Spells & Rituals,  Thoughts and Opinions

What does it mean when my spell candle breaks?

A broken candle is something that many witches encounter but for some reason isn’t talked about a super amount on the internet. I get questions almost weekly that read something along the lines of:

“I was doing a spell and the jar candle broke. Did I do something wrong?”

While there is no easy way to answer or address this, I’m here and I’m alive and I’m going to take a shot at it!


These altar candles are in glass jars which make them a super easy choice for the modern witch on the go. They’re sturdy, last for days, have an ok smell, cheap, and most of all effective. The thing is, they can’t really withstand extreme temperature fluctuations that well. A lot of broken jar candles comes down to the flame getting out of control for too long. The glass wasn’t meant to withstand all of the aftermarket upgrades that witches put it through, and sometimes it just comes down to user error

But what if…?

But what if it’s not user error? What if you’re reading this and you’re like no, my flame didn’t look like that and it still broke. What then? Honestly it could be a few things such as bad manufacturing, the crack was already there but you didn’t notice it until the wax and flame got to that section, or YES – it could be a spiritual sign


I’ve always been in the camp of a broken candle isn’t really the end of the world. If I know the candle was ok and my Spell was ok and the candle breaks I often take it to mean one of two things:

1) a positive affirmation/release of emotion, energy, or spirit OR

2) a sign from my ancestors to re-evaluate my intentions


It’s an honest truth but you’re not meant to succeed at every Spell you attempt. Sometimes your intentions are wrong, the time is wrong, the place is wrong. Sometimes you’re trying to run before you’ve even learned to walk or you are working against yourself. Your guides and ancestors are here to support you and by them intervening it’s a HUGE sign to step back and take a look at what’s going on from a more open perspective

In some traditions, a broken candle especially in protection, banishing, and hexing means that the spell work was successful. In some traditions a broken candle is akin to a broken mirror. Each practice and path is as individual as the person practicing it. If you have a candle that is broken but in your gut you KNOW that means it’s working, you do you!

Your path, Your Way!

You’re not wrong if you believe something different than me, and I strongly encourage you to keep practicing and exploring and coming to your own conclusions! Everyone has a different perspective from where they are, communicating and growing with each other is one of the biggest blessings of this lifetime (especially with the internet)



Temperance Alden is an Occultist, Folk Witch, and Author of Year of the Witch (2020). She is based out of South Florida.

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