Candle Magic For Beginners
Candle burning is an ancient spiritual practice that has evolved into a complex magical art and science without losing its simplicity and capacity for creating powerful change. To practice successful candle magic, you must understand the principles behind this application.
Candle Color, Size and Shape, Candle Flipping, Marking and Dressing, Measuring, Charging, Lighting and Extinguishing.
Color has a profound effect on human behavior, feelings, and emotional outlook.
The color of the candle should always, if possible, match your goal. People’s perception of, and reaction to, colors can be highly individual experience, therefore, the list below should act only as a guide and not a definitive source. When in doubt, trust your intuition.
White: Protection, healing, cleansing, blessing, all purpose.
Yellow: Creativity, communication, compelling.
Pink: Romance, friendship, happiness.
Orange: Employment, activation, stimulation.
Red: Health, passion, lust, strength, love.
Purple: Power, success, independence, spirits.
Brown: Friendship, law, stability, order.
Blue: Truth, justice, mental health, wisdom, wishes.
Green: Abundance, physical health, luck, prosperity
Black: Banishing, binding, protection, cursing.
Size and Shape:
Candles come in an array of shapes and sizes. Votive candles are smaller, burn quicker and hotter. Often used for spells where fast results are needed. Burn around taper, vigils, or honey jar to speed up results.
Most, in not all, candle spells, are worked using tapers. These candles can range anywhere from 4 to 12 inches or longer and come in every color of the rainbow. The thickness of household tapers will also vary.
Vigil candles are encased in glass. Can burn anywhere from seven to nine days. Pillar candles are similar to Vigil Candles, however they are not encased in glass. Pillar candles can be used as an alternate to Vigil Lights. May be marked with a wish, dressed with oil, placed on an overturned saucer, under which a written petition may be placed. For long term goals, a pillar candle can be prepared in this manner on the day that corresponds to your goal. The candle is then burned on the same day of the week every week until your goal is manifest. If your candle is spent and your goal has yet to manifest, prepare a new one, lighting it from the flame of the old one, before it is spent.
Candle Flipping is a very old practice, which some say originated with the Gypsies, who were said to burn candles ‘upside down’ to ensure they would not be (justly or unjustly) incarcerated.
To flip a candle means to cut off a portion of a candle where the exposed wick is, called the head; and then cut away the wax on the opposite end, called the foot, to expose the wick on that end. As a general rule, candles prepared to pull things towards you are burned upright, those designed to move things away from you are flipped and burned upside down. Also called Butting.
Marking and Dressing:
To mark a candle means to inscribe something in its wax. Candles are marked with two pieces of information, they are:
Who the candle spell is to affect.
The goal of the spell.
The name of the individual can be written native language or in a magical alphabet. Your goal may be written in the form of a keyword or phrase, or a magic symbol such as a Rune, Astrological Sign, or even a magical symbol of your own making (sigil). In either case, the candle is marked vertically from the top of the candle to the bottom, with the name of the individual on its ‘face’ and the goal on the reverse.
Dressing a candle refers to the act of anointing the candle with oil. Candles are anointed with oil to spiritually cleanse them and seal the magic inside until releasing it through the act of burning the candle. Candles are anointed in two ways, either to draw things towards yourself, or drive them away.
To anoint a candle, hold its base against your abdomen (as if to insert it in your belly button). To draw something to you, dip your finger in the oil and stroke the candle from the tip to base three times and call the essence of your desire, using a keyword of phrase. To drive something away from you, anoint the candle from base to tip.
Herbs represent another aspect of dressing candles, which brings an added dimension to the process. After dressing the candle with oil, it may be rolled in a mixture or a combination of herbs. Herbs chosen for dressing the candle should match your goal.
In most spells, a candle will be allowed to burn until it burns all the way down and finally extinguishes itself. However, some spells require a candle to be burned in intervals at specific times. The method of dividing a candle to accommodate these intervals is called measuring.
Candles are measured in two main ways,. They are timing, and pinning. In timing, a candle is allowed to burn for a certain number of minutes per day over a certain number of days.
In pinning, a candle is divided into a certain number of sections by sticking a needle or pin through the candle. The candle is then burned at the same time every day for as many days as required until the needle drops, at which time it is then extinguished.
In the case of a candle that is measured with needles or pins to burn for x number of days the candle is divided into. Final pin going through the wick.
If a written petition has been placed under the candle, the pins will be placed in the petition until the spell is complete and then ritually disposed. If not petition has been written, the pins will either be saved for re-use or ritually disposed of with any left over wax.
Now that your candle is prepared, it must then be charged. To ‘charge’ a candle means to fill it with energy, much like charging a battery. Charging a candle fills it with power that it will release into the universe as it burns in order to accomplish your goal.
To charge your candle, hold your hands over it and form a triangle with your forefinger and thumbs. Position the candle in the center of your triangle. Visualize that which you desire as your make your prayer or petition. When you are done, gently tap the candle on the table three times to signal that your intention is sealed.
Lighting and Extinguishing:
Many individuals light their candles with ordinary matches, while others feel that the sulfur with which matches are tipped, disturb the nature of the work. These people light a small candle in another room, which they use to light their spell candles with, at the appropriate time. The effectiveness of your candle spell will be greatly enhanced by focused intent and chanting during its preparation and burning, as will having a clear vision of your goal.
Extinguishing candles is another issue where magical practitioners are divided. Methods of extinguishing candle include:
Pinching out the flame, but some say you pinch out your wish.
Blowing out the flame, but some say you blow away your wish.
Snuffing out the flame, but some say you snuff out your wish.
Just like lighting your candles, you will either have to experiment or trust your instincts when choosing how to extinguish your candles. Whichever methods you choose, it is important that you remain consistent.
Various Types of Candles:
This section will cover some of the various types of candles and how they are used. Candles divide into two categories. They are: Specialty Candles & Figure Candles
Specialty candles differ from other types of candles mentioned in that they meet one or more of the following conditions.
1. They come in a size different from votive, taper, or pillar candles.
2. They consist of one candle molded in two or more colors of wax.
Examples of specialty candles include Jumbo Candles, Double Action Candles and Reversing Candles.
Jumbo Candles are nine inches long and come in either a single color, two colors, or sometimes three colors. Due to their size and width they are usually used in seven-day type spells. They are used just like regular candles as described above.
Double Action Candles are candles which have been made from two different colors of wax. They are usually red, white, or green on their top half and black on their bottom half. They are believed to simultaneously reverse negativity while drawing in positive influences as represented by the color of candle used. In addition to carving names on these candles and anointing them with oils, they are usually ‘flipped’ by cutting off the wick turning it upside down and digging a new wick out of what was the bottom. In this way the evil as represented by the black portion of the candle burns away so that the good as represented by the other color can draw in the positive influences.
Reversing Candles are jumbo candles which consist of a red candle covered with a layer of black wax and are used to reverse negativity back to its source. They are often employed in the same manner as double-action candles by flipping the candle, marking it with the enemy’s name (usually backwards), anointing it with a condition oil and burning it on a mirror. As the candle burns the red wax will overcome the black wax and run down the candle symbolically overcoming the evil.
Figure candles are candles which have been created in various forms and which represent certain conditions, ideas, or people. They come in a wide variety of choices and colors from which a practitioner can choose when deciding to perform spells. Examples of Figure Candles include, Human Figure Candles, Cat Candles, Cross Candles, Genital Candles, and Skull Candles to name a few.
Figure candles add an extra dimension to candle-burning due to the sympathetic qualities their specific shape provides. In and of themselves, figure-candles are no more powerful than regular candles. However, some practitioners may find that they react more strongly to the visual/tactile aspects of the candle which allows them to be more successful in their endeavors.
Some Types of Figure Candles and their Use(s):
Human Figure Candles:
These are candles which have been molded in the shape of a naked Man (Adam Candle) and a naked woman (Eve Candle). Human Figure Candles are often used to represent a specific person. They come in various colors including black, white, green, and red. Just as in general candle-burning practices, the color of the candle should be in harmony with the goal of your spell. Typically, the name of the person the candle is intended to represent is scratched across the chest of the doll. The individual’s personal concerns, when available, are ‘loaded’ into the base of the candle. Once prepared the candle may be burned, either alone or with other candles. In some cases it may be manipulated as part of a “moving candle spell”, that is it may be moved towards/away from another candle(s) or object to symbolize movement on the issue or problem with the ultimate goal to bring about a certain condition. A good example of one such spell is placing two prepared Red Human Figure candles on an altar facing towards one another about a foot apart with a red taper in the center. Each day the candles are lit and move closer together in order to bring the two people together. In some cases, the Human Figure candle isn’t burned at all. Many practitioners often prepare the candle as described above and then use it in the same manner as a doll-baby.
Skull Candles are shaped like the human skull and come in black, green, red and white. Because they are associated with the human head/mind they are used to penetrate another’s thoughts. However, due to many people associating skeletons with sickness and death, some practitioners use these candles to bring health to the sick or to curse their enemies with sickness unto death.
Alternately called Cross of Calvary Candles or the Floral Cross, these candles are shaped like the Holy Cross and are further embossed with a set of crossed-keys and an open bible. Cross candles come in an array of colors whose use follow the same line of color symbolism in practical candle-burning spells. However, due to their association with Christianity, they are often used in conjunction with praying the Psalms for specific goals. I have also seen them used in workings to open or close doors (physical or spiritual).
These are candles which resemble a nude heterosexual couple embracing and are used to enhance the romantic/sexual aspects of one’s relationship.
A candle molded in the shape of a cat sitting on its hind legs. These candles come in red, green and black. Due to the cat’s perceived ability to always land on its feet, to slip in and out of placed undetected, and longevity cat candles are used to draw in good luck. The type of luck desired is often represented by the color of candle chosen and the petition placed under the candle.
Candles which are representative of the Penis and Vagina. These candles are used to manipulate/enhance/control one’s sexual prowess and nature. Perhaps the most common use for these candles are to attract a new sexual partner, arouse passion, ensure sexual fidelity, and curse another individual’s sexuality.
A large candle molded in green wax in the shape of a Pyramid with an eye in its center. This candle is a three-dimensional representation of the pyramid found on United States Currency and is associated with the wealth of Egypt. It is thought to quickly draw money and prosperity to the individual when properly prepared and burned with sincere prayer.
These candles are shaped like an Egyptian Mummy and come in either black or red wax. Due to the binding nature of the mummy, they are often used to bind enemies or keep them down. However, they are also used to lift cross conditions and empower the individual.
Candles which resemble hands brought together in prayer. Praying Hands candles are available only in white and are used when praying for the sick or injured.
These are candles molded in the likeness of a stereotypical witch complete with conical-hat and broom. They draw upon the belief that witches are naturally attuned to magic and can command powerful forces. They are typically available in either black or red wax and are used to cast hexes (black) or bring about love (red). I have also seen these candles used by magical practitioners against other magical practitioners for both good and ill.
Candles molded in the likeness of a devil, they come in red, green, and black wax. This devil is not the Satan of Christianity but rather an amalgam of Pagan/African/Christianity deities into a powerful ally in magic. Depending on the color, these candles are used to incite passion in another, bring in money, or hex your enemy.
7 Knob Candle:
These are candles which have been created to have seven knobs and come in white, red, green and black. Their color symbolism follows the same general concepts as found in practical candle burning spells. Seven Knob candles are used to bring about one’s wishes by carving one’s wish on each of the seven knobs, anointing each know with oil, and then burning one knob per day for a total of seven days.
Not all magical traditions give credence to the manner in which a candle burns or seeks to divine the success or failure of a spell by observing patterns left in wax residue. Some of the topics that will be addressed include:
The Behavior of the Candle Flame, Signs Left by Vigil Lights, Symbols in Left Over Wax, Things to Keep in Mind:
The Behavior of the Candle Flame:
Your candles are speaking to you each time you light them to attract or dispel certain influences. Granted they may not speak in a voice that you can hear with your ears (although it has been known to occur) but rather with the movement of the flame. Some of the signs through which a candle may be trying to communicate with you are given below.
These signs presuppose that you have already ruled out any mundane factors which may give the appearance of a positive or negative sign, such as a candle which has been left in a draft, an improperly made candle, too much oil used, etc., and have made the necessary corrections.
Weak or Low Flame:
This is a sign that you have not accumulated sufficient power to accomplish your desired goal or that another is working against you. Watch the flame to see if it grows stronger as it burns, if not, this means that your desire may not manifest and if it does it will take a long time. When this occurs you should re-evaluate your goal or continue burning candles until you see improvement.
Strong or High Flame:
A strong flame indicated a great amount of power or energy is being spent to achieve your goal. A flame which burns abnormally high is indicative that God has heard your petition and this is generally taken as a sign that your work will succeed.
Flame Goes Out:
A candle that will not burn or whose flame goes out is trying to tell you that there are strong energies working against you. When this occurs you have three choices. They are 1) Dispose of this candle and start over with another. 2) Re-light the candle and refortify it with fervent prayer. or 3) Dispose of the candle and re-evaluate your goal.
Flame Relights Itself:
A candle whose flame appears to become extinguished and which then begins burning again is a sign that there are energies opposing your work but that your candle is fighting back to keep working for you.
When the flame flares up and down this is a sign of opposition and that you are in an active struggle with the subject of your spell. It could be that someone is working against you or that someone is working for the same goal as you (i.e. casting spells for the same promotion, lover, etc...) Pay attention to how the candle continues to burn for additional signs.
A candle which naps, crackles, or pops is generally believed to be a sign of the language of spirits (ancestors, angels, etc...). It is believed that the spirits are either talking to you or to each other.
A candle which burns down quickly and leaves little to no residue is given as a sign that the work will be successful but that perhaps the results will not be lasting.
A candle which burns down slowly, or slower than other candles of the same type previously burned is given to indicate that 1) the goal of the spell will take some time but that the results will last or 2) there is resistance to your spell.
Signs Left By Vigil Lights:
Unlike free standing candles, Vigil Lights are candles which are encased in glass and which are designed to burn anywhere from 7 to 9 days. Due to the fact that they are encased in glass, many auguries have been ascribed to condition of the glass as a result of burning a Vigil Light. Some of these signs include:
It is given as a good sign that what you wish for will come to pass with little to no resistance if a Vigil Light burns without leaving behind any wax residue or marks on the glass.
Soot on Top:
If the top portion of a Vigil Light is blackened from soot, but otherwise clean as it burns down, this is given as a sign that your spell got off to a bad start (i.e. it initially faced some negativity or opposition) but that it worked past those negative energy and worked well for you.
Soot on Bottom:
If a Vigil Light burns clean in the beginning but later leaves a black soot on the bottom portion of your candle, this is a sign that your spell got off to a good start but ran into opposition before completing its work for you. When this occurs you should back up the work by lighting another candle and continuing to do so until you get a candle that burns clean.
Soot All Over:
A Vigil Light that burns completely black is a definite sign that a strong enemy is working against you.
As in the case with many of the signs mentioned, the signs given for a Vigil Light that cracks or explodes largely depends on the the goal of the spell. Generally speaking a cracked/exploding Vigil Light can indicate 1) Breaking through an obstacle such as another person's defenses 2) Breaking a spell such as a hex that was placed on you or 3) Your candle broke because it took a 'hit' for you or 4) The person is actively working against you and broke your spell before it could have an affect on him or her.
Symbols Left in Residual Wax:
Sometimes a candle will melt down and drip wax in puddles as it burns. These puddles are often searched for signs and symbols which will give an indication of the success or failure of the work. Some common symbols include Hearts, Faces, Tears, Eyes, Circles, Genitals, Some individuals have attempted to assign specific meanings to commonly occurring symbols which have often found in these drippings.
Ceromancy sensu stricto – or divination by candle wax.
Ceromancy sensu lato – or divination by ( melted ) wax and water.
Ceromancy sensu stricto:
It’s brilliantly pragmatic, and a handy tool to monitor the success of Your candle magic spells, and thus, accordingly, influence or “fix” them, as You are performing them.
Of course, a rootworker will also observe the smoke behavior, flame movements, even other things such as glass cracking, in the case of glass encased candles, or label scorching or burning, also sounds that candles may produce, appearance or sparkles etc.
We shall focus on the ceromancy part here, since this is an post about ceromancy. And in this case we observe:
The speed by which candle burns. Essentially, if the candle burns fast it’s ominous of a good outcome, desired outcome, and if it burns slow, it indicates that there are some forces or obstacles opposing to, or slowing down the work. Finally a candle that goes away way too fast ( let’s say in half of the time assessed by manufacturer) foretells success, but most often a very short-lived or temporary one.
The “efficiency” of candle burning. Meaning if the candle lumps, goes out frequently, makes a lot of cascade drip-lines from sides, burns slowly, it’s sending a message that something is defying the influence of the spell or countering it, also slowing it down. In such case some people light new candles, yet other “remedy” the candle (relight, trim the wick, add some condition oil or even some cologne used in spiritual work, etc.), and thus also affect the outcome of the spell.
The Shapes the wax forms. If the wax drips a lot, and forms hanging pillars, “waterfalls”, “frozen drops”, cascade flows , it’s usually taken as a sign that the success will come, but with a lot of effort and tears possibly, preceding it, and more so if these remain after the candle has burnt down. These wax formations are often seen as transitive, because they rarely remain after the candle has burnt all the way down, naturally. The other kind are the “permanent” wax shapes , that had formed in residual wax, remaining after the candle has naturally extinguished itself.
It should be clear that this “universal” doctrine of signatures symbolism will vary depending on the type of candle used and therefore also, the purpose of the candle magic ritual.
For example, let’s say we are using a spell to influence two people, who are, or should be romantically involved, and we are using figural candles for the spell. The wax melts, and connects them firmly at their basis.
This is a good omen, If it was some kind of reunion, or marriage, or other kind or love or friendship spell. But If we were actually trying to do a separation spell, this would indicate that the two people will fight and overcome the spell, and remain together. Likewise, If one is doing some kind of marriage spell, or fidelity spell with the bride and groom figural candle, and one party (bride or groom) drips intensively over another, we can safely say that the given party is more eager on getting married and that it tries to “cling” onto the other party.
If we are working with glass encased candles, and the glass breaks, spilling wax, it can either indicate bloodshed or tears of some kind, or it can mean blessing, for example If it was a money spell, and the wax “escaped” and became firm around the coins You’ve placed around the candle.
So, obviously, while some general doctrine of signatures symbolism applies here, we still must take in account the purpose of the candle used, as well as it’s nature, and sometimes even color.
And of course, any “omen” is really an omen, only when we can exclude the possible physical causes. If You drench the candle in exaggerated amount of oil, it will burn down way too fast, If You have a draft in the room where You are doing the work, and the candle flickers…well it’s obviously not some of entities who are causing this. Also an unstable candle, tilting or shaking, will drip all over, from sides to the base. It means nothing other than that You need to fix it.
Therefore, “Ceromancy sensu stricto” is a bit more demanding, when it comes to analysis and interpretation than “Cereomancy sensu lato” , which is though a bit more complicate to do , in the plain, physical sense of performing it.
Cermonacy sensu lato:
Ceromancy can also be achieved, for the sole purpose, of a broader spectrum divination, rather than being part of candle magic. In fact, today, in the occult community , this is one of the most popular methods of divination. It can be seen as a form of hydromancy, and scrying .
It’s as simple as melting some wax, and letting it drip into water, until the questioner intuitively (or otherwise) feels it has been enough. Touching the cold water surface, the melted wax, hardens, forming auspicious shape, which are henceforth analysed and interpreted just like the tea patterns in tasseography (divination using the tea leaves) are. The symbolic meanings are the same.
So the very process is generally uniform, more so among the modern practitioners. Some may drip wax from candle directly, into a bowl with water, while others will melt wax in some vessel, using double boiler and then pour it into the water.
Some traditions require either brass vessel or a glass one specifically. In Turkey, ceremony is a communal ceremony, where two or more people hold the spread white clothe above the head of the questioner, and some other person holds a vessel (bowl) with water over the cloth and pours wax in it.
In Italy, they place the candles, in the bowl with water and allow them to drip, while in the bowl. This is usually achieved by tying the two candles together, as explained in the following example, by Judika Illes:
Ceromancy, an Italian method
1. “Place three Rose hips, three Nettle leaves, some Cumin seeds and a few springs of Rue, in a bowl or pan of icy water.
2. Bind two candles with scarlet ribbon.
3. Place those candles within a pan of water.
4. Light the candles and observe the wax dripping into the water.”
Author further suggests that the lucky shapes, should be preserved and kept in a red charm bag like an amulet.
The shapes that form in water can be interpreted as If they were tea-leaves pattern . You can consult any tea leaves reading book, and here are some suggestions:
AEROPLANE - A trip of a disappointment
ANCHOR - Your loved one is true
BABY - Troubles are coming
BALL or BALLOON - Your problem will not last very
BEANS - Money difficulties
BED - A vacation would be good for you
BELLS - A wedding
BIRD - News will reach you soon
BRIDGE - Take a chance
BROOM - Make a change
CANDLE - Spiritual growth
CAT - A friend is untrue
CHAIN - Go ahead with your plans
CIRCLE - Reconciliation
CLOUD - Something or someone threatens you
CROSS - Do not fear for you are protected
CROWN - Sickness
CUP - Bitter quarrel with a friend
DOG - Your self-esteem is too low
EAR - Be alert for an opportunity to advance in
EGG - New developments soon
FAN - A surprise is in store for you
FEATHER - The problem will be solved
FISH - Someone will betray you
GHOST - Someone from the past is looking for you
GRASS - Good fortune is approaching
HAT - A change of location is indicated
HEART - A friendship will turn into love
HOUSE - Better times are coming
KEY - A setback in plans should be expected
KITE - Your wish will come to naught
LADDER - Take steps to change your attitude
toward an old friend
LEAF or LEAVES - Things will be changing soon
LION - An unpleasant situation is developing
MOON - Indicates more money
MOUNTAIN - Good friends are willing to help you
PANTS - You will be tempted
PEN - Expect a letter from a relative
PIN - Your lover may be attracted to another
PIPE - Peace and comfort
RING - Marriage may be possible in the near
SCISSORS - Separation
SHOE - Be suspicious of a new acquaintance
SNAKE - Be on guard against an enemy
SPIDER WEB - Pleasant happenings
STAR - Happiness
SUN - Good fortune
TABLE - An abundance of blessings
TREE - A good time for new undertakings
UMBRELLA - Trouble is coming
WALKING STICK - Get out of the house and visit
WHEEL - One who has been away will return soon
WITCH - Danger will pass you by
WORM - Business troubles ahead if you are not
Things to Keep In Mind
This entry is not intended to cover every aspect of signs found in candle-burning, but rather to give a brief overview of the subject. Many of the signs given are subjective and largely dependent on the goal or intention of the spell. As you practice candle burning, observe your candles closely and take notes as to the behavior of the candle and how they burn. When your spell is complete, pay attention to what does or does not happen next and write this down as well. With practice over time you will begin to understand how your candles speak to you and what they are trying to tell you.
A ring of salt keeps influence out when candles burn.
Tin foil can work in place of a mirror.
Disposal of Magical Remains:
Many people think that a spell is complete once the candle is spent, but this is not the case. A spell is not complete until its magical remains (i.e. candle wax, petition, herbs, etc...) have been properly disposed of. This is especially true in the folk-magic tradition of Hoodoo where disposal of magical remains has a direct symbolical bearing on the work at hand.
Disposing of Candle Wax:
As stated earlier the intention of your spell often has a direct correlation on how you dispose of magical remains. Below you will find a general guide-line grouped by intention/goal to help you determine how best to dispose of magical leftovers.
To Attract Influences:
If the work was done to draw something to you such as prosperity, a new lover, or good health, the remains are buried on your property, often near your front door or under your front doorstep.
To Keep and Maintain:
If the work was done to keep something with you indefinitely such as a straying lover, the remains are buried in your backyard.
To Move Away:
If the work was done to move something away from you such as a jinx, an enemy, or a negative condition, the remains would be buried off of your property. Choices for burial include 1) tossing in running water or 2) burying at a crossroads.
If the work was done to create or increase a condition such as prosperity or good health, bury or throw it toward the East so that its strengthen with the rising Sun.
If the work was done to end or weaken a condition such as an enemy's good luck, ill-health, etc.. bury or throw it towards the West so that it will diminish with the setting Sun.
Disposal of Used Vigil Lights:
Vigil Lights are typically 8 inch tall Pillar type candles which have been encased in glass. They usually burn anywhere from 7 to 9 days. When a Vigil Light is spent there is always the question of how to dispose of them. Your choices include:
Depending on the actual spell, some workers have been known to dispose of used vigil lights in the same manner as other magical remains.
Some workers have been know to simply toss them in the trash, while others choose to clean them out and place them in the recycle bin.
Again, some workers clean them out and reuse Vigil Lights around their home as storage for incense sticks, as vases, or filled with decorative items such as marbles.
Disposal of Written Petition:
Procedures for disposing of written petitions such as prayers, name paper, or petitions for specific goals often follow the same guidelines for disposal as other forms of magical remains. Typically, petitions are either 1) Burned or 2) Buried. However even with these two choices there are variations and choices to be made.
If the candle was free-standing, the petition may be burned and its ashes mixed with any left-over wax to be disposed of in the manner described above on disposal of candle wax. If the candle was a vigil-light, the petition may be burned inside the glass and the ashes 1) Tossed out with the glass 2) Washed down the drain 3) Scattered to the Winds 4) Disposed of in the same manner as candle wax described above. Alternately, the petition can be burned along with incense or powdered herbs with prayer as an offering to deity.
The petition can be wrapped up with left over candle wax, herbs, etc., and buried 1) near your front door to attract influences 2) in your backyard to maintain conditions 3) tossed in running water to move something away from you or 4) at a crossroads to disperse energy. If the petition was part of a working to hurt or jinx an enemy it can be burned and the ashes mixed with any left over wax, or any type of crossing herbs or powder and 1) buried in the individuals front yard 2) buried under their doorstep 3) hidden in a tree on their property (usually on the western side), 4) hidden in their car 5) buried where they are sure to step over it, etc...