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» Friday, May 22, 2009

Candle Magic and A Little Light Magic

Days 'till Memorial Day: 3

Days 'till A Little Light Magic: 4

Days 'till the Summer Solstice: 30

It's no secret that I'm fascinated by all things magical and paranormal. While writing A Little Light Magic I had fun researching Candle Magic.

Tori Morgan, the heroine of ALLM , believes in magic. She reads Tarot, and looks for the future in a crystal prism. She’s also in possession of seven Candle Magic spell kits, given to her by a Cajun hoodoo witch.

A spell kit is a small bag containing a candle and other items - a written prayer, a prop, scented oil, spice, etc. - that you need to cast a particular Candle Magic spell. Typically, a spell kit is made up and blessed or "charged" by a witch who is strong in magic, and that magic is passed on to the person who uses the spell kit.

Tori’s recently inherited a rundown bungalow at the Jersey Shore, which she wants to renovate as a New Age shop. Only problem is, finding a contractor on the cusp of summer at the shore is like collecting beach sand in a sieve. Just about impossible.

In the opening scene, contractor Nick Santangelo takes a look at Tori’s job strictly as a favor for a friend, intending to turn it down. It’s a small job and he’s plenty busy with bigger stuff. He’s got no interest at all in doing Tori's work, even though Tori immediately catches his eyes. But Nick's a practical guy - he just doesn't have room in his life for Tori and -- as he calls it -- her "whacked out witch shop." He wishes Tori luck and walks out the door.

And then Tori remembers her candle magic spells. Seven colors for seven different situations.

White – The spell Tori casts in Chapter One is for help, and involves a white candle. And lo and behold, Nick turns around and comes back. :) This invocation has Tori sprinkling sugar, and raising the flame above her head.

As A Little Light Magic continues, Tori casts her remaining six candle magic spells, one by one.

Black – The color of reversal. Tori casts this spell using a mirror and a black candle, to banish negativity.

Yellow – The color of intelligence and confidence. Tori lights a yellow candle studded with cloves while seeking some much needed clarity of mind.

Orange – A color that attracts specific influences. Tori casts a spell involving an orange candle scented with cinnamon oil for success in her new business.

Green – Green candle magic can be used for problems concerning money, prosperity, growth, and abundance. Tori casts this spell for fertility. Her aids are green felt, a needle, and a hard-boiled egg.

Blue – Blue is the color of healing, peace, patience and happiness. The location of this spellcasting is important. It occurs on the beach, at the ocean’s edge (but any outside body of water will do). Tori casts this spell for good luck. The blue candle is set in a shell.

Red – Red is the eternal color of love. Tori casts a love spell with a red candle anointed with rose oil--but not for herself. Selfishly casting a love spell for yourself, or on a specific person, can backfire.

In A Little Light Magic, Nick is a practical guy. He doesn’t believe in magic. Tori does, with all her heart. Who’s right? Well, the proof is in the results, isn’t it?

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Coming May 26!

A Little Light Magic

Summer at the Jersey Shore has never been so hot!

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Blogger housemouse88 said...

Hello Joy,

Loved the post. Anything to do with candles and I'm fascinated. Love them all. Have a great day.

8:14 AM  
Blogger FD said...

The spells sound like a fascinating mix of symbolism.

8:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There have been times when a little magic would have been nice. Guess we all have to make our own magic the best we can.
Hop everyone has a wonderful Memorial Day Weekend.

9:18 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Hi Joy, I'm with your I love magical things and always have. Great post I really enjoyed it.

6:03 PM  
Blogger Estella said...

Great post. I love candles.

6:32 PM  
Blogger chey said...

Great post! I love the candle spells!

9:47 PM  
Blogger Sue A. said...

Thanks for the post! I love my candles so much that I hate to use them.

10:35 PM  
Blogger Pam P said...

I have candles all around the house, love the scents and finding out about these spells. Sounds like a fun book.

11:14 PM  
Blogger Carol L. said...

I love this post. Can't wait to read about A little Light Magic.Being a Jersey native it's good to read about the good ole Jersey Shore. Love the definition for all the candles. I have them everywhere. Have a great Memorial Day
Carol L.

3:54 AM  
Blogger traveler said...

A Little LIght Magic looks so appealing and wonderful. The New Jersey Shore is incomparable. I fell for it and still enjoy its unique flavor and beauty.

11:46 AM  
Blogger CherylS22 said...

I'm looking forward to reading "A Little Light Magic". This post was so interesting.


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