Monday, July 29, 2013

Color Meanings- Part Two

People think a lot about the meanings of colors when they are decorating their home.  Here is the second part in the series of color meanings.  

Purple- It has been said that Cleopatra loved the color purple and that she had her servants soak 20,000 Purpura snails for 10 days.  In the city of Thailand, the color purple is worn by a widow while she is mourning her husband’s passing.  A purple heart is given to a soldier who was wounded in battle.  Purple is also the color of royalty.  Leonardo Da Vinci had believed that if you mediate in a purple light such as a purple light bulb, the power of meditation is increased 10 times.  In decorating, the color purple painted in a child’s room means the child will be imaginative.  Richard Wagner composed his operas in a purple room to help him with his inspirations.

Yellow- Yellow is the color of mourning in Egypt and Burma.  In the old days, the color yellow was worn by executioners in Spain.  In India, merchants and farmers are identified by the color yellow.  In France during the tenth century, the doors of traitors and criminals were identified by the color yellow.  In India, the color yellow is worn by Hindus to celebrate spring.  Yellow ribbons are displayed as a sign of support for soldiers.  Yellow is also a symbol of deceit.  During the Middle Ages, actors who played a dead person always wore the color yellow.  Those who are in the holistic filed believe the color yellow stands for peace.  Yellow is the color of warning and is also used to mark off a crime scene.  

White- A white flag is used in battle to symbolize a truce.  In China and Japan, the color white stands for mourning.  In movies, angels wear the color white.  The ancient Greeks wore white at bedtime so that they would have good dreams instead of bad ones.  In India, Thailand, Burma and Sri Lanka, the people believe that a white elephant is sacred.  Most brides wear white to symbolize purity and innocence.  White heat is a state of intense enthusiasm, anger, devotion or passion.  A whiteout occurs in a snow storm when visibility is near zero.  White lightning stands for moonshine which is homemade alcohol.  

Black- The ancient Egyptians and Romans wore the color black to symbolize that they were in mourning as most Americans do today.  A “black hearted” person is an evil person.  In the business world, a business that is in the black is said to be making money.  A black belt in karate is the highest honor for a martial artist.  In racing, a black flag signals the driver to get off the track and head to pit road.  

And there you have it; two complete articles on the meanings of color.

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