Predicting the patterns in melting or dripping candle wax is called ceromancy or candle wax reading. The science is believed to be more than 2,500 years old and supported by the theory of probability. Theoretically it is similar to the other methods of fortune telling using numbers, dice, Tarot, bone casting, bibliomancy, reading tea leaves or using runic stones.
Procedure: Ceromancy is exactly like reading tea leaves. In this method of fortune telling, instead of reading the patterns, symbols and ‘pictures’ formed by moist dregs that have settled down at the bottom of the teacup, the candle reader interprets candle drippings on a number of surfaces that range from water, stone, sand and a special ceromancy board.
Before starting, both the reader and the subject sit calmly and meditate in a soundless room. The questioner concentrates on his question and prays to the Almighty to give guidance on the concerned issue in the form of candle wax patterns. The reader requests the gods to grant him inspiration to interpret the patterns and provide an accurate answer. The room where the reading is done will always be dimly lit. As a standard practice, a ceromancer’s tools are different types of beeswax candles, water filled in a shallow dish made from natural materials like ceramic or glass, a matchbox, paper and pencil. The water used for ceromancy should come from a sacred or a pure source like the Ganga.
Then the reader and the seeker take their places facing each other—facing the centre where the candle will be placed later; the ceromancy session starts after fixing a candle in the dish firmly, then filling it with fresh, cool water and lighting it.
The Reading Session: The seeker is asked to write the main question followed by subsequent queries. Then the session starts. Some readers change the settings and ask the person seeking answers to hold the candle steadily and concentrate on the question in mind. Some others fix the candle on a big black stone and let it melt. There are many other variations: like fixing the candle on a ceromancy board that is similar to an Ouja board and then reading the patterns in the drippings. In every case, the candle wax is allowed to melt and settle on whatever base is chosen to let the molten wax solidify on.
The best method is to allow the candle to drip its wax on to the water and let both substances interact naturally and generate patterns. After the session is done, it is important to blow out the candle and keep it aside on a candle holder.
Now the reader’s role to observe, note and review the candle wax drippings and the fluid movement of the smaller wax particles comes into play. Individual clumps of wax that resemble animals, other shapes that resemble various different recognisable objects and numbers represent the answer indicated by nature or the Almighty.
Various readers trust their intuition to arrive at a certain conclusion. Almost universally, ceromancy experts consider shapes that look like various numbers that indicate days, weeks, months or even years. The shapes that resemble alphabets hint at a person’s name or related place.
The geometrical shapes indicate possible situations. Various clumps and smaller wax particles may give a hint at people who may be involved in the question. Some readers interpret isolated patches as distant possibilities. Other ceromancy experts even use several other methods of divinition like flame reading and candle melting patterns in conjunction with classical wax reading to reach a concrete result.
Article Published in Indian Express.