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Prompt 10. Sunday 27th January 2018 - The 10th prompt will be... Colours & Candles.
Todays blog is going to be another open to your interpretation; while just like herbs and stones etc (as mentioned in last weeks blog post) if you look at enough resources you'll learn specific colours (and/or candles) have specific meanings and uses but again I invite you to make your own mind up what a colour (and/or candle) does for you in your interpretation and use. It's down to your intuition (which next week we will be looking at: Blog prompt 11 - Intuitive, Empath & Clair's - "What are they?".)
Colours.Colours are used everywhere and often have varying meanings and uses depending upon the different cultures, professions, opinions, items and such can all have different, same or similar meanings. Of course each of these colours you will have your own personal taste for, I'm going to use 3 examples of Purple, Orange and Red. My personal taste favorite colours are Magenta Pink, Black, Monochrome type themes but I didn't want to be bias in these examples, I also hate the colour yellow. But I'm sure everyone has a favorite and least favorite colour which will also affect your decisions when choosing colour or reading colour meanings. The Examples.
In Feng Shui it's often said that purple is said to bring good luck for wealth and prosperity. It has a feeling of royalty, wealth, and high spirituality. Purple also has connections to rich, noble, deep, quiet and wise meanings. It's advised to avoid purple if wanting to feel more extroverted or connected to the Earth.
Some say that in Home Decor painting a room dark purple is rich, dramatic and sophisticated. It is associated with luxury and creativity. While light purple like a lavender is associated with calm and relaxation.
Some say that purple candles represent the day Saturday, that violet candles are good for Allergies and Colds while more of an Indigo purple is good for Depression in healing candles. Purple candles are often used in workings for Spiritual awareness, divination, tranquility and wisdom. Where as Lavender candles are used for Intuition, Paranormal, Healing, Calming and Peace.
In Feng Shui it's often said that Orange is considered a “social” color, one that is happy, vibrant, and eye-catching. It's meanings lend itself to being thought of as creative, exuberant, lively, fun-loving, extroverted. It's advised to avoid orange when creating a space of quiet and reflection.
Some say that in Home Decor painting a room Orange evokes excitement and enthusiasm, energy, positivity, creativity and is an energetic color. - In ancient cultures, orange was believed to heal the lungs and increase energy levels and rooms were painted this colour to aid healing.
Some say that orange candles represent the day Sunday but it is more commonly associated with Gold or Yellow candles. Orange is another colour used in healing candles when dealing with Depression. In workings orange candles are typically used for energy, joy, education, strength attraction, stimulation and increased cognitive behaviour.
In Feng Shui it's often said that Red represents the element of fire because of the colours intensity. It is also a colour considered to be lucky, creates energy and can also mean hot, bold, daring and high voltage. It is best advised to avoid red in cases of anxiety, insomnia, or over-activity.
Some say that in Home Decor red raises a room’s energy level it is an intense colour witch adrenaline increase great for excitement, drawing people together and stimulates conversation, it can create hunger and food association and positive bold mindsets.
Some say that red candles represent the day Tuesday. Red isn't really associated with healing purposes but it does lend itself to positivity. In workings red or deep red candles are used for passion, energy, love, lust, relationships, sex, vitality and courage.
You may find you agree with some, or all, of these given definitions but as said reading through resource materials - be it books, the internet etc you'll come to see a common and repetitive theme. That said this blog is looking at a witchy perspective so let's talk more about colour correspondences from that point of view.
Now it is in my opinion that as previously mentioned you'll interpret the objects colour based on your opinion but not all items colour values are the same, this is something I wrote in my working book based on a lot of research and I tend to work from however there are a few I would use for different purposes (but that's not for here!)
THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION IS TAKEN FROM MY PERSONAL WORKBOOK BASED ON MY PERSONAL RESEARCH IT IS NOT NECESSARILY RIGHT, WRONG, CORRECT, HOW EVERYONE WORKS ETC BUT I'M SHARING THIS WITH YOU AS A KICK STARTER GUIDE TO YOUR FURTHER RESEARCH - YOU'RE WELCOME!
Bag Colours (HooDoo) - Good for mojo bags or anything that requires some kind of bag like container.
White - Peace
Red - Victory
Purple - Victory
Pink - Love
Blue - Protection
Yellow - Money
Green - Money
Brown - Jinx
Black - Jinx
Red - Success, Strength, Romance, Protection
Purple - Wisdom, Mysteries, Grandeur, Justice, Wealth.
Pink - Love, Friendship, Healing
Blue - Peace, Calm, Wisdom, Benevolence
Yellow - Healing, Finding Employment
Green - Prosperity, Abundance, Friendship, Growth, Nature
Brown - House, Home, Justice, Earth, Permanence, Animal
Black - Absorbs, Dissolves Bad Energy, Protection
Orange - Unknown - Communication, Messages, Travel
Monday - Silver, Grey or White
Tuesday - Red
Wednesday - Purple
Thursday - Blue
Friday - Green
Saturday - Black or Purple
Sunday - Gold or Yellow
Colours for Healing:
Allergies - Violet
Anxiety - Rose
Colds - Green / Violet
Depression - Orange / Indigo / Rose
Insomnia - Blue
Indigestion - Yellow
Fever - Blue
Headaches - Green / Blue
Diabetes - Yellow
Candle workings colours:
White - Destruction of negative / bad energies, Peace, Truth and purity, divination, exorcism - White can be used in place of any other candle as it is blank.
Purple - Spiritual awareness, Wisdom, Tranquility, Divination, Psychic Energies, Wisdom, Spirit, Third Eye, Breaking habits, Government, Riches.
Lavender - Intuition, Paranormal, Peace, Calming, Healing.
Blue - Meditation, Healing, Health, Forgiveness, Inspiration, Fidelity, Happiness, Opening lines of communication, Tranquility, Patience, Protection, Water, Forgiveness
Green - Money, Fertility, Luck, Abundance, Health, Success, Wealth, Ambition, Tree, Growth, Earth, Plants, Jealousy, Growth
Rose & Pink - Positive self love, Love, Friendship, Harmony, Joy, Romance, Caring, Maturity, Nurturing.
Yellow - Realising and/or Manifesting thoughts, Confidence, Bringing plans to action, Creativity, Intelligence, Mental Clarity, Clairvoyance, Learning, Comfort, Sun, Luxury, Memory, Masculinity, Positive attitude, Air / Wind.
Orange - Joy, Energy, Education, Strength, Attraction, Stimulation, Justice / Justice legal matters, Opportunity.
Red - Passion, Energy, Love, Lust, Relationships, Lust, Sec, Vitality, Courage, Strength, Fire, Action, Power, Independence.
Black - Protection, Absorption and destruction of negative / repels negative, Banishing, Retribution, Pride, Shapeshifting.
Silver - Goddess or Feminine energy, Removes negativity, Psychic, Development, Moon
Gold - God or male energy, Solar energy, Sun, Fortune, Spiritual Attainment
Brown - House, Home blessing, Pets, Animals, Earth, Stability, Locating lost items.
Feather Colours & Meanings:
White - The Crown Chakra, Heaven, Angels, The Celestial Realms, Higher dimensions, Opening up to the white Divine light, Spirituality, Enlightenment, A glimpse or moment of awakening, Purity, Innocence, Virgin, Purification, Cleansing, Hope, Trust, Faith, Protection, Peace, Blessings and Wisdom connected with the Moon. Moon / Goddess.
Red - The Root Chakra, Money, Possessions, Security, Stability, Career, Good fortune, Physical vitality, Energy, Life force, Strength, Courage, Passion, Emotions, Courage.
Blue - The Throat Chakra, Communication, Speaking your truth, Reminds you to listen, Acceptance, Peace and calm, Inspiration, Mental abilities, Knowledge, Connection with spirits, Psychic awareness, Spiritual protection.
Yellow - The Solar Plexus Chakra, Gut intuition & psychic ability, Happiness, Joy, Cheerfulness, Playfulness, Blessings and wisdom, Connected with powerful sun energy, Intelligence, Mental alertness, Staying focused and present, Vision.
Green - The Heart Chakra, Love, Emotions, Relationships, Harmony, Unity, Compassion, Forgiveness, Health, Healing, Vibrant well-being, Nature, Environment, Nature spirits, Plant spirits, Animal spirits, Growth, Fertility, Money, Abundance, Prosperity, Fertile opportunity, Success, Luck.
Orange - The Sacral Chakra, Sex, Intimacy, Physical relationships, Physical love, Attraction, Appetite, Energy, Change, Optimism, Keeping positive, Ambition, Success, Will power, Creativity, New ideas, Independence.
Pink - Unconditional love, Romance, Soulmate, Twinflame, Relationships, Friendship, Physical creation, Feelings, Caring, Compassion, Empathy, Kindness, Gentleness, Harmony, Service, Faithfulness, Honour, Inspiration.
Purple - The Crown Chakra, Universal consciousness, Spiritual connection, Heightened spiritual growth and experiences, Higher thought, Opening up of the psychic senses, Deep spirituality, Transmutation of negative energy.
Brown - Earth, Grounding, Grounded balance between the physical & spiritual worlds, Stability, Endurance, Home, Home life, Friendship, Respect.
Grey - Peace and Neutrality (as it is in the middle of black and white), Find peace within yourself: the neutral aspect represents neutrality in your question - the answer is not black and white but grey, and hence neither yes or no but perhaps in the middle or a combination of both wisdom & the attainment of mastery a nudge that you are on the right track, Authenticity, Flexibility.
Black - Protection, Warning, Repelling of negative energy, Death (as in a closed chapter, end of something), Increased mystical wisdom, A sign that you are undergoing a spiritual initiation & growth, Magic, Spiritual wisdom, Being watched over by Angel or Spiritual Guardian or Ancestor. - When shiny or iridescent, it can represent high mystical insight standing strong & setting strong boundaries, while remaining aware.
Feather Colour Combinations:
Black and white mixed feathers can represent protection, or the sense of union.
Black mixed with purple represents a very deep spirituality. - I would take it as a deeply mystical sign.
Black, white, and blue mixed feathers denote change on the horizon.
Brown and black striped pattern (like a pheasant/s feather) - balance between the physical and the spiritual.
Brown and white - happiness, and you will go under the radar from psychic or other harm.
Feathers with red and green in them or together would denote that you are being assisted financially. I would take it as a very lucky sign.
Grey and white symbolise hope.
Skull Candle Colours
Black - Hex or Negativity
Red - Love, Strength, Passion etc
Green - Money or Wealth etc
White - Pure, Health, Any Colour etc
I am truly hoping that gave you SOME insight into colours, believe me there's so much more out there as you can also look at coloured stones and their meanings and other synopses of words and how multiple workings may require multiple coloured candles or mixed coloured candles. And then there's other aspects of the magickal realms such as we haven't even covered colour correspondences for Astrological Star Signs (hopefully if you did the Zodiac blog prompt then you will know the zodiac colour correspondences!) or the Fae (Fairies and such) colour correspondences, or other mystical, mythical, legendary beings such as Unicorns, Mermaids, Gnomes, Dragons etc.. That being said I wanted to touch on the main colour and candle correspondences here which as you can see there's a lot of repetition there and one thing I like is when multiple sources draw the same conclusion ie colour meaning for the same colour to me that helps me feel like I am on track when choosing a colour to work with. Granted sometimes you have to go with intuition for example when a spell calls for a yellow candle to represent self love I'd probably be opting to reach for a pink candle as I feel that would work better but each to their own.
So that's some basics on colour and while I'm here I also wanted to touch on Candles. Candles come in all shapes and sizes. Forget colours for a while and let's just focus on the candle. Now most common I guess would be Tea Lights, Votives, Pillar Candles, Candlesticks, Taper Candles and Birthday candles (or as I like to call them Wish Candles). That's not to say there's no other candles like Chime, Spell, Dinner, Floating, Even various shaped candles. But what I want to note here is that while a spell might call for seven 8-10 taper candles in yellow, light blue and green this is not always something that's easy to find, or afford. (Especially if you have this big orange book Wicca A Year And A Day - which btw I wrote out a full shopping list of all the requirements for the full year!! You can find it here!) I know here in the UK I begrudge paying candle prices and most candles are impossible to find. So I wrote a blog about substituting those candles for wish candles and I think the readers of this prompt would benefit looking back at that here: Wish Candles - Budget Friendly Alternative! Or of course you could always make your own. I have three of four different skull moulds for making skull candles, I also have various others like a cat, flowers, hearts.. various silicone fondant and soap molds work great.
- On a scrap piece of paper write down the following colours "Gold, Silver, Black, White, Brown, Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Purple, Pink" and then next to each word write 5 words that you associate with that colour. It can be what you read here or your own associations if they differ.
- Now write those colours down again and ask a friend or family member to do the above task and see what they feel about those colours!! Repeat as many times as you like it's a fun exercise.
- Research more into colour associations from different cultures, practices, professions etc.
- (Optional) Copy down any information from above you think you will find useful. I obviously find all this useful but in some cases a bit long winded and repetitive. I'm going to copy down the basics of candle colour, bag colour and feather colour for now into my BoS, although this information is all in my working book. - You could print it out if it's easier and stick it in, perhaps use a word document and add clipart to pretty it up (ie. Candle, Feather, Bag) you could also draw images into your book or use stickers.
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