The Lotus Flower is commonly recognized as a symbol of achieving enlightenment, peacefulness and spirituality. This candle holder can be fitted with tea-light candles or slightly larger candles - the diameter of the middle, the actual 'holder' is roughly 5.5cm, so it will fit any candle with the same diameter.
It is a lovely violet/deep purple colour with a gold edging along each of the lotus petals. When a candle is lit in the middle, because of the layers of petals this then emits a soft glow and the candle is sheltered enough to be used both indoors and outdoors.
The light is softer compared to electric lighting which can help to clear your mind and would compliment meditation, yoga or chakra re-alignment (although it still looks lovely even without a candle lit inside). It is also fairly light to hold, so it could be placed on the mantelpiece or wherever suits you.
These candle holders are hand made in the Philippines. The petals are made from natural Capiz shell, a type of Oyster (also known as the 'Windowpane Oyster) that can be found abundantly in the coastal waters of the Philippines and near India. To clean the holder, you can just wipe it with a damp cloth.
Please note the colour of the tea-light holder may vary very slightly from the colour on your screen due to monitor colour restrictions. Each piece is unique and the colour will vary slightly with each piece.
Size of Tea-Light Holder: Diameter is approximately 13.5cm (5.5") and weighs approximately 50 grams, (100 grams including packaging).
More About the Symbol of the Lotus Flower
The lotus flower is held sacred in many traditions as a symbol of rebirth, growing up from the mud towards the light where it opens up and blossoms. Each morning the flower opens. At night it sinks underwater again.
The lotus flower is central to one of the Egyptian creation stories where the lotus flower gave birth to the sun. A lotus flower emerged from the great darkness. From within the lotus flower came the divine child Re, the sun. The petals opened and Re cast his brilliant light.
Thus it can be seen that wearing or having near you a symbol of the lotus flower is a symbol of rebirth and faith in the beauty and perfection of creation. The symbol can be used during times when you wish to encourage new life and miraculous new growth in your life.
The Lotus Candle Holder Comes With a Small Leaflet That Reads:
A ritual of light, colour, harmony, unity and atmosphere.
The lotus flower is a symbol of transformation from darkness into the light, from innocence into insight and wisdom, towards peace and serenity. The symbolism derives from the fact that the lotus grows its roots in the dark dirt below, while this wonderful flower is always turned towards the light.
The Lotus Candlelight's are symbols of these qualities, and also of the 7 main energy centers of the human body (chakras). The warm light of a Lotus Candlelight invites pleasant feelings and offers healing effects.
The effects of colours:
Chakra 7 - Violet: Sedating effect in mind and body. Enhances purpose and dignity.
Chakra 6 - Indigo: Calming and soothing. Aids trusting our intuition. Colour of higher knowledge and wisdom.
Chakra 5 - Blue: Soothing, relaxing and healing. Also the colour of communication.
Chakra 4 - Green: Balancing and harmonizing. Activates feeling of love, tolerance and understanding.
Chakra 3 - Yellow: Stimulates mental activity and feelings of self confidence. Aids study, because it keeps you alert.
Chakra 2 - Orange: Warming and energizing. Orange is also the colour of pleasure and coziness.
Chakra 1 - Red: Provides extra energy, stimulates our emotions. Activates digestion. Restores contact with the Earth, our living space.
The colour of white will be active in all chakras, and represents clarity and purity.
Light a candle with attention and love, and let its light be healing, for yourself, for someone in particular, and in general for all living beings.
Let your rainbow body shine!
More About the Symbolism of the Colour Purple
Purple is traditionally a royal colour and sign of dignity. Garments made of purple cloth were typically worn by high priests, emperors, military leaders and magistrates in the Roman times, as well as having a strong association with Osiris, and Ancient Egyptian god.
The colour gained its superior authority as dying cloth purple was an expensive process, involving collecting secretions from two types of molluscs, so only the wealthiest people in society could afford to have clothes made of the colour.
In terms of magic, purple is linked to the spiritual dimension, psychic development, wisdom and spiritual strength. People often use the colour, whether through meditation or visualisation, to try and increase their spiritual development and access higher states. Likewise, in the chakra system, purple / violet relates to the crown chakra.
More About Chakras
The chakras are major energetic centres within the human body. There are seven in total. They are:
Solar plexus (Yellow)
When our chakras are healthy and glowing strongly we feel good. By having about us or using chakra products, wearing chakra jewellery or using chakra stones in healing we are giving focus to this state of balance. If we have good intention we may draw situations to us that help us to change and help our chakras to find or remain in balance.
For further information about the chakras you could try reading our Beginner's guide to Chakras
Staff Review by Mel Hurst
This is probably one of my favorite products from Holisticshop (we must say that about all our products right?) But genuinely, this is a beautiful piece and even more so with a candle lit inside; it emits a soft purple light which I found very calming. And I had a lot of fun photographing it, mainly because in product terms it was very photogenic!
I also love that these are hand-made, it's nice knowing that each flower is individual and unique in it's own way. The petals are made from Capiz Shell which can be quite delicate. Due to the nature of the shell they are very slightly see-through, which is what allows the glow of the candle through the flower.
The Lotus Flower has a very rich history behind and is known through many cultures such as Hindu, Buddhist and Egyptian. It is known to be a symbol of many things, again depending on the culture or the context in which it is presented. Most commonly it represents purity, divine birth, enlightenment and spiritual development.
You might buy this to aid within meditation or yoga, or simply because it's a lovely piece.
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