Predicting the patterns in melting or dripping candle wax is called Ceromancy or Candle Wax Reading, which is authentically believed to be more than 2500 years old and very well supported by the theory of probability. Theoretically it is similar to the other methods of fortune telling using Numbers, Dices, Tarot, Bone casting, Bibliomancy, reading tea leaves or picking up Runic stones etcetera.
The Ceromancy is exactly alike reading tea leaves. In this method of fortune telling instead of reading the patterns, symbols and ‘pictures’ formed by moist tea leaves settled down inside the teacup, the reader interprets candle drippings on a number of surfaces that range from water, stone, sand and a special Ceromancy board.
Before starting, the reader and the native both sit calmly and try meditating in a noiseless room. The questioner concentrates on his question and prays the almighty to give some guidance on that issue in the form of candle wax patterns. On the other side the reader also requests the gods to grant him some inspiration to interpret the patterns and provide an accurate answer. The room where such reading is achieved remains invariably dim lit. As a standard practice Ceromancy practitioners use different types of bee wax candles, water filled in a shallow dish made from natural material like ceramic or glass preferably, a match box, paper and pencil. The water used for Ceromancy should be some sort of sacred or from a pure source.
After the reader and the questioner both take place opposite each other facing the place where the candle would be placed later; the Ceromancy session starts after fixing a candle inside the dish firmly, filling the dish with fresh cool water and lighting it.
The Reading Session
Now the native is asked to write the main and the subsequent questions well before the session’s setting are started by the reader. Some readers change the settings and ask the native to hold the candle steadily and keep concentrating on the question in mind. Some others fix the candle on a big black stone and let the candle melt. There are several other variations as well like fixing the candle on a Ceromancy board just like spirit board and then read the patterns and so on. In every case the Candle wax is allowed to melt and settle on whatever medium is chosen to let the molten wax solidify on. The best method is still allowing the candle drip onto water and letting the water and wax interact naturally and generate enough patterns. Later, in every case the candle is blown out and kept aside on some sort of 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 come into playing. Individual clumps of wax that resemble animals, shapes, different recognizable objects and numbers represent the answer indicated by the nature or the almighty.
Various readers trust their intuition to arrive on to a certain conclusion. Almost universally the Ceromancy experts consider the shapes like various numbers indicating days, weeks, months or even years. The shapes that resemble alphabets hint to a person’s name or related place. The geometrical shapes indicate possible situations. Various clumps and smaller wax particles may hint at number of related people. Some readers interpret the isolated patches as distant possibilities. Some Ceromancy experts even use several other methods of divinition along with the classical wax reading, they employ flame reading and candle melting patterns as well, to reach to a concrete result.