We recently asked Enchantments' readers what they want to learn more about when it comes to candle magic. Here are our responses to your wonderful witchy questions...
Reader Question: "I know that each color is used to symbolize something (ex. certain colors are used to symbolize certain elements, etc.). Do you have any recommendations on how to remember the color associations?"
Enchantments Answer: Color magic is very much connected to the candles we create in the store. And much of color magic is more intuitive than you may realize: green for money, orange for success, purple for wisdom, red for strength (and passion), etc. But the colors can also be connected to certain deities, specific intentions, emotions, planets, and – yes – the elements.
Keep in mind, however, that the significance of colors can change according to the specific culture and location (Western and Eastern, for example). For the candles we make in-store, we try to listen to the customer's specific need/wish/intention and select the best combination of colors, incense, sigil/veves, and blended oils.
As for the best way to "remember the colors," practice really does make perfect. Witchcraft is called a "Craft" for a reason – so just continue to read, research, and practice! For a quick, handy guide (written from a Western perspective), we created this in-house Guide to Planetary and Magical Significance for Colors & Days of the Week that goes for just under $2.
Reader Question: "Can you do two different spells the same day, time or same day but different times, for example, a prosperity spell and say a spell for calm or protection?"
Enchantments Answer: Ah, this is a great question – and one we get all the time. The short answer is: you shouldn't mix your spells. Because candle magic is intention-based, you really want to focus your energy on one thing at a time. For instance, you wouldn't do a love drawing spell and mix it with a job hunting or money spell because they're very different in nature.
An Uncrossing Candle (one of the most popular candles at the brick-and-mortar shop), for example, shouldn't be combined with an abundance/attraction candle. The idea of an Uncrossing is to clear out, unblock, and release any negativity first, then add some kind of attraction spell afterward. So you want to clear out and uncross anything holding you back in order to have enough new space for abundance, prosperity, and positivity. After any Uncrossing or cleansing ritual, we always recommend following it up with some kind of attraction spell – be it self-love, sun energy, money, whatever calls to you – to invite that positive energy back into your life. But again, they should be done separately.
However (there's always a however, right?), some spells can be done in tandem, if they're similar in intention and the desired result is complementary. A money draw candle can be combined with a success candle or job hunt/employment candle, for example. When it comes to doing multiple spells on the same day, as long as you're truly focusing your energy on one intention at a time, it can be okay –– again, assuming they don't conflict. The other important thing is to make sure you finish your spell candle entirely, before moving on to another one.
Reader Question: "Should the candle spells follow the cycles of the moon?"
Enchantments Answer: Everyone's practice is individual and there's really no "right or wrong" way to practice if your intention is focused and also doesn't harm others. So the answer is: yes and no. Many witches prefer to work with the cycles of the moon because it is believed to enhance a spell's power. Plus there's a very, very long tradition of witches working with lunar cycles because the moon effects every living thing on the planet – so why wouldn't it have an impact on you and your magic?
With that said, some witches don't wait until the moon is in a specific phase to work their Craft – they can and do practice their magic at anytime, on any day of the week, at any point in the lunar cycle. Do what works best for you.
Check back for FAQ: Answered, Part Two. Happy casting, witches!