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"I never realized there were so many uses for color in magick!" It was a Wiccan Priestess who spoke, and what she said surprised me. I knew that she had used color in healing and aura work for many years but, apparently, she had not thought of its use beyond that. Color can be incorporated into various methods of healing, as well as be used in such diverse roles as divination, numerology, astrology, talismanic magick, poppets, candle magick, crystal gazing, meditation, and numerous forms of psychic development.
Discovering its effectiveness can certainly lead to enthusiasm for its use but, of course, you don't have to use it all the time…though the temptation is there! One of the joys of using color is its simplicity. There is no need for any elaborate equipment and difficult training. Much color is utilized through lights (daylight and artificial) and colored papers or gels. Just the use of colored candles, inks (in talismans), papers, and robes, can hone a fine edge to a lot of magickal practices.
With what we know of the properties of colors—the traditional associations—from candleburning magick and similar, we can also employ those colors in a wide variety of magickal practices to increase the resonance in the spell. For example, instead of using white paper when making a love talisman, for example, it would give extra empowerment to use pink, the color associated with love. Making a healing poppet of green cloth (the color for healing) rather than plain white is another example. A blue projection of thought, or even actual light, when working to bring down a fever is yet another example.
Like the Wiccan Priestess I mentioned earlier, explore the possibilities of working with color. Stop thinking of it as simply a pleasant background and start thinking of it as a potent ingredient in your magick, healing, divination, and more, for that's what it is.
Raymond Buckland was actively involved in metaphysics and the occult for fifty years. He was the author of more than sixty books, including such best-selling titles as Buckland's Complete Book of Witchcraft, Gypsy Dream ...