Candles have been indisputably essential in numerous practices of Western esotericism, as well as a crucial part of offerings to spirits and deities in several religions.
Rather popular amongst Wicca and Hoodoo enthusiasts, candle magick appears as category of charm or sorcery that uses, as its primary tool, candles.
A variety of colours and shapes are adopted, as they are believed to give a different meaning to what is wished. However, there are those who defend the exclusive use of beeswax candles, defending it as a “natural” element. Online retailers of mystical shops will also advocate for beeswax, claiming it has the power of the sun or that it is related to honey, thus more likely to attract what is asked, something paraffin presumably fails to deliver.
Occasionally, an internet user or self declared witch might state that it does not matter what is the candle made of, as long as your intention is strong enough. Therefore, it is evident that questions arise with regard to which kind of candle must be chosen for anything “magic”.
or potentially zero information concerning paraffin in candle magick is available, hence, an analysis on both beeswax and paraffin will determine which one is more powerful in a ritual, solely based on their material. Keep in mind that this text relates to candle magick, not which type is better value, which looks better on dinner tables.
Beeswax consists mainly of esters of fatty acids and various long-chain alcohols. n ester is a chemical compound derived from an acid (organic or inorganic) in which at least one –OH (hydroxyl) group is replaced by an –O–alkyl (alkoxy) group.1 Bee wax contains major proportions of saturated and unsaturated hydrocarbons, and of long chain saturated, mono- and di-unsaturated esters.
Paraffin is a bioproduct of petroleum, which is a liquid found in geological formations beneath the Earth’s surface. It consists of naturally occurring hydrocarbons of various molecular weights and may contain miscellaneous organic compounds.2 It is imperative to emphasise that crude oil originates from ancient fossilised organic materials, such as zooplankton and algae, which is processed geochemically into oil. The name “mineral oil” is a misnomer, therefore, petroleum is an organic material.
Beeswax is an ancient source for candles. Not by virtue of its ability to mould into candles or for its supernatural capabilities, but merely because it was the only wax the civilisations would have available.
The correlation between beeswax and honey is, understandably, inevitable.
Beeswax consists of a combination of fat acids, pollen, which is a powdery substance consisting grains that are male microgametophytes3 and saliva, in the form of propolis, which essentially is a mix of resins. Thus it is safe to assume that beeswax has a considerable connection with the plant kingdom, as well as the animal kingdom. Although beeswax candles are denser than paraffin candles, it fails to promptly interact with fire – the candle’s main reason for existing.
Beeswax, may not exercise a unanimous behaviour if the offering relates to work or a job, as it invariably is a bioproduct of something stolen from bees. In Yoruba traditions, honey is a no-match to the deities connected to the hunting (of jobs). Additionally, having pollen may interfere in the ying-yang nature of a desire, hence one shall not hold a candle and ask for the opposite sex to come their way – pollen is a materialised masculine energy, therefore it may not work if a female desires a male counterpart.
Beeswax is more related to water than any other primary element – earth, water, air and fire, hence there is a need to use certain elements to sustain beeswax powers, such as a stone, incense or dressing oils.
The resin found in propolis, albeit rich in plant essence, impedes energy to freely expand. It acts as a glue that may block the fixation of intentions.
Paraffin is a telluric element, which means it relates to the element earth, hence it releases a relatively high amount of electrons when burned, which happens much quicker than with beeswax.
Paraffin is associated with raw mineral and geomagnetism, as petroleum is extracted from he crust of the Earth. For being mostly comprised of hydrocarbons, paraffin is a neutral and versatile source for every charm – be it a love spell, an offering for the god of thunder or an incantation booster. Paraffin becomes the fire itself, and eventually the air, in a quick process. Paraffin candles are earth, water, fire and air simultaneously.
Paraffin has strong magnetism, which is mainly due to its origins in petroleum, which is a blend of prehistoric sap, blood, and other minerals. Being developed across mega-annum, these elements have attracted the Earth’s most magnetic qualities.
Beeswax is, sadly, stolen from living beings. By generating such material, bees imprint on them their purpose. Nevertheless, when it is taken against their will, the beeswax etheric version will manifest its opposite nature. This astral process occurs as particles tend to become their antiparticle once the element is maliciously manipulated.
Paraffin promptly manifests its holographic appearance in the astral dimensions, such is its neutrality in absorbing one’s thoughts. That is, even if the flame goes off, the holographic candle will remain alive in other subtle dimensions. This may also occur with a beeswax candle, nonetheless beeswax candle are stubborn at aborting intention.
Despite the mystical shop ads or the recurring “ancient traditions” talk, beeswax proves to be an expensive and difficult magical tool to work with. Beeswax may sound elegant and “retro”, but paraffin, although regarded as an ordinary, non-fashionable material, conduits desire and thought-forms to etheric realms like a pro.
1 – IUPAC, Compendium of Chemical Terminology, 2nd ed. (the “Gold Book”) (1997). “esters”. doi:10.1351/goldbook.E02219
2 – Nasser, William E (1999). “Waxes, Natural and Synthetic”. In McKetta, John J (ed.). Encyclopedia of Chemical Processing and Design. 67. New York: Marcel Dekker. p. 17. ISBN 978-0-8247-2618-8.
3 – Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). “Pollination” . Encyclopædia Britannica. 22 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. pp. 2–5.