Meaning of Colors
Color Information according to:
Cunningham & Harrington
Colors are uniquely powerful symbols. In magic, they also contain power that can be of use during ritual.
There are many systems linking colors with specific magical energies. The following is a compilation of different traditions, including American folk magic and some other traditions.
Use the below list when choosing cloth, paints, clays, sands, candles, and other tools for creating your own spell crafts.
RED: Maintaining health, strength, physical energy, sex, passion, courage, protection. Widely used in defensive magic. The color of the element of Fire. Red is associated with blood (and thus, life and death), birth, volcanoes, and intense emotions. The Zuni of America linked this color with the South. Throughout Polynesia, red was sacred color associated with both the deities and with the highest social classes.
PINK: Love, friendship, compassion, relaxation. Pink is symbolic of gentle emotions and of emotional unions. It's less intense then red.
ORANGE: General attraction, energy. Orange is a lesser aspect of red.
YELLOW: Intellect, confidence, divination, communication, eloquence, travel, movement. Yellow is the color of the element of Air. It symbolizes the sun, grain, and the power of thought. To the Zuni, it symbolized the North. In polynesia, yellow was a color of royalty and divinity.
GREEN: Money, prosperity, employment, fertility, healing, growth. Green is the color of the element of the Earth and symbolizes our planet's fertility (it's the color of chlorophyll) as well as life itself.
BLUE: Healing, peace, psychism, patience, happiness. Blue is the color of the element of Water. Symbolic of the ocean, sleep, twilight, and the sky. The Zuni employed this color to represent the west.
PURPLE: Power, healing severe disease, spirituality, meditation, religion. Purple was once a European symbol of royalty; today it symbolizes the divine.
WHITE: Protection, purification, all purposes. Symbolic of the Moon, freshness, snow, cold, and potential. Because white contains all colors, it can be utilized for every magical purpose. White symbolized the East to the Zuni.
BLACK: Banishing negativity, absorbing negativity. Symbolizes outer space and the universe. Black is the absence of colors. In some cultures, black represented fertility (as in quite fruitful black earth); in others, wisdom. In our culture it has been curiously linked with evil, due to religious associations. It is not an evil color.
BROWN: Animals. Used for spells involving animals, usually in combination with other colors. Brown represents soil and, to a lesser degree, fertilit of the Earth.
WHITE: Adds to spiritual strength, breaks curses or crossed conditions, represents faith, purity, truth and sincerity.
PINK: Overcomes evil, represents honor, love, morality, friendship, general success.
RED: Love, sexuality, good health, strength and physical vigor.
ORANGE: Encouragement, strengthens the ability to concentrate, attraction, adaptability, stimulation.
YELLOW: Attraction, persuasion ( can change minds), instills confidence, charm.
GREEN: Money, luck, financial success and prosperity, fertility, good crops and harvest, cooperation.
DARK BLUE: Depression, moodiness, changability, impulsivness, unfortunate and very subduing.
LIGHT BLUE: Understanding, health, tranquility, protection, peace, general happiness, sharpens the power to perceive, spiritual awareness, patience.
PURPLE: Ambition, promotes business progress, power (worldly, psychic or magical), causes tension, strengthens will power.
BROWN: Hesitation in all matters, uncertainty and doubt, neutrality, robs energy.
BLACK: Sadness and mourning, evil, loss, discord, confusion.
GRAY: Cancellation, stalemate, neutrality.
GREENISH YELLOW: Jealousy and anger, sickness, quarrels, discord, cowardice.