Candle burning is often regarded as something to be done at night, after the fall of darkness. However, lighting a candle can also help you welcome the new day, and it especially brings cheer to dark winter mornings or overcast days. For help in starting your morning in a positive frame of mind, you might choose one of these simple candle rites:
As I light this candle,I think the most magical time of day is the hour before dawn. If you are able to rise early enough to watch the dawn break, you can give a special salute to the Dawn, whom many peoples have regarded as a lovely goddess. You can greet her by lighting a candle and saying:
I give gratitude for this new day,
And the gift of grace
That makes my world anew.
O let the fire of enthusiasm
And the light of clarity
Flow now through my being.
Thus do I set my mind and heart
On a life of purpose,
On a life of blessing.
Lady in the form of light,
I praise your radiant beauty.
As you open the gates of morning,
Your vibrant colors energize my being
And gladden my spirit.
You help me to love life
And welcome change.
You inspire me to fill my own world
With light and color.
Oh Light, shine upon our thoughts and scatter the sleep of our mind.
I greet this blithe and beautiful Morning,Actually, you don't even need to light a candle—you can simply greet the Sun with these words; this is something nice to do when you step outdoors.
As I welcome the shining Star of Day.
I light this candleA Christian could use four candles, opening with a larger candle to honor the Son of God.
To honor the Sun in Heaven.
I light this candle
To honor the Sun within the Earth.
I light this candle
To honor the Sun within me.
You remind me that I, too,
Am a being of light
With the power to craft my day.
Morning devotions can be performed at a homemade altar, or before a window, or at your breakfast table. You could use a white candle to represent the spectrum of possibilities that the day contains (also: "white dawn" is a term used in Romance language poems, called "albas," and in the Slavic countries, one speaks of "the white day"), or use a yellow, orange, or golden candle for the Sun. For special use with dawn rites, you might first want to observe the colors of dawn, noticing the beautiful shades of yellows, oranges, reds, and pinks that bleed into the blacks, grays, purples, and indigos of the fading night sky. Then go on a candle quest to find candles in one or more of these shades. (If you wish, you could group morning-colored candles in a half circle around your breakfast or focus area.) If you can choose scented candles, or use anointing oil or incense, perky citrus scents like, orange, lemon, petitgrain, and tangerine are good for generating morning energy. Coffee-scented candles would also be delightful for awakening your mind in the morning.
Also: After performing these rites, you might drink a glass of orange, apricot, papaya, mango, or some other fruit beverage that echoes the warm tones of Dawn's palette, as a way of drinking in her power. You can assist Dawn's quickening effect by doing a dance or some graceful stretching exercises to get your body in motion and stoke your metabolism.
Excerpted from By Candlelight, by Janina Renée