On Color: Yellow

It’s V again to talk about random stuff about her least favorite color in the whole world – yellow!  But, even though I hate the color yellow with all my heart, no list of colors would be complete without it.  Why do I dislike it so much?  Probably because it reminds me of Spongebob…but nevertheless, it is a useful color for the artist.  I’m sure some of you have noticed I’ve used yellow in my own artwork – mostly because I know that most people don’t dislike the color as much as I do, and it fit with whatever I was making (not that you should use colors that you don’t like just because you think other people will like it…but the point I’m trying to make is that if you have a certain feeling or idea you’re trying to get across in your art, sometimes using colors you usually wouldn’t can help with that).

Anyway, here’s some fun and interesting stuff about yellow!





Physiological Effect

Yellow has proven to stimulate the brain. This stimulation can make you more alert and decisive. This color makes muscles more energetic and activates the lymph system.  It activates the left hemisphere and can help with decision making, but can also induce nervousness, anxiety and emotional instability.

Psychological Effect 

Yellow is a happy and uplifting color.  It builds self-confidence and encourages optimism. However, a dull yellow can bring on feelings of fear.  Yellow is associated with happiness, fun, optimism, humor, cheerfulness, confidence, logic, creativity, originality, intellect, analytical ability, silliness, cowardice, challenges, impulsiveness, impatience, spite, being judgmental, enthusiasm, newness, sunshine, stress, anxiety and entertainment.

In Politics 

Yellow is the color most commonly associated with liberalism in Europe, being the official color of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe. Yellow is also often associated with Libertarianism and Voluntaryism.

In Religion & Spirituality 

In The Roman Catholic church, yellow symbolizes gold, and the golden key to the Kingdom of Heaven, which Christ gave to Saint Peter. The flag of the Vatican City and the colors of the pope are yellow and white, symbolizing the gold key and the silver key. White and yellow together can also symbolize Easter, rebirth and Resurrection.  Yellow also has a negative meaning, symbolizing betrayal; Judas Iscariot is usually portrayed wearing a pale yellow toga, and without a halo.

In Hinduism, the divinity Krishna is commonly portrayed dressed in yellow.

In the religions of the islands of Polynesia, yellow is a sacred color, the color of the divine essence; the word “yellow” in the local languages is the same as the name of the curcuma longa plant, which is considered the food of the gods.

In Wicca, yellow is commonly used to represent the intellect, understanding, comprehension and memory.

Yellow is associated with the astrological sign Gemini, and gold (a variation of yellow) with Leo.  In the Chinese Zodiac, the Horse, Tiger, Monkey and Rooster are also related to yellow.

In chakra work, yellow is the color of the Solar Plexus and is located below the ribs.  It is associated with personal power, clarity and digestion.

Archangel Jophiel is also connected to the color yellow.

Yellow is also associated with the planet Mercury; its jewel is yellow Topaz, and its musical note is E.

Okay, so the color yellow has some pretty cool stuff about it (I mean, I am a Voluntaryist, so I can’t totally dislike the color).  But hopefully you all found this fun and interesting!  Check back next week for when I write about the next color on my list – green!



About V

Artist and astrologer, just making my way through wonderland.
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