose of whatever remains in a sacred manner. This completes the ceremony
*If, for example, you use a seven day candle in glass – purify the glass, removing all energy afterwards, clean it as necessary, and then recycle it. Do not bury large objects like this in Earth Mother, but deal with them in a sacred and respectful way – honor your Holy Mother.
These are three basic examples of Prayer Candle Ceremony or Candle Ceremony. As mention above, all manner of sacred ceremonies can be created to work with prayer candles – your own creativity and the inspirations you receive from the Mother Spirit are the only limit placed upon this sacred art.
May we be the light of the world – a sign of spiritual hope for all; amen.
Blessings & shalom!
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