I really enjoy reading everyone’s challenge entries and I have seen some interesting takes on this challenge. One thing I have not seen yet (and you are about to because…well, I am writing it) is why I prefer working with the color white.
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While I recognize that there are certain times and situations where a very specific color candle, tool, or correspondence would come in handy, we can’t forget about the universality (is that even a word…?) of the color white.
In scientific terms , white is a combination of all colors on the light spectrum. If we look at Isaac Newton’s prism experiment, we can see that.
Aristotle viewed colour to be the product of a mixture of white and black, and this was the prevailing belief until 1666, when Isaac Newton’s prism experiments provided the scientific basis for the understanding of colour. Newton showed that a prism could break up white light into a range of colours, which he called the spectrum, and that the recombination of these spectral colours re-created the white light. Color - Britannica
This is basically the foundation for my belief that white is a good universal color when you are in a pinch. If you do not have a green candle, just use white. If you do not have a red candle, just use white. If you are looking for a very specific shade of pinkish reddish blue-violet? Well, just use white!
On the light spectrum, white light can be filtered through a prism to display the array of other colored light that our human eye can see. If white already contains all other colors, then it makes sense that it would be a good substitute.
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Everywhere you look, someone is going to have an opinion on what can and cannot be used for specific spells. Some people will tell you that blue is for communication and purple is for psychic development. Someone else, though, may feel like blue is for banishing and purple is for joy. Unless you are in a specific tradition with specific beliefs, I believe that color is entirely subjective. So, with that in mind, let me tell you how I use white in my practice!
White is a color of purity, yes, but also abundance! It can heal, restore faith, mend the broken, and call upon ancestors. It can also blind, banish, and curse those deserving justice. Since white is a combination of all colors on the spectrum, there is nothing a white candle can’t do, in my opinion. The only candle I would not replace with a white candle is a black candle .
Black is not represented on the spectrum of colors. I believe this is because black is not a color, it is simply a representation of the absence of light. Black candles can work some wonderful magick, too. However, I am not focusing on black candles right now. Just white ones.
White candles can be used for any type of ritual, meditation, or spellcasting work . Light a white candle every day to bring clarity and clear up energies. They can be used as a substitute for any other color, and are generally used for healing, lighting paths, and for extra protection. White candles symbolize positive energy, purity, and goodwill. Spells8 - Candle Magick 101
Here are some great ideas for working with the color white in your practice.
Have a white altar cloth on your altar.
Grow white flowers.
Carry a white crystal or stone with you.
Burn white candles on your altar or around your home.
Make your own white candles.
I also enjoy using white candles because they can be easily dressed and decorated with other things. I made a video on my channel about dressing candles (you can find that by clicking here) and I really feel like using a white candle makes it better. Obviously, this is going to depend on what you are doing, but having a white candle allows you to do a few things (and see the results) than using any other candle.
Carving into the candle and rubbing incense ash (or herb ash, etc.) into the candle.
Dressing the candle with herbs and flowers.
Using colored oils on the outside of the candle.
Adding different colors to the candle via crayons or other colored wax.
Rolling the candle in different colored powders (I recommend mica or any other form of sustainable and eco-friendly powder. Please no glitter!)
They can double as neutral decorations. This is a good way to keep your home witchy without being too obvious.
What are some of your favorite ways to use a white candle? Do you use white often or do you stick to other colors?
Continuing the discussion from Weekly Witchy CHALLENGE - The Many Colors of Magick