Glass encased “novena” candles are usually about 8″ tall and over 2″ wide. Most of the time, they are clear glass that is either plain and unadorned, or they have some sort of image(s) and/or words printed directly on the glass or on a label which is affixed to the glass.
The wax can be of any color or multiple, layered colors. The color chosen is very important and should be relevant for the nature of the work at hand. Novena is a word that means work. The choices are many, but a few examples are Pink for love, Red for sex, Green for money or issues of fertility, Purple for power, White for blessing, and the list goes on. You should consult an experienced practitioner who is in regular practice to see what color is right for you and your needs.
A plain candle can be used, but it’s better if it’s dressed. Dressing a 7 Day Candle is simple to do, the difficulty lies in knowing what to choose. Again, consult a qualified practitioner for which oils, herbs and the number of each to use.
The general rule is to use prime numbers, always 13 or less. With novenas, it’s best to keep that number small, 3 and 7 being the best. For severing or binding works, 3, 5 and 9 are good numbers. While 11 is prime, avoid it. It is a sacred number but set apart, not for general use, and thus unlucky. 11 is lucky in certain games of chance but otherwise, stay away from it. The number 13, while greatly feared by many, is a perfectly useful number that has just gained a bad reputation.
A sample formula for blessing work:
White 7 day candle
Use a piece of white paper ( 3-4″ square) to write your petition on. Always use clean paper that has never been used for anything else. You can also use a piece of brown paper, torn from a grocery sack. If so, I would choose a bag that had no other printing on it.
To dress the candle, you simply sprinkle in a tiny bit of the oils and herbs that you have chosen for the desired effect. Use only a few drops of oil, like 3 drops or 7 drops of each, at most.
You can take something thin, like a small screwdriver or a letter opener and make holes in the wax to let the oil and herbs seep down in, providing a steadier burn. This is recommended but not essential.
The steps to burning a 7 Day Candle are:
1) Write your name and what you want on the Petition Paper. Fold it in half, toward you for drawing in, or away for banishing things.
2) Tape the Petition Paper to the side of the candle. Place the candle over a picture of yourself or the person it’s designed to affect.
3) Place your power (writing) hand over the candle (closing it off) and hold the candle with your non-dominant hand.
4) Say a pertinent Psalm or prayer (if you so desire).
5) Speak to God (however you conceive of God) and state your need in terms of what you want, not what you don’t want.
6) Knock the candle on the altar 3 times.
7) Light the candle.
That’s it. Let it burn itself completely out. Should you need to put it out for any reason, DO NOT blow it out. Blowing a candle out ends a working. Use a candle snuffer or pinch out the flame. But it’s best with a 7 Day Candle to just let it burn.
Always observe fire safety. Keep away from children and pets. Put the candle on a surface where it is isolated, meaning away from anything flammable. Avoid curtains and other combustible items. If you need to leave the candle unattended, then put it in a bathtub or a sink, where it will not be bothered by anyone.
Be aware that sometimes the glass will crack and (worse case scenario), the glass may even explode. So, a sink or a tub or maybe in a fireplace with the screen pulled shut, these are some of the only “safe” places to leave a candle burning unattended. If you prefer, then simply pinch it out or snuff it (do not blow it out) and when you return, simply relight it, with intention. You can redo the prayers and knocking, or you may choose to skip it. But pick a method and stick with it. Consistency is the key.
Make note of how the candle burns. Does it burn clean and complete? Glass cracked? Soot anywhere? Did it explode? Did it go out and any point? (if so, relight it and pray over it). Herbs and resins stuck to the side? Anything the candle does can be interpreted as a sign. It’s important to make note of how your candle burns and contact me for an interpretation.
Once the candle has finished its burn, either bury the petition paper or store it somewhere safe. If you get what you asked for, you may destroy the paper via burning or burial. Recycle the glass jar.
It should be noted that while they are usually called “7 Day Candles”, they rarely if ever last that long. A short burn is about 4 days, a typical burn length is 5 days and a long burn is 6 days.
How long the candle burns matters as well. Short is usually good but can also mean that more work is needed than just that candle. It might be more spiritual work, it might be a sign that you are overlooking some aspect of the mundane world that you need to pay more attention to.
A long burn might indicate that the outcome will not be quick. The possible meanings depend on the various circumstance on a case by case basis. Consult an experienced practitioner, rather than assuming the candle divination by some cookie cutter rules.