Candle Magic

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.

Never created a Black Sacred Candle? We have you covered! Learn how in this free three-part series.

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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The Black Sacred Candle: Storm Bringer

Working with Eris as Storm Bringer, as a daughter of Night, can fill us with apprehension or with fear. Those are old stories of the men who fear women and need someone to blame for their misfortune and ignorant choices.

I said what I said.

Now we are going to hear her story.

The Black Sacred Candle

The Black Sacred Candle this month is not only to protect your magic and space, but to allow a deeper connection to the energy of Eris as storm bringer. This connection is important to our craft and to the knowing of ourselves. We carry this same energy and can learn how to harness it to navigate ourselves through the storms of everyday life.

Never created a Black Sacred Candle? We have you covered! Learn how in this free three-part series.

Ingredients

Cinnamon and clove are important in this work because we are looking to draw in the abundance that comes from embracing the storms she reveals.

Photo by Kaycee Reeves

Additional Items Needed:

  • Small plate

Directions:

  1. Place the Candle on the small plate
  2. Pour about 1 tbsp of the Eris Awareness Oil on the top of the candle, allow it to drip down the sides.
  3. Using the cinnamon and clove, create a barrier surrounding the base of the candle and then sprinkle a small amount of each on the top.
  4. Using your hand, move the candle around the plate in a clockwise motion to cover the base of the candle in the cinnamon and clove.
Photo By Kaycee Reeves

A candle and a key, With Darkest Gratitude,

Kaycee & Ivy

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The Gate of Dreams: Reaching Alêtheia

A part of the work we are doing for February 2022 is connecting to the Goddess Alêtheia. Our Black Sacred Candle for the month serves as a conduit through which we can reach the Gate of Dreams that she stands at. Utilizing the Pylê Oneirôn incense blend, our Black Sacred Candle for the month creates instant sacred space for magic too!

It is said that she is waiting at the gate of dreams from which we will pull through our own truths (Philostratus the Elder, Imagines 1. 27 as referenced by Theoi Project).

Never created a Black Sacred Candle? We have you covered! Learn how in this free three-part series.

Photo by Kaycee Reeves

Correspondences

  • Lavender
  • Eyebright
  • Yarrow
  • Sage
  • Myrrh
  • Mugwort

I began by drawing twin torches as the gates through which we will connect deeply with our ability to traverse the space between the gates of conscious and unconscious dreams. Sage, Mugwort, and Myrrh are the sacred space trio of cleansing, protecting, and banishing. Lavender is a great tool to slow down, which helps open ourselves to a deeper awareness. Eyebright is an ally of sight (especially for truth) and being able to see beyond. Yarrow is great for awareness, courage, and strength which is helpful when we understand the truths we are seeking are of the upper and lower worlds.

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 Pylê Oneirôn 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).
Photos by Kaycee Reeves

A candle and a key, With Darkest Gratitude,

Kaycee & Ivy

Want to learn more about what is going on Dark Goddesses Collective?

To see more of our February 2022 plans (or any other month), click here.

You can also find Dark Goddesses Collective on Facebook and Instagram!

We are equally excited to announce that our private network is coming along beautifully. Its creation will be for those who are interested in doing the deeper, life-changing, intuitive work of reclaiming their power with Dark Goddesses and a tribe committed to fostering change in their communities.

Feature Image Credit: Kaycee Reeves

References

Atsma, A. J. (2017). Theoi.com. Retrieved from Theoi Project: https://www.theoi.com/Text/PhilostratusElder1B.html#27

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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.

Never created a Black Sacred Candle? We have you covered! Learn how in this free three-part series.

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

Want to learn more about what is going on Dark Goddesses Collective?

To see more of our January 2022 plans, click here.

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The Berchta Witchmás 2021 Candle

Tis the season of diving inward, but it also is the season of long held traditions across the world. Dark Goddesses Collective is embracing and calling in Berchta (Perchta, Frau Holle, Hertha, Holde, she of many names).

The Black Sacred Candle

The main reason for the Black Sacred Candle in my practice is to ensure that when I light it, I have a space that is immediately sacred, cleansed, protected, and blessed. Performing on the spot magic is much easier and it is a part of my “work smarter, not harder” practicality.

Photo by Kaycee Reeves

This month I wanted to create the Black Sacred Candle in layers that honors the main purpose, but also is a call to Berchta, as well as a blessing to a new tradition – Witchmás!

Base Layer

  • Personal Oil of choice
  • Mugwort
  • Sage
  • Myrrh

Secondary Layer

Berchta has many names and faces, with some rituals still taking place in regions near the Alps. She appears as either a veiled young woman with pearls woven into her hair or as a disfigured hag, with unruly hair and dirty clothing. As the young woman, she carries keys and mayflowers. As the old woman, she carries a distaff (for unspun wool). Her plant spirit allies are Holly and Mayflower. To call her in all her forms, I added Holly, pearl charms, and used a branch wrapped in cord.

Photos by Kaycee Reeves

*Please remove branch and cord while burning and follow fire safety protocols*

Third Layer

The adding of the Holly berries is multipurpose. While Holly in all its forms is a nod to Berchta, it is also because they represent the fire element of the plant. When I am bringing something new into creation, such as the tradition of Witchmás, it too is the fire of creation. I added a few extra drops of my personal oil to the berries to really tie it together.

Photo by Kaycee Reeves

Are there any new traditions you are creating this year?

A candle & a key, With Darkest Gratitude,
Kaycee & Ivy

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Hel's Hall

Preparing for Hel’s Hall

This October, we are diving in and preparing for an experience in connecting with the Goddess Hel. We start by understanding her story, her correspondences, and the deeper language of symbols through research. While we have read many books and researched articles on Hel (including scholarly articles), we encourage every witch to take a personal interest in doing their own research before journeying to Hel’s Hall.

The Black Sacred Candle

Before continuing, make you sure you have gotten to review the free 3-part series on the Black Sacred candle starting here.

I find Hel to be dichotomous in many ways, like the dark moon: the time between the end of the last lunar month and the beginning of a new one. As such, I find that the dark moon is the perfect time to create the Black Sacred Candle (BSC) for this Lunar month. To begin creating your BSC, make sure to create the Hel’s Hall Incense in the infographic below.

Side note: Dried Juniper Berries and Star Anise can be a little difficult to grind, so I personally put some in a bag and use a hammer to smash them. I also used Cedar essential oil.

I encourage you to play around with the ingredients as this is a powerful blend.  It does not take much to create your BSC, but I have enjoyed having the extra to use as incense on my journey to her Great Hall.

Additional Items for creating your BSC:

  • Oil of choice
  • Obsidian chips
  • A few additional Juniper berries
  • 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. Place a few obsidian chips on the parchment paper and sprinkle a few Juniper Berries there too.
  4. Preheat oven to 200 degrees.
  5. Anoint your candle with your chosen oil.
  6. Lightly coat your candle with the Hel’s Hall 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.
  7. Place your candle onto the parchment/aluminum foil on top of the obsidian chips and Juniper Berries, wrap your candle, twisting the ends, and place in the oven.
  8. DO NOT LEAVE THE KITCHEN (lesson learned the hard way), turn your candle every 2 minutes (this took me about 12 minutes total).

An Altar Space for Hel

Hel is both a Goddess and a place (like I said, very dichotomous) for those who have died from sickness or from old age. This underworld association is also transformative for the living. This leads me feel that she is a chthonic Goddess, so I created an altar that can be near the ground and moved easily by using a picture frame.

The great thing about picture frames is they allow you to create a background and I chose to create a very special sigil.

I placed my BSC on the altar, some Juniper Berries, Obsidian chips, and a couple of cards that came up for me this week. I added the Hagalaz Rune at the direction of Ivy and it really pulled it together in a big way!

Photo by Author

Want to learn more about what is going on Dark Goddesses Collective?

For our October plans click here.

To see Ivy welcome Hel into our space, click here.

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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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