Astrologists associate this gland with the planet Jupiter, endowing the individual with fortunate circumstances in all areas of his life. Money is gained easily and the individual will make wise use of it” Roger Lewis
Birren in New Horizons in colour discusses purple as being more refined than blue. The eye has more difficulty focusing on it. It is soft, filmy and never angular. Unlike blue, however it is not so lofty but clings to the earth like a distant mountain half hidden in the mist”.
In colour therapy Violet is said to be a purifying ray and affects the pituitary gland. “the violet ray depresses the motor nerves and the lymphatic and cardiac systems. It purifies the blood… it is used quite extensively in orthodox medicine, but is is a powerful and subtle vibration and acts on mans highest body so that its use is contra-indicated where the mind is undeveloped” Colour therapy Mary Anderson
According to Faber Birren ” If you favour purple, you automatically assume, by right or by desire an uncommon quality among the mortals of this earth. Perhaps you deserve the association. If you do, you have a good mind , a rare wit and an ability to observe things which go unnoticed by others. You may be both introspective and temperamental – a combination that epitomised the artist. You are sensitive; you relish the subtle and can see the magnificence in both the baroque and the humble. “ There is indecision, inconsistency and aloofness in the individual who prefers violet, according to Birren,. Although naturally creative, often genius, he may be vain and revel in the admiration of others”
According to the Luscher colour test, an individual preferring violet enjoys the refinements of living, is tactful and warm, while retaining an attitude of censure. ….They keep their emotions under rigid and vigilant control, covering their own overly trusting nature by demanding complete honesty from others.
When the pituitary gland, the master gland of the physical body is opened through meditation, the vibration of violet is lifted or changed to golden and is perceived as white or ULTRAVIOLET; the vibration of the unity of all colours and all of the seven spiritual centres returned to their original purposes, recharged and regenerated – Roger Lewis Colour and the Edgar cayce readings
In its negative connotation, purple can mean overweening pride, pomp and vanity. The colour of the rich man who has no love in his heart for Lazarus and no belief in anything but the things of the world. “ – Ellen Conroy the symbolism of colour.
Violet works on our feelings of self worth, dignity and self respect. It is recommended to use when we have a tendency to diminish ourselves always feeling that others can do better than us. – Theo Gimbel
HISTORICAL AND CULTURAL ASSOCIATIONS
Ellen Conroy in her book The symbolism of colour writes: “ Violet is calming and soothing in its influence and said by the mystics to be a feminine colour. Ancient people used the term purple to include violet and in fact any tint made up of blue and red in whatever proportions. Pliny tells us that the colour of the amaranth is a far more beautiful colour than almost any shade from red to blue. In colour symbolism the red of love and self sacrifice is, in violet, blended with the blue of truth, hence it was considered symbolic of wisdom and is mentioned as being the colour used in the canopy of Solomons chariot. “
“Purple was considered the most glorious of colours, for the purple dye was so costly that it became part of the insignia of royalty. In England it is used as the sign of royal mourning”
“To the Egyptians it was said to be the colour of the earth. At evening looking across the fields, they appear tinged with purple, …. landscape painters show this purple colour while poets speak of purple shadows” Thus the qualities associated with purple are said to be the very highest of patience, endurance, perseverance, the ability to be long suffering and slow to anger.” Those traits associated with the evolved soul. “Egyptians often gave their soldiers talismans of amethyst because they said this stone could give them the necessary calmness of mind to ensure victory.”
The Magi of Persia said the amethyst was born of the sun and the moon, all of the traits of red and blue, masculine and feminine forces the spirit and the soul. In Nordic mythology, Waniomoinem sails over the blue back of the waters until he reaches the purple coloured harbour of the next word.
In Christian tradition, many old rosaries were made of amethyst because its effect was to make the user withdraw from all trials of the world and worship in a holy calm. The martyrs are often depicted clad in purple, signifying their ability to endure for truth.
IN FENG SHUI
Purple represents the fire element and the South. Associated with the energy of reputation, recognition, illumination and clarity, the fire element provides inspiration, lighting our way forward.
Fire may also be introduced in the three earth energy areas to boost or support their energy;
- Relationships Harmony (SW) where more passion or energy is required (do not use if things are already overheated or where there is a lot of heated argument or discord).
- Health and unity (centre) when your energy is low and you need a boost, add some fire energy to the centre of your home to ignite your inner fire.
- Knowledge and spirituality (NE) when you need to light your inner flame and connect to source and spirit, adding some fire to this area can help to bring focus and clarity to this connection.
In general pure purple can be overly dark to use in large areas as it reduces the apparent size of the space and absorbs a lot of light. However in lighter tints of lilac or tones of mauve it can introduce a soft, feminine atmosphere.
Of all the hues, it seems to be the one dominantly aesthetic in its appeal.” according to Birren
Associated with the Crown Chakra, the Divine, connection to spirit and mental strength. Associated with violet or ultra-violet (white) light. This represents our connection to source, the thousand petalled lotus, our connection to our boundlessness. When open, this centre allows us to feel support from above, contented and joyful .
It connects to our sense of confidence that the universe is working with us. Our life becomes art, a form of play, the deepest interplay between the ordinary and the extra-ordinary in our lives; the process of our lifes’ work. When we feel overwhelmed, connecting with this energy reminds us of our deep inner connection to source. When blocked we can feel “stuck in our own world”, moody, and victimised.
Visualising a wheel of violet or ultra-violet/white light spinning like a fan-light above our heads, without restriction will allow this energy to flow more freely. Affirmation “ I now allow the light to dissolve all barriers to guidance. I listen to my highest self, to source, I trust and take guided action”.
- Associated with the Crown Chakra, the Divine, connection to spirit and mental strength. Represents our connection to source. When open, this centre allows us to feel support from above, contented and joyful . When blocked we can feel stuck in our own world, moody, and victimised.
- Violet works on our feelings of self worth, dignity and self respect. It is recommended to use when we have a tendency to diminish ourselves always feeling that others can do better than us. – Theo Gimbel
- “The use of this ray is called for when the patient is under a great deal of stress and strain and is a highly stung and creative person’ Colour therapy Mary Anderson
- It inspires feelings of kindness and a sense of justice, and idealism.
- It helps dissolve negativity and is great for creative visualisation.
- Associated with the pituitary centre which the medical profession describe as “the master gland” of the endocrine system.
- Cultural association: Royalty, majesty and power. In its negative connotation, purple can mean pride and vanity. In Christian tradition, many old rosaries were made of amethyst because its effect was to make the user withdraw from all trials of the world and worship in a holy calm. Violet is calming and soothing in its influence and said to be a feminine colour. In colour symbolism violet is the combination of the red of love and self sacrifice blended with the blue of truth, hence it was considered symbolic of wisdom. Historically, purple was considered the most glorious of colours; the purple dye was so costly that it became part of the insignia of royalty. In England it is used as the sign of royal mourning.
- People who favour purple are considered to have a good mind, a rare wit and an ability to observe things which go unnoticed by others. Both introspective and temperamental; a combination that epitomised the artist. They demand complete honesty from others. In imbalance, they are sensitive, indecisive, inconsistent and aloof.
- In decoration violet/purple is considered unsuitable for large areas “because it disturbs the focus of the eye” it actually softens our vision and our ability to focus. Best used in spaces for relaxation and meditation.