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Author Topic: In your opinion, is it disrespectful to the element of fire to blow out candles?  (Read 14151 times)
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« Topic Start: February 16, 2010, 06:50:33 pm »

Personally, I do blow out my candles, though I have read many sources which say this is disrespectful. Do you know why this is?
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« Reply #1: February 16, 2010, 07:13:08 pm »

Personally, I do blow out my candles, though I have read many sources which say this is disrespectful. Do you know why this is?

I've heard this in a few traditions. (It's not part of my beliefs, however - I blow them out and have had no indications from any deity or spirit that it is inappropriate.) One faith's explanation that I've heard is the Jewish tradition that is something like the sound of a candle being blown out is the same sound of the name of an angel, and it is disrespectful. Obviously that may not apply to a Pagan path at all, but I found it interesting.
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« Reply #2: February 16, 2010, 07:40:30 pm »

Personally, I do blow out my candles, though I have read many sources which say this is disrespectful. Do you know why this is?

I don't think that it's disrespectful, but I don't do it either. Fire has an important symbolic role to play, as well as more practical/pragmatic roles. It is not always present in an obvious manner in an urban environment. I find the mindfulness of not extinguishing a flame, which contributes so much to my life, with the breath of my life. It's really about the mindfulness as much as what I am being mindful of.
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« Reply #3: February 16, 2010, 07:41:22 pm »

Personally, I do blow out my candles, though I have read many sources which say this is disrespectful. Do you know why this is?

I blow out my candles too. I'm a poor college student - I need to make those candles last. Letting them burn down wastes candles.
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« Reply #4: February 16, 2010, 07:52:01 pm »

I blow out my candles too. I'm a poor college student - I need to make those candles last. Letting them burn down wastes candles.

Not to mention causes a fire hazard in dorms that were built at least 50 years ago and whose smoke alarms wail if you try to make toast.  Wink
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« Reply #5: February 16, 2010, 07:54:31 pm »

Not to mention causes a fire hazard in dorms that were built at least 50 years ago and whose smoke alarms wail if you try to make toast.  Wink

I'm living in the newest dorm on campus, which is /very/ old. Last year I lived in one of the oldest dorms, dating back to 1885. Insulated with.... horse hair. 47-second burn time, so I'm told. I am quite careful with candles. XD
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« Reply #6: February 16, 2010, 08:02:53 pm »

I blow out my candles too. I'm a poor college student - I need to make those candles last. Letting them burn down wastes candles.

Now that's a spiritual practice I can get behind!

Not to sound ignorant, and definitely not to offend anyone, but is there a more spiritually sound way to put out a candle? I'm not in my home all day, and I really feel uncomfortable leaving my candles burning without me near it.
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« Reply #7: February 16, 2010, 08:04:54 pm »

Last year I lived in one of the oldest dorms, dating back to 1885. Insulated with.... horse hair.

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« Reply #8: February 16, 2010, 08:05:52 pm »

Not to sound ignorant, and definitely not to offend anyone, but is there a more spiritually sound way to put out a candle? I'm not in my home all day, and I really feel uncomfortable leaving my candles burning without me near it.

Maybe use a candle snuffer?
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« Reply #9: February 16, 2010, 08:16:46 pm »

Maybe use a candle snuffer?

That's what I would suggest -- people who don't blow out candles don't necessarily just let them burn down (although for some candle magick that can be an important aspect of the spell, but that might be a bit off topic) but use a candle snuffer, or perhaps even pinch the flame out.
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« Reply #10: February 16, 2010, 08:37:35 pm »

That's what I would suggest -- people who don't blow out candles don't necessarily just let them burn down (although for some candle magick that can be an important aspect of the spell, but that might be a bit off topic) but use a candle snuffer, or perhaps even pinch the flame out.

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« Reply #11: February 16, 2010, 09:16:35 pm »

Personally, I do blow out my candles, though I have read many sources which say this is disrespectful. Do you know why this is?

When I started learning about Wicca, I was told I shouldn't blow out the candles, but because if you are doing a spell, the energy spreads and the spell doesn't work. Nothing about dis/respecting fire. (I personally don't believe what I was told, but I'm already used to putting out the candles without blowing them.)
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« Reply #12: February 16, 2010, 09:21:41 pm »

Personally, I do blow out my candles, though I have read many sources which say this is disrespectful. Do you know why this is?

I've only heard that it is disrespectful to the fire spirits.  I have no idea why or which fire spirits they were talking about. 

I was actually asked to use a candle snuffer and not blow out my candles.  One possible reason someone said when I mentioned this on TC is that you can blow melted wax off the candle and on the table; you don't want a mess. 

Maybe this is a way to keep the shrine clean? 

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« Reply #13: February 16, 2010, 09:25:32 pm »

Personally, I do blow out my candles, though I have read many sources which say this is disrespectful. Do you know why this is?

I had read somewhere, early on, that it was disrepectful to fire spirits to extinguish it with another element, in this case air. 

I've yet to figure out how to extinguish fire without using another element (a snuffer is made of metal = earth.)  One could pinch it out, I suppose, but my fingers cringe at the thought. 

I usually use a snuffer for practical reasons.  And because I like them.
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« Reply #14: February 16, 2010, 09:30:41 pm »

I've yet to figure out how to extinguish fire without using another element (a snuffer is made of metal = earth.)  One could pinch it out, I suppose, but my fingers cringe at the thought. 

To work with metal you need fire, so to me metal = fire. How do you associate it with earth?
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