What to do with used candles?

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What to do with used candles?

Postby Selene » Tue Dec 31, 2013 11:11 am

When you use a candle in a ritual, what do you do with it afterward?

Is it possible to cleanse the candle and re-use it?

If not, how does one dispose of it properly?

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Re: What to do with used candles?

Postby mark0987 » Tue Dec 31, 2013 2:28 pm


During my Pagan days I used to bury them, you could wrap it in silk and use it for a ritual of the same purpose. I would imagine a banishing ritual with the item uncovered would be fine, I believe in recycling.

I would be interested in other people's thoughts on the matter. My Pagan friend always used to give the advice do what feels right for you.
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Re: What to do with used candles?

Postby Jim Eshelman » Tue Dec 31, 2013 3:06 pm


Charged? "Dressed?" Dedicated magically to a particular use? Dispose of them in some special way. (But usually that just means let them burn all the way through!)

Not charged, just happened to be used in a ritual for light, flame, vital force? Just throw them away. They're just candles. Nothing more distinctive about them than the air you were breathing during the ritual.

Very special occasion (such as an important initiation)? Save them and melt them down later to make a pantacle etc.
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