Red is the color of our base chakra. It’s as though the “fire” of a human is there, at the very base of the spine. Here is where our reproductive organs are, so this is survival, and species survival and proliferation. Red is the color of oxygen rich blood ready to nourish the cells of our bodies. Red has an enlivening “feel” to it, added to a composition a painter will use it to add warmth and “life” to an otherwise pale and “dead” looking graphic. From Wikipedia ~
Red is any of a number of similar colors evoked by light consisting predominantly of the longest wavelengths of light discernible by the human eye, in the wavelength range of roughly 625–740 nm. Longer wavelengths than this are called infrared, or below red and cannot be seen by the naked human eye. Red is used as one of the additive primary colors of light, complementary to cyan, in RGB color systems. Red is also one of the subtractive primary colors of RYB color space but not CMYK color space.
Interesting, isn’t it, that a color can symbolize both ardent passion and anger? Though this speaks of it’s symbolism as meaning love also, remember that that is erotic love, much closer to lust than to compassion.
The Cardinal’s message is one of color as much as any other attribute, being that of loving oneself in a good way. The cardinal is a year round bird that resides in one place, in winter it may use local feeders, and often brings young to the feeders in spring. The cardinal is a bird that is not disruptive at the food station, hanging back for a while, then the male will watch while the female eats and vice versa. They do not pick fights, but do not back away either. Other aggressive birds have found that chasing the cardinal from the feeder is not so easy as presumed.