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 was depicted with a green face.
Venus, the Roman goddess of gardens was associated with green.
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The Green Ray
In metaphysical (esoteric) studies, the green ray has delivered powerful wisdom since time immemoria alongside astrology.
It’s in the middle of the seven rays that influences the environmental movement and environment-friendly product manufacturers use green branding. For example, sustainable architecture is part of the green building movement.
Nature’s nurturing and protective hues.
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.
In addition, 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.
Green’s Versatile Uses
It stands to reason why 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? Maybe because certain shades are not how humans are perceived at first glance. However, all living beings love its natural appearance with its gentle harmonizing affects.
Color Green Psychology
Green denotes abundance in our minds. What is called: Greenbacks’ is the American paper currency since 1861 while other countries denominations are a rainbow of colors
- 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”.
- Clothing color has also been used to indicate social rank and profession.
- Leonardo da Vinci painted the Mona Lisa in a green gown.
– perhaps she was from a prosperous merchant family.
- 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.
- Jealousy and envy are “the green-eyed monsters” of those less fortunate.
Imitating Nature’s Pigments
Many sectors use shades of green for branding that denote good health potential. 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).
Meanwhile, the creation of safe and stable green pigments for art, fashion, and food coloring is challenging, for example:
- 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” gelatine is made with yellow and blue food colorings
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Understanding a Green Signal
Between yellow and blue on the visible spectrum, green balances warm sun and fire colors with the blues of the ocean and sky. For example, the opposite of provocative red, green is a harmonizing vibration.
- Restful to the eye, green paint is used in medical facilities to reduce anxiety.
- A dark green cross is the symbol for first aid.
- Green traffic lights indicate to proceed safely.
- Green lights on electronics assure that “all systems are go”.
Green is a Heath Indicator
In short, we are drawn to certain shades of green and instinctually repelled by others. For example, dark leafy greens such as spinach, kale, and parsley are highly nutritious and flavorful. And, green tea extracts are medicinally useful in many cultures. In Traditional Chinese Medicine green is one of the elements in it’s five element theory that feeds and nourishes us.
Meanwhile, the intensity of green in human appearance is also associated with degrees of health. For example, someone who is “green around the gills” is probably nauseous. Or, yellower greens are associated with imbalance, being unwell, and possible infections.
It’s also interesting to note that Sir Isaac Newton discovered a connection between colors and musical notes. For example certain color theory associates F with yellow-green, F# with green, and G with blue-green.
Our instincts are also based on evolutionary survival of the fittest.
We sense our color palette for good health includes healthy greens.
© 2018 Julianne Bien. Spectrahue.com. The ideas and opinions expressed herein are based on the author’s experience and exploration in the field. No medical claims are made or implied.