RED – THE FIRE
Red is called “The Great Energizer” and “The Father of Vitality.” Red is warm, vital, heating. It loosens, opens up clogs, releases stiffness and constrictions. It is excellent for areas that have become stiffened or constricted.
RED is the first visible color we see after the infra-red band is passed. Red is thermal, heating, warming, yang and positive. It has many tendencies including the promotion of cellular growth and activity, stimulating the Will aspect, corresponding to our life force, or the circulatory system. It is therefore indicated for all colds, sluggish or dormant conditions, such as pneumonia, bursitis, paralysis, arthritis, anemia, as a liver stimulant, an energy builder, for raising the blood pressure and increasing circulation
Red is called “The Great Energizer” and “The Father of Vitality.” Red is warm, vital, heating. It loosens, opens up clogs, releases stiffness and constrictions. It is excellent for areas that have become stiffened or constricted.
Red links with and stimulates the root chakra, at the base of the spine, causing the adrenal glands to release adrenalin. This results in greater strength. Red causes hemoglobin to multiply, thus increasing energy and raising body temperature. It is excellent for anemia and blood-related conditions.
RED VITALITY, COURAGE, SELF CONFIDENCE
Use when you need to meet a demanding day, or when you feel drained of energy. The color red provides the power from the earth and gives energy on all levels. It connects us to our physical body. Everything that is to be commenced needs the life vitality of red.
Keywords: Stimulation, Energy, Assertiveness
Color Energy Properties & Associations: Stimulating, Excites Nervous System, Anti-depressant, Can Stimulate Appetites, Warmth, Energy, Assertiveness, Aggression, Masculinity, Independence, Sports, Competition, Conflict, Potency, Passion, Passionate Love, Romance, Danger, Revolution, War, Yang
Healing Lore: Fatigue, Colds, Chills, Blood, Circulation, Energizes Senses, Stimulate Ovulation, Stimulates Menstruation, Stimulates Growth, Adrenal Activity, Raise Body Temperature, Anemia, Eases Stiffness, Alleviates Constrictions, Physical Strength, Spine, Feet, Hips, Legs
Color Cautions: Excessive red can be over stimulating and cause irritability. Can stimulate cell growth, therefore is not appropriate for cancer treatment.
Related To: Fire Element, Root (Base) Chakra
Red Essential Oils
Musk, Vetiver, Basil and all root oils.
Red Crystals and Gemstones – Crystal Healing
RED crystals and gemstones offer protection, courage, vitality, stamina and energy.
Almandite (Garnet), Apache Tear, Bismuth, Bixbite (Red Beryl), Bluebird (Azurite-Cuprite), Brecciated Jasper, Carnelian (Chalcedony), Catlinite (Pipestone), Chalcedony Quartz, Corundum, Crazy Lace Agate, Cuprite, Dragon’s Eye (Red Tiger’s Eye, Ox Eye), Eudialyte, Fluorite, Garnet, Indian Star Ruby, Jasper, Leopardskin Jasper, Lodestone, Madeira Citrine, Mexican Cherry Opal, Moonstone, Mozambique Garnet, Oligoclase, Pyrope Garnet, Red Adventurine, Red Calcite, Red Coral, Red Dolomite, Red Jade, Red Jasper, Red Sapphire, Red Spinel, Rubellite (Red Tourmaline), Rhodolite Garnet, Rubellite (Tourmaline), Ruby, Ruby Aura Quartz, Sardonyx, Spessartine Garnet, Star Ruby, Sunstone (Oligoclase, Thai Garnet, Thulite.
Red relates to the BASE chakra situated at the base of the spine.
This is the first Chakra that is found at the base of the spine. The root Chakra is represented by the color red, and it is important to issues such as survival and motivation. The base Chakra gives energy to the systems of our body; it gives our lives definition and stability, and helps us to keep a grounded and realistic approach to life. The color red stimulates the root Chakra, and it’s opposing color, green, relaxes it.
The organs to which this chakra relates are the kidneys and bladder. (The kidneys are formed within the pelvis and here they link with the base chakra energy, although prior to birth they rise to the position higher in the body with which we are more familiar). The vertebral column hips and legs are also areas related to this chakra. The endocrine gland to which this color relates is the adrenal gland.
Red Rays are found in the following things:
Iron, Zinc, Copper, Potassium, Oxygen, Beet, Radish, Spinach, Red cherry & Red covered fruits.
On the psycho-spiritual level, this chakra relates to self-awareness. That is to say our awareness of ourselves as human beings and our place on earth. It is the area of survival and relates to our basic human instincts of fight or flight. Red gives us courage and strength. The color relates to stability and security.
Red is the color of fire and blood, so it is associated with energy, war, danger, strength, power, determination as well as passion, desire, and love.
Red is a very emotionally intense color. It enhances human metabolism, increases respiration rate, and raises blood pressure. It has very high visibility, which is why stop signs, stoplights, and fire equipment are usually painted red. In heraldry, red is used to indicate courage. It is a color found in many national flags.
Red brings text and images to the foreground. Use it as an accent color to stimulate people to make quick decisions; it is a perfect color for ‘Buy Now’ or ‘Click Here’ buttons on Internet banners and websites. In advertising, red is often used to evoke erotic feelings (red lips, red nails, red-light districts, ‘Lady in Red’, etc). Red is widely used to indicate danger (high voltage signs, traffic lights). This color is also commonly associated with energy, so you can use it when promoting energy drinks, games, cars, and items related to sports and high physical activity.
Light red represents joy, sexuality, passion, sensitivity, and love.
Pink signifies romance, love, and friendship. It denotes feminine qualities and passiveness.
Dark red is associated with vigor, willpower, rage, anger, leadership, courage, longing, malice, and wrath.
Brown suggests stability and denotes masculine qualities.
Reddish-brown is associated with harvest and fall.
Some problems associated with the base chakra are:- constipation, diarrhea, piles, colitis, Cohn’s disease, cold fingers and toes, frequency of urination, hypertension (high blood pressure), kidney stones, impotence, problems with hips, legs and feet.
Positive and negative aspects of the color Red
positive aspects of this color
|negative aspects of this color|
|Pioneering spirit||Fear of progress|
|Strong willed||Brutal/ Aggressive|
|SpontRelationship and Intimacyaneous
interest and passion
lack of patience,
adventurousness when it reaches the point of getting them into trouble,
Red in Color Therapy – Red is the lowest of the seven colors in the visible spectrum and is known as a “warm” color. It is stimulating and energizing therefore it is helpful for tiredness and lethargy, to stimulate low blood pressure, to boost sluggish circulation. NB Red should not be used on anyone, with hypertension/high blood pressure since this color increases blood flow. (That is to say as a color treatment). Pink may be used instead in such cases.
Red, in its most positive sense, is the color for courage, strength and pioneering spirit. However, in the most negative aspect, it is the color of anger, violence and brutality and, interestingly, before world war two it was noted that a lot of red was being worn.
Using colors well in the home is a way of creating a balanced environment. Red is energizing and excites the emotions, and can stimulate the appetite.(Often used in restaurants). It can be used in any activity area but red needs careful choice of tone and depth and the space in which it is to be used as it can make a space look smaller and can be claustrophobic or oppressive. However, used well, red and its variations can make a space feel warm and cozy.
Mental characteristics of Red Color:
In this color the emotions of deep interest, will power & love are involved. When the affairs of life are affected, relationships come to an end and expectations are broken and no opinion or plan works, in this condition Red color becomes predominant in the core-center of mind. When mind is under the influence of Red color, everything seems to be red.
The imbalance of Red color in the red-color center (in mind) is the proof of abnormal emotional attachment or spoiled emotions.
People who possess Red color in balance; help other people, those people keep worrying about Humanity and their race. They utilize all their abilities in favorite activities.
The people under influence of Red color spend good life. Since they cannot control themselves regarding eating, drinking and other matters, therefore, they are fatter. We necessarily pass through an era of life when Red color is predominant than all the other colors. At the time of adolescence red color becomes very powerful. It is an interesting thing that in boxers oxidized red color is dominant. The person with prevailing Red color takes special care of his/her health. Predominant Red color people are interested in bodybuilding.
This color is stimulates emotions, produces happiness and is full of life. In today’s lifestyle people mostly spend their time sitting in cars, in-front of televisions or in office and don’t exercise, as a result the epicenter of red color keeps de-activated, therefore decline surrounds them fast. The excess of Red color causes tendency of scattered-mind-ness, peevishness, displeasure and tyranny towards people. Mentally, red is linked to the drive to start new plans and projects, such as starting new businesses. When mental energy is low, visualizing red, or eating red foods can help. Coffee and tea create red energy, but these are only temporary “fixes”. Too much can cause irritability and create addictive behavior.Red reminds us that no matter how spiritual we are, we are always dependent on our physical body, its survival and well-being is vital in order to express that spirituality. Our connections to the material world can be reaffirmed by wearing red, eating red foods and foods rich in minerals, exercising, releasing strong emotions and occasionally acting on impulse
Physical characteristics of Red Color:
Nature/Temper of Red color is Warm. This color has more constructive ability. This color creates impulse in blood, if red color is thrown on the back bone in anemia (lack of blood in body as compared to normal) then the number of R.B.C (Red Blood Cells) is increased. If a part of body is paralyzed then emitting Red rays on that part increases the flow of blood and the nervous system becomes normal and if the same rays are cast upon navel and upper limb then it creates stimulation in stiff veins.
Reddishness in the yellow epicenter increases stomach pain. The increase in red color in the lower center of throat is the cause of swelling tonsils and scratch in throat. The most emotionally intense color, red stimulates a faster heartbeat and breathing. It is also the color of love. Red clothing gets noticed and makes the wearer appear heavier. Since it is an extreme color, red clothing might not help people in negotiations or confrontations. Red cars are popular targets for thieves. In decorating, red is usually used as an accent. Decorators say that red furniture should be perfect since it will attract attention. Physically, red relates to the blood circulating around the body that provides the cells with oxygen and nutrients. Red energy is present when we eat well and exercise regularly. If we don’t eat enough, or constantly exhaust ourselves, we put stress on the adrenal glands. These glands release adrenaline in survival situations, increasing senses and reaction times. Overstretching ourselves, physically and mentally, can cause the complete shut-down of this process. Red energy exercises usually mainly involve the lower limbs, such as walking, jogging, running, swimming or cycling. One of these exercises carried out for 20 minutes will increase the blood flow and oxygen supply to our cells. If none of these exercises are possible, you could also try massaging your legs and feet; this will create the same energy. You can also increase red energy by eating red foods and food rich in minerals, which will give you more physical and mental energy.
Red is linked to any direct emotional reaction or expression. Anger and passion are both commonly represented by the color red, as well as blushing. We have often heard sayings that reinforce this belief, such as “red in the face” or the “red-light district”. Red emotions are known to be strong, immediate and short lived, and many of these emotions are looked down upon, or not accepted by society. This can cause people to feel guilty about their anger or their passion.
Red personality color suggests strong will, ambition and energy.
We are done with color psychology basics so let’s discuss red personality type. According to some, you have red color personality type if you have strong preference for red, but in reality many people love multiple colors, so it’s probably best to read through description and see where you belong. Keep in mind, color psychology is not exact science and you may exhibit only some of these personality traits.
People with red personality type are usually quite active, cheerful and optimistic, similar to sanguine personality type. It is interesting that word “sanguine” means “bloody” in Latin language, not in the meaning of bloodshed but in the meaning of excess of blood. It is believed that excess of blood leads to cheerful optimism, just like you see in people with red color personality type. It is an interesting coincidence that red color is strongly associated with blood.
People with red personality type love attention and are willing to work for it. This isn’t hard though; because they are so energetic and joyful many people will actually want to be around them in hopes that their joy and happiness will rub off on them too.
These people are quite competitive and are not willing to settle for second best. Another positive trait is that they love originality and strive to bring something new; they want to add to this world.
Generally “red” people can be considered dreamers, however they do not just dream; they will also put realistic plans and work for achievement of their dreams no matter how ambitious they are. Many famous artists, actors, and vagabonds exhibit characteristics of red color personality type.
Jobs for Red Personality Type
Brilliant, dazzling, magnetic “reds” will do best when working with other people. Approval from others will energize them and motivate them to do even more. They are excellent entertainers and anything stage or art will be ideal for them. For them to be happy, they need high degree of independence and should avoid monotonous work.
If stage and art aren’t an option, try sales or advertising. Remember: you need a job that allows you to be around other people.
Red is the color with the longest wavelength, being the nearest visible light to infrared in the electromagnetic spectrum. RED light has the longest wave length and the shortest vibrational frequency and is the first basic color tones in the light spectrum that is visible to the human eye. RED is at the bottom of the scale and is predominantly the ‘physical’ color.
RED is known as the color of ‘life’ and can symbolize courage, passion and emotional relationships. Being the color of ‘life’, RED denotes strength and vitality, our deepest human emotions, and suggests the deepest passions of love, hate and revenge. The color RED also has deep emotional and spiritual connotations.
RED resonates with the ‘vital life force’, with your nervous activity urging and encouraging you to achieve successful results.
RED is the color of danger. RED represents energy and action, fire, blood, anger, wine, intensity, impulsiveness, power and sexuality. The phrase ‘seeing RED’ denotes anger and fury, and RED is also characteristic of suppressed aggression, tenseness, sensation and physical strength.
RED evokes an association with warnings, war, blood, anger, passion, desire and sexuality, steadfastness and willpower.
RED influences and rules a person’s ability to feel secure within them, and encourages the will to survive and succeed. RED can also be the color of complications.
The color RED stimulates, warms, arouses, intensifies vitality and inspiration, and encourages persistence, passion and ambition. RED is representative of our survival instincts, security, action and energy, heat, aggression, violence, shame, blood and movement. It also relates to sexuality and sexual impulses and urges, and the sexual organs.
Our drive for existence and survival is represented by the color RED. It stimulates the human body to be responsive and assertive. RED stimulates the heart and increases the vibratory rate. RED also increased the appetite, and is associated with our sexual energy. RED relates to the sensations of pleasure and brings on physical excitement.
The RED energy stimulates a passion for self-preservation and self-gratification.
The color RED increases enthusiasm, encourages confidence and action, and provides a sense of protection from fears and anxiety. RED supplies energy and the motivation needed to work towards and accomplish goals. RED is a ‘doing’ color and is the color of ‘getting things done’.
RED relates to the musical scale of ‘DOH’ and is related to the planet Mars, and the Element of Fire, summer, and the zodiac sign of Aries, and the direction South.
RED is inherently exciting and draws attention. A keen use of the colour RED as an accent can immediately focus attention of a particular element.
RED is the highest arc of the rainbow and is the first colour you lose sight of at twilight.
Too much RED encourages the tendency to lose your temper, becoming agitated, overbearing, angry, demanding, un-nerving, oppressive and even violent. It also stimulates us towards greed, being domineering and/or egotistical, bossy, highly-strung, hyperactive, dishonest and sly/cunning.
Too little RED may make us feel fearful, cautious, lethargic, manipulative and whiny. It discourages us to reach our goals and makes us lack self-confidence. It can make us feel un-loved, weak-willed, un-grounded, frustrated, sexually inadequate, alienated, overly cautious, separate from others, power conscious, possessive, and needing the approval of others.
RED resonates with manifesting love, affection, energy and vitality. The colour RED brings passion and strength to your relationships, your work and life in general.
RED boosts motivation and encourages us to live our lives with passion and purpose.
We feel in red – ACTIVITY.
FAVOURITE COLOUR RED
Those who choose RED as their favorite color are often very passionate and motivated people who are determined to pursue and achieve all of their goals, desires and aspirations. Those whose favorite color is RED often portray a fiery, passionate nature, with a lust for life and are motivational and inspirational characters. Those who prefer RED are generally assertive, competitive and sometimes a little aggressive in their careers. They are brave, courageous, daring and outgoing, and are not afraid to tackle any challenge. At times, these people may be over-impulsive and can take action before considering the full consequences.
Those who have an aversion to RED may be over-active, too impulsive, aggressive and/or hot tempered, egocentric or may have difficulties with other people who possess such characteristics. It can also symbolize deeply hidden fears, and of rejecting their own personal power and assertiveness.
Put some red in your life when you want:
- increased enthusiasm and interest
- more energy
- action and confidence to go after your dreams
- protection from fears and anxieties
RED is the color of passion and action. RED is also considered to be a ‘power’ color. Wearing RED indicates someone who is vibrant and energetic, and implies a ‘go-getter’ type of personality.
Wearing RED helps to motivate and energize us, and brings excitement and passion into our lives.
A habit of wearing RED may suggest that one places a particular importance upon sexual drive and eroticism. This energy is better used in creative endeavour, personal expansion and leadership development.
Those who wear RED are extroverted and courageous, although they may tend to become easily irritated and bad tempered if they don’t get their own way.
People who wear RED tend to be impulsive, energetic and excitable. They are often ambitious and like for things to happen quickly. They also like to be the ‘best’ in everything, and at times, may be insensitive to the feelings of others.
Those that love to wear RED like to be the center of attention.
Wear RED when feeling run-down; to improve energy and athletic performance, and when quick bursts of energy is required. Wear RED when you need to get a job done and when you need extra energy. Wear RED when wanting to feel confident and in control, and when you want to feel desirable and sexy.
Only truly confident people can wear RED comfortably.
Wear a red accent piece when you want to present yourself as bold and dynamic. It can boost your confidence if you are attending a function or interview where you feel unsure of yourself.
If a woman wears a red dress it usually is associated with sex appeal.
Wearing red clothes or carrying red crystals can help counteract feelings of guilt, or stop you denying your passion. You could also try introducing something red into the living area, i.e. cushions or flowers. Flower essence such as scarlet, pimpernel, red rose, hazel or oak will also create a red energy.
To increase or balance red energy in your life wear red clothes, eat red foods, exercise, and carry red crystals such as garnet, red jasper and ruby’s. Essential oils such as ylang ylang, frankincense and black pepper will also create red energy, as well as the flower essences mentioned above.
When RED is present in food, it denotes sweetness and/or ripeness, the presence of lycopene’s, quercetin and Vitamin C. RED vegetables and fruit contain powerful phyto-chemicals such as lycopene and anthocyanin’s, which are essential for the circulatory system. RED vegetables and fruits promote health of the adrenals, gonads, colon, legs and red blood cells.
Red Foods include: Cayenne, cherries, cranberries, dulse (seaweed), goji berries, guava, Hibiscus flowers, kidney beans, pink beans, pink grapefruit, pomegranite, radishes, red apples, red cabbages, red corn, red currents, red peppers, red plums, red tomatoes, rhubarb, rosehips, strawberries, watermelon, wholewheat.
Red in Dreams
When seeing RED in your dream you may wish to consider what your personal associations are with the color RED in order to decipher whether it symbolizes love and passion, or caution and danger.
Seeing a predominance of RED, or a distinctive object or symbol in RED in your dream indicates energy and reaction as well as passion and anger. The phrase ‘seeing red’ suggests anger, and seeing it in a dream can suggest unresolved issues.
RED appearing in dreams resonates with our drive for existence and survival, and supplies the energy and motivation necessary to reach and accomplish goals and aspirations.
A clear RED in a dream can symbolize pure anger. A muddy or murky RED may suggest repressed and/or suppressed anger.
RED appearing in your dream may represent aggression, sensation and physical strength.
Having RED appear in a dream can be revitalizing and stimulating, motivating action. RED vibrates with raw energy, intense passion, aggression, courage, power and impulsiveness, and has deep spiritual and emotional connotations and stimulates all of our senses.
Appearing in a dream, RED may be implying that you need to stop and think about your actions, and consequent re-actions. It can also suggest action and re-action.
If you are a person inclined to dwell in the past, seeing RED in your dreams helps to bring you into the present moment.
Seeing the color RED in dreams inspires:
determination, honor, willpower, freedom, activity, strength, independence, initiative, leadership, passion, energy, anger and motivation.
Red appearing in a dream releases:
anger and frustration, confusion, destructive feelings, revenge, rebellion, impatience and impulsiveness.
RED in the TAROT
The color RED is linked to The CHARIOT (7) Tarot card due to its energetic nature.
RED is linked to The TOWER (16) and can indicate negative action where rash, hasty, aggressive or violent behavior is evident.
RED is also connected to The EMPEROR (4)
Red in the Aura
RED appearing in the aura in a balanced way attests to a great deal of vitality, good physical health, a warm and enthusiastic nature, willpower, strength, independence, openness, alertness, extroversion, motivation, emotionality, leadership abilities, passion, courage, sexuality and sensuality, spirituality and the ‘Divine Fire’.
Being the first basic color tone for those presently on the Earth plane (and this is including a number of different shades of this color), RED in the aura can indicate a person who has stayed close to the earth and has been materially-centered, with an excessive ambition for power.
Bright RED appearing in the aura indicates generosity and positive endeavors.
Light RED in the aura tells of sexuality, eroticism, passion, gaiety, femininity, sensitivity and love.
CRIMSON in the aura resonates with sensuality, and deep SCARLET signifies lust.
DARK RED appearing in the aura attests to willpower, physical strength, masculinity, leadership abilities, yearning, courage, rage and hostility.
Cloudy RED can denote cruelty and greed.
In an unbalanced way, when RED appears in the aura it attests to anger and aggression, violence, confusion, destructiveness, frustration, vengefulness, rebellion, domination, tyranny, insanity, tension, hyperactivity and impotence.
Red and the Chakras
RED is the color of the Base or Root Chakra, and represents the ‘Physical Element’ and houses the karmic forces.
The Base or Root Chakra is located at the base of the spine and allows us to be grounded. The Root or Base Chakra connects us to the Universal Energies.
RED adds its vibrant energy to the Root Chakra to promote and bolster willpower and courage, and strengthen the body.
RED symbolizes the element of Fire which is essential to all creatures. Without heat there is no energy or action, and RED produces heat, which vitalizes and energizes the physical body.
When the Root Chakra is blocked, we experience a lack of energy and vitality, and can suffer from depression, anxiety, fear, frustration and anger.
Healing with Red
RED is used in color therapy (or healing) for treating conditions of stagnation in order to renew or stimulate the life energy. RED is stimulating and revitalizing and can assist with overcoming depression, inertia, fear and melancholy.
RED is a great aid for those who are afraid of life and who feel inclined to want to escape.
RED relates to the adrenal glands and is the ‘life force’ from which we draw our strength, ambition and energy. RED energizes all organs and the senses of hearing, smell, taste, vision and touch.
The color RED is linked to the circulatory system, the heart, sexual organs, the kidney and bladder. RED causes haemoglobin to multiply, thus increasing energy and raising body temperature.
RED is beneficial to the circulation and energy flow within the body, as it is both activating and energizing. RED aids the immune system and helps with detoxification and has an anti-inflammatory effect.
RED is used for stimulating the liver; for increasing the production of red blood cells, for anemic conditions, for stimulating the circulatory system, spinal fluid and the entire nervous system, fatigue, cold chills, it energizes the senses, stimulates ovulation and stimulates menstruation. RED stimulates energy and can increase the blood pressure, respiration, heartbeat and pulse rate. RED is beneficial to stimulate growth, alleviates constrictions, and enhances physical strength, the spine, feet, hips, legs, and stiffness.
RED is beneficial for states of exhaustion, to treat arthritis, muscle pains and spasms, bacterial diseases, hernias and impotence. RED is also used to treat diseases of the sensory nerves – hearing, taste, slight, smells and touch.
RED stimulates slow or inert metabolism and accelerates the expulsion of toxins and metabolic waste. RED helps to relieve constipation, assists in the production of blood and expands the blood vessels.
RED helps us to plant our feet firmly on the ground. If you are someone who has a tendency to dwell in the past, the color RED helps to root you to the present; the here and now.
RED is not suitable to treat people who suffer from being too hot, who are ‘hot-headed’ or agitated, or who suffer from high blood pressure and a pre-disposition to hot flushes. An excess of RED can be over-stimulating and may cause irritability.
In Color Therapy and Healing, RED is used to neutralize and energize, and brings fresh, strong energies to boost and aid recuperation after bouts of illness, lethargy, tiredness and depression.
Color Therapists and Healers tend not to use the color RED on its own due to its ability to warm and stimulate, but rather, use it in combination with BLUE and/or TURQUOISE.
Throughout history, red is considered to represent all things sacred, and life itself. Warning and danger signs are also represented by the color red, warning of the possible loss of life. Fire, a red energy, can be seen as a life-saver or a life-destroyer, and this is the same in our daily life experiences. Too much red energy can be harmful or exhausting to us, making us become overly concerned with the material world, whereas a lack of red can cause low energy levels, and make the world seem like a threatening and dangerous place to be. Red is the warmest of all colors. Red is the color most chosen by extroverts and one of the top picks of males. On the negative side red can mean temper or anger. In China, red is the color of prosperity and joy. Brides wear red and front doors are often painted red. Red is Tuesday’s color. Red roses symbolize passionate love. Ruby rings should be worn on the left hand. Red is the color of Mars. This planet is known as the God of War.
Throughout human history, the color RED has had a great significance and impact on our physical, emotional and spiritual identities and beliefs.
– In the ancient times of the Norse, ‘Rune casters’ would inscribe the symbols of the Runes with RED juice from native berries.
– In Chinese culture, colors correspond with the five primary elements, the directions and the four seasons. RED is associated with Fire, South, and Summer. RED is also associated with good fortune and luck in China. The Chinese New Year is celebrated by wearing RED clothing and decorating their houses with RED. RED envelopes with ‘luck money’ are given to unmarried children to bring good fortune to them for the rest of the year. The belief in the protective powers of RED can be traced back to the old Chinese folklore of the ‘Nian’ (a man-eating beast of ancient China who used to feed on human flesh. Discovering that the creature abhorred loud noises and the color RED, the people began to make liberal use of the color in their clothing, home decorations, firecrackers etc to protect themselves from the ‘Nian’).
– RED represents beauty in many cultures, traditions and languages.
– In Greece, Easter eggs are dyed RED. The Greek expression “piase kokkino” (which translates as ‘touch red’) is said when two people say exactly the same thing at the same time. It is said that when this happens it is an omen that the two people will have an argument in the future, and this can only be broken when the two touch the nearest thing to them that is RED.
– In Israel, kosher clothing stores banned the color RED and sell only loose-fitting clothes for women.
– A popular slang term for someone who is ‘under the influence’ or drunk in Jamaica is “RED”.
– In India, a RED mark on the forehead is said to bring good luck.
– RED symbolizes life, joy, energy and creativity to the Hindu.
– Islamic, Hindu and Chinese brides traditionally wear RED.
– In England, RED double-decker buses, mailboxes and phone booths are national icons.
– In Aztec culture, RED was connected with blood.
– RED symbolizes feast days of martyrs in the Catholic Church.
– RED amulets were worn in many cultures to prolong life.
– In the financial and monetary arena, RED symbolizes a negative direction.