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Archive for October 25, 2008

Red ~

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.

In human color psychology, red is associated with heat, energy and blood, and emotions that “stir the blood”, including anger, passion, and love.[4]

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.

Blue ~

As much as I love green, and cannot live without it, I love the color blue even more. Most specifically the color of lapis lazuli, or indigo, the color of the midnight sky. Yes, you may have gathered by now that I am a color addict. Where another person may want a fix of a drug like heroin, give me a good set of colored pencils and I will be quite happy for days. Many of the drawings on this blog are my “work”, I put that in quotes because it is sheer joy to draw. A pity I cannot seem to earn a living at it, as that would be truly a vocation to live with. Hm, I was just Googling the colors again, and it seems that I am extremely ordinary, blue being the all time favorite color with green following as a close second. I like that, I don’t often get to celebrate being normal like the rest of the world, that’s kind of nice!

Blue is considered “honest”, i.e. true blue, loyal and faithful. It symbolizescommitment and constancy, presumably because it is indeed the color of the sky and of water, (which is colorless and reflective, and mostly reflects the sky. Blue is considered cooling, and a color that is used in Emergency rooms as it is calming. Blue is also a color associated with the intuition and the aiding of it.

The Trivia Library had some fun things to say about blue. This color is also considered to indicate depression, extremes of loneliness and sorrow. I love the blueness of the sky, there is something quite reassuring about the constancy of that sky in a world that just keeps on changing whether I want it to or not. From Wikipedia, my favorite quick source on the web;

Blue is a colour, the perception of which is evoked by light having a spectrum dominated by energy with a wavelength of roughly 440–490 nm. It is considered one of the additive primary colours. On the HSV Colour Wheel, the complement of blue is yellow; that is, a colour corresponding to an equal mixture of red and green light. On a colour wheel based on traditional colour theory (RYB), the complementary colour to blue is considered to be orange (based on the Munsell colour wheel).[2] The English language commonly uses “blue” to refer to any colour from navy blue to cyan. The word itself is derived from the Old French word bleu.

The bluebird as a totem is about inner, true happiness, and the mindfulness that brings that awareness. Since blue is attuned to the throat chakra, it is about speaking truth for happiness to awaken in it’s carrier. The bluebird totem is also a reminder to be open to creatively expressing yourself, whether through singing, (bluebirds are songbirds, after all), painting or writing.

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