Monday, June 07, 2010

Masonic Reversing Candle?


Brother Carlos Castillo in Austin, Texas posted this on a Masonic forum today. H.E.B., a local grocery store chain in Texas, has a religious section, with devotional candles. I have never encountered a "reversing candle" before, much less one with Masonic symbols, and it seems to be a Hoodoo or Wicca item designed to remove curses, jinxes, or bad luck.

I. Have. No. Idea.

11 comments:

Bro. J.Luis Casta├▒eda, 32┬║ said...

Maybe it is used to exorcise the faith, hope ,and charity right out of us.

Mike said...

As you know, Freemason's don't have a monopoly on symbols like the all-seeing eye of providence, keys, crosses or interlaced geometry (like our sign of the intertwined square and compasses). the two tones (red and black), the interlacing, the reversed arrows, all signs of one thing becoming another, transmutation, the 'uncrossing' of energy -- kinda like what you thought were masonic symbols, becoming what you think are hoo-doo symbols... Its somebody applying the language of symbolism to give concrete expression to their desire or wish...rather positive if you keep an open mind about it...

zompocalypsenow said...

@ Mike
I believe Bro. Chris posted this in levity. I used to be heavily into new agey occult stuff, and indeed a symbol (of any kind really) just focuses your mind.

Masonic Traveler said...

Reversing candle, does that mean it burns both ways?

Just askin.

Buffalo Bill said...

Apparently from the position of the S & C it can only be used in one specific degree....

Dave Leigh said...

To my eyes it's reminiscent of Masonic symbolism, but not the same. Still, a bit freaky.

MP said...

These sort of candles (spells, good luck, house blessing etc) are very popular in places that have any significant population of people practicing some form of Afro-Carribean diasporic religion. Same section of the store sells florida water for magical/religious purposes.

Tatman said...

LOL @ Bro. Castaneda. Perhaps William Wirt has something to do with these?

Mark Koltko-Rivera said...

@ Br. Tatman:

Let's not lose our heads over this, now. ...

AlphaLodgeNo116 said...

I've seen these in the Haitian Masonic Botanica Supply Stores in Miami.

Jim said...

Notice that the "square and compasses" on the reversing candle really aren't. They are actually two angled arrows that mimic a similar symbol, but that are definitely NOT square and compasses. So this is obviously not Masonic.