Candle Magic is part of the training in Blackthorn Druid Witchcraft, and up until last year I had been making my own candles with parrafin wax, while guiding students to do the same. However, this year I have to decided to switch to beeswax exclusively. Beeswax candles are an old-world tradition and have many more benefits than parrafin. Many witches prefer to use parrafin, as it is cheaper and more accessible than beeswax. Parrafin holds scent and color well and is easy to work with. But is it really the best choice for magical purposes? The truth is that parrafin is an oil-based and highly refined petroleum by-product. Parrafin candles can contain up to twenty toxic substances, which are found in paint, lacquer, varnish removers and diesel fuel. Many contain artificial dyes, lead wicks and synthetic fragrances. While the National Candle Association does regulate warning labels that caution consumers to always burn a candle within sight, to keep candles away from things that can catch fire, and to keep candles out of the reach of children, they are not required to list toxic or carcinogenic ingredients in their products.
Benefits of Beeswax
Beeswax is a bit more expensive than parrafin and is not as easy to find. It is estimated that bees must fly 150,000 miles to collect enough nectar to produce six pounds of honey, just to secrete one pound of wax. Beeswax is 100% natural and chemical-free. When purchasing beeswax, make sure it is labeled as 100% beeswax. Sometimes it is mixed with parrafin and contains only 5% beeswax. Stay clear of the “beeswax blends”. Beeswax is environmentally friendly and hypo-allergenic. It is safe and non-toxic, has a longer burn time than parrafin and drips very little. Older beeswax candles develop a white film (particularly in colder climates), which gives them an “antique” appearance. When burning a beeswax candle, negative ions are released which cleanse and purify the air, removing dust and pollen.
Using beeswax for your magical candles
As I tell all students, the most powerful candles are those you make yourself. Since beeswax is 100% natural, it is the perfect choice for magical workings. The natural honey scent of beeswax blends very well with pure essential oils, and dried herbs can be added to the wax before pouring. Beeswax candles can be charged with magical intention, and as always, are to be crafted during appropriate moon phases and astrological timings. It is not necessary to add color to your beeswax candles, as doing so would introduce an unnatural, synthetic ingredient to the wax.