On Color: White

Welcome one and all to the final chapter in my “On Color” series, where today I will talk about the color white!  Like black, white is a very versatile color that can be matched with almost any other and still look great.


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Physiological Effect

White offers an inner cleansing and purifying of your thoughts, emotions and, ultimately, your spirit, refreshing and strengthening your entire energy system.  White absorbs all the rays of color and is therefore cooling and restful.

Psychological Effect

The color white is cleanliness personified – the ultimate in purity. This is why it is traditionally worn by Western brides, and the reason why doctors wear white jackets.  In other cultures it is traditionally related to death and mourning. In these cultures death usually means the end of one life and the beginning of another, moving forward to a new life, so the color psychology meaning of new beginnings still holds.  White is associated with purity, cleanliness, innocence, encouragement, goodness, hope, peace, equality, completion, simplicity, neatness, self-sufficiency, openness, new beginnings, emptiness, coldness, winter, isolation, boringness, cautiousness, sterility, unity, impartiality, help, efficiency, saintliness and perfection.

In Politics

White is today mainly linked to pacifism (as in the surrender flag).  Historically, it was associated with support for absolute monarchy, starting with the supporters of the Bourbon dynasty of France, because it was the dynasty’s color. Later it was used by the Czarist Whites who fought against the communist “Reds” in the Russian Civil War, because the Russian “Whites” had similar goals to the French “Whites” of a century earlier.

White is also associated with peace and passive resistance. The white ribbon is worn by movements denouncing violence against women and the White Rose was a non-violent resistance group in Nazi Germany.

In Religion & Spirituality

In the Roman Catholic Church, white is associated with Jesus Christ, innocence and sacrifice. Since the Middle Ages, priests wear a white cassock in many of the most important ceremonies and religious services connected with events in the life of Christ. White is worn by priests at Christmas, during Easter, and during celebrations connected with the other events of the life of Christ, such as Corpus Christi Sunday, and Trinity Sunday. It is also worn at the services dedicated to the Virgin Mary, and to those Saints who were not martyred, as well as other special occasions.

The white unicorn was a common subject of Medieval and Renaissance manuscripts, paintings and tapestries. It was a symbol of purity, chastity and grace, which could only be captured by a virgin. It was often portrayed in the lap of the Virgin Mary.

In Islam, white clothing is worn during the required pilgrimage to Mecca.

In Judaism, During the rituals of Yom Kippur, the ceremony of atonement, the rabbi dresses in white, as do the members of the congregation, to restore the bonds between God and his followers.

In the traditional Japanese religion of Shinto, an area of white gravel or stones marks a sacred place, called a niwa. These places were dedicated to the kami, spirits which had descended from the heavens or had come across the sea. Later, temples of Zen Buddhism in Japan often featured a Zen garden, where white sand or gravel was carefully raked to resemble rivers or streams, designed as objects of meditation.

The color white, especially in Western cultures, is heavily associated with angels, ghosts, and spirits in general.

In some Asian and Slavic cultures, white is considered to be a color that represents death.  White also represented death in ancient Egypt, representing the lifeless desert that covered much of the country.  In ancient Egypt, white was also connected with the goddess Isis. The priests and priestesses of Isis dressed only in white linen, and it was used to wrap mummies.

White magick, in Wiccan and pagan circles, refers to any magick that is used with pure intent, particularly in the healing and help of others.  White is also symbolic of the Maiden form of the Triple Goddess.

In astrology, white is associated with the sign Cancer.  In the Chinese Zodiac, it is also associated with the sign of the Dog and the Sheep.

Archangel Gabriel is sometimes connected to the color white.

While I’m on this subject, I’d like to share a little about the color grey.  It is the median between black and white and also looks good with almost any other color.



Physiological Effect

Being both motionless and emotionless, grey is solid and stable, creating a sense of calm and composure, relief from a chaotic world.  The color grey is subdued, quiet and reserved. It does not stimulate, energize, rejuvenate or excite.

Psychological Effect

Grey is the color of independence and self-reliance, although usually thought of as a negative color. It can be the color of evasion and non-commitment (since it is neither black nor white). Grey indicates separation, lack of involvement and ultimately loneliness.  Too much of the color grey creates sadness and depression and a tendency to loneliness and isolation. Add some color to change this.  Most people are indifferent to grey.  Grey is associated with indecision, indifference, depression, neutrality, compromise, control, reliability, old age, dignity, impartiality, professionalism, maturity, intelligence, boringness, stability, calmness, lifelessness, loneliness, isolation, elegance, coldness, formality, dependability, conformity, drabness and detachment.

In Politics

Grey became a common color for military uniforms; in an age of rifles with longer range, soldiers in grey were less visible as targets than those in blue or red. Grey was the color of the uniforms of the Confederate Army during the American Civil War, and of the Prussian Army during the Franco-German War of 1870.

In Religion & Spirituality

In the Christian religion, grey is the color of ashes, and so a biblical symbol of mourning and repentance, described as sackcloth and ashes. It can be used during Lent or on special days of fasting and prayer. As the color of humility and modesty, grey is worn by monks of the Order of Friars Minor Capuchin, Franciscan order and Cistercian order.

Buddhist monks and priests in Japan and Korea will often wear a sleeved grey, brown, or black outer robe.  Taoist priests in China also often wear grey.

In folklore, grey is often associated with goblins, elves and other legendary mischievous creatures.

In Wicca, silver (a form of grey) represents the Moon and Goddess.

Archangel Zadkiel is sometimes connected to the color silver.

Silver is associated with the zodiac sign Cancer, along with the Chinese Zodiac sign of the Monkey.

Well, so concludes my series of posts on the different colors.  I hope everyone found this fun and helpful!

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Artist and astrologer, just making my way through wonderland.
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