Following the terrible news that an ancient oak tree in Glastonbury, known as Gog, was badly burnt - probably due to a candle being placed at its base, I thought I'd share the tips I give at my Candle Magic workshops on the use of candles at sacred sites.
While it is lovely to have a votive flame, you really don’t want to cause a fire or other damage at sacred sites. Here is a list of my personal guidance:
- Check whether candles are allowed at any sacred site before lighting one
- Keep candles in safe containers – ideally something like a lantern suitable for outdoor use
- Keep hot surface and flames away from anything that could catch fire or be damaged
- Have something ready to put out a fire in case an accident does happen
- Never leave flames unattended
- Extinguish your candles when you have finished
- Take your candles, candle holders and any litter home with you or dispose of it in a rubbish bin - but also make sure you won’t cause a bin fire!
The photo at the top shows a candle lantern in my garden