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How To Trim A Candle Wick

Wondering if your spell candle has a spiritual message for you?

Is the black soot on the side of your jar candle an omen of harmful energy?

Or could the wick be too long and giving you false flags and mixed messages?

When it comes to tapping into the spiritual plane, it’s always best to rule out mundane explanations – plus, safety first.

So, today, we’re covering how to trim a candle wick to keep you safe and make sure your divine messages are true signs.

Be sure to trim your candle wick for its first use, plus any time you relight a candle.

If you’re relighting a candle, be sure that the wick and wax are fully cooled before trimming.

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How To Trim Your Candle Wicks

Time needed: 1 minute.

  1. Gather your wick-trimming scissors or regular scissors and a ruler.

    Wick trimmers are specially designed for this task and are highly recommended. However, if you don’t have one, you can use a pair of sharp scissors or nail clippers plus a ruler.

  2. Measure 1/4″ from the top of the wax.

    The ideal length for a candle wick is about 1/4 inch (or around 6mm). This is roughly the length of the metal part of a staple. If you have wick trimmers, you can skip this step as they are usually already pre-measured to the perfect wick height!

  3. Trim your wick.

    If you’re using a wick trimmer, simply rest your trimmer against the top of the wax and snip. To trim a wick with scissors, measure and cut the wick at the point that is 1/4 inch from the top of the candle. Cut across the wick in one, clean motion.

  4. Remove the trimmed wick.

    Make sure to remove the piece of wick you’ve just cut off from the candle’s surface. Leaving it on can result in it catching fire the next time you light the candle, posing a potential safety hazard or false candle readings.

  5. Clean around your freshly cut wick.

    If there is any soot or debris around the wick or on the candle’s surface, clean it off gently. This helps ensure a clean and even burn the next time you light the candle.

Why Do You Need To Trim A Candle Wick?

When you light a candle, the wick’s length significantly influences how it burns.

An untrimmed wick can:

  • Create smoke.
  • Produce an uneven burn.
  • Leave sooty residue on the candle glass or even in your sacred space.
  • Give false divination symbols when reading a candle.

How Can An Untrimmed Candle Wick Affect Candle Meanings?

In the realm of candle magic and divination, an untrimmed wick can lead to inaccurate interpretations.

If your wick is too long, it may cause the flame to flicker, dance, or produce excessive smoke – all signs that can be misinterpreted during a reading.

For example:

  • A flickering flame might usually indicate the presence of spiritual communication, but an untrimmed wick could artificially produce this effect.
  • A tall flame might indicate high energy, but an untrimmed wick could also produce a tall flame.

This could lead to false readings and misdirection in your spiritual journey.

Trimming your wick ensures a cleaner, more stable, and safer burn. It also maintains the purity of your candle’s energy, allowing for precise divination and effective magical workings.

When Should You Trim Your Candle Wick?

Always trim your wick before the first use.

Most new candles come with a wick that is significantly longer than necessary. Aim to cut it down to about a quarter of an inch (or around 6mm). This length is ideal for achieving a steady, even flame that burns with minimal soot or smoke.

After the initial trim, you should trim the wick every time you relight the candle.

Let the candle cool down completely, and trim the wick to the recommended length again before relighting. This practice will help prevent a smoky flame and ensure that your candle burns evenly.

Never trim a wick while the candle is burning. Always extinguish the flame and let the candle cool before you proceed.

Candles are integral to your spiritual journey, whether you’re using them for meditation, spell-casting, or ritual work.

They bring a unique essence to your sacred space, infusing it with warmth, energy, and intention. But to ensure their optimal performance and preserve their spiritual integrity, it’s essential to take care of them properly.

The care you give to your candles mirrors the care you give to your spiritual practice. By understanding and properly trimming your candle wick, you’re not only extending the life of your candle but also enhancing your spiritual experience. Respect your candles, and they will serve your intentions powerfully and accurately.

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About The Author

Aurora Moone is a beautiful, kind-spirited, loving, motivating, and exciting Witch of 21 years. Having traveled all over the United States, Aurora has close friends of every religious background and spiritual path.

She believes, whole-heartedly, in the power of coexistence through love, respect, and growth. She feels that we have responsibilities that involve everyone, no matter what path they walk.

“No matter what group you commit to, no matter what spirituality you align with, no matter what religion you follow, no matter what political party you fall under, and no matter what your gender or race is, we are all citizens of Earth, and we all have a responsibility.” – Aurora Moone

During her time in Hattiesburg, MS, Aurora founded Coexist at Southern Miss and Southern Miss Spell Casters. She specializes in mindfulness, Usui Reiki, Ascension Reiki, Wicca, meditation, extra-sensory perception, instant magic, and tarot analysis and reading. She is a 4th rank Temple Tradition Priestess.

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