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Candle magic is a key skill for all Wiccans and witches, especially novices since it’s a user-friendly intro to spellwork. However there is a wide variety of candle colors available– which one do you need? This guide will give you a comprehensive overview of candle colors, their correspondences, and how to use them in your own candle magick.
In Wicca, common candle color meanings are: white for general purposes, black for protection, yellow/orange/red for solar/masculine energies, silver for lunar/feminine energies, brown for grounding, green for growth, purple for wisdom, indigo for balance, and blue for Water and harmony.
Lighting candles opens the door to many possibilities, such as inviting love in, summoning justice, invoking prosperity, and communicating with deities. But knowing the meanings of candle colors is the primary step toward a thorough understanding of their craft.
This article discusses the candle colors used in Wicca, their meanings, and the traditional uses. Let’s continue!
What Is Candle Magic?
Candle magic is a powerful form of natural and sympathetic magic that combines lighting candles of various colors, time, the fire element, and targeted intention to achieve goals.
It is one of the most ancient forms of magic. According to the Celtic Connections, humans have been practicing it since the Paleolithic era. The National Candle Association tracked the earliest recorded candle use to 3000 BC Egypt.
As candle magic is one of the simplest kinds of magic, it’s an easy way to dynamize spells, especially for beginners. That’s why newbie Wiccans and witches often begin with it when they first start learning the craft.
Candles can be used in spells, exercises, meditations, and magick for a wide range of outcomes.
Candle magic can be either simple or complex, depending on your preferences. However, the color is always significant. So we must take careful consideration when selecting candle colors.
That being said, color correspondences are only one integral part of candle magick. Other additions can have a profound effect including magical herbs, healing crystals, inscriptions, tarot cards, elementals, and deities.
Pointers When Performing Candle Magic
As with practicing any form of magick, candle magick has many consequences including ripple effects. Your magick will be sent out to the entire world, not just to your spell’s target.
If you are Wiccan, always keep in mind the Wiccan Rede, “Harm no one.” And remember the threefold law, that the magick you send out will return back to you threefold, whether good or bad.
So be exact in your incantations and formulas: Cover all areas and leave no gaps. Be cautious, succinct, and accurate. And try to minimize any external effects or unintended negative consequences.
Since some candle magick can linger energetically, be sure to store candles in a safe, secure location. Avoid placing them near curtains, high-traffic areas, or any appliance that generates disturbance or noise.
Also, do not extinguish your candle flames by blowing on them. This affects the climax of the candle burning exercise. So instead use a hollow metal cone or snuffer instead.
Why Do Wiccans Use Candles in Magic?
Almost all global religions and spiritual practices use candles in one way or another, whether for spirituality, meditation, and ritual.
Candles give a sacred and somber effect which makes them popular in ceremonial uses. They help us to invoke awe, quiet our minds, and connect with the divine. Most religious practitioners would not refer to their candle use as magick though.
In Wicca and witchcraft, candles have a similar appeal. Not only do they help us focus on the divine, but they are a tool which is explicitly magickal.
Candles are some of the best magickal tools because of their ease of use and accessibility, especially for new witches. Many books on Wicca recommend candle magic to newbies because it’s a way to quickly and easily harness magical power.
What Kinds of Candles Should You Use?
You can use just about any kind of candle, provided you purify and consecrate it beforehand.
The best materials for candles are those that are all-natural. Beeswax, for example, is direct from nature and so will produce very powerful magick.
(Check out this cool coiled “timer” candle, shown below. It’s made from beeswax and will self-extinguish after your set length burns. Great for timed spells and rituals.)
Not all of us can afford beeswax candles however, so you can easily make substitutions with other candles you find in stores, online, or in your home. You can easily repurpose your tapered dining room candles, scented candle, or tea lights if you’re in a pinch. In fact, even birthday candles can work well with proper cleansing and consecration!
Many witches and Wiccans like to make their own candles. Making candles is a fun project to do at home. It’s also a great way to imbue your candles with as much magickal energy as possible.
Crafting candles captures both your personal energies and your specific intentions. The end result is a highly charged and effective candle, aligned with your magickal goals.
What Is Color Magic?
Color magick is the process of using color to change the world around us. The impact can be subtle or major, depending on the color selected, how multiple colors are combined, where it is placed, and with what intention it’s instilled.
In fact, whether present in candles, fashion, art, or branding– color elicits a magickal response whenever and wherever it is used.
Color magick is a vital part of other spiritual practices, such as Feng Shui. Feng Shui uses specific colors, in specific areas of the home, to create a desired energy flow.
The Purpose of Color
Each color has a specific correspondence– a magickal meaning, energetic vibration, and use. For instance, green increases prosperity, while white purifies and heals.
Each color has a specific frequency and energy type that Wiccans can harness and use in their magical applications. Match the right candle color to its application, and see the power of your spellcraft rapidly increase.
Colors can be used in isolation, to create a concentrated and focused effect. They can also be combined, to create a blended and balanced magickal result. Similarly, spells may call for a single colored candle to achieve a specific end. Or, they might call for one candle color to represent one aspect of the spell, and another candle color for a different aspect.
New witches and those new to candle magick should strive to work with just a single color first. This allows you to build knowledge and skill about color correspondences. Then after some experience, you can then start to work with the complexities of multiple colors.
Colors–Their Meanings and Uses
According to Wiccan Life Tips, color plays a significant role in magical functions. Since each color has a magical correspondence, you’ll want to pick the color associated with your magical goals.
You can incorporate color not just in your candles but in other spell tools and paraphernalia. For example ink, clothing, altar covers, canvas charm bags, and water offerings.
The below candle color meanings are just guidelines– they not absolute. What matters most is what a particular color means to you.
For example, even if the color chart states that green symbolizes money best, but you are drawn to gold, then so be it.
These are the colors often used in Wiccan and witchcraft magical applications:
White represents a host of magickal concepts:
- Female divine, the goddess, and all female deities
- Aether/Ether element (the Wiccan 5th element)
- Spiritual blessings
- Higher self
- Power of higher nature
- The Aether
White stands for balance in all colors. Use it as a substitute for any color. This is especially handy when you have a spell calling for a specific candle color that you don’t have on hand.
Wiccans use white in rituals to communicate with the goddess or to examine their own divine nature. They also integrate it into rites utilizing the energy of the moon.
Use it for cleansing, seeking the truth, spiritual enlightenment, and ending conflicts.
A simple way to start with white candle magic is to do a candle purification ritual before embarking on meditation.
Black and Gray
Contrary to popular belief, black candles don’t represent evil. Instead, they are used for the expulsion of evil. Use black candles for:
- Expelling dark magic
- Undoing hexes, curses, the evil eye, and other dark attacks
- Binding hostile forces
- Eliminating dark thoughts, sorrow, or negativity
- Protection and defensive magick
You will commonly find black candle rituals at the Samhain sabbat.
Black uncovers the more extensive levels of the unconscious. Use it in rituals to draw Saturn’s power, instigate a deep meditative state, or in uncrossing rituals to repel evil.
Use neutral gray to mull over-complicated matters, cause confusion, disarm an enemy, or render an opposing force harmless.
Gold represents many things, generally revolving around the male divine and solar power. Use it for connections to:
- The male divine, the god, all male deities
- Masculine power
- Harnessing cosmic power
- Influencing victory
- Attract fortune
- Facilitate learning
Silver spans a wide spectrum of uses that emcompass feminine energy, psychic intuition, and victory.
- The female divine and female deities
- Feminine power and the female divine
- Cosmic energy
- Banishing negativity
- Endorsing stability
- Psychic abilities (clairvoyance, intuition, and telepathy)
Copper is a color that we don’t often think of, but it has a number of useful correspondences:
- Career advancement
- Business growth
- Financial prosperity
As it represents the sun, Wiccans use yellow in rituals that involve solar energy. Yellow also symbolizes the air element, which comes along with its own correspondences. Use yellow for:
- Mental prowess
It has many uses for practical and professional goals as well. Use it to:
- Speed up learning
- Remove mental blocks
- Bolster concentration
- Boost creativity
- Gain another’s trust
- Instigate action
- Dissolve hesitancy
- Implement sudden changes
- Take control
- Assume power
- Attract positivity
- Bring about a change in fortune
This balanced color represents grounding, earthly sentiments, and keeping one’s feet firmly planted. Use brown for magickal work concerning:
- Extrasensory perception
- Boost concentration
- Strengthen friendships
- Dispel indecisiveness
- Find lost items
- Settle large disagreements, such as arguments or court cases
Bright orange is a solar color that has bold and adventurous uses:
- Increase assertiveness
- Manifesting career goals and professional success
- Prophetic dreams
- Ensuring fairness and justice (use to produce the best outcomes with property deals, sales, and legal matters)
Red represents male energies and the fire element. Use it in magickal work relating to:
- Male energies, the god, and male deities
- The fire element
- Driving force
- Strength and virility
- Decisiveness and rapid action
- Survival instinct
- Health, energy, and vigor
- Courage to face fears
- Sexual potency and fertility
- Elevating magnetism in rituals
- Summoning energy from Aries and Scorpio
Pink is the color of the soft and affectionate. Use it for spells involving:
- Spiritual awakening
- Clean living
Wiccans and witches use magenta for its high frequency. A mix of violet and red, it has a dynamic and powerful energy. Magenta is great for:
- Removing evil spirits
- Initiating rapid change
- Creating intense power
- Dynamizing stale rituals
- Manifesting promptly
- Quickening spiritual healing
- Supercharging dull or lifeless spells
Purple is a regal, ambitious, and wise color. It’s most commonly associated with the head chakra, which is the source of our pure thought and spiritual enlightenment. Incorporate purple into spellwork for:
- Spiritual wisdom and power
- Seeing the bigger picture
- Uncovering secret knowledge
- Idealism and honor
- Success and mastery
- Realizing ambitions and reaping financial rewards
- Harvesting Neptune’s energy
- Controlling your destiny
- Influencing decision-makers and VIPs
- Connection to, and communication with, the spiritual world
- Finding independence
Associated with the 3rd eye chakra, indigo is the color of balance and meditation. Indigo is great for magick involving:
- Finding workarounds and reconcilation with negative situations or people
- Neutralize opposing magick
- Balancing energies and karma
- Ending gossip
- Entering deep meditative states
- Harnessing Saturn’s energy
Blue is a mainstay spiritual color. It symbolizes the water element and spiritual inspiration. Include blue in your magickal work if you are dealing with:
- Good fortune
- Occult power
- Benevolent intentions
- Repairing mishandled communication
- Securing harmony, wisdom, or inner light
- Teaching guidance to others
Royal blue is a cheerful color associated with Jupiter. Use it for:
- Evoke laughter
- Receiving loyalty
- Escalating influence
- Summoning Jupiter’s energy
Light blue is a spiritual color used in devotional meditations. Incorporate light blue shades to bring about:
- Tranquality to the home
- Neutralizing awkward situations
- Emitting Aquarius energy
Greens represent the element of earth, and are great for herbal magick and fertility magick. Use green to produce:
- Encouraging successful harvests
- Plant and herbal magick
- Fortifying prosperity
- Stimulating good luck
- Marriage and relationship harmony
- Physical healing
- Rejuvenation and regrowth
- Organically manifesting personal and financial goals
Dark green and emerald green have some unique correspondences of their own.
Use dark green in candle rituals for:
- Representing the goddess
- Fending off jealousy, greed, and over-ambition
Use emerald green for magick involving:
- Summoning Venus’s energy
- Nurturing love and fertility
- Smoothing social interactions
As mentioned, color combinations are a flexible technique for experienced candle magick practitioners and those familiar with color correspondences already.
If you’d like to try your hand at some simple candle color combinations, here are a few common and introductory pairings that work well:
- Black and green—remove curses that impede money flow
- Black and red—remove spells that inhibit love
- Black and white—return curses to the sender
Color in candle magic is about color correspondences, preference, and personal connection. For an in-depth understanding of colors in Wicca, read Wicca Candles—Meaning and Spells for Beginners by Dayanara Blue Star.
We hope you found this candle color guide useful in learning color significance and steering your magical applications to the next dimension!
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