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Black Smoke from Candle Spiritual Meaning [Interpretation]

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Written by: Tina Caro

The magical world of candles is a unique thing to explore. Today, I want to explore some of the most common candle behaviors in magic. So we’ll learn more about the black smoke from candle spiritual meaning and a few other candle behaviors.


Black smoke from a candle can carry various spiritual meanings depending on the context and beliefs of the practitioner.

In some traditions of candle magic, black smoke is seen as a sign of negative energy or blockages being cleared away. It can indicate that the candle is burning away obstacles, negativity, or harmful influences.

However, it’s essential to consider other factors such as the candle’s size, the quality of the wax, and the absence of drafts, as these can also affect the color of the smoke.

Interpretations of black smoke may vary, so it’s crucial to align the meaning with the specific practices and beliefs being followed.

Interpreting and using candles

Since the beginning of time, there have been many different ways of interpreting the burning of candles.

Traditionally, these interpretations involved large votive candles typically used for religious purposes but, as time went by, the amazing properties of candles entered the mundane world and in esotericism candles that are at the basis of many spells, rituals and practices.

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According to tradition and how a candle is consumed, it is possible to obtain information about the fulfillment of the request made to the higher spirits, the universe and to the celestial entities and divinities.

The use of candles in magic and spiritual works is very old and references to the use of oil lamps in which shamans placed herbs, lands and other substances by the purpose they intend to achieve.

In modern magic practice and in various traditions, an energetic vibration or a particular spiritual entity is linked to every color. Naturally, there are candles of several colors consecrated both for specific purposes and for archangels or saints.

Archangel Michael by Nikolay Bogatov

In various traditions, to enhance the esoteric effect of a candle with special ointments that are used which, by mixing with combustions, emit propitious vibrations with the purpose intended to achieve by giving a greater energy boost to prayer.

When offering a votive candle to a saint or an archangel, it is good to grease the upper part with an essence or an esoteric oil in accordance with the entity to which it is addressed.

You can buy specific oils and essences prepared with herbs and other natural substances by a sacred entity to which we want to ask for help, emitting very strong olfactory and/or soul vibrations.

Black Smoke PatternInterpretation
Thick, heavy smokeStrong energy presence, intense spiritual activity
Spiraling or swirlingSpirit communication, transformation
Quick dispersalClearing of negative energy, cleansing
Lingering or hanging lowNegative energy, spiritual blockages
Table 1: Black Smoke Patterns and Meanings

In petitions, anointing the offered candle with a targeted oil, allows the emission of a greater energy power, facilitating the resolution of the request.

Before spreading black smoke, I noticed that some candles show irregular behavior during combustion.

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Candle behavior explained

The candle explodes

There are various ways of interpreting this. If it is a protection candle or a double action candle to break negativity, it means that the candle has protected only partially from the attack; in this case it is necessary to switch to another candle immediately and use more powerful spiritual supports in order to avoid unpleasant consequences.

The candle does not burn

If the candle is a candle of protection or prosperity, it means that the person making the request needs strong spiritual purification. The problems derive from negativities that must be removed, and only then, will it be possible to proceed with the appropriate ritual of protection or prosperity.


If it is a problem relating to the sentimental sphere, the same holds true and the person’s negativities prevent the vibrations of attraction from reaching the goal.

The candle has a very high flame

A very high candle flame means that the spiritual work is proceeding very quickly, it is considered a very good sign, it means that the entities are working. If it is a work of prosperity, of protection or of love, it means that the environment is free from negativity. You should start seeing quick results.

The candle has a low flame

If the candle has been lit for prosperity or protection and it has a low flame, a very strong cleansing of the person’s environment must be done, as it signals negativity and opposing forces in the area. In the sentimental sphere, it specifies that several problems must be fixed before recommencing any spiritual work.

So what is the black smoke from candle spiritual meaning

It really depends on the different kind of scenarios.

What if I light a candle in my place and black smoke shows up?

Generally it signals negativity or magical attacks. If you are lighting a white candle up for protection, black smoke could mean that there is some bad energy at work. This could be a great way to confirm of any suspicions you may have about someone sending you bad energies or if your place or even if someone who recently visited has bad feelings for you like envy, anger or jealousy for example.

What if this happens when we cast a spell or perform a ritual?

Any candle that burns with black smoke or produces soot gives you a negative message. Interpreting the smoke in this case is easy. The spell you are doing will not work, the answer to your question will be negative. It will also indicate that the blessing you have requested will fail and that you are in more trouble than you think.

The darker the smoke, the greater the opposition to your desire. Someone may be opposing your spell. Not that it is doing black magic to you, but it does contaminate you with its negative energy and will not let you advance. If the candle is in a glass container and it is blackened by soot it will indicate that someone is suspicious of you.

What if the candle burns by producing dark smoke only initially?

This smoke reports of initial difficulties in achieving the purpose of the candle when it was lit but were overcome. In any case, when the candle produces a lot of carbon black smoke, even only initially, it is necessary to repair the negative purification measures, both on a personal and environmental level.

What should I do if black smokes shows up?

If this happens, I believe that the best thing you can do is perform a cleansing ritual, cast a protection spell and most of all, you should keep your energy high and vibrant in order to counteract any bad energy.

You can find many different spells and rituals to protect yourself and your home from bad energy but, if you need a special guidance, let me cast the spell for you to have quicker and more effective results!

Tina Caro

Tina Caro is a witch with more than 10 years of experience, a yogi, an astrologer, and a passionate supporter of all things holistic! She’s also an owner of the website Magickal Spot where she discusses a variety of her favorite topics.

Magickal Spot has helped thousands of readers worldwide, and she’s personally worked with hundreds of clients and helped them manifest desires to have a happier and more abundant life.

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