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Long has mankind used fire for protection, survival and religious devotion. In 1942, Henri Gamache published The Master Book of Candle Burning which introduced "The Philosophy of Fire" to the rootwork community. Candles have long been a part of religious and magical practice. Historically, the most common type of candle used in Hoodoo was the white utility candle. With the introduction by Henri Gamache, conjure doctors began to make use of both colored candles and figural candles.
Candles are used for prayer, magical spell casting and wax divination. The candle colors became an important part of the practice. Today, the community of Hoodoo doctors recognize a standard set of colors for different kinds of work. This is the same list published by Henri Gamache in 1942.
Types of Candles
How Candles are used in Conjure Practices
Setting Lights - When you set lights for yourself or hire a rootworker to set lights for you, the candle is anointed with Hoodoo ritual oils and dressed with herbs and/or sachet powders. Candles of all types are used to "set lights" in the Hoodoo Tradition. Today, vigil candles are most commonly used as they burn for a long time and are safer as they are enclosed in glass. Standard offertory and jumbo candles may also be used for work requiring a faster harder burn.
Moving Candle Spells - Henri Gamache published The Master Book of Candle Burning where he documented the process of performing a moving candle spell. Moving candle spells are characterized by the process of "moving" the candle towards or away from the other candles to draw or send away the people or conditions in the work.
Other Spellwork - There is a wide range of what is considered spellwork in Conjure practices. For the most part spell work assumes a series of actions in addition to candle work and is done over a course of days. Most spell workings include lighting candles; for power, for prayer, and for the condition, such as love, money, lucky, uncrossing, cursing, success, etc.
Sealing Container Spells - Honey Jars, Hotfoot Jars, Sugar Boxes, Sweetening Spells, and Coffin Boxes are all forms of container spells that are traditionally sealed with a candle burned on top of the jar over a period of days. Candles may also be set while a rootworker is making a mojo bag, baby doll or other type of container spell.
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