This ancient technique can produce surprising results. Sit before a
roaring fire. Ask your question. Gaze into the flames while the fire
burns down. Within the flames, or in the sparkling, glowing coals
below them, images of the future may appear. Interpret them with
symbolic thought. It's best to limit gazing time to about five
minutes, but there's no need to check your watch. Allow the images to
come to you for an appropriate time.
Write a question concerning the future on a small piece of paper.
Place it face down on a flat, heat-proof surface. Light one corner of
the paper with a match. If the entire paper burns, the answer is yes.
If only part of the paper is destroyed, the answer is no.
To perform any of the following rites, choose a room not usually
subject to winds or drafts. Night is the preferred time, and it's best
to lower the lights. Use whits candles except where otherwise indicated.
Light a candle and place it in its holder. Sit or stand before it and
search for signs from the flame itself and its wick. If the flame
seems dim, it may be best to hold off on plans for the time being. An
extremely bright flame is a sign of good fortune, but if it quickly
grows smaller, the luck will be temporary.
If the flame waves about, bad weather may be coming, or a great change
in circumstances is foretold. A spark visible in the wick indicates
the imminent arrival of good news. If the flame turns in a circle or
seems to form a spiral, danger is forecast. Finally, a halo around the
flame indicates an approaching storm.
Another method of reading candles involves watching the manner in
which the molten wax drips down the candle sides. Place the candle in
a holder. Ask a yes or no question while lighting the wick. Watch it
for some time. If the wax drips only on the left side, the answer is
no. If on the right, yes. If equally on both sides, no response is
possible. If no wax drips down, ask again later.
A rather unusual form of candle divination involves the remarkable
properties of fresh lemon juice. Obtain a clean, non-ball point or
felt-tip pen. (The type used for calligraphy). Since neither an
ink-filled pen nor a pencil can be used, a sharpened, short stick may
Squeeze the juice from a lemon into a small bowl. Lay three, five or
seven pieces of paper on a flat surface. Dipping the pen into the
lemon juice, (write) a possible future on each piece of paper with the
juice; the juice here acts as the ink. Since lemon juice is invisble
and difficult to write with, reduce these futures to just a few words.
Allow them to dry.
Light a candle. Place the slips of paper into a bowl. Mix them with
your left hand, then choose one at random. Hold the chosen piece of
paper close enough to the flame to heat it but not enough to burn it.
The heat will reveal the future written on the paper as the lemon
juice darkens. This will determine the possible future.
One method is known as "smoke reading." Light a candle. Pass a plain
white card through the flames three times while asking a question. (do
this quickly to avoid setting the card on fire.) Interpret the
resulting carbon deposits left on the underside of the card with
There are many older techniques. For example, build a fire outside in
a safe place while asking a yes/no question. Watch the smoke. If it
rises straight and lightly into the air, a positive answer has been
received. If, however, it hangs heavily around the fire, the reverse
Collect ashes from dead fires or the fire place. Outside, in a place
where the wind usually blows at some time, scatter the ashes to a good
depth in a rectagular shape on the ground. While asking your question
regarding the future, use a finger to write the word yes in the ashes
to the right and no to the left. Leave them undisturbed overnight.
In the morning, study the ashes. If both words are clearly legible, no
answer is possible at this time. If one has been erased by animal
tracks, the wind or by some other force, the remaining word reveals
the answer to your question. If both words are gone, again, no answer
has been given.