Fixed candles are candles that have have been ritually prepared and dressed with oils, crystals, herbs and roots. I use my intuition with every candle, and the candle color and recipe varies depending on your intention.
Writing a candle petition & praying over your candle is so important! Most people take a brown paper bag clipping and write on it with a pencil. When trying to attract something, fold the paper towards you 9 times. When trying to banish something, fold the paper away 9 times. I like to speak in present tense as if I already have manifested what I'm asking for. Here is an example protection prayer:
“I am divinely protected, my family and friends and community are also happy, healthy and on the road to wealth and abundance. I have no worries because I am in alignment, I have faith, and I do my best to protect myself and the ones that I love everyday.”
You never want to blow your candles out. If you're using a tall glass candle, I like to place it in a bowl of water - as they are meant to burn for 7 days. Before you light the candle, make sure you have a safe, sacred space away from any danger pets & children especially lol. Pray on it long and hard, make sure you are building a connection with your ancestors, Spirit guides, and what/who ever else you believe in.
For our candles with bay leaves, you can do a quick bay leaf spell which always comes in handy when wanting to manifest something specific. Just write what you want to welcome into your life on the leaf - whether it be a dollar amount, goal, or directly on the bay leaf and then burn it in its entirety and throw it into the candle. Alternatively, you can just carry the bay leaf on your person/in your wallet if you don't feel called to burn it.
Once the candle is lit, be still with it for a while. I love placing it on my altar and observing the flame. Here is another quick cheat sheet on how to read a candle: