So in my desire to do more "craft-y" stuff and become less cerimonial, i have been getting over myself and my perfectionism and trying to creat my own soaps and candles for mystical workings.
Candles have great practical and mystical uses. Obviously, candles are great for letting in the light, both physically and metaphorically. They are also a great focus for meditation, for learning to evoke and control fire energy, and for entering the otherworld (well, maybe that one is just me b/c i am an aries). Candles can also be used as fetishes in spells, and the scene or colour of the candle can aid in its effectiveness.
I use specially crafted mystical soaps for purification and attaction rituals, and aromatherapy principles work best here to govern the scents chosen.
how to make candles
Candles are pretty easy to make. I would suggest using either soy wax or locally sourced beeswax for candlemaking– parafin is a petroleum based product, and thus not too earth friendly. Beeswax does burn at a high temperature, so if the wax will be used when warm in ritual, opt with soy.
There are many candle molds availible at local craft stores or online. You can also make your own using a cup or other vessel.
Once you have a mold, spray the inside with mold release following the can direction. Thread the wick thru the hole in the mold. (For molds without holes for the wick, there is high temperature doublesided tape which can be used to hold the wick in place.)
Next melt the wax in a double boiler on the stove and add a small amount of candle dye (do not use food colouring) and essential oils. Pour melted wax into mold and let dry overnight. Candle should release easily.
How to make soap
Melt and pour soap is also really easy to make. Glycerine or coconut oil soap are available at most craft stores; organic soap bases are available various places online.
There are many soap molds availible at local craft stores or online. You can also make your own using a cup or other vessel.
Melt soap in a measuring cup in the microwave for 1-2 minutes (or in a double boiler if you do not have a microwave, however the microwave method worked best for me) then add a few drops of food colouring and essential oils—A LITTLE GOES A LONG WAY.
Pour into the mold and let dry overnight.
Most people have their own symbolism for what colour to use for what purpose/ God or Goddess etc, but here is a general list of what I use for which purpose:
Red—love, lust and passion. Mars evocations. Power and focus. Anything to do with fire. Root chakra.
Pink—friendship and children. Evoking Venus and Hathor.
Green—money and prosperity. Restoring balance. Evoking Ma’At or Nike. Heart chakra.
Yellow—happiness, health, and a general sense of wellbeing—Solar Plexus chakra.
Orange—courage, faith, fertility. 2nd chakra.
Blue—Communication, water, connectivity, energy of flow. Evokation of nymphs, water spirits, Isis, Persephone and Nepthys. Throat chakra.
Indigo—Da’ath energy. The connection to the abyss, the other side, psychic and divination. 3d eye chakra
Purple—many of the “Queen” Goddesses. Head chakra
Black—Banishing negativity. Calming and grounding.
White—Healing and purification.
Brown—Earth magick. The ground, gardening, starting new. Also evocation of the God.
Most people have their own symbolism for what scents to use for what purpose/ God or Goddess etc, but here is a general list of what I use for which purpose:
Rose—Love and protection
Lavender—for extra energy and to banish depression
Sage and cedar—for divination, banishing and protection
Rosemary—for clarity and concentration. Before a long working or divination
Mint—to clear and purify
Chamomile—For rest and to quiet an area or pacify a spirit
Vanilla– for lust and sensuality spells.