The power of color :: RED

Red has been my power color since I was kid. My first pair of glasses were red-rimmed just like Wonder Woman (a.k.a. Lynda Carter). And in college you could always find me sporting bright red ruby lips. I think I need to invest in another tube of lipstick and reclaim my power.

Red is strong, bold and powerful. It cuts through like a knife. Red is the longest wavelength of light and is the highest arc in the rainbow. It is the first color you lose sight of at twilight and is know for holding the most personal meaning for folks.

Red is H-O-T HOT. It is commonly associated with love, passion, warmth and aggression. Red is both the color of Cupid and the Devil. Of all the hues red is the most potent and full of duality. This hue can conjures up a range of conflicting emotions from rage and anger to fearlessness and lust. Red is the color of blood and with that comes many healing properties such as energizing the heart and blood circulation as well as stimulating ovulation and bringing warmth and energy to a fatigued person.

Red is dripping with confidence. It grabs your attention and makes people take notice.  Get an easy boost of confidence by applying a coat of red lipstick to your lips. Red lips has been a sign of immortality for centuries. The Egyptian even went so far as to made sure they were buried with pots of rouge for just for that reason. Red amulets were even worn to help prolong life.

In Eastern Cultures, like China, red is the color of happiness, good luck and prosperity. In India it represents purity. A bride’s wedding gown has traditionally been red for centuries in both China and India. While in South Africa it is the color of mourning.

Red is know for stimulating the appetite and increase your cravings for food which is why you will often find it being used in restaurant decor and logos. Red has been know to improve your memory and increase your focus and in the practice of Feng Shui a red door means “Welcome”.

A little bit of red goes a long way. You need to strike a delicate balance when using red in your life. Too much can make you irritable and angry. Too little and you may become fearful and easily manipulated.

Red Symbolizes: passion, action, speed, attention-getting, confidence, boldness, power,  courage, strength, aggression, anger, ruthless, rebellion, fearlessness, rich, regal, seedy, sexy, self-assurance, empowered, assertion, danger, prosperity, purity, life- giving, sacred fire, , leadership, ambition joy, luck, excitement, vigor, vitality, strength, danger, war,  revolution, happiness

Shades of Red: blood red, china red, vermilion red, crimson, fire engine red, scarlet, brick red, burgundy, maroon, ruby, rust, rouge, tomato red

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