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Colour is of great significance, both in healing and magick, and colour symbolism is used frequently
with candles, and also with crystals, flowers, foods and coloured water, as a way of focusing on and
activating the different qualities inherent in the colours.
In magic, white represents light, the life force and clear vision and so is helpful where a new
beginning or a sudden burst of energy and enthusiasm is needed. White is a good colour for work
involving rites of passage, especially for birth, marriage and welcoming new family members by
marriage or adoption.
Use white also for protective magick, for replacing darkness with light, in meditation, for Goddessfocused
rituals, for increasing spiritual awareness and contact with spirit guides, angels and the higher
White contains both solar and lunar energies and is often used for altar candles. You can substitute
white for any other colour.
White candles can be used on any day of the week, though they are associated with Monday in the
Goddess aspect and Sunday and the Sun for life force magick.
Red, the colour of Mars, the planet and god of war, represents action, power, determination, physical
energy and health, courage and determination, sexual passion and potency, survival and change, for
careers where danger is involved and the armed forces. It is used as a focus for rituals calling on the
power of the gods .
Orange is the colour of the Sun, of fertility – both physical and mental – and of creativity with words.
Growth, self-esteem, confidence and abundance of all kinds are related to orange, as are independence
and asserting your identity if it is under threat or being eroded by the demands or unfair criticism of
others. Orange also relates to careers involving people and the arts.
Above all, orange is the colour of joy and also the successful integration of all aspects of the
personality into a harmonious whole.
Orange candles are best used on a Sunday.
Yellow is the colour associated with Mercury, the winged messenger of the Roman gods. Through his
skill and dexterity, he came to rule over commerce and medicine and also became patron of tricksters
Yellow candles therefore encourage clear communication and activity of all kinds, improving
memory, concentration and learning, and are good for overcoming mental stagnation and blocks in
ideas or assimilation of facts.
Use them in rituals when you wish to gain another person’s confidence and approval or to win
someone round in business or intellectual matters; to sharpen logic; for succeeding in examinations
and tests; also for good luck, for short journeys or to initiate a house move within the same area.
Yellow is also a healing colour, especially for conditions needing surgery or concerning the mind.
Yellow is good for careers in business, medicine, technology, communication or the media and also
for job changes.
Yellow candles are best used on a Wednesday.
Green is the colour of Venus, goddess of love, and so is good for all love and relationship matters,
especially partnerships and romance; it is also potent for rites involving the natural world, herbs,
gardening and tree magick, for healing the planet and especially the forests and the land.
Green is for peace and harmony, especially within the self. When green candles are used in rituals for
wealth, they tend to encourage a gradual increase in profits or resources. As the faerie colour, green is
also potent for spells for good luck and increasing magical abilities.
Green candles are best used on Friday.
Turquoise is the colour of Hathor, Egyptian goddess of wisdom, music and dance, whose magical
mirror reflected back the true person of all who looked in it (scary stuff if you were just checking your
Turquoise rituals are for integration of heart and mind, feelings and thoughts and the synthesis of
wisdom and experience. Turquoise is used for successfully combining different aspects of life or two
different career strands; for compassion and altruism; for increasing healing abilities; for maintaining
impartiality when making difficult decisions and judgements; and for seeing other dimensions. It is
the colour of artists, sculptors, dancers, writers and poets, and can bring inspiration and originality
increasing artistic ability.
Turquoise candles can be used effectively on Thursday or Friday.
Blue is the colour of the Father God and other Sky deities in their external roles as wise judges and
rulers and so can be used for this aspect of the god and as a protective colour.
In magick, blue can expand the boundaries of possibility and bring success, confidence and power
mingled with altruism, nobility and idealism. Blue is also used for prosperity rituals where this
involves advancement or for maximising opportunities, for promotion and expansion of business.
Blue is the colour of long-distance travel and house moves, legal matters and dealing with
officialdom. It is also for careers involving justice and leadership. Above all, blue brings calm and the
ability to solve problems in the midst of crisis.
Blue candles are best used on Thursday.
Purple is the colour of Jupiter in his role of wise teacher and keeper of hidden knowledge, and of
Osiris, the Ancient Egyptian Father God and Lord of the Underworld, who died each year and was
resurrected by his wife Isis. It represents unconscious wisdom and is used for all things of a psychic
and spiritual nature and for divination. Purple provides a link with higher dimensions and can bring
happiness for all who yearn for something beyond the material plane.
Purple candles aid meditation, work with past lives, scrying with candles and mirrors, and astral
travel. They are good for psychic protection and preventing nightmares. Purple can also be used for all
rituals where the facts are not clear, for clearing secrecy, for healing the spirit and for banishing what
lies in the past, especially failure, and for remembering departed loved ones. Below, I have given subdivisions
for different shades of purple, but in practice they are interchangeable.
Indigo is for spiritual healing, for psychic awareness and knowledge of past lives and worlds; it is the
colour of the seer.
Lavender is for dreams and connections with others, on a telepathic level, for awareness of Devas and
other higher nature spirits and for herb wisdom.
Violet is for clairvoyance, mediumship, spirituality and contact with the evolved self, angelic guides,
mysticism and peak experiences.
Purple candles are best used on Thursday.
Pink is the colour of Venus in her gentler aspects, for family relationships, affection, friendship
matters, children and for the growth of new love and trust, especially after betrayal or a setback. Pink
rituals are excellent for restoring self-esteem and healing wounded emotions, for letting go of past
hurts involving family or childhood, for quiet sleep and for the mending of quarrels.
Pink candles are best burned on Friday.
Magenta represents the path of service to others, especially for older women and men in the role of
wise counsellor. It can help all in the caring professions and will help anyone transform experiences,
both positive and negative, into wisdom that can be offered to guide others.
Magenta candles are best used on Friday.
Brown is a colour of Saturn, the Roman form of Cronus, god of time. Deposed by his son Jupiter, he
was sent to Italy where he taught the farmers, agriculture and engineering and there established a
golden age of peace and plenty.
Brown is good for protection, for magick concerning animals and especially household pets, for
locating lost objects, learning new skills, for the home, property, practical matters, security and having
enough resources for one’s needs. It is also the colour of all who work with their hands.
Brown is also the colour of Mother Earth and the Earth spirits and so is good for environmental
matters and conservation, especially as an impetus for practical conservation projects. Brown is good
for grounding rituals.
Brown candles are best used on Saturday.
Grey is ruled by Saturn and by Mercury, some say, when he becomes invisible in the sky.
Grey is used primarily for neutralising or erasing negative energies or feelings. It is the shade of
compromise and adaptability, of lowering one’s profile in times of danger, and offers protection
against both physical and psychic attack. It is a colour for keeping secrets and for smoothing down
potential conflict and keeping one’s counsel when to do otherwise would be unwise.
Grey candles are best used on Wednesday when Mercury cannot be seen and on Saturday.
Another colour of Saturn and also the kings of the Underworld – the Roman Pluto, the bestower of the
hidden wealth that lay within the Earth, and the Greek Hades, who abducted Persephone (Proserpine),
thus causing winter.
Black is the colour not only of death, but also of regeneration. This belief goes back to Ancient Egypt
when the annual flooding of the Nile carried with it black silt, which brought new life to the land each
In magick, black is the colour of endings that carry within them seeds of new beginnings. It can be
used for banishing negativity, for leaving behind old sorrows and redundant relationships; for
acknowledging grief, for rituals of partings, for breaking hexes and for psychic protection. Some
people do not like using black candles because of their associations with black magick. If you feel that
these associations are too strong for you, substitute dark blue, dark purple or brown candles in rituals.
In a positive sense, black, like brown, is a colour of acceptance, whether of a restriction or of the
frailties of self and others, and so it is a candle colour of forgiveness.
Black candles are best used on Saturday.
Silver is the colour of the Moon and all lunar goddesses such as Diana, the Roman counterpart of
Artemis, who, because of her strong association with the Moon in all its phases, was a goddess of
fertility as well as love.
It is also used on some altars to represent the Goddess, with a gold candle for the Horned God. Silver
is potent in all forms of divination, but especially for candle divination, for awakening clairvoyant
powers, telepathic and psychometric abilities, astral projection, for rituals to invoke anima (female)
power, for intuition and mysticism. It represents dreams, visions and a desire for fulfilment beyond
the material world.
In times of stress and sorrow, silver candles can remove negativity, promote inner stability and bring
to the fore your hidden potential. Silver candles are excellent for scrying, especially by the full moon,
and for all magick involving the female life and for female fertility.
Silver candles are best used on a Monday.
Gold is the colour of the Sun and is associated with the solar deities, for example, the Egyptian Ra. In
Ancient Greece, Helios, the Sun God, was worshipped each dawn as he emerged in the East and drove
his chariot of winged horses around the Sky before plunging into the ocean in the West at sunset.
Gold is potent for worldly achievement, wealth and recognition, for long life, ambitious schemes and
money-making rituals that require an instant or substantial return. The colour of male potency and
fertility, it represents animus (male) power, energy and change and all rituals with noble or altruistic
Gold is best used on a Sunday
Using Colour In Rituals
You can also use coloured candles as a focus for wishes in a particular area of experience represented
by the colour. So you might write a wish for a better memory on yellow paper and burn it in a yellow
candle, the colour of Mercury. You could then collect the ash in a heatproof ceramic pot or metal
bowl beneath the candle and scatter it to the four winds. For banishing an injustice, you might write
about the event on dark blue paper, burn it in the blue candle of Jupiter and bury the ashes.
Around the home, different coloured candles can be burned for different purposes. Scented candles
can also amplify the colour energies