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Sunday, November 27, 2011

Candle Colors

The color of a candle has a significant effect on the spell or ritual that is being performed in magick. This means that before casting any spells or performing any type of magick, especially candle magick, the color of the candles should be chosen very carefully.

The Effect of Color on Humans

Science tells us that each color of light vibrates on its own frequency, and magick dictates that each individual frequency attracts certain attributes. This can be seen easily enough in every day life. Hospitals, for example, never paint their walls black. Instead, they use calming shades of blue, pink, and green.

The choices humans make every day often reflect the power of color. Someone who is feeling a little depressed may choose a shade of gray or black, perhaps even blue (the term ‘feeling blue’ didn’t just come out of nowhere). Bright yellow, seen by many as a happy color, is often worn by those who are feeling at their happiest. Red and purple make people feel powerful. These are not hard and fast rules, but they do offer an insight into why certain people choose particular colors.

Candle Color Properties

Each candle color is considered to have its own magickal properties. Some of these can be found below:
  • White: meditation, consecration rituals, initiation rituals, exorcism, divination, healing, truth, peace, innocence, clairvoyance, spirituality
  • Silver: get rid of negativity, encourage stability, initiation rituals, divination, lunar energy, the Goddess
  • Pink: Love, friendship, innocence, femininity
  • Red: Fertility, sex, passion, love, health, physical strength, anger, will, courage, leadership
  • Orange: stimulation of energy
  • Yellow: confidence, happiness, attraction, charm, persuasion
  • Gold: attracting the power of the cosmos, solar energy, the God
  • Green: fertility, success, luck, money, prosperity, ambition, also counteracts greed and jealousy, physical healing
  • Blue: honor, loyalty, peace, truth, tranquility, wisdom, astral travel, prophetic dreaming, protection during sleep, energy healing
  • Purple: psychic or magickal power, healing involving power and the aura, success, independence, protection of the home
  • Brown: location of lost objects, improve concentration, telepathy, protection of pets and familiars
  • Gray: neutralize negative influences
  • Black: meditation, banishing evil or negativity, reversing spells
Sometimes it can be difficult to find the color you would like. In this case, simply use white. Consider it the multi-purpose candle.

Sabbat Candle Colors

In addition to general properties, candle colors also correspond with the pagan Sabbats. Some of these are mentioned in the chart below:
  • Samhain: black, orange, flame colors
  • Winter Solstice: red, green, white
  • Imbolc: red, white, pink
  • Spring Equinox: green, yellow, pastel colors
  • Beltane: green, rainbow colors
  • Summer Solstice: bright green, blue
  • Lughnasadh: dark green, yellow, orange
  • Autumn Equinox: orange, yellow, brown
Astrological Candle Colors

Each of the twelve astrological signs, from Aries through Pisces, is ruled by its own color. When casting any zodiac-related spells, it is important that the candle color be correct.
  • Ares: red
  • Taurus: green
  • Gemini: yellow or silver
  • Cancer: white
  • Leo: gold or yellow
  • Virgo: gray
  • Libra: royal blue
  • Scorpio: black or red
  • Sagittarius: dark blue or purple
  • Capricorn: black or dark brown
  • Aquarius: light blue
  • Pisces: aquamarine
Daily Colors

Finally, each day of the week is associated with a particular color. So, a spell performed on a certain day may benefit from a candle of the appropriate color.
  • Sunday: yellow
  • Monday: white
  • Tuesday: red
  • Wednesday: purple
  • Thursday: blue
  • Friday: green
  • Saturday: black
These colors are not necessarily a hard and fast rule. Each individual color may awaken a different sensation than that ones mentioned here. This is fine. Ultimately, each individual must decide which color is best suited for their own purpose, depending on their own personal feelings.

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