to “Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Old Oak Tree” performed by Tony Orlando
to “It’s Not Easy Being Green” croaked by Kermit the Frog
color is attached to a spectrum of emotions. Savvy writers know they can use color to symbolize, reveal, and add irony to their text. Color symbolism is fraught with ambiguity and duality, making it a vibrant way to add complexity.
Warm colors like yellow, red, and orange are considered stimulating.
The cool colors of blue, indigo, violet are soothing and peaceful.
Although cultural variations exist, color symbolism is universal.
Red: A dual-tinted mix.
passion and lust
anger and aggression
war and revolution
fire and flame
All these emotions spur one to action.
The red planet Mars is named after the Roman god of war
Associated with the Root Chakra located at the base of the spine ( our connection with earth )
Yellow: On the good side…
sun and gold ( metal )
enlightenment and wisdom
flowers and warmth
On the bad side….
envy and treachery
Associated with the Solar Plexus Chakra
Orange: A mix of the first two.
luxury and splendor
a renunciation of earthly pleasures—think Buddhist monks garb.
Associated with the Sacral Chakra (the reproductive organs ).
In ancient Rome, a bride wore a saffron-colored wrap and an orange veil.
Blue has as many hues as meanings.
sky and infinity
the divine—the Egyptian god Amun and Hindu gods, Rama, Shive, and Krishna are blue
tranquility and reflection
sexual proclivities—blue movies
socio-economic status—from blue-collar to blue blood
In Egypt, blue was the color of truth.
The Virgin Mary’s blue robe signifies her purity.
Indigo is the color of the Brow, or Third Eye Chakra of spiritual knowing and intuition.
spring and new life
fertility and nature
youth and inexperience
hope and joy
envy and jealousy and decay
Recently connected with safeguarding our planet’s resources promoted by the Green Movement
Color associated with the Heart Chakra.
royalty and wealth
power—Roman senators were identified by the purple stripe on their togas
religion—Catholic clergy don purple vestments during Advent and Lent
associated with the bliss, oneness, serenity, and spiritual wisdom of the Crown Chakra
temperance—because it’s a mixture of red ( action & hot ) and blue (calm & cool )
evil or darkness
despair and death and mourning
Gray, in its many shades…
anonymity or inconspicuousness or namelessness
uncertainty and unreliability and risk
purity and innocence—brides and those being baptized are clothed in white
In China, Japan and India, white is associated with death and mourning.