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« Topic Start: August 09, 2007, 07:07:00 pm »

Okay, I was doing a spell last night, that involved candle magick.  After I had finished, I let my candle burn all night, placing the candle holder with candle in a shallow pan of water, so it wouldn't get on my altar cloth.  I woke up the next morning, expecting to scrub my candle holders, as always, when I realized, there was no wax left.  No wax on my altar cloth, none on the candle holder, none in the pan.  I was shocked by it.  The rest of the wick was still there, as if the candle was burned all the way out, yet, the wax disappeared!  No way anyone came into my room, took the pan and candle holder and scrubbed them clean, because I locked my doors.  I doubt it was a special type of candle, because I bought it at a grocery store (I'm cheap when it comes to tapers). 

Can anyone explain this?
I swear, it's never happened before, I'm usually left with messes.
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« Reply #1: August 09, 2007, 07:23:07 pm »

Okay, I was doing a spell last night, that involved candle magick.  After I had finished, I let my candle burn all night, placing the candle holder with candle in a shallow pan of water, so it wouldn't get on my altar cloth.  I woke up the next morning, expecting to scrub my candle holders, as always, when I realized, there was no wax left.  No wax on my altar cloth, none on the candle holder, none in the pan.  I was shocked by it.  The rest of the wick was still there, as if the candle was burned all the way out, yet, the wax disappeared!  No way anyone came into my room, took the pan and candle holder and scrubbed them clean, because I locked my doors.  I doubt it was a special type of candle, because I bought it at a grocery store (I'm cheap when it comes to tapers). 

Can anyone explain this?
I swear, it's never happened before, I'm usually left with messes.


I have no idea.  Do you still have the package the candles came in?  If you do, you might check to see if the wax was made to do that. 

I did catch my alter on fire one night (and I don't even use an alter cloth), the wax had burned down faster than the wick, making for a large flame - thank the gods I smelled the smoke! I did burn up something irreplaceable I had on it though.  Sad   Now I never leave my candles burning at night.
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« Reply #2: August 09, 2007, 07:27:46 pm »


I have no idea.  Do you still have the package the candles came in?  If you do, you might check to see if the wax was made to do that. 

I did catch my alter on fire one night (and I don't even use an alter cloth), the wax had burned down faster than the wick, making for a large flame - thank the gods I smelled the smoke! I did burn up something irreplaceable I had on it though.  Sad   Now I never leave my candles burning at night.

I'm sorry to hear that, I'd hate to have my altar catch on fire.

And no, I don't have the package, it was just a plastic wrapper.  I hope it was just that the wax was made to do it.  Otherwise, I have no clue.
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« Reply #3: August 09, 2007, 07:34:21 pm »

Okay, I was doing a spell last night, that involved candle magick.  After I had finished, I let my candle burn all night, placing the candle holder with candle in a shallow pan of water, so it wouldn't get on my altar cloth.  I woke up the next morning, expecting to scrub my candle holders, as always, when I realized, there was no wax left.  No wax on my altar cloth, none on the candle holder, none in the pan.  I was shocked by it.  The rest of the wick was still there, as if the candle was burned all the way out, yet, the wax disappeared!  No way anyone came into my room, took the pan and candle holder and scrubbed them clean, because I locked my doors.  I doubt it was a special type of candle, because I bought it at a grocery store (I'm cheap when it comes to tapers). 

Can anyone explain this?
I swear, it's never happened before, I'm usually left with messes.

I have had tealights do something similar, where they basically burnt down to practically nothing, wax included.  Maybe it was just the wax. 

If it wasnt, maybe somebody was trying to tell you something  Grin

I hope the pan was big enough, so that if the candle fell over, it wouldnt catch anything else on fire, just land in the pan!  I am a pyrophobic when it comes to things like that  Smiley

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« Reply #4: August 09, 2007, 07:39:57 pm »

I have had tealights do something similar, where they basically burnt down to practically nothing, wax included.  Maybe it was just the wax. 

If it wasnt, maybe somebody was trying to tell you something  Grin

I hope the pan was big enough, so that if the candle fell over, it wouldnt catch anything else on fire, just land in the pan!  I am a pyrophobic when it comes to things like that  Smiley

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I mean, I've had tealights do the same thing, but taper candles!?
I've used similar tapers, from the same store, and I don't recall them disappearing.
I mean, tapers drip, everywhere.

And if someone was trying to tell me something, they didn't do it effectively.
They just freaked me out.

And yes, it was a large enough pan to catch the candle =D.

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« Reply #5: August 09, 2007, 07:44:01 pm »


I have no idea.  Do you still have the package the candles came in?  If you do, you might check to see if the wax was made to do that. 

I did catch my alter on fire one night (and I don't even use an alter cloth), the wax had burned down faster than the wick, making for a large flame - thank the gods I smelled the smoke! I did burn up something irreplaceable I had on it though.  Sad   Now I never leave my candles burning at night.

I've had some candles burn fast and some take FOREVER to burn, could be a variety of things that caused it to do that.  Hard to say truthfully.  I've never heard of a taper candle  doing that, leave no wax, usually a little bit dripping down the side. That's really weird. LOL

When I have a candle burning all night I place it in a caste iron skillet that I use solely for candle burning or stuff like that, then place it in my sink.  My sink is the old ones, so it's big and deep, plus the skillet is big enough the candle won't be able to tip over the edge.  Cheesy   And make sure there is nothing near it that could fall into the sink, safe precation if you have a cat.  I've never had a problem, though one time I did have one of my candleholders crack from the heat of the flame.
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« Reply #6: August 09, 2007, 07:51:31 pm »

I mean, I've had tealights do the same thing, but taper candles!?
I've used similar tapers, from the same store, and I don't recall them disappearing.
I mean, tapers drip, everywhere.

And if someone was trying to tell me something, they didn't do it effectively.
They just freaked me out.

And yes, it was a large enough pan to catch the candle =D.



Good on the pan size  Smiley

Maybe you could go to the store and check into more of the same kind of candles?  Maybe you could find out something that way.

Perhaps it was an omen of whatever candle magick you were doing? 

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« Reply #7: August 09, 2007, 08:02:07 pm »



Maybe you could go to the store and check into more of the same kind of candles?  Maybe you could find out something that way.



I have candles from that store with me right now, I'll do a check.


Perhaps it was an omen of whatever candle magick you were doing? 

Perhaps, but there is no telling if it's good or bad.
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« Reply #8: August 09, 2007, 08:36:47 pm »

I did catch my alter on fire one night (and I don't even use an alter cloth), the wax had burned down faster than the wick, making for a large flame - thank the gods I smelled the smoke! I did burn up something irreplaceable I had on it though.  Sad   Now I never leave my candles burning at night.

Gods I would hate that!! I never burn tapers though, and my pillar candles are on a big, HEAVY metal holder. I don't use an altar cloth and I blow out the candle as soon as the working is finished, or shortly thereafter. I never leave the candle unattended for longer than it takes me to take the offering outside to pour it into the ground. I'm a bit phobic about fire in the house.

Okay, I was doing a spell last night, that involved candle magick.  After I had finished, I let my candle burn all night, placing the candle holder with candle in a shallow pan of water, so it wouldn't get on my altar cloth.  I woke up the next morning, expecting to scrub my candle holders, as always, when I realized, there was no wax left.  No wax on my altar cloth, none on the candle holder, none in the pan.  I was shocked by it.  The rest of the wick was still there, as if the candle was burned all the way out, yet, the wax disappeared!  No way anyone came into my room, took the pan and candle holder and scrubbed them clean, because I locked my doors.  I doubt it was a special type of candle, because I bought it at a grocery store (I'm cheap when it comes to tapers). 

Can anyone explain this?
I swear, it's never happened before, I'm usually left with messes.

I have no idea, I've heard of this sort of thing happening before, but I've never seen it.
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« Reply #9: August 09, 2007, 08:42:35 pm »

Gods I would hate that!! I never burn tapers though, and my pillar candles are on a big, HEAVY metal holder. I don't use an altar cloth and I blow out the candle as soon as the working is finished, or shortly thereafter. I never leave the candle unattended for longer than it takes me to take the offering outside to pour it into the ground. I'm a bit phobic about fire in the house.

I have no idea, I've heard of this sort of thing happening before, but I've never seen it.

Hush, all of you are making me paranoid!   Cheesy

And, you've heard of it before???
Do you know the causes of why it happened?
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« Reply #10: August 09, 2007, 09:27:40 pm »

And, you've heard of it before???
Do you know the causes of why it happened?

Nope, not a clue!!
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« Reply #11: August 09, 2007, 09:47:26 pm »

Hush, all of you are making me paranoid!   Cheesy

And, you've heard of it before???
Do you know the causes of why it happened?


http://members.aol.com/StanAmes/myhomepage/candles/index.htm

Here is a link on candle safety.   It talks about different kinds of candle burnings.  It sounds like there might have been some kind of wax ignition you werent aware of maybe?  (look under the tealight flare up)

Yes I actually did a search using "candle wax burns up when candle is burned" to try and find out the answer!  Cheesy

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« Reply #12: August 09, 2007, 09:50:19 pm »

http://members.aol.com/StanAmes/myhomepage/candles/index.htm

Here is a link on candle safety.   It talks about different kinds of candle burnings.  It sounds like there might have been some kind of wax ignition you werent aware of maybe?  (look under the tealight flare up)

Yes I actually did a search using "candle wax burns up when candle is burned" to try and find out the answer!  Cheesy

Gina

Thank you for the information, but it wasn't in a container.  A holder, yes, but no container.
I favorited the site, just in case, though.

And, I found this:http://www.idyllwildcandles.com/CandleFAQs.htm#9
So maybe that's what happened?
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That COULD be, yeah! It sounds like a good possibility.

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« Reply #14: August 09, 2007, 10:59:10 pm »

This might be a totally silly suggestion...I am sure you all have these, but just to throw it out there...at my pagan good store they sell spell candles. Theyre small, and burn relatively fast. They are perfect for spell work as they burn quickly enough (and I always plan lots of time) so that if the candle does in fact need to burn all the way down, it does it in a timely manner. I just keep an eye on it while it goes and then once its out I can go to bed or go do whatever. They come in all colors too! Perfect for spell work!

I am a complete nervous-nelly about candles catching fire, so I watch watch watch! Smiley
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