In a world filled with toxins, there is something reassuring about lighting a handrolled candle made from a sheet of natural beeswax as opposed to a candle made from paraffin, a petroleum byproduct.
Beeswax is an ingredient in ointments and natural body products, and it can also be crafted into poppets, talismans and also magical seals.
When ancient tablets and medieval grimoires speak of “wax”, they are almost always referring to beeswax. Petroleum-based wax had not yet been manufactured, and vegetable waxes that were available were inferior to work with. For candle making, it was often animal tallow that was used as beeswax was prized for being rare and hard to obtain. It has only been though the improvement in apiary technology over the last two centuries that has made beeswax more readily available. Yet despite this, beeswax is still a comparatively precious ingredient for ritual items.
As mentioned earlier, many candles today are made from paraffin, a byproduct of petroleum. Paraffin is often preferred over beeswax due to it being inexpensive and having a high melting temperature. Yet today as we come more and more conscious of our carbon footprint upon our planet, more and more Wytches as well as other magickal practitioners are preferring to use natural materials in their rites and craftings – and beeswax fits the bill perfectly.
Beeswax candles have a light, pleasant scent of honey when they are burned, but also can be scented through the use of essential oils. Being sensitive to changing temperatures, it is not unusual to notice a frosty-looking coating on the outside of candles. This whitish cast, or “bloom”, relates merely to the changing temperature and is nothing to be concerned about. In fact, it is a sign that the candle you have is made from pure beeswax. Any “bloom” can be removed fairly easily by simply warming the candle with a quick blast of warm (not hot) air from a hairdryer.
Over the coming months a variety of specific purpose handrolled beeswax candles will be available through the LunaNoire Creations. These candles will be handmade from sheets of organic Australia beeswax that has been rolled around a wick during specific planetary alignments and then infused with corresponding essential oils and organically grown herbs.
Some of the purposes these candles will be made for will include:
Blessing: A white ritual candle for removing stale energy and restoring peace and clarity to your ritual space and home. Made on the day and in the hour of the sun, anointed with organic essential oils.
Healing: A blue candle used to direct restorative energy towards yourself or another assisting in the healing process. Made on the day of Mercury and in the hour of the sun, anointed with organic essential oils and herbs.
Love: A pale pink candle used to draw love and friendship into your life. Made on the day and in the hour of Venus, anointed with organic essential oils and herbs.
Meditation: A pale blue candle for calming the mind and reaching deeper states of meditation. Made on the day and in the hour of the moon, anointed with organic essential oils.
Protection: A pure beeswax candle used for physical and psychic self-defence, as well as to empower any protective spells. Made on the day and in the hour of the Mars, anointed with organic essential oils
Purification: A white candle for ritual purification made of pure beeswax. Ideal for self-initiations or any time you want to rid yourself of negativity before a magickal undertaking. Made on the day and in the hour of the moon, anointed with organic essential oils.
Wealth: A forest green candle used to attract wealth and abundance into your life. Made on the day of Mercury and in the hour of Jupiter, anointed with organic essential oils.