Use of Color in Everyday Life
Color is light: Let us be filled with light.
Yellow is the third color of the spectrum and the rainbow and the third Chakra color.
When considering yellow 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.
Yellow in Conflict: The symbolism of yellow usually denotes happiness and joy, but on the other hand, it has been considered the color of cowardice, jealousy and deceit. Take your pick.
Cultural Variations: Yellow is for mourning in Egypt. Actors in the Middle Ages wore yellow to signify the dead. In Japan, yellow represented courage; in India it meant peace.
Yellow Beware: “Caution” signs on roadwork are often yellow squares with the point turned upward to look like a diamond. This hazard sign is not as serious as red, but is still a message to be careful.
Look at Me! Yellow is an attention getter; the reason taxicabs and school buses are painted this color. However, babies cry more in yellow rooms.
- Yellow Food: The antioxidant called beta-carotene gives food its orange-yellow color. Think bananas, squash, yellow peppers. In the herbal kingdom, yellow pot marigold (Calendula officinalis) protects our eyes.
GEM STONES IN YELLOW
Yellow Topaz, Tiger’s Eye, Citrine
Stones and crystals carry energy, particularly the energy and frequency of their color.
Citrine: The birthstone for November and the planetary stone for the Sun Sign of Virgo.
Tiger’s Eye: Helps to broaden vision. Stones with “eyes” can give “second sight”.
Topaz: Use for creativity, communication and regeneration.
THIRD CHAKRA MAGIC
Solar Plexus, Our Gut Level
- As a third Chakra color and the third color of the rainbow, this solar energy center is just above the navel.
- It is our power center and the place of “gut level feelings”. Did you ever get “butterflies” in your stomach when you were scared?
- Our strength comes from our gut too. In martial arts, the solar plexus is where we gather our energy. It is a place of personal power.
WHAT IS A SOLAR PLEXUS?
- A plexus is a major bundle of nerves in our body, a place where many nerves come together. We have many “plexuses”.
- The “Solar” sunny yellow plexus (medically called the Celiac plexus) is where the nerves come together in our gut. It connects all the nerves that branch out to our abdominal organs.
- Therefore, on a physical level our third Chakra energy affects all the digestive organs such as the stomach, liver, spleen, gall bladder and pancreas.
CHINESE MEDICINE PERSPECTIVE
Our Nourishing Yellow Earth Organs
- In Chinese Medicine Five Element Theory, the paired Earth organs are yellow.
- These are the Yin Spleen and the Yang Stomach.
- The Spleen is considered the main organ of digestion and is helped by the stomach.
- The emotions associated with the Spleen are sympathy and over-thinking. Here we are, back to the gut level home of emotions, in this case, worry.
- Nourishment also comes to us spiritually and emotionally, not just our physical food.
TIE A YELLOW RIBBON…
Yellow ribbons were worn as a sign of hope as families waited for soldiers to come home from war. Consider the yellow ribbon around the “old oak tree”. It was there to welcome home loved ones.
OTHER SHADES OF YELLOW
It seems shades other than bright sunny yellow have different connotations.
Dull (dingy) yellow: Decay, sickness and jealousy.
Light yellow: Intellect, mental clarity, freshness and joy. (Stick with light yellow.)
A LITTLE YELLOW HISTORY
The word yellow comes from the Old English geolu, which derived from the Proto-Germanic word gelwaz. The oldest known usage of this word in English is in the Old English poem Beowulf, in a description of a shield made of wood from a yew tree.
MAGICAL YELLOW WISDOM
Follow the Yellow Brick Road
- In a practical magic sense, yellow is associated with the mind; aids in mental growth, clear thinking and insight. Has associations with higher learning and the sciences.
- Wear yellow if you desire mental clarity, focus, swiftness and accuracy.
- Wear gold to help with a sunny, positive disposition and with spiritual attuning to the healing forces of male energy.
- Yellow is associated with the Planet Mercury, Wednesday and in the form of gold, male energy.
THE THREE SISTERS GARDEN
Corn, Beans and Squash
- Corn, beans and squash: Two out of three are yellow! These three veges were among the first important crops domesticated by ancient Mesoamerican societies and is an important triad in the Hopi farming tradition today.
- According to Three Sisters legends, corn must grow in community with other crops rather than on its own - it needs the beneficial company and aide of its companions. And in the hot, dry Arizona desert, the Hopi crops need all the help they can get.
- The corn provides a trellis for the beans to climb up. The beans put nitrogen in the soil. The squash covers the ground and holds in moisture for all.
Resources: Some of this Newsletter was adapted from: http://desktoppub.about.com/cs/colorselection/p/yellow.htm
COLORFUL ACTIVITIES FOR MELLOW YELLOW FOLKS
Wear Yellow and See What You Experience: Try a scarf, jewelry or go full out with a dress, coat or sweater. Is it pleasing? Is it cheerful? Yellow is a great color to drive away the blues and depression.
Meditate on Your Solar Plexus: Bring a warm yellow glow into your 3rd Chakra just above the navel. Picture strength, warmth and light entering your center. Be calm, grounded and strong. Know that you have personal power and emotional control and can use it wisely whenever you wish.
Grow a Sacred Three Sisters Garden: Cultivate corn, beans and squash the Hopi way. Plant a corn stalk in the middle . Surround the corn with beans so they can grow up the corn stalk. Have the squash surround the corn and beans to hold moisture in the soil. Watch how they help each other flourish. Give them your blessings every day.
Circling: Developing Your Intuition
Connect With Other Wise Women. Join In Ceremony with Drums and Rattles!
If you have one, bring it.
By joining together with other women in safety and ceremony we will explore the aspects of intuition!
SUNDAY JULY 12th 1-4:30pm $20
- Identify the difference between intuition and fear.
- Learn to trust your inner knowing.
- Discover the courage to act on your natural wisdom
- We will use ceremony and group energy to practice and use our intuitive powers.
- The circle has been a natural way for women to gather since the beginning. We are two women who have been circling for over 20 years and helping like-minded spirits celebrate and become empowered.
- BRING: A drum or rattle if you can! If not, we have extras.
Andrea Lord, Women’s Circle Facilitator, Reiki Practitioner
Rachel Lord, RN, CMT, Master Herbalist
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