Oya, the goddess of the month over at the Soul Path Tribe, is a fiery goddess both in personality and by power.
From the day she stared into the mortar of Chango, she has been able to shoot fire from her hands. Because of this, I personally couldn’t imagine communicating with her without something to represent the fire element.
Candles or tiki torches are wonderful symbols, and ones that I would suggest using if you have the workable space. The trouble with both of these items is that they require constant vigilance if you choose to use them. I’m sure you’ve heard hundreds of stories how these items have been the cause of fires due to being knocked over by being improperly placed or freak accidents.
The whole idea of using a candle or torch in magick is two-fold. It represent the element of fire, whether that be the entity you’re making contact with or just the element itself, and it’s symbolic of your will going out into the cosmos in order to manifest. Because of these important symbolisms, candles are very important focusing tools, so you definitely don’t want to leave them out; yet it’s not always feasible to use them.
If you choose to do a more traditional magick working rather than a virtual one, I’ve found two fairly inexpensive items that work really well. The first is the basic flashlight.
Like candles and torches:
- they can be purchased in a variety of colours and sizes,
- you can anoint their exteriors with oil,
- they can be placed so the light beam is extending into heaven and
- you can leave them to burn out if you wish, though this could lead to a healthy battery expense.
Unlike candles, you can do all this without fearing the reaper.
Though I think the bizarre shapes and textures are part of the fun of using flashlights, not everyone shares my eccentricity.
For those of you who are willing to use a different light source but not give up the candle’s form, you can always purchase an inexpensive battery operated candle.