Colour/ Hues and their Meaning
Ours is a colourful world. An individual’s response to same hue varies depending on circumstance, mood or even the time of day. At an early age we are routinely schooled to recognize that there are seven colours in the solar spectrum-violet, indigo, blue, green, yellow, orange and red. Some however can only distinguish six whereas others four, and still others only two. The indigo or dark blue in the spectrum is distinguished only by the people with an acute sense of colour whereas most, the average Joe have six-colour vision. As the nature of colour depends on vibration, the difference between light of different colours is in its wavelength or the rate at which it vibrates. Violet vibrations are the fastest whereas red is the slowest. There are other rays, such as ultraviolet and infra-red that are invisible. The reason a piece of cloth looks yellow, is that it absorbs light of all variations except the yellow. But then you know all this, so let us move on.
You may wonder why some individuals delight in dressing in deep mauve, while another prefers more pastel hues, yet another subdued blues or grays. Apart from the consideration of the suitability of the colour to the complexion, the dictates of the fashion world or the circumstances of mood, the random choices are made instinctively, impulsively or mechanically. One thing is for certain however, we all have our strong likes and dislikes concerning particular hues. But with our interdependent lives, woe to the couples that have opposing tastes.
Traditions and religious beliefs may also play some part in accrediting colours with certain qualities. In Europe and Americas, black is often associated with mourning, sadness or despair whereas in the East it is the colour white that is attributed to that since white is the negation of all colour, yet white is the desired colour for wedding gown in the West, as it denotes purity. In any event, here’s an amusing list of colours’ attributes:
Black- Solemnity, earnestness
Blue, bright- Honesty, forthrightness
Blue, light- Virtue, steadfastness, innocence
Blue, steel- Ambition, endeavour
Blue, dark- Earnestness, truth and sincerity
Green, light- Brilliance, ardour, candour
Green, dark- Courage, virility
Grey- Constancy, modesty
Mauve- Faith, aspiration
Orange- Vigour, health, intelligence
Pink- Modesty, fervour
Purple- Majesty, fortitude, wisdom, power
Red-Life, success, love
Violet- Intellectuality, passion
White- Virtue, innocence
Yellow, pale- Vivacity
Yellow, golden- Doubt, morose
On another lighter note, here are some other intriguing facts pertaining to colours. For instance, did you know that there are colours more favourable to you depending on your astrological sign?
Here’s a succinct List of lucky colours:
Virgo- Pale blue
Scorpio- Russet brown
Aquarius- Dark blue
Have you ever considered the notion those days might be thought of in terms of colours? For added amusement here’s a suggestion:
Saturday: Dark blue.