Wednesday, October 24, 2012
How to make them and how to use them
Chakra candles, chosen for color and scent, can add depth to meditation for
Chakra enhancement. Here are some guidelines for selection, and simple
Directions to make your own
A candle acts as a "self object". A self object is an object that is a
Reflection of our self, a reflection upon which we can act. The candle
reflects The spiritual and ethical changes we would like to bring about in ourselves.
It Burns as a reminder and symbol of our desires. Sometimes we have to hand our
Dreams over to a force more powerful than we are.
Candles add warmth, light, and atmosphere to our surroundings. Used in one
form Or another since the discovery of fire, candlelight is one of today's basics
Included in everything from interior design to prayer and meditation, from
Romantic rendezvous to patio parties.
A simple candle flame can serve as focal point for meditation, a place to
hold a Steady gaze of "soft eyes," consciously letting your vision drift into an
Internal place with eyelids half closed.
If you meditate to enhance chakra function, you can buy candles in the
colors And scents known to resonate with the particular qualities of your chosen
Chakra. Better yet, you can make your own, and add the power of your
personal Energy to the candle light.
(Chakras, according to spiritual leaders, energy healers and body workers,
are Spinning disks or funnels which exchange energy between our ethereal selves
and The world around us. There are seven primary chakras. Although intricately
Connected, each of them relates to one area of our humanity and the way we
Express ourselves in our lives. Their location and qualities are discussed
Beginning candle makingfrom scratch, with large slabs of wax, yards of wick,
and Professional molds is certainly one way to go; those supplies and classes
are Available from craft supply sellers and candle makersboth on the web and off
But you can start small and inexpensively, with equipment most of us have in
our Kitchens, if you want to make one or a few small candles of your own design.
Directions for small candles ONLY; this is practical for making candles
Approximately 3"x3" or smaller.
EQUIPMENT AND SUPPLIES:
-- a box or two of emergency candles, available in sets of 6-10 for less
than $2, at grocery or discount stores
-- wick holders (purchased from a craft store or saved from burned
candles)or Small metal washers to use as weights
-- pencils, straws, skewers to lay across the top of the container and
support The wick while the wax dries
-- several strong, zip-top sandwich bags OR empty, clean soup cans or
something Of similar size
-- crayons: red, orange, yellow, blue, pink, green, purple (broken bits and
Pieces are fine)
-- a large saucepan and a stove or hot plate
-- glass containers for the candles, or small disposable plastic or paper
molds (I.e., yogurt, juice, applesauce packaging)
-- a sharp knife and a safe cutting surface
-- a cheese grater, optional
-- your personal choices of essential oils, available from health food
Stores(suggestions for scents and blends follow the directions)
1-- Avoiding cutting the wick, cut the candles into small chunks and grate
(optional, but it makes the work faster)
2-- Do the same with the color crayons
3-- Heat water in the kettle
4-- Put about a half cup of wax gratings and a teaspoon of crayon gratings
Sandwich bag, seal it tightly, and drop in into the hot water
While the wax is melting, prepare your wicks and containers.
5-- Cut the wick saved from the emergency candles into lengths a couple
Longer than the height of the container
6-- Secure one end of the wick in the wick holder or tie it to a metal
Put it into the container.
7-- Lay the straw or pencil across the top of the container and tie the free
Of the wick to it so the wick is centered.
8-- Using the tongs, carefully squish the melting wax to work the color
Or, you can let the color be mottled by not blending it completely with the
9-- When the colored wax is the consistency of pudding, lift the bags from
Hot water with the tongs. Gently open the bag, and add just a couple of
10-- Carefully pour the melted wax into the prepared container.
11-- Adjust the wick by tugging on it gently to remove any kinks or curves
Happened during pouring.
12-- Let the candle dry. You can release air bubbles by dipping a long
Toothpick, small knitting needle, or other slender tool vertically into the
while it's curing.
Trim the wick to 1/2" above the wax. If you have used paper or plastic molds
peel them from the finished candle. Any uneven surfaces can be smoothed with
the flame from another candle or a lighter.
By selecting a particular color and scent or blend of scents to include in
our candles for meditation, we can include more of our senses in our focus on
the area we've chosen to connect with, to improve, or simply to understand more
about ourselves in that dimension.
Here are some traditional recommendations; they are not meant, however, to
override your own intuition. Generally, if you are drawn to a particular
color or fragrance, something in your being is hungering for it, and you can't go
wrong by honoring your own inner spiritual call for help.
Suggestions for color and scent for chakra meditation:
Chakra one, located at the base of the spine, for grounding and earth-bound
issues of money, business, family of origin, and our physical health.
Suggested candle color: Red
Essential oils: Cedar, sandalwood
Chakra two, located just below the navel, for creativity, sexuality, change,
Candle color: Orange
Essential oils: Or candle scents or fragrant oils
Orris root, gardenia, damiana
Chakra three, located at the solar plexus just under the central rib cage,
personal power, strength, integrity.
Candle color: Yellow
Essential Oils: Carnation, cinnamon
Chakra four, located around the heart, for unconditional love, charity,
between emotion and logic.
Candle color: Pink or green or a blend
Essential oils: Lavender, jasmine, meadow sweet, marjoram
Chakra five, at the throat, for clear communication and speaking truth.
Candle color: Deep blue
Essential oils: Frankincense, benzoin
Chakra six, located at the center of the forehead and sometimes referred to
the "third eye," for logic and far-sightedness.
Candle color: Indigo
Essential oils: Anise, acacia, saffron
Chakra seven, at the crown or just above, for spirituality.
Candle color: White or violet
Essential oils: Geranium, lavender, angelica
Abundance -Clove, Citronella, Lemon Balm, Cinnamon, Nutmeg
Ascended Masters & Guides - Dragon's Blood, Olive Oil, Saffron, Peppermint,
Astral Journey - Rosemary, Frankincense, Myrrh, Citronella, Cypress
Creativity - Iris, Rose, Cinnamon
Dreams - Lavender, Rosemary, Ylang Ylang
Good Health - Clove, Nutmeg, Lemon Balm, Poppy Seed, Cedar, Honeysuckle,
Healing - Cedar, Ocean, Lemon Balm, Heather
Love - Olive Oil, Patchouli, Rose, Clove, Lavender, Dragon's Blood
Motivation - Sunflower, Myrrh, Frankincense
Peace - Vanilla, Clove, Myrrh, Ginger Root, Caraway
Power - Clove, Musk, Patchouli
Protection - Frankincense, Sandalwood, Rosemary, Clove
Melt down the stubs of partially burned candles in the manner suggested
Choose ready-made, unscented candlesin your choice of color. Add a drop or
two of essential oil to the melted wax around the wick. Do NOT put it directly
in the flame or on the wick; most essential oils are flammable.
In a clear glass container, make a chakra rainbow candle by first pouring
one color, letting it harden to a gel consistency, and slowly, carefully pouring
the next color on top. Repeat for all seven chakras.
Use a selection of candles in an arrangement on a mirror or glass table top
to magnify the image, but be careful with the choice of oils in this situation;
you don't want to create scentualchaos in the air!
Working With Candle Energy
When working with candles, you can be as simplistic or as complicated as you
would like to make it.
1. Any time you light a candle, always state your true intention and end
with a positive affirmation.
2. Burn a candle based on the coloryou need.
3. Use the seven colors of the Chakraand light these small candles to
the color into the room. The rainbow colors have an amazing healing power
when lit all together.
4. Burn a candle to bring about clear change and affirmative thought.
Consider one of our Empowerment Kitsto transform your intentions into reality.
5. Different geometric shapeswill alter and enhance the effects of color and
scent. It involves understanding what particular geometric patterns can do
by using that particular layout around an individual to heal. Meditating within
the center of these configurations can heighten the entire experience! Place
candles in one of these sacred shapes. Place them on a table or alter to burn or
place them on the floor or in your meditation space and sit inside the
configuration. Meditate on or with the geometric shape.
6. Zodiac candles can be burned. Uses the appropriate attributes of the
chosen zodiac sign to represent a person or yourself.
7. Mandala candles are intention-specific candles designed for each of the
10 sacred intentions.
8. Mood makers– candles can create any mood based on color and good
intention. Utilize the power of light and wax!
Sacred Shapes Applied to Candle Therapy
The following shapes and colors have a Universal meaning, yet in almost
every religion, culture and part of the world, they have their own specific
meaning to go along side these definitions.
These shapes are Universally recognized and play a part of our subconscious
mind in one way or another. Place candles in these configurations with motivation
and your true intention, in order to help you achieve your goals. You can place
candles in these shapes on the floor and meditate within them, as well.
Circle: An ancient and universal symbol of unity, wholeness, infinity, the
goddess, and female power. A romantic attachment or deep friendship and a
sacred space. The circle symbolizes the sacred and spiritual including the "sacred"
Diamond: Because of its perfect symmetry, the diamond vibrates toward
harmony. This makes it an excellent shape for meditation gardens or those used for
culinary purposes. As this shape also vibrates toward the solidity of Earth,
it’s a good bet for magical gardens involving prosperity and abundance, and
issues of the family, home, and hearth.
Hearts: generally, hearts represent love, but may also indicate a romantic
disposition. True love, happiness, financial gain, lasting love, and love
Octagon: Eight denotes the intermediary region between earth and heaven or,
microcosm, between body and spirit; and the octagon is a symbol of the "best
part of psychic substance that is the vehicle of spiritual light. The
octagon expresses the nearness to heaven of the psychic elements in question, and by
being almost circular in form it expresses their all but spiritual nature.
Oval: This voluptuous and feminine shape not only represents completeness,
but is also a symbol of the infinite. It conjures up the idea of wisdom and the
power of longevity and for all eternity.
Rectangle: The rectangle symbolizes the female form. Intelligence; Protector
Divine contemplation. The rectangle also symbolizes the equilibration of the
Square: The square represents the physical world. Like the quartered circle,
it points pagans to the four compass directions: north, east, south and west.
Star: are drawn by ambitious people and may suggest a desire for
Little stars indicate optimism, while asymmetrical stars suggest excess
energy. A sign of hope, love, joy and prosperity, protection against fires, good
fortune, hope, love, fertility, energy and harmony
Triangle : Associated with the number three. Pointing upwards, it symbolizes
fire, male power, good luck; Pointing down, it symbolizes water, female
sexuality, goddess, religions, take care.