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Archive for October 28, 2008

Orange ~

Orange, the combination of yellow and red, is considered a secondary color on the old color wheels, everything is changing, shifting under our very feet, so let’s go see what Wikipedia has to say about this color.

The colour orange occurs between red and yellow in the visible spectrum at a wavelength of about 585 – 620 nm, and has a hue of 30° in HSV colour space. The complementary colour of orange is azure, a slightly greenish blue. Orange pigments are largely in the ochre or cadmium families, and absorb mostly blue light.

Here is a wonderful work-up on the color and it’s meanings. It is a vibrant color, denoting warmth, cheerfulness, the autumn leaves, pumpkins at Halloween and Thanksgiving, the energy of the sun, and playfulness. It symbolizes purity and innosence in the Orient, and may be the symbology of the saffron robes of the Buddhist Monks.

Violet ~

Good grief! Even purple is controversial! I guess it just goes to show how UN-peaceful we are as a species. Purple is considered a non-spectral color, it is violet that is the spectral color, and purple is a shade of violet. Since the word violet means purple that may be splitting hairs lengthwise. Anyway, it’s a pretty color, and as strong a darker color as yellow is on the lighter side, a little going a long way in a color scheme. According to surveys, almost 75 percent of pre-adolescent children prefer purple to all other colors. It is said that purple is suggestive of controlled passion, seriousness and creativity.

From Wikipedia ~

Violet in culture





  • In the metaphysics of the “New Age Prophetess”, Alice Bailey, in her system called the Seven Rays which classifies humans into seven different metaphysical psychological types, the “seventh ray” of “Ceremonial Order” is represented by the color violet. People who have this metaphysical psychological type are said to be “on the Violet Ray”.[8]



Purple is a color that has long been associated with royalty, at one time, it seems, it was not permitted for the masses to appear in purple clothing. {Gee, I’m glad I live in this wild and wooly age where there are at least areas in the world where a person can do what they want. we won’t be truly free until we are all free, but that’s another post.} Most shades of violet are associated with the crown chakra, so it is a color of Spirit.

Yellow ~

Such a bright and beautiful color, so cheerful, so uplifting, and a little really does go a long way. My mother had diabetic retinopathy so that many of the cones in her eyes were damaged. The one color she could see clearly was yellow, so she always wanted yellow around her. Gads, it was too much, but for Mama, well, you know how that is.

The color yellow is associated with knowledge, sunshine (of course), and the flourishing of all living things, because of fall color changes in the leaves it is also associated with maturity and fall itself. It is a warm color, so is associated often with joy and cheerfulness.  It is also often used for baby shower gifts, as it is light and cheerful, and unisex, unlike pink or blue. Because it is a bright, eye catching color it is often used on warning signs to keep people safe. In the old color understanding it was considered a primary color, though I see some of the newer information puts it as a secondary.

On it’s negative side it is often thought to indicate deceit and cowardice, and it is also considered an unstable and spontaneous color, which are good or bad depending on the context.

From Wikipedia ~

Process yellow (also known as pigment yellow, printer’s yellow or canary yellow) is one of the three colors typically used as subtractive primary colors, along with magenta and cyan. The CMYK system for color printing is based on using four inks, one of which is a yellow color. This is in itself a standard color, and a fairly narrow range of yellow inks or pigments are used. Process yellow is based on a colorant that reflects the preponderance of red and green light, and absorbs most blue light, as in the reflectance spectra shown in the figure on the lower right.

Because of the characteristics of paint pigments and use of different color wheels, painters traditionally regard the complement of yellow as the color indigo or blue-violet.

Process yellow is not an RGB color, and there is no fixed conversion from CMYK primaries to RGB. Different formulations are used for printer’s ink, so there can be variations in the printed color that is pure yellow ink

Magenta ~

This is the “other” printer’s primary that has not gotten a whole lot of “press” in the metaphysical community.  It always amazes me, the narrow band of wavelength where light is visible to us. We are creatures of limited vision, literally. Answers.com has a lovely work-up on magenta, at least the mechanics of how one gets the color and it’s development as a usable dye in the 1890’s.

From Wikipedia ~

Magenta is a purplish red color evoked by lights with less power in yellowish-green wavelengths than in blue and red wavelengths (complements of magenta have wavelength 500–530 nm).[1] In light experiments, magenta can be produced by removing the lime-green wavelengths from white light. It is an extra-spectral color, meaning it cannot be generated by a single wavelength of light, being a mixture of red and blue wavelengths. The name magenta comes from the dye magenta, commonly called fuchsine, discovered shortly after the 1859 Battle of Magenta near Magenta, Italy.

In the Munsell color system, magenta is called red-purple. In the CMYK color model used in printing, it is one of the primary colors of ink. In the RGB color model, the secondary color created by mixing the red and blue primaries is called magenta or fuchsia, though this color differs in hue from printer’s magenta.

My own thoughts about this color would have been that it was appropriate to assign it to the feet, as our path is governed by the way our mind guides our life force. A fancy way of saying that our feet go where our mind takes them. But, magenta is high energy and at the very top of the visible light scale, so that will not work. And though I want to bring the light around in a color wheel, which I work with in my drawing and painting, I cannot find an electromagnetic color wheel. I did, however, find a quantum theory explanation of the colors cyan and magenta, which, if you can understand the scientific explanation, show why all the colors together come up with white light shining forth from a light bulb. You’d almost have to call it a “Tale of Two Quarks”, (or more).

Have I gotten you completely lost yet? I’m kind of wandering around in a daze, so that wouldn’t be difficult. I love working with light and shadow, as an artist, that’s my bread and butter, but I am trying to pull things that are scientific and artistic into a spiritual explanation, maybe it’s working, maybe not. Seeing color seems not to be so simple a child could do it.

Magenta is often used in our society to express love along with red and pink, very Valentine’s Day. Since it takes two wavelengths to make magenta, perhaps it is not so silly to think of it in terms of the feet, where there are two smaller chakras, and which are “fired up”, as it were, by whatever is going on in our heads and our hearts.

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