Just as the flame can give you an indication of the situation and the possible outcomes; so too can the smoke from the candle give you insights for additional actions you may need to take.

When candle is first lit;
Heavy smoke - A good sign that any negative energy that is tied to the situation is being removed.
White smoke - Good indication that prayers will be answered quickly.
Black smoke - There may be obstacles to overcome before prayers are answered.

Candle smoke directions;
These can be affected by which direction your altar is set up. These directions listed below are set up according to the altar facing the North.

North or away from you - Have patience, you may have to work to achieve what you want. Success may not come as easily or quickly as desired and the situation may get worse (especially in regards to health) before a favorable outcome. Look to other omens as well for a decision.

South or towards you - Prayers are likely to be answered swiftly and to your liking. A recovery of health if doing healing work.

East or to your right - Thoughts, strategies and mental agility maybe be needed for a successful outcome. Review the situation for other possible outcomes or actions that may need to be taken.

West or to your left - Strong emotions involved. May be an indication that you are to emotional tied to the situation, or the situation involves unresolved emotional issues for you. This is an indication that your emotions are clouding your better judgment and are in danger of hampering or destroying your work. When faced with this omen, take a step back and clear your mind through meditation.

In my experience, candle smoke omens can occur during anytime the candle is lit but seem to be stronger once the candle has burned down. It also depends on the type of candle used, natural or beeswax candles give better results with paraffin not so much.

The art of reading the smoke or flame of a candle is an evolved form of Ceromancy. Ceromancy began as form of divination in which melted wax was poured into cold water and the form it takes was interpreted. This form of divination has expanded to include the reading of the flame, directions of the flame or smoke as well as the sounds the candle makes while burning. More on those in another post Blessings to you all. ~Cinda

Source: My BOS, One Pot Witchery by Barbara Ann Daca, www.Sacred-Magick.com
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Patchwork Merchant Mercenaries had its humble beginnings as an idea of a few artisans and craftsmen who enjoy performing with live steel fighting. As well as a patchwork quilt tent canvas. Most had prior military experience hence the name.


Patchwork Merchant Mercenaries.


Vendertainers that brought many things to a show and are know for helping out where ever they can.

As well as being a place where the older hand made items could be found made by them and enjoyed by all.

We expanded over the years to become well known at what we do. Now we represent over 100 artisans and craftsman that are well known in their venues and some just starting out. Some of their works have been premiered in TV, stage and movies on a regular basis.

Specializing in Medieval, Goth , Stage Film, BDFSM and Practitioner.

Patchwork Merchant Mercenaries a Dept of, Ask For IT was started by artists and former military veterans, and sword fighters, representing over 100 artisans, one who made his living traveling from fair to festival vending medieval wares. The majority of his customers are re-enactors, SCAdians and the like, looking to build their kit with period clothing, feast gear, adornments, etc.

Likewise, it is typical for these history-lovers to peruse the tent (aka mobile store front) and, upon finding something that pleases the eye, ask "Is this period?"

A deceitful query!! This is not a yes or no question. One must have a damn good understanding of European history (at least) from the fall of Rome to the mid-1600's to properly answer. Taking into account, also, the culture in which the querent is dressed is vitally important. You see, though it may be well within medieval period, it would be strange to see a Viking wearing a Caftan...or is it?

After a festival's time of answering weighty questions such as these, I'd sleep like a log! Only a mad man could possibly remember the place and time for each piece of kitchen ware, weaponry, cloth, and chain within a span of 1,000 years!! Surely there must be an easier way, a place where he could post all this knowledge...

Traveling Within The World is meant to be such a place. A place for all of these artists to keep in touch and directly interact with their fellow geeks and re-enactment hobbyists, their clientele.

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