A Binding Spell?

Three candles in a church candelabrum are twisted in a braid, in what appears to me as a binding spell. I have never seen something like this before. And I didn’t expect to find it in a church, of all places.

Before I try to decode what is the meaning of this, some background information. This is the church I wrote about in a previous photo. Of course I wouldn’t be satisfied with just making a photo of the outside. I had to check on the inside as well. The interior of the church was typical of such small churches in the region. Maybe I should make an article about the architecture of these churches but for now, let’s say that it was as plain as it could be.

The Candles

There was something that drew my attention though and it was these twisted candles. Anything that is new to me is a subject for a photo. But this thing makes me curious in many ways. First of all what is the significance of it. There are three candles so it could imply the Trinity. But if it had a religious significance it would be something more common in Orthodox churches.

The next thing that comes to my mind is a spell of some kind. Although Christianity denounces divination, magic and spell casting, it is something common amongst the common folk. Especially in the country side it is something that everyone has some knowledge of. It may appear as simple rituals to them but it is a form of magic nonetheless; even if it has a religious outward appearance.

So, three twisted candles. It could imply a binding spell. If it was two candles, it would definitely be a binding spell. But the number three makes things a bit complex. As I mentioned earlier it could be a reference to the Trinity. Or it could have a double meaning; God as a Trinity binding two people together. This meaning and the fact that I found it in a church creates a pretty strong religious outward appearance to the spell. So much so that the person casting it can be oblivious to the fact that they are performing simple, plain old magic but they are just requesting the assistance of God in the fulfilment of their desires.


The soul of a person is an abyss. I may be completely wrong in my assertion that this is a binding spell. But I may also be correct. In that case, no priest can convince a person to abandon their traditions and beliefs that they have learned from older generations. And they find it completely normal to perform spells one day and receive the Eucharist the next (or do both the same day).

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