Timing, Duration and the Altar
In Anna Riva's words:
After a candle has been lighted toward a certain objective, it should not be used again for a new or different intention even if it is not fully burned out.
It is all right to burn the same candle any number of times as long as the purpose is the same, but if the aim of the ritual changes, start with new candles.
The length of time a ritual should take is a decision which must be made based on the petitioner's goals and commitment.
Small goals do not require as much concentrated effort as larger or more important ones. The simple act of igniting the candle in itself sets up a field of energy which can be sufficient to cause one's mind powers to become focused on the problem at hand. A brief moment's meditation, or the repetition of a short prayer or affirmation, may be all that is necessary to bring about a successful solution.
For more serious or complicated situations, longer and more concentrated attention is usually required before results are obtained.
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CANDLE BURNING ALTAR
Place Your Altar
Clean Your Altar
Once the altar's place is decided upon, it should be cleaned thoroughly to remove all foreign matter. Use any soft, clean cloth or sponge and a pure soap or detergent. After the surface is clean, wipe it over with a new cloth saturated with Holy Water.
Cover Your Altar
The altar should then be covered with a Cloth-any clean cloth is acceptable. Some persons use very elaborate embroidered or lace altar cloths, but these are not necessary to the success of the ritual. Any color can be chosen which is pleasing to the petitioner, and white is always in good taste and appropriate.
Incense is placed at the center of the altar. Any type of burner is correct, so find one you like and large enough to hold about one-half cup of incense powder.
THE CANDLE LIGHTING