Have you felt depressed lately? Or a lack of energy? Or maybe you are having a hard time sleeping? While there may be many physical causes to these issues and there are many things we can do to treats these symptoms, many don’t realize that candle magick can work better than a pill for mild issues that happen to everyone on occasion. If you are having severe symptoms and problems please see your doctor or other professional for further treatment, and even once you do candle magick can be a great complement to that care.
Candles provide a focus point for us when we have a hard time on our own. Our intentions and thoughts are where the true magick lies but candles are a tool I recommend everyone learn to work with. (Besides they are highly decorative and everyone in the home can benefit from them!) Even if you do not want to do spell work, just lighting a candle of a specific color will still work it’s magick on you. If you like to relax in the tub by candlelight try using blue, purple or pink candles. We use blue candles in our bedroom to help calm our minds and relax to fall asleep easier. Burn yellow candles when you have guests over to lift the spirits of everyone in the room. Burn black candles if you’ve been cranky and maybe argumentative, picture all of the negativity burning away. There is no right or wrong way to incorporate color therapy and candle magick into your life. (Did you know that many stores already use color to influence people when shopping? Bright colors to draw your attention. Ambient light to make you want to stay longer). Color therapy is already being used all around us, so why not incorporate it into your home too.
I’ve included a list of the major colors and how each color can be used. This is the way I use these colors and other cultures and traditions may vary. Figure out what your intent is then choose your candle color (white will work for anything if you do not have the color you need). Set your intentions and light your candle and it will do the rest. Just make sure you have the candle in a safe place never leaving it unattended. For individual symptoms I use single spell candles so I let them burn all the way out. Otherwise you may use large pillar candles multiple times, putting them out each time you feel their work is done. This is just a basic guide and in a future post I will recount the story of how candle magick helped me and my husband conceive our magick baby!
Red is a great color for boosting energy and boosting spirits when a person is feeling depressed. It is the color that represents fire.
Orange is a good motivator and aids in relieving stress. It can also aid spiritually in changing ones luck.
Yellow is also a good color for depression, frustration, and positive energy (the happy and joy color). It is the color of the element of Air.
Green is a great calming color when a person is angry or feels out of control and helps overcome frustration. Green candles are burned to assist in abundance and prosperity. It is also a great healing color and represents the Earth element.
Blue is a very calming color for meditation, self-reflection and relaxation before sleeping. The element of water is represented by blue.
Indigo is a good color for when a person is overwhelmed and needs a break from the feelings of disorganization in order to reflect and prioritize.
Violet/Purple is a nurturing color for when a person has chaotic feelings and needs to get organized. It is a great color for psychic awareness and represents the fifth element of Spirit.
Pink is a love healing color somewhat as red but encourages self-love and integrity. It is a soft gentle color that is more in line with love rather than passion.
Black clears negative spaces and energy. It is the color of spiritual protection against adversity. Black is a very powerful color that can drain energy but when used to clear negativity it is a very positive color.
White has its own attributes but can be used with the “intent” of any color. White removes negative feelings and energy. White is a true encouragement of positive energy. It is great to use to purify and cleanse a space. It is also culturally used in the healing of animals.
Brown is also an earth elemental color. It is also the “I am Sorry” color to relieve feelings of guilt when you have wronged another. It is also the color other than white used in animal healing.
Silver is considered the color of intuition. It is the color that represents beauty and the arts. Many Neo Pagans use this color to represent the divine feminine. It is also a color associated with the moon. (White is a substitution for silver).
Gold represents prosperity and abundance. It is the color used when you are about to take on a new challenge. Many Neo Pagans use this color to represent the divine masculine. It is also the color associated with the sun. (Yellow can substitute for gold).