Candles have been used in magical rituals for more than 5,000 years, with their flame representing a person’s inner light. But did you know that you can take things even further and interpret what the future holds for you by studying the way a candle burns? It’s called ceromancy, and we can show you how to master it…
What is ceromancy?
From the Greek word ‘carrow’ meaning waxen, ceromancy is a form of divination where heated wax or candles are used to help you see into the future. It is one of the world’s most ancient and popular forms of fortune telling – especially in Puerto Rico, Mexico and Haiti. Ceromancy appears to have originated in ancient Celtic times when candles were burned during druids’ vigils. The candles’ wax would then be poured into a bowl of water and the shapes that formed were interpreted as signs of what the future might hold. Here are some simple, inexpensive and revealing ways to get the most out of your candle magic…
Choose your candle colour
Green – To boost money or possessions and bring new work
Blue – For mental clarity or to banish fear and anixety
Black – For power and determination
Red or pink – Enhance love, romance and relationships
Gold – For creativity, happiness and joy
White – For peace, to resolve arguments, to recover and heal
Bowl of water method
If you want an answer to a question, you can use ceromancy in this simple way
You will need:
- A well-made wax candle
- A pan or bowl of cold water
- Some peace and quiet
STEP 1: Make sure you won’t be disturbed. You’re going to delve deep inside your subconscious mind – so put your phone on silent and perform your ritual in a tranquil space.
STEP 2: Decide on the question you want answered. You don’t have to write your question down – just hold it in your mind and let yourself feel any emotions that thinking about it brings to the surface.
STEP 3: Light a coloured wax candle in a colour relating to the question (see candle colours above). Allow it to burn then drip any wax over a pan of cold water. As the wax falls, concentrate on your question. You may see a shape or symbol that resonates with you immediately, or you may prefer to create many shapes to gain as much clarification to your question as possible.
STEP 4: Decide on the meaning of the wax shapes. Consult our guide below to give you inspiration, but remember nothing beats your own intuition.
The shapes: What do they mean?
Discover the secret meanings behind the wax symbols that emerge in the water
Anchor: Your loved one is faithful
Ball: Your problem will roll away
Bed: A restful holiday would be good for you
Bird: News is coming
Candle: Spiritual growth
Circle: Time of reconciliation
Cross: You are protected
Ear: Listen for opportunities to advance in your work
Egg: There will soon be new developments in your life
Fan: A surprise is coming
Grass: Good fortune grows
Heart: Friendship becomes love
House: Better times are coming
Kite: The outlook is ambiguous
Moon: More money may be coming
Ring: Marriage may happen in the near future
Snake: Be cautious
Sun: Good fortune
Walking Stick: Go and visit friends
Unfolding the candle
The way a candle unfolds as it melts can give you insight into your question or wish. Here’s what it is trying to communicate to you as it burns:
Petals: If your candle produces curves of wax like a flower, it’s a sign of many opportunities opening for you.
Lopsided: A candle that is too lopsided in one direction or another means you are dealing with a situation that is out of balance.
Snuffed!: If the flame gets buried by the wax and goes out, this is a message that the wish or question cannot be answered.
Clean burn: A clean, even burn means your intentions and wishes will be honoured. This is a positive sign that you’ll get what you want.
Fast burn: Your wish will be granted – and soon, but the results could be short lived.
Sooty: If your candle is covered in black, sooty marks, it’s not the right time to be asking for divine guidance. There are too many other factors involved in your situation for a clear solution. If the soot is on only one side of the candle, this is a sign that there was a problem with the candle itself – try again!
Which way is your smoke blowing? The air is reacting to your psychic energy…
Towards you: If while concentrating on the question you want answered the candle smoke wafts towards you, it’s a good sign and means you will get the answer you desire.
Away from you: If the smoke drifts away from you, then it means you will need real determination for things to go your way. What you want may be difficult to achieve, but it is not impossible.
To your left: If the smoke blows to your left, you are too emotionally involved with your wish or question to receive a true and clear answer. Try again when you are feeling less attached to the results.
To your right: Smoke blowing to your right means you are ignoring how you really feel emotionally. You need to balance your emotional and intellectual aims.
Straight up: If the candle smoke burns straight up, it’s a sign that you are being assisted by a higher power and that your wish will be aided by a strong spiritual force.
The way the flame of your candle behaves can give you even more information…
Won’t light: If your candle does not light, this is a sign that this type of magic is not suitable for your wish or question and you should try another method.
High flame/low flame: A tall, high flame means there is great power surrounding your enquiry. If the candle burns low, there is spiritual opposition to what you wish for which needs to be cleared for your wish to be granted.
Splits in two: If your flame splits in two, there are other powerful forces at work – either human or spiritual in nature.
Popping flame: If the flame makes a crackling or popping sound, it indicates conversation. You’re being talked about, judged and analysed.
Flickering: If the flame flickers, it is in touch with you on a psychic level, meaning your wish or spell has the greatest chance of success.
Won’t go out: If you try to blow out your candle but it stays lit, it is trying to tell you something. Keep it going for a while and see what occurs to you – it could be an important revelation.