Following the instructions of Mikhail Strabo and Henri Gamache, it became popular among conjure-workers of the 1940s to burn small free-standing candles or "lights" of various colors to draw luck, love, and money; for protection from evil; and to wreak vengeance or exert control over others. Because many, if not most, of the spiritual suppliers then catering to the African-American market were Jews, they usually offered 7-branched menorah candle-holders to their customers, which gave hoodoo candle burning ceremonies of the period a slightly Kabbalistic cast. The color symbolism ascribed to altar candle colors is influenced by European magical traditions, admixed with remnants of African religious symbolism:

white -- spiritual blessings, purity, healing, rest

blue -- peace, harmony, joy, kindly intentions, healing

green -- money spells, gambling luck, business, a good job, good crops

yellow -- devotion, prayer, money (gold), cheerfulness, attraction

red -- love spells, affection, passion, bodily vigor

pink -- attraction, romance, clean living

purple -- mastery, power, ambition, control, command

orange -- change of plans, opening the way, prophetic dreams

brown -- court case spells, neutrality

black -- repulsion, dark thoughts, sorrow, freedom from evil