White candles are used in protective, consecration and cleansing rituals, for healing the whole person, for spiritual matters, and for contact with one’s higher self and angels or spirit guides.In magic, white represents light and clear vision, and so is helpful where a new beginning or a sudden burst of energy and enthusiasm is needed. White is a good color for rites-of-passage work, especially for birth, marriage and welcoming rituals. White candles can also be substituted for any other color. Like silver, white is associated with female energies, lunar rituals and with the goddess and the moon, so a white candle is especially potent on Monday, the day of the moon. Use with diamonds, clear crystals, moonstones or other white stones.
Silver is the color of the moon and the moon goddess. It is potent for all forms of divination, for awakening clairvoyant, telepathic and psychometric abilities, for astral projection, and for rituals to invoke female power, intuition and mysticism. It represents dreams, visions and a desire for fulfillment beyond the material world. In times of stress and sorrow, silver candles can remove negativity and promote inner stability. The best day for silver candle rituals is Monday. Use with moonstones, mother of pearl, snow and milky quartz and rutilated quartz.
Gold is the color of the sun. Golden candles are potent for worldly achievement, wealth and recognition, as well as long life. Use them for ambitious schemes and money-making rituals that require an instant or substantial return. Gold is also the color of male power, energy and change, and all rituals with noble or altruistic purpose. Candles of this color are most potent on Sunday. Use them with amber, golden tiger eye, topaz and citrine.
Pink is the color associated with Venus, the goddess of love. So pink candle rituals are excellent for matters involving the gentler aspects of love, romance, affection and friendship, the healing of wounded emotions, for quiet sleep and for the mending of quarrels. They can also be used for all family matters, for the rekindling of trust and for new relationships. Pink candle rituals will help attract new friends and lovers. Pink is associated with female energies and all female rituals, and its day is Friday. Use with pink kunzite, rose quartz, tourmaline and rhodonite.
Yellow is the color associated with Mercury, the winged Roman messenger of the gods. Through his skill and dexterity, he came to rule over commerce and medicine, and also became patron of tricksters and thieves. Yellow candles therefore encourage activity of all kinds, but especially mental exercise. Use them in rituals where you wish to gain another person’s confidence and approval, or to win someone around in business or intellectual matters; to sharpen logic, improve memory and increase concentration; and for good luck on a journey. Yellow is also for careers in business, communications or the media. As the color of the ancient element of air, yellow is associated with male energies. Yellow candle rituals are most potent on a Wednesday. Use with yellow jasper, yellow calcite, golden tiger eye and citrine.
Orange is another solar color, a color of fertility, both physical and mental, of creativity and growth, for self-esteem and confidence, abundance of all kinds and independence. Orange candle rituals can also be used for career matters where creativity or dealing with people’s needs are central. Above all, orange candle rituals are for joy and for the successful integration of all aspects of the personality into a harmonious whole. Orange contains male energies and its candle rituals are best performed on Sunday. Use with amber, agate, carnelian and coral.
Red is the color of Mars, the god of war, and is the color of courage, determination, action, energy, sexual passion and potency. Red candles are burned to increase the life force, for survival, physical health, strength, pleasure, will power and to rouse anger—not the petty anger of spite, but the righteous anger that, if directed positively, can overcome injustice and bring about change. This is therefore a very powerful color and should be lit for worthy aims only and when you are in a positive frame of mind. Red is the color of the ancient element of fire. Its energies are male and its candle rituals are best practiced on a Tuesday. Use with agate, red jasper, garnet, pyrite, ruby, red tiger eye and obsidian.
Purple is associated with Jupiter. It represents the wise teacher and keeper of hidden, unconscious wisdom. In magic, purple candle rituals provide a link with higher dimensions and can bring happiness to all who yearn for something beyond the material plane. Purple candles aid meditation, past-life work, candle and mirror scrying, divination, astral travel, and are good for psychic protection and for the prevention of nightmares. Purple candles can also be used for all rituals where the facts are not clear, for matters of secrecy, for healing the spirit and banishing what lies in the past but still haunts the present, and for remembering departed loved ones. Purple’s energies are male and the best day for purple candle rituals is Thursday. Use with amethyst, sugilite, peacock ore, purple kunzite and purple fluorite.
Blue is the healing color and is associated with Jupiter and other father/sky gods in their role as law-givers and powerful rulers. In magic blue can expand the boundaries of possibility and create confidence and power mingled with altruism and idealism. Burn a blue candle when principles are at stake, to discover the truth and receive guidance, when dealing with officialdom and when seeking justice. Blue candles can be lit for the expansion of mental horizons, for success and the increase of possibility.They also represent the expansion of physical horizons and travel. Above all, blue offers protection and calm in the midst of times of crisis and turmoil. Blue is the color of the ancient element of water and contains male energies. The best day for blue candles is Thursday. Use with sodalite, lapis lazuli, blue lace agate and turquoise.
Green is the color of Venus, goddess of love, and is associated with candle rituals for love and for all matters that require emotion, sympathy and empathy. It is also the color of Mother Earth and so is potent for healing, for rites involving the natural world, herbs, gardening and tree magic, for growth and, by association, the growth of money in prosperity rituals. When green candles are used in rituals for wealth, they tend to encourage a gradual increase in profits or resources. As the fairy color, they are also potent in rituals for good luck. Green has female energies, and Friday is the day of the week when green candle rituals work best. Use with jade, aventurine, peridot and green tourmaline.
Grey candles are used for all rituals to create an aura of invisibility before going into a potentially threatening or confrontational situation, and for smoothing down potential conflict. Grey is also the color for reaching compromises and erasing negative feelings. These candles are under the auspices of Jupiter and Saturn, but emit neutral energies and can be used on any day when needed. Use with smoky quartz, grey agate, apache tear and snowflake obsidian, or any grey stone.
Brown candles need not be dull. Like leaves in autumn sun, their colors can range from a pale fawn to a rich or deep golden brown. Brown comes under the auspices of Saturn, Old Father Time, the god of fate and the passage of time. Brown can be used in rituals to locate lost objects and for anything to do with the home, older people, practical matters and pets. As brown is another color of Mother Earth, brown candles can act as grounding, balance and protection, giving ideas firm foundations, bringing success through hard work, and for money or material and financial security. Brown is a nurturing color and is the natural focus of maternal matters, instincts, and acceptance of others with faults and weaknesses. Brown energies can be male for Saturn or female for Mother Earth, according to the nature of the ritual. Brown candle rituals are best performed on Saturday. Use with tiger eye, fossilized wood, brown agate and jasper.
Black candles, which are ruled by Saturn, can be potent in all forms of banishing magic, for leaving behind old sorrows and redundant relationships, for acknowledging grief and for rituals of parting. Black, like brown, is the color of acceptance, whether of a restriction or of the frailties of self or others, and so it is a candle color of forgiveness. Black is another earth color, containing both male and female energies. Rituals using these candles are best practiced on a Saturday. Use with jet, obsidian, tourmaline and onyx.