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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on May 23, 2005
This book is most likley the best available on setting lights and candle work available on the market today. If you do root, this book can be of great assistance when working with lights and candles. The author presents "The philosophy of fire" Candle colors for every purpose, and working with the psalms. Im on my second copy as the sirst one fel apart ofter so much use. This is a time tested, time honored workbook for the candleworker or rootdoctor.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on June 13, 2007
This book tells much history of candle burning. It is a very serious and well done book that covers alot of ground. However I must say, that these rituals do not come cheap. Some of the candles themselves can cost $25.00 or more and that's not to mention the oils. And you don't just burn one candle here.. for just one ritual you can need up to five or six special candles and oils. A fantastic book to be sure.. But you better be prepared to do alot of money drawing rituals.. because your going to need alot of green to make this magic work for you.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on February 10, 2007
The information contained in the book is the source material for many of the great Wiccan authors on Candle Magic. The most prominent example is Raymond Buckland in "Practical Candleburning Rituals", then strong glimmers come through in Scott Cunningham (see pages 101-104 of "Earth Power") and then there are strong hints in D.J. Conway's "A Little Book of Candle Magic".

The Master Book of Candle Burning probably would appeal to someone, spiritually, of a past era. However, the book needs to be on the shelf of serious Wiccan and magical students for historical study and to delve into systems and intricacies of the layouts.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on February 19, 2014
If you do any candle magic at all, you should have this book on your bookshelf. If you're a newbie, it'll give you a good foundation in some basics. If you're an experienced player, it will remind you of where you came from. It's a classic. Always good to have it on hand.
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on January 16, 2013
Let me start off by saying I really love this book. It is perfect for a beginner seeking to learn candle magic, or a non-beginner who wants to see the source used by many modern authors writing about candle magic. It is filled with history, instructions for various candle "rituals," and diagrams. It is a perfect guide, and I personally found all but one of the rituals to be something I could use in the future

However, there are a few faults and other qualities about this book that could put some readers off. The author does spend an extensive amount of time going over the history and religious connections to what he calls "fire worship" or "the philosophy of fire." While the book is not written solely for Christians, and claims that fire worship is universal and found in all religions, all of the exercises utilize the Psalms. This is not an issue for me personally, but others may not like this and may not wish to keep a bible on their altar as the book recommends.

The fact that this book was originally published in 1942, does date it a little bit. This does not bother me, but there are certain issues that arise because of books age. For example. the author's list of color correspondences for candles include some odd colors like light blue and dark blue, geenish yellow, crimson, russet brown, and garnet. When I looked at three "occult" shops, I was able to find the standard colors but none of these ones. Is it possible to obtain them or make them? Yes, but it certainly won't be a convenient buy. Speaking of buying, another issue that comes up is cost. These rituals require multiple candles--and chime candles would not be appropriate for all rituals as many are performed over days which therefore, requires a longer burning candle. Don't get me wrong, I have no problem buying supplies but for a beginner these types of "requirements" may seem daunting.

Overall, however, I would recommend this book to anyone interested in magic in general and candle magic specifically.
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on December 20, 2013
Love this book and it arrived on time - I have no complaints. I has some good information, but I have another candle burning book that is a bit more detailed then this book. But the more the merry...
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on July 6, 2009
This book is the classic and basic guide to candle magic. It should be in the library of everyone who does candle work, as well as those who practice other forms of Hoodoo, witchcraft, or other magical work.
It's only fault is that it is dated, but te author is the expert in this field, so the book ages well, although all of the fancy new candles and their assocaited spells are not present.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on July 10, 2013
This is it. This is perhaps the first great book written on the art of candle burning in the hoodoo tradition, long before Wicans and self-styled 'witches' would rush in and attempt to steal it and claim it as their own. The Master Book Of Candle Burning by Henri Gamache is one of two books on candle magic that every hoodoo worker, root worker, or conjure worker should own. (The other book is the Magic Candle by Charmain Dey.) In this book the reader will learn ineresting rituals for almost every intent or purpose.
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