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The earliest form of Bride and Groom candle, which is the kind we use at the Lucky Mojo Curio Company, is modelled after the old-fashioned wedding cake toppers of the past, which were originaly cast out of sugar-paste and later out of chalkware and plastic. In the 197s0s, new models of "couple" candles were designed from scratch that had a taller shape to them, almost like decorative pillar candles -- but these lacked the special features that make the old-fashioned Bride and Groom candle so useful in the practice of conjure magic -- namely, the fact that the Bride and the Groom each have a wick that is lit and that carries a separate flame.
Why is this important? Because rootwork practitioners generally wish to observe the burning of the Bride and Groom and, using well-known principles of candle wax divination, we can not only perform a spell of folk magic, but -- based on how the two figures burn with respect to one another -- we can see how our spell work is going, and get an idea of whether it will succeed.
The colour symbolism of these 3 1/2" tall, realistically modelled magical candles is as follows:
white for attracting a new or unknown lover or sanctifying a marriage.
pink for encouraging the beginnings of roamntic love, or for reconcilaition after a quarrel.
red to arouse passion in one's love, to restore nature.
blue for peacefulness, fidelity, and a happy home.
black to wreak sexual vengeance on both parties of a married couple.
Before being lit, the candle is carved with the names of the intended targets, using a needle or pin to write the names in the wax, along with one's wishes. It may be placed on a name-paper or other item linking the work to the target individual. It is dressed with an appropriate dressing oil, such as Come To Me or Love Me or Follow Me Boy or Kiss Me Now! or Marriage or Reconciliation.
There are many spells in which the Bride and Groom candle is employed. Probably the most popular is its use as a "starter candle" for a run of small 4" offertory lights to be set on a honey jar.
At the beginning of the 21st century, the legalization of same-sex marriages in many parts of the world have led to the introduction of Bride and Bride (Lesbian Marriage) Candles and Groom and Groom (Gay Marriage) Candles. These can be used exactly the same way as the Bride and Groom Candles, of course.
Here is a well-known spell in which you will employ a series of three Bride and Groom candles to draw a lover close ... closer ... closest to you.
This is a 9-day love spell that uses three candles -- white, pink, and red -- to successively attract someone, then induce romantic feelings in them, and finally engender passion. Here's what you will need:
1 White "Bride and Groom" candle or other white figural couple candleYou can also use three different oils (one for each candle) or make up a mixture from any or all of the oils.
1 Pink "Bride and Groom" candle or other pink figural couple candle
1 Red "Bride and Groom" candle or other red figural couple candle
a nail or needle to carve the candles
a saucer for the candles
a basin for water
three pieces of paper
a black ink pen
a red ink pen.
1 bottle of herb-based Love-Drawing Dressing Oil, such asLove Me (general purpose lover's oil)
Follow Me Boy (used especially for female domination)
Come To Me (to draw someone closer)
Kiss Me Now! (for sex without partnership commitment)
Attraction (general attraction for love, money, friendship)
Look Me Over (used to draw sexual attention to oneself)
Lavender Love Drops (for gay or lesbian relationships)
Before dawn on the first day, bathe in pure water to which you have added three drops of one or more of the oils named above. Pour the water over your head 9 times as you say, "Spirit of Love, i do this work for love and love only, that i may be loved by [name] as i myself love [him or her]. Amen." Rub upward only as you bathe and dry yourself in the air only. Collect a basin of the used bath water, which now has your essence in it. Dress in fresh clothes, carry the basin of bath-water to a crossroads and throw the water over your left shoulder toward the sunrise. Walk back home and don't look back. You are now ready to start the work.
On the 1st day, start at Sun-up. Take the first paper and write on it your full name and the one you love's full name in pencil, all in one stroke, without lifting the pencil from the paper, so that the two names form a circle and the end is joined to the beginning. Carve the full name of the person you love on the gender-appropriate side of the White Candle. Carve your full name on the other side and dress the candle with the love oil. Next, name the two sides of the candle, saying, "Spirit of Love, i name this woman [or man] [your full name] and this man [or woman] [name of lover]. As is done to this candle, may it be done to our thoughts." Place the name-paper under the candle, then dress the candle with your saliva, saying, "[Name of lover], love me as i love you. Desire me as i desire you. Come to me as i come to you. By my loving speech and tongue, be mine as i am yours." Light both wicks of the candle as you say this prayer: "Spirit of Pure Love, i burn this candle in pure love's name that i may be loved by [name] as i myself love [him or her] and that [name] will burn for my love as i burn for [his or hers]. Let our thoughts be one. Amen." Let the candle burn about 1/3 of the way, then pinch it out.
On the 2nd day, again burn the white candle at Dawn, and say the "Pure Love" candle-lighting prayer. Burn it until it is about 2/3 gone.
On the 3rd day, again light it at Dawn, say the "Pure Love" candle lighting prayer, and let it burn until it goes out, even all the way to burning the paper with your names on it.
On the 4th day, start at Noon. Write both of your names on the 2nd paper as before, but this time use black ink. Carve and dress the Pink Candle as before and name the two sides as before, saying: "Spirit of Love, i name this woman [or man] [your full name] and this man [or woman] [name of lover]. As is done to this candle, may it be done to our hearts." Then place the candle against your bare body, between your breasts if you are a woman, or at heart-level if you are a man, saying, "[Name of lover], love me as i love you. Desire me as i desire you. Come to me as i come to you. By the link between my heart and yours, be mine as i am yours." Light both wicks of the candle as you say this prayer: "Spirit of Romantic Love, i burn this candle in romantic love's name that i may be loved by [name] as i myself love [him or her] and that [name] will burn for my love as i burn for [his or hers]. Let our hearts be one. Amen." Let the candle burn about 1/3 of the way, then pinch it out.
On the 5th day, again burn the pink candle at Noon, and say the "Romantic Love" candle-lighting prayer. Burn it until it is about 2/3 gone.
On the 6th day, again light it at Noon, say the "Romantic Love" candle-lighting prayer, and let it burn until it goes out, even all the way to burning the paper with your names on it.
On the 7th day, start at Sun-down. Write both of your names on the 3rd paper as before, but this time use red ink. Dress the Red Candle. with oil as before and name the two sides, saying: "Spirit of Love, i name this woman [or man] [your full name] and this man [or woman] [name of lover]. As is done to this candle, may it be done to our bodies." Then, if you are a woman, dress the candle with menstrual blood or sexual fluid; if a man, dress it with semen, saying, "[Name of lover], love me as i love you. Desire me as i desire you. Come to me as i come to you. By the nectar of my body, be mine as i am yours." Light both wicks of the candle as you say this prayer: "Spirit of Passionate Love, i burn this candle in passionate love's name that i may be loved by [name] as i myself love [him or her] and that [name] will burn for my love as i burn for [his or hers]. Let our bodies be one. Amen."
On the 8th day, again burn the red candle at Sunset, and say the "Passionate Love" candle-lighting prayer. Burn it until it is about 2/3 gone.
On the 9th day, again light it at Sunset, say the "Passionate Love" candle-lighting prayer, and let it burn until it goes out, even all the way to burning the paper with your names on it. As the red candle burns to the end, again bathe in pure water to which you have added 3 drops of one or more of the oils named above. Pour the water over your head 9 times as you say, "Spirit of Love, i have done this work for love and love only, that i may be loved by [name] as i myself love [him or her]. My love is mine! Amen!" Set aside a basin of the bath-water.
The next morning, sprinkle some of the bath water at your loved one's door step to mark it and then sprinkle as you walk to your door and mark it also. When you go to see the one you love, wear one of the love oils. If you write to him, dress the letter with love oil.
Wrap up any left-over candle wax in a red cloth. Secure it with red
thread, tie it, and bury it in your back yard.
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