To see one being lighted forecasts a birth, to exhibit a lighted candle augurs contentment and prosperity; to make candles, joy and satisfaction; to see a candle burning brilliantly denotes prosperity to men, health to invalids, marriage to celibates; a dimly burning candle shows sickness, sadness and delay (Artemidorus). The symbolism is that of the sacred flame, the vital spark, with the sacredness invariably attendant upon the fiery element.