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How to Make a Semi-Homemade Fixed Candle

You will need:

  • A candle in a glass container (usually found in the Goya section of the grocery store)
  • Your choice of essential Oils
  • Cosmetic Grade Glitter
  • Cardstock
  • Strong glue
  • Small piece of paper, string or yarn and pen
  • Other decorations such as herbs, crystals, markers, flat stones, stickers, whatever your inner Martha is dictating
  •  A small pot
  •  1/4 cup water
  •  Your stove

Fixed candles are traditionally used in Hoodoo spellwork for anything from getting a job, blessing a new home, working a love spell or putting a hex on someone.  They're easy to use and very effective.  Often, saint candles are used for this kind of thing but it's not unusual to see fixed candles that utilize other images instead.

1. Figure out what your magical goal is.  Make sure it can summed up in one sentence.
2. Find or draw the appropriate image for your spellwork onto your cardstock.  Make sure the cardstock can be wrapped around the candle.  Find coordinating essential oils, color of glitter and coordinating miscellanous decorations for your candle.  I have fixed candles in my shop if you're looking for inspiration. 
3. Put your pot on the stove with the water.  Put the candle in its glass container in the pot standing upright.  Heat on low for about 10 minutes or until the wax starts melting.  Using a potholder, take the candle out of the pot and add your herbs, oils and glitter to the candle, keeping the candle upright.  Let it cool.
4. Make sure your candle is dried off and glue the cardstock image to it.  Decorate the outside of the candle.
5. On your piece of paper, you're going to write out your petition (i.e. your one sentence magical goal) without letting your pen leave the page.  If your pen leaves the page, start over.  If you are trying to bring something towards you, roll the paper towards you.  If you're trying to get something to go away from you, you roll the paper away from you.  Tie the paper to the candle.
6. In Hoodoo, Psalm 23 is used for basically everything under the sun.  If psalms aren't your thing, I find a heart felt prayer while placing your hands on the candle and pushing energy through your hands into the candle works just as well.
7. Light your candle.  Ideally, you'd keep it lit until it burns out but if you can't do that, use a candle snuffer to snuff it out before bed and light it again whenever you're home until it burns out.  Observe what the candle does periodically for clues and omens on your work. 

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Deborah Castellano's book, Glamour Magic: The Witchcraft Revolution to Get What You Want (Llewellyn, 2017) is available: . She is a frequent contributor to Occult/Pagan sources such as the Llewellyn almanacs, Witchvox, PaganSquare and Witches & Pagans magazine. She writes about Charms, Hexes, Weeknight Dinner Recipes, Glamoury and Unsolicited Opinions on Morals and Magic at Charmed, I'm Sure. Her craft shop, The Mermaid and The Crow ( specializes in goddess & god vigil candles, hand blended ritual oils, airy hand dyed scarves, handspun yarn and other goodies. She resides in New Jersey with her husband, Jow and their two cats. She has a terrible reality television habit she can't shake and likes St. Germain liquor, record players and typewriters.


  • Elani Temperance
    Elani Temperance Saturday, 25 August 2012

    Welcome to PaganSquare! I'm looking forward to your future blog posts.

  • Beth Wodandis
    Beth Wodandis Tuesday, 28 August 2012

    It's great to see you here Deb! (It's Laure from Philly. :D)

  • Marion Wilhelm
    Marion Wilhelm Sunday, 09 September 2012

    Nice work. Welcome.

  • Deborah Castellano
    Deborah Castellano Tuesday, 18 September 2012

    @Elani - Thank you! I really like your posts!

    @Beth - Yes! It's great to see you! I've been following your blogs :)

    @Marion - Thank you!

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