Thursday, February 24, 2011

It's All About the Color

Beauty without colour seems somehow to belong to another world. -Murasaki Shikibu


When casting spells and performing other rituals, the color of the candle is very important to the intent and outcome of the magic. Using different colored candles can increase the focus and the energy of a particular magical working, based on the energy that already exists within certain colors. Each color is attuned to a different kind of energy, so by using the correct color, you can increase the power in each working.

Yellow is a color of the sun and is often used in solar related rituals. It represents the element of air.  It aids with the imagination, creativity, inspiration, and memory.  Thus, it can be used for creative workings.   or to gain focus during spells or rituals. It can also be used for healing purposes. 

Red is the color of love or passion. It represents the element of fire.  It is associated with energy and strength, and to protect one against psychic attack.  These are a few of the things red candles in magick can be great for. Spells involving passionate situations and matters of the heart can be enhanced with red candles. They're also perfect for fertility, strength, courage, and willpower.  "Men’s skins have many colors, but human blood is always red" ~ Traditional Proverb

White candles are lunar and work perfectly for any moon ritual. They represent spirituality, purity, truth, and balance.  They can be used to contact our spirit helpers.  In addition, white is a universal color; hence, whenever in doubt about a candle color, use white.  Healing properties include treating broken bones and relieving dental pain.  White is also a symbol of the Goddess.

Purple represents spiritual power and is traditionally connected to mysticism. It is great to use for spiritual workings...hidden knowledge, to influence people in high places, spiritual protection, greater magical knowledge,  increase power, financial success, and ambitions.  Be sure to use with caution, however, for purple is very powerful and may be difficult to handle.  "All the other colors are just colors, but purple seems to have a soul. Purple is not just a noun and an adjective but also a verb – when you look at it, it’s looking back at you." ~ Uniek Swain

Gold is the color to use when dealing with prosperity, wealth, safety, creativity, self-confidence and anything dealing with the sun or solar energy.

Green represents the element of earth.  It is a color that is associated with abundance, fertility, good fortune, renewal, balance, and healing.   Using green candles in tree and plant magick or anything that is related to these topics can enhance those workings.  "Green is the prime color of the world, and that from which its loveliness arises." ~ Pedro Calderon de la Barca

 Blue represents the element of water; hence, it  can be used for healing magick, wisdom, harmony, and inner light. It is a color that represents peace and guidance. Using blue candles can enhance spells or magickal workings that have to do with these situations or themes.  If you suffer from insomnia or having any other problems sleeping, charge a small blue candle with a visualization of yourself as you sleep through the night.  Then, burn a few moments before extinguishing the flame and climbing into bed.

Pink is associated with the purest form of love and friendship.  Its use  in magick is  perfect for romantic situations and can help you attract a soul mate. The color pink is connected to friendships, feminine energy, and honor.  This color may also be used to banish depression and negativity. 

Brown can be used in magick when you're trying to uncover what is hidden or find things that have been lost. It is associated with balance, ESP, intuition, and study.  It can also be used when trying to communicate with Nature spirits. The color brown can also help you when you're trying to make a difficult decision.  Concentration and financial security can be increased by the use of brown in magic. It is used for any spells involving animals. 

Candle magick can be greatly enhanced with black candles. In fact, this color is one of the most powerful available.  It  represents the unseen  and can help you to achieve deeper meditative states. It is good for releasing, breaking up blockages and for binding negative forces.  It  can also be used for healing very powerful illnesses.  

Although there are many complicated rituals that one can do with candles,  a simple ritual such as the following which involves only quiet meditation and reflection may be best. Simply light the candle in a color that works with your desires and visualize your desired outcome clearly. The candle should be kept in a place where it will not be disturbed so a magical altar is a good idea.

Some rituals are performed by the cycles of the Moon. The New Moon is the time for candle rituals connected with new beginnings and new projects.  Candle rituals  used during a Waxing Moon should vibrate with an energy of increase, hope, rebirth, and gentle light & thus we do work, increasing our efforts to manifest our dreams.  Full Moon energy is used for banishing unwanted influences in your life, protection magic, and divination. Planning, releasing, and working backwards in time are done on the full moon as well.  The Waning Moon is a time for banishing and rejecting those  things in our lives that we no longer wish to carry around with us. Negative emotions, bad habits, diseases, and ailments can successfully be banned during this time.

Before the candle is lit, it must first be dressed which will provide a psychic link between the candle and the person performing the ritual. This is very simple to do. Touching and meditating the candle while annointing it with essential oils will charge it with your personal vibrations.

"So different are the colors of life, as we look forward to the future, or backward to the past; and so different the opinions and sentiments which this contrariety of appearance naturally produces, that the conversation of the old and young ends generally with contempt or pity on either side."~ Samuel Johnson


  1. Thank you for the explanation of color meanings. Some I know, like Red. But thank you for a complete list.

    It's quite interesting that plain ol' Brown is in there. Don't mean to knock Brown. It can be a lovely color. But not bright like others. :-)

  2. Working some candle magick, are we, hmmm?

  3. Excellent post! I love candle and colour magick. I also use different colours for writing on paper different spells.
    Brightest blessings!

  4. Very interesting. I always burn purple candles and do feel a difference! XO

  5. I would like to use your image of the colored candle flames to teach middle school children about combustion. Thank you.

    Sheldon Margulies
    Silver Spring, MD