A friend of mine wrote a while ago, asking if I'd seen or heard of the Tarot Illuminati by Kim Huggens and Erik C. Dunne. I had not.  She said she'd fallen in love with the sheer glorious beauty of this deck, so I went to take a look for myself.  There are no words to describe the power and loveliness of the images in the Tarot Illuminati. I immediately ordered both the cards and the book that goes with them.

The book is well thought out and offers several tarot spreads that are new to me. There is also an extended version available as an e-book. There is always more to learn when it comes to reading tarot cards, and I found more than enough new concepts and interpretations in the physical book to whet my appetite for more. I plan to download the e-book this very afternoon.

The cards themselves are a good size and fit comfortably in my hands.  The cards are edged in gilt and are thick enough to stand up to wear without being too thick and clumsy. They have no borders and the images seem to flow into one another when laid side by side.   My only complaint is that the corners tend to bend easily, making them difficult to shuffle without damaging the cards. However, I was able to order plastic sleeves that fit the cards. This will save them from the wear and tear of constant use, while making them easier to shuffle.
 
Pictured at the top of this post is The Empress.  Isn't she beautiful?  I'd like to share with you some of the text that accompanies this image.

"From impregnated silence and mystery form must come, and I am the gateway of creation. I have brought many things to birth:  I am the creatrix of every moment, engendering all possibilities with active force towards manifestation. The earth we walk upon is my body as well as my child; it's beauty and wonder are my works of art, my offering to all my other children that they may also walk in beauty and wonder. For what is life without beauty?  What is it without love? I am the Queen of Love, and it is my war cry and my heart's shield."

"You are the creator and co-creator of every moment and every step you take upon the earth."

"Themes & Concepts
Creativity; actively creating something; working to bring something to fruition; raw material given form; love and sensuality; fertility; pregnancy; motherhood; nurture; unconditional love; creating beauty; vitality; work and projects being like your children."

I cannot recommend this deck highly enough.  It's absolutely gorgeous and the price is extremely reasonable.

Bright Blessings,
Robyn



A few years ago, I discovered the joys of making and using magical soap.  There's basically no difference between the use of candles in magic and the use of soap in magic, except that the soap is even more personal and the magic goes with you when you leave your home. Unlike amulets, mojo bags, incense, etc., soap magic is invisible to other people. Best of all, it couldn't be easier!

I make my magical soap the lazy way, and recommend that you buy a book on soap making if you want to make yours from scratch the old fashioned way.

Basic supplies for a small batch:

  • Several bars of your favorite unscented soap. I like to use either Dove or Ivory. You can also save small leftover pieces of soap until you have enough to make at least  two bars of new soap.
  • Essential oils or powdered herbs with the magical  properties you want to add to your soap  *See the list at the bottom of this blog
  • Cheese grater
  • double boiler, or two sauce pans - one smaller than the other.
  • Molds. You can buy soap molds at a craft store or use a muffin tin if you like round soap.
  • Oil to grease the molds.

Instructions:


  • Oil your molds and set them out on a piece of newspaper.
  • Grate the soap bars into the top of your double boiler, or to the smaller of your two sauce pans.
  • Add water to the bottom pan and stir until the soap chips melt. 
  • Add your essential oils or herbs, keeping in mind the end result you're looking for. Concentrate on what you wish to accomplish while stirring the soap mixture.
  • Pour the soap mixture into your molds and let them sit until they harden.
Here's a few of my favorite soap ideas:

  • Energizing coffee soap.  Add 1/3 cup of fresh coffee beans ground extremely fine to your soap mixture. This makes an invigorating energy soap. Not only does it help to keep your batteries charged all day, but it also smells wonderful. And it exfoliates your skin to keep you glowing. 
  • Love attracting yarrow and rose soap. Add yarrow and rose oil to your soap mix, and stir while meditating on the kind of love you are trying to attract. I sometimes like to grind up dried yarrow and rose petals, instead of using the oils. This adds bits color and texture to your soap. Either way works equally well.
  • Money attracting jasmine soap. Add either ground jasmine petals or jasmine oil to your soap mixture. Use both if you like. This soap is great for attracting prosperity.

Finally, here is a list of herbs and flowers and their magical qualities.

BASIL - Removes negativity from the home or workplace.

BAY LAUREL - Protection against evil influences, stops interference.

CATNIP -Courage, love and happiness, joy.

CHAMOMILE - Luck in gambling, luck in getting proposal of marriage.

CLOVE - Banishes evil, friendship, grants desires.

DANDELION - Helps to improve clairvoyance, purifies.

DRAGON'S BLOOD - Brings good luck, protection, money, love.

FRANKINCENSE - protection, purification, spirituality.

GINGER - Love, money, success, power.

JASMINE - Love, money, strengthens psychic abilities.

JUNIPER - Protection against theft, attracts love, aids in psychic development.

LAVENDER - Love, money, attracts help.

LEMON VERBENA - Guards against evil, repels those you do not love.

MARIGOLD - Gives clairvoyant dreams.

MARJORAM - Protection.

MUGWORT - Protection, strengthens psychic abilities, aides in divination.

MYRRH - Purification, protection, spirituality.

NUTMEG - Luck, love, prosperity, fertility.

ORRIS ROOT - Aids in divination, attracts love.

PATCHOULI - Breaks spells placed on you, attracts money, defeats enemies.

PEPPERMINT - Purification, love, increases psychic ability.

PINE - Purification.

ROSE PETALS - Love, happiness in the home.

ROSEMARY - Healing for headaches, keeps a lover faithful.

RUE - Defense against spells and dark magic, repels negativity.

SAGE - Purification, protection, wisdom.

ST. JOHN'S WORT - Happiness, healing, courage, love, protection, divination.

SANDALWOOD, RED - Healing, protection, spirituality, wishes come true.

SANDALWOOD, YELLOW - Protection, spirituality.

THYME - Cures nightmares.

VERVAIN - Repels psychic attack, purification, gaining love or wealth.

WORMWOOD - Repels negative magic.

YARROW - Divination, love spells, keeps couples happily married.










I recently wore out my third copy of the Phantasmagoric Theater Tarot deck and had to buy another one.  For the first time, I actually read the introduction by it's creator, Graham Cameron. His description of how tarot works is remarkably apt and I want to share it with you today.

"Welcome, imagine yourself as an actor, placed in a theater at birth. You have been invited to join millions of other actors, to take your place on the stage known as Phantasmagoric Theater. Every scene in the script has been carefully crafted, and you've learned your cues. If nothing goes wrong you should be able to sail through your performance until the final curtain call.  But things can and do go wrong - perhaps there is interference in the sound system, your costume is uncomfortable, or you're unhappy with the scenery.  So you begin to make adjustments, and in doing so, cause minor changes to the outcome of the play.

Using tarot, you can connect yourself through a psychic process back to the original script  and recognize the deviations you may have made to the performance.

Envision Phantasmagoric Theater Tarot as a doorway into your life.  The curtains open, revealing the fool, who invites us on a journey of spiritual fulfillment.

--Graham Cameron"

I love this description and think it applies equally well to every other deck, as well.  The tarot is a system designed to help bring us back in tune with the original script of our lives. It provides much needed direction and helps us bring our story back into alignment. 

Bright blessings, and may the performance that is your life be magnificent!
Robyn









The second suit of the Minor Arcana, Pentacles, aka Disks or Coins, embodies solid achievement in the physical plane. Wands, the suit of fire, = conception; while Pentacles, the suit of earth, = consolidation and preservation. I was pleased to see that this progression from creation/conception to practicality/acquisition is so clearly presented in the Nine of Coins from the Phantasmagoric Theater Tarot. See how the little guy with stars in his eyes has turned his passion for music into hard cash money?

Pentacles is linked with the earth signs of the Zodiac - Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn, and it embodies the practicality, sensuality, and connection with the earth of these three signs.  Like Wands, Pentacles is an objective suit, whose cards tend to represent material objects, events and circumstances. It deals with the tangible, rather than the intangible.

In her book, "The Renaissance Tarot - Legends of the Past Now Reveal the Future",  Jane Lyle says this about the suit of Pentacles:

"The suit of Pentacles as a whole, and when predominating in a spread, represents these spheres of life:
  • Physical reality, the five sense and their associated pleasures.
  • Worldly concerns of all kinds  - money, earnings, property symbolizing the home or a long-term investment (as opposed to speculative property ventures ruled by Wands.) Daily routine work, physical work for gain or pleasure, such as gardening, decorating, cleaning, and so on. Individual status, whether within a relationship, family group, business, or community. All issues involving practical commitments, whatever their nature.
  • A salty, realistic wisdom born of experience. To preserve what has been gained, to consolidate matters and to support with the enduring love of all earth goddesses is the domain of this sensual suit. "




 "As the first suit of the Minor Arcana, the suit of Wands begins the sequence of fifty-six cards with a burst of fiery, visionary energy" - Jane Lyle -

I confess! The suit of Wands and I have been at odds in the past.  It didn't resonate with me the way the other suits did, and I would find myself stumbling a tiny bit whenever a Wand appeared in a reading.  Until, that is, I picked up the Phantasmagoric Theater Tarot deck and noticed that the Wands were literally on fire.

Fire! That was the key, and the Wands suddenly made complete sense. Everything clicked into place, and the Wands and I have been great friends ever since. The cards of the suit of Wands are linked to the fire signs of the Zodiac (Aries, Leo, Sagittarius) and to the direction South. These cards are bold; they're on fire with creative inspiration, optimism and ambition. Their glow is illuminating and their warmth is impossible to resist.

                      

Look at this card - it's the Eight of Wands from the Coleman Smith Tarot. The Eight of Wands signifies rapid change and progress towards one's goals, and I think the image on this particular card portrays that beautifully. They almost look like shooting stars.

Individual cards within this suit have their own specific meanings, but the Wands as a whole govern several particular spheres of activity. In her book, "Renaissance Tarot - Legends of the Past Now Reveal the Future", Jane Lyle writes:

"When Wands predominate in a spread it will tend to  focus on the following:

  • Travel, whether mental, physical or spiritual - this embraces exploring all terrains: intellectual adventures, holidays and traveling, spiritual inner voyages and leaps of imagination.
  • All deals, negotiations and speculations are ruled by Wands, which have a particular affinity with property, publishing, entertainment and innovative enterprises.
  • Career, as defined by dreams, visions, wishes and life direction, is also governed by Wands. This is defined in terms of broad concepts such as service to others, self-expression, risk-taking, inventiveness and so on. Such concepts identify the compelling theme of someone's life pattern rather than spell out the details of daily routine."

Okay, I admit it - I'm a worrier. It's not that I enjoy worrying. Quite the opposite. But lifetime habits are hard to break and I still fall into the worry trap on a regular basis. Someone gave me a book called "Simple Spells for Success", by Barry Dolnick a few years ago and it's been sitting on my bookshelf ever since. It finally caught my attention the other day, so I pulled it off the shelf and opened to a random page, where I read that worry is not only non-productive, but it can be as addictive as crisis. Wow, I had no idea.

The author suggested keeping a tally to track how many times a day you worry and how much you rely on worry to get yourself through your daily routine. This sounded like a good plan, so I tried it and my tally was uncomfortably high. Oh no! Another thing to fret about! ;)

Not to worry - Mr. Dolnick had the answer. He suggested asking these three questions about each and every worry

"Is what I'm worried about going to make me die?"
"Is what I'm worried about going to leave me penniless?"
"Is what I'm worried about going to leave me homeless?"


If not then you're probably in better shape than you thought you were. If the answer is "yes", then your worries are important ones and could best be solved by keeping a clear, calm head.

With this in mind, I've decided to treat myself to a candlelight bath as part of my daily routine. I place a white candle on a silver dish and sprinkle my favorite bath salt around it. Then I run a bath and add some of the same bath salts to the water. I lay back and bring out my worries, one by one, only to release them and watch them rise upwards with the candle smoke and the steam from the bath. I imagine my worries drifting up through the air, through the ceiling, through the clouds, until they finally disappear completely. 

Invariably, one or two of the most stubborn worries drift back down and land in the bath water again - no problem! Those go down the drain when bath time is over.











Bathing has always held an important place in the world of the kitchen witch. Not only is bathing soothing and relaxing, but it allows your entire body to soak in the magic you're creating for yourself. This particular bath magic is intended to help you attract love into your life.

* If you don't have a bath tub, you can do the same thing in the shower by placing the cloth bag directly under the stream of hot water and then stepping into the steam. I don't recommend using a tea ball with this method because you could slip on it and hurt yourself.

What you will need:

1. Either a small muslin bag with drawstring, or a tea ball.
    If you don't have either of these, a small square of cheesecloth or muslin and a piece         
    of string will work.

2. One ounce of your favorite flower petals. I like rose petals, but lavender and jasmine are   
     also lovely.

3. One ounce of lemon balm.

4. One ounce of lovage.

5. One rose red towel

Instructions:

Place the herbs into the muslin bag or tea ball, or put them in the center of the fabric square, bring the corners of the cloth together and tie it tightly with the string. As soon as there is a couple of inches of water in the tub, add the bag or tea ball containing your magical herbs to the bath and let it steep until the bath is full.

You can further set the stage by burning scented candles or incense if you wish. Now it's time to bathe with intent. Once you have immersed yourself in your magical bath, concentrate on the idea of love and what it means to you. Be as specific as possible without dwelling on any certain person. The idea is to attract a lover - not to compel one particular person to come to you.

Once you feel the spell of attraction is complete, dry yourself with the red towel, drain the tub, and bury the used herbs in your garden or in a flower pot. If you absolutely have no dirt handy, then wrap them in paper and put them in the trash.

Enjoy! And may you attract the love you so deserve.

Bright Blessings,
Robyn







The Sun has always been one of my very favorite tarot cards, and this big guy has to be one of the best Suns ever! He's from the Phantasmagoric Theater Deck and he's even brighter and more colorful in person than in this photo. 

This is the only Sun card I've ever seen that quite literally depicts the 12 "houses" of the Zodiac, and that's always tickled my fancy. I love the striped pattern of the world, and the question mark in the Sun's chin, too. He's no doubt wondering what in the world everybody is up to.

The Sun has always meant shiny, brilliant, happy events. It's one of several cards I use to signify the  possibility of a strong, loving, committed relationship. It denotes home and family, success, joy, healthy energy, warmth, love and safety.

I hope the Sun is shining in your world today and I wish you all the blessings this joyous card represents!






If you're a night owl with an affinity for the moon, then a moon garden may be just the thing for you. My great-grandmother had one and I loved to sit outside with her at night and smell the flowers in her garden.  In fact, I've been planning the moon garden I hope to have one day.

It couldn't  be easier to have a garden that looks lovely by night, as well as by day. All you need is a bit of garden space, some sweet-smelling, flowering plants with white (or very light colored) blooms, a bench or hammock  to help you relax, and maybe a fountain or wind chimes to add the finishing touch.

Here's my current list of plants for the moon garden, but there are literally dozens more sweetly scented, night and/or day blooming plants.
  • flowering tobacco
  •  night jasmine
  •  gardenias
  •  honeysuckle
  •  white roses,
  • evening primroses
  •  pearly everlasting
  •  baby's breath
  • lamb's ear ( a pretty silvery plant)
I already have flowering mint, lavender, sweet basil, and lemon grass in mind to give the garden a lovely smell.  And a night light that will allow some of the daytime colors to show up when I want, as well. My husband gave me lovely silver wind chimes, so all I need now is a bench or garden swing. And maybe a nice soft pillow to lean back against.  I can't wait for this garden to become reality!


Image source, National Garden Association.





I recently purchased Llewllyn's 2018 Tarot Calendar and was pelasantly surprised to find that the Major Arcana featured for January is The Empress. The art work is glorious and is taken from a deck I'd never seen before. Every month offers a tarot spread, and I had never seen this month's spread, either. So far, I've resisted the urge to go through all twelve pages because I don't want to spoil the surprise at the first of every month.


January's deck, Shadowscapes Tarot, was designed by one of my favorite fantasy artists, Stephanie Pui-Mun Law. Her work is inspired and makes me want to get my paints out of the cupboard and start creating! At the very least, she makes me want to go outside and dance in the rain. Below is an image of the top half of January's page.




January's tarot spread is the Garden Spread. It's all about the cycles of life and the connection between everything and everyone. The cards are laid out according to the graphic below, and below that is a description of what each position in the spread represents taken from the calendar.



"As they begin their new life, brides are advised to wear 'something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue.' As a new year begins, ask the cards for advice. The Empress reminds us of the interconnectedness of all life. Everything that exists receives and gives, withholds and cultivates"


1. Something we should hold back until needed.


2. Something we should give awaay freely.


3. Something we should nurture and allow to blossom.


4. Something we should allow oursellves to receive from someone else.


Please let me know if you would like a reading using this spread. I'm looking forward to trying it out and I wish you the very happiest and fulfilling new year!


Robyn



Here is Part 2 of the list of keywords I recently posted. Hope you find it helpful. :)

This half of the list is for the cards of the Minor Arcana. It doesn't include every single meaning for every single card, but it does list the three words I consider to be the primary meaning of each card.


Ace of Wands
beginnings
energy
vision

Two of Wands
balance
partnerships
inspiration

Three of Wands
success
plans
opportunity

Four of Wands
happy home
self-esteem
real estate

Five of Wands
competition
arguments
strife

Six of Wands
triumph
victory
welcome news

Seven of Wands
last battle
bravery

Eight of Wands
rapid movement
expansion
journey

Nine of Wands
completion
strength
caution

Ten of Wands
burdens
ambition
obsession

Page of Wands
creativity
activity
stability

Knight of Wands

sociability
communication
conflict

Queen of Wands
loyalty
warmth
happiness
rainbows

King of Wands
trustworthy
passionate
loyalty

Ace of Pentacles
prosperity
monetary beginnings

Two of Pentacles
juggling resources
balance
union

Three of Pentacles
comfort
praise
material gains

Four of Pentacles
improved finances
security
foundation

Five of Pentacles
loneliness
loss
outcast

Six of Pentacles
gifts
generosity
inheritance

Seven of Pentacles
future harvest
possibilities
potential

Eight of Pentacles

caution
education & training
promotion/new job

Nine of Pentacles
material success
pleasures
increase

Ten of Pentacles
prosperity
home and family
comfort

Page of Pentacles
happiness
comfort
messages

Knight of Pentacles
ambitious
trustworthy
enduring

Queen of Pentacles
practical
nurturing
pleasure-loving

King of Pentacles
sensual
loyal
productive

Ace of Swords
karma
justice
new beginnings

Two of Swords
tension
self-protection
temporary truce

Three of Swords
sorrow
catalyst for change
painful truth revealed

Four of Swords
forced retreat
rest
search for divine intervention

Five of Swords
separation
conflict
envy

Six of Swords
progress
restoration
travel
moving house

Seven of Swords
theft
restlessness
agitation
unstoppable change

Eight of Swords
eternal restriction
bondage
internal confusion

Nine of Swords
regret
despair
sleeplessness

Ten of Swords
darkness before the dawn
betrayal
endings and transcendence

Page of Swords
news
gossip
inspiration

Knight of Swords
intelligence
restlessness
honesty

Queen of Swords
graceful
sorrowful
perceptive
honest

King of Swords
intelligence
logic
reason
truth

Ace of Cups
renewal
love
artistic beginnings

Two of Cups
loving union
creativity
chemistry

Three of Cups
celebration
engagement
happiness
socializing

Four of Cups

ambivalence
taking for granted
mild depression

Five of Cups
hidden treasures
loss of hope
exploring possibilities

Six of Cups
return of a friend or lover
nostalgia
joy of childhood

Seven of Cups
options
abundance
day dreams
scattered energy

Eight of Cups
search for fulfillment
disappointment
return

Nine of Cups

satisfaction
wishes granted
happiness

Ten of Cups
full heart
love
peace

Page of Cups
message of love
imagination
tenderness

Knight of Cups
romance
mission of love
gifts

Queen of Cups
loving
feminine
expressive
empathic

King of Cups
kind
faithful
sensual
sensitive



















Here is the first half of a list that was begun years ago when I was preparing to begin reading professionally. Over the years, this list has proven itself to be a wonderful tool! Time is of the essence when people are paying for a reading, and the little list of keywords was invaluable when it came to adjusting to the fast pace of readings here on Keen.

It's important to keep in mind that this is a very basic list because the meaning of each card is affected by it's placement in the spread, as well as by the neighboring cards. The artwork on each deck also adds new layers of meaning, depending on how well it resonates with the person doing the reading.

Here's a list of the Major Arcana and their keywords.


The Fool
adventure
faith
positive change

The Magician
balance
creativity
communication

High Priestess
insight
mystery
dreams

The Empress
abundance
fertility
marriage

The Emperor
worldly success
structure
control

Hierophant
tradition
knowledge
ceremony

The Lovers
love
choice
romance

The Chariot
victory
success
courage

Justice
fairness
logic
reason

The Hermit
wisdom
advice
solitude

The Wheel of Fortune
fate & destiny
lucky chance

Strength
unconditional love
bravery
success

The Hanged Man
sacrifice
contemplation
preparation

Death
rebirth
transformation
growth

Temperance
healing
harmony
adaptability

The Devil
passion
materialism
obsession

The Tower
abrupt change
drama
chaos

The Star
hope
love
optimism

The Moon
dreams
visions
deception

The Sun
joy
success
marriage

Judgement
rebirth
a turn for the better
karma

The World
completion
love
travel
fulfillment










To begin this spell, assemble the following:

  • Peppermint oil.
  • Incense - Dragon's blood is best, but any incense will work.
  • A red stone, such as a piece of carnelian or red coral. It's okay to use a piece of jewelry that contains these stones. If you don't have any red stones, a red crayon or a red glass bead would work - nothing plastic, though.
  • Two green candles and one gold candle.
Rub the green candles with peppermint oil. Begin at the wick and work your way down to the bottom. Repeat this process with the gold candle. Place the green candles on either side of the gold candle. Place the carnelian and/or coral in front of the gold candle.

Light the incense. Now light the three candles, saving the gold one for last. Stand in front of the candles for several minutes while you reflect on the kind of job you want. Imagine doors opening to you, imagine splendid opportunities, imagine that only the very best sort of jobs come your way.

Let the candles burn down and dispose of any wax that remains.

You are now ready to go out and actively look for the kind of job you want, secure in the knowledge that your diligence and efforts will be rewarded.



 





I'm a fan of the Dresden Dolls, a fan of Amanda Palmer and also a fan of her husband, Neil Gaiman.  I didn't realize Amanda and Neil were married until fairly recently, although they've always been connected in my mind because of an exchange of gifts between my husband and myself. 

Years ago, before I actually met my husband, before we knew very much about each other at all, when he lived halfway around the world from me in England, he sent me a copy of Neil Gaiman's "American Gods."  In return, I sent him some Dresden Dolls music. This exchange of gifts continued for several years.  I sent him Twinkies, homemade beef jerky, and soap with real coffee in it. He sent me doodles of himself, a vintage ring and an ancient coin from a mysterious coin shop in Wales that he never could find again after that first visit. We exchanged  emails and real letters written on paper. I promised him a visit to Emperor Norton's grave, he promised me a fuzzy kitten - promises we both kept.  On our wedding day, he promised to love me for exactly who I am and I promised to aid and abet him in everything he did.

What does all this have to do with "The Art of Asking", you ask?  The answer is "Everything."  Amanda's book is all about asking, sharing, giving and receiving.  It's about what happens when you make yourself vulnerable to other human beings. We all ask for things every single day of our lives. We ask to be seen, to be loved, to be accepted. We ask for money for the work we do, we ask for our faults to be forgiven, we ask for our children to be happy, we ask for help, we ask people to accept the gifts we offer...the list is endless. And sometimes, many times, the asking is hard. Sometimes, the accepting is even more difficult. 

The following is an excerpt from Ms Palmer's book:

Everybody struggles with asking. From what I've seen, it isn't so much the act of asking that paralyzes us - it's what lies beneath:  the fear of being vulnerable, the fear of rejection, the fear of looking needy or weak.  The fear of being seen as a burdensome member of the community instead of a productive one. It points, fundamentally, to our separation from one another.

 American culture in particular has instilled in us the bizarre notion that to ask for help amounts to an admission of failure. But some of the most powerful, successful, admired people in the world seem, to me, to have something in common: they ask constantly, creatively, compassionately, and gracefully. "



And another excerpt:


"Here's the thing: all of us come from some place of wanting to be seen, understood, accepted, connected.

Every single one of us wants to be believed."


And, finally, one last word:


 "Some days it's your turn to ask.
  Some days it's your turn to be asked."


I love this book, have cried both happy and sad tears all over my e-reader (hope my tears don't fry it!)  There is no way to tell you how wonderful it is - you'll have to read it for yourself.

P.S. Many thanks to all of you who call and ask me stuff!  You can ask me anything (anything the law allows, that is) and I'll do my level best to answer. I want you to know that I see you, I know that you're real, and I appreciate you very much.


  


Candle magic (also known as candle meditation) has been a strong interest of mine for quite some time. I've read many books on the subject, scoured the internet for information, talked to other practitioners, and conducted my own experiments. If you search my blog, you will find many spells which incorporate candles of various colors, sizes, and scents; as well as articles on herbs and oils, etc. And I haven't even touched on the subjects of candle shape, quality of wax, homemade vs store bought, etc. etc.

 All of this can seem overwhelming to someone who is new to candle work. However, it's really very simple once you understand the secret.

Are you ready? The secret is that it's the intention of the person lighting the candle that matters most. All of the rest is merely a tool to help you focus your intention.  The shape of the candle doesn't matter - neither does the color or the scent or whatever you might choose to rub on it - just as long as you, yourself, are focused and clear on what it is you wish to achieve! 

Some people will tell you that it's necessary to purchase an expensive candle, but it's not. It's fun to have special shapes, which is why I sometimes buy them. And it's fun to have a lot of different colors, which is why I often buy colored candles. I love growing herbs and buying special oils with which to anoint candles, but, again, that's not necessary. My basic working candle is nothing more than a small white votive that I buy in bags of 50 from the discount store. For a really big project or spell, I might go all out and purchase a 7-day candle from the Mexican foods section of the grocery store at the cost of $2 per candle.

People may offer to light a candle for you for a high price -  up to $500 or more - but this isn't necessary, either. You can take them up on this if you like, but the chances are that you're quite capable of lighting your own candles and performing your own meditation. After all, who understands the desires of your heart better than you do? And who is more capable of accurately visualizing those desires than you are? No one!

Here is how you go about candle magic in the most basic and effective manner:

  • Decide on the candle(s) you wish to use.
  • Take a few moments to spell out in your own mind exactly what it is you are trying to achieve.
  • Write this down on a piece of paper. Fold the paper and place it next to the candle(s).
  • Light your candle(s) and sit or stand where you can clearly see the flame.
  • Meditate on your goal while focusing on the flame.
  • When you feel you have made your wishes and intentions clear, go listen to some music, take a nap, go for a walk, etc.
  • Wait for the candle(s) to burn down.
  • Dispose of your piece of paper and any remaining candle wax.
That's all there is to it. And if for any reason, you still feel you would like someone to help you with a candle meditation please ask when you call me. I would be happy to do it for you for free.

Bright Blessings,
Robyn