"In Wonders We Sail, Questing for the Answers in Veil"

Sunday, October 5, 2014


Colour is one of the areas in daily life in which symbolism is most readily apparent. This is because colours have an immediate impact on our emotions, possessing the power to arouse or to tranquilize, to gladden or to depress. Psychologists suggest that the effects of colours on the mind derive from their associations with the natural world (blue sky, red blood, gold sun and so on), while occultists put forward more esoteric explanations, linking the seven colours of the spectrum with the magical number seven and with the number of notes on the musical scale. At a deeper level, colour symbolizes an essential creative quality within life itself, so that death is seen as either black or white, both of which are the absence of observable colour.

Colour symbolism may affect even the use of colour for obviously practical purposes. For example, heraldry is thought by some to have incorporated the Kabbalists' interpretation of black as the colour of wisdom.


Symbolizing the life-force as expressed through the animal world, red is the energy coursing through the body, the colour that flushes the face and swims before the eyes in violent emotional arousal. Red is the colour of war and as god, Mars, and of the greatest of the Roman gods, Jupiter (above). It is the colour of masculinity and activity. To the Chinese, red represents good luck; to the Christian, it denotes Christ's passion.


The colour of the sun, gold is the symbol of majesty and of the divine principle expressed through matter. For the Egyptians, It was linked with Ra, the sun god, and corn, upon which life depended. To the Hindu it was the symbol of truth. The ancient Greeks saw gold as the symbol of reason and immortality - the latter represented in myth by the golden Fleece (above), which was found by Jason hanging on the tree of life.


Blue is the hue of intellect, peace and contemplation. It represents water and coolness, and symbolizes the sky, infinity, the emptiness from which existence arises and to which it returns. To the Christian, blue is the colour of the Virgin as Queen of Heaven (above), and denotes faith, compassion and the waters of baptism. The ancient Greeks and Romans attributed the colour blue to Venus, the goddess of love.


Symbolizing the life of the sensations, green also stands for nature - not only growth but also decay. Linked also with jealousy, it is an ambivalent colour. A positive link is with Tir Nan 0g, the Celtic isle of the blessed (above), to which the soul migrated through the fog of death.


In the West, black is the symbol of death, sorrow and the underworld. The black cat (above) seen as a portent of good luck is a relatively modern notion. To the Hindus black represents time, and Kali, the destroying goddess. To the Egyptians it was the colour of rebirth and resurrection.


White represents purity, virginity and the transcendent, yet it also suggests the pallor of death, and in the Orient is the colour of mourning. For the Tibetans, white is the colour of Mount Meru, "the mountain at the center of the world" (above), embodying ascent to enlightenment.


Combining the power and authority of red with the sanctity and wisdom of blue, violet is the most mystical of colours. As a focus for meditation it can raise consciousness to higher levels. Violet also denotes sorrow and mourning. It is worn here (above) by the nymph Echo, who pined for the love of Narcissus.


While hinting at some of the qualities of gold, yellow also suggests faithlessness and betrayal. A yellow flag was used in the West to symbolize disease and quarantine. But in China this was the national colour, sacred to the Emperor (above). To the Buddhist, yellow A the colour of humility, hence its use in the monks saffron robe.

For More On Symbolisms And Meaning (Click)


Post a Comment

Copyright © Warrior of Light (India) | Powered by Blogger

Design by Anders Noren | Blogger Theme by NewBloggerThemes.com