The Magic of Smoke and Flame

I don’t write about spells or magic very often. Rarely, truth be told. I do practice these things though.

Every day it’s likely I have candles, incense or both burning. I light, I murmur incantations, I salute and I invoke.

I think that my words, my intent and energy will be carried by the smoke on the wind.

That wind will go places I never can, from the upper reaches of the atmosphere to the thin drafts under doorways.

It will whisper my wishes as it encircles the earth in breezes and tornadoes. In hurricanes and the rustling of new spring grass.

The things I work for will be gossiped about by trees and discussed by sagely nodding daffodils activated by the ever-moving air.

And the flame I kindle, the ember I blow to life, ignites a similar glow within me.

Call it superstition, call it a mental prop, or call it magic, it’s an integral daily part of my practice. Every day, in some way, I bring light, heat and smoke into being. When the Big Bang happened light, heat and particulate dust was created.

When I light incense, or even a candle, I recreate the moment of possibility. In that action something is begun that has vast potential. Something bursts forth that might sustain life.

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About Star Foster

Polytheistic Wiccan initiated into the Ravenwood tradition, she has many opinions. Some of them are actually useful.

  • Lady GreenFlame

    Great pic, did you take it?

  • Star Foster

    No, it’s from Wikimedia Commons.

  • P. Sufenas Virius Lupus

    Well then, Star, I know who to blame for the raging windstorm we’re having outside right now!  ;)

    It’s true, though–if the elements and physical things do not carry our prayers and our magic, even if it is merely the particles of air that are vibrated by the speaking of a prayer or spell formula, then they are useless…

  • Acquafortis

    I could really relate to your post! I am always with a candle or incense burning at home. And when I am out somewhere like hotels I always carry incense.

  • Christi Lopez

    Candle magic is my preferred method for everything.  I wrote the following daily prayer, which is said when I light my morning candle:

    “Lord and Lady, I thank you for the blessings you have bestowed upon me and my family…health and happiness, family and friends, food and shelter. May we continue to receive your blessings on this day. I honor and thank thee.”

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  • Anna Korn

    Do be careful, though- I know someone who set fire to her apt and nearly killed her kitty. If you leave candles burning, do it in a sink or tub, and don’t let pets near the candle.