Black Sacred Candle

The Gorgon Goddess: A Sacred Candle

This month we are studying Medusa, the Gorgon Goddess portrayed as a terrifying and villainous woman turned demon. As we call to her and create a connection to her energetic force, it may come as quite the surprise how much she is misunderstood. Before we get to the Black Sacred Candle this month, come create the Demon’s Eye Blend that we will use as well!

The Demon’s Eye Blend

What you will need:

  • Dragon’s Blood Resin
  • Myrrh
  • Mugwort
  • Patchouli
  • Red Jasper Chips/Stones
Photo by Kaycee Reeves

Directions:

  1. Place Dragon’s Blood resin, Myrrh, Mugwort, and Patchouli (I used Patchouli essential oil) into a mortar and pestle and grind up.
  2. Use 4 Red Jasper chips to call out to the four directions and place them onto the rim (or lay them on your workspace) of your mortar and pestle.

Activate the Blend:

From the 4 directions, through space and time

With this blend I see all, from the Gorgon Eye

Metis, Maat, Medusa, Athene

All you have been, and all will be seen

Photo by Kaycee Reeves

The Black Sacred Candle

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The Black Sacred Candle has multiple parts this month, not to make it more difficult, but to honor the energetic force through her Libyan beginnings and historical forms through the ages and stories. While all the extras are not required, it does serve us to be curious about the nature and meanings of all those extras.

Photo by Kaycee Reeves

What you’ll need:

  • Metallic Markers
  • Demon’s Eye Blend
  • Personal Power Oil or Olive Oil
  • Aluminum Foil
  • Parchment Paper
  • Candle Holder with space for Red Jasper Chips and salt
  • Red Jasper Chips (from your calling the 4 directions above)
  • Salt

Directions

  1. Take a piece of aluminum foil (large enough to wrap your candle in) and place it on your workspace.
  2. Take a piece of non-stick parchment paper (about the same size as your aluminum foil) and place it on top of the aluminum foil. Trick: Fold the edges of the aluminum foil over the top of the edges of the parchment paper to keep it from rolling!
  3. Preheat oven to 200 degrees.
  4. Go back to your candle and draw the Demon’s Eye Sigil on one side:
Photo by Kaycee Reeves
  • On the other side draw scales, like that of a serpent (and I know you may have other creative ways of doing this – mine looked oddly like mountains, I had good intentions):
Photo by Kaycee Reeves
  • Anoint your candle with your chosen oil.
  • Lightly coat your candle with The Demon’s Eye Blend you created. Caution: Please make sure there are no large chunks of plant material as these can be dangerous or ‘pop’ during candle burning. As always, please abide by all fire safety rules.
Photo by Kaycee Reeves
  • Place your candle onto the parchment/aluminum foil, wrap your candle, and place in the oven.
  • DO NOT LEAVE THE KITCHEN (lesson learned the hard way), turn your candle every 2 minutes (this took me about 12 minutes total).
  • Pour salt into your candle holder and then place the four jasper stones used to call in the four directions for The Demon’s Eye Blend on top of the salt. Then place a bit of The Demon’s Eye Blend between the stones, in the center of the candle holder.
Photo by Kaycee Reeves
  1. After your third time turning your candle in the oven, light the Demon’s Eye Blend that is in your candle holder:
Photo by Kaycee Reeves

Enjoy your magic this month with Medusa by lighting your candle a few minutes each day!

A Candle & A Key, With Darkest Blessings,

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The Primordial Blood of Dragons

This month we are working with Tiamat, the primordial dragon mother of the life-giving waters. As we create the Black Sacred Candle as a beacon to call to her, we are calling to she who is fierce and nurturing. Tiamat is one who has the energy of being steady upon the waves and the wind. It is with this energy, calling it in, that we are reminded:

She is with us no matter where we may roam with the wings she gave us.

That fire in our hearts and eyes is born of the dragon mother and all of us have it.

Photo by Kaycee Reeves

The Black Sacred Candle

The Black Sacred Candle this month is not only to protect your magic and space, but to call to the surface of our inner space this sacred fire of the sea. Tiamat is an ally of understanding the balance of fire and water, their properties of creation and destruction. This connection is important to our craft, the knowing of ourselves, and to the knowing of the world around us. We all carry this fire but drawing it to the surface in a society that says this fire is unacceptable can be a challenge. The Black Sacred Candle can help.

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Photo by Kaycee Reeves

Ingredients

  • Candle
  • Dirt from your space
  • Salt
  • Dragon’s Blood Resin
  • Oak (I used essence, but choose your method)
  • Sage
  • Olive oil

Additional Items Needed:

  • Small dish with salt
  • Aluminum foil
  • Mortar and Pestle
Photo by Kaycee Reeves

Directions:

  1. Take a piece of aluminum foil (large enough to wrap your candle in) and place it on your workspace.
  2. Preheat oven to 200 degrees.
  3. Place the Candle on the small dish with salt
  4. In the mortar and pestle, grind up the Dragon’s Blood resin, sage, add a little of the dirt and the oak.
  5. Lay the candle on the aluminum foil and add a little olive oil to the candle.
  6. Sprinkle your ground mix over the candle and a little to the left and right of it.
  7. Roll the candle to the left and the right to cover it in your mix.
  8. Wrap the candle and place in the oven. DO NOT LEAVE THE KITCHEN (lesson learned the hard way), turn your candle every 2 minutes (this took me about 12 minutes total).

Caution: Please make sure there are no large chunks of plant material as these can be dangerous or ‘pop’ during candle burning. As always, please abide by all fire safety rules.

Photos by Kaycee Reeves

Each day light the candle for a few minutes, and use this chant to call to Tiamat:

Tiamat, I call to you

Mother of the Sea

I seek upon your wings

The lessons you bring for me

A candle and a key, With Darkest Gratitude,

Kaycee & Ivy

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Calling to Cerridwen: January 2022 Black Sacred Candle

Cerridwen, Keeper of the Cauldron of Rebirth, is a Chthonic and shapeshifting Goddess from the Celtic/Welsh regions. She has arrived in Dark Goddesses Collective to allow us entry into her Cauldron, full of inspiration, regeneration, and the deepest knowing that she can bestow upon us this month. We will be using Ivy’s new incense, Cerridwen’s Cauldron Incense, as the correspondences for this month’s Black Sacred Candle.

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Incense and infographic created by Ivy Laine

Correspondences

  • Oak (I used Oak Essence)
  • Mugwort
  • Juniper (or other Evergreen)
  • Sage
  • Myrrh
  • Personal Oil (or Olive Oil) to tie us to it

Oak is truly a sacred tree. In stories, it is said to be a part of the triad that created our word “oath”, as in Oak, Ash, and Thorn (Hawthorn). We are asking at the edge of her cauldron, to fulfill our oaths to self, the natural requirement to transformation and transcendence.

In addition to being a sacred tree to Cerridwen, I chose to use the essence form of Oak to call to the transformation that Cerridwen can provide.

An essence is what we are requesting to be reduced to once we enter from this liminal space of being at the edge. We use the evergreen or Juniper as the ability to remain green or retain the fire element, a spark of soul, from which we rebuild. And of course, the amazing cleansing, banishing, protecting (and world-walking) trio that are Sage, Mugwort, and Myrrh.

Photo by Kaycee Reeves

Additional Items for creating your BSC:

  • Aluminum foil (we will be using the oven to get the candle warm so items will stick)
  • Non-stick parchment paper

Directions

  1. Take a piece of aluminum foil (large enough to wrap your candle in) and place it on your workspace.
  2. Take a piece of non-stick parchment paper (about the same size as your aluminum foil) and place it on top of the aluminum foil. Trick: Fold the edges of the aluminum foil over the top of the edges of the parchment paper to keep it from rolling!
  3. Preheat oven to 200 degrees.
  4. Anoint your candle with your chosen oil.
  5. Lightly coat your candle with the Cerridwen’s Cauldron Incense you created. Caution: Please make sure there are no large chunks of plant material as these can be dangerous or ‘pop’ during candle burning. As always, please abide by all fire safety rules.
  6. Place your candle onto the parchment/aluminum foil, wrap your candle, and place in the oven.
  7. DO NOT LEAVE THE KITCHEN (lesson learned the hard way), turn your candle every 2 minutes (this took me about 12 minutes total).

Tip: Use markers to add additional intention to your candle as you see fit, you can see mine has a cauldron with a flame rising from it. It is the fire of knowledge and of inspiration.

Photos by Kaycee Reeves

A candle and a key, With Darkest Gratitude,

Kaycee & Ivy

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Beacon to Nyx

The Beacon to Nyx

November is meant for embracing the darkness that looms heavy in the sky as we continue to see the trees shapeshift into bare bones. We can beckon the wisdom of darkness, of Nyx, to us through the Black Sacred Candle. This candle serves as the beacon that will invite her into our spaces to impart the medicine of the darkness she brings.

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The Correspondences

Nyx, the primordial personification of night who draws the blanket over the sky, is mother to sleep and death. It should not be a surprise that poppy speaks of this same energy, and we will use Poppy seeds as a part of our Beacon Blend to Nyx. We add Yarrow to ease us into the healing wisdom of Nyx and the amazing cleansing, banishing, protecting, and world-walking trio that are Sage, Mugwort, and Myrrh. As an addition, we can use Moonstone over the candle and botanicals to reflect the energy of this beacon to take it up a level.

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A Calling to Nyx

When sinking deep into the energy of creating this beacon, Nyx made it clear to me that the flame needed a specific enchantment upon the first lighting. I sat with this for a day or so and she gave me the words immediately after waking up (still half asleep to be honest!). You can listen to it below!

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A candle and a key,

Kaycee

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In the Beginning: The Black Sacred Candle (Part 3)

As we open the doors of Dark Goddesses Collective, we begin by introducing a series on the Black Sacred Candle. We light it to honor and protect this space so our witch’s work may move forward. This is part three and concludes the series as we throw open the gates! Part one can be found here and part two can be found here. ~ Ivy and Kaycee

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The Earth

My Dark Goddesses hold reign over land, sea, and sky. They are felt on the earthly realm, the cycles of seasons and not just those of the land, but our very own seasons of becoming, of birthing, of releasing, fallowing, and rising again transformed in our next period of growth.   The cycles are everywhere we look. In creating our candle, we can utilize correspondences that live this cycle with us: plant allies.

Of The Earth

The Earth is force into form. Through Air and Fire, creating the condensation or Water that will circulate, that then coagulates into our Earth element. I recreate this by thoughtfully procuring and utilizing plant allies on my candles. In choosing the herbs, flowers, or resins, I think about my intention, the purpose of my working candle, the work I will be doing over the next Lunar month, and any seasonal workings. Many of our plant allies have a spectrum of uses, this is useful when we are working with one candle because we can narrow our choices greatly. We can speak to the herbs as we grind them, coaxing the energy forward to match our intentions.

Helpful Tips:

There are numerous books available on correspondences if you have not yet cultivated a relationship with plants. I recommend writing out key words that match your intention for the Black Sacred Candle. We know for sure: cleansing and protecting your space for magic. Maybe you need a calm clarity and focus in your space. Or maybe you need your candle to fully create a high vibrational energetic container. Whatever the intention, I always choose herbs that care for multiple “key words” and speak to them as I grind them together.

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After chanting or speaking to my plants and grinding them together (a mini spell if you will), I bind them to my candle. The candle has been dressed with oil and depending on how finely ground your herbs are, you may be able to roll your candle through the herbs or sprinkle them onto the candle. A simple chant for the binding will work:

Cleansing of Air

A blessing to spark

The Fire and fare

Of Water’s mark

Beginning of Form

The Earth to Fruition

Allies a storm

Bound of intuition

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The Fire

Through this entire process, the Fire element has been present as the force behind your own creative energy of birthing and bringing together your Black Sacred Candle. From the spark as you lit your cleansing herbs for your candle to its upcoming completion through lighting the initial flame, your Black Sacred Candle is of fire. Birthed from it and reduced by it as you use it up. Our own history as witches is born of fire, strong enough to walk through flames and come back over and over again to do the work of the witch. The spark is forever within us, placed there by the Dark Goddesses themselves for we are of the Universe too.

Helpful Tips:

The lighting of the initial flame of your Black Sacred Candle is when the full purpose and energy comes to life, it is birthed of your energy and relationship with the elements and correspondences used. It is indeed a gleeful moment to witness your creation, but also the awe-inspiring moment of witnessing its power in your space and prepared to take directions. Say a simple chant, such as the one below, as you light the initial flame of your candle.

With fire it begins

And with fire it ends

This Black Sacred Candle, the flame its initiation

You will protect my space and all of my creation


A Pattern of Wholeness

 
With this initial series, the Black Sacred Candle of Dark Goddesses Collective has been lit in accordance with the universal pattern of wholeness. We are honored that you have found us! You can also find us on Facebook, and get to know Ivy, Kaycee, and the vision for DGC in the future.
 
A candle and key,
Kaycee

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