Candle magic is often where people start out on their magical journey. It is a relatively simple form of magic and suitable candles and their related accessories are easy to buy in a huge variety of sizes, shapes and colours. For people who for whatever reason may need to keep their magical work private, candle magic is an idea choice as having candles around the house is unlikely to see as unusual or odd.
Candle magic can be used in a wide range of applications such as attracting certain aspects and things to yourself, in protection spells, love spells, money spells and in spiritual work intended for self-improvement or to increase spiritual awareness.
The colour of the candles that are used when casting spells or performing any ritual should always be considered carefully. As well as symbols, scents and physical items, colour is an important aspect of any magical workings and can have a big influence on the effectiveness and outcome of your work. Using the colours that are best suited to the purpose of the spell or ritual will help to bring further strength and success to them.
Almost any type of candle is suitable for use in candle magic, however they must be coloured right the way through rather than having just been dipped in coloured wax to coat the outsides. Some spells and rituals require that the candle be left burning for its entire burning time or be discarded or buried afterwards and for this reason many people chose to use small tea light or votive candles. Not only are these relatively inexpensive compared to larger candles but they have a much shorter burning time and so this lessens the time needed and also means you are less likely to need to leave a candle burning unattended while you attend to other areas of your day to day life. Candle magic should always be performed in a safe area away from flammable items such as curtains and where there is no risk of the candle being knocked over. Candles should be placed in appropriate holders or on a heat proof surface such as stone or glass candle plates.
Many free candle magic spells can be found on the internet as well as in books. These can be great to get you started and become more familiar with the colour of candles for spells and how these work with an influence other aspects of magic and life. As you gain more experience you can adapt existing spells and create your own for whatever circumstance you may need. Your intent and wishes are far more important and influential to a spells outcome than having fancy tools or set ups so personal spells can be even more effective than those written by someone else or that have a more general purpose.
Candle Colours and their Correspondences
White - Used in magic spells and rituals for spiritual enlightenment, purification, protection, cleansing, clairvoyance, healing and truth seeking. the colour white is also useful in rituals involving lunar energy.
Yellow - Yellow is the colour for activity, creativity, drawing and unity. It helps bring concentration and imagination to any ritual and is a useful addition to any work involving solar energy.
Gold - Attracts the power of and brings understanding of the cosmic forces. Gold is beneficial in rituals and money spells and also luck spells.
Pink - Used in rituals for romance, love, friendship and affection. Pinks is regarded as the colour of femininity, honour, service and friends. This colour is often used in love spells or those intended to increase affection.
Red - This is the colour associated with health, passion, love, strength and courage.Red is ideal for spells that aim to increase will power and attract the power of Aries and Scorpio.
Silver - Helps remove negativity and encourages stability to any area of life where it is needed. Silver can be used in magic to work on developing psychic abilities and to attract the Mother Goddess.
Purple - This colour is useful for workings concerned with power, success, ambition and independence. Purple is an idea choice for magic rituals that are performed with the intent of attracting financial reward and in contacting the spirit world.
Magenta - Magenta energizes rituals where immediate action and high levels of power are needed. This is also a good choice of colour for spiritual healing.
Brown - This earthy balanced colour helps to eliminate indecisiveness and improve concentration, financial situations and enhances study skills. Brown can be used to help locate items that have been lost.
Indigo - Indigo is often used in rituals that require a meditational state or require Saturns energy. This colour is also a good choice for any ritual or spell that is cast in order to stop a situation continuing.
Royal Blue - Used to increases laughter and happiness. Royal blue is considered the colour of loyalty and as having the ability to attract Jupiters energy to any spell, ritual or magical working.
Light Blue - A very spiritual colour that is helpful for inspirational mediations. This colour can help to bring peace and tranquillity to life or a given situation.
Blue - Use this colour in rituals for wisdom, harmony or peace. Blue is also a good choice for times when truth and guidance are needed.
Emerald Green - This shade of green is used to attract social delights, love and fertility.
Dark Green - The colour of ambition, greed and jealousy. Dark green can be used to counteract these influences in any ritual or magical application.
Green - Chose green candles for any work that promotes prosperity, fertility, success or good luck. Green is also thought to be good for attracting money to a person as well as harmony and rejuvenation.
Grey - A neutral colour that can cause confusion when used in rituals but can be used with clear intent to help neutralize negative influences.
Black - Black helps the user to gain access to the deeper levels of the unconscious. Use this colour to induce a deep meditative state and for banishing spells or those that dispel or protect against negativity or evil.
Orange - Orange can be used in candle magic spells intended to increase intellect. Combine with any other candle colour to boost their action. This colour is said to attract the energy of Mercury.
Peach - This is a good colour for strength, protection, confidence and communication rituals and spells.
Many candles for sale are made using paraffin wax which is made from petroleum. It is also possible to buy candles made from soy or bees wax. Soy wax candles can be more expensive than their paraffin wax equivalents but are viewed by many to be a better and more environmentally friendly choice. Bees wax can be purchased in sheets which can be made into candles without the need for any specialist equipment or materials. The sheets can be used as they are or cut to size and then are simply rolled around a wick.
It is generally considered that tools created by their user are more powerful in any given use than those that have been bought ready-made. This is due to the fact that as the person makes the item it is charged with their energy and intents. Bought candles can be cleansed and charged before use in any ritual or spell. This is done by anointing the candle with essential oils while visualising your intent and success.
Many spells require you to leave the candle to burn down or that you use a brand new candle each time so for these instances it would be more practical and economical to use smaller candles such as tealight candles or small beeswax candles.
When performing candle magic for any reason it is important to always be mindful that any energy you put out will return to you. You should always be careful what you ask for and to word spells, chants and other rituals carefully and precisely. This will also help to ensure the success of your magic work and that your wishes, desires and intent is received in the way you hoped.
For some spells, symbols and words are carved into the candle which will be used. This can be done using your athame if you have one or any sharp knife. Runes, astrological signs, elemental signs or those that represent your desires are common choices. For example a heart can be used in love spells and currency symbols are suitable for money and prosperity spells. While carving the symbols into the candle focus on the intent of the spell or use an appropriate chant or affirmation.
Oils can be applied directly to candles intended for magical uses. These can either be single essential oils or blends you have bought or mixed yourself with a set purpose in mind. For spells to attract something to you apply the oil starting at the top of the candle and work your way to the bottom. If you wish to remove something from your life begin anointing at the bottom of the candle and work your way to the top. In both cases you should visualise you intent and wishes during the anointing process.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2012 Claire
Claire (author) from Lincolnshire, UK on August 04, 2012:
It could well be. Often different traditions will vary slightly. Amethyst (as a purple crystal) is a good crystal for psychic powers and thought to encourage intuitive dreams.
Kitty Fields from Summerland on August 03, 2012:
I always thought Purple was a good color for psychic powers and dreams too? Awesome hub! Voted up and awesome.
Christin Sander from Midwest on July 21, 2012:
Very interesting overview of the candle colors and their properties - voted up and interesting :)