Candles – An Overview
Candle making is not only an art, it is also a craft. For this reason, many people like to have their candles made by someone else because it gives them a sense of accomplishment and it helps them feel they are a bit more of a professional when it comes to the art of candle making.
Candle making has been developed independently in many locations throughout history. The earliest known candles were made in Mesopotamia and Egypt, but the earliest civilization to use candles as part of their ceremony, culture and ritual was the Egyptians and in some circles they are referred to as the first candle makers.
The Egyptian religion was built on the belief that the sun, moon and stars formed the world around us and that through worship, the gods would protect us. The Egyptians knew how to make fire and they understood that candles added heat to the air surrounding us. They believed that if you made a sacred offering of food, then the gods would protect your home and that you could light up the night by adding a candle to your offerings.
This tradition continues through the ages, even in the ancient times, the candle making was a very important part of everyday life. In fact, it is a tradition that dates back to at least the fourth millennium B.C. Many of the Egyptian gods are represented by candles and the Egyptians also believed that it would be bad luck to break a sacred candle or burn any other sacred object.
Candles are not just a symbol of the Gods but are also a symbol of love, life and prosperity. The Egyptians, Greeks and Romans had a much different view of candles and this difference is reflected in their candle making techniques and even the word candles itself. For the Greeks the word for candle actually meant “love.” The Romans viewed candles as a symbol of prosperity.
In both cultures, candles were used to create and represent an energy field around the home. The Egyptians believed that candlelight played a role in spiritual energy that could be used to open and close pathways between the physical and spiritual planes. This was seen as a natural and essential process which was a part of life and they viewed the creation of candles as an extension of the same spiritual energy.
Candles were also used to keep the home warm and to help ward off evil spirits and were also used to add beauty to your home. When used to decorate the home, candles were placed in all the rooms and there were no clear distinctions made between the different types of candles.
The candle making of today is very different than it was in past eras and many people today choose to make their candles on their own instead of having to go to someone’s house and purchase pre-made candles or hire someone to do it for them. With so many resources available on the internet today, anyone can learn the basics of candle making and take it upon themselves to become a professional candle maker.
Once you have mastered the techniques of candle making, it is possible to sell candles to others or make them into decorative items such as candles that go into candle holders. When it comes to making the candles yourself, you can produce a variety of beautiful, unique creations that will make a statement about your personality.
You may find that it is easier to start out making candles from scratch rather than trying to find pre-made candles and it will take a bit longer to master the techniques of candle making. You can get the information that you need from books or online sites dedicated to candle making.
If you are interested in learning the more advanced techniques, you can purchase an online book or e-book that is dedicated to candle making. You can find these books and e-books at many reputable websites on the internet.
The cost of candle making is certainly not prohibitive but you can get a lot of help from a book that offers tips and tricks to make candles and even from the site that teaches candle making. It is up to you what type of candle making skills you want to learn.