. . .upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. Matthew 16:18

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. John 3:19-21

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What Wikipedia says about the color 'black'

The following are highlights from the wikipedia article.

Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black

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...

In 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"...

In 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...

In the 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.