As an artist I found color correspondences on this site to be so USEFUL, except they’re missing so much! The more I dug the more it seemed that way across the board. I didn’t feel for my practice that bright red and dark red evoked the same reaction, so I opted to make my own correspondence list.
Every color on this doc was carefully selected to be representative of that “group” of colors, ie. bright pink or neon blue, with each color including an hex code that best sums up that color group. Color correspondences were taken not only from pre-existing materials, but from research (still ongoing) surrounding that color. This includes areas the color is found in nature, art or the world, as well as emotional responses evoked in myself. Found Here (My Correspondences Doc, which includes many sources used for colors!)
For my practice this list is used across candles, fiber and art.
Pastel Pink - ffd2da: for compassion, nurturing, love, youth, good health in children Pink - f3c3ca: for compassion, vitality, nurturing, femininity, friendship, affection, protection for children, mercy Bright Pink - f4468d: for youth, joy, social/interpersonal success, high energy Bright Red - ff0000: for anger, vitality, ego, survival, war, danger, impulse Red - bb0f0f: for passion, lust, health, strength, love, mercy, stubbornness Dark Red - 5d0707: for lust, anger, conflict, obsession, courage, burning Maroon - 800000: for passion, lust, drama, courage Wine - 7d1920: for lust, conflict, vigor, desire, relationships, creativity Peach - ffdab9: for vitality, peace, sweet natures/intentions, creativity Salmon - f96b46: for fertility, survival, healing of emotions
Pastel Orange - f8a654: for success, rhythm, phases, intellectual matters, overcoming addiction, fun, kindness Copper - b87333: for money, business success, career goals Orange - ffa500: for creativity, joy, ambition, intellectual matters, business, vitality, enthusiasm, encouragement, celebration, changes, fire Blood Orange - fa7415: for good self and emotional expression, joy, adaptability, fun, transitions, warmth Neon Orange - ff9933: for joy, safety, warnings, action, unexpected/large expenses, vitality, technology Dark Orange - db6414: for ambition, action, justice, technology, warnings, distractions, fire Burnt Orange - b34a00: for legal matters, business goals/decisions, disassociation, deceit, aging, wisdom, transitions, burning, warmth
Pastel Yellow - ffff75: for happiness, memory, learning, persuasion, inspiration, mornings, new beginnings Yellow - ffff4c: for intellect, happiness, pleasure, imagination, sun, learning, inspiration, air, communication Neon Yellow - ffff00: for annoyances, sun, masculinity, lack of control Dark Yellow - fbca1a: for intellect, memory, learning, monetary success, travel, communication Gold - ffdf00: for pleasure, luxury, success, persuasion, ego, masculinity, attraction, prosperity, narrow mindedness, sun
Pastel Green - c4fb7a: for emotional/physical healing, manifestation, fertility, freshness Lime Green - 9cd707: for luck, ending frustration, manifestation, envy Green - 008000: for growth, luck, jealousy, earth, plants, fertility, freshness, nature, insight, clarity Dark Green - 113006: for prosperity, growth, earth, forests, acceptance, nature Olive Green - 535629: for money, greed, obstacles, earth Neon Green - a3f930: for obstacles, jealousy, toxicity, obnoxious obstacles, envy, high energy Seafoam Green - 8ae19a: for fertility, creativity, calmness, acceptance
Pastel Blue - ccf5f5: for peace, spirituality, tranquility, awareness, cold nature, cleansing, birth, creativity Blue Grey/Slate - 497090: for tranquility, awareness, clouded judgement, cold nature, nightmares Blue - 0000ff: for peace, water, wisdom, protection, communication, good fortune, failed technology, creativity Navy Blue - 000035: for depression, wisdom, dream manipulation, logic, nightmares, order/structure, ambition Neon Blue/Cyan - 00ffff: for anxiety, clarity, good fortune, Sky Blue - 4cdcdc: for peace, protection, communication, air, beauty, searching/seeking Teal - 008080: for spirituality, water, forgiveness, cleansing, calm, creativity
Pastel Purple - d8c8ec: for spirituality, tension, meditation, hidden knowledge Lavender - cc99cc: for spirituality, insight, clarity, intuition, sleep/restful sleep Purple - 800080: for knowledge, royalty/government, independence, intoxication Indigo - 4b0082: for dignity, divination, ambition, overcoming depression, contacting spirits Deep Purple - 291129: for royalty, for personal power, intoxication Bruise - 583d6c: for tension, depression, pain, lack of ambition, grief Magenta - ff00ff: for driving away evil, anxiety, sleeplessness, spiritual power
Browns - Greys - Neutrals
Cream - f6f5b4: for sweetness, living things, weakness emotionally/physically Sepia - 704214: for remembering, forgetting, concentration, unclean/dirty, construction Burnt Umber - 9e3817: for growth, warmth, grounding, home, animals, trees Brown - 5b200d: for animals, earth, dirt, growth, stability, grounding Dark Brown - 211306: for grounding, old things, old growth, forests, mountains, stability Grey - 808080: for neutrality, security, loneliness, removing negativity, a fogged mind/ memories, balance, contemplation Warm Grey - 9f885c: for lawful neutral, glamour, stillness, contemplation Cool Grey - 899692: for chaotic neutral, clouding decisions, hiding truths, restraint Silver - c0c0c0: for the feminine, moon, communication, intuition, divine, lying, victory Black - 000000: for removing negativity, protection, wisdom, learning, depression, death, loss, mourning, transforming, banishing White - ffffff: for purity, blessing, innocence, light, truth, children, hidden evils/dangers, drama, cleansing, rage/fury
Awhile ago I saw @portentous-offerings make a post about how Marinette’s parents would react if they found out she was ladybug in response to an anon question, and she said something about her parents sending food with her on patrols to share with Chat Noir and it made me think about how touched he would be if parents who’ve never even met him were looking out for him when he barely even has one parent on his side at home.
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.
i’ve always wondered what it would be like to live inside the self titled album. how does color seep into a world that’s so devoid of it? sometimes i feel like the only color in my whole world is the hurricane of color raging behind my eyes.
if i find a way to calm the storm, i can paint a world of black and white.