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Putting The Work In Root Worker

There is nothing better than to be able to use the magic you believe in to help a friend in need. This can bolster their spirits and shine light in very dark situations. It creates a linked mind-state that causes palpable changes in one’s life. I love to help with these situations as often as I can. I thought it would be of interest to show a quick step by step of one of my workings.

There will always be people who are willing to “light a candle for you” due to the recent popular rise in interest given to this magical act. What troubles me is the examples I have come across of a person lighting a candle for someone only to show a concerning picture of their work. I am not one to often look down on anyone’s magical development (honestly, the more the merrier, when it all comes down to it) but headaches have been had due to a plethora of nonchalant and effortless examples of such work.

I’m sure you have seen some of the telltale signs: vigil candles lit on microwaves, freestanding figural candles resting on a DVD player with all the latest Hollywood new release movies stacked next to the work, soda cans carelessly placed next to the work, dollar-store artificially scented votive with the price tag still left on it, etc. All of the above cases in point have actually been viewed by my wife and I. I find them all disrespectful to the work being done.

Here is my usual way of setting a freestanding candle for someone. It is the way I learned to do it, as well as the way I have personally found to manifest results.

Does it take some work, time, and effort? YES!

Is it worth it? YES!

Is it impossible, expensive, or difficult to do? NO!

Here is a picture tour of a Peace Of Mind, Blessing, Steady Calm candle burn ritual that I did for a friend who is going through some tough family problems.

Herbs, Roots, Flowers

Herbs, Roots, Flowers Ready To Be Crushed

First I make sure that I have pulled everything from it’s home-shelf and that it is at the ready for use. Constantly getting up again and again can break much needed concentration, focus, and intent. I make sure that all of the items that need pulverizing in the mortar and pestle are ready to go and mixed beforehand as needed.

For this particular work I used the following:

  • Yerba Santa: for spiritual aid for woes
  • Althea Root and Leaf: to soothe and to comfort the ailing
  • Marjoram Leaf: to treat grief and sorrow
  • Mint Leaf: for mental strength during hardships
  • Bay Leaf: for true clarity of thought
  • Frankincense: for spiritual empowerment and general blessings
Items At The Ready

Items At The Ready

Here we see the pre-printed picture petition. On one side is the picture of my friend. On the reverse side is the written out petition. This has been folded appropriately and is ready to be placed under the candle. On the left we have the bowl containing a pre-ground mix of situation-appropriate herbs, resins, roots, and flowers. On the right side we have a mix of incense and sachet powder. The Peaceful Mind Oil is at the ready, as is the candle (blue for peace, harmony, and healing). I use a few different things to carve into a candle, this time it’s one of my glass-headed pokers. Small and steady.

Carving The Candle

Carving The Candle

Start from the bottom of the candle and carve upwards, to draw the calmness, blessings, peace, and steady thoughts to the person for whom you are doing the work. I carve the full name as many times as will fit, constantly turning the candle and carving in a spiral. Then, starting back at the bottom, I will carve the intention in a companion spiral.

Carved Candle

Carved Candle

Now the candle has been carved and can be set down. The next step is to dress the candle with the appropriate oil. In this case a Peaceful Mind oil will be perfect.

Dressing A Ritual Candle With Oil

Dressing A Ritual Candle With Oil

I dress the candle by rubbing a generous amount of oil on both of my hands and rubbing from bottom to top, again to draw in the aspects you are focusing on for the person you are doing work on.

Rolling Dressed Candle In Herb Mix

Rolling Dressed Candle In Herb Mix

After the candle has been dressed with oil it is time to roll it in the herbal mixture. The foil work wonders in containing any mess and conveniently doubles as a pour-spout in the coming steps. Spread out the herbal mixture evenly and roll the candle in it, catching the crushed matter in the oil the candle was dressed with. Not all of the mixture will be used in this step, which is fine, as it will be used in further steps.

Double Dressed Candle With Incense & Powder

Double Dressed Candle With Incense and Powder

I like to double dress my candles, especially when I am doing this kind of candle work for others. I use the previously mixed compound of incenses and powder and lightly dust the candle while delicately spinning it as I hold the wick. Further concentrating (always concentrating) on the purpose of the work at hand.

Fully Double Dressed Candle Ready For Use

Fully Double Dressed Candle Ready For Use

Your candle is now ready and can be gently put aside. Do not worry if a small amount of ingredients come off from the candle as it should be nice and imbued with a good amount of the mixtures. Do not be alarmed if you have not used all of either mixture. This will happen and any remaining will be used within this working. At this point you will notice that your hands are covered with oil, herbs, resins, flowers, pulverized roots, incense, and powder. This is how it should be. Get that work on you. Hands-on work means hands-on work. Please do not use gloves (as I have seen done and have been asked about quite often). Do magic, get dirty, use your hands. You can quote me on that.

You Can Gently Dust The Petition With The Mixture

You Can Gently Dust The Petition With The Mixture

I then take a small amount of the mixture of mixtures (!) and add a little to the petition prior to it being placed underneath the candle. This can be done before the candle gets dressed, but I like to add some of the mixture after it has been physically used in the dressing of the candle.

Placing The Petition Between Two Red Bricks

Placing The Petition Between Two Red Bricks

I then re-fold the petition, concentrate on the intent of the candle work, and place it between the two red bricks I have already set up as the candle holder for this work.

Adding The Herb and Incense Mixture

Adding The Herb and Incense Mixture

Now I use the foil as a funnel and pour all of the leftover mixture into a small cauldron I have ready. It is “facing” the brick candle holder. Here is an example of a fool-proof, fire-proof, candle-burning container. The entire work will be taking place inside of a hundred-year-old iron cauldron purchased at an antique shop in Micanopy, Florida. The candle will be burned on red bricks. The incense and herbal mixture will be burned in an additional, secondary cauldron. This acts as a giant protected pot for the work, as well as being completely impossible to unleash any unwanted fire damage. One would have to physically turn over the entire work to cause damage of any kind. A set-up like this can be useful for the more timid fire/candle workers who wish to preform similar acts of magic inside of their homes.

Melt Wax For Proper Setting

Melt Wax For Proper Setting

I have been asked about this step more times than I can count. To get the candle to adhere to the surface you have prepared to burn it on you must melt a tiny bit of the candle bottom. This will drip a few specks of wax on the area while simultaneously making the very bottom of the candle malleable and ready to adhere.

Hold Candle Firmly In Place

Hold Candle Firmly In Place

Hold the candle firmly, but gently, and wait a few seconds. The candle will be held in place by it’s own, now-cooled, wax.

Candle and Incense Ready To Be Lit

Candle and Incense Ready To Be Lit

The candle and incense are now properly in place and ready to be kissed by fire. Some workers will light the incense first. Some prefer to light the candle first. I will usually light the incense first to get the atmosphere I am looking for to light the candle, the main attraction of this particular working.

Candle And Incense Lit, Burning

Candle And Incense Lit, Burning

Now the candle and incense are burning. I will sit watch over the candle for a short while as it gets going. I may check back on the burn once or twice while it is going, but this is not necessary if everything is working as it should. You may, as I often do, divine signs in the smoke of the incense, the light of the candle, and the melted wax of the candle after the burn has completed.

Preparing The Packet

Preparing The Packet

After the candle had burned down completely and I had done all needed divination for this particular work, I wanted to make a packet to send to my friend for proper burial on his property. I wanted some of this work to have been handled in some way by him and to remain close to him. I readied the remaining melted wax, an additional Bay Leaf, a strip of Solomon’s Seal Root, Mint Leaves, the petition, and the unburned portion of the incense mix.

Sewing The Packet

Sewing The Packet

I took a rectangle of red flannel, evenly folded it over on itself, and made sure the rough side was facing out. I then took red thread and started to sew up the red flannel, making sure to keep one of the four sides open for future use.

Turning The Packet Right-Side Out

Turning The Packet Right-Side Out

Now simply pull the flannel packet inside out and the smooth, finished, surface will be right-side out. The packet is now ready to be filled.

Remaining Candle Wax Mix, Detail

Remaining Candle Wax Mix, Detail

Before we fill the packet let’s take a look at the remaining melted wax. It has melted into a puddle from which shapes and symbols can be divined from. It holds a good amount of the dressing oil, the resin/herb mix, and our incense mix within itself. This is a piece of the essence of the spell that has been worked and is a perfect item to send to the person you have done the work for.

Ready The Packet Ingredients

Ready The Packet Ingredients

I then get the packet contents ready. I have written additional petitions to the specific leaf and root directly on the item. I have asked each item to go forth and provide the needed changes in my friend’s life. I start with the Petition, layering on the Bay Leaf next. On top of that goes the Solomon’s Seal Root. Finally it is crowned with the ritual candle wax. I have sprinkled in Mint Leaves between each layer.

Securing The Packet Contents Together

Securing The Packet Contents Together

Firmly holding the packet ingredients in place I wrap them together with Red Hemp Twine. This holds the items together symbolizing them working together for one shared purpose, as well as making it easier to fill the packet.

Sealing The Packet Contents

Sealing The Packet Contents

I had tied the bundle securely when I noticed a small sliver of the candle wax that had been left over. I used this to melt onto the red hemp twine, further sealing the packet ingredients. This allowed even more actual ingredients from the working to be placed into the packet.

Filling The Packet

Filling The Packet

Filling The Packet

Filling The Packet

Now it’s time for me to place the bundle into the previously made packet. The packet should have been measured to make sure that it could snugly fit all ingredients intended forĀ  it.

Some Finishing Touches

Some Finishing Touches

I add a few more pinches of the Mint Leaves I had set aside for the purpose of this working, as well as a few more pinches of the leftover herb and incense mix. The packet is now ready to be sewn shut.

Sewing The Packet Closed

Sewing The Packet Closed

Now it’s time to sew shut the side of the packet that was left as an opening. I made sure to sew all sides of the packet many times over to ensure it’s ability to continuously hold all of it’s valuable contents.

Final Step: Smoking The Packet

Final Step: Smoking The Packet

Finally, I smoke the finished packet in the remaining incense and herb mix I have been endlessly using in almost all steps. This has been used from conception (crushing all ingredients in the mortar) to the final step (smoking the packet). I concentrate on intent for the packet and make sure to watch for signs in the final smoke enveloping the packet.

Packet Ready For Shipping

Packet Ready For Shipping

Now the packet has been prepared, is set, and is ready for shipping to my friend. I have instructed him to bury this on his property and sincerely know this last step will be a great help to him and will open the way for his continued Blessings, Calm, Peace Of Mind, Clarity, and Mental Strength.

Is this the definitive way you should do candle work? Most definitely not. I love the fact that each worker and practitioner of the conjuring arts has their own way of doing things. This is how I do this particular work and I hope that this post can put a small dent in the world of ugly candle work. Life is too short for magic that is not done at it’s most beautiful, most wonderful, most explosive, and all encompassing badassery!*

* (from Urban Dictionary: Badassery; Engaging in seemingly impossible activities and achieving success in a manner that renders all onlookers completely awestruck.)

Best Wishes and Best of Luck in all of your Workings,

-Joseph Magnuson

9 thoughts on “Putting The Work In Root Worker

  1. Wonderful explanation, especially of the second part of candle work: what to consider when the flame has burned out! I find that very often instructions and stories end when the candle flame does, so something this detailed is appreciated.

    • Thank you kindly. I agree with you. It seems most explanations are very limited. The possibilities one can do with remaining ingredients can work wonders in furthering the spells reach.

  2. Absolutely wonderful. I have to ask — do you feel something is lost if incense is not used? I’m asthmatic, and other family members are smoke-sensitive, so I rarely use it.

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