The Color Red
The color red is bold, bright and energetic. It evokes images of passion and violence. It is the color of the sweet red rose and our very lifeblood. Red is used in magic for purifying the blood, for inducing lust and passion, to increase energy, power, courage, even violence.
Wear red or decorate with red to stimulate energy, enthusiasm, and confidence and to draw attention. Use the color red to highlight a focal point in your home or garden.
In Eastern cultures, the color red typically symbolizes joy, luck, and good fortune and is often the choice for bride’s to wear on their wedding day. In India, a red mark worn on the forehead is said to bring good luck. In China, the Lunar New Year is celebrated by decorating with red, hanging red banners, and giving children “lucky money” in red envelopes. A man-eating creature, the Nian is afraid of loud noises and the color red.
Correspondences for the Color Red
Zodiac Sign(s): Aries
Holidays: Beltane, Yule, Lunar New Year
Rite of Passage: Birth, Death, Marriage
Chakra: First, root chakra
Fragrances: Basil, Cinnamon, Dragon’s Blood, Pine
Herbs: Cayenne, Chives, Cranesbill, Crowfoot, Hibiscus, Holy Thistle, Hops, Onion, nettles, Sunflower, Rose, Tobacco, Wormwood.
Animals: Alligator, Ant, Bear, Badger, Beetle, Chicken, Lion, Ram, Tiger, Wolf
Stones/Minerals: Agate, Garnet, Ruby, Spinel, Red Tourmaline, Red Topaz, Rubellite, Rhodochrosite, Red Jasper
Tarot: cups, Fives
Politics The color red is associated with communism. It is also associated with the Republican party in the United States.
Symbols: The color red means STOP in Western culture. In the US’s color-coded terrorist threat system, the color red means “severe”. A red cross symbolizes medical personnel. In the West, the Red Cross is a humanitarian organization that provides disaster relief. The Red Crescent is a similar and partner organization headquartered in the Middle East.
Magical Intents: Action, birth, change, courage, lust, passion, life, excitement, energy, celebration, blood and healing and purification of blood and physical body, sexual healing, sex, inflammations, violence, stimulation, passion in love, transformation, will, passion in love and beauty.