Notes for The Magical Works
Waning Moon to Dark Moon
Refer to Part Two for cleansing candles, consecrations, and charging materials. The working candle may be a votive, small pillar, or taper candle. I do not recommend tapers or bottle candles for spell candles, but if bottle candles are used for working or spell candles, draw the images on the glass with a marker. When drawing a mandala (a double-ring circle: ) leave space in the center of the circle for symbols and space between the rings for writing or symbols. For carving symbols on candles, mandalas, and meditations, the bold print in the text shows the words that are spoken as the images are drawn. A votive spell candle should have an appropriate container (such as a cauldron) that can hold melted wax and burning herbs without breaking or damaging the pentacle. Have a cover or lid to smother the flame. Use a candle snuffer to extinguish the working candle and altar candles, but if blown out, say: With the breath of life. For activities making an incense or powder, the herbs may be ground prior to the ritual and blended during the activity. Use glass, china, or pottery bowls and bottles to prepare and store herbal, tea, and oil blends. Label the stored bottles. Loose black tea leaves normally form the base of herbal tea blends. Green tea leaves have a cleansing energy whereas the black is associated with strength and power.