Ceromancy is divination using candle wax. Whether you drip the wax into water or observe the way the wax melts as it burns, either way you do it is considered ceromancy. It’s also a good idea to pay attention to the smoke, the sounds the candle makes as it burns, the candle flame’s movement and whether it’s burning fast or slow.
Reading wax drippings is a totally intuitive matter. It is similar to reading tea leaves. Some shapes are obvious, like the heart, which obviously represents love. Wax drippings may form in shapes that mean something very personal to you – a totem animal for example.
How is Your Candle Burning?
A Clean, Steady and Strong Burn
This generally means a green light, for your intent is clear and you prayer or spell has been successfully sent. Especially if the candle is burning in glass and there is no wax residue, scorching or blackening where the flame is, then there is a good chance your intentions will work in your favor and you will receive your answer or wish quickly.
A Slow, Weak Burn
This could point to a weakly conducted spell, prayer or general intention. Focus your energy, and perhaps fine-tune and direct your intention with time and effort. If the flame grows larger, it means your intentions are gaining power.
Hissing, Sizzling, Crackling or Popping
Listen closely! The one whom the message is directed is responding. A spirit or ancestor may be trying to work with you. The louder the sounds become, the stronger the will to communicate with you.
An Unsteady, Jumping, Sputtering or Flickering Flame
As long as there is no draft in the air, there may be resistance against you. Try putting more willpower and energy behind your intention. If you are directing a spell toward somebody, they could be picking up on it and working against it, consciously or not. The higher the jumping flame, the more resistance there is.
Puffs of White Smoke
Blessings upon you! A good sign indeed, as it indicates that your intentions were heard and will be granted.
Puffs of Black Smoke
There is something or somebody in the way and perhaps working against you. Negative energies might be being fought or purged.
Either your intent is insufficient or the spirit in question may disagree with your motives. Sharpen your intent, rephrase your prayer, question or plea and try again.
Your intentions are still being considered by your spirits. There is still work to be done. Keep focusing.
The Candle Doesn’t Burn At All
Cleansing must be done before continuing. Smudge yourself and the room you are focusing in with purification herbs, like white sage or mugwort, to cleanse yourself of negative energies.
Burning Only On One Side
Expect only a partial response or an incomplete spell to happen. This could leave things unresolved or unsettled in daily matters. The type of candle could have been the culprit. Refocus your intention, find a better candle and try the process again for better results.
Burning With Multiple Flames
Two or more flames on a single candle could indicate that someone is either working alongside you or against you. Depending on your intentions, it could mean either unity or separation.
The Candle Explodes and/or Catches Something On Fire
Be very careful! Either someone is attacking you or the person you are attacking is protected from harm and the spell has been reflected back at you.
Of course, not every single thing the candle does is a sign. Variable factors such as a draft or even the way the candle was made will affect how it will burn. Also, every person may inspire a different meaning from each burn, so approach this ritual with a clear, open mind and proceed accordingly.