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Color Purple: Symbolism, Magick, Dreams, Associations & More

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Written by: Dawn Black (Witchipedia)

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Reviewed by: Tina Caro

The color purple is royal and elegant, mysterious and powerful. It represents royalty, mysticism and the supernatural. Purple is a bold, active color.

KEY TAKEAWAYS

Purple is a color rich in spiritual symbolism, often representing mystery, intuition, and divine connection, making it a powerful choice in witchcraft.

In the world of correspondences, purple is associated with the planet Jupiter, the element of water, and the crown chakra, all of which amplify its mystical properties.

Witches harness the color purple in their magical practices for purposes such as enhancing psychic abilities, protection, and invoking spiritual insight.

Several deities across different cultures, like Athena, Brigid, and Saint Germain, are closely linked to the color purple, offering practitioners diverse sources of divine inspiration.

Purple color spiritual symbolism

The spiritual symbolism of purple can vary depending on the context and cultural traditions. Here are a few possible interpretations of the spiritual symbolism of purple:

  1. Spiritual awakening and higher states of consciousness: Purple is often associated with spiritual awakening and higher states of consciousness. It is a color that helps to facilitate spiritual growth and the attainment of higher states of awareness.
  2. Creativity and self-expression: Purple is often associated with creativity and self-expression. It t helps to inspire and facilitate the creation of new ideas and the expression of oneself.
  3. Royalty and nobility: Purple is often associated with royalty and nobility. It is seen as a color that represents power, status, and self-importance.
  4. Emotions and intuition: Purple is often associated with emotions and intuition. It helps to facilitate emotional balance and the ability to trust and follow one’s gut instincts.
  5. Healing and transformation: Purple is often associated with healing and transformation. It helps to encourage change and bring about positive growth and evolution.
SymbolDescription
Royalty and NobilityPurple has long been associated with power, luxury, and prestige. It represents royalty and nobility in many cultures.
Spirituality and MysticismPurple is often linked to spirituality, mysticism, and the esoteric. It symbolizes spiritual awakening, intuition, and higher consciousness.
Creativity and ImaginationPurple is associated with creativity, imagination, and artistic pursuits. It inspires originality, innovation, and the exploration of new ideas.
Wisdom and TransformationPurple is connected to wisdom, transformation, and spiritual growth. It represents the journey of self-discovery and personal transformation.
Ambition and AmbiguityPurple can also symbolize ambition, power, and the balance between the physical and spiritual realms. It embraces ambiguity and complexity.
Table 1: Symbolism of the Color Purple

Correspondences for the Color Purple

  • Element: Air
  • Planets: Jupiter
  • Direction: East
  • Chakra: crown
  • Number: 7
  • Tools: wand, cauldron
  • Stones: amethyst
  • Tarot: chariot, fours
  • Healing: Mental issues, severe illnesses, addictions

Using the Color Purple in Magic

You can utilize the color purple in a magic spell by using purple candles, a purple altar cloth, purple decorations, flowers or stones. Purple cloth bags can be used to house amulets and purple stones can be charged as amulets. Wearing purple clothing can be worn to bring the color purple into your life. Purple curtains, rugs, paint and other home decor can bring its energies into your home.

The color purple is useful for anything relating to mysticism, psychic abilities and power. It is also helpful during meditation and divination. Purple can be used in magic spells relating to attaining wisdom, knowledge, power or authority. It is also useful in spells aimed at breaking streaks of bad luck or to influence people in positions of power or leadership.

AssociationDescription
Third Eye ChakraPurple is often associated with the third eye chakra, which represents intuition, psychic abilities, and spiritual insight.
Divination and Psychic AbilitiesPurple is linked to divination practices, psychic abilities, and the development of clairvoyance, clairaudience, and other spiritual gifts.
Protection and BanishingPurple can be used in magickal rituals for protection against negative energies, banishing unwanted influences, and warding off psychic attacks.
Rituals for Spiritual GrowthPurple is suitable for rituals focused on spiritual growth, meditation, self-reflection, and connecting with higher realms of consciousness.
Crowned DeitiesPurple is often associated with deities connected to royalty, spirituality, and the divine, such as Zeus, Athena, and Saint Germain.
Table 2: Magickal Associations of the Color Purple

A list of deities associated with purple color

Several deities from various mythologies are associated with the color purple. 

Here is a list of some of them:

  1. Iris – In Greek mythology, Iris is the goddess of the rainbow and messenger of the gods. She is often depicted with wings and carrying a staff with a purple ribbon, symbolizing her connection to the color purple.
  2. Dionysus – Dionysus is the Greek god of wine, celebration, and fertility. He is often associated with the color purple due to the purple robes that he wears and the purple grapes used to make wine.
  3. Artemis – In Greek mythology, Artemis is the goddess of the hunt, wilderness, and childbirth. She is sometimes depicted wearing purple clothing or with purple animals, such as purple deer or purple boars.
  4. Amaterasu – In Japanese mythology, Amaterasu is the sun goddess and the highest deity in the Shinto pantheon. She is often depicted wearing a purple robe and is associated with the color purple due to her connection to the sun and its rays.
  5. Anhur – In Egyptian mythology, Anhur is the god of war and the patron deity of the city of Thinis. He is often depicted wearing a purple headdress and is associated with the color purple due to his connection to royalty and power.
  6. Krishna – In Hindu mythology, Krishna is a major deity and is considered to be an avatar of the god Vishnu. He is often depicted wearing purple clothing and is associated with the color purple due to his divine nature and association with the universe’s divine energy.

10 Most popular purple-colored symbols

  1. Purple pentagram: The purple pentagram is often used to represent spiritual wisdom and the higher self. It is also associated with the element of spirit, and is used in some traditions as a symbol of protection against negative energies.
  2. Purple chalice: The purple chalice is often used to represent the divine feminine and the goddess and is associated with spirituality, creativity, and fertility.
  3. Purple lotus: The purple lotus is often associated with the crown chakra and is seen as a symbol of enlightenment, spiritual awakening, and attaining higher states of consciousness.
  4. Purple hamsa hand: The purple hamsa hand symbolizes protection and good luck and is often used as a talisman to ward off negative energies. It is associated with spiritual growth and attaining higher states of consciousness.
  5. Purple Om symbol: The purple Om symbol is often used to represent spiritual enlightenment, the ultimate reality, and the ultimate consciousness. It is associated with the divine and is seen as a powerful symbol of spiritual transformation.
  6. Purple yin yang: The purple yin yang is often used to represent balance and harmony and is associated with the balance between masculine and feminine energies. It is also seen as a symbol of spiritual growth and attaining higher states of consciousness.
  7. Purple sun: The purple sun is often associated with spiritual energy and enlightenment and symbolizes rebirth and renewal. It is also associated with the higher self and attaining higher states of consciousness.
  8. Purple ankh: The purple ankh is often used to represent spiritual enlightenment and attaining higher states of consciousness. It is also associated with eternal life and the life force.
  9. Purple cross: The purple cross is often used to represent spiritual transformation and attaining higher states of consciousness. It is also associated with the Christian faith and the sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross.
  10. Purple star: The purple star is often used to represent spiritual enlightenment, higher states of consciousness, and the attainment of spiritual goals. It is also associated with the element of spirit, and is seen as a symbol of protection against negative energies.

Purple Ribbons

In some Pagan communities, purple ribbons are worn to represent Pagan Pride, especially at Pagan Pride Day and similar festivals. The color purple was chosen for this cause because it symbolizes spirituality and open-mindedness.

(Note: This practice seems to have peaked in the early 2000s. Though I have memories of handing them out at festivals and even of sitting around with a bunch of other Pagans stitching cute little pentagram buttons on the front and little safety pins on the back, nobody seems to do this anymore.)

The purple ribbon is also a symbol of the Keep Wicca Traditional campaign (which now appears to be defunct) devoted to preventing the spread of misinformation about Wicca and promoting traditional and factual information about Wicca.

The purple ribbon also symbolizes a number of other worthy causes including increased awareness of fibromyalgia, lupus, testicular cancer, migraine, drug overdose, peripheral neuropathy, cystic fibrosis, Alzheimer’s disease, suicide prevention, animal cruelty, domestic violence, child neglect, homophobia, sarcoidosis, Arnold-Chiari malformation, childhood hemiplegia and stroke, pancreatic cancer, March of Dimes, hidradenitis suppurativa, leiomyosarcoma and orca whales.

Magickal Purple Doors & Lore

Doors themselves are magickal and full of lore and the color purple guarding the place of entry invites the energy of the color purple into your life. According to Feng Shui lore, chi (energy) enters your home through the front door and the color purple invites opportunity and inspiration into your home (or business) and encourages those who live their to have an open mind. A purple door also symbolizes prosperity and honor and sends the message to those entering your home that you are a person of import who deserves respect.

Recently, a trend among witches of painting their doors purple to mean “A witch lives here” has sprung up. This seems to have started with a Facebook meme a few years ago, though it has been reported to me that some occult stores were selling signs saying “A purple door means a witch lives here” even before the meme appeared. Since I don’t have exact dates for either, I can’t say which came first and I have no idea who came up with it or where they got it from.

As purple is a color related to spirit and magick, this is appropriate in modern times. However, it should not be construed as an ancient tradition. Witches, historically, have been members of the common classes. Purple was expensive because it required great amounts of materials (sea snails at first) to create and soon became a status symbol for the wealthy and powerful, which often included clergy. Soon, it became a status symbol, unattainable by the common folk not just by it’s cost, but in some places by tradition and even law. This is why purple continues to represent wealth, power and spirituality to this day. Purple, historically, may of been an appropriate color to represent High Magick and certainly an appropriate color for Ceremonial Magicians but witches? Not likely.

That all being said, there is much to recommend purple- now as available as any other color- to all members of the magical community, including witches. The word Witch no longer implies a member of the common class practicing low magick. The lines between the different types of magick the different classes practice have become as blurred as the lines between classes have become (at least between middle and lower classes, the upper line remains pretty clear). Witches have expanded our practice Eastward as well, incorporating Chakra work into our practice and purple, or violet, represents the crown chakra representing oneness, consciousness and our willingness to receive wisdom from the Universe.

Perhaps the most significant and legitimate reason to embrace the purple door trend, despite the fact that it’s not likely to have any historical significance is that it promotes unity among witches, just like Pagan Pride ribbons did/do. We paint our doors purple because other witches paint their doors purple. We are part of this group and this is a symbol of our solidarity. This can only be a good thing. Purple is a spiritual color, it does symbolize many of the things modern witches value and work toward and, it’s not a common color for doors so it sets your home apart, which enhances it’s sanctity. And it lets other witches know that a witch lives here.

What is the meaning of dreaming of a purple color?

The meaning of dreaming about the color purple can vary depending on the context of the dream and the individual’s associations with the color. 

Here are a few possible interpretations of dreaming about purple:

  1. Spiritual awakening and higher states of consciousness: Purple is often associated with spiritual awakening and higher states of consciousness. Seeing purple in a dream might indicate a desire for spiritual growth or a need to tap into your intuitive and spiritual side.
  2. Creativity and self-expression: Purple is often associated with creativity and self-expression. Seeing purple in a dream might indicate a need to tap into your creative side or to express yourself more fully.
  3. Royalty and nobility: Purple is often associated with royalty and nobility. Seeing purple in a dream might symbolize a desire for power or status, or it might represent feelings of self-importance.
  4. Emotions and intuition: Purple is often associated with emotions and intuition. Seeing purple in a dream might indicate a need to pay attention to your emotional state or to trust your gut instincts.
  5. Healing and transformation: Purple is often associated with healing and transformation. Seeing purple in a dream might indicate a desire for change or a need to heal from past wounds.
Dream SymbolInterpretation
Royalty and PowerSeeing the color purple in a dream may signify feelings of authority, power, or a desire for recognition and respect.
Spiritual AwakeningPurple in dreams can symbolize spiritual awakening, psychic abilities, and a deeper connection with the spiritual realm.
Creativity and ImaginationDreams with purple hues may indicate a need for creative expression, embracing imagination, or exploring new ideas.
Transformation and GrowthPurple dreams can represent personal transformation, growth, and the journey of self-discovery and self-actualization.
Divine GuidancePurple in dreams may suggest receiving messages or guidance from the divine or experiencing a strong spiritual presence.
Table 3: Dreams and the Color Purple
About Morningbird (Witchipedia's Founder)

I am a homesteading hearth witch who grew up along the shores of the Hudson River and has lived among the Great Lakes for the past 20 years. Together with my musical husband and youngest child, I steward a one-acre mini homestead with herb, vegetable and flower gardens, chickens, ducks, geese and rabbits, and areas reserved for native plants and wildlife. 

I have three children; two are grown, and I have been practicing magick alone and with family and friends for over 30 years.

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