The Spiritual Power of Candles

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Candles have been used since time immemorial for a variety of reasons from the practical, religious and ceremonial, to the decorative and romantic. In your prayers, spiritual healing and meditations—particularly in working with your aura and the Divine Light—candles play a powerful, supportive role. Candles have their own particular force field that is unequaled in conducting and redirecting spiritual energy that has gone astray.

There is a spiritual meaning of candle burning. On a practical level, candles help to set up a lovely, quiescent atmosphere most conducive for prayer, meditation, healing, and other activities of contemplation or communion with the Divine. No doubt, you have already experienced the power of candles to elevate a mundane moment to the hushed sublime of the sacred.

What is the spiritual meaning of candle colors? Candles represent different spiritual energies depending on the colored candle you use. Lighting candles during meditation is a wonderful way to support the meditative process. For example, in the auric field, the spiritual energy of love comes through in a beautiful deep rose-pink light. Lighting a pink candle and meditating with the deep rose-pink light can call in that spiritual power of love in your aura.  Or if you are looking to build more prosperity in your life, lighting a turquoise candle and meditating with the turquoise ray of abundance can help increase the spiritual power of prosperity in your aura.

It’s a good idea to have a collection of various colored candles as part of your meditation practice. Some of the candle colors and their meanings include:

  • GOLD – Strength, confidence, faith, and wisdom. (If gold-folded candles cannot be found, yellow can be used.)
  • PINK – Love, forgiveness, and compassion
  • POWDER BLUE – Creative inspiration
  • BRIGHT ORANGE – Motivation and enthusiasm
  • SAPPHIRE BLUE – Healing
  • PURPLE – Peace, serenity
  • YELLOW – Concentration, focus, wonderful to light when studying and learning new things.
  • EMERALD GREEN – Balance and harmony. Wonderful to us when there is friction and discord.
  • ORANGE and BLUE – In this combination, orange can be used for purification and the sapphire blue to regenerate and bring in new life force

A white candle can always be used if you cannot find the colored candle you need.

In addition to lighting candles during meditation, you can work with candles on their own. For example, if you feel enveloped by a strong fear or feel anxious, burning candles can help. First, reflect on what is causing your anxiety. Then burn three candles at the same time—powder blue, gold and bright orange candles to help disperse these emotions. When you first begin, burn the candles for two hours (in a safe place!). After the initial burning, relight the candles for ten minutes intermittently throughout the day or until you feel a lifting. If there is still difficulty, burn a powder blue candle for inspirations minutes before going to bed.

Lighting these candles with spiritual intentions alerts the divine that you are asking for help. It will create an atmosphere of energetic support. When one is worried, that energy is not only expressed in the auric field, it can permeate the surrounding environment which can inadvertently be picked up again, even after a meditation. Finally, burning candles can help you sustain the benefits of your meditation and keeps you from unintentionally reigniting internal patterns of worry all over again.

Safety first. Don’t leave candles unattended. Sometimes it’s good to burn them in a tray, sink or something that is nonflammable. If your work schedule does not allow you to light a candle for extended periods of time, do the candle exercise at a time when you are not so busy. Vacations, weekends, mornings or evenings are good times to work with candles.

It is great fun using candles and discovering their power in helping to transform situations in your life. You will find that adding candle work is a wonderful support system in your spiritual practice.

May light and love be with you always!

Barbara Y. Martin and Dimitri Moraitis


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