Another Take on Candle Magic

This​ ​is​ ​my​ ​personal​ ​attempt​ ​at​ ​creating​ ​an​ ​elegant​ ​and​ ​cohesive system​ ​of​ ​candle​ ​magic,​ ​despite​ ​the​ ​presence​ ​of​ ​candle​ ​magic​ ​in​ ​literature whose​ ​publications​ ​could​ ​fill​ ​a​ ​warehouse.​ ​My​ ​reasoning​ ​behind​ ​adding​ ​to the​ ​undeniably​ ​oversaturated​ ​category​ ​of​ ​magical​ ​“how-to”​ ​texts​ ​is​ ​to provide​ ​a​ ​system​ ​less​ ​based​ ​in​ ​color​ ​correspondence​ ​alone,​ ​and​ ​imparts​ ​a greater​ ​deal​ ​of​ ​involvement​ ​from​ ​the​ ​user.

​I​ ​will​ ​describe​ ​the​ ​processes​ ​of​ ​selecting​ ​ingredients​ ​and​ ​materials​ ​for making​ ​the​ ​candle​ ​from​ ​scratch,​ ​along​ ​with​ ​some​ ​alchemical​ ​processes​ ​that may​ ​be​ ​performed​ ​to​ ​the​ ​materials​ ​prior​ ​to​ ​constructing​ ​the​ ​candle.​ ​I​ ​will also​ ​elaborate​ ​on​ ​the​ ​use​ ​of​ ​shapes,​ ​numbers,​ ​and​ ​other​ ​characteristics​ ​that may​ ​be​ ​used​ ​as​ ​symbolic​ ​additions​ ​when​ ​considering​ ​the​ ​construction​ ​of the​ ​candle,​ ​and​ ​finally​ ​will​ ​describe​ ​methods​ ​of​ ​employing​ ​the​ ​candle effectively​ ​as​ ​to​ ​my​ ​own​ ​personal​ ​experience​ ​with​ ​this​ ​elementary​ ​magical technology.

Considerations​ ​Regarding​ ​Intention

Before​ ​jumping​ ​into​ ​the​ ​means​ ​of​ ​constructing​ ​a​ ​candle​ ​for​ ​magical endeavors,​ ​I’d​ ​like​ ​to​ ​go​ ​over​ ​some​ ​things​ ​first​ ​about​ ​what​ ​we​ ​may​ ​wish​ ​to do​ ​with​ ​a​ ​candle.​ ​Candle​ ​magic​ ​is​ ​an​ ​excellent​ ​way​ ​to​ ​utilize correspondances​ ​and​ ​by​ ​this​ ​concept,​ ​we​ ​are​ ​creating​ ​a​ ​magical​ ​link,​ ​which does​ ​not​ ​immediately​ ​suggest​ ​the​ ​intention.​ ​The​ ​reason​ ​that​ ​is​ ​of importance​ ​is​ ​so​ ​we​ ​may​ ​remove​ ​ourselves​ ​from​ ​the​ ​intended​ ​manifestation we​ ​wish​ ​to​ ​occur,​ ​as​ ​lusting​ ​for​ ​result​ ​is​ ​a​ ​sure-fire​ ​way​ ​to​ ​reduce​ ​the chances​ ​of​ ​getting​ ​what​ ​you​ ​wanted​ ​from​ ​it,​ ​as​ ​well​ ​is​ ​allowing​ ​any​ ​mental faculty​ ​to​ ​wander​ ​away​ ​from​ ​the​ ​operation​ ​itself.​ ​This​ ​will​ ​be​ ​expounded upon​ ​later​ ​when​ ​describing​ ​the​ ​means​ ​of​ ​using​ ​the​ ​candle.

A​ ​candle​ ​is​ ​not​ ​only​ ​a​ ​medium​ ​for​ ​containing​ ​and​ ​activating ingredients​ ​that​ ​correspond​ ​to​ ​occult​ ​properties​ ​and​ ​entities,​ ​but​ ​it​ ​acts​ ​as​ ​a focal​ ​point​ ​for​ ​our​ ​operation.

Selecting​ ​Materials​ ​to​ ​Best​ ​Suit​ ​Your​ ​Desire

Your​ ​candle​ ​is​ ​primarily​ ​going​ ​to​ ​be,​ ​obviously,​ ​made​ ​of​ ​wax.​ ​The color​ ​of​ ​the​ ​wax​ ​you​ ​use​ ​is​ ​the​ ​most​ ​well-known​ ​variable​ ​in​ ​selecting​ ​your material,​ ​but​ ​additives​ ​such​ ​as​ ​small​ ​amounts​ ​of​ ​essential​ ​oil,​ ​plant​ ​matter, and​ ​even​ ​minerals​ ​and​ ​metals​ ​can​ ​be​ ​used​ ​to​ ​great​ ​effect​ ​as​ ​well,​ ​which​ ​I highly​ ​recommend​ ​experimenting​ ​with.​ ​I​ ​must​ ​also​ ​place​ ​a​ ​word​ ​of​ ​caution that​ ​oils​ ​make​ ​the​ ​wax​ ​softer​ ​and​ ​burn​ ​hotter,​ ​and​ ​plant​ ​matter​ ​tends​ ​to cause​ ​erratic​ ​flames​ ​and​ ​potential​ ​splattering​ ​when​ ​burned,​ ​and​ ​some minerals​ ​may​ ​release​ ​toxic​ ​gases​ ​when​ ​heated.​ ​So​ ​be​ ​wary​ ​of​ ​this​ ​when selecting​ ​your​ ​ingredients.

Let’s​ ​say​ ​I​ ​am​ ​planning​ ​to​ ​make​ ​a​ ​candle​ ​that​ ​provides​ ​financial​ ​grace and​ ​luck​ ​in​ ​tight​ ​spots.​ ​Myself,​ ​being​ ​quite​ ​keen​ ​to​ ​using​ ​the​ ​seven​ ​classical planets,​ ​and​ ​sometimes​ ​even​ ​the​ ​three​ ​not​ ​classically​ ​recognized​ ​(Uranus, Neptune,​ ​Pluto)​ ​in​ ​the​ ​majority​ ​of​ ​my​ ​magical​ ​work,​ ​I​ ​would​ ​choose ingredients​ ​that​ ​relate​ ​to​ ​Jupiter,​ ​the​ ​great​ ​benefic.​ ​I​ ​would​ ​use​ ​a​ ​light​ ​blue wax,​ ​bronze​ ​shavings​ ​(the​ ​combination​ ​of​ ​tin​ ​and​ ​copper​ ​are complementary),​ ​a​ ​touch​ ​of​ ​lavender​ ​oil​ ​and​ ​a​ ​dash​ ​ground​ ​cloves​ ​and cinnamon.​ ​I​ ​may​ ​even​ ​go​ ​as​ ​far​ ​as​ ​to​ ​make​ ​the​ ​wick​ ​from​ ​the​ ​wood​ ​of​ ​a juniper​ ​bush.​ ​Simply​ ​lovely. ​ ​You​ ​may​ ​also​ ​wish​ ​to​ ​make​ ​a​ ​candle​ ​that​ ​is simply​ ​devoted​ ​to​ ​an​ ​entity​ ​this​ ​way,​ ​without​ ​any​ ​specific​ ​aim​ ​in​ ​mind.​ ​I​ ​do this​ ​often​ ​and​ ​find​ ​the​ ​results​ ​to​ ​be​ ​quite​ ​general​ ​and​ ​beneficial;​ ​an umbrella​ ​blessing,​ ​if​ ​you​ ​will.

Another​ ​material​ ​to​ ​consider​ ​is​ ​what​ ​you​ ​could​ ​use​ ​to​ ​hold​ ​the​ ​candle, such​ ​as​ ​a​ ​cup​ ​or​ ​jar,​ ​or​ ​a​ ​candlestick,​ ​some​ ​sort​ ​of​ ​jig​ ​to​ ​mount​ ​it​ ​on, whatever.​ ​You​ ​might​ ​do​ ​well​ ​to​ ​inscribe​ ​sigils​ ​or​ ​other​ ​encrypted representation​ ​onto​ ​this​ ​vessel,​ ​and​ ​have​ ​it​ ​made​ ​of​ ​a​ ​material​ ​that compliments​ ​what​ ​you’ve​ ​made​ ​the​ ​candle​ ​to​ ​be​ ​associated​ ​with.​ ​In​ ​that regard,​ ​I​ ​might​ ​use​ ​a​ ​green-colored,​ ​or​ ​copper​ ​vessel​ ​to​ ​hold​ ​my​ ​candle​ ​if​ ​it were​ ​attributed​ ​to​ ​Venus. Now​ ​the​ ​important​ ​thing​ ​to​ ​realize​ ​about​ ​correspondences​ ​is​ ​that​ ​it doesn’t​ ​really​ ​matter​ ​what​ ​you​ ​attribute​ ​to​ ​what,​ ​or​ ​where​ ​you​ ​borrowed​ ​the associations​ ​from,​ ​or​ ​whether​ ​or​ ​not​ ​you​ ​came​ ​up​ ​with​ ​them​ ​on​ ​your​ ​own; what​ ​matters​ ​is​ ​that​ ​you​ ​consistently​ ​attribute​ ​these​ ​things​ ​to​ ​what​ ​they represent,​ ​and​ ​minimize​ ​overlap.​ ​What​ ​I​ ​mean​ ​by​ ​the​ ​latter​ ​is​ ​you​ ​wouldn’t want​ ​one​ ​herb​ ​or​ ​stone,​ ​or​ ​color​ ​to​ ​represent​ ​two​ ​opposing​ ​entities,​ ​i.e. using​ ​the​ ​color​ ​red​ ​to​ ​represent​ ​a​ ​spirit​ ​of​ ​violence​ ​and​ ​one​ ​of​ ​​ ​peace wouldn’t​ ​make​ ​much​ ​sense​ ​in​ ​the​ ​same​ ​paradigm,​ ​while​ ​if​ ​you​ ​were​ ​trying to​ ​make​ ​a​ ​Santa​ ​Claus​ ​themed​ ​candle,​ ​you​ ​likely​ ​wouldn’t​ ​be​ ​attributing​ ​it to​ ​Mars​ ​anyway.

Now​ ​On​ ​to​ ​Making​ ​the​ ​Damn​ ​Thing

​The​ ​most​ ​popular​ ​wax​ ​to​ ​use​ ​for​ ​this​ ​sort​ ​of​ ​thing​ ​is​ ​beeswax,​ ​but​ ​it’s​ ​up​ ​to you,​ ​really.​ ​I​ ​personally​ ​use​ ​a​ ​combination​ ​of​ ​waxes​ ​to​ ​get​ ​the​ ​right​ ​color and​ ​opacity​ ​to​ ​my​ ​favor,​ ​and​ ​tend​ ​to​ ​melt​ ​down​ ​a​ ​lot​ ​of​ ​candles​ ​from​ ​the thrift​ ​store,​ ​and​ ​sometimes​ ​mix​ ​in​ ​a​ ​crayon​ ​or​ ​two.​ ​Some​ ​waxes​ ​blend together​ ​and​ ​allow​ ​for​ ​mixed​ ​colors,​ ​while​ ​others​ ​separate​ ​and​ ​can​ ​make​ ​a nice​ ​layered​ ​or​ ​marbled​ ​affect.​ ​I​ ​recommend​ ​experimenting​ ​with​ ​this​ ​at your​ ​leisure​ ​and​ ​figuring​ ​out​ ​artistic​ ​techniques​ ​on​ ​your​ ​own.​ ​I’d​ ​also​ ​like​ ​to point​ ​out​ ​that​ ​beeswax​ ​melts​ ​hotter​ ​than​ ​other​ ​waxes,​ ​and​ ​is​ ​liable​ ​to​ ​cause 1st​ ​degree​ ​burns​ ​if​ ​you​ ​pour​ ​it​ ​on​ ​your​ ​skin,​ ​so​ ​if​ ​you​ ​want​ ​to​ ​use​ ​it​ ​for​ ​such sensual​ ​applications,​ ​I’d​ ​recommend​ ​soy,​ ​or​ ​even​ ​milder,​ ​paraffin​ ​wax,​ ​or even​ ​a​ ​calculated​ ​ratio​ ​of​ ​the​ ​two​ ​as​ ​to​ ​best​ ​suit​ ​the​ ​recipient​ ​of​ ​the​ ​melted wax.​ ​This​ ​being​ ​said,​ ​I​ ​have​ ​previously​ ​mentioned​ ​that​ ​adding​ ​oils​ ​to​ ​the wax​ ​makes​ ​it​ ​hotter.

You’ll​ ​also​ ​want​ ​to​ ​consider​ ​your​ ​wick,​ ​which​ ​you​ ​will​ ​want​ ​to​ ​be​ ​of​ ​a porous,​ ​cellulose-based​ ​material,​ ​so​ ​avoid​ ​using​ ​wool​ ​yarn​ ​and DEFINITELY​ ​don’t​ ​use​ ​synthetic​ ​string.​ ​Cotton,​ ​jute,​ ​flax,​ ​hemp,​ ​and​ ​thin pieces​ ​of​ ​untreated,​ ​dry​ ​wood​ ​are​ ​preferable.​ ​There​ ​are​ ​two​ ​ways​ ​that​ ​I would​ ​recommend​ ​inserting​ ​your​ ​wick.​ ​Firstly,​ ​there​ ​is​ ​the​ ​method​ ​of
attaching​ ​one​ ​end​ ​to​ ​a​ ​stick​ ​that​ ​lies​ ​across​ ​whatever​ ​mold​ ​or​ ​container you’re​ ​using​ ​for​ ​the​ ​shape​ ​of​ ​the​ ​candle​ ​and​ ​pouring​ ​the​ ​wax​ ​around​ ​it,​ ​and secondly​ ​for​ ​stiff​ ​wicks​ ​like​ ​wood,​ ​you​ ​can​ ​just​ ​push​ ​it​ ​into​ ​the​ ​wax​ ​when​ ​it starts​ ​to​ ​cool​ ​and​ ​thicken​ ​enough​ ​to​ ​support​ ​the​ ​wick.

When​ ​you’re​ ​melting​ ​your​ ​wax,​ ​it’s​ ​a​ ​good​ ​idea​ ​to​ ​use​ ​some​ ​sort​ ​of double​ ​boiler,​ ​by​ ​placing​ ​a​ ​container​ ​that​ ​is​ ​easy​ ​to​ ​pour​ ​from,​ ​like​ ​a​ ​small pitcher​ ​(metal​ ​works​ ​best​ ​because​ ​it​ ​conducts​ ​heat​ ​well),​ ​into​ ​a​ ​pot​ ​of​ ​water and​ ​heating​ ​the​ ​water​ ​over​ ​a​ ​stove​ ​until​ ​the​ ​wax​ ​is​ ​melted​ ​down.​ ​I​ ​would advise​ ​against​ ​using​ ​the​ ​dipped​ ​wick​ ​method,​ ​which​ ​I​ ​deliberately​ ​did​ ​not include​ ​when​ ​explaining​ ​ways​ ​to​ ​place​ ​the​ ​wick,​ ​because​ ​you​ ​end​ ​up​ ​with​ ​a lot​ ​of​ ​leftover​ ​wax​ ​to​ ​clean​ ​up,​ ​and​ ​you​ ​would​ ​have​ ​to​ ​put​ ​your​ ​other ingredients​ ​into​ ​the​ ​container​ ​before​ ​dipping​ ​the​ ​wick.​ ​Instead,​ ​have​ ​a​ ​mold (if​ ​you​ ​want​ ​a​ ​free-standing​ ​candle)​ ​or​ ​the​ ​final​ ​vessel​ ​to​ ​pour​ ​the​ ​wax​ ​into, and​ ​stir​ ​in​ ​the​ ​other​ ​ingredients.​ ​This​ ​way​ ​you​ ​can​ ​just​ ​keep​ ​the​ ​wax​ ​for later​ ​without​ ​worrying​ ​about​ ​anything​ ​else​ ​being​ ​mixed​ ​in​ ​with​ ​your​ ​stock.

The​ ​process​ ​of​ ​heating​ ​the​ ​wax​ ​is​ ​a​ ​good​ ​time​ ​to​ ​spend​ ​concentrating on​ ​what​ ​the​ ​candle​ ​is​ ​to​ ​be​ ​used​ ​for,​ ​watching​ ​it​ ​carefully​ ​the​ ​entire​ ​time, possibly​ ​reciting​ ​some​ ​sort​ ​of​ ​incantation​ ​and​ ​stirring​ ​it.​ ​Say​ ​your​ ​liturgy​ ​as you​ ​pour​ ​the​ ​wax​ ​and​ ​stir​ ​in​ ​the​ ​additives,​ ​describing​ ​the​ ​intentions​ ​you had​ ​in​ ​mind​ ​when​ ​you​ ​selected​ ​them.​ ​For​ ​oils,​ ​a​ ​few​ ​drops​ ​will​ ​do,​ ​but​ ​you can​ ​be​ ​a​ ​little​ ​bit​ ​more​ ​liberal​ ​with​ ​the​ ​amount​ ​of​ ​herbs​ ​you​ ​put​ ​in​ ​to​ ​the candle,​ ​but​ ​it​ ​shouldn’t​ ​come​ ​out​ ​looking​ ​like​ ​pesto,​ ​so​ ​just​ ​use​ ​your​ ​better judgement.​ ​Those​ ​herbs​ ​will​ ​be​ ​drawn​ ​toward​ ​wherever​ ​you​ ​place​ ​the​ ​wick as​ ​the​ ​flame​ ​melts​ ​the​ ​wax,​ ​and​ ​the​ ​herbs​ ​will​ ​burn,​ ​so​ ​keep​ ​that​ ​in​ ​mind​ ​as well,​ ​so​ ​you​ ​don’t​ ​burn​ ​your​ ​house​ ​down.​ ​You​ ​shouldn’t​ ​leave​ ​candles burning​ ​unattended​ ​anyway,​ ​just​ ​be​ ​careful.

As​ ​the​ ​wax​ ​cools,​ ​you​ ​may​ ​wish​ ​to​ ​use​ ​that​ ​time​ ​as​ ​well​ ​to​ ​do​ ​a​ ​final incantation,​ ​focusing​ ​on​ ​the​ ​candle,​ ​performing​ ​consecrations​ ​and​ ​the​ ​like, to​ ​finalize​ ​and​ ​close​ ​the​ ​creation​ ​process.​ ​Your​ ​final​ ​incantations​ ​should​ ​be the​ ​most​ ​removed​ ​from​ ​the​ ​intended​ ​goal​ ​of​ ​using​ ​the​ ​candle,​ ​and​ ​geared more​ ​towards​ ​dedicating​ ​its​ ​use​ ​to​ ​magical​ ​purposes​ ​in​ ​general,​ ​as​ ​well​ ​as any​ ​entities​ ​you’ve​ ​attributed​ ​its​ ​contents​ ​and​ ​properties​ ​to.​ ​Try​ ​to​ ​make each​ ​step​ ​of​ ​the​ ​process,​ ​even​ ​inserting​ ​the​ ​wick,​ ​an​ ​act​ ​of​ ​meaningful, symbolic​ ​action.​ ​Think​ ​of​ ​it​ ​as​ ​creating​ ​a​ ​machine,​ ​knowing​ ​what​ ​each component​ ​does​ ​in​ ​relation​ ​to​ ​the​ ​other​ ​parts​ ​to​ ​make​ ​the​ ​whole​ ​thing function​ ​how​ ​you​ ​want.

Geometry,​ ​Metrology,​ ​and​ ​Numerology

An​ ​often​ ​overlooked​ ​avenue​ ​in​ ​using​ ​correspondances​ ​in​ ​the​ ​creation​ ​of candles​ ​is​ ​the​ ​use​ ​of​ ​numerological​ ​and​ ​geometric​ ​associations,​ ​such​ ​as​ ​the five​ ​Platonic​ ​Solids​ ​attributed​ ​to​ ​elements,​ ​or​ ​using​ ​a​ ​shape​ ​with​ ​a​ ​number of​ ​sides​ ​that​ ​corresponds​ ​to​ ​a​ ​Sephiroth​ ​on​ ​the​ ​Tree​ ​of​ ​Life,​ ​and​ ​through that,​ ​a​ ​planetary​ ​correspondence.​ ​You​ ​may​ ​also​ ​use​ ​a​ ​certain​ ​number​ ​of wicks,​ ​or​ ​a​ ​number​ ​of​ ​layers,​ ​or​ ​even​ ​a​ ​specific​ ​size​ ​in​ ​any​ ​or​ ​all​ ​dimensions of​ ​the​ ​candle’s​ ​shape.​ ​It’s​ ​also​ ​common​ ​practice​ ​to​ ​carve​ ​the​ ​candle​ ​from​ ​a solid​ ​block​ ​into​ ​an​ ​effigy​ ​or​ ​symbolic​ ​figure,​ ​so​ ​if​ ​you’re​ ​interested​ ​in carving​ ​sculptures,​ ​have​ ​at!​ ​This​ ​could​ ​also​ ​be​ ​accomplished​ ​by​ ​using​ ​a permanent​ ​mold​ ​to​ ​cast​ ​the​ ​shape,​ ​if​ ​you​ ​want​ ​something​ ​more​ ​easily reproducible.​ ​You​ ​could​ ​form​ ​the​ ​candle​ ​into​ ​a​ ​pyramid​ ​or​ ​ziggurat​ ​shape and​ ​have​ ​each​ ​layer​ ​measure​ ​out​ ​to​ ​a​ ​ratio​ ​that​ ​reflects​ ​some​ ​kabbalistic interpretation.​ ​Get​ ​fancy​ ​with​ ​it,​ ​go​ ​nuts.

Using​ ​the​ ​Candle,​ ​Finally!

Now​ ​that​ ​we​ ​have​ ​the​ ​candle​ ​ready,​ ​hypothetically​ ​speaking,​ ​we’re​ ​going​ ​to want​ ​to​ ​put​ ​it​ ​to​ ​use,​ ​probably​ ​soon.​ ​To​ ​explain​ ​the​ ​means​ ​with​ ​which​ ​I have​ ​determined​ ​to​ ​best​ ​the​ ​most​ ​effective​ ​in​ ​my​ ​experience,​ ​I​ ​have​ ​to explain​ ​something​ ​called​ ​Dharana,​ ​which​ ​is​ ​one​ ​of​ ​the​ ​eight​ ​limbs​ ​of​ ​yoga, but​ ​is​ ​really​ ​just​ ​intense​ ​concentration.​ ​I​ ​find​ ​it​ ​to​ ​be​ ​one​ ​of​ ​the​ ​most important​ ​mystical​ ​practices​ ​of​ ​all,​ ​and​ ​is​ ​very​ ​simple​ ​to​ ​incorporate​ ​into various​ ​magical​ ​operations.

To​ ​do​ ​Dharana,​ ​you​ ​must​ ​understand​ ​that​ ​there​ ​is​ ​no​ ​goal​ ​other​ ​than to​ ​do​ ​Dharana.​ ​You​ ​must​ ​let​ ​go​ ​of​ ​any​ ​expectations​ ​of​ ​what​ ​should​ ​or​ ​could arise​ ​from​ ​it,​ ​and​ ​just​ ​do​ ​only​ ​Dharana;​ ​just​ ​focus​ ​on​ ​one​ ​thing.​ ​Don’t​ ​think about​ ​what​ ​the​ ​subject​ ​of​ ​your​ ​concentration​ ​means,​ ​in​ ​this​ ​case,​ ​the candle,​ ​don’t​ ​think​ ​about​ ​scratching​ ​that​ ​itch,​ ​or​ ​your​ ​pants​ ​riding​ ​up​ ​your ass,​ ​JUST​ ​DO​ ​NOT​ ​THINK.​ ​If​ ​you​ ​are​ ​thinking​ ​about​ ​anything,​ ​if​ ​you’re letting​ ​your​ ​vision​ ​blur​ ​and​ ​unfocus,​ ​or​ ​try​ ​to​ ​see​ ​things​ ​appearing​ ​in​ ​the flame,​ ​or​ ​visualize​ ​your​ ​desired​ ​outcome,​ ​you​ ​are​ ​doing​ ​it​ ​wrong,​ ​especially in​ ​the​ ​case​ ​of​ ​the​ ​latter.​ ​Do​ ​not​ ​think​ ​about​ ​what​ ​you​ ​want,​ ​just​ ​focus​ ​on​ ​the flame​ ​of​ ​the​ ​candle​ ​for​ ​as​ ​long​ ​as​ ​you​ ​can.​ ​Eventually,​ ​like​ ​holding​ ​onto​ ​a coin​ ​or​ ​something​ ​for​ ​a​ ​really​ ​long​ ​time,​ ​the​ ​effort​ ​involved​ ​in​ ​focusing​ ​on the​ ​candle​ ​flame​ ​is​ ​going​ ​to​ ​disappear​ ​and​ ​you​ ​will​ ​just​ ​automatically become​ ​absorbed​ ​into​ ​that​ ​focus,​ ​becoming​ ​only​ ​aware​ ​of​ ​your​ ​focusing​ ​and that​ ​which​ ​you’re​ ​focused​ ​on.​ ​That​ ​is​ ​called​ ​Dhyana.​ ​There​ ​is​ ​another​ ​step beyond​ ​that,​ ​called​ ​Samedhi,​ ​where​ ​you​ ​lose​ ​even​ ​the​ ​sense​ ​of​ ​you​ ​being​ ​an observer​ ​of​ ​the​ ​focal​ ​point,​ ​the​ ​flame​ ​in​ ​this​ ​case,​ ​and​ ​this​ ​focal​ ​point becomes​ ​indistinguishable​ ​from​ ​literally​ ​everything​ ​ever,​ ​and​ ​everything becomes​ ​one​ ​big,​ ​cosmic,​ ​divine​ ​and​ ​omnipresent​ ​nothingness,​ ​which​ ​is pretty​ ​much​ ​the​ ​goal​ ​of​ ​Shaivism​ ​and​ ​Yoga​ ​in​ ​general,​ ​but​ ​is​ ​also​ ​besides the​ ​point​ ​of​ ​this​ ​primer​ ​on​ ​candle​ ​magic.​ ​The​ ​aim​ ​here​ ​is​ ​just​ ​to​ ​do​ ​Dharana on​ ​the​ ​candle,​ ​and​ ​not​ ​be​ ​at​ ​all​ ​concerned​ ​with​ ​any​ ​mystical​ ​experiences that​ ​may​ ​arise​ ​from​ ​it,​ ​nor​ ​with​ ​achieving​ ​what​ ​we​ ​set​ ​out​ ​to​ ​make​ ​the candle​ ​for.

Now,​ ​if​ ​you’re​ ​like​ ​me,​ ​you​ ​may​ ​run​ ​into​ ​the​ ​issue​ ​of​ ​having​ ​a multifaceted​ ​and​ ​divided​ ​mental​ ​state​ ​that​ ​can’t​ ​be​ ​fully​ ​occupied​ ​by​ ​visual focus​ ​alone.​ ​My​ ​way​ ​of​ ​working​ ​around​ ​this​ ​is​ ​to​ ​employ​ ​some​ ​meaningless mantra​ ​to​ ​repeat,​ ​one​ ​that​ ​takes​ ​a​ ​full​ ​breath​ ​to​ ​say,​ ​while​ ​having something​ ​in​ ​my​ ​hands​ ​to​ ​make​ ​repetitive​ ​movements​ ​with,​ ​such​ ​as​ ​a​ ​mala or​ ​rosary,​ ​or​ ​some​ ​other​ ​mystically-oriented​ ​fidgeting​ ​device,​ ​and​ ​holding the​ ​mental​ ​concept​ ​of​ ​a​ ​dimensionless​ ​point.​ ​The​ ​catch​ ​with​ ​this​ ​is​ ​that everything​ ​used​ ​for​ ​this​ ​has​ ​to​ ​combine​ ​into​ ​one​ ​fluid​ ​and​ ​constant​ ​rhythm. If​ ​you​ ​use​ ​this​ ​method​ ​and​ ​attain​ ​Dhyana,​ ​all​ ​of​ ​these​ ​stimuli​ ​will​ ​meld together​ ​and​ ​become​ ​indistinguishable​ ​in​ ​that​ ​state.

Final​ ​Comments

Sometimes​ ​the​ ​most​ ​elementary​ ​mediums​ ​of​ ​artistic​ ​expression​ ​are
the​ ​best​ ​to​ ​expound​ ​upon.​ ​They​ ​give​ ​us​ ​the​ ​greatest​ ​opportunities​ ​to​ ​apply our​ ​creativity​ ​and​ ​experiment​ ​with​ ​new​ ​ideas​ ​and​ ​branch​ ​off​ ​into​ ​more possibilities​ ​as​ ​we​ ​learn​ ​tricks​ ​of​ ​the​ ​trade,​ ​whatever​ ​that​ ​may​ ​be.​ ​That freedom​ ​is​ ​one​ ​of​ ​the​ ​most​ ​wonderful​ ​things​ ​about​ ​art.​ ​Find​ ​yourself enthused​ ​about​ ​raw​ ​materials​ ​and​ ​imagining​ ​what​ ​you​ ​can​ ​do​ ​with​ ​them, collect​ ​art​ ​supplies,​ ​and​ ​never​ ​stop​ ​learning.​ ​Create​ ​as​ ​much​ ​as​ ​you​ ​can,​ ​and develop​ ​yourself​ ​through​ ​the​ ​application​ ​of​ ​creativity.​ ​And​ ​lastly, Try​ ​ not​ ​ to​ ​ burn​ ​ your​ ​ house​ ​ down.

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