A sure sign of spring is the first sighting of purple crocus peeking out of the snow. This year it has taken a bit longer for my crocus to emerge. The snow is gone but the ground is cold and my purple crocus are finally popping up in the yard.
Spring is the time of renewal, rebirth and the celebration of Easter. The color purple holds a spiritual connection to the Easter Holiday. In the Catholic religion purple is the color used to veil the crucifix and statuary of the saints. This is symbolic of the purple robe that the Roman troops dressed Jesus in to mock him and call him “King of the Jews”. However, this seemed to backfire on the Romans because purple became associated with spiritual rebirth and the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Tyrian Purple, a deep reddish purple, was the color worn by the governing class of Rome. Any Roman general that won an important battle wore a purple tog. Purple represented power and strength. The color purple was a badge of status but eventually only the Emperor of Rome was allowed to wear Tyrian Purple, anyone else wearing this purple cloth would be put to death.
Purple also become associated with pain, suffering and mourning by the early Christians. In the ninetieth century a widow was expected to wear black after the death of a loved one but it became acceptable to wear purple after two years, the half point of morning. The Heliotrope, purple flowering shrub, signified devotion, which may be why women were allowed to wear purple after a respectable time of mourning.
Many variations of purple are referred to by the names of flowers and eatables such as; plum, eggplant, wine/grape, violet, lavender, lilac and heliotrope. Purple is the combination of red and blue. The color purple holds the stability and the calming effects of blue along with the uplifting energy and the intensity of red. The vivid color of purple is the balance of these two primary colors.
Is there a difference between Purple and Violet? Violet is the visible light spectrum we see in the rainbow. Purple is the mixing of red and blue to create color application. Both vibrate at similar rate and create a balance between our physical and spiritual energies. The term Purple and Violet have become interchangeable in most fashion and artistic venues.
Purple is said to hold the deep mysteries of our connection to the spiritual realm. It inspires unconditional love, selfless giving, and encourages sensitivity and compassion. Surround yourself with purple to help align your higher self with the universe.
Purple has power. It has a rich quality that reflects ambition, self-assuredness and leadership. The color purple is also associated with passion, imagination and inspiring higher ideals. Add purple to a room or office space to promote harmony and contribute to mental balance and stability. It will also create the impression of luxury and wealth. Beware, too much purple may give the impression of extravagance.
Overall, purple conveys a positive message to all ages, genders and cultures. Wearing the color purple can up-lift, creates a feeling of confidence, stability and calm. All colors come in different shades and combine varying mixtures of primary and secondary colors to create a palette of different connotations.
Choose from the many facades of purple to express how you feel and the message you want to send to others. According to color psychology light purples are perceived to represent a feminine energy, dark purples may signify a feeling of melancholy and a vibrant purple is associated with royalty and wealth. Different shades and tints of purple have different meanings.
- Light pastel purple characterizes youthfulness, enthusiasm and romance.
- Bright bold purple represents the soulful leader and guide.
- Subdued dusty purple signifies wisdom and knowledge.
- Deep purple is powerful, it denotes earthly and spiritual wealth.
Now that Spring has arrived choose a purple outfit to lift your spirit, express your individuality and enhance your intuition. Don’t wait till you are “old” to wear purple.
Research and Resources:
Your Life IN Color, Dougall Fraser
The Secret Lives of Color, Kassia St. Clair
Color, A Natural History of the Palette, by Victoria Finlay