A candle is a stick of wax or tallow with a wick down its center; it’s used as a light source. In period armory, candles are frequently found mounted in candlesticks, as in the arms of Emerlle, c.1520 [DBA2 222]. Occasionally, though, they’re found standing alone, as in the allusive arms (Italian cera, “wax”) of de Cerolis, mid-15th C. [Triv 99]; and this is their most common depiction in Society armory. (The candle and candlestick should not be confused: the latter is the mount or holder for the former.)
A lit candle can be so blazoned, or may also be blazoned “enflamed” or “flammant”. The usual heraldic candle is a taper – the illustration shows such a candle, lit – but the less-slender “pillar candle” is also found in Society armory. All candles are palewise by default. For related charges, see torch. See also lamp, lantern.
The College of San Ambrogio bears: Sable, three candles in fess argent enflamed proper, within a laurel wreath Or.
The Ljusorden, of Nordmark, bears: A pillar candle per pale sable and azure, enflamed Or.
Lara Sukhadrev bears: Argent, a candle gules lit Or.