Wicca, Witchcraft and Paganism, for the Novice to the Crone

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Color Correspondence

The Tables of Magickal Correspondences

Copyright © 2002 Gray Seal

You may not be aware of it, but you are constantly affected by the colors in your environment. Psychological studies have shown that human responses to color can actually be measured physically — red stimulates respiration and heart rate, blue lowers body temperature and pulse.


Colors contain myriad symbolic associations. Blue, for instance, reminds you of the sky; green suggests foliage, grass, and healthy crops; orange is the color of fire and the sun. Among Druids, blue was a sacred color that denoted someone who'd achieved the rank of bard (a formally trained storyteller entrusted with the oral history of a group). Christians associated blue with peace and compassion, which is why the Virgin Mary is often depicted wearing blue. So deeply rooted are these connections that witches can use color to influence the mind and produce magickal results.

Black, a color witches frequently wear, has many negative connotations to the general public, including death and mourning. To witches, however, black is a color of power, for it contains all the colors of the rainbow. It's also reminiscent of the night, the time when witches often gather to work magick, and of mystery. In spellworking, black is associated with the planet Saturn and used for banishing, endings, and forbearance.


The intensity of a color corresponds to its intensity in spellworking. Bright yellow, for example, brings to mind the sun and fire; therefore it can activate and invigorate a spell. Pastel yellow has a gentler vibration that's usually associated with the air element and ideas.

COLOR

CORRESPONDENCE

Orange

confidence, activity, warmth, enthusiasm

Yellow

happiness, creativity, optimism, ideas, communication

Green

health, fertility, growth, wealth

Light Blue

peace, clarity, hope

Royal Blue

independence, insight, imagination, truth

Indigo

intuition, serenity, mental power

Purple

wisdom, spirituality, connection with higher realms

Pink

love, friendship, sociability

White

purity, clarity, protection

Black

power, wisdom

Brown

stability, practicality, grounding in the physical world

Red

passion, anger, heat, energy, daring