Inspired by Grayson's blog and my own experience in creating a similar craft, I would like to present a method to create candle-like incendiaries whose burning time is roughly 25 minutes and construction is as customizable as the spell itself.

Standard taper candles can take hours to burn and, like all candles, should demand your constant supervision. Personally, I favor a single burn as opposed to lighting the same candle over days. If it is intended to be a long-term operation, I will use a novena or similar candle housed within a glass chimney. If it's not, I would rather burn it in one go or have new ones for any necessary repeats. However, I do not wish it to burn all day in case other things require my attention.

For this method, you create your own fairly easily and inexpensively. You can also mix your own oils into the base "wax", and make the whole creation process a ritual in and of itself. For the base fuel, I will be using ghee, a purified butter that's been used in Hinduism as an oil and offering for millenea. Here's what you need, DIYers:

¤ Ghee
¤ 100% cotton balls
¤ Votive candle holder/plate
¤ Spell-relevant material

If you cannot acquire ghee, which is a staple at Indian supermarkets and some international/world marts, you'll have to make it yourself. However, this is easily done and a process around 20 minutes of duration. In lieu of the ghee, then, you'll need two more items:

¤ Unsalted whole, organic butter
¤ Cheesecloth, coffee filter or a clean piece of cotton fabric/T-shirt

If you already have ghee, skip the following bits of information and steps.

Making Ghee

Unwrap your block/sticks of unsalted butter. It's important that the butter is unsalted. Salt adds unwanted, unnecessary sediments that forms when you boil it, also forming cracks and pops in the burning of the finished product. The whole point of clarifying the butter, in fact, is to remove all non-dairy solids, reducing it to pure milk fat. It is for this reason that I recommend the extra dollar or so in purchasing your butter that has been certified organic. Less crap in the food means less in the butter. What the cattle are fed ends up in all their byproducts.

I also advise against cheap butter. You get what you pay for, and a decrease in price usually means that there's a significant amount of water in the butter. If you have no choice, however, use it and simply double your boiling time to evaporate all of the water. Expect a reduced amount of ghee, however. Regular butter may result in around a 5-7% loss of volume. Butters of lesser quality will yield 15-20% less ghee.

So, let's begin!

Drop your butter in a medium sauce pan and place it on the stove. Turn the heat to no higher than medium and allow it to come to a boil. Allow it to boil for around five minutes or so, lowering the heat if it appears the "froth" may spill over. Besides the froth, you'll notice whiteish solids forming at the bottom of the pan. These sediments are what you don't want in your candle and, likely, in your body as well.

Remove the pan from the burner and allow to cool, but only for a few minutes. You want whatever solids left to form, but not the ghee to become semi-solid. Now, let's filter that junk out. Place a piece of cheesecloth (or aforementioned alternative) over a clean, glass container. Pour the butter through it, periodically changing pieces of cloth (it will clog within minutes) until it's all filtered through. For quality assurance, filter it all back through a second time. What you now have is ghee! Easy enough, right?

From Ghee to Glee

With melted glee before you, it's time to customize it if you're going to use it outside of cooking or other traditional application. At this stage, I would typically work in accordance to the Planetary Hours relative to the working. For example, if I wished to attract prosperity, I would begin mixing in a few drops of an oil associated with the intent (olive oil is a household oil suitable for it) during the a Jupiter hour (and, all the better, on a Thursday of a waxing moon). If one for banishing illness, the hours of the Sun would be optimal, and oils such as that of Frankincense may be the perfect synergy. You get the picture. Use the herbal properties model of your specific practice.

You may also wish to use natural food dyes to color the ghee. If you feel that coloring it red will assist in matters of protection, then by all means, do it. This process is very much a ritual in and itself. Chant, sing, visualize your intent into the mixture. When finished, simply stir it until the oils are homogenous and you're almost done. You really should do this in a timely matter, lest the ghee begins to solidify.

If you're wanting waxes of various purposes, you would naturally make several vats for each intended purpose. If the ghee begins to solidify, a few moments on a burner or microwave will bring it back to a manipulable state.

At this point, you have an all-natural, intent-specific fuel, ready to go up in flames. You may wish to pour it into an open oil lamp, use it as a replacement wax in a glass candle chimney, pour it into a tealight candle holder (of which in these cases a new cotton wick would be needed). An alternative would be to use the cotton balls.

Twentyish Minutes of Flame

Take a cotton ball and dip it in the modified ghee. Form it to a teardrop shape, thus giving you a tip to serve as a "wick" from which to ignite it. Let the saturated cotton drip a few excess drops back into the vat, but do not wring any out. Place it upon a plate or within a container to cool. I assembly line produce mine and place them into a tupperware container to store in my freezer. I have, however, stored mine in an open container on a cupboard for months with zero degradation. Therein lies one difference between butter and ghee: extended shelflife without the need of refridgeration. It seems to me that the additives to butter spoil it remarkably faster.

So, now you have ready-made, quick-fire spell "candles". One-half a block or two sticks of butter will yield around a dozen of these things. You don't have to annoint it or anything. You only need to find the right time to use it. I recommend using planetary hours, but anytime deemed "necessary" is good enough, too. Simply prepare your workspace accordingly, place the ball upon a glass or metal votive holder (or dish, etc) and light the "wick" and do your thing as it burns. I highly recommend that, like regular candles, the process be continually observed. With these, they can produce a steady 4-6" flame! Use this time to focus on your intent, add some other energy-raising techniques or simply meditate upon the lovely flame that it produces. One made from large cotton balls last upwards of 25 minutes from start to a small pile of ash easily disposed or used in further relevant workings.

That's it!

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And THATS what i like about this site, one idea makes another and eveyone learns something!

Thanks for this Sang, the method will get locked away into my old brain to be used when I need a quick but efective spell work.

Bendithion a Diolch.


This is so excellent I could steal your soul and store it in my pantry.

Short of that, I shall make some of these mini-candles, and hopefully I'll be able to resist the urge to throw them at people I don't like. While burning.
*Imagines Nel With a kitty-cat-apult, launching burning ghee bombs at the general unwashed, and fully agrees with the concept*
If still melted, they could very well stick to the face, thus making an effective banishing spell. Or, police-come-hither.
Anyway, I think it's all self-explanatory, but as I need more butter, I may grab some more tomorrow and add more pics.
Greetings, question is storage, the fridge, or can it be frozen?..Blessings Lea
Ghee lasts for ever in the fridge, the shop bought cans live out of the fridge if un opened but once opened it lives in the fridge. It may crack etc. in the freezer, but only one way to find out, make tice the ammount and freeze half of them.

I store mine in the freezer, in a closed tupperware container.  Those in the photo are my present stock that I had just removed for the photos.  It's important that if stored in any type of refridgeration that the container is tightly sealed to prevent moisture condensation upon the ghee, which would affect your burning of it.


Otherwise, I've stored them on a plate in my cupboard for just over two months, using them as needed.  There was no degradation in the ghee whatsoever, so if you intend to use them within a few months, it's not even necessary to keep them cooled.  I will add that they shouldn't be kept in any place that's over 80*F, just because the ghee may melt off the cotton.

Alternatively, one could boil whole herbs in ghee, if one does not have the essential oil, and filter it out before making the candle or using cotton balls.

The more I muse about all of this, I find it remarkable how it can still be used in a 100% traditional Hindu application while in a format similar to hoodoo. Use of planetary influence is pretty common in Sanatana Dharma, and I could see the potential of chanting the respective planetary mantra and Atharva Veda passages over the ghee as the candle forms. To those unaware, the Atharva Veda is an approximately 3200 year old book of chants and charms, making it the world's oldest continually used "spellbook", for lack of better words. Then, I could burn it over a planetary yantra.

Hindoo, anyone? :)
wonderful idea Sang, thanks for sharing your method

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