This post is two-fold this morning since I have exciting news AND more witchy info for all you readers out there.
First of all, a HUGE thank you to Martin & Justin at Monk’s Mead in Atlanta! They delivered 12 one-liter bottles of mead for my book signing raffle baskets! The best part? They are in BLUE BOTTLES – just like in my book! They did a special pour for me and my book and for that I am so grateful. I will have pics on Saturday since I have to travel a bit to pick them up. No worries though, I couldn’t be happier. Hopefully I will be able to meet up with them at Dragon Con to personally thank at least one of them, get a pic, and have a drink to celebrate.
COLOR is so important in spells. In “The Silver Cord”, Kat and Jess discuss candle colors and stones. Just like herbs, and flowers, and foods have magical properties, so do colors. I make mention of the colors that Kat wears when she goes out with Colin – red and black. The décor of the house is pretty neutral to allow the use of color magic to not be interrupted…although the kitchen walls are sage green.
A book that I used for research regarding the days and colors for spell casting is “Seven Days of Magic” by Ellen Dugan. Colors, tarot cards, stones and herbs for each day are outlined in a simple to use guide.
Color has been studied outside of magical properties. Did you know that wearing blue at an interview can make you appear trustworthy? Here is a great site about dressing for success and some of their suggestions: http://jobs.aol.com/articles/2010/12/27/meaning-of-colors-at-work/
"Studies show that navy blue is the best color for a suit to wear to a job interview, because it inspires confidence. You are more likely to get the job when you wear navy blue to an interview than any other color." "It's the color of the sky, or 'true blue,'" she says. "It's both friendly and powerful. It connotes loyalty. Have you noticed how many companies use blue in their logo and corporate colors?" Think the ultimate friendly and connected company, Facebook. Think IBM. Look at your computer screen right now and notice how many advertisers, programs, websites and platforms use blue as their main color.”
"Red is powerful and strong. It shows you're not afraid to stand out, and it gets attention," says professional image consultant Mary Lin Dedeaux. But beware of too much, or too tight red. It could get you in trouble. A tight red dress says, to put it mildly, "flirt alert." A bright red button down shirt with a dark suit and tie could look too Vegas or Mafia on a man. And while a red suit on a woman is great for politicians and public speakers, in some settings it can be a little bright and intimidating. It can also give the impression that you're flashy, and not a team player.”
In magic, color has properties as well. There are plenty of sites and books on what color candles or stones to use for a spell. As I mentioned, I used Ellen Dugan’s book (one of many that I used for reference) to help with day/color significance in the book.
Here is some color information for spells from Raven Starhawk Cunningham at http://www.wejees.net/colormagick.html
White Always burn at least one white candle to symbolize and reinforce the contact with pure spirit. Elemental spirits, Angels, Gods of wisdom, divination and prophecy. Purification and cleaning on all levels, contact with higher self and spiritual helpers, aura-healing, truth seeking, consecration, spiritual enlightenment, protection against negativity, breaking curses, exorcism, meditation, divination, inspiration, and clairvoyance. White can be a replacement for any other color.
Yellow Elemental air. Deities for trade, travel, knowledge and magick. Vitality, change, progress, contact, communication, and trade. Confidence, joy, cheerfulness, learning, knowledge, mental clarity, concentration, speaking and writing and visualization.
Gold Sun-deities, solar energies, and masculine energy. Abundant self confidence, creativity, perfection, financial richess, success in investments, luxury, worldly power, magickal power, overcoming bad habits and addictions.
Orange Deities of good luck and good fortune. Charm, kindness, encouragement, stimulation, optimism, success, abundance, prosperity, feast and celebration, achieving business goals, investments, success in legal matters.
Copper or Bronze Love-goddesses, love and passion, positive relationships in love, friendship in business, career promotions, successful negotiations.
Red Elemental fire, deities of love, passion, sexuality and war. Courage, will-power, determination, speed, assertivity, aggression, masculinity, independence, physical strength, sports, competition, conflicts, health, sexual attraction and potency, love and passion, fertility.
Magenta Magnetism, the ability to attract or speed up results. Life purpose, life path.
Pink Love-goddesses, softness and tenderness, romance, caring, nurturing, youth, peace, friendship, femininity, emotional love, emotional healing.
Green Elemental earth and elemental water. Nature and fertility deities, Mother goddesses. Nature, fertility, growth, rejuvenation, recovery, healing, harvest and abundance, prosperity, harmony, balance, peace, hope, home, plants and animals.
Turquoise Changes, intellectual and intuitive insights, inventions and originality, renewal, brotherhood, humananity.
Blue Elemental water and elemental air. Deities of the sea and sky, truth and wisdom. Peace and tranquility, calmness, truth, wisdom, justice, counsel, guidance, understanding and patience, loyalty and honor, sincerity, devotion, healing, femininity, prophetic dreams, protection during sleep, astral projection.
Violet Elemental spirits, angels, and Gods of divination and prophecy. Psychic abilities, divination, counter-acting negativity and black magick, reversing curses, psychic healing, psychic power, inspiration, meditation, spirituality, spiritual power, astral projection, third eye.
Brown Elemental earth, stability, grounding, conservation, protection of household, family and pets, healing animals, finding lost objects, buildings, material increase, to make relationships solid, to increase decisiveness and concentration, to attract help in financial crisis.
Gray Neutralizing negative influences, putting a halt to action.
Silver Moon-goddesses, female energy, cycles, rebirth, reincarnation, healing of hormonal imbalances, emotional stability, remove or neutralize negativity, intuition, dreams, psychic abilities and psychic workings.
Black Elemental earth, deities of the Underworld. Repel and banish evil and negativity, protection, breaking free from bad habits and addictions, deep meditation, opens up deep unconscious levels.
This site offers other information such as the planet, day and astrological sign associated with colors in spells: http://www.everythingunderthemoon.net/color-chart-for-witches.htm
Now then, why blue bottles? Why did Kat wear red and black? Why is their kitchen (that they conduct business in, too) painted green?
Hmmmm, I guess you’ll just have to look it up :)
Have a great day!