Vintage witchy black brass candle holder. Iron has a long and varied tradition in the mythology and folklore of the world. For many hundreds of years, iron has been believed to be a substance that repels most of if not all of the supernatural entities of most of the world. Human blood has a very distinct smell which can often times be instantly categorized as iron. But back in the day, people did not know that blood contained elements of iron in it, so they simply equated iron to lifeforce. Being that iron is a mineral buried within the earth, once it was uncovered that you could obtain iron not only from meteorites, but deep within the earth, certain cultures regarded iron as the lifeforce of the earth. It was regarded as a magical substance because it could withstand both the elements of fire and a deep freeze of the cold, and because it was still harder than most if not all metals at the time.
Candles & candlesticks are used in religious rituals & for spiritual means as both functional & symbolic lights.