The dancing flames of candles have been used as a Witches’ tool for centuries. By setting the proper atmosphere, candles are used to help increase a spell’s power, or to influence a particular power. Candles absorb one’s personal energy and release this energy when burned. Candle color is very important when performing magick, for each color emits a particular vibration and attracts certain influences. The following list is meant to be used as a guide in choosing a candle color for your personal use. Please remember that color is another “tool” and you need choose what works best for you in your magickal workings. If you do not have the color mentioned for a particular need, allow your intuition and the [God] Goddess [to] guide you in choosing one for your purposes.
The candles you use should be ones you yourself make out of beeswax, using natural dyes and essential oils, if desired. Beeswax sheets are available at most hobby stores, and are a fast and easy way to make your own candles at home. Realizing this is not always possible, you may use what is readily available to you. Prior to using any candle in your workings you should cleanse the candle and anoint it with a small amount of oil during the waxing phase of the moon. This consecrates the candle and charges it with magickal energy. You can also carve or paint appropriate magickal symbols onto your candles, to further empower the candles with those energies. The heated tip [of a knife] works well for this purpose. It is best to use one candle per ritual or spell, and to not use a candle that has been used previously for another purpose. It is also best to allow the candle to burn out by itself, as blowing it out may disperse the energy contained within. [You may also use a candle snuffer.]
BLACK – Burned for positive purposes, this color opens up the deeper levels of the unconscious. Black is used in rituals to induce a deep meditational state and is good for banishing evil or negativity. Connects to self control, quiet power, and resilience, as it absorbs negativity and destroys it; offers strength and support in spells; protects from retribution and is also an aid during loss. Also, confusion, discord, evil and loss.
BLUE – A cool color that soothes and relaxes. Blue is a primary spiritual color, used in rituals to obtain wisdom, tranquility, harmony, peace, inner light and truth. Connects to inspiration, occult power, protection, understanding, good health, patience and loyalty. Aids in meditation as it connects to intellect and mind. Promotes happiness, laughter and joviality. Used in treating insomnia, high blood pressure, and minor wounds. Blue symbolizes the element of Water.
BLUE-LIGHT – Health, patience, tranquility and understanding.
BLUE-DARK – Changeability, depression and impulsiveness.
BROWN – An earthy, balanced color, used to attract money and financial success. It aids in emotional stability and balance, eliminates indecisiveness, improves powers of concentration, study, intuition, and telepathy. Also connects also to finding lost objects. Aids in the protection of familiars and household pets as well as animal healing. Also, hesitation, neutrality and uncertainty.
GOLD – Color that promotes understanding and attracts the powers of cosmic influences; intuition, persuasion, charm and confidence. Also, attraction, charm, and protection. Beneficial in rituals intended to bring about fast luck or financial benefits, or in rituals honoring solar deities.
GREEN – The color that connects to nature, fertility, and rejuvenation. Stimulates work involving financial issues and money; aids good fortune, prosperity, luck; ambition and success. Bringer of love and renewal, it is an emotional soother and balancer, used to counteract greed and jealousy. A good color for treating headaches, colds and nervousness. Green is the color of the Earth element and is a Goddess Symbol.
GREENISH-YELLOW – Anger, cowardice, discord, jealousy and sickness.
INDIGO – A vitalizing color of inertia; used to cleanse the spirit and remove fear. Used in rituals that require a deep meditative state, to neutralize another’s magick, or to counteract negative energy. Healing properties include dementia, depression, and mental disorders.
MAGENTA – A combination of red and violet that is a very high vibrational frequency that tends to work fast. This color energizes rituals where immediate action and high levels of power or spiritual healing are required, such as quick changes, exorcism or spiritual healing
ORANGE – Is a stimulating and energizing color. It connects to attraction, stimulation, control, personal strength, authority, and power. Also encouragement, adaptability, luck, and sudden changes. It attracts the characteristics wanted from other tools, spells and rituals. Very good for healing coughs, colds and asthma as well as arthritis and exhaustion.
PINK / ROSE – A positive color symbolic of emotional love, nurturing relationships and romance. Also, honor, love and morality. Promotes spiritual awakening, healing of the spirit, femininity, friendships, honor and morality. It is the standard color of rituals to draw affections and brings friendly, lively conversation to the dinner table. Excellent for treating anxiety and depression, as well as ailments of the heart.
PURPLE/VIOLET – Vibrating color that is highly spiritual and traditionally connected to mysticism, inspiration, wisdom, idealism, purification; success, peace; and power. Aids in meditation, sensitivity and higher psychic talents; as well as connecting to idealism, ambition, power, success and household protection. Healing properties include the treatment of allergies, sleep disorders and stress-related disorders.
RED – The fiery, invigorating color of energy and life. Always connected to blood, birth and death; and sex. Connects with love, passion, fertility, physical energy, courage and strength. Increases magnetism in rituals and is used in defensive magick. Also emotes courage and enthusiasm. Good in health, strength and vigor spells and defensive magick. Used in healing neuralgias and exhaustion. Red symbolizes the element of Fire as well as being a God Symbol.
SILVER / GRAY – Neutral color that removes negative energy or influences and encourages stability. Useful when pondering complex issues during meditation and in magic, this color often sparks confusion; it also negates or neutralizes when needed. Also, cancellation, neutrality and stalemate.Helps develop psychic abilities and attracts the influence of the Goddess.
WHITE – A balance of all colors. Symbolizes peace, purity, innocence and power of a higher nature. Promotes peace, tranquility, purification; truth, spirituality, and sincerity. Also used for meditation, truth seeking, spiritual enlightenment, summoning spirit guides, astral travel, and to enhance psychic abilities. Can be as protective as black and may be substituted for any color candle. Healing properties include treating broken bones, relieving dental pain and increasing milk production in nursing mothers. White is also a Goddess symbol.
YELLOW – A stimulating and uplifting color that is the color of creativity; intelligence, confidence; movement and energy. Connects to clairvoyance, divination, wisdom, learning; imagination, and inspiration as well as the power of concentration and communication. Used in healing skin conditions as well as stomach complaints and menstrual cramps. Also, attraction, charm, persuasion and protection. Yellow symbolizes the element of Air.
Compiled from http://www.unc.edu/home/reddeer/magick/candle.html and Advanced Candle Magick by Raymond Buckland