This novena will make an excellent addition to your altar when working with Athena. This candle makes an excellent addition to your altar for working with self confidence, strength, and courage. Traditionally novena candles are 7-day candles, this candle will burn around 90 hours if left to burn straight through, or you can light it each day for 7 days and extinguish it each night, the 90 hour wax burn time allows you to burn it for roughly 12 hours per day for 7 days straight, allowing you to never leave the candle unattended. This Candle is filled approximately 3/4 full more like a loft candle, this allows room for you to "dress" them with herbs, oils, etc more efficiently. Stands roughly 8" tall and 2 1/4" in diameter, contains approximately 6" x 2" of wax give or take. This novena candle is sold as a novelty item. ***Pictured with petrified wood stones, these are not included in the sale. You will receive the candle only. *Made in Canada. *Made from recycled glass. *Lead-free cotton wicks. *Plant-based sustainable food grade wax. *Clean and safe to burn. *Long burn time. OPTIONAL ADDITIONS TO YOUR CANDLE MAGICK WORKING: Note that these are not required for you to use this candle in a working, however, they do add a personal touch and extra power to your workings, especially when combined with the correct correspondences of herbs, oils, oleums, curios, or magickal artifacts. Loading or dressing novena candles takes practice, so don't feel discouraged if your candle doesn't burn perfectly the first time. Also take this into account with your final reading, if you have added things it WILL burn differently thus possibly changing the end reading from the suggested meanings below, use your personal intuition on these matters. Novena Candle Loading: Traditionally you would load a Candle by carving a hole in the bottom of it, then load it with herbs, oils, curios, or magickal artifacts that match your intention, and then you would seal it back up. However because Novena Candles are poured in glass, it is impossible to load them this way without damaging the glass. To load Novena Candles carve a hole down the side of the Candle close to the glass , not in the middle so as not to suffocate the wick, and load it. Once you've added your corresponding ingredients use some of the removed wax to pack the remaining space and seal the hole. Doing this will affect your readings after as it WILL change the way the candle burns, use your intuition accordingly. Novena Candle Dressing: If you don't want to risk damaging the candle or causing it to not burn all the way through, you can sprinkle some herbs on top or use an Oil specific to your intention and coat the top of the Candle with it. If you choose to do this, make sure to not suffocate the wick. Obviously the more herbs or oil you use the more it will affect the overall burn, so this may take some practice to get the right amounts. Reading The Outcome of your Novenas: The following are a few signs that you may notice and what many people generally interpret them to mean. But you should also go by what your intuition tells you: •Clean Burn• - Successful outcome and goals achieved. •Black Soot• - Negative influences and obstacles. •Black Soot At The Top• - Any negative influences have been removed. •Black Soot Through Entire Candle• - Your work is blocked and not strong enough to remove obstacles. •Black Soot At The Bottom• - Negativity is being sent to you. •White Soot• - Spiritual communication, purification, and cleansing. •White Soot At The Top• - Successful cleansing. •White Soot Through Entire Candle• - Need for further cleansing and spiritual work. •White Soot At The Bottom• - Help from outside forces. •Black And White Soot• - One aspect overriding the other. •Black Soot On Top, White Soot on Bottom• - Negativity has been removed. •White Soot On Top, Black Soot On Bottom• - Energy is fighting your goal. •The Glass Cracks• - Obstacles have been broken. •The Glass Breaks Or Shatters• - You're up against something stronger than yourself. •Wax Left On The Sides• - Personal problems are preventing the Spell's success. •Wax Left At The Bottom• - The Spell won't be able to manifest your complete goal. CAUTIONS: NEVER leave burning candles unattended. Avoid burning candles near combustible materials. Always store candles in a cool, dark, dry place. They should be stored standing up to prevent warping. Do not place candles in drafts to prevent uneven burning and excessive dripping. Always keep wicks trimmed to 1/2" long, crooked wicks can cause uneven burning. Candles and labels will fade if left in sunlight for extended periods of time. Always keep candles away from children and / or pets. Never put candles in a window or directly expose them to bright indoor or outdoor lights. Candles should always be burned in proper candle-holders or bases and should be a minimum of two and a half inches apart from each other when burning multiple novena candles at once. Extinguish candles with a candle snuffer to keep the wick in good shape. If the wick becomes too short, carve away the wax from around the wick to expose the fresh wick underneath, you will want to remove an even layer of about 1/4" all the way around the top of the candle. Try to only burn Candles on flat, even, heat resistant surfaces. Purchase and use of this novena candle releases North Witch Magick Co. of any and all liability that may arise from the use or misuse of this product.