There are no soft and subtle shifts when it comes to red candle magic. This is a color of action and energy. Even when you know what you are expecting, you may be surprised. This is a good color to burn when you are looking for a fresh start, but not if you are wanting to ease into something new. Red candles are like lighting the fuse on a rocket.
Red candles are best known as a catalyst for love, particularly physical love. Burn red candles in rituals for sex, passion, and lust.
Additionally, red candles should be used in spells to boost courage and confidence. They can bolster your willpower when your determination feels like it's at low ebb. If you feel weak or threatened, burn red candles for protection. Red is the color of conflict. Use red candles to release your inner warrior.
Red candles can be burned in healing spells, especially in cases of injuries. It is also good for childbirth.
The element of fire should be represented by red candles. This color is also good when you are decorating your altar for Imbolc or Yule.
How should I charge my candles? When you are ready to use your candle, before you light it, take a moment to simply hold it in your hands and focus on your objective. In addition to the general intention, think about your situation in particular, and the change that you would like to create. Some people choose to anoint their candles with oil at this time, or carve symbols into the wax. That's entirely up to you.
Why should I trim my candle wick? The length of a candle's wick determines how much fuel (the melted wax) is feeding the flame. If the wick is left too long, the candle burns more quickly than it should. It also produces more soot as it burns, which can leave a residue on the walls and ceiling. If the wick is too short, the candle will not stay lit. The ideal length is between 1/8-1/4".