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    This thread is not pornographic, as the title may suggest.
    I have always read that you should never blow your candles out - you should snuff them. Blowing them out is like blowing away all the magic.
    But last weekend I bought a new book (can't remember the author's name, I'm at work), and for eery prayer or ritual she says to blow the candle out and send the energy out into the universe -- and this makes total sense to me.
    So I know the old saying - for the most part, if it feels right, then it is right - but I was curious as to how many of you are blowers, and how many are snuffers? :hehehehe:
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    I've heard you shouldn't blow them be cause it puts one element (air) dominant over another (fire). I do both, though. Non-magical candles I always blow out (and I burn a LOT of candles!) I generally blow out ritual candles, too, unless at the moment I go to do it it "feels" wrong, then I pinch them out with my fingers or use my athame to douse the wick in its own wax. I don't own a snuffer but have contemplated buying one many a time.
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    • #3
      NEVER blow, here. Snuff only. And I'll use my fingers if I can't find my snuffer! *need to buy a new one!*

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      • #4
        During rituals we snuff them.
        Other times we simply blow them out.
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        • #5
          Snuffer here!

          ... Somehow that just sounds wrong!
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          • #6
            Originally posted by Felidae
            Snuffer here!

            ... Somehow that just sounds wrong!
            Yeah, well, I'm a blower.

            But last weekend I bought a new book (can't remember the author's name, I'm at work), and for eery prayer or ritual she says to blow the candle out and send the energy out into the universe -- and this makes total sense to me.
            This is what I believe too. *nods*
            And the fact that a) I don't have a snuffer and b) I'm afraid of getting burnt!

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            • #7
              I snuff any candles that I light for a ritual or spell, but I blow my little yellow altar candle out...I light that one every morning for everyone's requests, and I rather like the idea of the smoke carrying the energies out into the universe.
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              • #8
                hmm. i've always blown em out, cause it never really occured to me not to. this makes me ponder... maybe blowing them out is good for banishing/ridding magic and snuffing them out is for increasing/summoning/wishing...

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by mothwench
                  hmm. i've always blown em out, cause it never really occured to me not to. this makes me ponder... maybe blowing them out is good for banishing/ridding magic and snuffing them out is for increasing/summoning/wishing...
                  hm, i like that theory. but what about the air over fire angle? maybe blowing out would be best for something air-related, like a spell to help one study. ah, it's so complicated.
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                  • #10
                    for that whole element thing, wouldn't it still be air over fire if you just snuffed it? Because then you would be denying it oxygen -air- and it would make it go out.
                    And for the record, I do both, so I didn't vote.
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                    • #11
                      dang! more complications! fire doesn't burn without oxygen, ever. it's technically a chemical reaction. so it's really an issue over overabundance versus starvation, which brings us back to mothwench's idea of increase/decrease or attraction/banishment.
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by blueiris
                        for that whole element thing, wouldn't it still be air over fire if you just snuffed it? Because then you would be denying it oxygen -air- and it would make it go out.
                        And for the record, I do both, so I didn't vote.
                        i was thinking about this earlier, and i dunno, the snuffer's made of metal right (please don't laugh at me. no okay, even i'm laughing, you can laugh at me. ) and i correspond metal to earth. so it would be earth over fire? i dunno. my head is still spinning from reading the color correspondence thread.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by mothwench
                          i was thinking about this earlier, and i dunno, the snuffer's made of metal right (please don't laugh at me. no okay, even i'm laughing, you can laugh at me. ) and i correspond metal to earth. so it would be earth over fire? i dunno. my head is still spinning from reading the color correspondence thread.
                          That's exactly how I think of it, so the claim that it's rude to fire to use another element to put it out just doesn't make any sense to me. If you can't use another element (air if you blow, earth if you snuff, or water if you lick your fingers and then pinch it out) then how can we put out a candle? Or are we supposed to leave a candle to burn out on its own? That doesn't make sense either because how often do you have hours and hours to wait for your candles to burn out on their own before you're allowed to finish up a ritual?

                          In the end I think it's a personal preference, and does not really matter so long as you put the candle out with respect.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by briar_rose
                            This thread is not pornographic, as the title may suggest.
                            I have always read that you should never blow your candles out - you should snuff them. Blowing them out is like blowing away all the magic.
                            But last weekend I bought a new book (can't remember the author's name, I'm at work), and for eery prayer or ritual she says to blow the candle out and send the energy out into the universe -- and this makes total sense to me.
                            So I know the old saying - for the most part, if it feels right, then it is right - but I was curious as to how many of you are blowers, and how many are snuffers? :hehehehe:
                            I think the whole issue is overanalyzed. I do whatever I need to at the moment. If the candle snuffer is near, I use it. If not, I may blow it or pinch it out depending on the candle and how much wax I'm chancing getting on my skin.

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                            • #15
                              I always heard not to blow them out either. But blowing them out realliy works for me. Also when I blow the candles out I visualize that energy being blown in the direction it needs to go.
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