The occult symbolism of colours, especially as used in hoodoo folk magic and in esoteric metaphysical rites, was beautifully presented in Mikhail Strabo's influential 1943 book, "How to Conduct a Candle Light Service," specifically in the chapter titled "The Colour Candle Service in Spiritualist Churches," from which these brief extracts are drawn:
"BLACK represents a change from one state to another. Symbolically and in reality, it absorbs all other colours. Black in its symbolic sense can also indicate negativity in thought, deed, and emotion. [...] It is the negative pole of all thought.
WHITE is the positive pole of all thought. [...] It the shade that reflects all colours. \ It represents purity and faith in all things."
Grey is a blend of Black and White, and as such it represents spiritual neutrality and a sense of poised watchfulness.
Read the complete text of "How to Conduct a Candle Light Service" in "The Art of Hoodoo Candle Magic in Rootwork, Conjure, and Spiritual Church Services" by catherine yronwode and Mikhail Strabo.
Related pages of interest:
- Black Colour Candles: repulsion, dark thoughts, sorrow, evil, and freedom from evil.
- Blue Colour Candles: peace, harmony, joy, kindly intentions, healing, spirituality.
- Brown Colour Candles: court cases, mediations, neutrality, animals, lost articles.
- Gray Colour Candles: protection and Gothic cuteness.
- Green/Gold Colour Candles: money-drawing work.
- Green Colour Candles: money, gambling luck, business, a good job, abundant crops.
- Green and Black Colour Candles: to send back a money-jinxing spell.
- Ivory Colour Candles: prayer, healing, used like white.
- Metallic Colour Candles: gold, silver, copper, bronze for money and devotions.
- Multi-Colour Assorted Colour Candles: candle sets in a variety of colours.
- Orange Colour Candles: change of plans, opening the way, block buster, prophetic dreams.
- Painted Colour Candles: hand painted figural candles.
- Pink Colour Candles: attraction, romance, clean living, friendship, optimism, success.
- Purple Colour Candles: mastery, power, ambition, control, command.
- Red Colour Candles: love, sexuality, affection, passion, reunion, bodily vigour.
- Red and Black Colour Candles: to send back a love-jinxing spell.
- Seven Layer Colour Candles: multiple deities, all zodiac, group and community work.
- White Colour Candles: spiritual blessings, purity, healing, rest; the “universal” colour.
- White and Black Colour Candles: to return all evil to the sender.
- Yellow Colour Candles: devotion, prayer, money (gold), cheer, attraction, success.
GARGOYLE FIGURE CANDLE, STONE GREY
Use stone grey for protection and Gothic cuteness.
Further instructional information can be found on these pages:
THE ART OF HOODOO CANDLE MAGIC IN ROOTWORK, CONJURE AND SPIRITUAL CHURCH SERVICES
by Catherine Yronwode and Mikhail Strabo
Candle magic is one of the foundational practices within African American hoodoo folk-magic. Spell-casters of every level of experience within the community know the value and efficacy of setting lights, This book is actually three books in one filled with history, teachings, traditions, and instructions on how to become a candle magic practitioner, how to provide candle ministry services to clients, and how to conduct public candle-light services.
96 pages, trade paperback.
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