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How to Dress Spell Candles: Candle Magic

Candle magic is a lovely way to focus your intent and enhance your spellwork. You can use candles you have made yourself, or you can use store bought candles and anoint them with oils, herbs, or crystals.

The first step in creating a spell candle is to choose your candle. You can use traditional taper candles or container candles such as tealights, votives, or jar candles. I often use small taper candles (also called chime or spell candles) because they are easy to work with and come in a variety of colors.

I frequently use color magic when working with candles, so I choose a candle color that corresponds to the spell I am casting. Alternatively, white or natural beeswax are considered all-purpose for spellwork.

Spell candles have lots of room for creativity. I often make taper candles dressed in herbs, but you can use moonwater, essential oils, dried flowers, carvings, and crystals. If you are looking for inspiration, you can check out my spell candles here.


  • candle

  • sage or salt to use for cleansing (optional)

  • anointing water or oil

  • herbs, flowers, or spices to dress the candle

  • paintbrush

  • small pot to melt wax


1. Cleansing the candle: Before you begin, you need to cleanse your candle of outside energy. There are several ways to do this. I most often smudge my candles with sage, but you can choose any of the methods below.

  • smudge the candle