Yellow--unity, success, universal love, activity, creativity, action, develop occult powers, invoke spirits, inspiration, concentration. money (Gold) attraction.
The following is a 21st century list of colors used in hoodoo candlework, which is similar to the list of color correspondences assembled by Gamachi as well as others. The magical symbolism associated with the candle colors shows an influence from European magical traditions as well as early 20th century color symbolism.
Red--passion, victory, vigor, sexual spells
Pink--love, reconciliation, romance, clean/healthy living
Orange--open roads, remove blockages, marriage, change
Yellow--success, attraction, money (gold)
Green--luck, money magic, gambling spells, business, employment, good crops
Blue--protection, healing, harmony, peace
White--spiritual blessings, peace, purity
Purple--mastery, rulership, ambition, power, control, command, victory
Brown--court case spells, paper color for magic
Black--jinxes, mourning, removing hexes and crossed conditions
Gamachi also listed Double Action candles, which are candles with two different colors, one atop of the other. Double Action candles magically combine the correspondences of both colors.
A number of traditional work root practitioners do not bother with this color system of symbolic correspondences. When they do use candles, they use white.
The symbolism involving different colored candles has also affected use of colors in other components of hoodoo magic.
According to Catherine Yronwode, many Southern hoodoo mojo bags were originally made of red flannel--probably because they had a lot of red flannel scraps. Eventually, some practitioners began using different colors of flannel, relating to the bag's specific purpose. For example, green cloth would be used to make a "money mojo."
Doubtless, other hoodoo practitioners may use color in an unrelated manner to the 21st century list. The Roman Catholic church first employed naturally colored beeswax candles (which are often a pale, honey-colored yellow). A few practitioners prefer pale, yellow beeswax candles for spiritual devotions.
The Gullah people of the Sea Islands use the color blue as a protective color. Their windowsills were painted blue to keep out malevolent spirits. Yet, I haven't read anything about the Gullah using colored candles.
Over time, different color candles have become associated with the magical use of Psalms. The addition of using colored candles with the Psalms is apparently an example of "reinforcement." Two separate blessings/charms/prayers are used together to "reinforce" and enhance the effectiveness of the outcome. In this case, the candle color system is a later practice added onto an earlier traditional hoodoo practice involving the Psalms.
Some hoodoo practice also involves "spiritwork." Certain spirits, angels, saints, etc. traditionally have certain colors associated with them. These traditional associations may be completely different than the 21st century hoodoo color association. For example, St. Expedite is associated with the color red and red candles are frequently burned to petition and honor this saint. This use of red probably relates more to the color of the saint's cloak or the fact that red is frequently associated with fast action.
It is important to remember not all hoodoo practitioners use the 21st century list of colors, and those who do may only use it in relation to the color of candles. Some do not concern themselves with matching the color of the candle to mojo bags, beads, altar cloths, clothing, etc.
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