“The tulip is, among flowers, what the peacock is among birds. A tulip lacks scent, a peacock has an unpleasant voice. The one takes pride in its garb, the other in its tail.” -French Proverb
For centuries, tulips splattered color across the fields of Persia and Turkey. These flowers were the inspiration for noble and elegant art pieces across Asia and Europe. Europeans mistakenly gave tulips their name, from the Turkish tradition of wearing tulips in the turban. Tulip = Turban? Not too far a stretch! The flower’s popularity spread quickly during the 17th century, particularly in the Netherlands. Tulips are now grown throughout the world, but most people still identify cultivated varieties as common “Dutch tulips.”
The symbolic meaning of tulips is generally means “a perfect love.” Very befitting as a live Valentine’s Day gift! Like many flowers, different colors carry their own significance. Red tulips strongly associated with true love, while purple represents royalty. Yellow tulips once are now a common expression for cheerful thoughts and playful love. White tulips can send a message of forgiveness and variegated tulips, once among the most popular varieties, mean “You have beautiful eyes.” While it is easy to go on forever assigning symbolic meaning to flowers, it may suffice to move on to the significance of color magick.
With any sort of flower, you can use the different colored variations in color magick. With tulips, for example, a witch can use a dark strain such as “Queen of the Night” for full moon rituals or bright red or pink flowers for spells to increase passion.
Adding color to your altar is simple. You can use clothing, altar cloths, candles, or flowers in colors associated with the intent of your spell or ritual. Some witches even write their spells using special ink or colored pencils with a corresponding color palate. Below is a small reference table of colors and their meanings. TheMagickalCat has a splendid article for color correspondences. I have included their table for your use when gathering/working with the natural world.
Black: Grounding, wisdom, learning, protection, safety, reversing, uncrossing, unhexing, repelling black magick, banishing negativity, releasing, shapeshifting, defense, scrying, pride.
Blue: Communication, will power, focus, forgiveness, good fortune, weight loss, truth, fidelity, patience, domestic harmony, organization, removing bad vibrations, sincerity, astral projection, water element.
Brown: House blessing, animal/pet magick, earth magick, concentration, material goods, stability, locating lost objects, earth element, real estate, construction, food, financial crisis.
Copper: Business success, passion, money, fertility, career growth.
Gold: Masculine divinity, great fortune, abundance, prosperity, male energy, understanding, divination, fast luck, solar/sun energy, positive attitude, justice, health, attraction, luxury.
Gray: Loneliness, glamour, contemplation, removing negative influence.
Green: Prosperity, abundance, money, physical & emotional healing, growth, luck, marriage, tree/plant magick, acceptance, weather, counteract envy/greed/jealousy.
Indigo: Spiritual guidance, psychic ability, stop gossip/lies, dignity, divination, meditation, ambition, overcome depression.
Lavender: Knowledge, intuition.
Light Blue: Spirituality, tranquility, peace, protection.
Orange: Creativity, self-expression, intellectual matters, overcoming addiction, legal matters/justice, joy, business success, ambition, vitality, fun, action, opportunity, celebration, investments.
Pink: Love, compassion, nurturing, femininity, friendship, romance, partnership, spiritual & emotional healing, protection of children, domestic harmony, self-improvement, maturity.
Purple: Wisdom, influence, spiritual power, contact with spirits, drive away evil, change luck, independence, government, break habit.
Red: Passion, vitality, strength, survival, fertility, courage, sexual potency, mercy, action, danger, war, fire element, conflict, sports, independence, assertiveness, competition.
Silver: Feminine divinity, stability, psychic awareness, intuition, dreams, victory, meditation, communication, moon magick, gambling luck.
Violet: Spirituality, connection to higher self, Goddess, insight, clarity, tension.
White: All purpose, unity, purity, cleansing, peace, balance, spirituality, healing, innocence, rain, magick involving young children, truth, consecration, balancing the aura.
Yellow: Pleasure, success, happiness, learning, memory, concentration, persuasion, inspiration, imagination, solar magick, charm, confidence, air element, travel, flexibility.
Color has an effect on our brains and it can produce raw emotion. It can affect an individual’s mood and stimulate even awareness. That said, it is comes as no surprise that color has been used in modern medical, psychiatric, and educational practices. The ancients practiced forms of color magick that many of us are familiar with today. To be successful with this type of magick, keep this in mind: Colors used for spell work should evoke a unique inner response. Each response can be different and vary from person to person. Thus, colors must have meaning to the person using them, in order for color magick to really work. Experiment and see what works for you! If you have worked with color magic or have further questions regarding the topic, please leave your responses in the comment section below.
Pax et Bonum,