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Is a Candle Flame a Living Thing? (Witchy Thoughts)

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Written by: Tina Caro

Do you love candle magick? Do you love interpreting candle flames and want to learn all you can about them? I feel you!

I love candles too and cannot wait to share with you the most important information about candles, answering an important debated question: is a candle flame a living thing?

Let’s dive in!


The question of whether a candle flame is a living thing is a topic of philosophical and metaphysical debate rather than scientific fact.

In many witchy and spiritual circles, a candle flame is often viewed as a representation of energy and transformation rather than a living entity.

It symbolizes change, the ephemeral nature of life, and the power of fire to transform.

Scientifically, a flame is a reaction involving fuel, heat, and oxygen, but it lacks the characteristics of living organisms, such as cellular structures, growth, and reproduction.

Is a candle flame a living being?

To me, in a certain way, yes! I think a candle flame is pretty much alive, and its vibes can get in sync with us and the energy around us. That’s why a candle flame can move and act in many different ways according to the situation around it and according to the person who is nearby.

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Candles: a wonderful ancient divinatory and magickal tool

The traditional use of candles is quite well known; candles are lit on birthdays, one can be lit to eliminate bad odors or tobacco smoke, to celebrate a romantic dinner or when we lack electricity. It is also commonly used in all kinds of churches and religions.

The history of the use of candles has its roots in the worship that primitive man had for fire. It illuminated the darkness, chased away humidity and cold, and protected our ancestors from animals and frost, and serves, even today, to make food digestible.

Fire is one of the four fundamental elements or substances that make up the material world: air, earth, water and fire. The best-known myth that reminds us of the celestial origin of fire is the story of Prometheus, who stole fire from the gods to give it to men, putting humanity’s hands a powerful weapon for their evolution.

Candles are also a sign of life and that’s why an extinguished candle nearby someone who is sick is considered to be a sign of the person’s upcoming death.

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Working with candles takes skill and patience and isn’t recommended in most cases. I provide these “do it yourself” articles for educational purposes, but it is strongly recommended that you consult a divination expert such as Mystic Amber and allow us to do the work for you.

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Candle Flame Reading

Candle Flame Interpretation (Reading), also known as Pyromancy, is a centuries-old divination practice deeply rooted in the mystical world of witchcraft and spellcasting.

This mesmerizing art involves gazing into the dancing flames of a candle, seeking hidden messages and insights within their flickering movements.

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The ritualistic use of a candle flame

Lighting a candle is a whole ritual, where traditions that speak of magic and spells are mixed, from the romanticism of an evening by candlelight, to a simple bath under the relaxing effect of a few candles.

Since time immemorial, lighting candles is a fact that – although common with so many others – entails much more because we have been carrying it with meaning.

We light candles for our dead, we light them on birthdays (the candles on the cake) or when we want to order something.

Its magic as a living thing

A candle flame radiates mystical power, and for centuries sorcerers and wizards have used it as an instrument to create the right atmosphere for their spells or divination. Also, for a long time, the brightness of the candle flame gave religious festivals a very particular splendor.

However, a magic ritual with candles is not exclusive to witches, religions, or churches, almost everyone has carried out, at some point in their life, a ritual with candles, perhaps even without realizing it.

What about the birthday cake candles? One for each year of your life? Do you remember being told to close your eyes, concentrate and make a wish, which will be granted once you blow them out?

That was probably everyone’s first candlelight ritual and surely not the only one we have under our belts.

Light and candles symbolize life, calmness, peace, and protection. A candle flame helps us connect with our most hidden and subconscious self.

For this reason, candles are an effective aid to relax, promote meditation and allow us to get in touch with our inner light.


A candle flame is a living thing and it’s associated with a fire element, to interpret its behavior and moves while honoring its energy and its vibes. The best thing to connect with a candle flame as a living thing is acknowledging how it behaves and it’s also important to use different candles in different colors to attract certain energy or to learn more about a certain sphere of your life!

For example, if you want to know what kind of energy surrounds your love life, you can use a red candle, or if you want to learn more about your money situation you can use a green candle and so on!

Another great way to connect with a candle flame is to say a prayer out loud to ask the candle to connect with you and your energy and unveil its secrets, its mysteries, and its messages.

A candle flame can also become a means, a vessel for energies around us like one of our spirit guides and angels to communicate with us.

Simply give the candle flame the chance to express itself, be there to get its signals and you will establish a strong connection with it and its strong, magickal energy!

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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