You Only Need 3 Colors of Candles. Here's Why

Author: Quill ofQuillsOccultSupply / Labels: ,

This may sound odd coming from someone who owns a shop selling ten-plus candle colors, but it's true.  Of course, this doesn't take away the usefulness, beauty, or pleasure of using a variety of candles.  It only means that, like so many other spellcasting techniques, it's not a necessity.  If you find yourself low on funds, personal space, or both, excess candles are the perfect place to cut back.

Let's take a moment to dig into the 3 traditional colors of witchcraft!

Black, Red, and White as Staple Colors

Let's go back to a favorite period in history for practitioners seeking magical inspiration: the Middle Ages.  For a moment, forget that the candles themselves wouldn't have been available to the average person.  Think instead about the range of anything in those times.  Would you have spent 20 minutes debating between clothing brands?  How about picky eaters?  Do you think there were many of them around?

In short, you took what was at hand, you bought what you could, made what you could, and went without for all the rest.  So much of what we cosider "old world" in our symbolism and tools (iron knives, cauldrons, broomsticks) were just everyday items at that time.  Maybe a little of that kind of thinking would prevent some of the bloated magical stashes witches are so prone to brag about.  Keep the basics basic and splurge on the big things.

Also note that each of these colors, though simple, have a variety of meanings.  Ancient Egypt associated black with the fertile soil after the floods.  To them it was a deeply fortunate, protective, prosperous color.  Red is universally seen as the color of life and death, being connected to that most essential component of life: blood.  White is the page with no words, the light with no form.  It's open and unattached.  What kinds of magic can we do just by beginning at these associations?

The answer, it turns out, is everything.


Deep, mysterious, and full

  • the future unknown
  • Protection 
  • Luck
  • Fertility
  • Magnetism
  • Sleep
  • Spirituality
  • Money


Active, excited, and vital

  • the present
  • Success
  • Business
  • Love
  • Revenge
  • War
  • Power
  • Work
  • Courage
  • Happiness
  • Lust
  • Safety
  • Vitality and Strength


Untouched, Constant, and Stoic

  • the unchangeable past
  • Healing
  • Hex-breaking
  • Harmony
  • Meditation
  • Peace
  • Purification

When these simple colors are combined with the usual accompanying boosts--like carving, name papers, dressing/dusting, loading, and others--they can easily rival or even surpass spells cast with that perfect, particular shade of lavender.  When you really excel with the basics, you become a stronger, more aware, and more adaptable spellcaster.

Note, too, that these associations are my own and may not reflect how you were taught.  The way to understand them for your own magical practice is just as simple: contemplation, experimentation, and time.

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My name is Quill and I've been practicing witchcraft for the past 17 years. 10 of those years I've been reading tarot and teaching.  I own a shop on Etsy called Quill's Occult Supply (check it out at full of handmade ritual and decorative items, spell components, and wild picked herbs.

I love to work with my hands.  Magic is a tool to shape our lives, and I'm using magic to shape tools to shape magic.  Cosmic! 

I use a lot of my favorite things in my shop: herbs, candles, wood, fabric, paint, clay.  And I get to carve, burn, grind, mold, think, dream ... I'm in the perfect business!

I've written 3 manuscripts for publication (2 non-fiction and 1 fiction) and am an avid NaNo-er!  I and my husband run a local coven called Orbis Prosapia, and our children are growing up surrounded by magic, mythology, fairy tales, Earth worship, art, open discussion, music, and humor. 

In addition to working on Ex Penna about my experiences as a professional witch, I also write for Scenes from the Circle about being a coven leader. 

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