A verdant sprout emerges through thawing earth and nature’s magic show begins. Spring’s surprises lift our spirits and fill us with optimism. The word green originates from ones that meant grass, grow, or spring. Green is transformation: fertility, life, freshness, youth, rebirth, renewal, and immortality. Osiris, the Egyptian god of rebirth and regeneration was depicted with a green face. Venus, the Roman goddess of gardens was associated with green. The environmental movement and environment-friendly product manufacturers use green branding.
Sustainable architecture is part of the green building movement.
Nature’s living colors
Nature imbues reptiles and amphibians, and some fish, birds, and insects, with green to blend into their environments. The veiled chameleon’s colorations are influenced by age, gender, social status, emotional and health states, and temperature of its surroundings. They all hatch to life in pastel green but as they mature their colors help them blend into their environment because as ambush predators they must surprise fast-moving insects to catch them.
Humans appropriated this camouflage trick with fabrics patterned for hiding and hunting purposes. Perhaps folklore and science fiction exaggerated and twisted nature’s exotic creatures into otherworldly green humanoid monsters like Frankenstein and the Swamp Thing, ancient gods, “little green men”, and mythical beasts like dragons.
Why green? Because it’s not what humans are!
Music color theory
Between yellow and blue on the visible spectrum, green balances warm sun and fire colors with the blues of the ocean and sky. The opposite of provocative red, it’s the color of peace and harmony. Restful to the eye, green paint is used in medical facilities to reduce anxiety. Green traffic lights indicate to proceed safely.
Green lights on electronics assure that “all systems are go”. Sir Isaac Newton discovered a connection between colors and musical notes.
Music color theory associates F with yellow-green, F# with green, and G with blue-green.
Vincent van Gogh was inspired by nature in his dramatic use of contrasting colors and captured the mood and emotion of green in his painting The Green Wheatfield.
Green feeds and nourishes us as we proceed on life’s unpredictable journey.
Nutritious greens everywhere
Intensities of green are associated with degrees of health.
- Dark leafy greens such as spinach, kale, and parsley are highly nutritious and flavorful.
- Green tea extracts are used medicinally in many cultures.
- A dark green cross is the symbol for first aid and shades of green are used for branding in the wellness sectors to denote good health potential. Yellower greens are associated with imbalance, being unwell, and possible infections.
Someone “green around the gills” is nauseous.
Shakespeare referred to being “green with envy” as the “green sickness”, possibly stemming from ancient Greek beliefs that jealousy was due to an overproduction of bitter, greenish-brown liver bile secretions, turning the skin slightly green.
A form of anemia is also referred to as the green sickness as skin is tinged green due to abnormally low iron in the blood’s red hemoglobin pigment needed to transport oxygen.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine the liver is where we hold the emotion of anger. We’re drawn to certain shades of green and instinctually repelled by others.
The figeater beetle, (otherwise known as the green fruit beetle) is a semi-glossy green on top and has a brilliant iridescent green underside and legs. Its diet includes fruit from cacti and the sap from desert trees, making it a good example of ‘you are what you eat’.
Through our basic instincts based on evolutionary survival of the fittest we know our color palette for good health.
Color my world
- The creation of safe and stable green pigments for art, fashion, and food coloring has been challenging.
- Green chlorophyll plant pigments were used to dye clothing but faded from sun and washing.
- Dyeing fabrics with yellow then blue pigments were found to produce more stable vibrant greens.
- Green colorant is approved for use in cosmetics and medicine but not for food.
- “Lime” gelatin is made with yellow and blue food colorings!
- Before synthetic “chrome green” pigment was patented in the late 1800s, artists used toxic mineral pigments such as crushed bright green malachite and blue-green verdigris (scraped from copper plates soaked in wine).
Here’s a few green tips …
- Green denotes abundance.
- In Chinese Feng Shui tradition dragons and three-legged frogs attract good luck, prosperity, and wealth, especially if depicted with green materials like jade.
- Shamrocks are associated with the “luck of the Irish”.
- ‘Greenbacks’ have been the American paper currency since 1861 while other countries denominations are a rainbow of colors.
- Clothing color has also been used to indicate social rank and profession.
- Leonardo da Vinci painted the Mona Lisa in a green gown because she was from a prosperous merchant family.
- Green has been associated with lust and due to the serpent in the Garden of Eden.
- Jealousy and envy are “the green-eyed monsters” of those less fortunate.
In medieval times green symbolized young love
Green is associated with the heart chakra, as are pink and gold
An ideal hue to balance and harmonize aspects of our aura.
Moving past the lust green forest on our journey, it’s becoming clearer now of our rainbow world.
Ready to look up towards the heavens? The next color we will focus on is sky blue.
© 2018 Julianne Bien. Spectrahue Light & Sound Inc. Canada. The ideas and opinions expressed herein are based on the author’s experience and research in the field. No medical claims are made.