Red has the lowest vibrational energy of all the colors in the rainbow, this has lead it to being associated with the root chakra and its focus on the physical things in life. Because it is such a bright, bold color it brings to mind images of passion and violence. It is the color of the delicate red rose with its focus on deeply felt emotions of love, and devotion and desire. It is the color of the vital blood that flows through our veins and so is associated with will and war.
In magic red can be used to purify the blood and to induce lust and passion in someone. It's also often used to increase energy, power, courage and sometimes to incite violence. It is the color of action, of bringing something to birth. Healing and purification of blood and physical body, as well as sex magic of all types. When working on transformations and the will, use lots of red around you. For love magic you could use red, but I personally would opt for the softer pink, saving the high energy of red for lust and passion.
When you want to draw attention to yourself or stimulate your own energies and confidence, make sure to wear at least one piece of bright red clothing. Placing red in your garden, or painting your front door red will make that the focal point of your dwelling.
In the Eastern cultures, red is associated with good luck, joy and happiness. When combined with gold, it is believed to invoke prosperity and blessings. Often eastern brides will wear red on their wedding day. In India, a red mark worn on the forehead is believed to bring good luck on the wearer. In China, the Lunar New Year is celebrated by decorating with hanging red banners, and giving children "luck money" in red envelopes. Statues of ancestors are also given new clothes of red paper.
To bring the color red into your magical workings, not only can you use red candles, but pay attention to the color clothing you are wearing. Select red jewelry to enhance your own personal power. Add red ribbons to your wand or athame, decorate your altar with a red cloth, and red flowers.
Basic Correspondences for the Color Red
Holidays: Beltane, Yule, Lunar New Year
Rite of Passage: Birth, Death, Marriage
Tools: Athame, Candles, Sword, Censer
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, Rubelite, Rhodochrosite, Red Jasper.