Colors are all around us and have incredible power to influence our subconscious mind, and therefore our reactions. Whether they are positive or negative, to encourage us or to calm us down, the fact is that colors are somehow determined by our everyday behavior.
In combination with certain objects (symbols) they add to the importance or depth, emphasize the essential meaning of the subject, and help us better understand his most hidden message. Colors help us to express our emotions and the current mood more easily, and sometimes the only color is enough to describe an event, without any spoken words.
Psychology of colors is a branch of psychology that studies emotions and reactions of observers to certain colors. In addition, it also points to the different significance of colors in different cultures and traditions.
For example, the symbolism of white is in a region related to innocence, chastity, wedding ceremony, and while in the Far East, this color refers to death and funeral. Nevertheless, on a global level, each color has its own universal meaning – and each of them can be attributed to a particular planet, a zodiac sign, and a number.
To begin with, we remind that the red, yellow and blue colors from which all other colors are formed, and they belong to the group of so-called basic (primary) colors. Secondary colors are formed by mixing the basic ones, which are green, orange and purple, while all others (tertiary) are formed by mixing primary and secondary colors. Now, once we have determined their division, we invite you to dive into a list that offers the symbolic meaning of each of them:
Red: A direct association on fire and blood. It carries a message of passion, power, movement, excitement, and satisfaction of those primary instincts, calls for action, courage, decisiveness, glow, enjoyment, and love. With red, everything is striking, temperamental, intense to the extent that it can turn into aggressive, defiant, furious and hard. This color has the power to instantly direct attention to the appropriate object. It connects to the planet Mars, the zodiac sign that suits her is Aries, and the numbers are in direct relation with the unit. The message sent by the red color is “I am a flame”.
Yellow: A direct association in the sunlight. It carries a message of creativity, protection, optimism, clarity of thought and action. It gives (mostly) a positive connotation, stimulates internal vision, strengthens self-confidence and facilitates easier communication. It belongs to the order of the psychologically most stimulating colors, accelerates metabolism, increases concentration, but when it is overemphasized it can also point to jealousy, cowardice, over-cautiousness, and cause irritation of the eyes. It connects with the Sun, a zodiac sign corresponding to it is Lion, and the numbers are in direct relation to the unit and the triple. The message sent by the yellow color is “I am the focus”.
Blue: A direct association on the sky. It carries a message of open space, unassuming, freedom, imagination, inspiration and sensitivity. It helps us find the perfect balance and easier to express our talents. There is still hidden peace, freshness, justice, intelligence, and honor. Unlike red, which speeds up the work of the heart and breathing, the blue color causes the secretions of the soothing substances in the body to emerge. When overemphasized it can indicate coldness, indifference, and depression. It connects to the planet Jupiter, the zodiac sign that suits her is the Sagittarius, and when the numerology in question, blue corresponds to the number five. Her inner message is: “I am the vastness.”
Green: A direct association on nature and spring. It occurs by blending blue and yellow, indicating youth, sentimentality, nature, abundance, fertility. It has the power to relax and calm down, and in it we see a picture of every activity that brings prosperity, balance, security and stability.
Traditionally, it is related to income, or money. As for the so-called most peaceful color that corresponds to every human eye, so in it we see the perfect balance, freshness, and good health. It enhances, helps with good digestion and reduces abdominal pain. An unrepentant can point to envy, jealousy, inexperience. It connects to the planet Venus, the Taurus and Libra correspond to the horoscopic signs, and the numbers are four and six. Her inner message reads: “I am accepted”.
White: A direct association of snow, purity and innocence. Just like the snow that looks like a shiny cover of a dormant nature, white color gives one note of purity and tenderness to everything that touches it. It is ideal for mixing with all the other colors, and it is a symbol of clarity, simplicity, mildness, perfection and enlightenment.
Traditionally it is associated with professionalism and business, but it can also indicate sterility, coldness, fragility, isolation. It is well known that the human eye does not respond too much because it can cause headache, and even blindness with its glamor. The corresponding planets are Mercury and the Moon, the zodiac sign Virgo, and corresponds to the unit and the sixth of the numbers. The internal white message reads: “I am enlightenment.”
Black: Although most people talk about black as color, it is in fact a lack of any kind of light or color. For some, it is a symbol of sorrow, for some symbol of elegance, some are beloved because it visually reduces and makes us look thinner and slender. Either way, it is one of the most popular colors that points to the formality, authority, prestige, power, seriousness.
On the other hand, too black indicates the fear of an unknown, mystery, sadness, dissatisfaction, danger, and death. It is related to the planets Saturn and Pluto, and the Capricorn and Scorpio correspond to the zodiac signs, and from the numbers zero and eight. The internal message of black is: “I am infinite”.
Burgundy Color – Symbolism
Every shade of red is the highlight of colors. It marks the most powerful natural phenomenon – volcanic eruption, spitfire – revolution and war, and the strongest human emotion – love. Throughout the world, burgundy color represents the states and emotions of people: danger and courage, violence and sin, lust and passion.
The religious symbolism of the burgundy has a positive and negative meaning: religion, church, heart, or the apocalyptic color horse’s war, burgundy beast or a large dragon burgundy as fire. In Christian tradition, burgundy symbolizes Christ’s suffering, martyrdom, vigilance; but also religious zeal, love, power, dignity.
In many countries of the world, burgundy color has attracted attention in ancient times. The Neanderthals spread their dead bodies with burgundy ocher, as well as the Chromogenic, who, with the same color, rich in iron, scared the walls of the caves.
In ancient China, burgundy was considered as a happy color, a symbol of prosperity and health. The Arabs thought that the one who wears burgundy protects God. Sometimes they considered it a sign of damnation – but, above all, men’s color, a symbol of health and vitality.
South of the Sahara, burgundy clothing is worn only senior class, while in ancient Egypt it was a sign of danger, the world color fickle god Seth (in Egyptian mythology the god of darkness and evil). In the old Romans, the burgundy light was equated with the holy fire.
In Slovene, the burgundy color protected the evil forces. It is always combined with white and black. In wedding ceremonies symbolized joy and love. The newborn baby was placed on a burgundy thread on her arm to protect her from spells, and giving the burgundy scarf to a girl is an expression of love and loyalty.
In primitive societies, magical qualities are often attributed to her, including the power to expel demons, cure illnesses, and protect her from pernicious views. In medieval Europe, Charlotte’s patients are wrapped in burgundy sheets, and burgundy curtains are placed on the windows.
There were even more cave people for the healing properties of the colors. The sick and the wounded were outdoors so that the sun would restore their strength and health. In ancient Egypt, Mesopotamia, India, and China, the temples were designed so that the sun’s rays shattered in seven colors of the solar spectrum. Later, churches around the world are decorated with stained-glass windows, predominantly burgundy in color, in order to influence the mood of the believer.
One is to attach certain meanings to burgundy color, and something else to create it. For thousands of years, artists have tried to produce a fiery burgundy or deep burgundy that they have seen in nature. The best they could get was the ocher burgundy, as the Chromogenic did, mixing it with orange and brown.
By the end of the 4th century, n. painters in Asia have discovered that much better colors can be obtained from cinnabarite minerals (natural sulphid mercury, light burgundy or dark burgundy). Cinabarit used in China to highlight text on the stamp; and later in Pompeii in fresco painting, but he had several drawbacks: he was expensive, poisonous, and had an unwanted trait to black in the light. As it was the best burgundy color that could be found, cinnabarite was used and glorified for more than a thousand years.
Artists have had a problem to find a stable and strong burgundy and artists were faced with an even bigger problem: their burgundy color had to withstand the sun, sweat and numerous washes.
Since neither the ocher nor the cinnabarite had been given satisfactory burgundy, the fighters had to look elsewhere. Their search looked like alchemist search: fans of the mysterious art were trying to elementary matter – leaves, tree bark, blood, country, and even cow dung – into a gold mine of beautiful burgundy color.
Unlike the alchemists, the fighters had success – but partial. Although they learned how to get a burgundy brown and orange blossom from the plants in a cheap way, getting a real burgundy color was a much greater challenge. Before the invention of artificial colors in the nineteenth century, it was possible to obtain only from exotic substances and secret techniques to which only a few warriors mastered.
An unattainable, costly and powerful symbol, the burgundy clothes were only available to the rich. They were worn by kings, cardinals, nobles. In Persia, only chess wore burgundy, while in ancient Rome it became a symbol of power: the most influential people in the city called themselves coccinates: those who wear burgundy.
The great news was that the Spanish conquistadores discovered in 1519 that the Aztecs sold extraordinary colored material on a large market in Mexico. Calling a branch of cochinilla, or mowing, the concavirists brought it to Europe, where the brightest, strongest burgundy color the Old World has ever seen was produced.
Kosenila became the most important stained matter in Europe, and Spain was enriched by selling it to fighters around the world and controlling its procurement. The Spanish were so jealously guarding the monopoly over the tin, that even its very nature remained unknown.