What colour are you? A focus on green
Green is equated with the countryside and outdoor leisure time pursuits, therefore it is not a colour to wear to work if you wish to be seen as successful.
Associated with the birth signs Taurus and Libra and the precious stone emerald.
In colour therapy, green is used to treat cancer and heart disease.
Green has been called the colour of harmony and attributed with the potential to balance the body, mind and spirit.
Green is the sacred colour of Islam, deriving from the belief that Muhammad’s cloak was green.
The qualities associated with green differ depending on the shade being considered: yellow greens conjure up images of spring, youth and growth; blue greens are seen as cold and icy; dark greens are considered to be rich with an element of mystery and are synonymous with dark, damp hidden places; and finally, brown greens herald late summer and early autumn.
Green is a calming and relaxing colour, hence its use in Victorian hospital wards and today in the ‘green room’ where actors relax.
The Egyptians symbolised the fertility of the Nile in the Temple of Karnak by using green in the colour scheme.
A preference for green can indicate a well adjusted, conventional person, or someone who is self-centered and likes to get their own way, dependent on the shade of green chosen.
In the Christian Church, green vestments represent the hope of eternal life.
In heraldry, green was associated with growth and hope.
For the ancient Greeks, green was the colour of Venus, the goddess of love and fertility. The sacred plant of Venus, the evergreen myrtle, represents everlasting love and marital fidelity, hence its use in wedding bouquets.
Green was reputedly a popular colour for wedding clothes in Elizabethan times due to its association with lovers and fertility.
During mediaeval times, green was the colour of St John the Evangelist and the Trinity.
‘Green’ has been used to describe youth and inexperience or naïvety.
Today, green is most commonly associated with safety, from first aid points in factories, green traffic lights indicating it is safe to walk or drive across the road, to environmentally friendly products.
Green has negative connotations too – disease, envy, jealousy and terror – all potentially destructive.
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