Lord RN, CMT
Color is light: Let us be filled with light.
Red is the first color of the spectrum and the rainbow and also the first Chakra color. It is the longest wavelength visible to human eyes. (Animals see it all differently.) When considering redness and how it affects us, know that color influences emotions, relationships, our environment. Since we can utilize color so easily, it truly becomes the NUMBER ONE KIND OF PRACTICAL MAGIC we can use in our everyday lives.
Good Stuff on Red: A red letter day, the red carpet treatment or paint the town red. All connote positive ideas.
Bad Stuff on Red: In the red-overdrawn at the bank, the state of our economy. A red herring (something that deceives or distracts attention from the truth). People in red cars get more speeding tickets. Red cars are more frequently stolen.
Love and Passion: Red is hot and strong and passionate. Red hearts, red roses, red cupids are all love symbols . A red dress sends a “look at me” message. A “red light district” is love for sale. Red cheeks, red lips, a sign of beauty.
Anger: Seeing red. Red in the face. Turn red from embarrassment.
The Elementals: Fire, heat, strength and light. All needed to stay alive in the physical world.
Power Color: A woman wearing a red suit in the business world communicates power, control, courage, speaking up. If you don’t want to be noticed, hide in black. In the catholic church, Cardinals wear red. Is that where they got their name?
Energy and Vitality: Red actually raises heart rate, breathing and blood pressure. It represents energy, strength and vigor. It’s a take-action color, used in advertising for this reason.
Health: In color therapy red is used to balance the first Chakra. This is the root Chakra, the place that grounds us to the earth and helps with survival issues.
Danger: Red flashing lights, red flags on boards sticking out from trucks, stop signs. These all say watch out; be careful or emergency. Also a “red flag” is a sign or a warning or a caution.
CULTURAL ASPECTS OF RED
China: Red portends good luck, prosperity, wealth. It is the color used in the Chinese New Year, a most important holiday.
MAGICAL USES FOR RED
A red candle could be used on an altar or in a ceremony to denote vitality, energy, luck, abundance, courage or passion. So too, a red cloth or feather. Red could also convey blood or fertility. Menstrual blood is sacred in many societies and a sign of the power of women.
Using Color to Create a Mood/ Emotions: Color is often a key factor in décor and decorating. Colors have traditionally been associated with emotions and mood. “Hot red” conveys a sense of excitement, passion, vitality, notice me! “Cool blue” is calming and serene. Choose a color to suit your mood or to change it. Consider which colors would be good for a party versus a meditation room, a bedroom.
OTHER ASPECTS and SHADES
PINK: Pretty in Pink. Pink is a wimpy form of red. Little baby girls are dressed in pink. It is soft, feminine, friendly. Hot pink is lot livelier. (Prisons use pink walls to create a calming environment.)
Resources: Some of this Newsletter was adapted from:
Vernal Equinox March 20, 2009.
Circling: Using Practical Magic to Create Your Sacred Space
What Grandma should have, could have taught you….
Connect With Other Wise Women. Join In Ceremony with Drums and Rattles! If you have one, bring it.
Your home is your sanctuary. Make it peaceful, inviting, magical.
You don’t have to buy out a metaphysical store to create a sacred living space.
There will be Women’s Activities and Circles throughout the year. Stay posted.