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What colour are you? A focus on black

Black is the darkest colour, the result of the absence of or complete absorption of light.  Like white and grey it is an achromatic colour meaning literally ‘without colour’.

While white represents purity and innocence, black symbolises power and secrecy and is often associated with darkness and evil and is the traditional colour of witchcraft. “Black magic” implies magic for ‘evil purposes’. Black and white are often used to describe opposites; light and darkness, good and evil.

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The colours of Christmas

What colours are associated with Christmas?  In the first of two festive blogs, we take a look at some of the colours we traditionally associate with Christmas.

Most people, particularly in western Europe, think of red, green and gold. Whilst some attribute the popularity of these colours to the Victorians, the colours have a symbolic meaning which goes back through the centuries. Although the Victorians embraced Christmas and introduced a number of the traditions we still see today, the significance of the colours goes back through history to the Middle Ages and possibly earlier.

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