Symbolism of Colors

 

The colors are roughly assigned to the realms of psyche shown in the following table. Surely they are more diverse in their nuances and their messages but for a first introduction this simple mapping is convenient.

light

the spiritual, inner awakeness

sun, moon, stars, light

white, yellow

understood content, integrated

white animals, flowers

blue

the mental

air

red

the compulsive, the emotional

animals

green

the vegetative

plants

black

the unconscious

earth, basement, night

"I often recognize the color symbolism when looking at my own clothing in lucid dreams. When I am in a more “intellectual mood” I often see myself dressed in blue. When I had aggression I often wore dirty red, tattered clothes. This clothing symbolism also applies to other persons in my dreams." (Seth)

Green: Onto many advertising posters we find a green accentuation with the purpose to combine the vital nature with the advertised object. In the field of interior design one says green has a calming effect. Partly one tries to use foliage plants to create this calm atmosphere in the living space. Meanwhile especially in the food industry green has become a key word for “nature” and “biologic”.

Orange: Orange is being assigned to vitality and warmth. A bright orange is additionally connected with sunshine.

Red: Depending on its intensity red has an invigorating or stimulant effect.

In bigger and bigger simplification colors are used as language elements just like red as a symbol for “attention”.

 

© Alfred Ballabene (Vienna) translated by Seth