Occult Symbols, Imagery, and Terminology The color 'black' and what it means
The purpose for sharing the following information is to prove that people do not wear all black clothing for no reason at all. While the color black has been worn by judges and for other traditional purposes such as funerals, there is usually another color, usually white, worn with the black. I am not talking about people who wear black mixed with other colors. I am speaking here of people who wear entirely black everyday and never wear any other color with it or apart from it. In the town where I live I am seeing this fixation for wearing black more frequently. Young people and old people are doing it. Women and young girls are even wearing black nail polish and coal black hair. People who dress this way are people who love darkness.
Think black clothes and huge pentagrams are appropriate Wiccan dress...Author Laurie Cabot is the absolute worst, dressing day to day in a long black robe which she describes as "traditional Wiccan garb." -wicca.cnbeyer.com/fluffy.shtml-
And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and
MEN LOVED DARKNESS rather than light, because their deeds were evil.
For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.
Genesis 1:4, 18,
(verse 4) And God saw the light, that [it was] good: and God divided the light from the darkness.
(verse 18) And to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness: and God saw that [it was] good. Genesis 1 verses 4, 18 Genesis 15:12,
And when the sun was going down, a deep sleep fell upon Abram; and, lo, an horror of great darkness fell upon him. Genesis 15 verse 12 1 Samuel 2:9,
He will keep the feet of his saints, and the wicked shall be silent in darkness; for by strength shall no man prevail. 1 Samuel 2 verse 9 2 Samuel 22:29,
For thou [art] my lamp, O LORD: and the LORD will lighten my darkness. 2 Samuel 22 verse 29 Job 17:12-13,
(verse 12) They change the night into day: the light [is] short because of darkness.
(verse 13) If I wait, the grave [is] mine house: I have made my bed in the darkness. Job 17 verses 12-13 Job 18:18,
He shall be driven from light into darkness, and chased out of the world. Job 18 verse 18 Job 19:8,
He hath fenced up my way that I cannot pass, and he hath set darkness in my paths. Job 19 verse 8 Job 20:26,
All darkness [shall be] hid in his secret places: a fire not blown shall consume him; it shall go ill with him that is left in his tabernacle. Job 20 verse 26 Job 23:17,
Because I was not cut off before the darkness, [neither] hath he covered the darkness from my face. Job 23 verse 17 Job 28:3,
He setteth an end to darkness, and searcheth out all perfection: the stones of darkness, and the shadow of death. Job 28 verse 3 Job 29:3-4,
(verse 3) When his candle shined upon my head, [and when] by his light I walked [through] darkness;
(verse 4) As I was in the days of my youth, when the secret of God [was] upon my tabernacle. Job 29 verses 3-4 Job 30:26,
When I looked for good, then evil came [unto me]: and when I waited for light, there came darkness. Job 30 verse 26 Job 37:19,
Teach us what we shall say unto him; [for] we cannot order [our speech] by reason of darkness. Job 37 verse 19 Job 38:19-20,
(verse 19) Where [is] the way [where] light dwelleth? and [as for] darkness, where [is] the place thereof,
(verse 20) That thou shouldest take it to the bound thereof, and that thou shouldest know the paths [to] the house thereof? Job 38 verses 19-20 Psalm 18:9, 11, 28,
(verse 9) He bowed the heavens also, and came down: and darkness [was] under his feet.
(verse 11) He made darkness his secret place; his pavilion round about him [were] dark waters [and] thick clouds of the skies.
(verse 28) For thou wilt light my candle: the LORD my God will enlighten my darkness. Psalm 18 verses 9, 11, 28 Psalm 82:5,
They know not, neither will they understand; they walk on in darkness: all the foundations of the earth are out of course. Psalm 82 verse 5 Psalm 88:6, 18,
(verse 6) Thou hast laid me in the lowest pit, in darkness, in the deeps.
(verse 18) Lover and friend hast thou put far from me, [and] mine acquaintance into darkness. Psalm 88 verses 6, 18 Psalm 91:6,
[Nor] for the pestilence [that] walketh in darkness; [nor] for the destruction [that] wasteth at noonday. Psalm 91 verse 6 Psalm 97:2,
Clouds and darkness [are] round about him: righteousness and judgment [are] the habitation of his throne. Psalm 97 verse 2 Psalm 104:20,
Thou makest darkness, and it is night: wherein all the beasts of the forest do creep [forth]. Psalm 104 verse 20 Psalm 105:28,
He sent darkness, and made it dark; and they rebelled not against his word. Psalm 105 verse 28 Psalm 107:14-15,
(verse 14) He brought them out of darkness and the shadow of death, and brake their bands in sunder.
(verse 15) Oh that [men] would praise the LORD [for] his goodness, and [for] his wonderful works to the children of men! Psalm 107 verses 14-15 Psalm 112:4,
Unto the upright there ariseth light in the darkness: [he is] gracious, and full of compassion, and righteous. Psalm 112 verse 4 Psalm 139:11-12,
(verse 11) If I say, Surely the darkness shall cover me; even the night shall be light about me.
(verse 12) Yea, the darkness hideth not from thee; but the night shineth as the day: the darkness and the light [are] both alike [to thee]. Psalm 139 verses 11-12 Psalm 143:3,
For the enemy hath persecuted my soul; he hath smitten my life down to the ground; he hath made me to dwell in darkness, as those that have been long dead. Psalm 143 verse 3 Proverbs 2:12-15,
(verse 12) To deliver thee from the way of the evil [man], from the man that speaketh froward things;
(verse 13) Who leave the paths of uprightness, to walk in the ways of darkness;
(verse 14) Who rejoice to do evil, [and] delight in the frowardness of the wicked;
(verse 15) Whose ways [are] crooked, and [they] froward in their paths. Proverbs 2 verses 12-15 Proverbs 4:19,
The way of the wicked [is] as darkness: they know not at what they stumble. Proverbs 4 verse 19 Proverbs 20:20,
Whoso curseth his father or his mother, his lamp shall be put out in obscure darkness. Proverbs 20 verse 20 Ecclesiastes 2:13-14,
(verse 13) Then I saw that wisdom excelleth folly, as far as light excelleth darkness.
(verse 14) The wise man's eyes [are] in his head; but the fool walketh in darkness: and I myself perceived also that one event happeneth to them all. Ecclesiastes 2 verses 13-14 Ecclesiastes 5:17,
All his days also he eateth in darkness, and [he hath] much sorrow and wrath with his sickness. Ecclesiastes 5 verse 17 Ecclesiastes 6:4,
For he cometh in with vanity, and departeth in darkness, and his name shall be covered with darkness. Ecclesiastes 6 verse 4 Ecclesiastes 11:8 But if a man live many years, [and] rejoice in them all; yet let him remember the days of darkness; for they shall be many. All that cometh [is] vanity. Ecclesiastes 11 verse 8
Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! Isaiah 5 verse 20 Isaiah 8:22,
And they shall look unto the earth; and behold trouble and darkness, dimness of anguish; and [they shall be] driven to darkness. Isaiah 8 verse 22 Isaiah 9:2,
The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light: they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined. Isaiah 9 verse 2 Isaiah 29:18,
And in that day shall the deaf hear the words of the book, and the eyes of the blind shall see out of obscurity, and out of darkness. Isaiah 29 verse 18 Isaiah 42:7, 16,
(verse 7) To open the blind eyes, to bring out the prisoners from the prison, [and] them that sit in darkness out of the prison house.
(verse 16) And I will bring the blind by a way [that] they knew not; I will lead them in paths [that] they have not known: I will make darkness light before them, and crooked things straight. These things will I do unto them, and not forsake them. Isaiah 42 verses 7, 16 Isaiah 45:3, 7,
(verse 3) And I will give thee the treasures of darkness, and hidden riches of secret places, that thou mayest know that I, the LORD, which call [thee] by thy name, [am] the God of Israel.
(verse 7) I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the LORD do all these [things]. Isaiah 45 verses 3, 7 Isaiah 47:5,
Sit thou silent, and get thee into darkness, O daughter of the Chaldeans: for thou shalt no more be called, The lady of kingdoms. Isaiah 47 verse 5 Isaiah 49:9,
That thou mayest say to the prisoners, Go forth; to them that [are] in darkness, Shew yourselves. They shall feed in the ways, and their pastures [shall be] in all high places. Isaiah 49 verse 9 Isaiah 50:10,
Who [is] among you that feareth the LORD, that obeyeth the voice of his servant, that walketh [in] darkness, and hath no light? let him trust in the name of the LORD, and stay upon his God. Isaiah 50 verse 10 Isaiah 58:10,
And [if] thou draw out thy soul to the hungry, and satisfy the afflicted soul; then shall thy light rise in obscurity, and thy darkness [be] as the noonday. Isaiah 58 verse 10 Isaiah 59:9,
Therefore is judgment far from us, neither doth justice overtake us: we wait for light, but behold obscurity; for brightness, [but] we walk in darkness. Isaiah 59 verse 9 Isaiah 60:2,
For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the LORD shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee. Isaiah 60 verse 2 Jeremiah 2:31,
O generation, see ye the word of the LORD. Have I been a wilderness unto Israel? a land of darkness? wherefore say my people, We are lords; we will come no more unto thee? Jeremiah 2 verse 31 Jeremiah 13:16,
Give glory to the LORD your God, before he cause darkness, and before your feet stumble upon the dark mountains, and, while ye look for light, he turn it into the shadow of death, [and] make [it] gross darkness. Jeremiah 13 verse 16 Jeremiah 23:12,
Wherefore their way shall be unto them as slippery [ways] in the darkness: they shall be driven on, and fall therein: for I will bring evil upon them, [even] the year of their visitation, saith the LORD. Jeremiah 23 verse 12 Lamentations 3:2,
He hath led me, and brought [me into] darkness, but not [into] light. Lamentations 3 verse 2 Ezekiel 32:8,
All the bright lights of heaven will I make dark over thee, and set darkness upon thy land, saith the Lord GOD. Ezekiel 32 verse 8 Daniel 2:22,
He revealeth the deep and secret things: he knoweth what [is] in the darkness, and the light dwelleth with him. Daniel 2 verse 22 Joel 2:2, 31,
(verse 2) A day of darkness and of gloominess, a day of clouds and of thick darkness, as the morning spread upon the mountains: a great people and a strong; there hath not been ever the like, neither shall be any more after it, [even] to the years of many generations.
(verse 31) The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the LORD come. Joel 2 verses 2, 31 Amos 5:18-20,
(verse 18) Woe unto you that desire the day of the LORD! to what end [is] it for you? the day of the LORD [is] darkness, and not light.
(verse 19) As if a man did flee from a lion, and a bear met him; or went into the house, and leaned his hand on the wall, and a serpent bit him.
(verse 20) [Shall] not the day of the LORD [be] darkness, and not light? even very dark, and no brightness in it? Amos 5 verses 18-20 Micah 7:8,
Rejoice not against me, O mine enemy: when I fall, I shall arise; when I sit in darkness, the LORD [shall be] a light unto me. Micah 7 verse 8 Nahum 1:8,
But with an overrunning flood he will make an utter end of the place thereof, and darkness shall pursue his enemies. Nahum 1 verse 8 Zephaniah 1:15 That day [is] a day of wrath, a day of trouble and distress, a day of wasteness and desolation, a day of darkness and gloominess, a day of clouds and thick darkness. Zephaniah 1 verse 15
The people which sat in darkness saw great light; and to them which sat in the region and shadow of death light is sprung up. Matthew 4 verse 16 Matthew 6:23,
But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great [is] that darkness! Matthew 6 verse 23 Matthew 8:12,
But the children of the kingdom shall be cast out into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Matthew 8 verse 12 Matthew 10:26-27,
(verse 26) Fear them not therefore: for there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; and hid, that shall not be known.
(verse 27) What I tell you in darkness, [that] speak ye in light: and what ye hear in the ear, [that] preach ye upon the housetops. Matthew 10 verses 26-27 Matthew 22:13,
Then said the king to the servants, Bind him hand and foot, and take him away, and cast [him] into outer darkness; there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Matthew 22 verse 13 Matthew 25:30,
And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Matthew 25 verse 30 Matthew 27:45-46,
(verse 45) Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land unto the ninth hour.
(verse 46) And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? Matthew 27 verses 45-46 Mark 15:33-34,
(verse 33) And when the sixth hour was come, there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour.
(verse 34) And at the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani? which is, being interpreted, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? Mark 15 verses 33-34 Luke 1:79,
To give light to them that sit in darkness and [in] the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace. Luke 1 verse 79 Luke 11:34-35,
(verse 34) The light of the body is the eye: therefore when thine eye is single, thy whole body also is full of light; but when [thine eye] is evil, thy body also [is] full of darkness.
(verse 35) Take heed therefore that the light which is in thee be not darkness. Luke 11 verses 34-35 Luke 12:2-3,
(verse 2) For there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; neither hid, that shall not be known.
(verse 3) Therefore whatsoever ye have spoken in darkness shall be heard in the light; and that which ye have spoken in the ear in closets shall be proclaimed upon the housetops. Luke 12 verses 2-3 Luke 22:53,
When I was daily with you in the temple, ye stretched forth no hands against me: but this is your hour, and the power of darkness. Luke 22 verse 53 Luke 23:44-46,
(verse 44) And it was about the sixth hour, and there was a darkness over all the earth until the ninth hour.
(verse 45) And the sun was darkened, and the veil of the temple was rent in the midst.
(verse 46) And when Jesus had cried with a loud voice, he said, Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit: and having said thus, he gave up the ghost. Luke 23 verses 44-46 John 1:5,
And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not. John 1 verse 5 John 3:19-20,
(verse 19) And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.
(verse 20) For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. John 3 verses 19-20 John 8:12,
Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life. John 8 verse 12 John 12:35, 46,
(verse 35) Then Jesus said unto them, Yet a little while is the light with you. Walk while ye have the light, lest darkness come upon you: for he that walketh in darkness knoweth not whither he goeth.
(verse 46) I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth on me should not abide in darkness. John 12 verses 35, 46 Acts 2:20-21,
(verse 20) The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before that great and notable day of the Lord come:
(verse 21) And it shall come to pass, [that] whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved. Acts 2 verses 20-21 Acts 13:11,
And now, behold, the hand of the Lord [is] upon thee, and thou shalt be blind, not seeing the sun for a season. And immediately there fell on him a mist and a darkness; and he went about seeking some to lead him by the hand. Acts 13 verse 11 Acts 26:18,
To open their eyes, [and] to turn [them] from darkness to light, and [from] the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me. Acts 26 verse 18 Romans 2:19,
And art confident that thou thyself art a guide of the blind, a light of them which are in darkness. Romans 2 verse 19 Romans 13:12,
The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light. Romans 13 verse 12 1 Corinthians 4:5-6,
(verse 5) Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts: and then shall every man have praise of God.
(verse 6) And these things, brethren, I have in a figure transferred to myself and [to] Apollos for your sakes; that ye might learn in us not to think [of men] above that which is written, that no one of you be puffed up for one against another. 1 Corinthians 4 verses 5-6 2 Corinthians 6:14,
Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? 2 Corinthians 6 verse 14 Ephesians 5:8-11,
(verse 8) For ye were sometimes darkness, but now [are ye] light in the Lord: walk as children of light:
(verse 9) (For the fruit of the Spirit [is] in all goodness and righteousness and truth;)
(verse 10) Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord.
(verse 11) And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove [them]. Ephesians 5 verses 8-11 Ephesians 6:12,
For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high [places]. Ephesians 6 verse 12 Colossians 1:13,
Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated [us] into the kingdom of his dear Son. Colossians 1 verse 13 1 Thessalonians 5:4-5,
(verse 4) But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief.
(verse 5) Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness. 1 Thessalonians 5 verses 4-5 Hebrews 12:18-19,
(verse 18) For ye are not come unto the mount that might be touched, and that burned with fire, nor unto blackness, and darkness, and tempest,
(verse 19) And the sound of a trumpet, and the voice of words; which [voice] they that heard intreated that the word should not be spoken to them any more. Hebrews 12 verses 18-19 1 Peter 2:9,
But ye [are] a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light. 1 Peter 2 verse 9 2 Peter 2:4, 17,
(verse 4) For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast [them] down to hell, and delivered [them] into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment;
(verse 17) These are wells without water, clouds that are carried with a tempest; to whom the mist of darkness is reserved for ever. 2 Peter 2 verses 4, 17 1 John 1:5-6,
(verse 5) This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.
(verse 6) If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth. 1 John 1 verses 5-6 1 John 2:9, 11,
(verse 9) He that saith he is in the light, and hateth his brother, is in darkness even until now.
(verse 11) But he that hateth his brother is in darkness, and walketh in darkness, and knoweth not whither he goeth, because that darkness hath blinded his eyes. 1 John 2 verses 9, 11 Jude 1:6, 13,
(verse 6) And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day.
(verse 13) Raging waves of the sea, foaming out their own shame; wandering stars, to whom is reserved the blackness of darkness for ever. Jude 1 verses 6, 13 Revelation 16:10 And the fifth angel poured out his vial upon the seat of the beast; and his kingdom was full of darkness; and they gnawed their tongues for pain. Revelation 16 verse 10
devotionals What Wikipedia says about the color 'black'
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Witches wear clothing of every color and every style... [BUT] Many Witches do choose to wear black clothing or ritual robes. The color black is the culmination of all vibrational rates of light on the material plane. Black absorbs light information and helps Witches be more receptive to psychic impressions and energies...
The Crone: The color most associated with the Crone is black, followed by dark purple and grey. The Crone symbolizes death and the end of cycles, winter, night, menopause, age, wisdom, counsel, and the waning Moon. The Crone shows us the way to death and reincarnation. The Crone is past menopause, she has the mystery of time behind her. In the aspect of the Crone we understand that death is a part of life, not something to be feared. She is the teacher of the secret and the hidden. - Basic Wicca Theology, www.angelfire.com/stars/NyteGoddess/BasicTheologyOfWicca.html-
In the Roman Empire, it became the color of mourning, and over the centuries it was frequently associated with death, evil, witches and magic. As in the Western World today, it is also the color most commonly associated with mourning, evil, magic, the end, violence, power, secrets, and elegance...
For the ancient
Egyptians... It was the color of Anubis, the god of the underworld, who took the form of a black jackal, and offered protection against evil to the dead...In Latin, the word for black...were associated with cruelty, brutality and evil...In Roman poetry, death was called...the black hour...The German and Scandinavian peoples worshipped their own goddess of the night, Nótt, who crossed the sky in a chariot drawn by a black horse. They also feared Hel, the goddess of the kingdom of the dead, whose skin was black on one side...
Black symbolized both power and secrecy in the
medieval world...In the second part of the 17th century, Europe and America experienced an epidemic of fear of witchcraft. People widely believed that the devil appeared at midnight in a ceremony called a black mass or black sabbath...In the 18th century...The novels of the period were filled with castles, ruins, dungeons, storms, and meetings at midnight...
In the late
19th century, black also became the color of anarchism...Anarchism is a political philosophy, most popular in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, which holds that governments and capitalism are harmful and undesirable. The symbols of anarchism was usually either a black flag or a black letter A...In the 20th century, black was the color of Italian and German fascism.
Black was also adopted by Adolf Hitler and the Nazis in Germany...The Nazis used a black triangle to symbolize anti-social elements...More recently the black triangle has been adopted as a symbol in lesbian culture... [Read more about occult symbols and the black triangle (alchemy).]
In the 1950s, black came to be a symbol of individuality and intellectual and ... social rebellion, the color of those who didn't accept established norms and values In the 1990s, the Black Standard became the banner of many of the groups within the Islamist jihad movement...
Christian theology, black was the color of the universe before God created light...the light of faith and Christianity is often contrasted with the darkness of ignorance and paganism...In Christianity, the Devil is considered the "prince of darkness"...
Hinduism, the goddess Kali, goddess of time and change, is portrayed with black or dark blue skin. wearing a necklace adorned with severed heads and hands. Her name means "The black one"....
In Europe and America, black is the color most commonly associated with
mourning and bereavement. It is the color traditionally worn at funerals and memorial services...A "black day" (or week or month) usually refers to tragic date...
financial world, the term often refers to a dramatic drop in the stock market. For example, the Wall Street Crash 1929, the stock market crash on October 29, 1929, which is the start of the Great Depression, is nicknamed Black Tuesday, and was preceded by Black Thursday, a downturn on October 24 the previous week...
In western popular culture,
black has long been associated with evil and darkness. It is the traditional color of witchcraft and black magic.