Watching the Flame
Pyromancy, the act of divination through fire, is incredibly ancient but is still a popular form of divination for those who connect to the power of fire. Here we’ll modify this practice a bit to work with candles used for spells. Watch the flame as it burns and look for any of these sorts of signs or messages.
Flame goes out = Try again, now is not the right time. Dispose of the candle, do not try to reuse it.
Flame is large and hot = Power is manifesting in favor of your desires, keep praying and sending energy to your desires.
Flame is weak = You’re facing strong opposition and you’re losing the battle. Try your spell again.
Flame flickers = There is indecision either within yourself or in the process of your magick.
Flame jumps repeatedly = Bursts of energy, chaos and uncontrolled emotions surround you and your work.
Candle breaks = Try again, the time isn’t right. Dispose of the candle and do not reuse.
Candle burns slowly or almost goes out = Task requires caution. There will be many obstacles to overcome to reassess your plans.
Candle burns our quickly – The situation calls for fast action and lots of energy. It may also indicate that the goal will be attained very quickly and easily.
Flame is multicolored = The energy of fire, ruled by the Salamander, resides in your spell and is aiding your work. Communicate with the energy of the Salamander as it will help you in your work and bring you helpful messages.
Black soot develops = This is a very positive sign as it indicates negativity and barriers are being burned away.
Crackling sounds = The Salamander is pleading your case with the Spirits. The lounder the sounds the harder it is working for you and the more opposition you’ll need to overcome.
Watching the Smoke
Looking for signs in smoke is a long held form of divination and you can get answers about your spells by taking time to watch how the smoke is rising and reacting.
Smoke moves toward you = Your request has been heard.
Smoke moves away from you = Work hard and send more energy to your desires.
Smoke turns right = You’ll need to be patient.
Smoke turns left = You’re too emotionally involved and may need to sort out your emotions and feelings before you’ll see results. Take time to reconsider your feelings and try again.
Smoke move North = Physical manifestation is in progress.
Smoke moves East = Mental manifestation is in progress.
Smoke moves South = Success will come fast. The results may be quick and intense.
Smoke moves West = Your emotions will likely get the best of you. Better to hold off and try your spell again later.
Watching your Holder
The holder that your candle is in can something react to the candle and give you signs as well. Most commonly people today use glass holders but you can take these and modify them for metal or wooden holders as well.
Glass breaks = There is magick being done against you with regards to this desires. Stop this spell and do an uncrossing spell first, being sure to watch signs from those candles before moving back to this spell.
Glass remains clear = In spite of blocks that are in your way, your desires will manifest.
Glass turns black at the top but is clear at the bottom = Someone is working against you, but you need to stick to your guns. The darker the glass the strong the opposition.
Glass turns completely black = There are serious obstacles for you to overcome and possibly spells being cast against you. Stop this spell and work a cleansing spell on yourself and an uncrossing spell for any forces or people working against you.
With these signs from your candle you can know what to do next. Do you need to cast your spell again? Do you need to do something else before this spell is going to even take hold? These signs can help you make your next move in your process of manifesting your goals.

(If anyone knew exactly where this comes from I’d be really grateful if you’d inbox it to me. I found this scrawled in the back of my old anthro notebook (I did my semester project on paganism and the sources tend to run together).


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