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Bright Blessing and welcome to another installment of the Any Witches Blog. Today we are welcoming the next addition to our Witchcraft 101 series, which will be all about the mystical realm of colors. We will explore all the colors of the rainbow (ROYGBIV) before moving on to some of the different shades. Buckle up and enjoy the ride as we hop on our brooms and fly through the rainbow (maybe we will find that pot of gold!).
colors and their symbolic significance in witchcraft
Witches, from the newest of baby witchling’s to the most seasoned of Crones, will have learned that intention is one of the cornerstones of practicing witchcraft, and one example witches show their intent is by using specific colors that align with that intent while performing a ritual or spell. Every shade or hue of every color symbolically represents certain intentions or actions, and sometimes even specific emotions or feelings. So, let us dive into the fascinating world of colors as we learn their symbolic significance in witchcraft.
The color red has symbolized many things throughout history, from passion and love to hate and embarrassment, even good luck to danger. Cultures all over the world associate different meanings for the vibrant color. In witchcraft, the color red may still symbolically stand for all of these vastly differing associations, the important part is that you, the practitioner, believe that that association is what red symbolizes to you at that specific moment in time.
In witchcraft the color red is most commonly used to symbolize love, passion, lust, strength, and/or energy. Witches will often use a red candle while performing a spell or ritual pertaining to love or romantic relationships. The color red is also associated with the Root Chakra (Muladhara), which is located at the base of the spine and connects us to the earth.
Orange is the color of youth and emotion, optimism and enthusiasm. The color orange inspires creativity and encourages success. Orange is also the color of attraction. Like a moth to a flame, orange draws in those who glance its glow.
In witchcraft, the color orange is often associated with kindness, friendship, the sun, and used in Fire Magic. Orange reminds us of the seasons and cycles. Orange peels are often times used to help attract a new lover or find a new friend. The color orange is seen abundantly during the season Samhain, tracing back to the bonfires and food offerings used to ward off evil spirits. Orange is also associated with the Sacral Chakra (Svadhisthana), which is located at the pelvis, relating to creativity and sexuality.
Yellow is a joyful color, filled with happiness, positivity, and optimism. Yellow may also be a warning of caution or cowardice. Yellow is often associated with being the color of the sun and used to shine a light on a situation.
In witchcraft yellow is used for mental clarity and intellectual energy. Yellow is also used for communication, transportation, or as an adjustment to energy. Yellow is also associated with the Solar Plexus Chakra (Manipura), located at the center of the abdomen just above the navel and governs personal power and will.
Green is known for growth and springtime. Green brings forth healing and good health. In the USA green means go and safety. In modern times the color green is also likened to being a color of luck and money.
In the witchcraft community there is a branch of witchcraft and type of magic called Green Witchcraft. This is a magic practice that is centered around nature and uses the energies of nature and the natural realm primarily for healing. Green is used in money magic and is used to attract financial success, abundance, growth, prosperity, luck, and balance. Green is also a representation of spring, being a symbol for fertility, rebirth/resurrection, rejuvenation, and renewal. The color green is associated with the Heart Chakra (Anahata), located at the center of the chest, which opens us up to love and compassion.
BLUE (light/sky blue)
The color blue symbolically represents calmness, trust, stability, and loyalty. The lighter shades of blue, for example sky blue, calls for a relaxing afternoon rest; to lay back and stare up at the clouds as we daydream the endless possibilities of what’s to come. Sky blue also evokes calm, tranquility, and peace.
In witchcraft, sky blue is used to call forth clarity and understanding, and to bring peace and stability to a situation. Sky blue may be associated with both air and water elements, having characteristics of the two.
Blue, naturally, is the color of water, and can be a very emotional color. Blue will always find the truth and encourages clarity through communication. Associated with the Throat Chakra (Vissudha), located at the middle of the throat, blue enables us to communicate and express yourself; to speak your truth.
Indigo is the color of intuition, spirituality, wisdom, creativity, and imagination. Indigo is known for its power and charm, demanding integrity, structure, and order.
Indigo represents family, ancestors, and tradition (or cultural customs). In witchcraft indigo is used to strengthen intuition and perception and heighten the mind. Some find indigo helpful with opening the third eye and is occasionally a representation for the Third Eye Chakra (Ajna), located at the middle of the forehead, which enhances your intuition and vision.
Violet/purple is the color of royalty, mystery, imagination, and creative wisdom. Violet is also associated with intuition, spiritual power, spiritual awareness, and higher consciousness.
In witchcraft purple is used for protection from evil spirits and harm caused by others. Purple is also used for wisdom, spiritual growth, and respect. Purple is associated with the Crown Chakra (Sahasrara), located above the head and connects us to the Divine and universal consciousness.
White has long been the symbol for purity and innocence. In American culture, the bride is oftentimes seen wearing all white, historically symbolizing that she was pure and untouched. Like a blank sheet of paper, the color white is the start of something new.
In many circles within witchcraft, witches will imagine a white circle of light during a cleansing ritual and for protection. It is believed that the white light purifies and cleanses everything that it touches, therefore also protecting anything that is in the light from any harm. White is also occasionally seen representing the Crown Chakra (Sahasrara). In candle magic, a white candle can be used in place of any other color. A white candle is often times used during purification, healing, cleansing, or protection spells. The term white witch, or witchcraft, is often used to describe a witch, or magic practice, that only uses magic for selfless reasons.
In many cultures worldwide, the color black symbolizes death and mourning. The color black is also known for carrying negative connotations, being a color of the unknown and mystery. For some, the color black is a color of elegance, and that it holds power.
There is a long-believed stereotype that all witches wear black. Even though this might not be true for every individual witch, many witches are seen wearing black regularly because of its protective power. The color black is often used during hex-breaking or curse removing spells and rituals. Just as we know that the color black absorbs all the colors from the visible spectrum, it also absorbs negative energy. In candle magic the color black is often used for protection, hex-breaking, and curse removal. A black candle may also be used as a substitute for any other color candle.
Being composed of equal parts of black and white, grey (or gray) is the color for balance, neutrality, fairness, and compromise. Grey is also the color of transition, longevity, and power, and is a representation of old age. Grey is also negatively linked depression, lack of energy/confidence, loneliness, poverty, and even death.
There is a specific branch of witchcraft called Grey Witchcraft. Grey Witches are known for keeping the balance between the two polarities of magic, and often times follow the ideal that “a witch who cannot harm, cannot heal.” With the color grey having its associations with death it reminds us of the eternal return and the renewal of cycles.
The color pink is a soft and gentle color. Often associated with being a feminine color and the color for identifying baby girls, the color pink symbolizes charm, sensitivity, love, friendship, compassion, and playfulness. Pink is also another color for innocence and for being nurturing.
In witchcraft, the color pink is often used in spells and rituals where you are wanting to attract love, forgiveness, abundance, and joy. Pink is most often used to represent unconditional love and compassion. Other uses for the color pink can be nurturing, healing, joy, innocence, hope, and optimism.
The color gold is often likened to success, wealth, and prosperity. In many cultures, gold is the color of the suns rays. Gold is also the color of approval and achievement. In the worldwide sporting tournament known as “the Olympics” we award those who achieve first place in events with a gold medal, symbolizing their success and great achievement.
In witchcraft, the color gold is associated with wealth and success. Gold is the color of the sun and connects us to the divine masculine. Gold is often times the metal used to create amulets of protection. Gold colored candles and gold coins are often seen being used in spells for financial growth.
The color silver is another symbol for wealth and success. We have all heard the proverb “every cloud has a silver lining,” meaning that there is hope or something positive found in every bad situation. This give the color silver the symbolic meaning of hope.
In witchcraft, the color silver is often associated with the moon and its lunar energies. Silver is also the color of reflection and has the ability to allow us to see our true nature. Silver is associated with psychic receptivity, dreaming, healing, and rest. Silver is often used to represent the divine feminine and for its feminine energy. Silver also possesses the power of protection and is another favorite metal used in making amulets.
The color brown symbolizes stability, reliability, and comfort. In feng shui, brown represents simplicity and protection. In western culture, brown is for practicality and earthiness, whereas in some eastern cultures, brown is the color of mourning.
The color brown is used by some witches for grounding, manifestation, and connecting to the animal realm. In candle magic, brown candles are used for clear thinking, decision making, concentration, and intuition.
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