Manifesting with Candles: Everything You Need to Know

If you want a fun and effective way to make your desires come true, this guide is perfect for you. Manifesting with candles harnesses the power of four elements: fire, air, water, and earth.

The flame symbolizes fire, while the oxygen that fuels it represents air. The solid wax of the candle stands for earth, and the melting wax as it burns signifies water. With all these elements present in your ritual, your intentions are bound to materialize.

There are numerous methods for manifesting with candles, and this guide will walk you through everything you need to know. So, grab yourself a cup of cacao and let’s get started!

Manifestation: Embracing Magic and Action

Manifestation is a dynamic process that involves co-creating with the universe. It’s about harnessing the power of intentional magic while also embracing personal responsibility and accountability. While believing in the inherent magic of manifestation is crucial, it’s equally important to complement it with tangible actions towards your desired outcomes.

The philosophy of manifestation revolves around finding a harmonious balance between the mystical and the practical. It’s not solely about wishing, praying, or performing rituals; it’s also about rolling up your sleeves and doing the necessary work to bring your dreams to fruition.

The phrase “believe in the magic, but also do the work” encapsulates this balanced approach perfectly. It emphasizes the importance of maintaining faith in the universe’s ability to manifest your desires while recognizing your role in actively shaping your reality.

While some may be drawn solely to the enchanting aspects of manifestation, it’s essential to acknowledge the significance of hard work and perseverance. True manifestation involves more than just visualizing and affirming your goals; it requires clarity of intention and a commitment to taking deliberate, aligned action steps.

By aligning your actions with your intentions and taking purposeful strides towards your goals, you not only assert your influence over the universe but also increase the likelihood of manifesting your desires. Each deliberate action serves as a catalyst for transformation, bringing you closer to the manifestation of your dreams.

Now, armed with a deeper understanding of manifestation’s principles, let’s embark on an exploration of the enchanting world of manifesting with candles. 

What You’ll Need

To begin your candle manifestation practice, gather the following items

  • Candle (recommended ritual candles)
  • Matches (convenient ones)
  • Anointing Oil (such as Resonance Oil or Road Opener Oil)
  • Herbs (obtain from local health food stores or sources like Mountain Rose Herbs for organic options)

Exploring Further

If you’re interested, you may also want to explore

  • Essential Oils for Enhanced Manifestation
  • Top 10 Crystals for Manifesting

How to Manifest with Candles: Step-by-Step Guide

Candle manifestation offers a versatile approach to manifesting desires, whether it’s love, money, opportunities, or healing. Once you’ve clarified your intention, you can select the ingredients accordingly.

The oils, herbs, and colors chosen for your candle ritual play a crucial role in amplifying your specific desire. With this in mind, the following instructions can be adapted to suit your unique manifestation intention.

Gather Your Materials: Candle, Oil, Herbs

Begin by gathering all the necessary materials for your candle manifestation ritual. Depending on your intention, select specific ingredients that resonate with your desired outcome. For instance, if you’re manifesting money, consider using ingredients like cinnamon, frankincense, basil, chamomile, and ginger. For love manifestation, opt for ingredients such as rose, jasmine, cardamom, hibiscus, ylang ylang, and lavender. And if clarity is your goal, try lemon, sage, spearmint, grapefruit, and lemongrass.

Create Your Sacred Space

Setting up a sacred and intentional space is crucial for any ritual. Find a quiet area where you can focus without interruptions. Surround yourself with items that bring you peace and remind you of your desires. Fresh flowers, fairy lights, and additional candles can enhance the ambiance of your sacred space.

Cleanse Your Space and Candle

Before beginning your ritual, cleanse your sacred space and candle to remove any lingering negative energies. One effective method is to use the smoke of burning herbs like sage, rosemary, lavender, or palo santo. Ensure that you source your herbs ethically from reputable vendors like Mountain Rose Herbs for organic and wildcrafted options.

Clarify and Set Your Intention

Take a moment to clarify your intentions for the manifestation ritual. Envision your ideal life and determine what your heart truly desires. Setting clear intentions is vital for manifesting positive changes in your life. Once you’re clear on your desires, set your intentions for the candle manifestation ritual.

Write Your Manifesting Affirmation

With a clear intention in mind, formulate a manifestation affirmation on paper. Write a concise statement expressing gratitude for your desired outcome, as if it has already happened. For example, “I am so grateful I accomplished my goal of xyz” or “I am so grateful I met the love of my life.” You can place the paper beneath your candle and let it burn as the candle does, or you can light the paper with your candle and allow it to burn safely in a fireproof bowl. (Consider using a mini moon cauldron from Amazon for added ambiance.)

You might find these resources helpful for your manifestation journey

  • New Moon Affirmations: Embrace New Beginnings and Manifest Your Goals
  • 50 Affirmations for Money and Magnetism
  • 50 Motivating Affirmations for Business and Success

Write Your Manifestation on a Bay Leaf

An alternative method for your candle ritual involves writing your manifestation affirmation on a bay leaf instead of paper. This harnesses the energy of the bay leaf to enhance the power of your manifestation. For more information on manifesting with bay leaves, refer to my other post: Bay Leaf Manifestation Guide.

Dress Your Candle

Now, it’s time to prepare your candle. Take the anointing oil and/or essential oils you’ve selected and rub them onto the outer surface of the candle. Ensure thorough application, then roll the candle in your chosen herbs to allow them to adhere to the surface. As a bonus, consider carving your lucky number, a symbolic number, or your name and a short affirmation into the candle to reinforce your intentions.

Light the Candle and Recite Your Manifestation Affirmation

Once your candle is prepared, light it and focus your gaze on the flame. Visualize your manifestation coming to fruition and recite your affirmation with conviction. If you’ve opted to burn your manifestation paper or bay leaf, this is the opportune moment to do so.

Allow the Candle to Burn Completely

Monitor the burning candle closely and stay connected to your intention throughout the process. If time is limited, consider using birthday candles or tea lights for your manifestation ritual. Remember, the key is to allow the candle to burn all the way to maximize the manifestation energy.

Manifestation Candle Color Meanings: Choosing Your Candle

Each candle color carries its own unique energy, influencing the manifestation ritual. Selecting a candle color that aligns with your manifestation goal can amplify your intentions and enhance the manifestation process.


The practice of candle manifestation encapsulates a profound journey of intentionality and connection with the universe, where each step, from gathering materials to allowing the candle to burn, holds significance in co-creating our desires. By infusing our intentions with the elemental energies represented by candles, we embark on a transformative path of self-discovery and manifestation. Whether we choose to write affirmations on paper or bay leaves, dress candles with oils and herbs, or select specific colors to amplify intentions, each ritual becomes a sacred expression of our aspirations. As we gaze into the flame and recite affirmations, we align ourselves with the universe, trusting in its ability to manifest our deepest desires. Through patience, dedication, and unwavering belief, candle manifestation becomes a beacon of hope, illuminating our journey toward personal growth, empowerment, and the realization of our dreams.