Welcome to this guide on all the candle color meanings, along with candle spells, magic, and rituals to try at home!
I’ve always been drawn to candles. There’s something about the act of lighting the wick and watching the flame flicker in the background that feels sacred to me.
Witches have been burning candles in magic spells and rituals for centuries. So whether you’re a seasoned witch or want to dip your toes into this world and start working with candle magic, this post is for you.
Why are candles associated with magic?
Fire is one of the four elements, and each one has its own magical quality. Fire is linked to masculine energy and symbolizes transformation.
You can see this in a piece of paper burning into ashes or a marshmallow being toasted by fire and turning into a warm, soft, gooey mallow-melt ready to sandwich in a s’more. One thing transforms into another right in front of our eyes.
Fire and the act of burning are believed to connect our physical realm to the spiritual realm. Lighting a candle looks pretty in our home, but it also helps us create a sacred space, turn inward, and connect with our intuition and intentions.
Candle colors & their meanings
Each candle color symbolizes something different. Many of these meanings can be traced back to ancient, Pagan times.
Different colors emit different frequencies that we subconsciously pick up on. Couple this color magic with fire and a vast amount of energy is created, which we can channel toward our intentions and manifest what we want most.
So whether you want to know the candle color to work with to attract more abundance and success into your life, attract romantic love, or ward off negative energy and spirits, you can find all these candle color meanings below.
If you’re looking to buy a set of colored spell candles, these mini beeswax ones on Etsy are perfect to get started with!
White color candle meaning
- New beginnings
- Fresh starts
- Lunar & Goddess energies
White candle magic spells
Use a white candle to:
- Cleanse/purify your space & self (do this before you perform any other kind of spell or ritual)
- Unblock the crown chakra
- Do a white aura cleanse
Pink color candle meaning
- Romantic love
- New relationships
- Emotional connection
- Emotional healing
Pink candle magic spells
Use a pink candle to:
- Strengthen an act of self-love
- Welcome in new friendships
- Attract a new romantic partner
- In a self-love spell jar
- For a pink aura cleanse
Red color candle meaning
- Physical connection
Red candle magic spells
Use a red candle to:
- Do a love spell (if your connection is rooted in lust rather than romance)
- Attract a sex partner
- Increase the passion in your life
- Boost your confidence
- Manifest material things
- Unblock the root chakra
- Do a red aura cleanse
Orange color candle meaning
- Child-like energy
- Sensual & sexual energy
Orange candle magic spells
Use an orange candle to:
- Boost your creativity
- Call in new friendships
- Encourage you to play more
- Heal the mother wound
- Unblock the sacral chakra
- Do an orange aura cleanse
Yellow color candle meaning
Yellow candle magic spells
Use a yellow candle to:
- Help you take action on your goals
- Overcome mental challenges
- Boost your confidence
- Help you focus your mind and thoughts
- Unblock your solar plexus chakra
- Do a yellow aura cleanse
Green color candle meaning
- Material success
- Good luck
Green candle magic spells
Use a green candle to:
- Manifest your deepest desires (especially if they’re work or money-oriented)
- Attract more abundance
- Attract more good luck
- Heal an ailment
- Unblock your heart chakra
- Do a green aura cleanse
Blue color candle meaning
Blue candle magic spells
Use a blue candle to:
- Reduce anxiety and stress
- Heal insomnia and enjoy more peaceful sleep
- Help you practice acceptance
- Boost your communication skills
- Heal and unblock your throat chakra
- Do a blue aura cleanse
Purple color candle meaning
- Psychic power
Purple candle magic spells
Use a purple candle to:
- Explore your dreams
- Connect with your intuition/womb wisdom
- Connect with your Goddess guides, angels & spirits
- Improve your psychic powers
- Unblock and open your third-eye chakra
- Do a purple aura cleanse
Black color candle meaning
- Cutting energetic cords
Black candle magic spells
Use a black candle to:
- Use a black candle in a protection spell jar
- Perform any type of protection ritual
- Cut an energetic cord with someone
- Protect your home
- Ward off negative energy/spirits
- Reverse a curse or hex
- Let go of negative habits & patterns
Can you combine different candle colors?
Yes! You might have noticed that many of the candle color meanings overlap, and there will be many times when it makes sense to work with the energy and magic of two candles.
For example, if you want to attract good luck and success as you start a new business, you might burn a green candle (for good luck and abundance) and a yellow candle (to help you focus your mind).
If you have an argument with your romantic partner, consider burning a pink candle (for emotional healing) and a blue candle (for loving communication and calm).
How to do candle magic, spells & rituals
Now that you’re clued in on all the different candle color meanings, it’s time to do some candle magic!
When performing any kind of magic, spell, or ritual, the most important thing is to adapt it to suit you and your intentions. Here are some general steps to help you get the most out of working with candles.
1. Cleanse your space
It’s good practice to physically and energetically cleanse the space you perform magic in before you start. So, clear up any clutter and make sure the room feels clean and organized.
To purify the energy of the space, burn some herbs, diffuse some essential oils, or use a special cleansing spray.
Gather all the tools you’ll need for your ritual, so they’re within reach.
2. Set an intention
Before you do a candle spell, get clear on your intention. What are you trying to achieve? What do you wish to manifest?
If you’re not clear on what you want, your energy will be all over the place, and the results will be too.
Once you’re clear on your intention, carry it in your heart as you make magic.
3. Centre yourself
Find some stillness and quiet and journey inwards. Get comfortable. Connect to your intuition. If you work with any guides or spirits, call on them now for this candle ritual.
4. Dress the candle
An important part of candle magic is to create a spiritual connection between you and the candle before you perform your spell. This is what we call dressing the candle.
Using a carrier oil of your choice (coconut, almond, jojoba), rub the candle from top to bottom while avoiding the wick. As you do this, focus on your intention. If you like working with essential oils, you can blend a couple of drops into your carrier oil.
Do this for a few minutes to charge your candle. You can also etch names, numbers, or symbols into your candle if you feel called to.
5. Perform your candle ritual!
Now you’re ready to do your candle ritual. Create your own, combine candle magic with another spell or ritual, or check out these ideas.
Candle ritual ideas
- Gaze at a candle while you meditate
- Light a candle before you begin your yoga practice
- Use the candle color that corresponds with your intention for a new moon or full moon ritual
- Take a cleansing bath ritual in candlelight
- Light a candle to celebrate each of the wheel of the year sabbats
- Keep a large pillar candle burning on your altar until your intention manifests
- Work with a candle as part of your morning or evening ritual
- Light a candle before having sex with a sacred partner, and choose the color candle that symbolizes what you wish to manifest together as a couple
6. Light your candle
Now it’s time to light your candle!
Remember to bring your intention to the forefront of your mind and heart. Visualize as though it has already come true. What can you see? How do you feel? Who is with you?
You might want to repeat a chant, incantation, or a few lines of a poem at this point.
When you feel full of positive energy and supercharged, it’s time to light the candle.
Spend some time watching the flame and visualizing the candle’s aura. Imagine it expanding into the room and the wider universe. Feel it bringing your intention to life and one step closer to you. Spend as long as you like here, soaking up these vibrations.
7. Close your ritual
When the time feels right, close your ritual. Instead of blowing out your candle, snuff it. This stops you from extinguishing all the powerful energetic work you just did!
If you don’t have a wick dipper, you can use a chopstick, paperclip, or tweezers to do this.
Finally, thank yourself and your guides for this candle ritual.
Ready to make magic with candles?
Now that you know all the candle color meanings and how to perform candle spells and magic, are you ready to put your new-found knowledge into practice?
The first time you try a new spell or ritual, it might feel a little clunky because you’re following directions and trying to remember to do all of the things. Let go of the need to do it “right,” because there is no right or wrong way to make magic.
Every spell and ritual should be unique when you perform it because nobody is you. Even if you perform the same spell you did a week or month ago, it will be slightly different because you are different now. This is a beautiful thing.