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Sunday, October 4, 2020

Symbolism And Meaning Behind Colors

The human eye can perceive at least 7 million colors, but most colors stand out because of their underlying meaning. Since ancient times, humanity has tried to make sense of what colors mean. These colors signify in religion, spirituality, mysticism or the occult continue to influence how we make sense of the meaning of colors that make our world more vibrant. These colors also changed how we communicate, our beliefs, and the way we see objects and their uses.



Black, Color, Death
Image: Wallpaper Flare

Black is the color most associated with death, void, and disease. The depiction of the Grim Reaper or Death is always clad in black. It is also the color most associated with evil, malice, deception, and even rebellion. Jolly Rogers of pirates has a black hue over skulls and bones as well as flags of anarchists, and other radical movements. Black is also the color of deception, espionage, or treachery. 


Angel, Sky, White
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White like blue is the color of peace, holiness, and purity. Abrahamic religions such as Judaism and Christianity often use this color to signify the aforementioned symbol of peace and purity. White is the color often associated with forces of good in fiction while black symbolizes the opposite. In warfare, the white flag is a symbol of peace, a ceasefire, or surrender. White like black is also associated with the afterlife especially the Paradise, Heaven, or the Elysium Fields or other places where benevolent souls reside. 


Brown, Man, Color
Image: Der Golem

Brown is a symbol of strength, reliability, and orderliness. Most homes and structures are painted in brown color to exude the vibe of the sturdiness and strength of an area or structure. Like green, this color is a symbol of fertility and nature. There is limited use of brown in world flags just like the color pink, purple and gray. 



Red, Guard, Color, Star Wars
Image: 20th Century Fox

Red is a prominent color in religion, philosophy, and even politics. Red is the symbol of vigor, fortitude, and strength. In geopolitics and flags, Red is a color widely used to represent bravery, revolution, change, and also signifies if the country is in a state of war. Radical ideologies often have symbols or flags in the red hue. 


Blue, Color, Dr. Manhattan
Image: Warner Brothers

Blue is the color most commonly associated with intelligence, cunning, and transcendence. It is often associated with the color of the skies or heavens and the sea, places that induce a  great sense of wonder. Blue is also associated with pacifism and cooperation between people as noted with the color used in the EU, NATO, and UN. 


Yellow, Color, Bumblebee
Image: Paramount

This primary-color has the most conflicting meaning throughout human history. Yellow is a color most associated with prosperity, holiness, and joy. Yellow is often depicted positively in both religion and spirituality but in medicine, the presence of yellow in a tissue or body part is a sign of illness or disease. In some cultures, yellow is often associated with treachery, cowardice, or betrayal. 



Green, Color, Buddha
Image: TripAdvisor

Like blue, green is a key color in nature. In ancient times, green is a symbol of fecundity, abundance, and tranquility. In modern usage, green is also a symbol of safety, and the start of something new. Green is not always used as a symbol of life, the color can also act as an emissary of death. Darker hues of green are often found in military outfits, vehicles, and other weapons as camouflage in the jungle or guerilla warfare.


Purple, Color, Buddha
Image: AuntyFlo

Among all colors, violet is the most often associated with dreaming, transcendence, rebirth, and inner harmony. This color is very dominant in the New Age belief systems and occultism. Violet is also a color often associated with bravery as represented by the Purple Heart badge, given to soldiers wounded or killed in action.  


Orange, Color, Buddha
Image: Pinterest

Orange is the color associated with change, progress, and spirituality. Being the color most associated with autumn or harvest, this color is also associated with change for the better. In Eastern religions such as Buddhism, monks are often seen wearing saffron or orange robes to signify a sound body and mind. 

The meaning of these colors was rooted in our ancient past, but even up to this technological age, in the age of pixels, these colors serve as tools to amplify the effect or beauty of a product or service. Colors also made us distinguish the forces of good and evil in fiction and religion.  Lest we not forget how these colors contributed to our progress, shaped our collective conscious or unconscious, or our identities since each one of us got a favorite color. 

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