By Ana Vice
Working With Male and Female Image Candles
Male and female image candles symbolize the whole person in natural form. They come in many different colors including (but not limited to) pink, white, black, green, and red. See this story for the magical meaning of colors.
Be sure to set a clear intention and follow through the ritual to its end. The rituals below are a basic guide to working with the male/female image candles and you may want to add a personalized touch by placing offerings, flowers, and/ or burning incense or herbs. Being creative is part of the fun!
Here are a few ritual options for wax image candles:
Love attraction ritual: Place two pink figure candles facing each other. The figures should be chosen according to the desired outcome. For example, if you are looking to attract someone of the opposite sex, then choose one figure to represent you and one to represent the opposite sex. If you wish to attract someone of the same sex, then choose two figure candles of the same sex. After taking a cleansing bath set your intention to welcome love in your life and then light the candles. Slowly move the two image candles closer to each other until they touch. Aphrodite Love Draw or Silk Love (used to find a refined lover) are good oils to anoint pink figure candles with for romantic love. Arabian Nights can be used for friendship or romance. You can also use a single pink figure candle for self love and consider anointing it with Venus oil. *See photo above for example of this ritual.
Sexual attraction ritual: Place two red figure candles facing each other. Like the Love Attraction ritual, if you are looking to attract someone of the opposite sex, then choose one figure to represent you and one to represent the opposite sex. If you wish to attract someone of the same sex, then choose two figure candles of the same sex. After taking a cleansing bath, set your intention to welcome a sexual partner into your life and then light the candles. Slowly move the two image candles closer to each other until they touch. Great Sex, Bad Ass, or Passion’s Torch oils could be used to anoint red figure candles.
Health, wellbeing and prosperity ritual: Use a green figure candle to represent yourself. After taking a cleansing bath, set your intention to welcome in good health, wellbeing and/or prosperity and then light the candle. Venus, Asclepius Healing, or Prosperity are good oils to use to anoint this candle.
Purification and uncrossing ritual: Use a white figure candle to represent yourself. After taking a cleansing bath, set your intention to clear away all negativity, gain clarity, remove obstacles and let go of what does not serve you – and then burn the candle. Uncrossing, Kyphi or Van Van are good oils to be used for white figure candles. If the desired outcome is for healing, then Asclepius Healing can be used.
Banishing trauma ritual: Use a black figure candle to represent yourself. After taking a cleansing bath, set your intention to get rid of severe trauma or any lingering bad habits. Banishing oil can be used for this spell.
Did you miss Ana Vice’s Basic Introduction to Using Wax Image Candles, Part 1? Click here to read more.
By Ana Vice
What do you desire? What’s your wish? Here’s how to work with wax effigies, image candles, and colors to help you focus your intention.
Image candles come in all different shapes and colors and allow you to more easily visualize your desired outcome. There is a long history of using wax effigies in magical practices that dates back thousands of years to the ancient Egyptians, but some experts say the word "effigy" has only been around since the 1500s. The word originates from Latin and means "a copy or imitation" of something (for example, the likeness of a human person). Image candles are made from wax, but visual-based magic can take on many different forms, figures or effigies. Clay, wood, or rope can also be used to represent a person or spiritual intention.
Figure candles are a specific type of image candle and work much like voodoo poppets (dolls) by making use of sympathetic magic to assist in spell casting. A figure candle can symbolize the individual doing the spell work or another individual, energy or abstract spiritual concept that the practitioner is working towards or with.
Image candles are typically anointed with oil (various oils are available for purchase at Enchantments) and can be made specific to an individual by carving their name and astrological sign into the candle. Some kinds of image candles include but are not limited to human figures, skulls, cats and gender candles. Image candles are often used in Rootwork (also known as Hoodoo or Conjure) is a term synonymous with African American folk magic. Incense may also be burned during the time of the ritual to augment your work. Enchantments has a variety of wood-based incenses that are also available for sale.
What is the Right Color for Your Image Candle?
As with candle shape, candle color is an important part of candle magic. Candle colors are chosen for the energies we want to work with and by the symbolic meaning of the color used. People who cast candle spells use different colored candles for different purposes. Image candles can be purchased at Enchantments along with our handy Guide to Planetary and Magical Significance for Colors and Days of the Week.
Here’s a general guideline for selecting candle colors for your rituals:
White: purification, clearance, uncrossing, blessings, clarity, and healing.
Red: lust, passion, sex magic, strength, physical energy, and motivation.
Green: money, prosperity, creativity, fertility, wellbeing and luck.
Pink: love attraction, love affection, friendship, family, love healing, and self-love.
Black: banishing, loss, absorption of negativity, breaking hexes and for exorcism.
How to do a ritual with an image candle?
Like with any ritual, set aside what space and time you need to do your preparation and work. A cleansing bath or shower should be taken before doing any work to remove negativity and clear your mind.
The candle color is chosen to match with your desired outcome. The name of the person the candle is supposed to represent along with additional symbols, sigils, or markings can be carved onto the candle during preparation for the ritual. Please keep in consideration that we do not advocate work that would be manipulative or malefic in nature. It is always good to have consent before doing rituals for or including others.
The candle then can be burned by itself or with other candles depending on what work is being done. As the candle burns visualize your intention and desired outcome. Remember to finish your ritual – even if your desired outcome manifests before the candle is done burning. Like other candles, image candles can be burned straight through. They take much less time to burn than a 7 day pillar candle. When using black image candles please use them with caution and do not hesitate to ask an Enchantment’s witch to assist you with providing available options and alternatives.
Stay tuned for Ana Vice’s Basic Introduction to Using Wax Image Candles, Part 2 – which includes examples of specific rituals to help you focus on positive outcomes rather than manipulative or negative ones.