How to Manifest Your Desire Using Candle Magic

Candle Magic for Manifestation

Over the years, I’ve done a lot of manifesting with candles using candle magic rituals. Intention candles (also known as manifestation candles) can help you manifest a desire or set an intention. They can be quite powerful if done right. You can also use candles in your meditations to help you focus on a certain aspect you’re looking to shift.

I will let you know that in my experience, when you’re doing candle magic or burning candles with an intention, sometimes things don’t go exactly as you intended. Sometimes the Universe has bigger things in mind for you. Sometimes it needs to move some things out of your way.

Candle Magic for Manifestation

I remember once when I was feeling very stuck, I lit a Road Opener candle with the intention of unblocking my path and shortly thereafter split up with an entire group of friends. Apparently, that’s what the Universe thought was best for my highest good. So it is.

I say this not to scare you off, but so that you’re prepared for the extraordinary. Anytime you work with magic or manifestation, you’re attempting to channel your guides and the divine (however you define this). They see everything and are simply helping you to reach that next level, but sometimes they have to take the trash out first.

Think back to a time when your parents cleaned your room and threw out a bunch of stuff you thought you needed. They didn’t understand why you were so upset. They thought they were just getting rid of the clutter. This is the same concept, just on a higher level.

Ok, now that you’re ready, here’s how to perform basic candle magic and use candles to manifest your desire.

Candle Magic for Manifestation - Altar

How to Use A Manifestation Candle

1. Use the Right Candle Color for Your Intention

Candles are magical tools that work with the Fire element and Will energy. At the end of the day, the color doesn’t really matter.

But, each candle color has a meaning, a day, a planet, and a spiritual entity associated with it. Keeping this in mind as you meditate or do your magical workings can help you stay focused on your intention.

  • White: healing, truth, divination, peace, protection
  • Pink: love, self-love, romance, reconciliation
  • Red: lust, courage, willpower, determination, strength
  • Orange: quick action, joy, play, confidence
  • Yellow: charm, persuasion, overcoming mental blocks, new ideas, confidence
  • Green: success, abundance, money, good luck
  • Blue: truth, wisdom, justice, healing, loyalty
  • Purple: psychic manifestations, astral travel, meditation, spirituality
  • Black: protection, banishing, cutting cords, removing negativity
  • Brown: grounding, lost objects, concentration
  • Grey: balancing, neutralizing negativity, protection
  • Gold: wealth, bold manifesting, prosperity
  • Silver: moon or goddess energy, stability, intuition

Candle Color Meanings

Check the Moon Phase

Why does the moon phase matter? Because depending on what the moon is doing, its energies might be working with or against your intention.

I prefer to set candle intentions at the new or the full moon if possible. New Moons are best for setting intentions if you want to bring something in. Full moons are best for letting things go and for giving gratitude for your new moon intentions.

Candle Magic for Manifestation - Moon Phases
What About Eclipses?

I generally avoid doing magic or setting manifestations during eclipses. Eclipses are said to be three times as powerful as your everyday full moon and candles tend to work quickly anyway.

If you’re ready to bring in something or let something go, an eclipse might do this already without you “helping” it along. If it doesn’t, wait until the next moon phase you need and do your candle manifestation then.

3. Dress Your Candle

Some manifestation or magic candles come dressed with oils, herbs, or carvings. If yours did not, dressing your candle can help intensify your intention. Use herbs or oils associated with your intention. For instance, if you’re doing a love spell, you could rub a pink candle with rose oil and sprinkle fresh rosemary on top. For a great guide to these herbs and oils, check out The Guide to Magickal Herbs.

Candle Magic for Manifestation - Lighting Candle Ritual

4. Light Your Candle

Pick a spot in your home where the candle can safely burn undisturbed for hours. Ideally, this is somewhere you can monitor it. It’s not good to leave candles burning where you can’t see them or when you’re sleeping.

I prefer to turn off the lights and shut out any distractions for the next part.

Focus or meditate hard on your intention for a few moments. Really get your desire clear in your mind’s eye.

Now, step forward and light the candle, speaking your desire out loud. Ask the Universe for what you want and be extremely clear about it. Mean what you say. Remember, this is what you want to will into being. Each word matters and now is not the time to waffle. You can say a simple sentence or you can speak to the Universe for a few minutes. When you are done, say thank you and close the intention or spell with the words that are right for your beliefs.

Candle Magic for Manifestation - Meditation

5. Be Patient

Now that you’ve set your manifestation, you must surrender the outcome to the higher powers. Don’t go back and adjust it. Don’t redo the spell. Trust that the Universe and your guides heard you will make whatever shifts need to happen. If there is internal work you feel would be helpful to do while the candle magic is happening, you can absolutely do that.

Answers to Few Common Questions About Manifesting with Candles

What if I can’t find the right candle color?
The candle color can help you focus, but it’s not essential. If you can’t find the color associated with your desire, use a white candle.

Should I leave the candle burning if I’m asleep or not home?
Nope. Do not leave a candle burning if you can’t watch it. Don’t blow it out, though. Place something heat-proof over it so it naturally goes out. A plate or a ceramic coaster could work.

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  3. Hi what do you do with left over wax after your ritual. I placed my candle in a steal tray as the candle was thick and I don’t wsntvit to become messy on my dresser.

    Do i just put in the bin? Thanks

  4. What if i thought tonight was the full moon I put my manifesting in motion and I am currently burning my candle? The full moon is in 2 days should I try again on the full moon? Or is it already in motion?

  5. It’s was my first time Burning a candle I am manifesting in my goals with a green candle. When I woke up the candle was there Burning and I blow it out because I was sleep and thought it was burning up.But when it sit and turn from black to brown what does that mean

  6. If your candle doesn’t burn down completely the first day, do you continue to restate your original intention each day after when you relight it?

    1. Typically No! If the candle goes out on its OWN that means that the decision for particular intent has already been decided. Once the candle goes out on its own, that means that the work is done and the decision has been made. If you snuffed the candle out for a reason then Yes you can relight after re-stating your intention.
      SIDE NOTE: Once you use a candle for a specific intent, you cannot/should not use it again for anything! Throw it out and wait for your results.

    2. The full moon energy start 2 days before full moon and 2 days after, so your good to go. Also gaze into the melted wax and read the message from this magick.. what do you see

      1. Everything the candle magick is doing is all a message, keep notes. Does the fire burn strong and unmoving, is it a tiny flame, is it a wild flame? If in glass is there blackness (sut) means burning neg. away (you magick is working hard)

        Its up to you to interpret your magick… stay out of fear and read from a meditative state. Sometime clarity comes later from messages during the day.. have fun

  7. My candle burned down to nothing. Does this mean i need to buy another and continue our is the spell done? Little help and guidance is much appreciated!

  8. can i use 4 diff colored candles when setting my intentions (white, yellow, orange and green) or do i have to stick to one color each time i set my intention? also, can i set more than one intention at once? (hence why i want to use diff colors)

    thanks in advance! 🙂

  9. I have tried doing candle magic in the past. Nothing ever happened. My belief in magic had gone and suddenly i got your email.
    I am taking that as sign that i should try again. Maybe i will succeed with your help and guidance.
    With hope,
    From Michele

    1. Believe what you speak, no matter what, get joyful about it, speak and show gratitude, also offer ancestor money for ur ancestors, just feel happy as it has already arrived. I hope this will help you, much peace, joy and happiness to you!

  10. Thank you so much I have been doing things I was taught from my mother and few other people pretty much long as I can remember but onley bits and pieces fillings in the rest on my own you have filled in lot’s of those pieces thank you

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