Intention candles, also known as manifestation or spell candles, are candles that you set with a specific intention or goal in mind. They are commonly used in practices like meditation, rituals, or simply as a way to focus your thoughts and energy on a particular desire or outcome. Here’s how to make intention candles:
Materials You’ll Need:
- Candles: You can use either plain white candles or colored candles that correspond to your intention. For example, green for abundance, pink for love, or blue for healing.
- Anointing Oil: Essential oils that correspond with your intention, such as lavender for relaxation, rose for love, or frankincense for spirituality.
- Herbs and Crystals: Herbs, flowers, or crystals that are associated with your intention. For example, rose petals for love, mint for prosperity, or amethyst for clarity.
- A Heat-Proof Container: A small bowl or dish to hold your melted wax and other ingredients.
- Small Tools: A heat source (candle warmer or stove), a small pan or double boiler, a stirring stick, and a funnel (optional).
- Paper and Pen: To write down your intention or goal.
- Cleanse Your Space:
- Before you begin, it’s a good practice to cleanse your space and your materials. You can use smudging with sage or palo santo or simply visualize any negative energy leaving your workspace.
- Choose Your Intention:
- Decide on the specific intention for your candle. What do you want to manifest or focus on? Write it down on a small piece of paper, using positive and present-tense language.
- Prepare Your Candle:
- Take your chosen candle and carve or inscribe your intention into the wax using a sharp object like a pin or a knife. Write your intention from the bottom of the candle towards the top. As you do this, visualize your goal and infuse the candle with your intention.
- Anoint the Candle:
- Anoint the candle with the corresponding essential oil. Use a few drops and rub it onto the candle from the top down while focusing on your intention.
- Decorate the Candle:
- Sprinkle or place herbs, flowers, or crystals around the candle or onto its surface. These should align with your intention. Press them gently into the candle’s surface.
- Set Up a Double Boiler:
- Use a small pan or a double boiler to melt some of the candle’s wax. You don’t need to melt the entire candle, just enough to create a small well in the center.
- Create a Well:
- Pour the melted wax into your heat-proof container to create a small well in the center of the candle. This well is where you’ll place your written intention.
- Place Your Intention:
- Roll up your small piece of paper with your intention written on it, and place it inside the well you created in the candle. As you do this, continue to focus on your goal.
- Allow it to Set:
- Let the candle cool and harden with your intention inside. You’ve now infused your intention into the candle.
- Charge the Candle:
- Place the candle in a location where it can receive energy or light, such as near a window with sunlight or under the light of the full moon. Leave it there for a few hours or overnight to charge.
- Light the Candle:
- When you’re ready to work with your intention, light the candle while focusing on your goal or desire. As the candle burns, visualize your intention coming to fruition.
- Extinguish Safely:
- Always extinguish the candle safely when you’re done. You can use a snuffer or gently blow it out. Do not leave burning candles unattended.
Remember that intention candles are a tool to help you focus your energy and thoughts on your goals. Your intentions and actions are the most crucial elements in manifesting your desires.