“Color… thinks by itself, independently of the object it clothes.” – Charles Baudelaire
“Color! What a deep and mysterious language, the language of dreams.” – Paul Gauguin
“Colors express the main psychic functions of man.” – Carl Jung
“There is no criterion by which to recognize what is a color, except that it is one of our colors.” – Ludwig Wittgenstein
From poets to painters, and psychologists to philosophers, and of course from you to me; color is the first thing we see before we know the words to describe them. Your favorite color is often the first thing you learn about yourself, and often still the first question one might ask you…or at least it is a part of the first 20 questions one might ask you. But what does it mean to favor the color Red or the color Green? And what does it mean to be given the color Purple or the color Yellow? Just as the Red Rose of Valentine’s Day is given to denote Love, all colors have their meanings derived throughout history, and exchanged by different cultures. Below you will find your favorite color, or the favorite color of the one you Love (hopefully you’ve asked that question). Use these color “definitions” as a way to bring more meaning to your gift, for when you give it, you can then be a Poet!
BLUE: Blue is one of those colors we see on a daily basis, it is all around us – in the sky and the oceans, in flowers and in the eyes of our loved ones. When the sky is blue we are often at our happiest. Woe is the grey sky that looms ahead with the upcoming cold months. As a color, Blue is seen as Trustworthy, dependable, and committed. Blue is a cooling color. Even refreshing – you want to dive into it on a hot day, and drink it when you’re parched. Many cultures attribute the color Blue to spirituality, heaven, and immortality.
RED: As blue is a cool color, Red is considered a warm color. Red is associated with two intense emotions: Love/Passion and Aggression/Anger…perhaps the two can go hand in hand. Other meanings of Red include excitement, sacrifice, joy and celebration; Good Luck, Long Life, and Nobility. Red has also been associated with war, strength, and power. In heraldry, the color Red indicates Courage. It is a very noticeable color – the reason it is the color of Stop signs, Red Lights, and Danger.
GREEN: Like fertile lands and spring’s new growth, is a refreshing and soothing color that is both warm and cool. The color green has been associated with relieving depression, nervousness, and anxiety; as well as money, life, and nature. Green is very healing and is known to be the most restful color for the human eye. In heraldry, green signifies growth & hope. Aqua Green can symbolize emotional healing, and Olive Green (like the Olive Branch) is a symbol for peace.
PINK: Like the English Rose, the color Pink is and always has been a very feminine color, however, “Real Men Wear Pink.” Pink is symbolic of youth, purity, sexuality, and love. Lighthearted pink is a color of happiness and joy. Bright pinks stimulate energy and can increase the heartbeat and pulse rate. Pink blossoms are a favorite flower of many, and in Japan the color is representative of the spring blooming of cherry trees. Pink is the oldest of Rose Colors and denotes several meanings depending on the shade of pink.
ORANGE: Other than bringing to mind the obvious like juice, pumpkins, and Halloween; the color is said to stimulate activity, appetite, and socialization. In some cultures, the color Orange is associated with strength, courage, and love. Orange is also the color of the Harvest Moon, and for many is considered one of the main autumnal colors. Orange is an optimistic and uplifting color that brings a positive outlook on life. Being a mix of red and yellow; Orange combines the stimulation of red with the cheerfulness of yellow.
YELLOW: Shinning with warmth and rejuvenation like the Sun; Yellow is a color of optimism, enlightenment, and happiness. Yellow is mentally stimulating, activating memory and encouraging communication. Cultures have associated the color with hospitality, benevolence, strength and reliability. Yellow also inspires creativity, original thought, and inquisitiveness. In heraldry, Yellow indicates honor and loyalty. An interesting note, and something to remember; babies tend to cry more in Yellow rooms!
WHITE: Like a blanket of freshly fallen snow and the softness of cotton; White is likened to Purity, Cleanliness, Neutrality, Peace, Harmony, and of course the age old symbol of Virginity. The color White aids mental clarity, fresh beginnings, purification of thoughts, and encourages a clean space. White is associated with lightness, the Good, and the innocent. In heraldry, white denotes faith and purity. White is considered to be the color of Perfection, and can represent a successful beginning.
PURPLE: A historical color for Royalty, the color Purple has also been associated with Nobility, Virtue, and Reincarnation. Purple is often a liked color by creative and eccentric people. The color can be uplifting, calming, and offer a sense of spirituality. Purple is also the color of the Crown Chakra located at the top of the head, and is representative of pure thought. Purple can also be a symbol of courage, pride, wealth, and position. Interesting note: Purple is the color of the highest denomination poker chip, worth $5000.
BROWN (Cognac): Quickly conjuring images of fertile soil; Brown leads us to a connection with the earth. It creates feelings of wholesomeness, orderliness, and stability. Like the color orange, this is another “autumnal” color. A few interesting notes on the color Brown: the Japanese do not have a word for Brown, but may describe it as “fallen-leaf;” Native American’s believe the color brown represents the power of self-discipline; and, if you dream of the color brown, it means that you will be lucky with money.