Candle Colors and their Meanings REVISED~~~
This is a work In Progress~~~
This page on Candle Colors is meant for quick reference so you will know what color to use in any magikal workings.
It is by no means definitive and as I come across more information besides my own experiences it will be added to, so check this page often.
At this time this is the basic colors for most workings~~~~~
WHITE ----- reflect all colors back. White is also the Balance of all colors: Spiritual enlightenment, cleansing, clairvoyance, healing, truth-seeking, purity, innocence, clarity and unity, Dawn, purification, peace, truth, protection, spirituality, General work, cleansing, White help repels negativity; use to bring peace, spiritual strength, truth, purity; heals emotions, and provides protection.
Blessings, Blessings to thank a higher power, Cleansing, Fight /ward off enemies, Peacefulness, Protection, Purity, Raise vibrations of positive light, Repel negative & destructive forces, Spirituality, Virginity.
NOTE: White can be used in place of any other candle color and is suitable for any ritual, if you need to do a ritual and do not have the color candle needed a white candle will work as well if you either carve a symbol, or word or name of what you want the white color candle to represent.
IVORY--- (beige): neutrality, balance and harmlessness, this is a good color just for meditation and/or prayer.
RED--- for sexual love. But it's also about Energy, vitality, and strength, health, passion, sex, fire, sexual fertility, fast action, strength, potency, lust, blood, Physical love and passion, courage, warmth, energy, attraction, magnetism, desire, action, physical strength, power, as well as willpower. Red also strengthens magnetism in a ritual, creates Ram and Scorpio energies when needed in ritual work. Anger, Blood of the Moon, Career Goals, Conquers fear, Courage, Desire, Driving Force, Energy, Enthusiasm, Impulsiveness, Life, Love, Lust, Magnetism, Protection against ones enemies, Protection and defensive magic, Romantic atmosphere, Sexual attraction, Survival, Vibrancy, Vitality, Ward off jealousy and hate, Will power.
PINK---- for love of the heart. Devotion, love, tenderness and faith, friendship, romance, honor, spiritual healing, caring, affection, forming partnerships, peace, emotional healing, Universal love, purest form of love, love that is unconditional, spiritual love without sex connotation, raises vibrations, sensitivity, healing. The color pink is designed to attract attention and achieve a purpose in rituals. It is the color of femininity, Honor, Pleasantness – enhances joyful and lively conversation.
When having friends over or if friends drop by even un-expectedly burn pink and white candles for conversation and peacefulness. Affection, Banishment of negative thoughts/fears/entity's or ill intent of others, Beauty, Caring straight from the heart & selfless caring, Compassion, Diplomacy, Emotional love, Femininity, Friendships, Harmony, Healing of Emotions, Helps heal the damages of abuse/accidents/trauma, Honor, Love, Leadership, Morality, Nurturing and sympathetic magic, Partnership of Emotional Maturity, Peace, Planetary good will, Relaxation, Self love, Service, Spiritual awakening, Unselfishness.
ROSE----This is a combination of pink with a touch of purple, a very gentle and spiritual color it reflects compassion for self and others, higher mystical powers, humor, Love, romance, opening the heart, forgiveness, compassion in general, healing, joy, creativity, endurance especially in times of great trials, strength, stability and security.
PEACH---- This is a combination of pink or light red with orange and is good for workings on restoration and rejuvenation, it is especially good to gentle help a person through ritual regain their vitality after a long, delibating illness without over taxing the body system.
ORANGE ----for attraction. Cleanses negative attitudes, situations and places, Happiness, business deals, attracting good things, success, career, goals, stimulation, attraction, power, luck, sudden changes, Warmth, energy building, enthusiasm, attracts success and prosperity, emotional healing, attracts friends, courage and ambition.
This is good for a calling a spiritual deity. So those orange tea candles or lights you find on Halloween is good to do a quick calling and focusing on which deity you have in mind.
Action, Adaptability, Ambition, Attracts luck and money, Authority, Business Goals, Career Goals; Changes, Confidence, Discourages laziness & promotes down to earth light hearted fun, Enthusiasm, Friendship, Joyfulness, Justice, Gambling encouragement, Gives needed energy, Good fortune, Healing, Helps break out of the doldrums or a rut, Hopefulness, Hospitality, Legal Matters, Mental clarity, Organization Strength, Property Deals, Receptivity, Sealing a spell, Self-control, Stimulation, Success, Vitality. Communication; ruled by Mercury, the divine messenger of the Gods.
Used to clear obstacles in the way, of revealing hidden treasure.
Orange works well when two people wish to have their telepathic senses opened together. Remember that Mercury is a trickster and when using this to "invade" another person, the trick could be on you! This is excellent for job hunting, success, encouragement, adaptability, stimulation, attraction, sudden change, control, power to draw the good things in life and to change luck.
YELLOW ---- well-being, concentration, intuition. On a more complex level it means Intellect, wisdom and honor, action, inspiration and creativity, studying and intelligence, concentration, memory, logic, learning, attraction, confidence, mental powers, intellect, inspiration, concentration, retention of memory, energy, cheerfulness, sunny disposition, changes, endurance, stability and security. Air, Ability to retain things that are learned, Action, Activity, Calming mood swings, Calming tensions, Cheerfulness, Clairvoyance, Communication, Concentration, Confidence, Creativity, Divination, Drive away jealousy and envy, Establish knowledge or gain insight to problems or upset, House blessing, Intelligence, Imagination, Learning, Mental unbalance corrected, Power of the mind, Protection, Success, Unity.
If you are a writer yellow is a good color for strengthening the imagination and in ritual increases the concentration in a ritual. A yellow candle can be used in rituals in which the trust of a person is be gained or in which one wants to convince someone of something. Yellow can also replace Gold
GREEN - represents health and healing, money, changes and renewal. Abundance, growth, money, success, wealth, physical healing, health, marriage, fertility, employment, balance, Stimulates growth, healing, financial success, good luck, new job, good harvest, nature appreciation, mother love or love of nature. Abundance, Ambition, Balance, Better business, Cooperation, Creative ideas, Employment, Fertility and childhood growth, Gambling luck, Generosity, Good crops, Good luck, good fortune, Growth, Growing, Monetary Success; Mother Nature, Overcoming greed or envy, Physical Healing, Plants, Personal Goals, Prosperity, Regeneration, Rewards, Steady work, Success, Tree and Plant Magic.
This is a good color in rituals to gain money or a job.
EMERALD GREEN CANDLE: Represents the Attraction of Love, Social delights and Fertility.
DARK GREEN CANDLE: Represents the color of ambition, greed and jealousy, counteracts these influences in a ritual.
BLUE - spiritual, healing, memory. Communication, truth, peace, calm, losing weight, wisdom, understanding, protection, harmony, inspiration, truth, patience, health and happiness, luck, communication, loyalty, peaceful, cooling, contentment, healing, idealism, harmony, devotion, meditation, Blue is considered to be the best healing color for rituals that involve healing.
Astral travel, Calmness, Calming, Healing energies, Creativity, Deep emotion meditation, Depresses excess energy, Devotion, Fidelity, Forgiveness, Good Fortune; Happiness, Honesty, Immortality, Inspiration, Insomnia, Justice, Kindness, Loyalty, Opening blocked communication, Patience, Peace, Reassurance, Relieves worry and stress, Serenity, Spiritual Inspiration; Spiritual wellness, Subduing, Tranquility, Truth, Water, Wisdom, Woman's magic
ROYAL BLUE CANDLE: Represents Promotes laughter, happiness and loyalty, use whenever an influence needs to be increased.
LIGHT BLUE CANDLE: Represents Spiritual color, helpful in devotional or inspirational meditations, brings peace and tranquility to the home, employ where a situation must be synthesized. Light Blue has always been considered a calming and relaxing color, and when used in a Wiccan ritual, light blue candle represent spirituality, peace, tranquility, and protection.
INDIGO - Brow, third eye, psychic center. Helps to see aura. Psychic awareness. This is used in meditation and ritual which demands the energy of Saturn, such as deep meditation, balancing Karma, stopping gossip and astral projection. Represents Color of inertia, stops situations or people, use in rituals that require a deep meditation state.
MAGENTA - --This has a very high vibrational frequency and tends to work very fast. It is often used with other candles. General uses involve - quick changes, spiritual healing and exorcism. Energizes rituals where immediate action and high level of power or spiritual healing is needed quickly. Quick changes, Exorcism, Spiritual Healing.
PURPLE --- Crown center, royal color, Deity, spiritual. The third eye, psychic powers, meditation, spirituality, success, confidence, hidden knowledge, protection, divination, All forms of expansion, expands what you already have, spiritual protection, power, wisdom, healing, recognition, enhances psychic ability, Recognition in work, contact with spirit world.
When used in ritual with a white candle it helps to neutralize the effects of karma and ego. It can open the third eye and the psychic center, but Indigo which is a combination of blue and purple takes it a step further.
Astral travel, Command, Concentration, Control over self, Court cases, Dignity, Divinization, Dreams, Governmental issues, Hidden knowledge, High idealism, Honor, Independence, Knowledge, Meditation, Obedience, Overcome odds or competition, Pride, Protection, Progress, Repels negativity, Psychic awareness, Respect, Self assurance, Spirituality, Wealth, Wisdom, Work success, Victory
The color purple is often used to help drive away evil, to contact spirits, wisdom, and even to break habits.
VIOLET----This is the "softer sister" to purple, Strength, Success, Idealism, psychic revelation; Ideal for rituals which are designed to secure Ambition, Independence and financial success or to establish contact with the other, spiritual world; Enhances Neptune energy.
When dealing with Wiccan rituals, violet is considered to represent the Goddess, and it is supposed to mean spirituality, a connection to higher self, healing, and balancing the aura.
I have found that using a combination of Violet and white candles for séances to be the most effective.
LAVENDER---- This color is even a more softer side to purple, softer than violet but with a hint of pink, it reflects the Mother consciousness, manifestation and selflessness, Spirituality, compassion, understanding, inspiration, make contact with Higher-Self, attract spiritual assistance, very calming.
If you are in most modern supermarkets and able to find lavender colored candles scented with lavender it will help keep your sacred space in a spiritual, calming condition when you are not working in it and by doing that it will help keep it sacred when you are preparing to do spiritual workings.
BROWN ----This is an Earth color, a balanced color. Excellent for Rituals for material gain, eliminates indecisiveness, furthers powers of concentration when combined with yellow, learning, telepathy. Expands financial success and Material prosperity when combined with Green, Home, friendships, balance, animal magic when working with your animal totem, earth magic, concentration and studying, wealth, success, intuition, psychic powers and ESP. Protecting pets, and stability, when you burn a brown candle and pray to St. Anthony it is said to help find lost items.
Attune with nature, Concentration, Court cases, Determination, Earth, Earth magic, Find lost items, Firmness, Grounding & centering, Growth, Herb magic, Indecision, Long term achievements, Overcoming hesitation, Peace in the home, Pet magic, Pet Healing, Planting, Success in business, Stability.
Used for the Physical Planes, as a combination of the colors Green and Red, Mars and Venus blended together as one. It is often used to separate, and also for grounding and stabilizing. Brown is ruled by Pluto, the Lord of the Outer Spaces and The Dead. In Candle Magick, Brown is used for spells involving: Concentration, balance, ESP, intuition, study, justice and separation.
BLACK----burning black with any other color dissolves negative energies! Protection, hex-breaking, reversing, banishing, destroying evil or negativity, binding, and repelling. Also used for healing very powerful illnesses.
Black also has its negative side when used alone such as for cursing, laying down a hex, sending out evil. But when in use with other colors and especially when dressed with Dragon's Blood Oil can be very powerful in working in a positive manner.
Absorption and destruction of negative energy, Absorb Illnesses and nasty habits, Baneful energies, Banishing Magic, Binding, Break unwanted patterns, Casting out, Clear away blocks, Closing of doors, Creates a void and vacuum that you can fill with another wanted energy, Crone energies, Divination, Endings, Lost items, Mirror scrying, Mystery and secrets, New moon magic, Protection,
Releasing energy or Exorcisms, Repelling negativity, Remove creative blocks, Repulsion, Solving questions or mysteries, Sorrow, Reversing, Transformation, Uncrossing, Understand your karma.
If you have a Black candle and only have a white candle to aid in bring in positive energy for a specific reason you can carve on the white candle what it is that you want to bring in.
Plus if you are worried your neighbors will look funny at the black candle burning, replace with a White candle, unless your neighbors are into Goth or Art Deco and are cool with it.
GREY---is a combination of black and white and is good for pendulum work as it works with the intuition. Cleanse unwanted energies, Destroying negative forces, Erasing Negative feelings, Erase/ cancel something out which has been sent out, Lessens the impact of mistakes, Neutralizes stress, past life recall, Reaching Compromises. Grey can also replace Silver. If one is experiencing a lot of negative influence in their life, gray is the perfect color, because it is the color that is considered when helping to remove negative influences, loneliness, and even contemplation.
COPPER----Passion, Money Goals, Professional Growth, Fertility in Business, Career Maneuvers or strategy, Business success, career growth copper or copper color is seen on major businesses, as part of their logo’s especially with Banks.
GOLD---This color in ritual work can represent the God, it is for enlightenment, protection, success, wealth, money, masculinity, playfulness, luck, divination, victory. It Enhances communication and attracts the power of cosmic influences; Useful in rituals which are designed to gain fortune or money. Attracts higher influences, Attracts energy, Attracting positive people to your life, Gambling luck, Good business & financial success, Happiness gains, Invoking the sun Power of the Male, Money, Power, Prosperity, Success, Wealth, God energies
SILVER: (Light Grey) ---in invoking the deities Silver is primarily associated with the Goddesses while Gold is associated with the Gods, even in Christianity the friendship between St. Francis and St. Clare of Assisi was referred to as "Brother Sun and Sister Moon" or Gold and Silver---this color is for Victory, Stability, meditation, Developing Psychic Ability, Removal of Negative Power, Repelling Destruction, Cancellation, Neutrality, Stalemate. Adaptable. Astral Energies, Clairvoyance, Communication, Conducts energy, Dreams, Female Power, Feminine health issues, Goddess energies, Intuition, Invoking the Moon, Lunar energy, Meditation, Menopause, Moon magic, Mysticism, Opens astral gates, Receptivity, Removes negative forces, Telepathy, Women's mysteries secrets- especially any of the Rites of Passage– from childhood to puberty to fertility, in pregnancy.
If you want to do a ritual for a delaying action Silver is a good color to help focus that.
DOUBLE ACTION CANDLES----
Used to reverse a negative situation, they symbolize the positive and negative influences in your life. It is used to draw positive things to you and reverse negative things away from you, traditionally comes in three styles:
White/black (for uncrossing spells)
Green/black (to remove money/financial jinxes/curses)
Red/black (to remove love jinxes/curses)
Most manufactured (mass produced) double action candles have the color on top with the black on the bottom which causes practioners to cut off and level the color wick on one end (also called butting) and create a wick on the black candle end, that way the negativity is removes and sent back and then the color end burns to bring in the good.
Some individual shops make their own the correct way, in other colors with black on one end and another color to represent what one is hoping to bring in. If you are creative you could make your own with the black end on top and the correct desired color on the bottom. Usually worked with the appropriate oil usually Reversing Oil.
TRIPLE ACTION CANDLES----
Triple Action Candles are tri-color candles usually sold in the jumbo candle-size.
Traditional color styles include:
Red, white and blue (Love or Health, Protection, healing or peace or for returning lovers, protection legal work.)
Red, white, and green. (Love or Health, Protection, Money or for success, prosperity and luck )
There might be suppliers of other colors as well.
REVERSING CANDLES (Glass Enclosed)
Have Black half red
Used to reverse a situation, reverse negative energy from yourself and send it back to the sender, or uncrossing. Draws out and destroys negativity, replacing it with positive energy; returns negativity to its source.
REVERSIBLE ACTION CANDLES aka Blood Candles
These appear to be black candles, but they are really red candles coated with a layer of black wax. As the inner red color drips over the outer color (some say it looks like blood), it works to dispel evil and send it back from wherever it came. It has more strength than a regular black candle in doing this, and it also has the added bonus of drawing good luck to you after removing the bad luck. If the candle decides not to drip then just cut a little notch in the side of the top rim until the wax comes out. Also use with a Reversing oil
ASTROLOGICAL SIGNS AND THEIR CANDLE COLORS
In the last 40 or 50 years certain colors have come to be associated with astrological signs, the list that I'm presenting here is by no means definitive---some spiritual supply stores feel that other colors are associated with those same signs---this is just to give you an idea, eventually as you work with the colors to represent the individual clients under what sign they were born you will eventually get a feel of what is right, but it does take practice and intuition---This is for your information----
Aries---Red, white, pink
Taurus:---Green, pink, red, yellow
Gemini:---Yellow, silver, green, red, blue
Cancer:---White, green, brown
Leo:---Gold, orange, red, green
Virgo:---Grey, yellow, gold, black
Libra:---Royal blue, light brown, black
Scorpio:---Black, red, brown
Sagittarius:---Dark blue, purple, gold, red
Capricorn:---Red, black, dark brown
Aquarius:---Light blue, dark blue, green
Pisces:---Aquamarine, royal blue, white, green
My Spiritual mentor Rayba (who instructed me after my Granny passed on) said that to help determine the correct color for the Astrological signs you need to know first it's element, Air, Earth, Water, Fire and then if it’s a fixed or mutable sign, by doing that you'd have a better understanding of which color works best.
For example Pisces is a mutable water sign so Aquamarine would be the right color, if not available then follow with Royal Blue, then white, then green, some are not so easy to determine so you'd need to know the general disposition of the Astrological sign as well.
As I said in another posting my Grandmother did not have colored candles to work with, hers was made from cheap paraffin wax and in the real old days from tallow or animal fat. The colors were added by tying bits of color cloth to the candles or rolling it in the prescribed herbs and inscribing symbols on the candles.
Within the major colors that I have listed there are variations which has make the intent stronger, softer or focus in a different direction for example colors such as mauve or light blue or green even turquoise or reddish brown, as I go through my notes and sort the more subtle meanings I will post them here, so you will need to check back from time to time.
Now with colors one can focus your intent much better.
As I come across more information I will continue to update this page. You the reader should set it so that when its updated you can be notified right away to add to your "Book of Shadows" or "Grimore".
When carving your intention, symbol or name on any candle, be sure to inscribe only deep enough to make an impression, never carve so deep as to touch or break the wick. A candle with a damaged or severed wick will not burn.
When anointing a candle with oil, one need not and should not drench the candle. A few drops will suffice, only enough to lightly cover the candle.
If pressing herbs into the wax of a candle after anointing, remember: less is more. Each individual leaf or chunk of root can be drawn into the burning wax and become a wick!
Do not burn a candle within reach of flammable items, children, or curious pets. Always burn candles in a proper holder to avoid leakage. Remove all packaging from an ordered or purchased candle before burning.
And MOST IMPORTANTLY Do not leave a burning candle unattended. Do not leave a burning candle unattended. DO NOT LEAVE A BURNING CANDLE UNATTENDED!