for Young Pagans
days of late July and early August are known as “The Dog Days of
Summer” – named for the Dog Star, Sirius.
Ancient people of various cultures all over the world believed
that the Sirius was a special power point in the universe and a “star
gate” to other worlds. During the Dog Days, Sirius is up in the sky right next to
the sun and the weather is particularly hot – perfect for making a …
Dog Days Candle
a long taper candle in a color that you feel represents You.
(Your favorite color usually works very well)
With a bit of melted wax, stick the candle upright in the middle
of an aluminum pie pan. Then, surround the candle with a tight circle of
6 more upright tapers. These candles should be in colors you think of
when you think of the sun and summer – perhaps white, yellow, orange
noon, when the sun and the Sirius are high in the sky, take the aluminum
pie pan of candles outside. (You’ll be here a while, so put on some
your magical imagination to see the strength and power of the sun’s
rays and the Dog Star pouring into the candles.
As the wax warms and softens under the sun’s heat, gently and
patiently, bend the candles, wrapping and weaving them around each other
and the center candle representing you.
If it’s really hot out and some of the wax is melting too fast,
use a little water to cool it a bit.
wrapping and bending and visualizing until, instead of 7 individual
taper candles, you have something that looks like one big, twisty
candle. Imagine this candle
glowing all over with nuclear (sun) energy and the powers of the Dog
Star. Then, clap your hands over it three times and seal the spell
with the words: “So Mote It Be!”
Take your Dog Days Candle inside and store it in a cool place.
to use your Dog Days Candle:
We all have days when we don’t feel very strong.
Maybe we’re coming down with a cold or maybe we have to stand
up to someone who scares us a little.
When you are having a day like this, it’s a good time to take
out your “Dog Days Candle” and let it burn a bit.
(Be sure let your parents know and get their permission
first!) Sit with
the candle and, as it burns, imagine the solar star power in it pouring
back into you until you are filled with the energy of your Dog Days
Spell. Then gently blow out
the candle until the next time you need it.