Every color in the spectrum carries a vibration. This is why some candles are more “vibrationally” aligned to one day of the week, one astrological sign, one sabbat and/or one intention – such as red for love or blue for protection.
Different colored candles aimed at a particular intention can be burned alone or as part of an altar set-up. While every wiccan altar may be set up differently depending upon the intention of the magician, the following may be of use…
Altar Candles –
Many times there are two altar candles set upon the altar which represent the god and goddess of the magician’s choosing or who may hold dominion over the petitioner’s request. For this purpose either two white candles can be used or two image candles representing the chosen deities.
Offertory Candles –
Offertory candles come in various colors which represent different things depending upon the work being done. For example, orange is the color of attraction. Therefore, if you are trying to attract something to you, you would place an orange candle beside the candle representing yourself.
Astral Candles –
Astral candles represent the person/people involved in the ritual. The petitioner is the person who is working the magick, either you or the person on whose behalf you are working. The other astral candles are the other people involved. The color of these candles depends upon the birthdates of the people.
Day Candles –
How you set up an altar is up to you. The photo – right – shows a basic altar set-up including two altar candles represnting the god and goddess. You will add more candles to the altar of varying colors depending on your intention. Offertory, astral and day candles should be dipped-tapers or rolled-beeswax candles. It is suggested that Astral candles be made slightly taller than offertory and day candles.
– “Practical Candleburning Rituals” & “Advanced Candle Magick” – Ray Buckland
Sabbat Candle Colors
Samhain (October 31) : Primary – Black, Orange
Yule : (December 20-23) Primary – Red, Green & white
Secondary – Gold
Imbolc (February 1 or 2) : Primary – Red, Pink & Brown
Secondary – White & Silver for purity, Yellow, Light Green for life
Eostara/Ostara : (March 21) – Primary – Green, Yellow & Gold
Secondary – Bright Green, Yellow & Purple
Beltaine (April 30 – May 1): Primary – Dark Green
Secondary – White, Scarlet & silver – green, red and white/silver to represent fertility, passion and clarity
Litha : (June 21) Primary – Green, Blue
reds, yellows, golds, purples
Lughnasadh/Lamas (July 31 – Aug 1) : Primary – Yellow, Orange
Secondary – Green with all shades of Orange and Dark Yellow
Mabon : (September 21-22) Primary – Orange, Brown & Yellow
Secondary – Gold, Red
Astrological Candle Colors
Each sign of the zodiac has its own colors and although there may be slight differences between various schools of thought, the generally accepted versions are as follows:
Aquarius (January 20 – February 18) : Ruing Planet – Uranus – Candle colors – All colors of the spectrum.
Aries (March 21 – April 19) : Ruling Planet – Mars – Candle colors – Shades of red, usually the darker hues of scarlet or crimson.
Cancer (June 22 – July 22) : Ruing Planet – the Moon – Candle colors – Pale blue and silver are the colors of the crab.
Capricorn (Dec. 22 – Jan. 19) : Ruing Planet – Saturn – Candle colors – Dark brown, greys and black.
Gemini (May 21 – June 21) : Ruling Planet – Mercury – Candle colors – Yellow is the color for this sign.
Leo (July 23 – August 22) : Ruing Planet – the Sun – Candle colors – Gold, orange and sometimes red.
Libra (September 23 – October 22) : Ruing Planet – Venus – Candle colors – Royal blue and rose pink.
Pisces (February 19 – March 20) : Ruing Planet – Neptune – Candle colors – Sea Green and mauve.
Sagittarius (Nov. 22 – December 21) : Ruing Planet – Jupiter – Candle colors – Purple and dark blue.
Scorpio (October 23 – November 21) : Ruing Planet – Pluto – Candle colors – Black, silvery grey and dark red.
Taurus (April 20 – May 20) : Ruling Planet – Venus – Candle colors – Green, ranging from the palest of apple greens to the dark olive of the Earth forces.
Virgo (August 23 – September 22) : Ruing Planet – Mercury – Candle colors – Rich browns of the newly tilled earth and the russet hues of autumn leaves.
– “Candle Burning and its Occult Significance” – Michael Howard
Sunday : Yellow
Monday : White
Tuesday : Red
Wednesday : Purple
Thursday : Blue
Friday : Green
Saturday : Black