When the sun goes down, most of us typically switch to a different source of light: candles. Some even make the claim that candles are a safer source of light than flames.
These tend to be more romantic, and we tend to associate them with certain times of day, such as when we’re dining, relaxing, or reading.
Candles are a simple, yet powerful item. They can help you enjoy more time in your home, or simply help your house feel warmer and cozier.
We all have our favorite, memorable scents, and each candle has a different one. But the most common candle is the plain, white pillar candle.
They are easy to find at any super market, and they come in a wide variety of different colors, and scents.
Although many people believe that candles symbolize love and romance, the truth is that there is no real universal meaning behind a candle.
This means that the same candle can mean different things to different people.
Candles – A brief history of symbolism
Over the years, candles have become a symbol of calming, peace and happiness. These days, these candles are used in a variety of ways, and often in different cultures.
Candles have been used since ancient times in many different cultures and religions. Ancient Egyptians used candles to guide them in their quest for knowledge, and ancient Greeks used candles to light their way in the dark during their long travels.
Since then, candles have continued to be used for many different purposes around the world, including in the rituals of many religions.
Candles have been, and still are, used to light the way and brighten the festivities. They have been used to show gratitude and to honor those who make a difference in our lives.
Candles color and symbolism
Candles have been used across the world for years; however, it wasn’t until the late 18th century that candle colors became linked to the personality of the people lighting them.
Back then, candle colors were popular with the upper class as a way of expressing personality and social status.
Below are some color candle and what they symbolize;
- Blue candle
Blue candles are often used for deep meditation and healing. They are also used for crystal healing.
It is a symbol of peace and tranquility, used in rituals and ceremonies that have been passed down through the ages, originally from the East and now used throughout the world.
The blue candle is used in many ways: to create a sense of calmness and peace, to have a good dream, and to bring harmony into one’s life.
- Rose candle
The rose is an ancient symbol of love and purity which has been a prominent motif in fashion since the middle ages.
It has also been used in the west as a symbol of peace, and in a mystical sense as a symbol of peace and tranquility.
- Purple candle
Purple is a color that holds a lot of meaning for different cultures. It has been a color that has been associated with death, love and sorrow and that is why there has been so much symbolism attached with it.
- Orange candle
It is a form of ritual burning of candles to ward off evil spirits, and is used when someone is going to have a bad day or afraid of bad things.
When a person is having a bad day or they fear that something bad might happen, they light a orange candle along with a blue candle.
- Black candle
There has been a bit of confusion as of late regarding the actual symbolism of black candles, and what exactly they stand for. The truth is, the color black is a symbol of both life and death.
Black candles are worn during funeral services as a symbol of mourning and death. In the black candle you also see the symbol of the Grim Reaper which is a symbol of death and destruction.
The purpose and symbolism of candles
- To attract love
- To make wishes
- To enhance spiritual energy
- To attract good spirits
- To have success, win
- To acquire a job
- To have peace at home or in business
- To have passion to a relationship
- To add power or make written affirmations more powerful
Kirsten Carter is a freelance content writer who specialises in writing about travel, technology and health. When she’s not traveling between her home of Tanzania and England, she writes for her blog Rightminded Travelling and features on a variety of different travel and technology sites.