:dressed_candle: Weekly Witchy CHALLENGE - Anointing Candles

Merry meet!

Thank you once again to everyone who joined in for last week’s Weekly Witchy Challenge - Witch Fashion :witch_hat:

Although the magickal fashion show has closed its curtains, we’re dressing up something else this week- for fans of candle magick, get ready to light up! :candle::blush:

The theme for this week’s challenge is…

Anointing Dressing Candles Spellwork Witch Challenge

:dressed_candle: :sparkles: Anointing Candles :herb: :diya_lamp:

The process of dressing a candle (also called “anointing”) is the process of mindfully preparing a candle for use in magickal workings. Although optional, it adds additional benefits, associations, and enhancements to the candle, further assisting with the spell and helping a witch guide their intention to success.

Dressing Your Candle

Candles can be purified and consecrated before their use in a ritual for any magical purpose. By anointing the candles we are charging them with our intentions and willpower. This is also done to eliminate all residual energies from any person who handled the candles before you bought them.

Spells8: Candle Magic 101

While dressing a candle often involves preparing a special oil beforehand, the process can be as simple as simply charging a candle with your intention prior to the spell. This extra step requires no additional tools- just a little bit of time and intention to give your spell a powerful boost! :raised_hands:

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This week’s challenge is all about anointing/dressing candles - but as always, how you do so is up to you!

So are you ready? Because it’s…



@sue’s Anointed Candles

STEP 1 : Dress That Candle! :candle:

This challenge is about candle anointment- but how you choose to take on this theme is up to you!

Still not sure where to begin? To help you get started, here are a few ways in which a witch might approach this challenge.

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Candle Anointing Oils :jar:

A common method of anointing candles is by preparing a special oil with which to coat your candle. Dressing oil recipes are abundant- find one that suits your needs, or get creative and craft a custom dressing oil unique to your spell :sparkles:

Watch Along: How to Dress A Candle

Goddess Anointing Oil

Anointing Love Oil

Prosperity Anointing Oil

How to Create Your Own Magickal Spell Oil

Discussions about candle dressing:

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Dressings with Herbs, Flowers & Spices :hibiscus:

No time to make an oil? No worries! Both dry and fresh natural ingredients can be coated on your candle to add their magickal benefits. Before adding a particular herb, spice, or flower, look into some Green Witchcraft and find the unique magickal properties of the material you want to use.

For safety reasons, dry materials often do not go on the candle itself- you can include them in the spellwork by spreading them around the base of the candle!

Witch Plants: Herbs Every Witch Should Know

Herbs & Spices for Protective Spellwork

Discussions about using herbs to dress candles:

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Candle Carving :writing_hand:

No additional ingredients required! One form of prepping your candle involves carving into the wax before burning. You might carve the name of the spell recipient, your clear wish or intention, or symbols/sigils that are meaningful to you.

10 Magickal Witchcraft Symbols

Good Luck Sigil

The Symbol “X”: Meaning and Powers

Runes: The Sacred Alphabet

For additional sigil and symbol ideas to carve into your candle, check out the entries shared by the Coven in the previous Sigils & Symbols Challenge :pentagram:

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… And More! :raised_hands:

The suggestions above are just a few ideas to help kickstart your creativity- if you feel called to explore witchy fashion in another way, please feel free to do so! :blush:

For additional inspiration, consider revisiting entries shared by fellow Coven members in the previous candle challenges:

:diya_lamp: Candle Magick: Light 'Em Up!
:candle: Of Candles And Flame

As always, all witches are encouraged to embrace their own unique practice with how they explore the challenge theme :star2:

:grey_exclamation: A friendly reminder to avoid overdressing a candle as this can be a fire hazard. When practicing with candles, it is always smart to keep Fire Magick Safety in mind! :fire:

@Silverbear’s Morning Meditation Candle

STEP 2 : Share Your Experience :writing_hand:

Click here for a note about challenge inclusivity

Everyone is welcome to join the challenge by practicing magick in line with the current theme. For lurkers and those who don’t feel comfortable sharing, it is absolutely okay to follow along with the challenge but keep your entry personal. Feel free to join in spirit and do what feels most comfortable for you! :blush:

That being said, please know that if you would like to receive a prize and a public shout-out, it is required that you share your experience.

Getting Your Credit :white_check_mark:

In order for your entry to be counted, all you have to do is write/share about your experience and label it as your challenge entry. There is a lot of chatting here (which is awesome- chatting and discussion are very welcome!) so please clearly write that it is your entry so I know to count it! :pray:

Where Should I Share My Entry? :thinking:

Click here to learn where to share your challenge entry

You are welcome to post it right here- just click “reply” :repeat: to this post and write your experience in the text box that pops up!

Alternatively, you could create a new post in the forum (this is good for when you have a lot to share and/or would like to discuss aspects of your entry not related to the current theme)

Note : If you do choose to create a new thread, please add the “challenge-entry” tag and/or add a hyperlink back to this post so that it can be easily found- thank you! :bowing_woman:

Deadline :spiral_calendar:

:exclamation: This challenge will close in 6 DAYS :exclamation:

To join in, please share your experience by:

Tuesday, July 11 at 7:00 AM EDT (Eastern US Time)

(Note that the time zone is EDT- if you don’t see your time displayed above, you can use this time zone calculator to check for your time zone!)

Prizes :gift:

For their efforts, all participants will receive a special shout-out and a small prize! :gift:

Acknowledgments will be given in a Props and Presents Post that will appear in the forums on Tuesday.

After the challenge closes, you are still very welcome to post but please be aware that no additional prizes will be given. This discussion will remain open for about a week after the challenge finishes.

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@rachel21’s Dressed Candle

A warm reminder that the challenges are designed to be very open- everyone is encouraged to participate in a way that honors and reflects their unique practice :open_book:

If you have any doubts about if something is acceptable to post or say, please double-check with the Forum FAQ and/or reach out to your friendly Moderator Team.

And for those new to challenges- welcome! :heart: Know that the goal of these activities is to help you further diversify and strengthen your abilities and to bring together the Spells8 forum family to inspire and support one another in creative ways :hugs:

@Mistella’s Herbal Candle Anointing Oil

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Take your candle and hold it close
Focus on what it is you want most.
In your hands and by your heart-
Your dressed candle is ready to start.

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Blessed Be! :dressed_candle: :sparkles:


Oh I know exactly what candle I’m going to do, be putting of doing it all week, but this is the push I need. :sparkling_heart:


Yay!!! Candle magic is my favorite! :dressed_candle:


I anoint my candles all the time! I’ve been wanting to try to dress a candle with herbs, but I’ve been hesitant because I’m afraid they’ll catch on fire.
I’ll have to see which herbs and which colored candle I want to use.


I’m leaving for vacation from tomorrow morning and won’t be home until very late Monday night so I need to get this done TODAY! I’ll do a travel protection candle to bring with me on my travels. YAY!


Ooo… I have a protection thing I’m going to do with my bracelets & I anoint my candles, bracelets, & myself! Woo hoo! Perfect timing for this one! :smiling_face_with_three_hearts:


Have a great holiday :sparkling_heart:


I decided to use this challenge to make my first Loki candle.
First I worked on a bind rune using the runes for Loki name.
Then as I carved them into the orange candle , we had a little chat.
I lit the candle, and offered a small prayer anointing it to him.
I then asked what he thought, and pulled 2 runes.
First was H (hagalaz) meaning: disruption, testing, controlled crisis. This made me laugh out loud.:joy:
Second was (Dagalaz) meaning awakening, awareness, enlightenment.
This was a serene ritual with a touch of humour. :sparkling_heart:
I noticed that the candle has a ray of light, like a straight line up to the sky. Surreal.

I left him a strong coffee, as I understand he likes coffee.
Happy days. :sparkling_heart:


Wow @tracyS this is fantastic! I read some of your Loki post on an earlier thread but wasn’t able to sink my teeth into it yet. I have yet to be able to connect with Loki in a good way. I have a few stories I can share at some point with you on that note!

Your challenge is well executed and looked to be very successful, I love it! Thank you for sharing it - :coffee: :palms_up_together: :dressed_candle:


Ooh, so many possibilities!


Hmm… how did you know I just created two special candles on the Full Moon…? :thinking: :laughing:

I think, for this challenge, I want to experiment with Dill. I know we have a course on it, so I’ll start there. Then, I think I’ll craft a candle spell using what I learn about dill! I’ve always loved the way it smells, but I don’t think I’ve ever used it in a spell before!

@tracyS – That looks like a great ritual for Loki. I’m glad you did it and that it seems like a success!


Weekly Witchy CHALLENGE #152 - Anointing/Dressing Candles

I made a travel candle for protection. I will light it tomorrow morning when I do my morning meditation, then cap it and bring it with me and use it each morning I’m gone for my meditation. I used a candle in a tin jar for this purpose since I’m traveling.

I started with one of my premade soy wax bases that I had already infused with sandalwood EO.

I then put frankincense (1 drop), rosemary (2 drops) and cypress (3 drops) EO’s on the wax base.

Then I crushed up rosemary leaves, cypress wood bits, and sprinkled a bit of paprika to boost the overall spell.

Below are the correspondences:
Sandalwood - calming, relaxation, peace
Frankincense - shielding against negative
Rosemary - protection, strength, invigoration
Cypress - healing, protection, good luck
Paprika - boosts the spell


@tracyS Oh! I’m so happy you got to do the challenge & connect with Loki! It looks great & sounds as though it went well :hugs:

@MeganB I love :heart: the smell of Dill & I use it in a recipe I have for Pinwheels. I hope you learn a lot & are able to use it. I have used it in spellwork before, but I’ll be quiet until you learn about it & use it :face_with_hand_over_mouth:

@jan_TheGreenWitch oh safe travels! I bet that smells lovely too :heart_eyes: I hope the candle works well for you!


Challenge Entry
Anointing candles was the very first thing I done when I started practicing and I’ve done it so much now it’s just one of my go to things when doing any spell work now! This week I done a prosperity oil and anointed my candle with that(I didn’t get a picture)
These are the candles that i anointed for home blessing ritual


Very pretty @brandy20 - I love the herbs!!


@brandy20 you do such a great job with your candles :dressed_candle: They always look so good when you show them :smiling_face_with_three_hearts:


Oh fun, I don’t use candles a whole lot mostly because of time and cats. The lack of time and the peskiness of cats nosing around :laughing: But now that I’m down to one cat and he’s not at all a lap cat, I may be able to try this one safely! :dressed_candle: :candle: :diya_lamp:


@jan_TheGreenWitch Thankyou. I’d love to hear your stories with Loki. :sparkling_heart: Your travel candle is lovely, very pretty. Wishing you every blessing on your holiday, and good travels :sparkling_heart:
@MeganB Thankyou. It was a lovely evening. Looking forward to seeing your candles. :sparkling_heart:
@Susurrus Thankyou. This was fun and Loki showed his humour throughout the ritual. When I blew out the candle, a little bit of the wax jumped of and I burnt my finger, nothing serious :joy: but hey ho, I thought he can’t resist a little laugh here and there. :sparkling_heart:
@brandy20 Your candle is gorgeous, I love all the different colours, its so pretty. The display photo is lovely. Very peaceful.:sparkling_heart:


I would like to do this, but I’ll have to think about it :thinking:

Here’s what the voice inside my head tells me…

I can only use unscented candles because I don’t like artificial fragrances added to the ones in the store. I have asthma and like to breathe, so no added herbs to burn and I never burn essential oils because it destroys the therapeutic healing qualities of the oil!

:rofl: Ok, I’m done overthinking now! Yessss!!! I know I have issues :roll_eyes:

I’m ready now… I can do this challenge! :candle:

Overthink much? Well yes… my intention with this post is to make fun of my Fearful Overthinking Process! When I am aware of my overthinking, I can change it!

No offense intended to anyone!


@marsha I don’t know if it’s overthinking really, more of a things to be aware of for the challenge before beginning! I know you’ll find the best way to go about this. I don’t tend to dress scented candles either. The scented candles I do have are created using essential oils mixed with the wax when the candles are made. I don’t know if that helps any. I hope I didn’t make it more complicated either. :people_hugging: