Tell us a little about your brand. Where does the name come from?
Before I started making my own candles, I was spending a lot of money buying candles for my own rituals and was having a hard time finding ones that weren’t paraffin, which I really hate burning, due to their toxicity. When I was in a craft store one day, I saw coloured beeswax sheets and picked up a couple to try my hand at rolling some candles for myself. Soon enough, I was buying enough wax for myself and to make gifts for friends, and thus Tiny Ritual was born.
Before I came up with my company name, I wanted my candles to be a simple tool for anyone to use in meditation or a “tiny ritual” at home. I didn’t want people to be intimidated by elaborate ceremonies or complicated instructions on how to create a ritual for themselves. And so, Tiny Ritual came very organically as a company name.
Tell us about your background and any past experiences that have shaped your work.
I am a candlemaker, an actress, a tarot reader, a yoga instructor, a craftswoman, and an aspiring homesteader. Ritual and magic are deeply embedded in my spirit. I grew up in the oldest settlement in Upper Canada and always felt the ghostly presence of ancient pioneers and wise women who came before me lingering in the woods quietly whispering in my ears to pay attention to the magic in nature around me. Walking through the woods and feeling the Great Presence, the elements and spirits began to be a ritual in itself. For many years, the practice of performing my own small ritual – whether it be conversing with nature, yoga practice, or lighting a stick of palo santo and dropping into meditation – has been an important piece of how I express myself.
Being an actress, there is a major part of my being that thrives in expressing a character’s psyche and visual storytelling. But I began to feel there was a missing piece (creatively speaking). I needed to create something physical, something tangible, and I began to feel a tug on my sleeve pulling me toward conceiving and crafting my own little tools that could be used in ritual – for myself and for others.
Why did you choose to focus on candles?
Growing up, candles were used for special occasions: birthdays, visiting company, counting the days of Advent, religious holidays. Lighting a candle soon became a ritual for my meditation practice and prayer, and so it made sense for my first ritual tools to be that in which I was most familiar.
Candles are powerful little tools we can use to, not only create the atmosphere for any ceremony, but also as a ritual in themselves to strengthen and focus our own intentions. When we go deep inside and figure out what we need, what we want to create, what kind of life we want to design for ourselves, and when we consciously set those intentions, major shifts can happen. For many, candles and wishes go hand-in-hand: on your birthday, light a candle, make a wish, blow it out, hope your wish comes true. Whenever I feel the need to come into ceremony to work an intention, I always add a candle to pour my intention into. As the candle burns, the intention is released up and out where it may come to fruition if it is for the best and highest good.
Can you tell us a bit about your creative design process to make the candles?
At the time I was designing my labels, I was studying the Runic tradition and was steeped in their magic, lore, and meditation. Initially, I wanted to use a different Runic symbol for each candle but decided that would be alienating to those who were not familiar with the Runes. Instead, I allowed the Runes to inspire me, and, with my designer, we came up with a totally original line of symbols unique to Tiny Ritual. We continue to work together on new subsequent candles, and although not always inspired by the Runes, the symbols are carefully designed to carry the energy and spirit of each candle.
Why do you put a tiny crystal at the bottom of each candle?
Ever since I was a child, I’ve had an affinity for crystals, stones, and minerals. To me, they were little treasures from nature that I would keep carefully tucked away in the safest of places. I eventually began to work with crystals energetically in my own healing, meditation, and magic. It makes so much sense to me that if you’re working on setting an intention, our little crystal allies can aid in strengthening the energy we’re sending out or drawing in. Clear Quartz is amazing because it is so amplifying, and, therefore, can magnify our intentions. As well, they are energetically clearing, so they can work to clear the path before us as we move forward with our new intention. And who doesn’t love to find a beautiful crystal at the bottom of a candle they can keep?
Tell us about planetary energy and why each candle has a suggested specific day you should burn it.
Every planet in our solar system, including our moon and sun has its own energy, attributes, and “personality.” Each planet rules a specific day of the week, and, therefore, each day carries the energy of its ruling planet. Working with planetary energy is a great way to increase the potency of your intention, and you can do this by setting your ritual on a specific day of the week.
Why do you feel like it is important for people to celebrate their own tiny rituals?
Creating your own little ritual at home allows people an opportunity to, not only tap into their spiritual life and wellbeing, but also to get very clear and focused on what kind of life they want to create for themselves. It can be so empowering tapping into your spiritual life and listening to that inner voice that is begging to guide you. These may be small, tiny rituals, but they can be very powerful in igniting your inner magic.
Who are some of your favourite artists, designers,and makers?
There are so many incredible artists, designers, andmakers out there, especially with the accessibility of social media; my Instagramfeed shows one amazing creator after the other. I have to give a shoutout to DanielleSuppa, the owner of Souvenir Studios, who I worked with in designing my labels.She’s got such an eye for design, aesthetic, and curation. She’s also a fellowTorontonian. I adore the clothing line Ozma; such simple, clean, effortlessclothing. I am also obsessed with finding thoughtful and well-designed babyattire and accessories now that I have a 7-month-old. The company Gathredesigns beautiful bonded leather mats for babies/family/any kind of gatheringactivity that would put you on the ground… like a picnic for example. Theycome in beautiful neutral colours, and have such a thoughtful story behindthem.