Orange light rays dance to earth weaving their brilliant array with the sun’s hot reds and its cooler shades. Invigorating and inspiring, orange cheers us with its radiance. We bask in the warm sun through bright orange leaves under a calm blue autumn sky. We gaze in awe at the immensity of a harvest moon. Thanksgiving celebrations wouldn’t be complete without orange-infused squash and spicy pumpkin pie. Orange is playful. It’s the bridge between the high excitement of red and the gentle purity yellow invites. It catches our attention, but with a sense of safety, opening our minds to creative possibilities.
But orange is so much more!
While it shouts freshness and vitality it can also signify warnings. The majestic Monarch butterfly accumulates toxins from its diet of milkweed. Its bright orange wings accented by black and white protect it by declaring “don’t eat me, I’m poison!”. Mottled brown, defenseless young robins blend in with their nests. The male’s reddish-orange breast patch develops and grows as it survives each season. A badge of courage, it proclaims strength and vigor to potential predators, the ability to defend a territory to younger males, and attracts their mate.
In optics orange ranges in wavelength range from 585 to 620 nanonmeters. Understanding this is just part of the exciting path of discovery On our rainbow journey. This color term includes many variants in hue, intensity, and brightness, which have been given their own names over time to identify things found in nature, such as Apricot, Melon, Persimmon, Tomato, Peach, and even brown. And in 1903 the release of Crayola’s first orange crayon became a milestone in many childhood memories.
Orange is easily seen in dim light or against blue water. Astronauts, lifeguards, and highway workers wear “safety orange” uniforms to be quickly noticed for rescues or to avoid collisions. Orange street signs caution but don’t stop us the way red ones do. In busy airports and shopping malls you’ll first spot your favorite restaurant or retail chain by the colors that signal you in their signage so some brands use orange in their signs for easy recognition and a call to action.
Hungry for Orange
Much of earth’s most delicious and healthy bounty is orange due to the photosynthetic pigment carotene. It converts sunlight energy for growth and is also responsible for the orange tapestry of autumn leaves. Strong orangish spices like paprika and saffron enhance foods. Since ancient times the pharmacopeia of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Ayurvedic Medicine, Shamanism, and other traditions has included in nature’s apothecary plants in orange shades. Ashwagandha or “Indian ginseng” is one of the most powerful supplements in Ayurvedic healing. It helps the body adapt to stress and is well-known for its restorative benefits for exhaustion.
Orange’s juicy appeal stirs up desire, hunger, and temptation. People often think that the fruit orange was named after the color orange, but in fact the English word “orange” was first used in the 1300s based on the Old French “orenj” which was adapted from older Eastern words (“naranj”, “narang”, and “naranga”) from where the orange tree was imported. All vitamins and minerals have a color equivalent, an electromagnetic quality. Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant necessary daily for the growth, development, and repair of all body tissues from our head to our toes. It can be joyfully ingested from tasty orange fruits and vegetables such as bell peppers, tangerines, and papayas. Hundreds of years ago, explorers and their seamen who sailed uncharted waters knew to pack citrus fruits for their voyage to prevent scurvy from a deficiency of Vitamin C.
Chakra Color Orange
While the seven chakras along the spinal column contain elements of all colors each one has a dominant color associated with its ability to sustain bodily functions, from within its energy vortex. The related color nurtures and keeps the wheel spinning and body parts and internal systems strong but deficiencies in nature’s apothecary can weaken it. Orange is a succulent energy. It keeps the second chakra, the sacral chakra located just below the navel, in harmony with the other main chakras to support our chemical factory, the endocrine system. The navel orange may be the perfect fruit associated with this chakra!
Orange is the complementary color or opposite reflection of a dark shade of blue which we associate with “gray skies”, “the winter blues” and its sadness. Shining orange light onto the sacral region or indulging in a juicy grapefruit or baked sweet potato with golden brown sugar can bring comfort and joy and counteract discomfort from emotional blues. Orange’s revitalizing radiance infuses us with youthful playfulness and courage, as in springtime when warming colors begin to fill the landscape with growth and rebirth and our hearts with hope and adventure. This vital energy connects us with the nourishment of sun-kissed possibilities while connecting us to the earth, cheering, refreshing, and replenishing our mind and body’s energy reservoir. Orange is hard to miss as it tempts us, protects us, and nourishes us at the core of our being. We’re filled with a zest for life by earth’s orange bounty.
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© 2018 Julianne Bien. Spectrahue Light & Sound Inc. Canada. No medical claims made or implied.