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Color My World

color your worldFrom “Love is Blue”  crooned by Frank Sinatra
to “My World is Blue” by White Trash Clan
to “Yellow” sung by Coldplay
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….
  • cowardliness
  • 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
  • intellect
  • depression
  • 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.
Green:
  • 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.
Purple/Violet:
  • royalty and wealth
  • luxury
  • 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 )
Pink:
  •  femininity
  • baby girls
  •  gay pride
Black:
  • evil or darkness
  • despair and death and mourning
  • mortality
  • secrecy
  • ill-fortune
  • disease
Gray, in its many shades…
  • gloom
  • anonymity or inconspicuousness or namelessness
  • old age
  • uncertainty and unreliability and risk
White:
  • purity and innocence—brides and those being baptized are clothed in white
  • goodness
  • holiness
  • In China, Japan and India, white is associated with death and mourning.
  •  surrender and peace

Have fun adding some color to your novel!

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Fruit of the Gods

grapes

A Summer of Symbolism continues…

Sweet. Delicious. Symbolic? You know it.  Whether you’re enjoying a “fun” novel or slogging through a classic, it sure helps to know the symbolism behind the produce!

Fruit is laden with sin, sexuality and sensuality. Just look at that fruit salad! Damn! Put it away before the kids see it! Don’t believe me?  Here’s a fruit primer.

Apple: A symbol of love, fertility, and youth. Purported to be the forbidden fruit of the Tree apple eveof Knowledge ( no proof though), it is the quintessence of temptation. In China, this fruit symbolizes peace.

Date: The Arab Tree of Life, it is associated with endurance ( life is harsh in the desert).  In ancient Egypt it symbolises fertility.The date is linked to male fertility.

 

 

 

figFig: Yowza! A symbol of fertility: The leaf suggesting the male: the fruit, the female. See pic!  Also, it is the fruit of the Tree of Life. Hebrew traditions believe the fig represents peace and abundance, and Buddha found enlightenment under a fig tree.

Gourd: A multi-purpose hard-surfaced fruit. Used as a ceremonial mask, beverage container, music maker, and manly parts cover, it is linked to fertility. In some cultures, it has healing properties and supernatural powers.

Grape: The fruit of the vine is the favorite of Bacchus ( Roman god) known for fornication,bacchus parties, drunkenness, and all around fun times! It has quite the opposite meaning for Christians, where wine symbolizes the blood of Christ and Jesus’s first miracle. Grapes are usually associated with agriculture and the fall harvest.

Lemon:  Symbolic of bitterness and disappointment. Christians linked the fruit to fidelity. Because it was imported to some countries–and expensive–it became a symbol of wealth.

Mango: Food of the Gods! It is symbolic of love and fertility for Hindus, and is seen as a symbol of attainment when being held by Lord Ganesha.

Melon: Linked to gluttony, luxury, wealth, and creativity. Their sweet flavor and moisture are associated with sensuality.

Orange: A symbol of virginity and fertility. During the Chinese New Year, it is eaten on the 2nd day for good fortune.

virgin and peachPeach: Symbolic of virginity, this fuzzy fruit was sacred to Hymen, the  Roman God of marriage ceremonies ( don’t laugh)  Classical art often depicts the peach with the Virgin Mary and child, thus symbolizing salvation.

Pear: The swollen shape of the fruit is suggestive of sensuality. (Remember that when someone calls you pear-shaped).  Ancient Greeks believed Athena was the mother of pear trees.  In China, it is symbolic of a long life.

Persimmon: Another Fruit of the Gods. In China this fruit is used to regulate one’s ch’i (personal energy) and is symbolic of joy. To Japanese, it is a symbol of triumph.

Pineapple: Symbolizing hospitality in the US, the fruit also has opposing meanings in the West Indies of either restraint or welcome. Take your pick.

Pomegranate: Slice it open and you have lots of shiny, wet seeds, and –yup that can only mean one thing–the fruit is suggestive of the womb. Ancient Greeks believed the fruit had restorative properties.

Tomato: Dubbed the “love apple” in early European times, this fruit was deemed an aphrodisiac because of its numerous seeds. It was also the perfect Aztec side dish for a cannibalistic meat course.

Fruit tip of the day: Fruit contain seeds, thus equating it with fertility and the sensual, decadent, licentious, lusty acts that go with the act of fertilization.

Veggies just ain’t as sexy as fruit!

Note: I teach literary analysis ( must pay the bills) and remind my students to look closely at the symbolism in a novel. Why did the author include that fruit? Or name the character Neil? Why is the protagonist sitting under a pear tree? Why is her dress blue? Before jumping to any symbolic conclusions however, we look at the symbol in context of setting, history, and culture.

Related links: Symbols; Amazon novel link

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