Anointing Small Candles

Oils are used a lot in candle magick. In fact, that’s probably the #1 way people use Quadrivium Oils (it’s not the only way you can use them, but probably the most obvious). A question that comes up a lot is “what kind of candles should I use with a ritual oil?” The instructions given on the website generally deal with taper candles, since that’s what most people have available. There’s lots of other different kinds of candles, though, and all of them can be used with our oils.
This is a tealight:


They’re tiny little candles. How are you supposed to anoint something so small with ritual oil? Actually, it’s easy. You get one of these:

And then you do this:
q-tip in bottle of oil

And then you do this:

appying oil to the tealight

For something that you’re trying to bring to you – luck, money, love, etc. – apply the oil in a clockwise direction. If you’re trying to get rid of something – a bad habit, a neighbor, emotional baggage – then you’d apply the oil in a counter-clockwise direction.

Your tealight will end up looking about like this:

oil on tealight

The key is not to put too much oil on. Just one rotation with the oil-dipped q-tip and you should have enough applied for your purposes. You’ve now anointed your candle with ritual oil – and if you stick to tealights, a 2 dram bottle is going to last a long time.

Another form of small candle that’s available in craft stores and other places is called a “party light,” for reasons I don’t understand. They’re little glass-encased candles that are taller and skinnier than tealights, and they look like this:

party light

The anointing process for party lights is the same for tealights. Get your q-tip, dip it in the oil (after you’ve shaken the oil a few times to be sure everything is evenly mixed), and apply either clockwise or counterclockwise around the wick:
applying oil to a party light

Again, you don’t want to apply too much oil – small candles are easy to overwhelm and the flame ends up going out because the wick gets drowned in a mixture of liquid wax and oil. One slow circle with the q-tip should be enough.

There’s a lot of benefits to using small candles. They’re easier to supervise, they cost less, they take less time to burn, they’re readily available, they don’t require candle holders, and they burn down pretty fast. If you want to do your working in one shot, you’re better off using a tealight or a party light than sitting and patiently waiting for a 7″ taper to burn down and gutter out. Your oil will last a lot longer, too.

If you’ve never used anything but taper candles to do candle magick, give the smaller candles a try. You might be pleasantly surprised at how easy they are to work with.

3 thoughts on “Anointing Small Candles

  1. I pull the tealights out of their metal cases, annoint them starting on the bottom and then put them back in the metal. I like tapers and use them, but I mostly use tealights.

  2. I never thought of pulling them out of the metal containers – how hard is it? Do you do the sides too?

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