By Candlelight: Rites for Celebration, Blessing & Prayer

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Llewellyn Worldwide, 2004 - Body, Mind & Spirit - 280 pages
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2005 Coalition of Visionary Resources (COVR) 2nd Runner Up in Spirituality category!

The simple act of bringing light to darkness is a moving and meaningful way to create sacred space, celebrate joyous occasions, and find solace in times of loss. Candle rites are also a time-honored way to bestow blessings upon loved ones or focus energy on any wish or intention that you may have.

Warm and wise, By Candlelight is the most complete guidebook to candle rituals available. Within these pages are eighty-seven beautifully crafted rites for a wide variety of common concerns, large and small. From a rite for "evoking the good in others" to "summoning personal willpower," there are rituals for both the public and private spheres of life, along with prayers, blessings, meditations, affirmations, visualizations, and ceremonial actions. Suggestions are included for using color and fragrance, home altars, and other approaches to enhance and personalize your candle rites.


 

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Contents

Rites for the Rhythms dr Routines of Daily Life
1
Greeting the New
3
A Prayer for Guidance
7
For Blessing Your Space
9
Candles with Grace
11
A Daily Rite of Return
13
A Candle Rite for Young Families
15
An Evening Routine
17
A Rite for Full Moon Nights
137
Candlelight for Candlemas
139
Celebration of Spring
143
A May Festival Candle
145
A Candle for Midsummer Nights Pleasures
147
A Rite for Lammas
149
For Candlelit Autumn Evenings
151
Halloween Enchantments
153

Bathing by Candlelight
19
A Dream Candle
21
A Rite for Incubating Dreams
23
Rites for SelfImprovement dr MindBody Connection
25
SelfConfidence and Success
27
A Candle for Managing Stress
29
A Candle for Burning Anger
31
An Exercise of Will
33
Three Rites for Managing Bad Habits For repetitive behaviors
36
Two variations of a rite for detaching from certain types of habits
38
A rite for very resistant habits or addictions or obsessions
40
A Rite to Help Motivate You to Exercise
43
Health Supplement Booster Rite
46
A Rite of Healing
49
Rites for the Working Life
53
A Prayer for Meaningful Work
55
Refocusing Yourself after Lifes Minor Distuptions
57
Simple Exercises for Energy and Inspiration through the Power of Color A White Candle for White Light a Red Candle for Fast Energy an Orange C...
59
Rite of Procrastination
64
A Candle for Honoring Your Competition
67
Rites for Problem Situations Personal Sorrows
69
Burning Through Your Troubles
71
A Rite for Banishing Negativity from a Place
73
A Prayer for Times of Crisis
77
A Rite for Dealing with Vain Regrets Anger or Shameful Memories
79
A Candle for Grief
83
A Rite to Call Your SoulSelf Home to Your Body
86
Candle Rites for Special Needs
89
A Rite for Attracting Luck
91
A Rite for Changing Your Luck
93
A Candle for Attracting Love
96
For Strengthening Love
98
A Candle for Prosperity
100
A Prayer for Justice
102
A Prayer for Protection
104
Floating Wishes
106
BurnOff Rite
108
Rites for Your Spiritual Being
111
A Rite to Affirm the Presence of Deity
113
A Candle for Good Fortune
115
A Rite to Help Prepare for Meditation
118
A Rite to Remind Yourself that You are a Spirit
121
A Rite for Spiritual Vision and Clarity
125
To Help You Trust the Process of Life
127
Rate of Purification
129
Ritesfor the Rhythms of Nature
133
A Rite for Greeting the New Moon
135
Candles for the Midwinter Festival of Lights
156
Rites for Special Days of the Year
159
A Birthday Rite for Your SunSpirit
161
Welcoming the New Year
163
Honoring Martin Luther King
165
A Rite for Earth
167
Memorial Day Remembrance
169
Candles for the Fourth of July
171
A Rite for Labor
173
A Rite for Veterans
175
A Thanksgiving Prayer
177
Presentation Candles
179
A Candle for Friendship and Fellowship
181
A Birthday Candle
182
A Candle for Lovers
183
A Candle for a Couple
184
A Gift for an Expectant Mother
185
Blessing a New Baby
186
Blessing a Child
187
A Candle for Family Gatherings
189
Candles for GetWell Wishes
191
A Candle for Cheer
192
A Housewarming Gift
193
Some additional thoughts on candles as gifts
194
Rites for Reaching Out to Others in Spirit
195
Dedicating Candles to Other People
197
An Appeal to a Hardened Heart
199
A Rite for Evoking the Good in Others
201
Rite for the Newly Dead
205
A Rite of Remembrance for the Dead
209
A Rite for Honoring Your Ancestors
213
Dedicating a Candle to a Special Place in Nature
216
A Rite for Honoring Domestic Spirits
218
The Death of a
220
A Prayer for the Animals
222
A Prayer for Good Government
224
For World Peace
226
Candle Care and Safety
229
Colors for Candles
233
Astral Candle Colors
237
Choices for Candle Fragrance Anointing Oil and Incense
241
Eclectic Home Altars
257
Candle Enhancements
261
Notes
263
Printed Sources and Tapes
273
Internet
278
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About the author (2004)

Janina Renée is a scholar of folklore, psychology, medical anthropology, the material culture of magic, ritual studies, history, and literature. Her books include Tarot Spells, Tarot Your Everyday Guide (winner of 2001 Coalition of Visionary Resources award for best Self Help book), Tarot for a New Generation (2002 COVR winner, best General Interest Title), and By Candlelight: Rites for Celebration, Blessing and Prayer (2005 COVR runner-up, Spirituality). Janina continues to work on multiple books, with ongoing research projects exploring the ways folk magic and medicinal techniques can apply to modern problems, including the modulation of Asperger’s Syndrome and other neuro-sensory processing problems.

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