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Novena Candle with Psalms

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Novena Candle with Psalms

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

This example uses a jar candle, olive oil, & a permanent marker pen & Book of Psalms. You can adapt it to suit your self. A white 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, or a jar printed with a favorite Saint, Goddess, Orisha or a guardian angel if these appeal to you.

A novena is a long term prayer that essentially is a candle spell that is repeated over 7 days (one week = one moon phase) or on consecutive associated days of the week (every Monday for 7 weeks or 7 New Moons for 7 months) without skipping, and a specific Psalm is repeated three times at each sitting. Any type of candle can be used: 7 birthday candles or tea lights or 7 tapers, 1 seven-knobbed candle, 1 stick-candle sectioned into seven parts, or 1 jar candle burned for all combined sittings.

Another option is using the 3 days of the Full Moon (day before full, day of full, day after full) with 3 recitations each day for 3 days = 9 which is the number for the Moon. There's never just one way to do anything pagan, right?

One way to prep a jar candle is to remove shelf dust from the top with a vinegar-dampened paper towel, and remove finger prints from the glass as well. The salt in vinegar cleanses. Use the marker pen to write your petition or a sigil you've made on the glass. (Petitions can also be written on plain paper, folded and placed under the candle, & re-used with each successive candle). A petition would use no more than 7 words, is phrased in a positive, present tense and then can be reduced to a word-sigil if you want, but isnt necessary.

A word sigil is a design you make from the letters of the petition words, using present-tense: not I want good friends, but I have good friends. Cross out duplicate letters so one of each letter remains, then rearrange, reverse, exaggerate to recombine these letters into a glyph.

To charge a jar candle, repeat the petition as you put three small drops of olive oil in a triangle around the wick, then spread the oil by running a finger in an energizing clockwise spiral, starting at the wick and expanding outward, around the top. The oil is to hold the electromagnetic charge of your thought/intent.

Then at the same time each day light the candle and softly read aloud the appropriate Psalm for your intent 3 times for each sitting, relax and focus on the flame for a few minutes giving thanks with the knowing that the need has been met; then snuff the candle out until next time. At the final sitting the petition is burned & the candle is allowed to burn itself out. (After the final reading you can do other activities while the candle burns). If it burns out before # of days is done, thats OK. The spell is done when the jar candle is gone or on the final day. For other types of candles use one for each sitting & let it burn completely, or burn one segment per setting for sectioned candles.

I've always liked St Francis of Assisi's Canticle of the Sun for making circles. A browse through Amazon books for Psalm Magic brought up a couple familiar books: William Alexander Oribello's "Candle Burning with the Psalms" (there's a less expesive "travel" edition as well) and Anna Riva's "Magic of the Psalms.".

Over the years I've cultivated a custom of year & a day study, devoting a year to one topic at a time as it appealed to me. Roughly 22 years ago I'd spent a year with Psalm magic practice & made notes, etc., yadda yadda. Can't beat a seven day candle and a psalm for hex breaking. I figured my semi-Christian upbringing is stamped on my psyche so I may as well make it work for me.

Ive dug out my old Notebook & here's a short list of what I'd used:

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

If there is a name of the god-form in the Psalm then etch that name on a candle, or use a marker to write on the glass encased type. Traditionally you'd dress votive or taper candles with olive oil by rolling them between your oiled palms. Jar & tea light candles can both be dressed with three drops of oil around the wick, that are spread in an outward moving spiral.

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 rune or sigil & etched in the candle. Use the one that starts the division containing the verse you use.

Ps119:

Arms, 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
Left leg, lines 145-152 ( apparently I didn't record right leg)
Palsy, lines 1-8
Torso, lines 57-64

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 burns, if wax is accumulating on the glass it 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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