Chakra Candles: How To Make Them, How To Use Them

Chakra candles, chosen for color and scent, can add depth to meditation for chakra enhancement. Here are some guidelines for selection, and simple directions to make your own.

Candles add warmth, light, and atmosphere to our surroundings. Used in one form or another since the discovery of fire, candlelight is one of today's basics included in everything from interior design to prayer and meditation, from romantic rendezvous to patio parties.

A simple candle flame can serve as focal point for meditation, a place to hold a steady gaze of "soft eyes," consciously letting your vision drift into an internal place with eyelids half closed.

If you meditate to enhance chakra function, you can buy candles in the colors and scents known to resonate with the particular qualities of your chosen chakra. Better yet, you can make your own, and add the power of your personal energy to the candle light.

(Chakras, according to spiritual leaders, energy healers and body workers, are spinning disks or funnels which exchange energy between our ethereal selves and the world around us. There are seven primary chakras. Although intricately connected, each of them relates to one area of our humanity and the way we express ourselves in our lives. Their location and qualities are discussed later.)

Beginning candle making from scratch, with large slabs of wax, yards of wick, and professional molds is certainly one way to go; those supplies and classes are available from craft supply sellers and candle makers both on the web and off. But you can start small and inexpensively, with equipment most of us have in our kitchens, if you want to make one or a few small candles of your own design.

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Directions for small candles ONLY; this is practical for making candles approximately 3"x3" or smaller.

EQUIPMENT AND SUPPLIES:

-- a box or two of emergency candles, available in sets of 6-10 for less than $2, at grocery or discount stores

-- wick holders (purchased from a craft store or saved from burned candles)or small metal washers to use as weights

-- pencils, straws, skewers to lay across the top of the container and support the wick while the wax dries

-- several strong, zip-top sandwich bags OR empty, clean soup cans or something of similar size

-- tongs

-- crayons: red, orange, yellow, blue, pink, green, purple (broken bits and pieces are fine)

-- a large saucepan and a stove or hot plate

-- glass containers for the candles, or small disposable plastic or paper molds (i.e., yogurt, juice, applesauce packaging)

-- a sharp knife and a safe cutting surface

-- a cheese grater, optional

-- your personal choices of essential oils, available from health food stores (suggestions for scents and blends follow the directions)

PREPARATION

1-- Avoiding cutting the wick, cut the candles into small chunks and grate (optional, but it makes the work faster)

2-- Do the same with the color crayons

3-- Heat water in the kettle

4-- Put about a half cup of wax gratings and a teaspoon of crayon gratings in a sandwich bag, seal it tightly, and drop in into the hot water



While the wax is melting, prepare your wicks and containers.

5-- Cut the wick saved from the emergency candles into lengths a couple inches longer than the height of the container

6-- Secure one end of the wick in the wick holder or tie it to a metal washer. Put it into the container.

7-- Lay the straw or pencil across the top of the container and tie the free end of the wick to it so the wick is centered.

8-- Using the tongs, carefully squish the melting wax to work the color through. Or, you can let the color be mottled by not blending it completely with the wax.

9-- When the colored wax is the consistency of pudding, lift the bags from the hot water with the tongs. Gently open the bag, and add just a couple of drops of essential oil.

10-- Carefully pour the melted wax into the prepared container.

11-- Adjust the wick by tugging on it gently to remove any kinks or curves that happened during pouring.

12-- Let the candle dry. You can release air bubbles by dipping a long toothpick, small knitting needle, or other slender tool vertically into the wax while it's curing.

Trim the wick to 1/2" above the wax. If you have used paper or plastic molds, peel them from the finished candle. Any uneven surfaces can be smoothed with the flame from another candle or a lighter.

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By selecting a particular color and scent or blend of scents to include in our candles for meditation, we can include more of our senses in our focus on the area we've chosen to connect with, to improve, or simply to understand more about ourselves in that dimension.

Here are some traditional recommendations; they are not meant, however, to override your own intuition. Generally, if you are drawn to a particular color or fragrance, something in your being is hungering for it, and you can't go wrong by honoring your own inner spiritual call for help.

Suggestions for color and scent for chakra meditation:

Chakra one, located at the base of the spine, for grounding and earth-bound issues of money, business, family of origin, and our physical health.

Suggested candle color: Red

Essential oils: Cedar, sandalwood

Chakra two, located just below the navel, for creativity, sexuality, change, and relationships.

Candle color: Orange

Essential oils: Orris root, gardenia, damiana

Chakra three, located at the solar plexus just under the central rib cage, for personal power, strength, integrity.

Candle color: Yellow

Essential Oils: Carnation, cinnamon

Chakra four, located around the heart, for unconditional love, charity, balance between emotion and logic.

Candle color: Pink or green or a blend

Essential oils: Lavender, jasmine, meadowsweet, marjoram

Chakra five, at the throat, for clear communication and speaking truth.

Candle color: Deep blue

Essential oils: Frankincense, benzoin

Chakra six, located at the center of the forehead and sometimes referred to as the "third eye," for logic and far-sightedness.

Candle color: Indigo

Essential oils: Anise, acacia, saffron

Chakra seven, at the crown or just above, for spirituality.

Candle color: White or violet

Essential oils: Geranium, lavender, angelica

OPTIONS:

Melt down the stubs of partially burned candles in the manner suggested above.

Choose ready-made, unscented candles in your choice of color. Add a drop or two of essential oil to the melted wax around the wick. Do NOT put it directly in the flame or on the wick; most essential oils are flammable.

In a clear glass container, make a chakra rainbow candle by first pouring one color, letting it harden to a gel consistency, and slowly, carefully pouring the next color on top. Repeat for all seven chakras.

Use a selection of candles in an arrangement on a mirror or glass table top to magnify the image, but be careful with the choice of oils in this situation; you don't want to create scentualchaos in the air!

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