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Friday, September 24, 2010

Candle-Burning Part Five: Disposing of Magical Remains

Today in the final installment of my five-part series on Candle-Burning I will discuss the disposal of magical remains. Many people think that a spell is complete once the candle is spent, but this is not the case. A spell is not complete until  its magical remains (i.e. candle wax, petition, herbs, etc...) have been properly disposed of. This is especially true in the folk-magic tradition of Hoodoo where disposal of magical remains has a direct symbolical bearing on the work at hand.

Some of the topics I will cover today include 
  • Disposing of Candle Wax
  • Disposing of Used Vigil Lights
  • Disposing of Your Written Petition

Disposing of Candle Wax 

As stated earlier the intention of your spell often has a direct correlation on how you dispose of magical remains. Below you will find a general guide-line grouped by intention/goal to help you determine how best to dispose of magickal leftovers. 

  • To Attract Influences- If the work was done to draw something to you such as prosperity, a new lover, or good health,  the remains are buried on your property, often near your front door or under your front doorstep. 
  • To Keep and Maintain- If the work was done to keep something with you indefinitely such as a straying lover, the remains are buried in your backyard.
  • To Move Away- If the work was done to move something away from you such as a jinx, an enemy, or a negative condition, the remains would be buried off of your property. Choices for burial include 1) tossing in running water  or 2) burying at a crossroads.
  • To Increase- If the work was done to create or increase a condition such as prosperity or good health, bury or throw it toward the East so that its strengthen with the rising Sun. 
  • To Decrease- If the work was done to end or weaken a condition such as an enemy's good luck, ill-health, etc.. bury or throw it towards the West so that it will diminish with the setting Sun. 

Disposal of Used Vigil Lights 

Vigil Lights are typically 8 inch tall Pillar type candles which have been encased in glass. They usually burn anywhere from 7 to 9 days. When a Vigil Light is spent there is always the question of how to dispose of them. Your choices include:

  • Burying/Disposal- Depending on the actual spell, some workers have been known to dispose of used vigil lights in the same manner as other magical remains.
  • Trash/Recycle- Some workers have been know to simply toss them in the trash, while others choose to clean them out and place them in the recycle bin. 
  • Reuse-  Again, I have known some workers to clean them out and reuse Vigil Lights around their home as storage for incense sticks, as vases, or filled with decorative items such as marbles.

Disposal of Written Petition

 Procedures for disposing of written petitions such as prayers, name paper, or petitions for specific goals often follow the same guidelines for disposal as other forms of magical remains. Typically, petitions are either 1) Burned or 2) Buried. However even with these two choices there are variations and choices to be made. 

  • If the candle was free-standing, the petition may be burned and its ashes mixed with any left-over wax to be disposed of in the manner described above on disposal of candle wax.
  • If the candle was a vigil-light, the petition may be burned inside the glass and the ashes 1) Tossed out with the glass 2) Washed down the drain 3) Scattered to the Winds 4) Disposed of in the same manner as candle wax described above. 
  • Alternately, the petition can be burned along with incense or powdered herbs with prayer as an offering to deity. 
  •  The petition can be wrapped up with left-over candle wax, herbs, etc.. and buried 1) near your front door to attract influences 2) in your backyard to maintain conditions 3) tossed in running water to move something away from you or 4) at a crossroads to disperse energy. 
  • If the petition was part of a working to hurt or jinx an enemy it can be burned and the ashes mixed with any left over wax, or any type of crossing herbs or powder and 1)buried in the individuals front yard 2) buried under their doorstep 3) hidden in a tree on their property (ususally on the western side), 4) hidden in their car 5) buried where they are sure to step over it, etc.... 

Carolina Dean


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