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Candle Reading: Overflows


An overflow occurs when wax flows off of the plate or surface that you are working on and spreads out on the surface beneath. These are very interesting and somewhat uncommon formation in candle reading.

Overflows indicate far-reaching effects, wide spread impact, and things that reach farther into the past or future than originally suspected.

Overflows that occur at the bottom of the plate usually show powerful impact in the physical world and off and specifically deals with money or property.

Overflows at the top of the plate typically deal with the collective unconscious, far-reaching karmic matters, and intense psychic or spiritual issues. They can also indicate mental health issues that are much more severe than originally thought.

If the overflow occurs on the right side of the plate this indicates that the issue it is referring to reaches far into the past of the target. Often the specifically refers to things that go back to childhood or even into a past life.

And overflow on the left side of the plate indicate something that is far reaching into the future or will continue to have ripple effects for a long period of time. This is also almost always an indication that the work will have somewhat slow results and/or require a lot of time to manifest fully.

It is always important to look at what exactly the overflow has turned into in order to know how to interpret it. In general and overflow indicates that something is extra powerful and has an extra far-reaching consequences or result. However, the shape of the overflow takes will tell you what kind of consequence or result that is.

For example; the overflow in this particular photograph forms several backflows. Backflows deal specifically with going back on agreements, changing one’s mind, or terminating a former contract or arrangement. (You can read more about those here; )

On the other hand, a regular flow would indicate that the energy of this working is going to ripple out and be so powerful that it rewrites the entire circumstance or path of everything associated with it. Flows indicate powerful movements of energy or emotion and so when they overflow off of the plate they are specially strong.

Petals that form off of the plate indicate a very long or far reaching sequence of steps or events that are all connected to each other. They often indicate an especially long and complicated past that must be walked between the target in the goal. These are usually a good indicator that road opening work should be done.

One more thing; it is very important not to confuse overflows with spatterings or explosions of wax that leave droplets or disconnected blotches of wax off the plate. It is also important to not confuse them with removals which may sometimes be flung off of the candle and land away from the plate. Those two formations have separate meanings that do not correspond to the same energy as the overflows.

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