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Novena Candle with Psalms

Postby SpiritTalker » Thu Mar 01, 2018 9:04 am

This example uses a glass encased, jar candle, olive oil, a permanent marker pen & The Book of Psalms. You can adapt it to suit your personal style. A white jar candle is all-purpose and can be purchased inexpensively at "dollar" stores and ethnic food isles of major grocery stores. You can use a colored candle associated with the intent/weekday (see below) or one pre-printed with a saint or a guardian angel if these appeal to you more. Or use 9 individually prepped tapers or tea lights & burn one-per-day.

A novena (Latin for nine) essentially is a continuously burned candle spell over 9 days and a specific Psalm is repeated three times at each daily sitting. A jar candle is designed to burn continuously for about a week. If it burns out in less than 9 days that's OK. The spell is done when the jar candle is burned completely down. Always use common sense & observe fire safety.

To prep the jar candle, remove shelf dust from the top with a vinegar-dampened paper towel & wipe finger prints from the glass. The vinegar cleanses. Use the marker pen to write your petition, or a word-sigil you've made from the words, directly on the glass. (For other types of candle, write on plain paper and place it under the candle & reuse with each successive candle. Any paper is burned & ash scattered at the spell's 9th day end.)

A petition statement would use no more than 9 words & will be positively phrased in the present tense, not "I want money" but "I have enough money." A word sigil is a hieroglyph you make from the letters of the petition words by crossing out duplicate letters so one of each letter remains; then rearrange, reverse, exaggerate & recombine the remaining letters into a glyph. Use scratch paper to draft then redraw the glyph onto the glass.

To charge a jar candle, ground and center yourself. Repeat the petition thrice as you put three drops of olive oil in a triangle around the wick; spread the oil by dragging a finger thru the oil to cover the surface in a clockwise spiral. The oil is to seal the electromagnetic charge of your thought/intent to the candle. The spiral enhances and holds energy. Boring a hole & filling it with scented oil is optional. Activate your intent by pushing the fire-in-the-belly into the candle with your hands & Witchy gaze.

Then light the candle. Softly read aloud the appropriate Psalm for your intent 3 times for each sitting, & it's best if each sitting is the same time each day. Focus on the flame for a few minutes giving thanks with the Witch's Power of Knowing that the need has been met.

Options: speed things up by doing three sittings (of 3 readings) per day for three days, or nine sittings (of 3 readings) in one day-long marathon likely to be exhausting. Let the jar candle burn out on it's own in any case.
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I've liked reciting St Francis of Assisi's Canticle of the Sun for casting circles. In addition, a browse through Amazon books for Psalm Magic brought up a couple inexpensive books: William Alexander Oribello's "Candle Burning with the Psalms" (the "travel" edition costs less), and Anna Riva's "Magic of the Psalms". A paperback copy of the Psalms can be purchased alone or as part of the Bible. Printing from on-line is free.

Here's a short list of useful Psalms:

Disturbing ghosts & spirits, Ps 144-145
Dream guidance, Ps. 23 & 42
Evil eye removal, Ps 91
Good fortune, Ps 65
Health, receiving healing Ps 6, 21
Help in time of need ps 18
Hex break, uncrossing Ps 7, 8
Increase understanding of situation Ps 119, verse 105-112
Increase wisdom Ps 119, verse 97-104
Mental clarity Ps 115
Protection from known or unknown enemy, Ps. 43, 44 and 45
Psychic development Ps 78
Repel all harmful conditions Ps 100
Spiritual enlightenment Ps 25
Spiritual power, Ps. 99
Thanksgiving Ps 30, 116

Ps 119 has some specific healing texts. It has 22 divisions, each with 8 verses. Each of the 22 divisions starts with a Hebrew letter as a power form that can be used like a sigil & drawn on the candle. Use the one that starts the division containing the verse you use.

Arms or legs: lines 97-104 right side; lines 121-128 left side
Depression, lines 49-56
Ears, lines 153-160 right side; lines 169-176 left side
Eyesight, lines 17-24
Headache, lines 161-168
Hip, kidneys, liver lines 65-72
Palsy, lines 1-8
Torso, lines 57-64

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Timing & associations: Start on the week day associated with the intention, use your own system.

Sunday (Sun) yellow leadership, health, advice
Monday (Moon) white, marriage, family, psychic endeavors
Tuesday (Mars) red, conflict, legal matters
Wednesday (Mercury) light blue-aqua, communication, education, divination
Thursday (Jupiter) blue, finances, job, prosperity, protection
Friday (Venus) green, love, allure, fertility
Saturday (Saturn) black, endings, banishing


Interpreting the actions of the candle can tell the status of the spell. During the successive days, wax accumulating on the glass suggests residual issues may be effecting the manifesting of the spell. Just keep going. These can work out as time goes on. A melting pool of wax that accumulates suggests slow progress is being made through resistance.

Burn time. If the candle is slow to burn and the flame just doesn't want to take hold, it suggests results will be slow to manifest. You may want to review the intent and re-start. A fast burn shows the results are good to go without resistance, and a clean burn with no waxy residue shows all is well.

Flame status. A weak flame shows slow results amidst resistance. A strong flame shows fast results. Flickering indicates the intention wasn't decisive, so re-start if it doesn't settle down. A divided wick with 2 flames indicates you have powerful assistance on your side. And if the flame has been doing Ok and suddenly peters out and dies, the outcome was not going to be favorable. Rethink the intention.

Smoke. When the candle is snuffed after a sitting, black smoke indicates obstacles were overcome so just keep going. White smoke is saying the intent is OK but there is some resistance, and keep on going. Lots of smoke indicates there are hidden issues being encountered. You may not have had the whole story. Keep going.

Soot. Black soot accumulating on the glass over time indicates opposition and negative energy is in the way. If it does not clear with further burns, clear your aura with a vinegar bath or sage smudge, or burning cloves & cinnamon on a coal. White soot is a good sign that old baggage is being cleared, whereas clumps on the wick show that baggage being carried and creating drag & resistance.
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Re: Novena Candle with Psalms

Postby corvidus » Tue Mar 06, 2018 7:23 pm

Very interesting, thanks :)
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Re: Novena Candle with Psalms

Postby Shekinah » Tue Mar 27, 2018 7:42 am

I think my Goddess would be offended by a Catholic Novena Candle with Christian gibberish on it. Christianity has been lethal and so destructive to free thought, native cultures and Pagan/Witchcraft since it's fabrication in the time of Abraham and ancient Egypt. Emanations from such a candle would not be in harmony with our intentions. I like the dripless candles and you can scribe your own Sigil on it.
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Re: Novena Candle with Psalms

Postby SpiritTalker » Tue Mar 27, 2018 8:47 am

This is posted in the Christo pagan section for those who wish to use it. If you don't accept the practice then I suggest you don't use it with your perceived god-form and allow others the freedom to make their own choice without harassment. As you should be aware many magical practices use Psalms as spells. How can a candle be Catholic? It's a commercially produced commodity.
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Re: Novena Candle with Psalms

Postby Shekinah » Tue Mar 27, 2018 1:33 pm

The crucifix and rosary are also commercially produced commodities that might seem out of place on a Pentagram plate or Wiccan altar just as the Pentacle would seem out of place on an Evangelical church altar (would stir quite a ruckus) and I was just apprising candle users of possible confusing and conflicting Sigil use they may not have considered. To each his/her own modality of practice. Peace Sorry if I offended anyone's sensitivities.
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Re: Novena Candle with Psalms

Postby SpiritTalker » Tue Mar 27, 2018 2:50 pm

I'm not buying it Shek. I doubt an evangelical would be reading this site except to troll. Penn-Dutch churches sometimes feature pentagrams and in a Hebrew temple the five points of the pentagram were tied to the Pentateuch (the first five books of the bible) and represented as a whole the concept of truth. Innana was a crucified & resurrected Sumerian Goddess. Odin was hung on a tree for enlightenment. No conflicting issues. These symbols get passed around. Meh. (shrug)
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Re: Novena Candle with Psalms

Postby Shekinah » Wed Mar 28, 2018 8:18 am

That's ok Spirit Talker I love you anyway.
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Re: Novena Candle with Psalms

Postby SpiritTalker » Wed Mar 28, 2018 11:49 am

Pax. :mrgreen:
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