This is so interesting, the babka
, the village healer woman, every culture's got one! I love it. And they live in a "barter economy," interesting. I would love Sara Phillips' anthropology job, travelling to countries with other researchers, camping out, and just studying the interesting things people do. Nice.
I think this kind of divination is called, according to our little divination glossary
, ceromancy. Here are some random articles I just found for a little background information (cut and paste in browser):
Hoodoo conjure work has a tradition of ceromancy, too, but it is performed after a candle spell has been done. And I've never seen the wax itself actually used for healing, as the babki used it in the video. That was interesting! With hoodoo ceromancy, the melting pattern of the post-spell candle gives clues as to the outcome of the situation being addressed. The wax may "say" any of a number of things, such as:
1. The spell will have a successful outcome, or
2. The spell needs additional workings done in order to achieve success in the final outcome, or
3. No more spell work should be done on the matter and an altogether different course of action should be taken, instead.
Believe it or not, you really can intuitively distinguish what the wax is saying by the way it melts. I think all spell work deals with physics, and energy has vibrations which evidence themselves in physical objects. I have done candle spells where I was like, "Yes!" And I have done others where I was like, "Meh, back to the drawing board," the energy to continue was just not there in the spell, a new direction was needed (that's why it's good to work with your ancestors, they won't do the work for you, but they won't let you waste your time either, and they'll at least give you a head's up, lol). Sometimes, as the dynamics of a situation change, so should the related magic change accordingly, in my opinion.
The disposal of the candle wax from the spell is relevant too, in hoodoo. In this path, you never just toss it in the garbage. If the goal is something you'd want to attract to your life (like in a money or love spell), you might include the wax in a mojo bag and/or bury the wax in your own yard, a great metaphor. But if the goal is something you'd like to extract from your life, you'd dispose of the wax at a crossroads, in a graveyard, or otherwise remove it far from the premises.
Anyway, another great share, Holdasown. Thank you!