“The soul becomes dyed with the color of its thoughts.” – Marcus Aurelius
This is perhaps the reason Colors have always fascinated me. It is not until recently that I have discovered how they were greatly influenced my mood and perspective on life unconsciously therefore I began broadening my horizons of knowledge in color psychology and symbolism. As I will further expose, colors have profound spiritual powers and can positively impact our vibration, if we allow them to flourish elegantly. They are efficient instruments of healing, magic and divination and psychological indicators of emotional states.
Color is light, which is the the only part of the electromagnetic spectrum that Humans are able to see. We should all be thankful to Sir Isaac Newton for discovering that when pure white light passes through a prism, it separates into all of the visible colors, each color being made up of a single wavelength. Most importantly, Light can be combined further to form other colors.
Color is energy, Nature’s own powerful signalling system – an universal, non-verbal language, such as the instinct which warns over a food unsafe to eat, or the decisive signal of sexual availability in the Animal Kingdom. In today’s sophisticated world it is easy to underestimate the power of largely unconscious primitive instincts, although these are the exact same instincts which come powerfully into play when using colors into daily routine.
Color is love, and as I believe no one should escape the beauty of their true colors shining through, I have researched further on the significance and symbolism of each one of my favorites (all of them, obviously). Of course, I have only selected their positive traits for further reference (stop wearing black, please, that’s not even a color).
Red – It is often used in Chromotherapy to stimulate the body and mind and to increase circulation. As it is a warm and exciting color, it exudes a powerful masculine energy while it awakens the life force within. Red represents Energy, Desire, Action and Passion, as it inspires the pioneering spirit of a leader, promoting strong will and determination.
“Red has guts …. deep, strong, dramatic. A geranium red. A Goya red … to be used like gold for furnishing a house … for clothes, it is strong, like black or white.” – Valentino
Yellow – In the meaning of colors, yellow relates to acquired knowledge, stimulating mental faculties and inspiring inquisitiveness. It is cheerful, uplifting and illuminating, offering Positivity, Happiness and Fun. It enhances concentration and speeds metabolism. A symbol of courage and personal power.
“I really just want to be warm yellow light that pours over everyone I love.” – Conor Oberst
Blue – It is the soothing color of the Intellect, stimulating clear thought and serene calmness. Considered to be the world’s favorite color, blue symbolizes harmonious relationships and communication based on Loyalty, Trust and Efficiency.
“Blue is the male principle, stern and spiritual. Yellow the female principle, gentle, cheerful and sensual. Red is matter, brutal and heavy and always the colour which must be fought and vanquished by the other two.” – Franz Marc
Green – Harmony, Balance, Growth and Hope – the color of balance and perfect equilibrium between the head and the heart matters. It is the color of spring, renewal and rebirth, which reinvigorates the senses and restores depleted energy. It is the current modern sanctuary away from the stresses of contemporary living, having such emotionally positive traits that it restores the sense of well being.
“Green is the prime color of the world, and that from which its loveliness arises.” – Pedro Calderon de la Barca
Orange – Excitement, Enthusiasm, and Warmth – orange also represents abundance, affection and sensuality. It is expansive, flamboyant and attention oriented, offering a positive outlook on life. It relates to intuition, as opposed to the reactions provoked oby red (physical) and yellow (mental) as it radiates happiness and energy – orange is capable of releasing negativity, rejuvenating the spirit.
“There is no blue without yellow and without orange.” – Vincent Van Gogh
Pink – Pink is my favorite color, caring the message of compassion and love. It is deeply nurturing and extremely powerful as it represents the feminine principle of unconditional love and understanding. It is fruit of love between the passion of red with the purity of white gently intertwined, a delicate loving energy – sensitive, intuitive and empathic. No wonder I adore it!
“I believe in pink. I believe that laughing is the best calorie burner. I believe in kissing, kissing a lot. I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day and I believe in miracles.” – Audrey Hepburn
Purple – J’adore! The color of royalty and ceremony. Perfect. What more can I wish for? Purple redefines the color symbolism of sacred wisdom and enlightenment, as it relates to imagination, ideals and spirituality. It invites to introspection and connection to higher Self.
“The only medal that I am certain I deserved is the Purple Heart.” – Bob Kerrey
Violet – Violet has the highest vibration in the rainbow or visible spectrum of Light, of similar essence as purple, both containing the strength of red and the integrity of blue. This is a spiritual Union of the body and soul which creates a balance between the physical and spiritual energies, a symbol of fulfillment and higher cosmic consciousness, reaching a gateway to Spirit.
Gold – The color of success, triumph and luxury, associated with abundance, prosperity and quality. The finest words of appreciation are addressed to Gold, the King color of prestige and sophistication, a masculine energy amplified by the power of the Sun. As well as purple and violet, it is deeply inclined to the spiritual realms of higher wisdom and enlightenment of the Self and Soul.
“I think gold is made for kings and pharaohs – that’s what I am.” – Big Sean