formal name for this form of divination is “ceromancy”,
and it is traditionally done by melting wax in a brass bowl and
pouring it slowly into another bowl filled with water, then reading
the shapes that result. It is the precursor to “tasseomancy”
– the reading of tea leaves or coffee grounds.
Formulate your question
in your mind, then speak it aloud. Carefully melt some paraffin,
wax or candle stubs in a double boiler. Do NOT melt wax directly
over an open flame because the vapors may ignite, causing a dangerous
Then fill a fairly
large pot or cauldron with cold water and slowly pour a little
of the liquid wax into it. The wax will harden into a freeform
shape as it plunges into the water. Carefully fish it out and
place it on a cloth or paper towel. As you study the shape, it
may remind you of an animal, plant or object. Turn the wax and
look at it from different angles until it reminds you of something.
If necessary, break it in two or more pieces to get simpler shapes.
Interpret its meaning for your life by what you see in the shape.
If you are doing this
with family or friends, let everyone brainstorm what the shapes
look like and what they might mean. Someone might say, “It
looks like a dolphin…that means playfulness to me”.
Another: “I think it’s a shark, and stands for danger!”
Another: “I think it’s a dolphin, but I think it symbolizes
healing”. Anyone can make suggestions, but only the one
who asked the question decides on the final interpretation, based
on their intuition.
that only adults handle the hot wax, with children of the household
keeping well back; the kids can handle the wax shapes when they’re
cool, and help with the interpretation…
Candlemas – Feast of Flames by Amber K & Azrael Arynn