If your candle goes out, it may be telling you to try again on another night when you can concentrate a little more. Do not use the same candle again. Dispose of it.
The same is true if the candle breaks or is broken. Try again but do not use the same one again.
Black soot can mean that negativity or barriers are burning away.
If the flame is very high or hot the power that you are calling forth is moving to manifest your desire. Although you may wish to take extra care this is actually a good indication that what you desire will come true.
If the flame is weak this could mean that the subject is loosing the battle. This can also show that you are facing strong opposition and your magick may have to be repeated to be achieved.
If the candle burns very slowly or almost goes out the task may require a slow and careful process. There could be numerous obstacles to overcome and the candle is labouring with all its might. It may also be indicating that you need to reassess the way you are thinking about your request.
If the flame flickers perhaps there is some vacillation in the progress or even in your own mind.
If the candle burns out very quickly the task could have needed fast energy. It could have consumed the offered energy as rapidly as it was manufactured. On the other hand, it could have burnt quickly because the goal was straightforward and easy.
If the flame jumps repeatedly this can indicate bursts of energy being transmitted. Raw emotions or chaotic energies could be at work or perhaps even an argument could be taking place about your desire.
If your flame is composed of various colours, the salamander is communicating with respect to the colour codes. What this means is that the energies being produced are so strong that the corresponding color on the spectrum is manifesting in the flame.
At times you will hear crackling sounds as the candles are burning. This is taken to indicate that the elemental spirit is pleading your case. The stronger the crackling sound, the stronger the opposition is against you.
Movement of smoke:If the smoke wafts towards you, then your prayer is acknowledged.
If the smoke blows in the direction away from you, it is a definite sign that you still need perseverance in order to obtain your desire. If the smoke turns toward your right, then you will need to use a bit of patience, success will come through using your head. If the smoke blows toward your left, then you are becoming too emotionally involved with the situation you are praying for and in danger of subconsciously sabotaging your own prayer so that it will not be answered.
Northern Movement - Something physical is manifesting. You will have to work for what you wish to achieve. Eastern Movement - Something mental is manifesting. Think things threw and have patience in situations. Southern Movement - Something intense and short-lived is manifesting. Success comes rapidly and with intensity. Western Movement - The manifestation of strong Magic intervention. The issue is too emotional. You are too involved - step away for a time. Clear your thoughts.
Holders or Glass:If the glass breaks, it can indicate, depending on the situation, that someone is working against you because the pressure is on. On the other hand, if the work you are doing is an uncrossing or jinx removing and the glass breaks, then the evil that is against you is broken.
If the glass containing the candle remains clear as it burns, your prayer will be granted in spite of any opposition.
If the glass begins to turn black at the top but is clearing up on the bottom, it is a sign that you have someone working against you. The darker it turns, the stronger the opposition. This does not mean your prayer will not be answered. Don't jinx yourself with negative thinking here; your prayer can still be answered with perseverance.
If the glass burns black all the way down to the bottom, you have some serious obstacles blocking your prayer from coming into reality. You need to do some uncrossing lights on yourself, and take some spiritual baths to remove negativity and the jinxed condition. You are a victim of black magick.