Divination // Reading Candle Flames

I use candles daily in my practice. I wake up in the morning and light a few on my altar before I even open the curtains or put on the coffee. I center myself, burn some palo santo or incense, pull a Tarot card (or three), and get myself spiritually ready for the day. You know, so I don’t murder anyone.

In witchcraft and divination, different colored candles carry different symbolism or power. The way the flame flickers can even be used as a form of divination in itself.

Like Tarot, the flickers of the flame could have one of dozens of meanings depending on who you ask. But also like Tarot, I say so be it. The Tarot has a traditional “decided-upon” meaning (I put that in quotes because that’s definitely debatable), but as you work the Tarot, the cards take on personal meanings to you. They remind you of a certain friend or a certain time in your life, and those new definitions kind of meld into your personal Tarot Dictionary. The same is true here — whatever meaning you ascribe to candle colors and flame shapes, the spirit world will use your language to speak to you. They just wanna talk, and they’ll be thrilled if you show up speaking anything at all.

With that said, here’s my personal candle magic cheat sheet. Cherry pick from this as you please, my witches, or make it your own.

✶ CANDLE COLOR GUIDE ✶

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✶ READING CANDLE FLAMES ✶

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STANDS TALLER

What you want is coming, and you have been heard. That’s a “yes,” boo!

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GETS SMALLER

This is not aligned with your destiny. So, like… probably no.

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LEANS LEFT

Look to your past for answers. Maybe you’ve dealt with something like this before.

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LEANS RIGHT

This needs more time, but it’s coming. Might be time to stretch that patience muscle.

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FLICKERS

Yes, but there with be challenges. Saddle up.

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CRACKLES

Your guides have been trying to tell you, but you’re not listening. Umm… Hello? Pay attention!

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LEANS AWAY FROM YOU

Take physical action. GET UP and DO something about it already, sh*t.

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LEANS TOWARDS YOU

You already know the answer. Why are you even asking?

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GOES YELLOW

Get creative to make it happen. You’re gonna have to think about this a little differently.

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GOES BLUE

Your guides are near. Speak to them. Like, really. They love a good chat.

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