What Do Candle Colors Represent in Rituals and Spells?

Choosing the correct candle colors is essential in witchcraft. Candles are a standard tool used in rituals and spells.

Like all things in magic and witchcraft, the details matter. Everything has symbolism. Understanding color representation helps witches learn how to concentrate their own energy on a task.

Candles are used for a variety of purposes including making a prayerful request, a powerful tool to attain a goal, and completing an altar.

Keep reading to learn more. We have some great examples for you to try!

What is Candle Magic?

Candle magic (or magick) is typically the first type of magic or spellwork a beginner witch tries. Although this is a staple in the lives of new witches, many witches go back to this form of magic time and time again. It is simple to do, has easy-to-understand correspondences, and very few supplies are needed.

Candle magic helps us to focus our energies. There is something very compelling about a candle flame.

Fire and light have long been associated with divinity. Light symbolizes cleansing, purification, and spiritual illumination.

What is Color Magic?

So what exactly is color magic? Color magic is where the practitioner learns what each color symbolizes and uses these colors in spellwork.

Energy workers will use color magic as it is simple to focus their energy on a single color, allowing them to meet their end goal. For instance, if someone was trying to find a new job, they may focus on the color green, which stands for multiple things, including prosperity, employment, and good luck.

You could use the color green in various ways. Some more popular ways would be to do candle magick with green candles, wear a green pendant that they have focused on, or even wear green clothing to interviews.

My cat, Pixie, is drawn to my altar and candles! Photo by author

My cat, Pixie, is drawn to my altar and candles! Photo by author

Individual Color Meanings and Symbolism

We have listed simple color associations below for a quick reference guide.

  • White: Spirituality, personal strength, positive energy, goodwill, devotion, prayers, spiritual growth, new beginnings, serenity, purity, protection, and cleansing. White can also be used to replace any color.

  • Black: Calm, energy, banishing, binding, grounding, absorbing negativity, healing disease, invisibility, accessing the subconscious, creating confusion.

  • Grey: Legal Matters 

  • Purple: Success, power, commitment, psychic, tranquility, spiritual awareness, and wisdom. 

  • Orange: Pride, empathy, confidence, winning, success, new opportunities, career, legal. 

  • Pink: Gentleness, love, friendship, caring, respect, attractiveness, nurturing, glamour, self-love, leisure, and reconciliation. 

  • Red: Passion, lust, courage, vigor, revenge, anger, willpower, ambition, and endurance. 

  • Yellow: Intellect, wisdom, creativity, travel, imagination, focus, charisma, learning, concentration, and action.

  • Blue: Guidance, patience, peace, healing, happiness, truth, and religion/faith. 

  • Green: Beauty, fertility, growth, health, nature, good luck, employment, and prosperity. 

  • Brown: practical items, grounding, indecisive, protection, animal magick, material goods, stability, balance.

  • Silver: visions, dreaming, intuition and also represents the Moon and the Goddess. 

  • Gold: Longevity, confidence, willpower, life force. It also represents the Sun and God/Goddess. 

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Examples

Now that you have a reference point to many of the things that each color represents, you now need some examples of how you can use this in spellwork and rituals.

Counting Your Blessings

This is a month-long daily ritual that focuses on what you are grateful for. In doing so you open yourself up to positive energy and further blessings from the Gods.

Materials:

  1. You will need something to hang your blessings from such as a houseplant, potted tree, or fallen tree branch. Place the plant at your altar.

  2. Small squares of paper cut in 3x3 in pieces with a hole in the corner

  3. Red string for hanging the papers on the plant

  4. Red-colored pen or pencil for writing blessing

  5. White tapered candle in a stand.

Procedure:

Each day during your altar time you will write your blessing on the paper and hang it on the plant.

Next light your candle. Say your blessing out loud.

Focus on the flame and concentrate on your blessings for three minutes.

Extinguish the candle flame and end your ritual.

Do this each day for thirty days. (You may follow a calendar or a lunar month)

At the end of the time period take all of your blessings to your outdoor firepit or some other safe area where you can burn them.

Burn the papers where you wrote your blessings, offer thanks to a deity of your choosing. This releases your blessings and gratitude into the universe.

Restoring Energy

I love this one and first learned about it from a workshop with Richard Webster.

We all have times when our energy level is low and we need to rev ourselves up. This spell will help you restore enthusiasm and vigor.

Materials:

  1. 3 candles in green, blue, and purple placed at the forefront of your altar.

Procedure:

  1. Light each candle and either sit or stand where you can look directly upon them.

  2. Start by gazing at the green candle for one minute. Next, inhale deeply while you envision your body filling with green energy. Exhale slowly.

  3. Do the same process with the blue and purple candles. Take your time. Focus on their energy filling you.

  4. Gaze at the three candles and envision yourself doing something requiring energy such as winning a race, climbing a mountain, or keeping up with young children.

  5. See yourself full of energy and vitality.

  6. Give thanks to Mother Earth and/or your chosen deity.

  7. Extinguish your candles.

  8. Have a powerful day!

If you are a baby witch or just need some ideas check out our article Altars: Beginners Guide.

Altar to welcome spring. Here I have a green candle for growth and fertility . The white candle represents new beginnings. Photo by author.

Altar to welcome spring. Here I have a green candle for growth and fertility . The white candle represents new beginnings. Photo by author.




Color Magic and The Elements

Many witches work with the various elements and weave the elements into spellwork and ritual magick. Each of the elements has an associated color.

  • Earth: Green

  • Air: Yellow

  • Fire: Red

  • Water: Blue

  • Spirit: Orange, White, or Violet


If you are using the elements, you might want to add in other factors. You can read our article 4 Pagan Cardinal Elements to learn more about this.


Take Away

One of the reasons candle magic is so popular is because it is easy to incorporate in various spellwork. Color meanings are universal and there are many ways that you can utilize candle magic into your practice.

This is an area where anyone can feel comfortable practicing magic and connecting to various deities and the Universe.

Creativity has a place in this form of magic. Although this article provided the building blocks of the color correspondences and different ideas on how to work with candles, you should certainly listen to your own instincts.

Author, Ame Vanorio, likes to joke that she is 1/2 pagan and 1/2 Catholic due to her Native (Cree) and Italian heritage. She is a lifelong pagan, an environmental educator, and a licensed wildlife rehabilitator. Ame writes about honoring nature and animal spirit guides. She also does our social media pages. Check us out on Facebook and Twitter.