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Candles Representing Sacred fires of Imbolc

Candles provide our link to the sacred fires of Imbolc

Candles Representing Sacred fires of Imbolc

 

Brigid, the deity of Imbolc, is the Goddess of fire, the keeper of the sacred flame and the guardian of home and hearth.  Brigid’s holiday was chiefly marked by the kindling of sacred fires, since she symbolized the fire of birth and healing, the fire of the forge, and the fire of poetic inspiration and creativity. Falling between Yule, the shortest day of the year and spring equinox, Imbolc celebrates the increasing strength of the life-giving sun, as winter gives way to spring.    Bonfires and chandeliers embodied the theme of purification and renewal, another theme of Imbolc.   At Brigid’s shrine, the ancient Irish capital of Kildare, a group of nineteen priestesses (no men allowed) kept a perpetual flame burning in her honor. One observance on Imbolc was to make a Crown of Lights using  taper candles.  Although this was traditionally worn on the head, you can more safely put this on your altar to celebrate Brigid’s aspects of fire keeper and fertility Goddess.
Another name for Imbolc is Candlemas.  Candles and lanterns provide our link to fire, the life-giving gift celebrated from earliest times.  Candles and lanterns are not only light, but living fire.  The flicker of candlelight or lantern was the only means of illumination for our ancestors. The atmosphere created by candles invokes an older, slower rhythm of time, not divided neatly into minutes on a clock or months on a calendar.  Candles add warmth and atmosphere and can invoke moments of quiet reflection. Romantic dinners by candlelight are special events, inviting us to slow down and savor the moment.
 
Candles in magic

Candle Magic has been around since the dawn of time, traced as far back as the Paleolithic era. It is a very powerful form of sympathetic magic.  You have to believe in the power of the candle for it to be effective. Candle magic is usually part of a ritual but can be part of meditation or other exercise. Over the years candles have become part of most rituals, celebrations, magic and ceremonies for all occasions, encompassing everything from the birth of a newborn to passing into the life eternal. Candles can be used for healing, making wishes, increasing/releasing things or anything else you may personally want to use them for. As with all magic, candle magic for negative purposes rebounds threefold on the sender, and so candle rituals should only be carried out if you are in a positive state of mind or with pure intent.

The dancing flames of candles have been used as a Witches’ tool for centuries. By setting the proper atmosphere, candles are used to help increase a spell’s power, or to influence a particular power. Candles absorb one’s personal energy and release this energy when burned Candle color is very important when performing magick, for each color emits a particular vibration and attracts certain influences.  Some candle magic has to be repeated over a period of days. Therefore, you will want to place them in an area that will not be disturbed. Do not choose a place where there is a TV, radio noise or disturbances of any kind. Use common sense and never put candles near curtains, bookcases, or anywhere the candle may cause a fire if knocked over.  If your spell work requires you to keep a candle burning for days at a time, put the candle in the bathtub.  As an extra precaution, you can fill the bottom of the tub with an inch or two of water to keep the glass container cool, and (sometimes) prevent the glass from cracking as the candle burns down to very end.

Like candles, the lantern is also symbolic of light as the vehicle for truth, intelligence, and illumination.  In Hinduism and Buddhism a lamp is a symbol of life.  Lamps serve as a symbol of devotion and embody the spirit of virtue, faith and vigilance — such as lighting a candle in memory, as well as lighting the way through the darkest hour.   In tarot, the lantern is carried by the Hermit, representing wisdom, deliberation, circumspection.

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