Colors of Candles: What Do Different Candle Colors Mean

colors of candles and what they meanColors play an important role in our lives and even when we do creative work or meditate, we can lend distinctive vibrations and focus our intentions better through the burning of different colored candles. Indeed; candle “magick” is an important and much studied science and art (which many feel, wrongly, is associated with black magic or witchcraft).

In this guide, we will only refer to the use of candle colors and their meanings for linking to individual energies as based on different colored Chakras. We hope that the candle colors and their meanings given below will work positively on specific forces of the Universe in order to strengthen your affirmations. This, in turn, can help you direct the Universal energy towards particular (positive) conclusions.

Principle behind candle magic

Candle magic is based on the same principle as that of color therapy. Different colors have different frequencies which, in turn, have different effects on the human psyche. We can use these effects in a positive manner to enhance our mind power. Likewise, some candles are also fragrant and the different fragrances can also reflect differently on one’s feelings and emotions. Therefore, through candle magic, practitioners can make use of varying fragrances and colors of candles to create different effects for their clients.

According to the science of candle magic, specific candles may be used on specific days of the week, since these colors are also associated with the different Planets. Thus:

  • Sunday– Gold or yellow candles
  • Monday– Silver, Grey or White
  • Tuesday-Red
  • Wednesday-Purple
  • Thursday– Blue
  • Friday-Green
  • Saturday– Black or Purple

Candle colors for healing purpose

Candle magic therapists also recommend specific colored candles for addressing different illnesses. In brief, these are:

  • Allergies- Violet
  • Anxiety- Rose
  • Colds- Green/violet
  • Depression-Orange/Indigo/Rose
  • Insomnia-Blue
  • Indigestion-Yellow
  • Fever-Blue
  • Headaches-Green/blue
  • Diabetes-Yellow

What do different candle colors mean?

Here are the meanings of different candle colors in general:

  1. White candles-Destruction of negative energy, peace, truth and purity
  2. Purple candles- Spiritual awareness, wisdom, tranquility
  3. Lavender Candles– Intuition, Paranormal, Peace, Healing
  4. Blue and Deep Blue Candles– Meditation, Healing, Forgiveness, Inspiration, Fidelity, Happiness, and opening lines of Communication.
  5. Green Candles– Money, Fertility, Luck, Abundance, Health (not to be used when diagnosed with Cancer), Success
  6. Rose and Pink Colored Candles– Positive self love, friendship, harmony, joy
  7. Yellow Candles- Realizing and manifesting thoughts, confidence, bringing plans into action, creativity, intelligence, mental clarity, clairvoyance.
  8. Orange Candles– Joy, energy, education, strength attraction, stimulation
  9. Red or Deep red Candles– Passion, energy, love, lust, relationships, sex, vitality, courage.
  10. Black Candles– Protection, absorption and destruction of negative energy and also repelling negative energy from others
  11. Silver candle– Goddess or feminine energy, remove negativity, psychic development
  12. Gold candle– Male energy, Solar energy, fortune, spiritual attainment,

Candle magick practitioners often recommend writing names, dates, birthdates and certain symbols on the candle (or its enclosing glass) to reaffirm one’s intentions. Additionally, the candles must be anointed in oil and you can use simple Olive oil or specific essential oils to dress the candle and increase their effectiveness. Based upon the intentions or reasons why you are using candle colors based on their specific meanings, you will require taking a bath or cleansing the mind through meditation. The dressing of the candle is itself a ritual where you must completely focus on the intention while rubbing the oil on the wax of the candle.

Candle Types

Candles are also of different types as given below:

  • Double action
  • Reversible
  • 7 Knob
  • Colored figure
  • Adam and Eve or
  • Witch candles

Based on specific candle color meanings these can be used for the following affirmations and intentions:

  1. To draw good luck and wealth and remove negative people- Double Action Black or Green candle
  2. To attract love- Double action red candle
  3. To enhance spiritual energy- Double action white or black candle
  4. To attract good spirits- Reversible black on the outside and red on inside
  5. To get success, win, or acquire a job-7 Knob Green colored candle
  6. To bring Peace at home or in business- 7 Knob white
  7. To bring passion in a relationship- Adam and Eve candle in red color
  8. To add power or make written affirmations more powerful- Use red witch candle-place the paper underneath the candle.

We leave you with a disclaimer that we are not responsible for how you use the information presented above. The owner of this site is also not responsible for the accuracy or effectiveness of the different candle colors and their meanings presented above.

Comments

  1. Gm.. the guy did the candle thing and its almost a month now and nothing has happened for him so what else should he do? And my end I want you to help me in money, every time I get money it just disappears and I don’t see where it goes much less I still have a lot of things to do if you understand me.. so pls I need your help what should I do.. I want it to stay and grow..

    • Miss Sha' says:

      For the money situation – I would work out a budget. This will help you to see exactly where your money is going. Then make a plan of what is most important and start working towards that. You do that by figuring out what it step #1 and starting there. Do not move to step #2 until #1 is complete. It could take a while, but it will be worth it in the end. Also, be thankful for what you do have. Always give thanks to the spirits, no matter how little you feel you have. When you give thanks, they are much more inclined to assist you with more because they see that you recognize the sacrifice.

      As for the guy . . . what was his candle for? Returning to you?

      • It’s the guy that should get the job.. he used the green candle as you said but nothing as yet.

        • Inexplicable Things says:

          Nikki;
          Feel free to send me an email and we will walk through everything that you have tried. I will see if I can guide you through some additional steps to maybe get the ball rolling. There could be a number of reasons why there hasn’t been any movement yet.

  2. I’m using a white girl picture and name to chat white men on social networks, what colour should I use to gain their trust and love so they can send me money and gift cards? Please help me I need money this month cause we are resuming school by next month and I sponsor my schooling.

    • Miss Sha' says:

      Purple candles are great for any type of personal power over a situation. I would also perhaps dress the candle with a Sugar Daddy type oil. We have one in our shop that is called just that: Sugar Daddy – and has been used for this very same purpose many times with pretty good success. Can’t hurt! 😉

      • I sincerely hope you’re joking with the “Sugar Daddy” reply. I was completely appalled by that person’s statement, the *entire* statement, and I was positive that when I saw you’d replied it would have been a reprimand stating that candles are not meant for that sort of thing, but no, you actually give a suggestion and say to use Sugar Daddy oil!
        Actually, almost all of these comments go against candles and candle magic because a person needs to respect the candle and believe in the candle and the magic within the candle in order for the magic to work and work properly. People lighting green candles and expecting money to just fall from the sky (which seems to be what you have) are clearly people who do not understand/respect their candles.
        I have been working with candles for years. I have seen what they are capable of when you believe and trust in them, and I’ve used no oil stronger than pure olive oil. You have to be in the right frame of mind when you use a candle. You do not just scribble your intentions, rub some oil on it, light it and let it burn. You hold the candle with your intentions in mind, you see them coming true, and your tool that you write with must also be pure and cleansed, something wooden or silver and anointed with oil as well as your energy and intent. I hold my tools in my hands, once they’ve been covered with oil, and I just hold them and focus all of my energy and strength to my hands. I always feel the tools heat up and then I know they’re “done” and then I write my intentions on my candle(s), and I sometimes add in some Wicca symbols to strengthen the intent and the candle, and then I rub the oil onto the candle in the same way that I anointed my tool, and once the candle is completely covered in oil, I hold it in my hands and focus my energy and strength once again until I feel the candle growing warm in my hands and I feel that it is done, and then I light the candle, say “Blessed be” or “Thank you” or some other form of gratitude towards the candle for being blessed by its magic, and then I let it burn, untouched, until it goes out on its own. You *never* blow out a candle that is being used for magic purposes. You can snuff them, but do not blow them out. In my cases, I’ve always found it interesting because if I just burn a candle, when it’s done burning there is usually quite a bit of wax left behind, but when I’ve used candle magic and put intentions into a candle, it’ll burn down to absolutely nothing, just the little metal piece that was holding the wick, if there was one of those.
        I guess all I’m saying is, teach these people to respect candles, don’t just tell them that candles will grant wishes for them like genies. That’s not how they work, they take actual belief and intent and work.

        • Miss Sha' says:

          Awww, Sweetie, bless your heart.

          Child, lemme tell ya a little secret. Most folks don’t want your judgement. I am NOT Wiccan, nor any “light” magick. In fact, I am probably about as far from Wiccan that one can get. I am a Swamp Witch, sweetie! I do not conform to any mundane or neopagan magick or metaphysical theory about respecting the light and saying “blessed be” or anything of the sort. I am old school folk magick, conjure, hoodoo, rootwork. My ancestors, as did everyone’s ancestors, didn’t have time for any special ways of burning candles. They didn’t have time, nor desire, to sit for lengthy periods of time and focus all this undivided attention and energy into a candle and tools and lord knows what else. They use what they had, when they had it and they did it when they needed it. That, my dear, is the hoodoo way.

          The candle, the tools you speak of, the “olive” oil (which, by the way, is just like the oils we make, by hand, that we offer our customers, clients and friends – the only difference is, they actually contain herbs that are designed to money-draw, or love-draw, or curse and hex, or protect or send things back where they came . . . perhaps you have heard of it. . .it’s called herb magick! LOL) but these items are nothing more than tools, or props, for lack of better word. Little secret. . .you do NOT need any of it to manifest your desires. All that energy shift that you go through – honey, not all folks do it the same. It makes what we do, no less effective. Pomp and circumstance… pffft!

          As for the “sugar daddy” comments. . well, you obviously are NOT familiar with anything closely resembling old school conjure work or folk magick. . . be it southern, mountain, granny magick . . . Sugar Daddy is about as old as it gets. Hell, prostitutes and ladies of the night used such formulas back in the late 1800’s, early 1900’s. And if you don’t like that. . .lord, you would hate to hear what they did with menstrual blood and other bodily fluids!

          There are a million different philosophies and ways of following a path. Don’t be so damn quick to judge how others perform their magick and rituals. LOL In hoodoo and conjure, we practice the art of live and let live. And until you walk a mile in my shoes, darlin’, I would caution to keep these judgemental comments to oneself. Before now, I don’t recall seeing you offer these kind folks any help. At least I have given my two cents worth, which happens to be based upon 4 decades of swamp conjure, and old school hoodoo and rootwork – which I can safely say . . has been pretty damn effective. You have NO way of knowing what level of respect myself, of any of these folks asking questions, actually hold for candles, energy manipulation, or anything of that nature. You do it your way, sweets, I shall do it mine.

          Conjure on, darlin . . . but lose the judgement and telling others they are wrong. We all don’t go through life the same way. Doesn’t make you right and us wrong. . . makes you different. #DoItYourWay

          Wanna see what a swamp witch does, visit my page sometime: inexplicablethings.com That should clear up any notion that we all need to be Wiccan and follow the same path.

        • It was an extremely informative and helpful comment. Thank you so much for this, Crystal!
          Now i have a question about blowing the candle out, i was burning the black one, to get cleansed from all the negativity, and then a friend of mine was over, and they blew it off, they didn’t know about how i use them. Can i light it again, and finish it?

  3. Nikkita says:

    Good morning you didn’t reply to my question about my baby father.. please.

  4. Jones Gyimah Boadi says:

    I am loosing a lady because I don’t Have money I want to know what candle I can pray with to get money

    • Miss Sha' says:

      Hi! First things’ first . . . why do you want to hang onto a woman that is only after money? You do realize that you will never be as important to her as the money. I would be a bad guide if I didn’t bring up this point. With that being said. . . green. Green or gold – these are the colors of prosperity, wealth and abundance. Focus on the amount of money you NEED – not the amount of money you WANT. There is a huge difference. And sit this woman down and tell her that money isn’t everything – and that she should be thankful she has someone that is willing to reach out to others and seek guidance in order to keep her. She should be thankful!! And you should really consider letting that one go! 😉

      Miss Sha’
      Inexplicable Things

      • Jones Gyimah Boadi says:

        Thanks for your advice miss sha
        God bless you

      • Hi I’m going through a really hard time there was a man who I looked at as a very good/close friend we started out as him being my spiritual advisor then just got close recently he’s been helping a homeless woman who claims she loves him and he has pushed me away what can I use to help heal and get through this hard time and do you feel like this will end soon.

        • Miss Sha' says:

          Hi Stef –
          Very sorry to hear this. It’s funny how folks we think we know can change so quickly when another comes into their lives – I am proud of you for wanting to find closure, heal and move on. It won’t happen quickly – when we lose someone, we must go through the grieving process – this includes losing people out of our lives that were friends. But you can focus on changing your perspective. The best candles to facilitate this type of healing are blue or white.

  5. Leslie Eden Nsame says:

    Let him use the green or white candle to pray and call on the Holy angel Barachiel to open doors of blessing for him and in faith it shall be done. Use psalm 20 and 27 to pray

    • Nikkita says:

      Gm… Thank you for your reply. My baby father left along time ago, he left me for another woman but he wants me back but because I’m not interested he told me I’ll regret it and for the past 6 months he stopped sending money for his kids. Please tell me what candle I can use to keep sending money back plus what he owes in the past 6 months.

      • Nikkita says:

        Thank you.. but should I read over it.. and how do I go about to start?

      • Miss Sha' says:

        Hi Nikkita – first, do you have a court order about the child support? You can force that through – he can’t simply withhold the support because you don’t want to be with his cheatin’ ass! I would recommend either a green candle for the prosperity/financial side of things, a blue to perhaps reconcile and at least get him to pay the monies owed, or black – for crossing the situation and domination. Write a petition with what you need to happen. Place it under the candle and focus all your intent on what you want to manifest. Remember to be realistic – not some outrageous thing that you know he will never do. But be realistic. Now, on the other hand, you could make it all about your children – which spirit is often inclined to work for. Burn a yellow or white candle for justice – justice for your children so they have what they need.

        Miss Sha’
        Inexplicable Things

      • Good morning thank you for your reply.

  6. Nikkita says:

    Good nite I know a guy that gives out a lot of application to the business place but don’t get anything in return so what candle should he use?

    • inxplicablethings says:

      In swamp conjure, we would use a green or orange candle. Green is the color of prosperity – as well as crown of success. Orange is the color for opening blocked doors.

  7. I am entering the working work. I need a candle for myself which I can be successful in attaining this job. It is an airline job and it requires a lot of memorization. What candle should I use to bust through the training class of 4 weeks and to successfully graduate and reach what goal I search afterwards. I can’t fail any of the tests, I must maintain an 80% on every test to pass.

    • inxplicablethings says:

      Carmen, I would recommend burning a Block Buster or Road Opener candle – they are used in Hoodoo and folk magick to unlock doors, and open new paths, remove obstacles. But, if you prefer, an orange or yellow candle can help with focus for studying, as well as overcoming obstacles. Feel free to reach out to me if you need more info: inexplicablethings at yahoo . com

    • Tonetta L Brooks says:

      I got a red candle. The guy at the store said this candle will bring him back to me

  8. MagickElle says:

    Great article! I have a question and need your advice, please: I am a beginner in doing candle work. I burned a white candle for my best friend who was facing some health concerns and hoping for good news. I inscribed her full name on the candle, birthday, and some other words, as well, on the candle (such as health, peace, joy). I also wrote her name and a positive affirmation on a piece of paper and put it underneath the candle. I felt I did the right thing; however, over the past couple of weeks, my friend seems to have turned on me–she will not talk to me or call me. I hope I didn’t do an incorrect thing in her direction by burning the white candle, as I read above it signifies removing negativity, providing peace, joy, etc. I feel I may need to do something different at this point, but not sure. She is also a pagan and more experienced in these matters (magic, psychic abilities, etc), so I am not sure if she sensed I burned a candle for her and was trying to put out good energy for her and is angry at me but won’t tell me–who knows?! I would never do anything to harm her. Please advise. Thank you.

    • inxplicablethings says:

      Magickelle –
      You did all the correct things – as you were guided to do. Really is no right or wrong way, but you did well. I do know, from experience, that some folks don’t deal well with magick being done on them/around them. Sometimes the energies will cause them to lash out, be emotional or aggressive. It will mostly likely pass – but if you feel up to, tell your friend that you burned a candle on her behalf and what it was for. That may help clear the air. And if you need, please contact me and I can look into for you.

      • MAGICKELLE says:

        Thank you for taking the time out to reply to me, and thank you for your encouraging words. I think that is what has happened–she is good at doling out advice to others (which is what she always does–good at being a mother hen!), but when it comes to her, she does not like it. She has given me advice to burn a white candle for myself and take a sage bath, so that’s partly where I got the idea to burn a white candle for her? When I give her advice, she kinda scoffs. I’m fairly certain she is ignoring me aside from going through her own issues, but also because she senses I have done some work in her favor and doesn’t like it. right now, I’m giving her some space, so perhaps in due time, I’ll check back in with her and see how she’s doing. I would definitely like more guidance from you and will contact you. Thank you, again!

  9. Hi
    I have a son that drinks a lot, he is only 28yrs old. I know he is going through some things that he is not telling me about. I ask him to talk to me or someone he can trust like God or a good friend.
    I need to find a candle that will take away the feeling to drink. I am so worried please help, which candle can I burn.

  10. Bilsongz says:

    Please i have been struggling with money matters in my life since i completed college. Whatever i do get spoiled on the way. Sometimes I feel so confused and ask myself what is wrong or have i done anything wrong to deserve this kind of life. Please help me.

    • inxplicablethings says:

      You could do a Road Opening working or burn a candle designed for this. Set your intent and write out a quick petition. I would follow up with a Crown of Success Gris Gris.

      • Bilsongz says:

        Pls i did not understand. Can you be more clear?
        What is road opening and what is crown of success gris gris?
        And what type of candle color figures should i use?

        • inxplicablethings says:

          A road opener is a candle burning or working that helps remove obstacles for your path. In hoodoo and southern folk magick, they are also known as Block Busters. They can help open doors that were previously blocked. Do you know what a gris gris is? They are charms/talismans – also called mojo bags, mojo hands, etc. They contain things such as herbs, curios, minerals, etc that help facilitate an outcome. A Crown of Success gris gris would be on that you can carry with you – to help bring about success in things you do. Many of my students and clients have achieved success by carrying one. Those would be my recommendations. As to what type of candle color figure – I am not sure I understand. Do you mean figure like a male or female? Or did you just mean color? I would recommend orange for road opener, green for any type of prosperity (or gold, but they are more difficult to come by), and finally crown of success would do well with purple – purple is a great color for personal power and taking charge of things. Hope this helps. Feel free to visit inexplicablethings.com for more ideas.

  11. Bianca says:

    Im facing stress for almost a couple of weeks – what color can i use?

    • inxplicablethings says:

      Hi Bianca –
      For anti-stress, I would recommend yellow or blue. Yellow is great for combating stress. Blue is about peace, tranquility and happy harmonies.

  12. Harriet Raynolds says:

    Please I’m chatting to a man and am using a woman name and photo, but the man used to love me and talk to me all the time and promise to send me money, but after some time he has blocked me from his phone from not being able to talk to him or text him. What candle do i need to buy to have him back begging for me?

    • inxplicablethings says:

      Harriet, honey, you may need a bit more than a candle. It depends . . . what was he getting out of the relationship? And was it always about him sending you money? If so, he could have felt like Mr. Moneybags. We have to keep men feeling needed and important 😉 I would recommend a red or purple candle – but dressed with a Sugar Daddy oil/powder. We have both the oils and powders – but either one would work well.

      The hard part . . . is opening up communication again. Maybe work on opening the lines of communication first, then work on the Sugar Daddy aspect.

      Miss Sha’
      Inexplicable Things

    • None.
      you are just exploiting someone for money, go get a decent job.

      • inxplicablethings says:

        Scale, while this may be true for you – and I don’t disagree – but you obviously know very little about folk magick. Hoodoo, Rootwork, Swamp Conjure, Applachian Magicks – they all have a little something for getting men (or women) to spend money on person. It’s just plain old school. Now, I think there should be some give and take – but I am not here to judge others. Just let Harriet do what she wants to do.

  13. taurus kelley says:

    can i use a gold candle to help draw a boost of testosterone? i feel like i could have been hexed and i got a gold candle which is for male energy. i also want to know do i have to burn it on Sunday or can i do it tonight or does it matter which day? i know it is about intention

    • inxplicablethings says:

      Hi! To boost testosterone, I would actually advise a red candle. Red is for vitality, sexual energy, sexual health and strength. I think it would do more to boost testosterone than a gold candle would. Honestly, it does not matter what night you burn. Some folks follow the moon or days of the week for candle burning or specific working – but I say do what you need to do when you need to do it. Don’t wait. It doesn’t really change much. And if you truly feel that you have been hexed or cursed, you may need a good spiritual cleanse to get rid of it. If so, let me know and I can offer suggestions.

      Inexplicable Things

      • Shiquita says:

        Hi, I’m not a person who practice but I have spoken with numerous psychics and even had my Palm read. Also visit and have given money to a psychic in person. She had me to lay down and she put some drops in my mouth, gave me a light blue candle that have an anatomy body on it and had words written such as cancer, diabetes, job etc… bath salt etc. I never use any of the stuff she gave me but I can say almost my entire family has passed on from cancer. Everything that I have touched has crumbled and I’m always getting fired. I mean I make so many enemies and I don’t know what I do to have them? I have no friends. Im trying to understand, what have I done to myself? And how to undo whatever I have done.. its like history continues to repeat itself on different days. Also a lady had written a letter on my relationship and me. Which I never gave her permission. What kind of magic did she do? I’ve been having these problems over 7 years! Please give me some information you may have to help me.

        • inxplicablethings says:

          Shiquita, I would highly recommend a good soul cleaning spiritual cleanse. A good one, like the one I was taught, will negate any workings being done to you, remove jinx, curse, hex, evil eye, jealousy, negativity – and it helps open roads for new chapters in your life and I always follow up with some protection. Not knowing the whole story, I cannot speak on the type of magick this woman used, but I can offer you ways on moving past this and getting things sorted out.

          Blessings –
          Inexplicable Things

  14. I want favour and luck, and a job. Which color will I use??

    • inxplicablethings says:

      Job or prosperity of any kind does well with green. However, orange is a great color to help open roads and remove obstacles. And purple is all about personal power. So it all depends upon the actual aspect you going for. Or, use a combination. 🙂

  15. Natalia says:

    Do moon phases matter? And can I burn black and white together with some color I need?

  16. whats a 7 knob candle?

    • inxplicablethings says:

      A 7 knob is just that … it has 7 knobs. They are traditionally used by allowing one knob to burn down each day, for 7 days. Or, if you have 7 areas you wish to work on. We have them in our shop. Let me know if you need more information or ideas on how to burn them.

      Miss Sha’
      Inexplicable Things

  17. Hello please when can I use the good luck candle?

    • inxplicablethings says:

      You can use a Good Luck or any luck drawing candle, anytime you feel the need.

  18. After praying with the candle. Do we leave it to burn all or off it for next time?

    • alitlmonkee says:

      I remeber reading somewhere that one should meditate with the candle until it either burns itself out naturally or completely melts to nothing. The one time I remember it working best was when I let the candle melt to nothing.
      For the record however, I have only used candle magick a handful of times and not a regular practitioner of any particular faith.

  19. My mom has heart surgery to do and has cancer. Dreamt her telling my aunt she doesn’t think she would make it. what candle should I use?

    • Angela Williams says:

      REA- Dark purple for servere illness healing. White for protection and healing.

  20. I’ve had an evil mother in law and her 3 evil daughters have been trying their hards to break up my husband and I for 24 years, every year they’re getting worse. Which candles or reversible candles can I us?

    • inxplicablethings says:

      There are several things you could do. You could sweeten them to you – so they leave you alone. You could banish them from your marriage (which can be difficult since they are family and tied to your husband), or you could do work to shut them the hell up! LOL

      Miss Sha’
      Inexplicable Things

  21. BONNIE GREATOREX says:

    Thank you!

  22. what color to use to draw good energy to you while doing the rituals and how would you know the good energy is there with you

  23. What is a double action candle mean?

    • inxplicablethings says:

      Double or Dual action – means just that… for two specific purposes. Black and Red: banishing or reversing, etc.

  24. siphokazi says:

    Hi if you want to apply green and pink to achieve your goals what should i do?

    • inxplicablethings says:

      What are your goals? Green is for finances, wealth, prosperity, fertility – pink is for compassion and enduring love. What are you looking to do?

  25. Isabella says:

    You said not to use a green candle when dealing with cancer, my mother was and she collapsed the other night what color should I use in its place

  26. I like unicorns.

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