I know from your e-mails and questions that you have concerns about the different candles that are available today to use for your candle spell rituals. I thought it would be best to go to the source, someone who is in the field of candle making.
This is part one of a three part interview with Stan Morey, artisan and owner of Wizard Candles. He is a frequent exhibitor at area psychic conventions and metaphysical fairs, and is a wonderful resource for all kinds of candle burning questions.
The Catholic Church rules that the candles used in Mass are to be at least 51% beeswax. What are the advantages and disadvantages of using beeswax candles or beeswax-blend candles for candle ritual work?
As far as I can tell, there are few, if any problems with beeswax or a blend. Most traditions agree that your tools should be made of natural materials, so beeswax and soy fill that need. In fact, we have several kinds of candles that are made with this blend that is hand measured.
The advantage to beeswax is that’s it’s long burning and mostly self consuming leaving very little, if any residual wax. Also, it’s almost dripless, depending on the air movement around the candle. The stiller the air, the straighter the burn.
What about using soy candles for ritual work? What are the advantages of using these? Are they really healthier for use in chapels or small enclosed ritual spaces?
Soy has the same advantages as beeswax. It’s natural, clean burning, and long burning, in most cases. There are fewer by-products that you get from refined paraffin, which is a petroleum-based product, so it is believed to be a cleaner, “greener” wax.
The 7-day novena/vigil candles in glass that we used to get from the local markets do not burn for 7 days anymore. Do you have any idea? Is there something we can do?
I have not really used those kinds of candles, but I would think that they changed things to cut cost and improve the profit-margin. As to the burn, I think, perhaps, the wax blend has changed. From what to what, I couldn’t really tell you, I’m not a chemist. But I do know that the wick is far too thin for the diameter of the wax. So it cannot “suck up” the liquid wax pool at the base of the flame fast enough to consume at a consistent rate. Also, with a cylindrical container, there is the problem of oxygen deprivation when the candle flame gets to half-way or below. The heat pushes the air up faster than it can be replaced. Also, any air movement across the mouth of the container creates a vacuum effect and suck the air away from the fire. So in those cases, the flame either drowns or suffocates.
Asking from a purely technical standpoint, what would cause candles to go out by themselves? (Ruling out any spiritual things).
Fire needs three things to survive, air, heat, and fuel. Take away any one of those and the fire dies. It’s called the “Fire Triangle”. Humans are similar with a triangle of mind, body, and spirit. Too much air movement around the candle or its container causes either the air to be sucked away from the flame (suffocation) or it bends the flame to the side, causing the sides to melt away faster than the middle around the wick. Usually, depending on the wick’s thickness, a pool and then as it continues to burn, a well of liquid wax will form around the base of the wick from ¾ of an inch to 1 and ½ inches or even 3 inches. So the wax from the candles sides either flow over the erosion area of the bent flame (dripping) or the wax flows into the center of the candle, adding to the pool already there, (drowning). Not all, but most candles have to be “poured off” occasionally to prevent the pool from drowning out the flame.
FIFTH QUESTION: How did you get into candle making?
Since the late 1900s, “Scientific Support for the Spiritual Seeker” has been the focus of the work here. Started in Omaha, NE and now head-quartered in Sacramento, CA, we have expanded the factory from one-room to a 60 foot outdoor facility.
This all started the day after Imbolc, 1989, when I learned how to colour candles with Bob and Marsha Clark as part of my English Tradition training. When I got home, I noticed the dipped coloured candles I made were too thick for the average candle holder. So I measured the inside diameter of a few different ones I had and discovered they all had a ¾ inch diameter. after some thought, I realized that PVC piping came in that diameter and so WizardCraft Technologies was born. Since then, I’ve switched to copper tubing and have expanded greatly on the molds and types of wax I use, but the Scientific approach to the craft, the use of exclusive formularies based on the Laws of Magick and Quantum Physics has not changed since the beginning.
We are very proud to offer the community with over 90 different products, all hand made and hand finished. We also offer an impressive line of decorative candles for home décor or as unique gifts!
These can be viewed at our new website, www.wizardcandles.com.
We invite you to come and visit us!
A little more about Stan Moray
Practioner of the Olde Ways for over 25 years.
• member of the Order of the Batalatuer,(Fr. Worley, Co),
• 3rd degree English Tradition,
• Ordained minister of “The Church of Universal Life”, Modesto, CA,
And the ”Church of Spiritual Humanism”,
• Member of the Order of Bards, Ovates, and Druids, Wales, UK,
• Organizer of “Sacramento Tarot Society” on Meetup.com,
• Organizer of “The Broom Closet” on Meetup.com,
• High Priest and elder of the English Tradition, and Elder of Omaha, NE based Training Coven, “Fellowship of the Sacred Flame”,
(Under the leadership of Glenna Hecate Moonweaver, Daughters of the Moon, San Diego, CA),
• Tarot Reader (25 + years),
• Master level Wizard,
• Founder of WizardCraft Technologies, Inc.,
• Poet and Technical Writer,
• Theosophist, and
• All around, nice guy!!!!
(in spite of any rumours to the contrary)