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Colour Correspondances - Candles

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Colour correspondences – candles


Colour is used in a magical sense quite a lot, in varying ways, and like everything else in this area it can get complicated as there are ‘crossovers’ for colour – when for instance, one colour can be applied to something that another colour is maybe more traditionally used for – but it fits the bill more closely. Intuition is the key, adding that personal slant and interpretation, but to begin with – these are general guidelines for the colour correspondences for candles.


White – All colours and none, so can be used for anything. Neutral. Can signify purity, innocence and be used to represent the moon.


Black – not the colour of black magic and evil at all, tho you can still expect some sideways glances if you go into a department store and ask for them – Black is the absence of colour, it absorbs light, and so is perfect for any working that dispels negativity, or gets rid of something bad – like a habit you want to get rid of, or a run of bad luck.


Brown – is stability, security, good for home and family based workings.


Blue - is health and healing, soothing and peaceful.


Yellow – sunshine – energy and optimism, also connected to the intellect, so very useful for something that requires the application of knowledge – exams for instance.


Orange - is vitality, exuberance, sociability, warmth


Red - is assertion, strength of emotion, strength of will.


Green - is abundance, growth and fertility


Gold - is used to represent the sun, the God aspect

Silver - for the moon and the Goddess aspect


Pink - is love – innocent, pure love and devotion


Purple - is passion, sexuality


Grey is neutral again and not commonly used to my knowledge – and I think this is because the other colours ‘say it’ so much better


Varying shades of colours I feel often resonate better with the intent than others – so don’t stress about not getting a ‘pure red’ for instance. If your intent is to strengthen something within the home – then a brown or brick red is perfect.


Colours for the quarters


This is very straightforward, but again not cast in stone.


East – Air – White

West – water – Blue


South – Fire – Red


North – Earth – Green


I know there are variations to these – this is simply a basic guideline and one I personally find works well. I have however used Yellow in the East at a summer solstice working – as the sun rises in the east, and I have used Brown in the North when I was doing a working that involved being ‘very down to earth’

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Thanks Moongazer.


Probably the 'easiest to understand' description I've ever found. Most of the others have left me feeling confused.

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It's the crossovers that always get me :o_bounce3: My preference is white or black generally, but for me green is healing :o_biggrin:


Good to see the basics back Moongazer :o_bounce2:

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Yes thank you Moongazer, a very concise and easy guide to candles - I am sure I will call on these very soon.

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smiter, don't forget to add some white candles and green for healing :D


I belive there has to be a bit of a balance, imo.


I can't use blue candles, i just don't like the color of blue, it makes me really manic and edgy!! lol


I use green for healing~money


pink for friendship and soothing


Now red, comes in different shades, but I see it as passion , love, quickening of spells.


Purple~ passion, but mostly for higher spirituality..to connect with my higher self,

spiritual growth, connection.


. esp would use if I was going to attempt an Out of body experience.. i think? or would I want candles lit?? hmm ..


I always like to have a Goddess white candle lit, too.


Blessings Whispered


another good post! thanks for starting it moongazer! :o_nono:

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I agreed with most of that original post - very well explained :)


I also see purple as more of a spiritual colour too - think Chakras :D


I also use browns and greens for earth

yellow and white for air

reds and oranges for fire

and blues and greys for water


I don't follow with gods and goddess, so for me the gold and silver are just sun and moon energies.


Black is very usefull - trouble is there are only 2 shops near me that actually sell black candles :o_wave:



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i would also like to add these colours for candle use.


indigo: force of will,assertion of personal desire & personality from mental spiritual plane.Pure intention of command.


violet: builds & strengthens connection to higher self & higher mind.Dignity,self-assurance,healing of the spirit & inner self,progress,enhances psychic abilities & powers.Can also be used in meditation rooms or for alter.


gray: stalemate,neutrality,cancellation.



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Just to add, purple is also traditionally used for spells involving power, especially legal power, and for ancestral work.

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