the power of color: purple

There has never been a color more shrouded in mystery and royalty then the color purple. Purple has power! It’s traditionally associated with royalty, wealth and ambition. It holds a richness and authority that demands respect. Purple is an ambitious color that is completely self-assured.

Purple was often reserved for only royalty and popes. In roman times, Julius Caesar even decreed that only the emperor could wear purple. The Japanese took it a step further by naming it “Imperial Purple”

Purple and Violet are often used interchangeably. The difference is that violet is included in the visual spectrum of the rainbow. It vibrating at the highest  most powerful visible wavelength, where as Purple is created by mixing red and blue. Did you know that purple is actually the hardest  color for our eyes to discriminate. Even those that work with color have trouble discerning the difference between red/violet and blue/violet.

Purple is an introspective color that allows you to get in touch with your deeper self. It stimulates the imagination and inspires the inception of higher ideas. Purple if often used to help form a union between the body and soul creating a balance between the physical and spiritual. It uplifts the spirit and calms the mind.

For generations artist, poets, writers and musicians have all been inspired by this colors magic and mystery. Invite imagination and a little more creative harmony into your life by donning a purple amethyst, carrying a purple crystal or wearing a purple scarf. But be warned, a little goes a long way, too much purple can bring out the gremlins for those that are easily susceptible to depression or moodiness.

A sliding color scale.  Different tints and hues of purple tend to have different meaning. Lighter shades of purple carry more feminine energy with Lavender often being called the “grown-up” pink. A lighter shade is more delicate and romantic and often has a nostalgic or light-hearted ambiance. While darker hues tend to be more dignified and powerful sometimes evoking a feeling of doom. And then the brighter more vivid shades suggest richness and royalty.

Purple Symbolizes:  magic, mystery, intrigue, royalty, wealth, ambition, richness, pride, fulfillment, independence, intuition, intellectual, creativity, enlightenment, spirituality, calm, peace, vitality, power, passion, uniqueness, wisdom, dignity, devotion

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