A BASIC CANDLE BURNING RITUAL From: Doreen Valiente's Natural Magic Best: Do last thing at night then go to bed with the thought that the ritual will succeed. Select a candle of an appropriate colour. The candle should be new and never used for any other purpose. Anoint the candle to impress your thoughts on it and to consecrate it to your purpose. Before starting get clear on what you wish, then write your wish on new paper. Put this paper under the candle holder. Lower or turn off other lights. Rub the anointing oil on your fingers and gently rub it onto the candle. Light the candle and sit in quiet concentration upon your wish. Above all visualize the thing you want. Use the burning candle as a focus of concentration. When you feel that you have concentrated for long enough take the paper and burn it in the flame of the candle, with the thought that you are now projecting your wish into the beyond to find fulfilment. Say this invocation ..... Invocation: Candle shining in the night With your flame enchanted, By the powers of magic might May my wish be granted. When the candle sheds its gleam At the mystic hour, Let fulfilment of my dream Gather secret power. Flame of magic, brightly burn, Spirit of the fire. Let the wheel of fortune turn, Grant me my desire. One, two, three - so mote it be! Allow the candle to burn itself out.