Fixed candle spells involve the use of any type of candle that, once fixed and prepared, is left to burn in place without being moved. Candles used in this type of work include offertory, seven day, seven knob, figural, double action, reversible, and votive lights. The candle's colour may be chosen based on the situation or condition for which the job is being done, the client's intentions toward the people involved, or the astral or zodiac signs of those involved. The word "fixed" in this context refers both to the fixing and preparing of the candle, and to the fact that it is fixed or unmoving during the time it burns, which is generally less than six hours altogether, although it may be burned in sections -- that is lit, put out, and re-lit a number of times.
Fixed candles may be named for a client or a target individual, carved with appropriate symbols or sigils, and anointed, dressed, or blessed with condition oils and herbs, roots, and crystals appropriate to the work. Sachet powders suitable to the condition of the client may be dusted on it, or it may be sprinkled with glitter to reflect wishes out into the universe many times over.
Depending on the nature of the work, a fixed candle may be burned straight through, with or without the recitation of the affirmations or psalms printed on the back, or it may be burned in sections, either a segment at a time, or for a specific time-span per session. If the candle is going to be burned over several days, it is a common tradition for an odd number of days to be chosen; three days and seven days are typical choices for sectional burns.