On Color: Blue

Hello world!  This is V again, here to talk about my most favorite color ever…the color blue!  Blue is a beautiful, versatile color that I use quite frequently in my own artwork.  It can be sweet, relaxing, cheerful…or moody, dark and emotional, depending on what shades you use and what other colors you use with it.

Also, I know I was periodically posting these every Tuesday, but I am now going to update this site every Saturday for convenience.

But anyway…I hope you enjoy this collection of info on the color blue!


 

BLUE

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Physiological Effect

In contrast to red, blue proves to lower blood pressure. Blue can be linked to the throat and thyroid gland. Blue also has a very cooling and soothing affect, often making us calmer. Deep blue stimulates the pituitary gland, which then regulates our sleep patterns. This deeper blue also has proved to help the skeletal structure in keeping bone marrow healthy.  Blue also reduces stress and slows the metabolism.

Psychological Effect

We usually associate the color blue with the night and thus we feel relaxed and calmed. Lighter blues make us feel quite and away from the rush of the day. These colors can be useful in eliminating insomnia. Like yellow, blue inspires mental control, clarity and creativity. However, too much dark blue can be depressing.  Blue is associated with clarity, calmness, relaxation, tranquility, safety, wisdom, spirituality, eternity, peace, order, communication, honesty, trust, integrity, loyalty, responsibility, perseverance, concern, sympathy, idealism, devotion, depression, sadness, contemplation, passivity, predictability, weakness, aloofness, superstition, self-righteousness, sleep, the sky, the ocean and night.

In Politics

Blue, particularly dark blue, is usually associated with conservative parties, originating from its use by the Conservative Party in the United Kingdom.  In the United States, the mass media have associated blue with the Democratic Party, even though the Democratic Party is a left-leaning party.

By the time of the American Revolution, The Tories were in power and blue and buff had become the colors of the opposition Whigs.  They were the subject of a famous toast to Whig politicians by Mrs. Crewe in 1784; “Buff and blue and all of you.” They also became the colors of the American patriots in the American Revolution, who had strong Whig sympathies, and of the uniforms of the Continental Army led by George Washington.

A “blue law” is a type of law, typically found in the United States and Canada, designed to enforce religious standards, particularly the observance of Sunday as a day of worship or rest, and a restriction on Sunday shopping.

In Religion & Spirituality

Many of the gods in Hinduism are depicted as having blue-colored skin, particularly those associated with Vishnu, who is said to be the Preserver of the world and thus intimately connected to water. Krishna and Ram, Vishnu’s avatars, are usually blue. Shiva, the Destroyer, is also depicted in light blue tones and is called neela kantha, or blue-throated, for having swallowed poison in an attempt to turn the tide of a battle between the gods and demons in the gods’ favor.

In the Torah, the Israelites were commanded to put fringes, tzitzit, on the corners of their garments, and to weave within these fringes a “twisted thread of blue (tekhelet).”  According to several rabbinic sages, blue is the color of God’s Glory.  Staring at this color aids in mediation, bringing us a glimpse of the “pavement of sapphire, like the very sky for purity,” which is a likeness of the Throne of God.  Many items in the Mishkan, the portable sanctuary in the wilderness, such as the menorah, many of the vessels, and the Ark of the Covenant, were covered with blue cloth when transported from place to place.

Blue is associated in Christianity generally and Catholicism in particular, with the Virgin Mary.

In Wicca, blue is used in candle magick to represent relaxation, healing and peace.

In astrology, the signs Aquarius, Pisces, Virgo, Sagittarius and Libra are all associated with blue (some more than others).  The Chinese Zodiac signs of the Snake, Ox and Boar are also related to blue.

The color of the Throat Chakra is blue and located in the throat area.  It is connected to the ability to express oneself with the spoken word and affects the throat and lungs.

Archangels Gabriel, Asariel, Michael and Anael are sometimes associated with blue.

Blue is also connected to the planet Venus.  Its stone is Amethyst and the musical note of blue is G.

Miscellaneous

Blue was first established as a male gender signifier in the 1940s.


While I’m on this subject, I’d like to talk about the color indigo.  Some people categorize it as a kind of purple, while others a shade of blue.  I personally think it works in either category, but for the sake of this post, I’m going to put it in with blue (especially since blue is the primary color used to create indigo).

Indigo is a fascinating color because of how often it is connected with the mysterious and supernatural.  Indigo is often associated with the right side of the brain; stimulating intuition and imagination.  It also has mild narcotic qualities and can be an aid in meditation (Wiccans also use indigo in candle magick for deep relaxation, meditation and healing).

The Third Eye Chakra is indigo and located in the middle of the forehead.  It is connected to the eyes, sinuses and right brain hemisphere and determines intuition and spiritual sensitivity; it also affects dreams and the ability to see visions.

The color indigo is related with the planet Uranus, and its stone is Jet and musical note A.

I’m sure some of you have heard about the “indigo children” phenomena that started gaining popularity in the late 1990’s.  I’ve read some articles saying that the “indigo children” (people with an indigo-colored aura) have supernatural abilities such as telepathy, and I’ve even seen some people say that they are actually aliens from outer space or an alternate dimension.  As someone who happens to be an Indigo, I think I can say with assurance that I am definitely not an alien (though sometimes I often feel like one…haha).  More often than not, people with an indigo aura are usually just more creatively or spiritually inclined than other aura types (hence the color indigo having influence on the Third Eye and right brain hemisphere), and they often feel like outcasts because Indigos have such a strong desire to be completely, 110% true to themselves all of the time, no matter what.  A conforming Indigo is not a happy Indigo.

If you’re an artist and are in one of those creative slumps, I would suggest going somewhere quiet and meditating on the color indigo (purple can work also), maybe playing some stimulating music in the background as well.  Sometimes just taking a moment to pause and allow whatever images or thoughts to come to you can be a great way to refresh your creativity.


There’s tons more information out there on the color blue (and indigo), and if you’re really interested I would encourage you to do some research of your own instead of just stopping at my little posts.  But hopefully you all found this fun and enlightening, and I’ll see you next week when I talk about the color purple!

-V

 

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Artist and astrologer, just making my way through wonderland.
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