Merry Meet All,
Samhain is a magical and mystical time. My lawn and garden are a colorful melody of fiery leaves. Even though my garden is preparing itself for the harsh winter, it is still stunning. The coleus mingles with the fiery colorful leaves.
Most witches are busy bustling in their kitchens, scurrying to be ready in time for Samhain. This weekend I made a purple pillar herbal candle. I am proud of it. It turned out beautifully. I like the melt and pour method of making candles.
Paraffin wax has its benefits and its minuses. It is easy to melt and suited for a melt and pour method, but paraffin wax does burn black soot. The black soot is harmful to your health. Despite that, it is the most widely used wax. Soy and beeswax are better for our health and the environment.
I melted the paraffin wax in the double boiler and turned the heat down to a low temperature. In another pot, on low, I melted juniper, bay leaf, lavender, willow, sage, rosemary, betony, lemon vervain, lemon balm and bee balm, and mugwort with olive oil. I picked a bit of willow bark from the tree growing beside the house I live in and added that. I remembered to thank the tree and prepared the wick. When the paraffin wax had melted, I added the purple dye and the herbal oil to the wax. I allowed it to blend and carefully poured the wax into the glass jar. I sprayed the jar with cooking spray prior to adding the wax.
I tied the excess wick to a pencil and rested the pencil across the glass jar to keep the wick centered in the candle. The wick was quite long and trailed on the counter. That is a useful tip if you want a nice neat centered wick when you are finished. The other option is to stick a wick pin in the center then later, add the wick. When the wax had cooled, I topped the top surface of the candle with more wax. I still had a small hole in the top part of the candle, so I pushed in an amethyst bead piece.
The candle set in the jar overnight in the freezer. I could not remove the candle from the jar till morning, when the jar shattered. I guess I have to invest in plastic molds from now on. I left lots of wick and trimmed the excess.
When making candles, it is advised that you take your time to turn out a stunning candle, never leave melting wax unattended, and do not burn yourself from the hot wax. Do not pour wax down the kitchen sink. I am eager to learn more about making candles and creating many beautiful candles in the future.
My candle is powerful. I will use it wisely during the Samhain Ritual on the 31st!!
Have a wonderful Samhain