I have a story to tell you:
Eight years ago or so, I planned a special day for my birthday. I decided to order some sushi to-go, drive to the ocean and eat while I watched the waves crash, and then wander about a small little sea-side town until it was time to leave to go to my best friend's house.
While I was strolling about the town, lingering in shops, I came upon a shop called The Magic Shop. While I had been in this shop a few times, I had never really interacted with anyone who worked there.
I walked into the shop and looked around at the crystals, books, tarot cards, and candles. As I was smell-testing a few of the candles, the man who was at the counter asked if he could help me with anything. I said that I was just browsing, thanks. Then he asked me, "How old are you?" Now, if this man had asked me this question on any other day but my birthday, I would have been honestly a little suspicious of the randomness of the question. But, I answered him and told him it was coincidentally my birthday. "Well," he said, "we give a free candle to anyone who comes into the shop on their birthday. You need this cinnamon one." I was a little taken aback by this, but intrigued because at the time I was a bit obsessed with cinnamon -- I added it to everything from tea to cereal. "Oh, thank you," I said. Then, the man gave me my first bit of magic and ceremony, ever. He instructed me, "This is a very special wishing candle. Use it only when you absolutely want a wish to come true. For 7 days, at 7:00am and 7:00pm, light the candle for 7 minutes. As you wait for the 7 minutes to pass, meditate on the idea that the universe is full of infinite abundance, and that there is a way for your wish to come true." I thought about this for a moment and then said, "I am not sure if I could do something like that for a week....I'm usually on my way to work or busy during one of those times." He replied, "If it's something you really want, you'll make the time for it."
& so I kept my candle until just the right moment. I had just moved and was in the application process for a new job. I really, truly wanted this job -- at the time, it was my dream job. So, I decided it was the perfect time to use my wishing cinnamon candle. For a week, at 7am and 7pm, I made the time to sit with my candle for 7 minutes. On the last day at 7:00pm, I let the candle burn out. The next day, I got a call with an offer for the job!
Now...who knows if I would have gotten the job or not without the candle. But, they did say I was in close competition with another applicant. & I believe that this ritual is all about intention, commitment, and sending your wish out into the universe.
If you want to try this ritual, think about customizing it to your own liking. What does your intuition tell you do to? Maybe you chose another kind of candle, or don't even use a candle at all. Maybe you decide to meditate with the candle at 8am and 8pm for 8 days. Maybe you decide to light the candle only once a day. The beauty of ritual is that it's totally up to you how you want to go about it. Own it. Let it be yours.
Tell me: Do you plan on trying this? What's a wish that you have that you want to come true?