A Torch for Descent

Through the wilderness and rituals of our lives, many of us have been our own Kore, our own torch bearing guides. We have moved through discerning our paths based on lived experiences. We know we have been successful on some paths and others not so much. Even those that were not so successful gave us important lessons. Some of these lessons we had control over and some of them we did not.

We still have moments that haunt us.

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Some of these are spaces and places that have us bound in stagnating spaces where fear has kept us comfortably numb and disconnected. Today we are going to create a sigil and a Black Sacred Candle as our torch and connection for the journey into those places and spaces. We know it is required to break the bindings and return no longer just as our own guide, but each of us as our own Persephone, the Sovereign of the Castle of our lives.

We own that which is ours.

We claim it.

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The Sigil

The Sigil reflects the great movement ‘down and in’ that mimics the northern hemisphere as we get closer to the Equinox. There is a lot of powerful symbolism within it, even if it looks very simple. Connect with it, see what speaks to you and place it upon your altar. Carve it into your candle. Use a tattoo marker on your skin. Get creative in the ways that you connect with it!

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The Black Sacred Candle

Never created a Black Sacred Candle? We have you covered! Learn how in this free three-part series.

Creating our own torch, with blessings from Persephone, is a wondrous occasion. It is even more so that the full moon is upon us, in Pisces, making it a hopeful and soul-filled moment of creation. Let’s get to it!

Supplies & Ingredients

  • Candle
  • Persephone Descension Incense
  • Whole Cloves (or appleseeds)
  • Personal Power Oil or Olive Oil
  • Aluminum Foil
  • Parchment Paper
  • Candle Holder
  • Salt
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  • Take a piece of aluminum foil (large enough to wrap your candle in) and place it on your workspace.
  • Take a piece of non-stick parchment paper (about the same size as your aluminum foil) and place it on top of the aluminum foil. Trick: Fold the edges of the aluminum foil over the top of the edges of the parchment paper to keep it from rolling!
  • Add a little of your Persephone Descension Incense to the parchment paper
  • Preheat oven to 200 degrees.
  • Go back to your candle and place your candle on top of the parchment paper.
  • Grab your Olive oil (or personal power oil) and anoint your candle with your chosen oil.
  • Lightly coat your candle with The Persephone Descension Incense by rolling it on the parchment paper.
  • Inscribe/carve your candle with the Sigil.
  • Add a little more incense.

Caution: Please make sure there are no large chunks of plant material as these can be dangerous or ‘pop’ during candle burning. As always, please abide by all fire safety rules.

  • Place your candle onto the parchment/aluminum foil, wrap your candle, and place in the oven.
  • DO NOT LEAVE THE KITCHEN (lesson learned the hard way), turn your candle every 2 minutes (this took me about 12 minutes total).
  • Once you take your candle out, let it sit for a couple of minutes and unwrap while still warm. Place 4 cloves (or apple seeds) at the 4 directions.
  • Pour salt into your candle holder and then place your completed Black Sacred Candle within it.
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The Activation Chant

We are the Kore, preparing for the dark

This candle a torch, a journey embarked

Return a Persephone, begins with a spark

Daily Use

Light your candle (and some of your incense if you wish) each day, to sink into the space of clarity and focus on the meaning of this journey for you. Keep your journal nearby to take notes as things come up for you.

A Candle & A Key,


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