Whereas Catholic religious practice presents us with the novena (nine-day) candle, in hoodoo, we see instead the seven-day candle, sometimes referred to by older practitioners as the "7-day vigil candle," due to its being burned for difficult cases or ongoing situations over the course of seven days, while one watches and waits for divinatory signs.
There are four types of 7-day candles used in hoodoo:
The candle divided by seven needles or pins:
I believe that this is the oldest form of the 7-day candle. To make one, take a regular offertory or jumbo-size candle and seven needles or pins. Poke the needles into the candle, dividing it into seven equal parts (the seventh needle or pin can go at the top or at the bottom, but no one i know ever uses SIX needles or pins to divide the candle into seven parts). Write your wish (or seven wishes) on a piece of paper. Turn the paper 90 degrees sideways and write your full name over the wish or wishes seven times, crossing and covering the previous writing with your name. Place the paper under the candle. Dress the candle with an appropriate oil. Burn it for seven nights, pinching it out (NOT blowing it out) each time a needle falls. Save the needles when they fall. When the last needle falls, stick the needles into the paper in the form of two X patterns surrounding one double-cross pattern (that has two lines crossing one upright line). Dispose of the ritual remains in an appropriate way : Bury the paper and any leftover wax under your doorstep if your intention is to draw something or someone to you. Throw the paper and wax away at a crossroads, in running water, or in a graveyard if the intention is to get rid of something or someone.
THE SEVEN KNOB CANDLE:
I have seen ads for these under the name "The Famous 7-Knob Wishing Candle" dating back at least to the 1930s; they might be older, but i do not know. They are mentioned favourably in Henri Gamache's "Master Book of Candle Burning" (written in 1942) and they are very popular in the African-American community, which seems to indicate that they are efficacious. Seven-knob candles generally come in four colours, with the usual symbolism implied (white for blessing or wishing, red for love or sex, green for money or gambling luck, black for destruction or revenge). Carve a brief wish on each knob -- either the same wish seven times or seven different wishes, one per knob. Dress the candle with an appropriate oil. Burn it for seven nights, pinching it out (NOT blowing it out) each time a knob is gone.
THE SEVEN CHARM SORTILAGE CANDLE:
This is a hand-made candle that contains seven tiny metal charms (milagros or ex-votos) inside, which are revealed one per day as you burn the candle down over the course of seven days. It is more common in Latin America than in the USA. Often the charms are religious as well as lucky, and they may include a cross, an angel, the powerful hand of God, a man's head, a woman's head, and so forth.
THE SEVEN-WISHES GLASS ENCASED CANDLE:
This style of 7-day candle only became popular from the 1970s onward. It is made with seven layers of wax in different colours, poured into a tall, narrow glass container. Burn one layer each day with appropriate prayers or wishes. It's interesting to note that this is the same size and shape of candle which the Catholics call a novena candle, although they expect it to burn for nine days. For many more examples of glass encased candles in both the Catholic and hoodoo traditions, see the sections below on glass encased religious candles and glass encased vigil candles.
FOR JOB GETTING
You can use the green 7-Knob candle -- either for the same money-drawing wish to be
repeated on 7 days, or for 7 different money-drawing wishes.
Arrange for job interviews on 7 days. They do not need to be successive days -- that is, you can skip the weekends or any days you choose to skip -- but you will want to pre-set the order of the appointment days and thus the order of the companies you will be seeing. If you are applying by email, phone, or web interface, simply do one every day. In addition to employing the 7-Knob candle, you may also wish to dress 7 copies of your resume with Steady Work powders, and lay them under the candle. Use an overturned baking pan or some such protective device to keep melting wax from staining the papers.
Inscribe each of the 7 company names / interviewer names / HR manager names on a different knob, along with the simple petition, "Hire me!" on each knob. Start with the earliest interview date on top, and proceed downward. It is best if you have 7 interviews lined up before you start, one for each knob of the candle.
Burn each knob early in the morning before going to that day's job interview. Say your prayers as you do so. Pinch out the wick and take the resume for that company with you when you go out for the interview.
If you have someone in the home to keep the light for you, it is even more effective if the knob is lit just before you are about to meet the interviewer, and kept burning until that knob is finished. If you have several interviews on one day, you will need someone to stay at home and set the knobs alight for you at the proper hours that correspond with the interview times.
If you get hired along the way -- say, at day #4 or knob #4 -- then gratefully state your thank-yous and release the unused portion of the candle in running water or at a crossroads with the prayer for others who still search for jobs, like this, "With the help and grace of God, [and/or any spirit you have petitioned], i have been hired at [name of company]! May those who wander and have not yet found a job soon be hired at [company #5, #6, or #7] and enjoy the same happiness that i enjoy today! I ask this in Jesus' name, Amen."
In this way, the work that you put into consecrating all 7 knobs is not wasted, but is freely given to others that they too may enjoy the success that you have found.
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