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Using the Spiritual Power of Black Candles

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Uses of Black Candles in History

Using a black candle during rituals for their potent meaning and association to energy, money, power, and prayer has gained exponential popularity in contemporary times.

Although our ancestors most likely used white or naturally colored candles in their practices before the development of colored wax pigmentation, the strong intentions to invoke powerful implications using black candle magic has gained in popularity over the past century. The color black is highly associated with the practice of dark arts — mainly Pagan, Wicca, and Satanic practices. However, the use of a black candle does not necessarily relate to evil practices. Many times, the meaning or intention is used for positive outcomes — either for the practitioner or subject of the spell.

A black candle can have powerful effects, and it is a staple on most altars. When practicing magic on the go, make sure that you include a black candle in your travels, for there is a variety of purposes depending on the meaning of the spell.


Uses Black Candles During Prayer

A black candle can be used in prayer. Although many will associate the color black with evil or black magic, it can take on a whole opposite meaning. The color black absorbs and clears negative energies. When you burn a black candle during prayer, your intentions should be set on casting out all negative spirits that could be afflicting you or a loved one.

Black candles can be used for protective means. You may not be trying to cast out negative energies, but instead, using a black candle with meaning to protect yourself from negative spirits. The use of a black candle during spells will depend on the spirituality that you are practicing. For example, if you are a Pagan, your results and intentions will differ from those who are practicing Hoodoo. Overall, the power of your prayer and the purpose of your spell will impact the implications that will result from it. If you are using a black candle in prayer, your result can be positive or negative based on your intent.


Use of Black Candles for Cleansing

Many of us will utilize a white candle for cleansing a space, black candles have been known to be used for cleansing as well.

The key to using a black candle for cleansing and invoking this particular meaning is to light the candle. When a black candle is unlit, it isn't invoke to cleanse. We tend to keep unlit candles on our altar. A black candle will help to absorb the negative energy in the surroundings. When it has been lit, it creates a whole new power to erase the negative energy and cleans the space.

Black candles can be used for cleansing of your mind. It is used to connect strongly to a deeper consciousness. The intention that you put forth in lighting a black candle will help to absorb the distracting energies that may distract you from making your intentions to fruition.


Use of Black Candles for Power

Using a black candle during a waning moon to invoke power is a common practice among many different practices. There could be many intentions associated with using a black candle to invoke power — and the potency of this spell needs to be taken into consideration.

There are many religions that will use the color of a black candle, knowing the meaning and power of the color, to bring about a higher level of power. The word power does not necessarily mean evil power, dark magic or Satanism. Although many spells have been developed to gain demonic power used for evil purposes, the black candle can be used as a form of power to protect one from these negative forces.

There are a variety of degrees in which power can be invoked. You may be using a black candle to invoke the power to overcome a struggle in your life or someone that you love. It may be intended to gain the power to make a decision or to gain self-confidence. The meaning behind the words "black candle" and "power" can be used for good intents.

Please take caution. Using a lit black candle to invoke power can be overwhelmingly powerful. It is necessary to be steadfast on your intentions so that your prayer is as strong as the power from the black candle. It is easy to use to slip into an unintended use for evil when your intent or prayers waver. If so, remember, the universe may produce the outcome that you are seeking — but with unexpected consequences. Use the power of the black candle wisely and you will find it is a powerful tool for your spiritual practice.


Use of Black Candles for Money

Using a black candle during a spell or intention draw the potent energy from the universe during your prayer to fully empower your intention. One of the most common spells is associated with money.

A black candle during these prayer or spellcasting rituals will help you to focus and draw in positive and powerful energies while casting out negativity. Many times, the meaning behind a black candle during a spell associated with money may require the use of more than just one candle; many practitioners will utilize two black candles for these particular spells.

Money Abundance Spell

One powerful practice is to purchase small, thin black candles — sufficient for you to perform your spell for the full duration of them burning. Carve words associated with money (cash, wealth, prosperity, rich, money, etc.) into the candles with a sewing needle. Incorporate the burning of a green candle (associated with money) along with your two black candles. As you say your prayer or intention, make sure that you inform the universe that the money will be used for good purposes. When your spirit and the spirits of the universe align, your spell will become that much more powerful. The effects will not be immediate. Give yourself time to let the universe do its work.

Practice these intentions daily, and you will see the results that you are invoking. Although money may not just fall from the sky, sometimes these spells will provide the opportunities that you need to acquire wealth. They can give you the power and energy to embark on new openings presented to you.


Use of Black Candles for Energy

Using a black candle during your ritual can beget some different outcomes. Regardless if you mean to draw on energy to promote more money or power in your prayers, black candles will be the tool that you must use to unite your purpose with the intentions of the universe.

Using a black candle is powerful because it will suck in the energy fields around you — both from yourself, your environment, and from the universe. That is why using them in prayer or spell-casting is so commonly practiced. It is said that using a black candle is sort of like developing a black hole in the energy field around you. The power of your thoughts and rituals will become more effective.

Focusing on the meaning and intent of drawing in all energies to your favor requires the use of these objects. The black candle will be your outlet, or door, into the section of universal energy that you are attempting to tap into. You are the only one who has the power to tap into this, the moment that you light the candle.

The outcome will not be based on the candle itself, but rather the powerful intent that you put behind it. If you focus on the negative, the results will be negative. However, if you use a black candle to clear the negative energies away, you will have the positive outcomes that you seek. Allowing for the energies of the universe to connect with you, resides in how clear your spiritual state and space are. If you are harboring negative energies that are prohibiting the spirits that will act on your behalf to connect with you, your spell will fail. Regardless of the spell that you are attempting to cast, you must take the time to clear your energy field to allow the power of a black candle to occur.


Using Black Candles Safely

There are two types of safety that we are talking about: physical and spiritual. When using a black candle for magic, you must exercise caution. Many times, individuals will enter into a trance-like state. You may not intend for this to happen, but it does — and often.

When lighting any candles on your altar. Do not leave them unattended. Set a timer if you need to, to pull yourself out of a trance state so that you do not leave the black candle burning to the point of danger. Make sure, on your altar, that there are no flammable elements that will combust during your ritual or practices.

Another element of safety that you have to be extremely cautious with when using a black candle is spiritual safety. There is a strong meaning behind the use of these objects. You may be meaning to do positive works in the universe for others, but your soulful intention may alter the meaning. Make sure that you are spiritually sound when you are casting your meaning into the universe. Although we may have good intentions consciously, our subconscious can change that meaning, and you may be harming yourself or others instead of what you intend.



Using a black candle in your spell-casting or prayers can be powerful. If you use these elements, you mean to take all energies within yourself and the universe to make an outcome come to fruition. This means to devote all of what you are and the universal spirits can provide to gain power, money, or prayer. If you are meaning to help yourself or others, using a black candle in your rituals will open a gateway to untapped spirits that can work in your favor. Do remember to be spiritually cleansed and mentally strong before your spell-casting to get the best outcomes from the black candles safely.

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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

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