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The Power of Candle Colors, Scents and Their Effects

Burning candles is a sign of divine life in the Mexican culture for the divine presence of God. Ancient Mexico Christians burned candles for prayer and funeral processions. They were also used for mass and liturgical march. Candles were used to show respect for the Blessed Sacrament and throughout prayer ceremonies.

Candles are burned to symbolize good faith, grace, and wisdom. They are lit during Sacrament of Baptism, Holy Communion, prayers, and funeral processions. They also represent the dedication for divine life. The light from candles in current catholic Mexican tradition also signifies Christ or the presence of the divine spirit. This is why Catholic churches burn candles in honor of Jesus.

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The color of a candle is a form of vibration that affects us on different levels. They also cause us to react to the subconscious energy of each color. Different colors of candles can attract various emotions. Some colors can promote peace, love, and harmony. While others attract love and relationships. This article is will help you understand the meaning of candle colors, scents, and their effect.

Effects of Candle Colors:

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Each color provides powerful effects that can help restore, improve, and promote positive energy. This, in turn, will allow you to understand the meanings of each color for linking individual energy towards positive conclusions.

White Candles: These candles help promote peace by destroying negative energy.

Purple Candles: Candles of this color promote wisdom and spiritual awareness.

Lavender Candles: Lavender helps with healing and restoring peace.

Blue Candles: The color blue opens the lines of communication by encouraging happiness and forgiveness.

Green Candles: Green is known to promote luck and represents abundance.

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Rose Candles: Rose helps promote self-love, harmony, and friendship.

Yellow Candles: This color helps boost confidence and springs plans into action.

Orange Candles: This color focuses on stimulation, energy, and strength.

Red Candles: his is the color of passion, love and promotes courage.

Black Candles: Black candles provide protection by absorbing and destroying negative energy.

Silver Candles: Silver is the color of feminine energy, psychic development, and removes unwanted energy.

Gold Candles: Gold is the color of solar energy and spiritual attainment.

The Healing Power of Candle Colors

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Each color plays an important role in our lives. Thus, they help protect your health and provides natural healing of common illnesses. This is why it is important to learn how colored candles can rejuvenate your health.

Violet candles help reduce allergies.

Rose candles help decrease anxiety.

Candles that are Green and Violet help protect you from catching a cold.

Orange, Indigo and Rose colored candles help you with depression.

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Blue candles help restore your sleep pattern by reducing insomnia.

Yellow candles help you with indigestion problems.

Blue candles help against fevers.

Candles that are blue or green help get rid of headaches

Colored Candles for Affirmations and Interventions

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Based on specific candle color meanings these can be used for the following affirmations and intentions:

Black or Green double action candles help promote good luck and wealth by removing negative energy away from you.

Red double action candles help people fall in love.

White or Black double action candles help increase spiritual energy.

Black outside and red inside reversible candles help you surround yourself with good spirits.

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Green colored 7 knob candles help you achieve success to win or land a new job.

White 7 knob candles promote peace in your home or at your workplace.

Red Adam and Eve candle help encourage passion to your relationship.

A Red witch candle will increase the power of affirmation by placing a piece of paper under the candle.

How Scents Can Improve Your Well-Being

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Scents can help do amazing things for our mind, body, and soul. They help relieve you from stress, anxiety, and headaches. Certain smells have a way of removing negative energy from our living space. Learn how the sense of smell can benefit your well-being.

Lavender can help you relax, calm your minds and get a full night’s rest.

Pinedecreases anxiety and stress.

Citrus helps break your coffee addiction by increasing your energy and alertness.

Vanillastimulates happiness to help you relax.

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Pumpkinsparks excitement and male libido.

Peppermint increases brain activity by boosting concentration.

Jasmine can uplift your mood by reducing depressive thoughts.

Apple helps fight against migraines and control anxiety during stressful situations.

Olive is a natural appetite suppressant and improves the response of sugar in your blood.

How You Can Benefit by Burning Candles

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Burning candles can promote positive energy in any outdoor or indoor location to restore peace and harmony. They help fill our living space with scents and vibrational energy to create a relaxing atmosphere.

Improves Ambiance and Atmosphere: Candle colors and scents can help you relax by removing stress and anxiety. This helps your brain focus and energize you to become more productive. Lavender candles can also help soothe your mind while eucalyptus candles help energize and improve mental focus. Likewise, lemon candles can relieve anxiety and depression that helps create a productive environment.

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Enhances romance and promotes celebration: Candles are the best way to enhance your like and improve your well-being. They create the perfect setting for a romantic dinner or to celebrate an anniversary. They also make a delightful way to celebrate birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, and graduations.

Candles help decorate your living space: Candles come in a variety of colors and can enhance the interior design of your living space. They provide a calm and cozy atmosphere to surround your home with good spirits. Likewise, they help spark conversation around the dinner table or outside around your deck or patio. Citronella candles also help keep bugs away when congregating outdoors.

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Provides a pleasant, sweet fragrance: Candles help remove odd or icky odors that plague your home. Likewise, they provide a perfect option to cleverly add an enrich aroma to your living space. They can also improve your workplace to promote creativity and help you generate new ideas.

Candles and scents help with remembrance: Our memory is strongly tied around our sense of smell. People often share past memories when they light candles and smell wonderful fragrances. Likewise, candles help remember loved ones who have left us. This is why you see tables in churches with candles or why some weddings include large candle sections.

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Candles are great for meditation and prayer: A great way to support your practice is by lighting candles. Likewise, staring at the flame burning on top of the candle is great for visualization exercises and manifestation techniques. Thus, this can help send your intentions out into the spiritual universe. This is why candles are perfect for prayer.

Candles help with self-expression: Everyone likes a particular fragrance. Our sense of smell is unique to each person. This is why we smell scents differently. A great way to personalize self-expression is by burning the scents you love. Likewise, it is important to only burn scents that you feel secure with an embrace. Just because someone else doesn’t like the same scents as you, that doesn’t make the scent bad. Thus, the scent makes you unique.


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This Artist Has Been Breaking Barriers As A Non-Traditional Mariachi

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This Artist Has Been Breaking Barriers As A Non-Traditional Mariachi

On a recent episode of ABC’s game show To Tell The Truth, three celebrity panelists were tasked to uncover the identity of a real mariachi singer.

Each contender embodied “non-traditional” attributes of mariachi culture either through physical appearance or language barriers, leaving the panelists stumped.

When it came time for the big reveal, with a humble smile 53-year-old Timoteo “El Charro Negro” stood up wowing everyone. Marveled by his talents, Timoteo was asked to perform unveiling his smooth baritone voice.

While not a household name in the U.S., his career spans over 25 years thriving on the catharsis of music.

Timoteo “El Charro Negro” performing “Chiquilla Linda” on Dante Night Show in 2017.

Originally from Dallas, Texas, Timoteo, born Timothy Pollard, moved to Long Beach, California with his family when he was eight years old. The move to California exposed Pollard to Latin culture, as the only Black family in a Mexican neighborhood.

As a child, he recalled watching Cantinflas because he reminded him of comedian Jerry Lewis, but musically he “got exposed to the legends by chance.”

“I was bombarded by all the 1960s, ’70s, and ’50s ranchera music,” Timoteo recalls to mitú.

The unequivocal passion mariachi artists like Javier Solis and Vicente Fernandez possessed heavily resonated with him.

“[The neighbors] always played nostalgic music, oldies but goodies, and that’s one thing I noticed about Mexicans,” Timoteo says. “They can be in their 20s but because they’ve grown up listening to the oldies it’s still very dear to them. That’s how they party.”

For as long as he can remember, Pollard “was born with the genetic disposition to love music,” knowing that his future would align with the arts.

After hearing Vicente Fernandez sing “Lástima Que Seas Ajena,” an awakening occurred in Pollard. While genres like hip-hop and rap were on the rise, Pollard’s passion for ranchera music grew. It was a moment when he realized that this genre best suited his big voice.

Enamored, Pollard began to pursue a career as a Spanish-language vocalist.

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At 28, Timoteo began learning Spanish by listening and singing along to those artists he adored in his youth.

“When I decided that I wanted to be a mariachi, I didn’t think it was fair to exploit the culture and not understand the language,” he says. “If I’m going to sing, I need to be able to communicate with my audience and engage with them. I need to understand what I’m saying because it was about honor and respect.”

Pollard began performing local gigs after picking up the language in a matter of months. He soon attracted the attention of “Big Boy” Radio that adorned him the name Timoteo “El Charro Negro.”

Embellishing his sound to highlight his Black heritage, Pollard included African instruments like congas and bongos in his orchestra. Faintly putting his own spin on a niche genre, Pollard avoided over-saturating the genre’s sound early in his career.

Embraced by his community as a beloved mariachi, “El Charro Negro” still encountered race-related obstacles as a Black man in the genre.

“There are those [in the industry] who are not in the least bit thrilled to this day. They won’t answer my phone calls, my emails, my text messages I’ve sent,” he says. “The public at large hasn’t a problem with it, but a lot of the time it’s those at the helm of decision making who want to keep [the genre] exclusively Mexican.”

“El Charro Negro” persisted, slowly attracting fans worldwide while promoting a message of harmony through his music.

In 2007, 12 years into his career, Pollard received a golden ticket opportunity.

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Pollard (left) seen with legendary Mexican artist Vicente Fernandez (right) in 2007. Photo courtesy of Timothy Pollard.

In a by-chance encounter with a stagehand working on Fernandez’s tour, Pollard was offered the chance to perform onstage. The singer was skeptical that the offer was legit. After all, what are the chances?

The next day Pollard went to his day job at the time and said, “a voice in my head, which I believe was God said, ‘wear your blue velvet traje tonight.'”

That evening Pollard went to a sold-out Stockton Area where he met his idol. As he walked on the stage, Pollard recalls Fernandez insisting that he use his personal mic and band to perform “De Que Manera Te Olvido.”

“[Fernandez] said he did not even want to join me,” he recollects about the show. “He just was kind and generous enough to let me sing that song on his stage with his audience.”

The crowd applauded thunderously, which for Pollard was a sign of good things to come.

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Timoteo “El Charro Negro” with Don Francisco on Don Francisco Presenta in 2011. Photo courtesy of Timothy Pollard.

In 2010, he released his debut album “Me Regalo Contigo.” In perfect Spanish, Pollard sings with great conviction replicating the soft tones of old-school boleros.

Unraveling the rollercoaster of relationships, heart-wrenchingly beautiful ballads like “Me Regalo Contigo” and “Celos” are his most streamed songs. One hidden gem that has caught the listener’s attention is “El Medio Morir.”

As soon as the track begins it is unlike the others. Timoteo delivers a ’90s R&B love ballad in Spanish, singing with gumption as his riffs and belts encapsulate his unique sound and story.

Having appeared on shows like Sabado Gigante, Don Francisco Presenta, and Caso Cerrado in 2011, Timoteo’s career prospered.

Timoteo hasn’t released an album since 2010 but he keeps his passion alive. The singer has continued to perform, even during the Covid pandemic. He has high hopes for future success and original releases, choosing to not slow down from his destined musical journey.

“If God is with me, who can be against me? It may not happen in a quick period of time, but God will make my enemies my footstool,” he said.

“I’ve continued to be successful and do some of the things I want to do; maybe not in a particular way or in particular events, but I live in a very happy and fulfilled existence.”

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Exclusive: Luis Fonsi Talks Working with Rauw Alejandro, Christina Aguilera, and Demi Lovato

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Exclusive: Luis Fonsi Talks Working with Rauw Alejandro, Christina Aguilera, and Demi Lovato

Luis Fonsi is kicking off 2021 with a new single. The Puerto Rican superstar premiered the music video for “Vacío” on Feb. 18 featuring rising Boricua singer Rauw Alejandro. The guys put a new spin on the classic “A Puro Dolor” by Son By Four.

Luis Fonsi throws it back to his románticas.

“I called Omar Alfanno, the writer of ‘A Puro Dolo,’ who is a dear friend,” Fonsi tells Latido Music. “I told him what my idea was [with ‘Vacío’] and he loved it. He gave me his blessing, so I wrote a new song around a few of those lines from ‘A Puro Dolor’ to bring back that nostalgia of those old romantic tunes that have been a part of my career as well. It’s a fresh production. It sounds like today, but it has that DNA of a true, old-school ballad.”

The world got to know Luis Fonsi through his global smash hit “Despacito” with Daddy Yankee in 2017. The remix with Canadian pop star Justin Bieber took the song to new heights. That was a big moment in Fonsi’s music career that spans over 20 years.

There’s more to Fonsi than “Despacito.”

Fonsi released his first album, the fittingly-titled Comenzaré, in 1998. While he was on the come-up, he got the opportunity of a lifetime to feature on Christina Aguilera’s debut Latin album Mi Reflejo in 2000. The two collaborated on “Si No Te Hubiera Conocido.” Luis Fonsi scored multiple Billboard Hot Latin Songs No. 1s in the years that followed and one of the biggest hits was “No Me Doy Por Vencido” in 2008. That was his career-defining romantic ballad.

“Despacito” remains the second most-viewed music video on YouTube with over 7.2 billion views. The hits did not stop there. Later in 2017, he teamed up with Demi Lovato for “Échame La Culpa,” which sits impressively with over 2 billion views.

He’s also appearing on The Voice next month.

Not only is Fonsi working on his new album, but also he’s giving advice to music hopefuls for the new season of The Voice that’s premiering on March 1. Kelly Clarkson tapped him as her Battle Advisor. In an exclusive interview, Fonsi talked with us about “Vacío,” The Voice, and a few of his greatest hits.

What was the experience like to work with Rauw Alejandro for “Vacío”?

Rauw is cool. He’s got that fresh sound. Great artist. Very talented. Amazing onstage. He’s got that great tone and delivery. I thought he had the perfect voice to fit with my voice in this song. We had talked about working together for awhile and I thought that this was the perfect song. He really is such a star. What he’s done in the last couple of years has been amazing. I love what he brought to the table on this song.

Now I want to go through some of your greatest hits. Do you remember working with Christina Aguilera for her Spanish album?

How could you not remember working with her? She’s amazing. That was awhile back. That was like 1999 or something like that. We were both starting out and she was putting out her first Spanish album. I got to sing a beautiful ballad called “Si No Te Hubiera Conocido.” I got to work with her in the studio and see her sing in front of the mic, which was awesome. She’s great. One of the best voices out there still to this day.

What’s one of your favorite memories of “No Me Doy Por Vencido”?

“No Me Doy Por Vencido” is one of the biggest songs in my career. I think it’s tough to narrow it down just to one memory. I think in general the message of the song is what sticks with me. The song started out as a love song, but it turned into an anthem of hope. We’ve used the song for different important events and campaigns. To me, that song has such a powerful message. It’s bigger than just a love song. It’s bringing hope to people. It’s about not giving up. To be able to kind of give [people] hope through a song is a lot more powerful than I would’ve ever imagined. It’s a very special song.

I feel the message is very relevant to the COVID-19 pandemic we’re living through.

Oh yeah! I wrote that song a long time ago with Claudia Brant, and during the first or second month of the lockdown when we were all stuck at home, we did a virtual writing session and we rewrote “No Me Doy Por Vencido.” Changing the lyrics, kind of adjusting them to this situation that we’re living now. I haven’t recorded it. I’ll do something with it eventually. It’s really cool. It still talks about love. It talks about reuniting. Like the light at the end of the tunnel. It has the hope and love backbone, but it has to do a lot with what we’re going through now.

What do you think of the impact “Despacito” made on the industry?

It’s a blessing to be a part of something so big. Again, it’s just another song. We write these songs and the moment you write them, you don’t really know what’s going to happen with them. Or sometimes you run into these surprises like “Despacito” where it becomes a global phenomenon. It goes No. 1 in places where Spanish songs had never been played. I’m proud. I’m blessed. I’m grateful to have worked with amazing people like Daddy Yankee. Like Justin Bieber for the remix and everyone else involved in the song. My co-writer Erika Ender. The producers Mauricio Rengifo and Andrés Torres. It was really a team effort and it’s a song that obviously changed my career forever.

What was the experience like to work with Demi Lovato on “Echáme La Culpa”?

She’s awesome! One of the coolest recording sessions I’ve ever been a part of. She really wanted to sing in Spanish and she was so excited. We did the song in Spanish and English, but it was like she was more excited about the Spanish version. And she nailed it! She nailed it from the beginning. There was really not much for me to say to her. I probably corrected her once or twice in the pronunciation, but she came prepared and she brought it. She’s an amazing, amazing, amazing vocalist.

You’re going to be a battle advisor on The Voice. What was the experience like to work with Kelly Clarkson?

She’s awesome. What you see is what you get. She’s honest. She’s funny. She’s talented. She’s humble and she’s been very supportive of my career. She invited me to her show and it speaks a lot that she wanted me to be a part of her team as a Battle Advisor for the new season. She supports Latin music and I’m grateful for that. She’s everything you hope she would be. She’s the real deal, a true star, and just one of the coolest people on this planet.

What can we expect from you in 2021?

A lot of new music. Obviously, everything starts today with “Vacío.” This is literally the beginning of what this new album will be. I’ve done nothing but write and record during the last 10 months, so I have a bunch of songs. Great collaborations coming up. I really think the album will be out probably [in the] third or fourth quarter this year. The songs are there and I’m really eager for everybody to hear them.

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