When doing candle magic, it helps to choose the right candle color. Here are some common candle color meanings so you can choose the one that aligns with your intentions.
Witches and others have been burning candles for spiritual purposes for years. Even if you’re a beginner witch, candle magic is a simple form of magic that can result in some pretty powerful results.
When doing candle or color magic, just make sure your focus is clear and though out. I’ve burned some candles in the past and hadn’t considered all the outcomes of my intention. As a result, while my manifestations did come to fruition, they also played out in ways I hadn’t imagined, and sometimes things went seriously awry.
Why Does Candle Color Matter?
The color of the candle matters for a few reasons. One is symbolic. The brain has a subconscious response to certain colors. That response is rooted in your personal experience with that color as well as what meanings your culture assigned to it.
The meanings below correspond to those found in the Western world, as many neo-pagan beliefs can be traced back to Ancient Greece, Rome, Egypt, Ireland, and the Nordic countries.
There’s also a prevailing belief that there’s a connection between candle magic and color therapy, and that different colors emit different frequencies. This is true to some extent, as each color on the spectrum does reflect a certain light wavelength.
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Candle magick is one of my favorite manifestation tools. It combines the psychology of color and the spiritual, which I love. These are by no means all the meanings for each candle color, so ask me if you have a “what candle is best for xyz” question.✨ If you swipe, I’ve also included the day that is best for each color. (Orange can also go on Tuesdays depending on the spell, but I didn’t want to confuse it as it’s really a red day.) The symbols are the planetary symbols (or glyphs) and represent the planet/god associated with that color/day. ⚪️ healing, truth, divination, peace, protection 💗 love, self-love, romance, reconciliation 🔴 sex, courage, willpower, determination, strength 🟠 quick action, joy, play, confidence 🟡 charm, persuasion, overcoming mental blocks, new ideas, confidence 🟢 success, abundance, money, good luck 🔵 truth, wisdom, justice, healing, loyalty 🟣 psychic manifestations, astral travel, meditation, spirituality ⚫️ protection, banishing, cutting cords, removing negativity 🟤 grounding, lost objects, concentration ⚖️ (grey) balancing, neutralizing negativity, protection 💰 wealth, bold manifesting, prosperity ⛓ goddess energy, stability, intuition
Candle Color Meanings: What Do Different Colors Mean for Spells?
If you want to learn more about a certain color candle for a spell, including what day of the week to burn it, what events might call for the burning of that candle, or the history of the meanings behind that color, click on the link to learn more.
Burn a white candle to connect with the lunar and Goddess energies. You can also use them for protection, new beginnings and purity, healing, truth, meditation, peace, gratitude, harmony, to call on spirit guides, or to help calm the mind. You can burn white candles in place of any other color candle if the color you desire is not available.
Black candles are best for protection spells and for repelling, absorbing, or banishing negative energy. Candle magic with this color can also help reverse curses or hexes, unblock stuck energy, stop bad habits, or to put an end to an unhealthy situation.
For fast-acting spells, red candles are a great tool. They tap into the power of Mars and are best for lust or intentions tied to determination or survival. Burning a red candle can help increase passion, potency, stamina, or attract a sex partner. They can also help with fresh starts and attracting good luck, and may improve confidence, willpower, physical strength, courage, and determination.
Pink candles should be burned for spells connected to unconditional love, romance, affection, warmth, joy, friendship and self-love. You can also use pink colored candles to enhance overall happiness, harmony, empathy, connection, intimacy, to strengthen new relationships, and to facilitate relationship healing, reconciliation, forgiveness, and emotional healing.
Blue candles are great for spiritual or emotional healing, improving communication, and for tapping into your creativity. Light a blue candle to enhance focus, memory, justice, prophetic dreams, and inspiration. Like white candles, royal blue ones can be burned for harmony, peace of mind, truth, healing, and connection with the higher self.
If you are looking to do money magic or good luck magic, burn a green candle. Green candles are ideal for asking for abundance in all earthly things, whether you’re doing Earth and plant magic, or need help with manifesting more in the realms of success, prosperity, or health.
When you feel untethered, brown candles can help ground you. Brown candles represent the earth and are ideal for any situation that calls for neutrality, understanding, balance, and building trust. They may also help you have a stronger connection with animal guides.
Historically, purple was connected with royalty and with the mystical arts. If you want to improve your psychic power and open your third eye, burn a purple candle. You can use a purple candle for wisdom, meditation, divination, uncovering secrets and knowledge, and deepening your spiritual awareness.
Magenta or Dark Pink
If you’re looking to do a love spell but want a little lust involved, a magenta candle is a good way to blend the intentions of the red and pink candle colors. Great for improving your flirtation skills and sexual confidence.
Orange candles combine the intellectual energy of yellow candles and the aggressive intent of red ones. Light an orange candle if you need help with things that involve both quick action and the mind. For instance, you can burn them for good luck in career, networking, and legal affairs (though also consult a lawyer if you need one). They may also invite more joy and play and stimulating energy into your life.
Need to take your ideas to the next level? Yellow candles can help with all things tied to the intellect and focus. Burn a yellow candle to enhance learning, overcome mental blocks, expand your wisdom, gain clarity and confidence, bring in new ideas, and see things in a more logical way.
Gold candles are one of the candle colors that draws on male energy or the energy of the God. It’s best to burn if you need help with success, happiness, enlightenment, confidence, prosperity, wealth, personal power, and wisdom.
For Wiccans, a white or silver candle may represent the Goddess. You can use silver candles to tap into astral energy, female energy, and help you strengthen your intuition, telepathy, and clairvoyance. They may also result in more powerful dreams.
Any blue candle will work for the above intentions. If you have a light blue candle, use it to improve patience, friendship, mental fortitude, or to help release anger.
Gray candles are a cross between white and black and operate as a neutral color. They assist with neutrality, balance, protection, peace, and spiritual wisdom.
When you first light your candle, make sure you are completely focused on your intention. That focus will help you manifest your desire. Consider taking a relaxing bath or meditating before you begin so that you start your candle magic from a centered space.
You can also, of course, order colored candles from Amazon, though it’s always better if you can support your local metaphysical store. Some, like Pan’s Apothika or The Green Man, will dress them for you with the corresponding oil and herbs, so all you need to do is set your intention.