Candle Magic

How Long Does Candle Magic Take to Work? [Explained]

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Written by: Tina Caro

When it comes to candles there is a lot to be said. They connect us with our senses, affect moods, change environments, or purify items, it depends on their purpose when they are created and the intention when they are lit. So today we’ll find out how long does candle magic take to work and how can we speed up the process.

Ritual candles, for example, are created at certain times of the year or different stages of the lunar cycle. Summer energy is different from autumn energy. The candles created in summer are used to stimulate the environment and those of autumn to purify it.

Some candles are specifically made for eclipses and are intended to clarify ideas. The essence, colors, and herbs with which they are prepared to connect with their purpose. You can buy them or create them all by yourself, it really depends on how you want to proceed and how you feel about it. If you want to create your own candles, consider it a part of the ritual.

As an example, light blue candles are regularly made on a new moon cycle and have a lilac or lavender scent that release a subtle scent in a gentle way, the goal of these candles is to help someone relax and let go of any worries. On the contrary, king blue candles have rosemary and rue to impose the strength and will of those who work with it, that is why we call them domain candles.

Beyond the ingredients with which they are made, during the process of creating candles, their purpose is sown, since enchantments are sung when tempering the wax, preparing the wick, awakening the power of essential oils.

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When making candles, you always ask permission from the four cardinal points and work with the three kingdoms (mineral, vegetable, and animal). Working with candles is a ritual art, it takes patience because everything worthwhile takes time.

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But how long does candle magic take to work?

It depends. Candles are used for many different spells and rituals and the timing differs as per each use.

When we cast a spell with candles, their energetic flow and their properties usually manifest within 1-2 weeks. Of course, it depends on the spells’ directions, but generally, that’s the timeframe. Let us suppose you cast a candle love spell and the instructions tell you it takes 14 days to manifest, then you should be patient and just wait.

What can you do with the candles to make things manifest quicker?

I usually let myself be driven by my intuition, but I often keep the candles in a safe place while I’m waiting for the spell to manifest. Suppose I cast a spell that makes me feel comfortable and I feel the energy is finally manifesting. In that case, I will light the same candle I used for the spell previously, 7 days after casting the initial spell and again 14 days after the first casting.

If it’s a black magic spell, I will usually avoid in relighting the candle, because I prefer to remove and discard the remains of the candle and the other ingredients. It helps me forget about the practice and focus on positive energy again. But, follow your instincts and you won’t fail.

Candles for cleansing: Instant effect

Candles are amazing for cleansing. We can use a white or a black candle when we feel the energy around us is heavy and we feel a bit off. If you want to purify a space like your home, your workplace, or another place you spend a lot of time in, then when you light a candle, you will have instant results as it attracts all negativity and transforms the energy into a positive one.

That is why lighting a candle can make you feel better immediately.

Of course, to boost the effect, keeping it lit for a while is a great option so you can enjoy its beneficial effects in the long term.

Candles for Sabbath: 2-3 weeks

I love performing both Sabbath and seasonal rituals as they really help me to get in tune with the shifting energy that is coming from nature, the sun, and the moon.

When I do so, I usually keep the candles I use for the Sabbath when honoring a season or Mother Nature and I love using them on long term rituals to really attract the energy I need to face a new phase. So, I light them up every day until their flame completely consumes them.


My tip is to use, a minimum of least 5-7 candles when performing the Sabbath ritual and relighting them again, one at the time, so they cover the entire duration I need them to attract any energy without the need to use a new candle.

Candles for moon rituals: 3 days

I love performing Full Moon/New Moon rituals and I really feel a great energy shift within 3 days when performing them.

I usually use a white candle for these rituals and I use the flame to burn my intention or forgiveness list (depending on the type of lunar phase), after that I keep the candle lit for up to 3 days as the lunar phases usually last 3 days at its peak.

I put the candle aside and use it for another ritual later, but I make sure I use the candle for lunar rituals ONLY.

Here are some tips when working spiritually with candles

  1. When you light a candle for a ritual, keep away from distractions, spend time with it, because the flame you light will connect with your body spiritually. It is a subtle energy that deserves time, space, care, and attention. Take the candle in your hands and connect to light it. Hold it, take a deep breath, relax your body, mind, and emotion, before lighting it.
  2. The clearer your mind, the faster you will connect to the light. It is better to light a candle daily for 30 minutes than to do it once and in a hurry. You can work the same candle for one, two, or three lunar cycles, specifying its use and maintaining its purpose. If it is not achieved by the third month, it is time to release it and put your intention into something else.
  3. Avoid using red candles when working with sick people, since red can worsen a condition, it is better to work with violet or light blue candles.
  4. Always have white candles available, they can be used for many different intentions.
  5. Thank each candle every time you extinguish it and thank yourself for allowing yourself to connect with your inner light.
  6. Decorative candles are for that, to beautify the environment, enjoy their purpose when they are created, and do not attempt to change them to candles of magical intention because you, will not find favorable results since they lack any intention during the creation ritual.

Factors affecting candle magic timing

Complexity of NeedThe complexity of the desired outcome or intention may influence the time required for results.
Personal EnergyThe energy and focus you invest in your candle magic practice can influence the manifestation time.
SynchronicityThe alignment of your intention with the natural flow of energies or auspicious times can impact results.
Patience and TrustYour level of patience and trust in the process of candle magic can affect your perception of timing.

Candle magic is taking too long to work. What can I do?

Just be patient and wait a little bit longer. It takes time for candle magic to manifest, if you are not focused and/or completely committed to the practice, it will take longer to manifest if it does at all.

Maintain a positive mindset, trust your candles, honor, and thank them for their support in your magical practice and let the energy do its work.

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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