When buying candles for magic, if they are to be coloured, make sure the colour goes right through to the centre of the candle. If a candle is to be used to represent a particular thing in a spell, it should be a new candle, and should never be re-used, for if it is you may end up bringing the wrong type of energies into your spell. You can either let it burn down completely, or give it to one of the elements, eg. by burying it, or throwing it into a river.
Candles used in magic should generally not be blown out, either use a snuffer or pinch them out with your fingers, or the tip of your knife. Blowing out the candle blows away the magic.
ColoursBelow is a list of candle colours, and their meanings/uses:
(the meanings of the colours are general, and do not just apply to candles)
Coloured candles can be used to represent the elements at the quarters. The colours associated with each element are shown on the elements page.
White: A balance of all colors; Spiritual enlightenment, cleansing, clairvouance, healing,
Yellow: Activity, Creativity, unity; brings power of concentration and imagination to a ritual;
Gold: Fosters understanding and attracts the powers of cosmic influences; beneficial in rituals intended to bring about fast luck or money, or in rituals needing solar energy.
Pink: Promotes romance, friendship; standard color for rituals to draw affections; a color of femininity, honor, service.
Red: Health, passion, love, fertility, strength, courage, will power; increases magnetism in rituals
Silver: Removes negativity and encourages stability; helps develop psychic abilities; attracts the influence of the Mother Goddess.
Purple: Power, success, idealism, psychic manifestations; ideals for rituals to secure ambitions, independence, financial rewards, or to make contact with the spiritual other world
Magenta: Combination of red and violet ; energizes rituals where immediate action and high levels of power or spirtual healing are required.
Brown: Earthly, balanced color; for rituals of material increase; eliminates indecisiveness; improves powers of concentration, study, telepathy; increases financial success; locates objects that have been lost.
Indigo: Color of inertia; stops situations or people; use in rituals that require a deep meditational state
Royal Blue: Promotes laughter and joviality; color or loyalty, use whenever an influence needs to be increased.
Light Blue: Spirtual color; helpful in devotional or inspirational meditations; brings peace and tranquility to the home; employ where a situation must be synthesized.
Blue: Primary spiritual color; for rituals to obtain wisdom, harmony, inner light, or peace; confers truth and guidance.
Emerald Green: attracts love, social delights, and fertility.
Dark Green: Color of ambition, greed, and jealousy; counteracts these influences in a ritual.
Green: Promotes prosperity, fertility, success; stimulates rituals for good luck, money, harmony, and rejuvenation.
Grey: Neutral color useful when pondering complex issues during meditation; in magic, this color often sparks confusion; it also negates or neutralizes a negative influence.
Black: Opens up the deeper levels of the unconscious; use in rituals to induce a deep meditational state, or to banish evil or negativity.
Making CandlesAs with anything to be used in a ritual it is best to make your own, as you can add your own energy to the item and thus increase its power. I will experiment with my candle making technique, and when I find the best, easiest way to do it, I will give step by step instructions on making your own candles.