For a long time, the sudden appearance of a rainbow has occupied people’s imagination. In the Judeo-Christian creation story, the rainbow represents the sign of a covenant between God and Noah after the flood, “that there will no longer be a flood that will destroy all flesh”.
According to a European tradition, there was a golden cauldron at the end of the rainbow. In African mythology, the rainbow represents a giant snake that brings misfortune to the house that touches it.
For others, the rainbow was a bridge to paradise. It was only reserved for René Descartes in 1637 to completely solve the secrets of the rainbow.
What is a rainbow?
The rainbow is one of the beautiful consequences of the decomposition of white light (generally sunlight) into rays of different color (or wavelength). The spectrum of white light – whose main colors are the famous “seven colors of the rainbow”, namely red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet – appears “natural”. It is the drops of water floating in the atmosphere that break the light like little prisms.
How the white light is decomposed?
When the light penetrates a drop of water, it is deflected. Among the paths that the light can follow, there is a path that is the cause of the rainbow: the light is refracted (that is, it is easily deflected when crossing the interface between air and water), reflected at the back of the water drop, and finally broken again when leaving the drop. In this case, the light beam is deflected by an angle of approximately 41 ° with respect to its direction of incidence.
Due to this wavelength dependence of the refraction, the white light is “fanned out” after it leaves the drop. The angle between the incoming (white) beam and the outgoing red beam is greater than the angle between the incoming (white) beam and the outgoing blue beam (see Fig. 3). For the red light, the angle between incoming and outgoing beam is 42.0 ° and for the blue light is 40.6 °.
This is the cause of the genesis of the main rainbow. The auxiliary arc is formed by a further reflection in the drop, according to which the angle between incoming and outgoing jet is about 51 °. The minor arc is wider than the main bow.
Let us take the place of the observer. So that he can see the rainbow, the light emerging from the drop must reach his eye.
He therefore cannot see all the rays of light emerging from a particular drop. Instead, the blue light he sees comes from a different drop than the red light.
Beams of light reach the eye
The rays of light refracted in the drops of water reach the eye of the observer. It is the drops between a and b that form the rainbow observed by the eye.
The colored rays of light coming from drops above a and from drops below b do not get in the eye
And why does the rainbow have the shape of a bow?
The drops, from which red light reaches the eye of the observer, form a cone, at the tip of which is the eye, and whose axis is the line of vision. The opening angle of the cone is the deflection angle for red (42 °), the same applies to the other colors.
The observer therefore sees a group of circles – or rather of arcs, because a part of these circles is mostly covered by the earth. An entire ring can only be seen from a high mountain or from an airplane.
Rainbow – Symbolism
When we envision situations in which we have perceived rainbows, they always emanate something numinous, radiating a special harmony that probably points to this antithesis. In the Talmudic tradition, it was created by God on the evening of the sixth day of Creation; In the Judeo-Christian tradition, the rainbow is a sign of God’s covenant with the people, which he set as a conciliatory gesture after the Flood. “This shall be the sign of the covenant which I have established between me and all flesh on earth” (Gen. 9, 17). He was the reminder of his promise not to destroy humanity and the earth once again by such a flood.
This points to the function as a connection between heaven and earth, between the gods and humans – a kind of sky ladder or axis mundi – and thus also as a symbol of reconciliation. That is why he is also a symbol of Mary.
Far before the Christian imagination, the rainbow plays a role as an attribute of the great mother. In early India, the seven colors were seen as the seven veils of the Maya, behind which she created the colorful real world. Accordingly, in Egyptian mythology there are seven veils of Isis – another form of the great mother.
The seven-colored staircase Buddha used to descend from the sky is also the rainbow. In ancient Greece, the rainbow is identical to Iris, the messenger Heras and thus also the connection between the two worlds. It represents a kind of divine language. In China, the rainbow – there seen as five-colored – is seen as a union of yin and yang, as a sign of the harmony of the universe and its fertility. In Islam, the seven rainbow colors are signs of the divine qualities mirrored on earth. In India and Mesopotamia, the seven colors stand for seven heavens.
The obvious link between the rain and the rainbow has in many cultures led to the idea of a mythical bisexual snake or even a stream.
In popular belief, the rainbow is often considered a lucky charm – especially for lovers – and it is said that where he touches the earth, bowls full of gold can be found. This idea is closely related to the symbol of the Holy Grail. There is also the Celtic myth of rainbow bowls. These are forms of coins supposedly found at the points of contact with the earth.
If the rainbow occurs in a dream, then the numinous-archetypal meaning is close. He points to wholeness, to a path towards integration and antagonism. This is also a great potential for creativity. This can also be an indication of an elementally disturbed inner harmony, e.g. between reason and feeling, a compensatory signal, or the need for a new relationship with the numinous.
Indigo Color – Meaning and Symbolism
In 1982, American color therapist Nancy Ann Tappe published a book titled “Understanding Your Life Through Color,” in which the author associates various human behaviors with color groups. Ms. Tappe, guided by her intuition, created a precise and revealing system in which one can easily find one’s own traits. Their concept is that every person has his life color. Sometimes there are two or more colors.
In their opinion, these life colors are like color coatings, which are also visible in the aura of a human being. That’s why she defines similar personality traits in color groups. Each color group can also be assigned a corresponding pattern of behavior, which is recognizable in humans, if you know what to look for here. Over the years, this system has proven itself in practice. And one of the color categories in the book is? Indigo blue. This color category reveals very well what this new type of child is all about.
An Indigo child is therefore a child with the color of life Indigo and the corresponding personality traits of the color Indigo. In contrast to the hitherto known colors of life such as yellow, blue, green, or red and combinations of these, it is noticeable in the Indigo children that they have new and for us unfamiliar and sometimes very difficult personality traits, just not in our in clear structures and norms in a divided society.
Therefore, the parents and educators and teachers here require even more sensitivity.
Indigo children’s term is used for people who, according to the belief of the New Age movement, have observed certain abilities, that is, the abilities that supposedly belong to the “higher evolutionary degree of humanity”. It is believed that they understand very well the people they come in contact with.
Also, such individuals are allegedly having an aura of indigo color.
The origin of the term
In 1982, the term indigo child used Nancy Ann Tappe 1982, a self-proclaimed sonstet and psychic, in her book Understanding Your Life Through Color. She claimed to have the ability to see aura and that in the late 70’s; an increasing number of children with “indigo aura” began to notice.
The idea of ”indigo children” was popularized by Lee Carroll and Jan Tober, the couple who in 1998 published the book “The Indigo Children: The New Kids Have Arrived”
They claim that the concept was told by alien Kryon, as well as “extremely important information” of the type “Love is the strongest force in the whole universe.” The couple on Kryon avoids talking.
Characteristics and beliefs
According to New Age beliefs, “indigo kids” are very sensitive, very strong character and strong sense of need for change in the world. They are empathetic and easy to detect one’s thoughts, so they naturally attract mysteries, spirituality, paranormal and occult, while at the same time opposed to authority and submissiveness.
Some beliefs believe that “indigo kids” often misdiagnosis with ADHD, ADD or OCD, and even autism, and become asocial if they are not close to other “indigo children”. They are also believed to be prone to depression and sleep disturbances such as insomnia or nightmares.