red. (primary color.) active energy. intense, urgent, reactionary, dominant. can enhance metabolism, raise heart race, increase blood pressure.
light red: sexuality, affection, joy.
dark red: vigor, rage, power.
orange. (secondary color.) active energy. enthusiastic, fascinating, stimulating, successful. can increase oxygen flow to the brain, invigorate, stimulate mental activity, increase appetite.
dark orange: negativity.
yellow. (primary color.) active energy. happy, intellectual, cheerful, outgoing. can stimulate muscle activity, promote warmth and cheer.
dull yellow: decay.
light yellow: restoration.
green. (secondary color.) passive energy. stable, organic, enduring, harmonic. can promote general healing.
dark green: nature.
olive green: peace.
blue. (primary color.) passive energy. confident, faithful, honest, sincere. can slow metabolism, promote feelings of calm.
dark blue: stoicism, power, integrity.
light blue: healing, tranquility, sensitivity.
purple. (secondary color.) passive energy. noble, mysterious, wise, dignified. can promote feelings of pleasure and interest.
dark purple: depth.
light purple: nostalgia.
primary colors are fundamental; they are the foundation of all colors. these are the building blocks, and they evoke an immediate response.
secondary colors are products; they have the influence of primary colors, but are completely separate from them. they are innately more complex.
purple: red, blue
green: yellow, blue
application to the craft:
any correspondence available to you is relative to your own experience and understanding. there is nothing more powerful or useful than the natural correspondences that you personally assign to colors, or anything else. your own instinct should guide you first and foremost. of course, it can be helpful to have a reference point for guidance. while all things are subject to opinion, there are some hard realities; having certain imagery or associations can help build, elaborate, or specify your use and attachment to different colors.
blood is red. is blood violence, or life?
the sun is yellow. is sunshine burning, or joy?
use colors to inform choices about candles, or any other material you use in your craft. use colors to create art for your intentions. use colors as a focal point in meditation.
colors can be incorporated into nearly every aspect of the craft. alternatively, colors can be taken from nearly every aspect of the craft. deciding when to use colors can be just as powerful as choosing when to not use colors.
absence is as valuable as presence. colors are as much a tool as a pendulum, and learning more about their individual energy and utility can help you expand your craft.