Color Magic: The Secrets of Color Unlocked - Black

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Steps to follow when lighting a spell candle


Before lighting your candle, it is very important you physically cleanse them. Before reaching you, they go through many hands, and you don't know what kind of energy they might be holding on to.

To cleanse your candles, wet a piece of cotton or cloth with equal parts rubbing alcohol or water (tap water is fine, but you can also use moon water). Rub the cloth or cotton from the base to the candle to just before the wick, to symbolize the negative energy leaving the candle.


Once you are done cleansing your candle, it is time to intention it. You do this with oil. Ideally, you would choose a type of oil that matches your intention. If you don't know which oil to use, olive oil can be used for any intent. Get a little bit of the oil in a piece of cotton or clothes. It's important to use just a little bit of oil so as not to make it more flammable than it needs to be. The direction in which you rub the cotton will depend on whether your intention is to attract something or to dispel or banish something. If you need to attract something, rub the cotton from right after the wick to the base. It will be the opposite if you need to dispel something. 

Once you have set your intention on the candle, it's time to carve some information on it. If you don't have a special tool for carving, you can always use the back of a match. Always carve the full name of the person that will benefit from the spell, as well as their date of birth. You can also draw meaningful symbols, runes, and sigils to make your spell more powerful.

Herbs & Crystals

Some people also like to roll their candles on the herbs they will be using in this step of the process, but we prefer not to do so because of fire safety. If you choose to do this, remember you only need to use a small amount of herbs. It is safer to place your herbs on the candle holder. The candle holder is also a great place to place your crystals, if you're using any. 

Beginning Spell work

Now, light the candle. To make the candle “wake up,” make some sort of sound right after you light it. You can snap your fingers, clap, or use a tool like a bell. 

Your spell will be done once the candle burns out. You can extinguish the candle if you need to and then light it later. The one thing you shouldn't do is reuse the same candle for a different intention. Don't blow on your candle if possible. It's preferable to use a tool to snuff it out. 

What is the black candle for?

Black candles often get a bad reputation in the metaphysical world. This is so because they have close ties with practices of magic that have the intent to hurt others. However, there is no reason to fear them. Black is just another color, and, like any other color, it has its own properties, which we discuss below. 


You want to light a black candle for cleansing and protection. Black has the property of absorbing all excesses of energy existing around it. Fire as an element has the capacity to purify, so black candles have strong cleansing properties. Black is able to neutralize any dark or negative energy directed your way in the past, present, or future. It can be used preemptively for protection. 

Road Openers

Black candles can also act as Road Openers that are more focused on eliminating obstacles and blocks in your way. This is the difference with Orange candles, which, for instance, guarantee success. When orange and black are used together in a Road Opener spell, you will be unstoppable when trying to achieve your goals. 

Shadow Work

Black candles also have the capacity of revealing hidden things that are present in your subconscious mind. This makes them a great candidate for shadow work. They are especially effective for this purpose when combined with crystals like Obsidian and activities like meditation and journaling.

Self Control

Black candles are also great if you want to quit a bad habit, as they invite you to a journey inward to face your darkness. Light a black candle to make peace with the wounded parts of yourself that drive you to unhealthy behaviors. Shadow work can aid you in this journey as well. They are great for breakups, especially if you are getting out of a toxic relationship, as they will help you look at what happened with a more sober outlook and break the unhealthy patterns that draw you closer to that person.

Connecting with Hades

The Greek God Hades requires black candles. Some of the things Hades can help you with include resource and money administration, and the dead and the Underworld. Because of their association with Hades, you can light them when mourning and for the dead to be comforted by the God of the Underworld and so he will take care of your loved ones on the other plane.  

What kinds of spells can I cast with a black candle?

If you have one at hand, begin your cleansing sessions by lighting a black candle to remove any energetic obstacles present in your way. 


They can be used before any spell to make it more potent. This is so because they have the capacity of emptying the space where your spell will act. This will remove any previous energy that was there before that may be acting as an obstacle or barrier for the new intentions you want to place. 

Cleansing and Protection

You can include black candles in any spells you perform in order to cleanse a space or to protect yourself and others. They can do tasks as mundane as keeping your aura protected in your day-to-day life and as intense as banishing negative entities. 

They are the preferred option for binding spells, done in extreme cases in order to stop people from hurting others, or themselves. 

Break a Curse, Spell, or Hex

Light a black candle in order to break a curse, spell, or hex. When someone has done you harm or bears any ill-will towards you, use a black candle. Black candles are a great option to use in any spell you perform to counteract their bad intentions or deeds. This is so because of their protective energies and their capacity to neutralize negative energy. 

You can also use them to enhance your shadow work through spells, or to cast Self-Awareness spells. 

Black Color Magic at a Glance

In conclusion, black candles are great options for cleansing, protection, and banishing spells. They are also great to light before you do your shadow work, as well as before any spell in general to make it stronger. Remember to practice fire safety and that, in the end, it's all about intent.

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