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The Meaning of Colors


If you want to find the secrets of the universe, think in terms of energy, frequency and vibration."...Nikola Tesla


What is color? Out of the many vibrations reaching the earth a tiny octave is registered by the optic nerves. Our eyes respond to these particular vibrations with a reaction that we know as color.
 Medical science has proven that different colors have definite and various effects upon our nervous  system and that they act quite independently of our eyes or minds.
 It has been suggested that the seven Colors correspond to the seven major planets and are radiating  down to the earth at their specific rates of vibration. A red rose absorbs all colors except red, and
 reflects the red light waves back to us and we say,"The Rose is red."

 The perfect blending of the seven color rays in the bright sunlight gives us a white light. If the rays  are split up by being passed through a glass prism they are at once visible as colors. In the same way a rainbow is produced by the minute prismatic effects of rain in the sky.

The color rays are pouring down on the earth night and day. Each object and every atom responds to them, thereby announcing its own quality to those who are able to decipher the language of colors.
All matter emits vibrations. A human being also radiates subtle emanations of everything of which he is composed. A person with extra sensitive sight is able to see the c olors of this rays at a certain angle and speaks of them as the person's aura.

Here the colors in the order in which they appear in the spectrum,

RED has the lowest vibration, being therefore the coarsest and most physically vitalizing: its place is just above the heat vibrations, and it is heat-giving in itself. Astrologers tell us that the "planetary color " of Mars is red and has dynamic power over iron. It is iron that is responsible for our red blood-without it we would have some sort of pale liquid in our veins. Mars is considered the God of War, giving a martial spirit to all born under this sign, quick strength and force, power and leadership.
Red is the color associated with the1st chakra.
In medicine we find that the effect upon patients of red-colored electric lamps is to stimulate,warm, excite and cheer: to increase the activity of the arterial blood: to energize. Red glass windows have much the same effect and also red walls and wall decorations to a lesser degree. Red should be avoided by those who have too much iron, or who are in any condition of heat or inflammation. Red-haired people such as myself, excitable lunatics, and bulls should be surrounded by cooler colors if peace is to prevail!  Red is the chief color in any herbs or medicines having a heating and stimulating effect, such as cayenne, cloves or musk.
Red is the color of Mars, whose stone is Ruby and whose metal is iron. It is the lowest of the seven colors, and it belongs to the lowest of the seven notes of the musical scale, which is C: and most martial music is in the key of C.
FIRST CHAKRA

The Base Chakra is about familial beliefs, superstitions, loyalty, instincts, physical pain and physical pleasure. This Chakra's formation was accomplished between 0 and 5 years of age.
Color/Chakra:

Red
Physical
Base of Spine
Positive:

will-to-live
to survive
Active
Sensory
Sexual
Manifesting
Practical
Negative:

afraid of change
aggression
reckless
insecure
untrusting
fatigue
Time:

Now
Needs:

Physical contact.
Sensory gratification
Challenges:

To sense beyond the senses.
To plan before action.
To be receptive
Other Names: Root, base, muladhara, Kundalini (Sanskrit)
Element: Earth
Stones: Ruby, Bloodstone, Rhodonite, Quartz, Petrified Wood, Onyx, Jasper, Garnet
Area of consciousness: physical body
Importance: location of the kundalin
Essential oils: ginger, curry (garam masala),magnolia, lotus, pine, musk, vetivert.
Musical note: C

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 





ORANGE is the second color in the spectrum. This beautiful color is associated with the Sun, and has also a warming and invigorating effect. But whereas red is stimulating to the body and the blood, orange is stimulating to the emotions. It is also considered the color of the brave. It should be avoided by extremely emotional types of people, who acquire balance through its complimentary color, Blue. Orange is the color associated with the 2nd chakra. Its musical note is D. Melodies in that key often have emotional appeal. The metal associated with the Sun is Gold.

SECOND CHAKRA

This chakra center is the center for sexual energy and pure emotion. It relates to sexuality, creativity, emotions such as anger, fear, and our feeling concerning food and sex.
Color/Chakra:

Orange
Social
Spleen
Positive:

Humanitarian
Hospitable
Expansive
Optimistic
Warm
Altruistic
Negative:

Selfish/Proud
Mistrustful
Power-seeking
Ostentatious
Manipulative
lustfulness
Time:

Do Now for Future
Needs:

Social Contact.
Acceptance in group/family.
Respect.
Good reputation
Challenges:

To belong to the family of man through love and service.
Other Names: Sacral, sexual, svadhisthana (Sanskrit)
Element: Water
Stones: Quartz, Jasper, Carnelian, Amber
Area of consciousness: emotional
Governs: feelings of sexuality, and creativity
Essential oils; musk, hyacinth, bergamont, coriander, honeysuckle, patchouli.
Musical note is D

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



YELLOW is the third color of the spectrum. This color belongs to the planet Mercury. Mercury instills a quick intellect by stimulating the nervous system, To be quick-witted the nerves should be in an active condition throughout the body: so nothing can remain stagnant under the influence of this planet. Yellow is the color associated with the 3rd chakra. Wisdom is said to be conferred by Mercury and its color yellow. Buddha always dressed his priest in Yellow. This color has stood for wisdom and intellect throughout the ages.Yellow lamps or glass windows stimulate the nerves of the brain and the body. They should not be used by highly nervous subjects. Yellow predominates in all herbs which are purgatives or nerve-stimulants, such as senna , sulfur, fig juice, tartar, castor oil.

Yellow is third color in the spectrum. It corresponds to the musical note of E. Its jewel is the yellow Topaz and it represents luminosity. When seen in the human aura yellow if dark and crude, tells of deceit and cowardice {hence the term   {yellow streak.!} but if pale and luminous it shows high wisdom and intellectuality.

THIRD CHAKRA

This chakra holds our formed personality, our wishes and desires and our willing ability to manifest them. Here is our power for compassion, charity, and true justice.
Color/Chakra:

Yellow
Intellectual
Solar Plexus
Positive:

Logical
Creative
Flexible
Eloquent
Self-aware
Methodical
Efficient
Negative:

Critical
Contradictory
Verbose
Egotistical
Judgmental
Separative
Time:Linear:

Past to present to future
Needs:

To live in an orderly world.
To express individuality.
To shine intellectually.
Challenges:

To end separation
and merge with the
One in all.
Other Names: Solar Plexus, manipura (Sanskrit)
Element: Fire
Stones: Quartz, Citrine, Topaz
Area of consciousness: mental or intellectual body
This includes thoughts, opinions and judgements.
Governs: emotional issues and issues of personal power.
Essential oils for aromatherapy include mint (especially peppermint), bouganvilla, cedar, frangiapani, ylang-ylang, clove.
Musical note is E.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 











GREEN is the fourth color which stands in the center of the scale of seven colors. It is the meeting ground between the thermal or heating and expanding colors of red, orange and yellow and the electrical contracting colors of blue, indigo and violet. It is the color associated with the 4th chakra. Green gives stability, endurance and quietude. We are allowed much of it to look at in nature and to partake of as nourishment. Its action is to cool the blood and animate the nerves. It belongs to the planet Saturn, whose metal is lead. People with the luminous green of Saturn in their aura are the harmonizers and pacifiers of the world. They stand for social stability. If the green is dark and crude it tells that its owner , so concerned with the affairs of others , has become"green with envy."

Green belongs to fourth note of the musical scale,F, whose melodies, usually in a minor key, sing of the melancholy associated with Saturn. Its stone is Emerald, which bestows peace of mind. Therefore whether through lights or colored glass or herbs, green gives an all around steadying and quieting influence.

FOURTH CHAKRA

This Chakra is the "center" of the system. The balance between the spiritual and the physical. It is about the ability to love freely and unconditionally and controls the creative process.
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Color/Chakra:

Green
Security
Heart
Positive:

Generous
Vital
Powerful
Secure
Open-hearted
Nurturing
Self-assertive
Compassionate
Expansive
Negative:

Miserly
Depleted
Self-doubting
Insecure
Possessive
/jealous
Selfish
Attached
Envious
Mistrustful
Time:

Moves between past,present and future
seeking confirmation and security.
Needs:

To feel secure.
To feel assertive and powerful.
To love and be loved.
Challenges:

To love without attachment.
To conquer possessiveness.
To master doubt, fear, mistrust,and insecurity
Other Names: Heart, anahata (Sanskrit)
Element: Air Stones: Quartz, Moldavite, Malachite, Peridot, Moss Agate, Moonstone, Aventurine, Emerald
Area of Consciousness: astral body
Governs: love, compassion, and unconditional acceptance for others
Essential oils: attar of rose, jasmine, amber.
Musical note is F.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 










BLUE belongs to the Planet Venus, the giver of Love, devotion and harmony. Its stone is the Amethyst, the super-sacred of the seven jewels. Pale blue in the aura represents devotion, while dark blue shows fanaticism. One can either be "true blue or have a fit of the "blues", according to one's outlook.

Blue is the the color that corresponds to the 5th chakra.The musical note of blue is G, a favorite key for the composer of romantic music.

FIFTH CHAKRA

This chakra governs our speech, hearing, and communication of self-expression. It is the beginning seat of our intuition. It is about the expression of the truth that we know in our heart.
Color/Chakra:

Blue
Conceptual
Throat
Positive:

Content
Idealistic
Patient
Creative
Peaceful
Truthful
Negative:

Smug
Dogmatic
Fanatic
Rigid
Negative
Critical
Time:

Past
Needs:

To attain inner peace.
To find Mental security.
To live an ideal.

Challenges:

To find confirmation within rather
than from others.
To let go of memories.
To live in the present.
Other Names: Throat, visuddha (Sanskrit)
Element: Sound
Stones: Turquoise, Amazonite, Chrysocolla, Azurite,Quartz,Boji stone
Area of consciousness: etheric body
Governs: communication, expression of thoughts and feelings
Essential oils: lilac, patchouli, francincense.
Musical note is G.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 








INDIGO is the sixth color of the scale. It is, like green, a meeting-ground for all the colors. Its planet is said to be Uranus and its stone is jet. It is the color associated with the 6th chakra. In the aura it shows dignity and high aspirations. The musical note is A.

SIXTH CHAKRA

This is our source of intuition and insight. Our sense of spirituality,
and inner awareness of self through inner and outer sight, visions, and dreams.
Color/Chakra:

Indigo
Intuition
Brow
Positive:

Supersensitive
Visionary
Aesthetic
Abstract
Inspired
Telepathic
Creative
Negative:

Inefficient
Cruelty
Injustice
Forgetful
Undisciplined
Unable to manifest.
Time:

Future
Needs:
To feel at one with the universe.
To have a conflict-free relationship.

Challenges:

To make real the vision of the future.
To manifest.
To refine the supersense.
Other Names: Third Eye, Brow, ajna (Sanskrit)
Element: Light
Stones: Amethyst , Quartz, Lapis Lazuli, Azurite, Sugilite, Herkimer Diamond, Moldavite, Flourite
Area of consciousness: celestial body
Governs: spirituality and the search for meaning in life, intuition, visualization
Essential oils: rose, amber, sandalwood
Musical note is A.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

 




VIOLET is the seventh and last color of the spectrum. It represents the seventh and highest quality a person attains- noble spiritual aspiration. Therefore it has always been connected to the priestly ceremonies. Violet is the color associated with the 7th chakra. Its musical note is B, in which key much sacred music is written. Its planet is Jupiter, rules the metal tin and the jewel Sapphire. In its medical action it approaches the realm of ultraviolet. It cools the nerves, is magnetic and antiseptic.Purple and violet speak of honor, spirituality and self-esteem.

SEVENTH CHAKRA

This is the chakra that gives us our sense of Oneness and connection to the cosmic consciousness. Here is the ability to receive light from the source and it is our connection to our higher self.

Color/Chakra:

Violet
Imagination
Crown
Positive:

Creative
Charming
Sense of wonder and mystical instinct for divine order.
Power of transformation
Negative:

Inefficient
Unable to live in the Now.
Spaced-out
Forgetful
Fearful of future.
Time:

Past,
Present
and Future
Needs:

To bring order out of chaos.
Eternal communion with the Universe.
Annihilation of time.
Challenges:

To be disciplined in manifestation.
To transform the self-image
with the power of the imagination.
Other Names:Crown, sahasrara (Sanskrit)
Element:Thought
Stones:Cookeite,Sugilite,Herkimer Diamond, Quartz, Moldavite
Area of Consciousness: ketheric body
Governs: our connection to the concept of "God" or a higher intelligence
Essential oils: lavender & attar of rose.
Musical note is B


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 








Colors
, therefore, are of the deepest significance to us throughout all phases if our life. They have more influence on us then we can possibly imagine. If we use them intelligently they can help us by strengthening, soothing and inspiring us.

Dark, drab and dingy colors harm our spirits, morals and health: they encourage crime, inhibitions, inferiority complexes, suicide and stunted development. They actually prevent the radiation of personal magnetism, the give and take between human beings. They inhibit optimism and inspiration.

The neutral colors:

BROWN is the color of the earth and holds us to the earth and materialistic thoughts.

GRAY is neutral and useful as a background to other colors.

WHITE absorbs all the rays and is therefore cooling and restful.

BLACK absorbs them all and is warm, although neutralized.  I always carry with me a piece of black jet because I feel it absorbs any negativity I might encounter.

 

 

Recommended Books on Color

Color and Meaning: Art, Science, and Symbolism
John Gage

What Color Is Your Personality?

Color

The Devil's Cloth

Bright Earth

Wild Color:Complete Guide to Making and Using Natural Dyes

A Perfect Red: Empire, Espionage, and the Quest for the Color of Desire

Indigo by Jenny Balfour-Paul

Mauve

The Rarest Blue

Blue: The History of a Color

Black: The History of a Color


Color Choices: Making Color Sense Out of Color Theory

The Elements of Color

Kirlian Photography

Color Medicine:The Secrets of Color/Vibrational Healing

Color and Culture: Practice and Meaning from Antiquity to Abstraction

Color Therapy: Healing With Color

Color Rudolph Steiner

Theory of Colours

Life Colors

World Madalas

Geometric Mandalas

Mandala by Bailey Cunningham

 Everyone's Mandala Coloring Book

Prismatic Design Coloring Book

Peace Mandala: Coloring Book from Children

Coloring Mandalas

Kaleidoscopic Design Coloring Book

A Book About Color for Age Level- 9 and up  Grade Level- 4 and up

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