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Candle Divination - How To Interpret the Results of Your Spell

Candle Divination - How To Interpret the Results of Your Spell

By: Witch of WalkervilleComments: 27

Candles can communicate indications about your spell

Using candles is one of my tools to perform spells. Seen around a campfire I'm usually deeply immersed in watching the flames. They tell their own story and are a powerful way to transition you into a trance like state.

Similarly you can do this with your spell candle. If you take the time to dive into a trance state you can begin to divine messages and guidance about the spell your candle is working on. This is called candle fire scrying and is a deeply intuitive divination tool

Once your candle has been dressed and lit it’s time to pay attention to your candle. With practice you can begin to understand the insight behind its movements, the smoke and the wax. There Is a form of communication that comes from candle magic, especially if you are working with spiritual beings. 


understanding what your flame means for your spell


Understanding the Flame


The flame of your candle can indicate how the magic is working. Once you are certain that the flame is not being affected by outside influences like drafts, you can begin to pay attention to the flame and its symbolic messages.


Small flame 

If the flame is small and your candle isn’t suffering from manufacturing issues then there is work to be done. A small flame is an indication that there are blocks that need to be released in order for the magic to flow freely. This is when I would bust out the divination tools and figure out what is blocking your magic. 


Large flame

A large, steady flame can indicate that the magic is working hard in your favour. If it is too large and burns too quickly this could indicate that the magic will happen, but it will not last. 


Active Flame

An active flame indicates that the magic is fighting for you. I take this to represent active movement and determination. This is a good sign, an indication that your magic is doing what it needs to do in order to manifest. 


Movement and Noise

Excess movement and crackling can indicate that the magic is battling for you. This is a great opportunity to do some cleansing work. I would also bring in some backup like a trusted spirit guide or ancestors to aid.


what's more means for your spell


Reading Smoke


Seeing smoke when you’re burning a candle is a rarity. If you do see some it is a sign that you are either using a low quality candle, or that it’s time to pay attention. 


Towards you

If your candle was to bring an intention into your life then the smoke traveling towards you is an indication that it’ll be a success. If your candle was intended for someone else then it could be an indication that the magic will find it’s way back to you. 


Away from you

If the smoke it traveling away from you then it’s time to start practicing patience because it’ll take some time. 


Soot Stains

If you have trimmed your wick and there is la lot of soot prepare to do some work. This is an indication that there are blocks and that the candle is trying to burn through them. Perform some cleansing rituals and do some divination and self reflection to clear it up. 


understanding burn patterns and what it means for your spell


Burn Patterns

I can’t stress enough how important it is to stay around your candles to supervise them. Safety always comes first in candle magic. That being said, since you’re going to spend time around your burning candle you may as well watch it and see if the magic has any messages. 


Fast Burning Candle

A fast burning candle can indicate that your magic is strong and working quickly. If it burns too fast it could indicate that the magic is only temporary. If this is the case you may want to use another candle with the same intention.


Slow Burning Candle

A slow burning candle can indicate that the magic has some blocks to push through, or that it’ll take a long time to manifest. This is a great opportunity to do some divination and cleansing work to clear your blocks. 


Wax Tunneling

Sometime tunnelling can occur when the the wick isn’t large enough. The flame isn’t hot enough to melt the entire top surface of the candle or you haven’t allowed your candle to burn for long enough. It creates a pocket that tunnels into your candle.


If you have tunnelling in your candle that isn’t caused by poor candle quality there are some big blocks in the way. Tunnelling creates walls around your wick that causes poor air circulation and smothers your flame. I find these very symbolic as the walls (or blocks) in the way of allowing your magic to thrive.


Candle Bursts

If your candle or holder bursts and it’s not a manufacturing defect it could symbolize one of two things. Either the magic has cleared a major obstacle for you or someone could be working against you. The later of the two is especially worth considering if you’re doing uncrossing work. 


Candle magic is an art onto itself and if you choose to work with this spell form it’ll develop into a personal experience. You can start with simple spellwork by cleansing, setting an intention and finish with some observation. Over time you can slowly add layers and elements to your practice, making it unique to your magical  practice. 


Michelle Russell
Posted on 2023-09-25 21:34:54
Hi Ruth,
I usually let the candle burn to completion, no matter how it's burning. I would wait and see what happens in the next few weeks, then you can redo the spell if you want. After that I would just see what the outcome is and move forward from that.
Michelle Russell
Posted on 2023-09-25 21:30:32
Your spell work will always give you an answer to your question. If your candle continues to go out, or the wick disappears, and goes out, this working is probably not the right one at this time, or someone is interfering with your spell. I suggest doing it over to be sure. If it goes out, or does the same, do more divination, or troubleshoot your situation, there is another way. You can also do a cleansing beforehand and see if that makes a difference.
Michelle Russell
Posted on 2023-09-25 21:26:50
Usually if you have herbs and stuff on your candle, it will catch fire at the bottom. The candles that are loaded with herbs on top sometimes catch fire on the top like a torch. I always suggest less is best when it comes to candle work. I use more oils when dressing my candles and go easy on the herbs for this reason.
Michelle Russell
Posted on 2023-09-25 21:24:30
Hi Nicole,
Your candle burn sounds good! If the glass is clear that means there are no obstacles. If it's smokey or black, that means that Ochun has removed negativity or obstacles in your path. You could burn another candle to her if this is the case. With your candle, if you feel good about it, I say it's good. If not, you can always do another candle to her.
Michelle Russell
Posted on 2023-09-25 21:21:08
Hi Marley,
This is a new one for me too. i'm not sure. I know when smoke lingers with incense or cleansing, it's sticking to heavy energy, so it could mean the same, or it could just be residual from the ingredients in your candle.
Michelle Russell
Posted on 2023-09-25 21:15:14
Hi Jack,
An active flame means there is movement and usually indicates the spirits at work.
Michelle Russell
Posted on 2023-09-25 21:14:18
Hi Chantelle,
This sounds like a good burn. The flickering of the candle means your spirits are working. Just make sure there isn't a draft in the room, it could be that.
Posted on 2023-09-25 00:07:46
Hi! I am working with a love spell on someone who I am already intimate with. The problem has been that a third party has butted in.

My candle is a standard ritual candle, carved and covered in dose oil. The burn was very standard, great flame, consistent burn (I meditated and manifested for the entire almost hour and a bit burn.) I
Did notice a few things I don’t see listed here.

Flickering. When I was asking my guides and the universe to aid me in my manifestation my candle would flicker for a few secco da and stop back to a solid burn. I notice this a lot in my candle work. Also, the wax did glob a tad and roll over onto my intention papers under the holder. Some what away from me.

Near the end of the burn I did notice that my mind began to mediate and give me the feelings of a reconnection happening with us for the positive. I felt much more at peace. Just wondering I’d the flicking and wax is a sign of anything.
No popping or cracking.
Posted on 2023-09-18 20:27:15
I'm wondering what is the difference between an 'active flame' and 'movement' (as in, Movement & Noise)?
Posted on 2023-09-15 09:34:59
i made myself a black candle using a tea candle when blown out after a spell the smoke went low and hovered on the tea candle what does this mean???
Posted on 2023-09-14 06:54:21
I know the wax residue left after a candle is burned means something. I lit my 7 day yellow candle for oshun, it burned perfectly. A little weak flame at the beginning but after that it burned normally. The candle is now completely done, there is yellow wax still left at the bottom but only the edges. On the candle class itself is white spot and wax that reaches the top of the candle. The pattern is sort of like dry ground in a desert. The cracks and stuff is what the pattern the wax left. It is also a bit thick. It’s more visible in the front of the candle
Posted on 2023-09-11 11:58:04
Question: what does it mean when the dressing under a tea light candle spell catches fire at the end?
Posted on 2023-09-09 23:48:42
What if the candle turns off n the wick stayed buried
Posted on 2023-09-09 15:08:00
Hello, about 3 days ago I did a love spell candle and this morning the candle was finish but it just has melted wax left and and wick too so i put a plate over it so it can blow out itself was it right thing for me to do?
Michelle Russell
Posted on 2023-09-05 16:55:08
Make sure there wasn't a draft. If there was no other reason for it going out, you might need to do a cleansing before your candle work, or maybe candle magic isn't the answer to your needs. Try again, and then draw a conclusion from your second attempt.
Jhoneè Carson
Posted on 2023-09-04 16:12:26
I have a brown candle burning for stability. It went out, why?
Michelle Russell
Posted on 2023-09-03 17:18:37
Hi Michal,
Love spells are tricky because you are working directly with someone else's will. The popping and a noisy candle can be spirits talking, even arguing, bargaining, or resisting. If you look at all the movement and activity of your spell, you will know if it was well received by the person, or by yourself. Once the other person's candle went out, the working was done, thus your candle going out soon after. This person might not be a good fit for you, even if you want them, or maybe they are. Only time will tell. I alway say that spell work always works, sometimes in ways we don't expect, so always have an open mind with results.
Michelle Russell
Posted on 2023-09-03 17:07:52
Hi Samantha, It could be several things. If you didn't put your candle in a container, it can burn like that at the end for a while. I always say that it burns that way for a reason. The long burn means that this might take a bit more time to come to fruition. The plate breaking is probably from the heat of the candle. Nothing to worry about.
Michelle Russell
Posted on 2023-09-03 17:04:21
Hi Cortnie,
Definitely a dramatic working! It could just be that the herbs caught on fire. I've had that happen many times. It can also mean there's a lot of energy going out with your spell. If it was a clean burn in the end, I say it was a successful spell.
Michelle Russell
Posted on 2023-09-03 17:00:49
Yes you can put it out.
Michelle Russell
Posted on 2023-09-03 16:59:34
Hi Abbey. If the candle is part of your spell work, I suggest to let it burn to completion. If it's just for when you are in the bath, you can put it out.
Michelle Russell
Posted on 2023-09-03 16:57:10
That's awesome! A spell that went really smooth and had no roadblocks.
Posted on 2023-09-02 06:38:18
Hey! I am doing a spell and it’s quite a large candle. I lit in while in a cleansing bath to be protected and help things go smoothly, but I was curious as to if I can put it out once I’m done with the bath?
Cortnie Plocharczyk
Posted on 2023-09-01 18:16:46
Hey! So I have a question I can’t seem to find a solid answer on. I’ve only recently started working with candles (let’s say a year or so) with spell work. This is the very first time I’ve ever had my money bowl at the very end of the candle burning that it burst into flames. The bay leafs that I used for my intentions fully burned away in seconds and that’s great, but as soon as it was done the whole bowl caught fire, the candle went from being a two inch nub to nothing but a burning wick and everything was on fire. During the burning process it held a strong steady flame and burned slowly. Which is great. My main question is why did it burst into flames?
Posted on 2023-08-31 18:48:58
What happens when I’m doing a spell and the flame won’t go out? By the end of the candle the flame did not extinguish and ended up breaking them glass bowl it was in. It was a candle spell for employment. What does that mean?
Posted on 2023-08-30 12:17:21
I recently performed a candle love spell and used this article along side it to help me understand the things that were happening during it. But I do have some questions that I didnt see in here. Thoes being observations I made like my persons candle flame being a tiny bit bigger than mine the whole spell, as well as both our candles were making a "popping" sound which intensified at the end and at one point it seemed like the candles were having a conversation. And lastly his candle went out first but because the candle wick fell over into the wax and my candle died 20 seconds after that.
Posted on 2023-08-29 15:57:20
I did some candle magic last night, with 2 smaller taper type candles and some incense rope tied to the candles.

I woke up today to find not a trace of candle left. No wax at all. Just some ashes from the incense rope.
Michelle Russell
Posted on 2023-07-27 16:20:22
Hi Cyndi, I would just clean it up and dispose of it. I'm really clumsy, lol, I wouldn't read too much into it.
Michelle Russell
Posted on 2023-07-27 16:18:49
Hi Porsha! Don't worry about it. It won't interfere with your spell work.
Posted on 2023-07-27 01:09:08
My son blow out my candle when I wasn't around....I re-lit it, but is that a problem? It was burning steady before that....
Posted on 2023-07-19 19:29:58
If you are done burning a candle and ready for disposal, than it accidentally falls. Does that mean something?
Michelle Russell
Posted on 2023-06-30 22:23:33
That is awesome Chris! A very successful burn in my books.
Michelle Russell
Posted on 2023-06-30 22:22:54
Hi Ruby,
If they are all for a different purpose it might be too much. Maybe do one spell at a time, especially if there is change involved. Hopefully that helped.
Chris Kinder
Posted on 2023-06-30 14:18:23
I recently did a spell with a candle. The candle had a large clean flame and burned long for a small candle. When it was done, there was no wax left. It completely evaporated. Is there meaning in that?
Posted on 2023-06-26 12:52:21
This article is very helpful. But I have a question. I bought 3 candles, their purpose is different but it’s for the same person. On day 1 it started to tunnel but then evened out until last night day 2 the flame got extremely high with flickering then calmed down. The other candle tunneled at the same time however now only half of it is burning. The third candle is burning well with constant flickering and a tiny bit of scoot at the top. Should I redo them? I’m also cleansing myself so I’m not sure if that’s having an effect on the candle.
Michelle Russell
Posted on 2023-06-14 16:01:21
Hi Rere, whatever the purpose of your spell is, it has energy behind it, but it might take some time to come to fruition and there might be some obstacles to get there. Always know that with any spell work there is WORK to do in the process of reaching your goal. The candle is telling you that. After a while you can redo your candle work and see what the additional messages are, and if the path to your goal is cleaner or needs some additional attention on your part.
Posted on 2023-06-14 07:32:47
Hi. I was doing some candle work and the candle took very long to burn—it kept wax tunneling, but the flame was also very big. I've read that a big flame is a good thing, as is slow burning, but wax tunneling isn't. So I'm confused on as to what this means.
Michelle Russell
Posted on 2023-06-08 15:01:01
Hi Terri,
When a burn happens while doing spell work I usually take that as the magic fighting back. I suggest doing some BIG cleansing and protection work and some divination to try and find the source of the nasty energy.
Posted on 2023-06-06 22:57:52
The match that I lit my candle with went up very fast and I dropped it into the wax. It continued to burn. It didn't stop burning even once the wood was well burnt out I actually had to blow it out. I'm not sure if it's just something wrong with the the match or something else. I also burnt myself pretty good in the process I couldn't even tell you the last time I burned myself. Thoughts?
Michelle Russell
Posted on 2023-03-24 19:40:01
Hi Supreme Being, I don't know the specifics of your spell but it sounds like one candle is doing a lot more work than the other or that the area the lower flame is working on has a lot of blocks it's pushing through. I suggest some journaling about what the possible blocks and ways to move through them.
Supreme Being
Posted on 2023-03-07 17:40:20
My one candle has very little flame, and the other is burning normal.

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