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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.

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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