In the magical arts, we study the sacred correspondences or connections between colors, numbers, days of the week, signs of the zodiac, phases of the moon, and many other mundane facets of life that, to others, seem unrelated. To us, magic is the intentional use and layering of these correspondences in order to harness energy for a purpose. At its base, magic is about intention, and color magic is about using the color spectrum to help manifest intentions. It’s much like The Magician in the tarot using the four elements to make his “magic” happen. Learn how to work with color magic for yourself with this handy guide to Color Magic 101.
What is Color Magic?
Think of color magic as a rainbow of tools at hand to intentionally raise the vibrations of sacred items and spaces. You may already be using color magic and don’t even know it. Are you drawn to a specific color of flowers or crystals you like to have in your home? Does that change depending on your mood or occasion? Do you have a favorite color you wear on a first date or for an interview? Do you have a lucky scarf or a favorite lipstick that invokes confidence? These are all examples of color magic and you tapping into the rainbow for a desired purpose!
Color Magic & Gemstones
One of my favorite ways to work with color magic is by working with gemstones. Whether you keep them on your altar or put them in your pocket or bra for magic on the go, they’re an easy way to raise your vibration with color. Below I’m sharing a simple overview of the ROYGBIV rainbow of chakra colors with some corresponding stones. However, the colors outside this spectrum (white, brown, black, and the shades of colors in between, like teal) also have their own magic and important properties.
Red – Root Chakra
The color red corresponds with the Root Chakra. The Root Chakra keeps you balanced and connected with our physical world. Feelings of safety and comfortability with life generate from this energy center. Red is also the color of passion and desire. It represents blood, the life force, creation, and the full cycle of being. Some of my favorite red gemstones to work with are fire agate, red aventurine, coral, garnet, red jasper, and red tiger’s eye.
Orange – Sacral Chakra
Orange represents optimism, luck, prosperity, joy, and success. It resonates with the Sacral Chakra, your energy center of pleasure, passion, creativity, and emotion. Everything you birth comes through your Sacral Chakra. Some of my favorite orange gemstones to work with are tangerine quartz, orange calcite, carnelian, orange kyanite, peach moonstone, and sunstone.
Yellow – Solar Plexus Chakra
Yellow activates the Solar Plexus Chakra, the center of your power and confidence. This chakra is where you manifest all the things you create. A balanced Solar Plexus results in a self-assured yet humble sense of power. Yellow is the color of the Sun and represents prosperity, strength, and optimism. Some of my favorite yellow gemstones to work with are yellow aventurine, citrine, bumblebee jasper, yellow fluorite, tiger’s eye, and golden quartz.
Green – Heart Chakra
The color green activates the Heart Chakra, the center of your body’s energy that regulates all your energy flow. Love for yourself and others arises from this chakra, along with compassion and affection. Green is the color of love freely shared and brings healing, harmony, balance, prosperity, growth, and good fortune. Some of my favorite green gemstones to work with are bloodstone, emerald, green fluorite, fuchsite, Kambaba jasper, and green tourmaline.
Blue – Throat Chakra
Blue resonates with the Throat Chakra, the energy center located at your physical throat that holds your truth and how you express it. When your Throat Chakra is balanced, you speak your truth with clarity and conviction. Blue is also associated with spirituality, calm, wisdom, loyalty, and inner depth. It’s the color of the sky and sea and represents expansiveness. Some of my favorite blue gemstones to work with are celestite, blue lace agate, blue calcite, aquamarine, larimar, amazonite, and blue kyanite.
Indigo – Third Eye Chakra
Indigo blue activates the Third Eye Chakra, the seat of your intuition. Receiving wisdom beyond our world of time and space, including psychic vision, is part of this energy center. When your Third Eye is open, your insight is keen, and you’re able to perceive what’s happening around you. Indigo symbolizes your deepest thoughts and spiritual wisdom. It’s associated with meditation and comprehending spiritual mysteries. Some of my favorite indigo gemstones to work with are blue tanzanite, iolite, azurite, blue sapphire, lapis lazuli, and sodalite.
Purple – Crown Chakra
The color purple activates the Crown Chakra for peace, unity, and connection with the higher realms. The Crown Chakra is a bridge between the physical and spiritual and your crown of divine wisdom. When it’s balanced, you feel connected with Source with a deep sense of faith and self-respect – for you are a divine being, accepted just as you are. Some of my favorite purple gemstones to work with are amethyst, charoite, lepidolite, purple fluorite, violet flame agate, and auralite 23.
There are many ways to experiment with color magic to support your intentions and influence your mood, energy level, and overall well-being. In addition to the ideas above, try changing your wardrobe and makeup. Add items like crystals, flowers, or decor items to your space. Paint your walls and furniture to harness different energies. Dye your hair or wear glasses with colored lenses. However you choose to work with color magic, I hope this brief introduction sparks your interest in correspondences, connections, and the interrelatedness of all things. And so it is.
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