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Colors

By Serenity
(Written for Ecclasia)

 

Once upon a time the colors of the world started to quarrel: all claimed that they were the best, the most important, the most useful, the favorite.

Green said: "Clearly I am the most important. I am the sign of life and hope. I was chosen for grass, leaves, trees -- without me, all animals would die. Look out over the countryside and you will see that I am in the majority."

Blue interrupted: "You only think about the Earth, but consider the sky and sea. It is the water that is the basis of life and drawn up by the clouds from the deep sea. The sky gives space and peace and serenity. Without my peace, you would all be nothing."

Yellow chuckled: "You are all so serious. I bring laughter, gaiety, and warmth to the world. The sun is yellow, the moon is yellow, the stars are yellow. Every time you look at a sunflower, the whole world starts to smile. Without me, there would be no fun."

Orange started next to blow her temper. "I am the color of health and strength. I may be scarce, but I am precious for I serve the needs of human life. I carry the most important vitamins. Think of carrots, pumpkins, oranges, mangos and pawpaws. I don't hang around all the time, but when I fill the sky at sunrise or sunset, my beauty is so striking that no one gives another thought to any of you."

Red could stand it no longer. He shouted out: "I am the ruler of all of you! I am blood! Life's blood! I am the color of danger and of bravery. I am willing to fight for a cause. I bring fire to the blood! I am the color of passion and of love, the red rose, the poppy and poinsettia. Without me, the earth would be as empty as the moon!"

Purple rose up to his full height. He was very tall and spoke with great pomp: "I am the color of royalty and power. Kings, chiefs and bishops have always chosen me for I am a sign of authority and wisdom. People do not question me, they listen and obey."

Finally, Indigo spoke, much more quietly than all the others, but with just as much determination: "Think of me. I am the color of silence. You hardly notice me, but without me you all become superficial. I represent thought and reflection, twilight and deep water. You need me for balance and contrast, for prayer and inner peace."

And so all the colors went on boasting and quarreling, each convinced of their own superiority. Soon, their quarreling became louder and louder. Suddenly a flash of bright lightning! Thunder rolled and boomed! Rain started to pour down relentlessly. The colors crouched down in fear drawing close to one another for comfort. In the midst of the clamor, Rain begain to speak: "You foolish colors, fighting amongst yourselves, each trying to dominate the rest. Don't you know you were each made for a special purpose, unique and different? Join hands with one another and come to me."

Doing as they were told, the colors united and joined hands. The Rain continued: "From now on, when it rains, each of you will stretch across the sky in a great bow of colors as a reminder that you can all live in peace. The rainbow is a sign of hope for tomorrow."

And so, whenever a good rain washes the world, and a rainbow appears in the sky, let us remember to appreciate one another.

~ Author unknown ~

Color affects our moods, stimulates or depresses our awareness. Studies of color in modern times, most from a psychological point of view, and it's uses have been incorporated in our Medical, Psychiatric, Education and Penal Institutions as well as in modern marketing techniques! The "old" and traditional color uses mostly agree with the modern day interpretations and the ancient use of color in magick still holds true today.

Though we will find many meanings and differing uses of colors, it is up to each individual to find what works best.

Now let's talk about some colors, their attributes and correspondences!

GREEN: Masculine or Feminine. It is the color of the Nature Kingdom, growth, prosperity, money, luck, fertility, wisdom, harmony, attitude changes, rejuvination, ressurection, abundance, envy and jealousy.

The personality of a GREEN person is that of an extrovert, happy, optimistic and reliable. They are very blunt and frank, as well as soft hearted. Sometimes this person is so direct that they don't realize they have just put their foot in their mouth and just insulted you, when of course that was not their intention at all. They are quite the status-conscious person and status holds great meaning to them. GREEN people love art in its natural form: pottery and woodcrafts.

GREEN is used widely for healing, money attraction, luck, fertility wishes, faerie realm and to aid in meeting your spirit guides and power animals. Can also aid in preventing headaches, controlling digestion problems, kidney and bladder problems.

ELEMNENT Earth
ELEMENTALS Gnomes and Dwarfs
DIRECTION North
CHAKRA Fourth, Heart Chakra (with Pink)
PLANET Venus and Jupiter
DAY Friday/Venus -- Love and Friendship
  Thursday/Jupiter -- Luck and Prosperity
MAGICKAL TOOL Rocks, Crystals, Pentacle, Salt
STONES Aventurine, Emerald, Green Tourmaline, Jade and Malachite

BLUE: Masculine or Feminine. The color of emotion, calmness, tranquility, sleep, peace, loyalty, good will, purifying, protection, commitment, hope and sincerity. The color of the Poet or Bard. The sky, sleep, twilight, truth, patience, change, guidance and freedom.

The personality of a BLUE person is one that speaks of sensitivity and introspection. A color of communication, this person is that of a poet or an artist. They are loyal, stable, observant, responsible, conscienctious, can keep secrets well and can tend to be a bit analytical. May also possess psychic abilities.

Blue is used for patience, health, friendships, dreams, sleep, inspiration, meditations, harmony in the home and Water Magick. May also be used to aid in communications.

ELEMNENT Water
ELEMENTALS Mermaids and Undines
DIRECTION West
CHAKRA Fifth, Throat Chakra
PLANET Neptune and Jupiter
DAY Thursday
MAGICKAL TOOL Chalice, Shells
ANIMAL Dolphin, Whale, All Sea Creatures & Water Inhabitents
STONES Aquamarine, Azurite, Blue Laced Agate, Blue Topaz, Lapis
  Lazuli, Sodalite, Sapphire and Turquoise

Yellow: Male. The color of intellect, communication, analysis and mental clarity, optimism, movement, sunlight and spiritual progress. Also the color of confidence, power of thought, reason, memory and creativity.

The personality of a YELLOW person is that of a sweet optimistic intellectual. This person loves to learn and wants to know the how and why on just about everything. They are devoted, trustworthy and capable of keeping a secret. Yellows are also extremely fond of the big outdoors.

YELLOW is used widely for increasing knowledge and understanding, harmonizing of will and emotion, movement, aid in astral projection, telepathy, and direct contact with spirits. Also good for protection. Sometimes used with BROWN and Earth energies and enhancing the GOLD and healing energies.

ELEMNENT Air
ELEMENTALS Sylphs and Faeries
DIRECTION East
CHAKRA Third, Solar Plexus Chakra
PLANET Sun and Mercury
DAY Sunday -- Physical Action
  Wednesday --Mental Action
MAGICKAL TOOL Wand, Feather, Censer, Athame
STONES Amber, Citrine, Topaz

ORANGE: Male. The color of mental agility, balancing business, legal problems, eloquence and speech, health, ambition, personal creativity, memory and sharing. A mutable color, it combines the intellect of YELLOW and the vitality of RED.

The personality of the ORANGE person is usually very agreeable and tends to be extroverted. They are excitable, sociable, and really quite good natured. They love travel and learning, and need a bit of curbing on their spending habits. An ORANGE person is methodical, orderly and would make a very good teacher.

ORANGE is used widely for controlling runaway emotions, promoting personal creativity, increasing memory, career, legal issues, healing nervous disorders, balance and neutrality, organization, travel, writing, business transaxtions, cooperation and obtaining information. Can enhance breaking of spells or to bring about a quick change.

ELEMNENT Air and Fire
ELEMENTALS Sylphs and Salamanders
DIRECTION East and South
CHAKRA Second, Spleen Chakra
PLANET Mars, Mercury and Sun
DAY Tuesday -- Physical Action
  Wednesday -- Mental Action
  Sunday -- Both Actions
MAGICKAL TOOL Wand, Censer, Athame, Sword
STONES Carnelian, Quartz, Orange Calcite

RED: Male. The color of fire, action and passion! Of life itself, birth, stimulating, intense, highly-charged. Will, ego, potential, anger, aggression, lust, war, courage, strength and fear. It's use in magick must be cautiously guarded as it can be very wild and unpredictable.

The personality of a RED person is aggressive, bold, dynamic, impulsive, highly extroverted. Passionate when aroused, whether it be in love or for a just cause. Fiercely imaginative but sometimes a little self-centered. They are easily bored and have a need for challenges. Competative, loves sports and nature. They have a sense of wotrh and good soul-quality.

RED is used widely for blood purifying, sexual dysfunctions, will, energy and stimulation, passion in love, courage, marriage, lust, power, freedom, change, transformation, loyalty, force, contests and Fire Magick.

ELEMNENT Fire
ELEMENTALS Salamanders and Firedrakes
DIRECTION South
CHAKRA First, Root Chakra
PLANET Mars
DAY Tuesday
MAGICKAL TOOL Sword, Athame, Candle
STONES Bloodstone, Garnet, Lava, Red Jasper, Ruby

PURPLE: Male. The color of Justice, psychism, royalty, clairvoyance, luck, charm, meditation, idealism, progress, mysticism, guidance and devotion, accomplishment and religion. Penetration of higher realms. Divination.

The personality of a PURPLE person is that of a happy-go-lucky-one! Their head is always held high, a very proud person with a winning smile. Independant, but usually has a need to be around a lot of people. This person is also intrigued by mystical things and probably has or will study some of the mystical arts. Has a deep religious nature. Extremely loyal and ambitious and always lucky.

PURPLE is widely used for protection, power, treasure, legal matters, progress, spirit contact, breaking of bad luck, drive away evil, divination, expansion of obtained desires/situations, stop gossip or lies, material wealth, enhance spiritual and psychic powers, astral projection.

ELEMNENT Fire, Water and Spirit
ELEMENTALS Salamanders and Undines
DIRECTION South and West
CHAKRA Sixth, Brow Chakra
PLANET Jupiter
DAY Thursday
MAGICKAL TOOL Sword, Athame, Chalice, Shells
STONES Amethyst, Iolite, Opal and Tanzanite

PINK: Female. The color of emotions from the heart. Pleasure in the arts, inspiration, creativity, marriage, friendship, beauty, compassion, raise energies, new relationships. Encourage openness, intuition, warmth, self love.

PINK is used widely for drawing new loves, physical beauty, friendships, partnerships, romance, attraction, subtle sexual vibrations, inner harmony, calming, relaxing, some skin disorders, asthma, bronchitis, bruises, fevers and nervousness.

The same attributes as RED but in a kinder, gentler and harmonious way.

ELEMNENT Air
ELEMENTALS Sylphs
DIRECTION East
CHAKRA Fourth, Heart Chakra (with Green)
PLANET Venus
DAY Friday
MAGICKAL TOOL Wand, Censer, Feather
STONES Kunzite, Pink Tourmaline, Pink or Rose Quartz, Pink Diamonds

WHITE: Male or Female. All of the colors! The color of purity, protection, godliness, cleanliness, the moon, virginity, snow, ice and potential. Since it is all the colors, it is a mutable color and compatible with all others.

The personality of a WHITE person is that of the teacher, giver and student. They are spiritual and highly devoted. Loves wide open spaces, clarity of thought, neatness and may have a tendency to be a bit obsessive in some things. Also loves bright bold colors which compliment her/him. Perfectionist, protective, psychic. Appreciates the finer things in life and will wait to acquire just the right one whether it be for him/herself or for another.

WHITE is used widely for divination, achieving high spirituality, protection, increasing psychic powers, healing, seeking for the truth in a situation, peace and purification. Because of it's mutability, can be used in any ritual or spell or as an enhancement to the objective.

ELEMNENT Air, Fire, Water, Earth and Spirit
ELEMENTALS Sylphs, Salamanders, Undines and Gnomes
DIRECTION Center
CHAKRA Seventh, Crown Chakra (also Indigo)
PLANET Moon
DAY Monday
MAGICKAL TOOL Crystal Ball
STONES Opals, Clear Crystals, Diamonds, Mother of Pearl, Pearls,
  Moonstone and Quartz

 

BLACK: Male or Female. The color of absorption, quiet power, self-control, restriction, depression, sickness, new changes, rebirth and wisdom. The void of all colors, it has the ability to absorb. Control, resilience, discipline. Has aspects of all the elements.

The personality of a BLACK person is that of someone who can and often does dwell in his own dark recesses. This person loves to stand out almost as much as the RED! A strong silent type but a force to be reckoned with if crossed. Usually also a "night owl" as the darkness seems to be their safe place. Although jovial on the outside, this person tends to keep a lot of secrets, even with him/herself.

BLACK is used widely for banishing negative thoughts and situations, reversing, uncrossing, binding negative forces, releasing, removing confusion, contact with spirits, truth, repel dark magick, defensive spells (can be used with RED). Can also be used with other colors when drawing and banishing at the same time. In the Auras, could indicate a sickness, disease or depression.

ELEMNENT Air (night), Fire (destroyes), Water (depths), Earth (after fire)
ELEMENTALS Sylphs, Salamanders, Undines, and Gnomes
DIRECTION North
PLANET Saturn
DAY Saturday
MAGICKAL TOOL Scrying Mirror
STONES Onyx, Jet, Obsidian, Black Star Sapphire, Black Quartz and
  Diamond

 

GREY: Male and Female. The color of neutrality, complexity mellowed by calm, peace. Darkness tempered by light. A balancer. Positive and negative. Nonalignment of conflicts.

The personality of a GREY person is a non-conflicting type. They can see and weigh both sides, however rarely takes a stand to voice his/her opinion. Not as dramatic as black and not as pure as white, but can easily be both. Sensitive but keeps it in. An introvert most of the time. Enjoys solitude, peace and quiet. A thinker, passive, yet beneath has very definite views. This person tends to like pastel hues. Can be comfortable in either night or day setting as long as they have their space.

GREY is used for achieving balance, attuning with the spirit worlds, non-nature faery magick, to learn peace and patience, cancelling, veiling and invisibility. Vision quests, theft, dreams, negating or neutralizing a negative situation. Can be used in Moon Magick and help in making decisions. Women's mysteries.

ELEMNENT Water
ELEMENTALS Undines
DIRECTION West
PLANET Moon
DAY Monday
MAGICKAL TOOL Chalice, Shells
STONES Moonstone, Black Pearl, Abalone, Opals, Smoky Quartz and
  Onyx

SILVER: Female. Has the qualities of White but with a spark! Purity, protection, perfection, potential. The cosmos, heavenly, stars. White with a kick!

The personality of a SILVER person is that of the star, the center of attention, a person who needs and craves attention and knows how to get it. As White, appreciates the finer things but doesn't want to wait for them and will go out and get them even if there are more checks left, but no money. Silver knows there will be by the time the funds are due. They like a clean and trendy living space. They have a great sense of humor and a love for the outrages. Also within them lies a deep sense of devotion.

Silver is used widely for clairvoyance, divination, astral travel and energy. Silver enhances white magick and psychic abilities, drawing of inspiration, and some defense and repelling spells. Closely related to all Moon and spiritual spells.

ELEMNENT Air and Water
ELEMENTALS Sylphs and Undines
DIRECTION East and West
PLANET Moon
DAY Monday
MAGICKAL TOOL Wand, Cauldron. Crystal Ball
STONES Silver, Opals, Clear Crystals, Mother-of-Pearl, Quartz, Pearl,
  Moonstone, Abalone

GOLD: Male. The color of richness, fortune, power, promotions, understanding and strength. Has the powers of the Sun and the cosmic influences.

The personality of a GOLD person is one of understanding and steadiness. One who loves softness, luxury and harmony. A clear thinking, rational person who may at times be a bit materialistic but is tempered by spirituality. This is an individual who stands out from the crowd, and loves the admiration. Usually stands very erect with graceful lines when striding. Sees beauty in antiques and wood. Loves sturdy, strong materials and is quite practical most of the time. The Gold person is usually lucky in all that they pursue. Intellectual with a good and dry sense of humor.

GOLD is used widely for increasing understanding and knowledge, harmonizing of will/emotions, hopes, fortune, money, healing, strength and cosmic influences, skills sought, success, Sun Magick, and Earth energy. Can be combined with Orange for fast luck, Yellow for understanding and clarity, and with Silver for higher divinations.

ELEMNENT Fire
ELEMENTALS Salamander
DIRECTION South
PLANET Sun
DAY Sunday
MAGICKAL TOOL Athame, Sword, Candle Magick
STONES Gold, Topaz, Yellow Diamonds, Pyrite, Citrine, Clear Quartz,
  Chrysolite, Sunstone and some Tigers Eye

BROWN: Female. The color of Earth Energy! Grounding, exercise, success through labor, centering consciousness, organization, sometimes solitude, honest and straightforward. The color of solidity, the soil and practicality. Another very mutable color combining the prosperity of Green and the intellect of Yellow.

The personality of a BROWN person is of course stable, practical and has a lot of common sense. A hard worker, usually happy doing things with the hands and animals. Usually a very warm and cozy feel to their homes. Loves security. Once their mind has been made up it is usually hard to change it. And if you should get in an arguement, their commonsense and logic along with their honesty and down-to-earth manner, you've got a healthy oponent. Sometimes too much of a homebody, they can be stuck in a rut and be completely happy. Not really after the limelight or the big bucks, this person likes things the way they are and if you leave them with their home and a bunch of animals, they are extremely happy, thank you.

BROWN is used widely for centering or grounding oneself and improving life on a material basis, building, study, house and home, and concentration depending on the hue for the magick and works well when combined with other colors, such as Yellow and Orange. Healing plants and animals, finding lost items, partnerships, gardening and decision making.

ELEMNENT Earth
ELEMENTALS Gnomes
DIRECTION North
CHAKRA Feet and Hands, Grounding
PLANET Earth
DAY Monday/Moon -- Tans and Light Browns
  Saturday/Saturn -- Dark Browns
MAGICKAL TOOL Pentacle, Salt, Images, Stones, Cord Magick
STONES Amber, Sandstone, Petrified Wood, Smoky Quartz, Granite,
  Staurolite and Pumice

 

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