Many sites that offer these symbolic candle holders tell of the ancient Mayan Indian legend that describes the meaning behind the decorative pieces. Here is the legend:
Circle of Friends
The Indian legend says that at the end of the evening, friends would gather around a bonfire and share their hearts and speak of the good qualities of each other and remember times shared. As the embers faded, their friendship was said to be sealed anew bringing them closer together. As you sit with the candle lit in the middle of your circle of friends, it will surround and embrace all who sit with you and bring good luck to those who stay together.
I light these candles when I have meditation sessions at the house. Nan, my friend, who I did my Reiki master with lit the same thing when we did reiki at here house.
These circle of friends was a gift from my friends Cheryl and Paul who own the Infinity Center in Jensen Beach where I first went for Reiki.