Enchantments is , surprisingly, the only witchcraft shop in Manhattan. One of the things I love about the store is that you can go inside, tell one of the nice and knowledgeable witches your problem or what you want to accomplish and they will give you the oils, incense, incantations, or whatever you need to make it work. One of my favorite items is the custom-made spell candle. I have purchased two which were made by Kathy, one for myself and one for a friend, and they are as beautiful as they are effective.
One day I was looking over their website, www.enchantmentsincnyc.com, and noticed they have spell candle making classes periodically. So I signed up. The cost was $60 and included the carving tool, handouts that detail the history of these candles in New York City, instructions, vevers, magical alphabets, rune sigids, a guide to colors and days of the week appropriate for different spells, a 7-day (large) pillar candle and smaller candle.
I arrived early, wearing my big, soft Led Zep t-shirt (we were told to dress to mess), ready to spend an afternoon as a witch apprentice. There were five other people in the class – a mix of genders, nationalities, and reasons for making the candles. Kathy and Cat taught the class, which began with a history of witchcraft in Manhattan, significance of spell candles, and specific symbol instruction.
We went around the room and explained the reason we each wanted to make a spell candle. Cat and Kathy urged us to get to the bottom of why we wanted to perform a certain spell, not just the end result. For instance, if someone wants money, they don’t necessarily need a money spell, but perhaps the underlying reason for the money would be to banish worry about another issue. In that case, perhaps a white or grey candle would work best to signify purity, clearance, uncrossing, removal of obstacles and negativity, mental clarity and healing. The next things to consider are the color of candle and which oils, incense, and symbols would be needed to enhance the magic of the spell.
Small spell candle
First we worked on the smaller candle to get the hang of carving. In addition to the suggested symbols, our name or initials, astrological symbol, and other writing or pictures pertaining to our goal were carved into the wax. From beginning to end, we were to meditate on our intention and place it into our work. This candle did not have a glass jar and was not decorated further. It is set.
Large spell candle
Next we were onto the large candle. Our first step was to pop it out of its jar and remove the wick. A dull knife was used to slough off the top rounded end of the pillar. A pentacle was carved, deep, onto this top with our rounded wooden tool. All of the carvings would be best if carved relatively deep.
Same as the smaller candle, our name or initials, astrological symbol, any other helpful wording and symbols, as instructed, were carved into the wax. Surprisingly, it was easier to carve the larger candle, as the main figure(s) were carved from top to bottom.
Incense, oil and glitter
Once the carving was complete, a drop of honey was tasted as a sign of respect and positive intention. Another drop was placed into the bottom of the jar as an offering to the god or goddess. A secret ingredient was next shaken into the bottom of the jar to draw energy. A spoonful of spell-appropriate incense was lit and circled around the jar then tipped into the bottom. It went Poof! and a lid was lightly placed on top to keep the smoke inside.
Rubber gloves were furnished and spell-appropriate oil was rubbed all over the pillar. We tried to be careful to get the oil into all of the gouged-out recesses. Then the messy part – we poured color-appropriate glitter all over the candle, making sure it got into all of the carved indentations, while trying to wipe it away from the places that were not carved. This was a little tricky, and why it is better to carve wide, deep indentations into the wax. Our last step was to pop our new spell candle back into its jar and wrap it for the return trip home.
Begin the spell
Before the first burning, it is wise to take a salt bath in order to cleanse and meditate on intent. The candle can be burned either all at once (it is suggested to put it in a pot and leave in the bathtub as it will take 7 full days to burn out), or burn as many hours as possible each day. This is what I did and the large candle lasted about a month.
The research involved with spell candles can be substantial. The phase of moon and day of the week should be taken into consideration, depending on your objectives. If the spell is to increase something (money, love, popularity, etc.), it should be lit while the moon is waxing. If the spell is for decrease (weight, arguments, quit smoking, etc.), it should be first lit while the moon is waning. Check the top right side of my website for moon phases.
Enchantments in Manhattan
The candle class was a fun experience and it’s always a pleasure to visit the shop and chat. When in New York City, make plans to visit Enchantments on East 9th Street between First Avenue and Avenue A. It is a sensory experience to walk into the shop and take in all of the witchy looking bottles, incense, the glitter filled floor, and Celia Cruz (if Kathy’s working) vibe. Say hello to the kitties, and check out their large assortment of supplies. They also have an online store.