Basics of color theory, introduction to color and crystals
by Peggy Jentoft
Stones and crystals are often chosen by color for specific purposes in fact, for many crystal healing systems color is a primary mode of organization and guide to the properties and functions of the stones in treatment . You can use color as a rough guideline to the use of a crystal.
The area of color healing and other healing and work with colored stones and crystals is a vast area of study . Color is not the only factor or guide to the function of the crystal in healing and other work but it is one of the most obvious guides to use and organization of your crystal companions .
Color vibration creates a clear and direct resonance effect on the energy body and the mind, body and spirit. Much of our response to color is built into our genetic and spiritual blueprint. While cultural interpretations and beliefs about color can vary greatly from place to place and time to time there are many aspects that appear to be almost universal.
We have touched on colors in some other sections of the workshop including those on the chakras and the the aura but have not gone into much depth . This Page begins an exploration of specific colored stones and the meanings and uses of color . This first page on color is primarily about some basics of color theory rather than being about crystals and stones .
Basic color theory and other stuff
Physical color in the environment effects our moods , relationships ,and well being .
have a huge but often largely subconscious effect on your moods, actions, and mental
emotional states of being and function Our reactions to colors are led by a combination
of biological, physiological, psychological, social and cultural factors.
Colors often have different symbolic meanings in different cultures. For example, white
is the color for weddings in western societies and is for funerals in traditional Chinese
culture; red is associated with anger in America but with happiness in China.
Marketing experts ,psychologists, advertisers and designers have long used color ,to
affect us directly .The color in our surroundings has amazing power to effect our moods
and decisions. We can use color as a tool to create wellness and contentment , to incite
passion or anger , to calm and soothe, to express frivolity or seriousness.
As a tool for healing, color can be gazed at, beamed as healing light, meditated on,
bathed in ,worn, used in art and in ritual such as candle magic and mandala work and
painting . Spiritual light and color is used for healing the aura. and the physical body for deepening meditation and to promote specific effects in the energy field. There are many systems of color healing color is of itself a vital for healing the aura, the physical body and for deepening meditation and to promote specific effects in the energy field.
Colored light is beamed through crystals using a light box or light can be visualized and
sent by intention amplified by crystals . Colors can be run as shakti energies .
Sitting under colored light or shinning colored light on the skin is called Chroma therapy.
Color healing is a vast area of study with many different theories and practices.
In the physical plane color is the result of light hitting an object. The color we see is the
frequency of light that is reflected off an object as light strikes it .
Colors that we are able to see form the visible spectrum . The easiest way to become
aware of the full spectrum in pure colored light is to take an old cd (aol cds work well)
and hold it in light while watching the play of rainbow color across it rainbows are, of
course a full spectrum and have the range of secondary and tertiary colors as well as the
primary colors Colors react with each other either by harmonizing or contrasting with
each other. The color wheel is a valuable tool for understanding color. A color wheel is an image of the spectrum bent into a circle .
The colors adjacent to each other on the color wheel form a related harmonious sequence. When you are mixing colors of paint or pigments. the Primary colors are Red , Yellow and Blue red and yellow make orange and they are equidistant on the color wheel When you are working with light the Primary colors are magenta , cyan and blue your computer screen is colored by light rather than with pigment and the green (as a primary) is a much lighter yellow green than the emerald or grass green hue often used as the secondary color in pigment based color charts.
Primary means that in theory you can mix all other colors from them though it is not as simple as it sounds because pure red ,blue, and yellow do not exist in pigments .
You can not mix the primary colors from any other colors. orange, green and violet are
secondary colors and are made by mixing equal parts of two primary colors.
Yellow and blue make green, blue and red make violet, red and yellow make orange.
The tertiary colors are mixed from equal parts of a primary and the secondary color
next to it on the color wheel . yellow- green, blue- green, blue- violet, red- violet ,red-
orange, yellow -orange, are the tertiary colors White things reflect all frequencies of
light black things absorb all frequencies of light.
Complimentary colors are those opposite each other on the color wheel and they
intensify each other when placed next to each other . they can be mixed together to
form a neutral gray and when you view a photographic negative you will see the
complimentary color of the positive photo image. The complimentary colors of the
pigment primaries are Red compliment = Green Blue compliment = Orange
Yellow compliment = Violet.
All colors, including browns, grays, and neutral colors are mixed from combinations of
primary and secondary colors.
Hue is another word for color it is used to describe close or similar colors , scarlet and
crimson are both hues of red for example. Intensity ,chroma and saturation all refer to
how bright a color is. Vivid bright colors have strong intensity, pale grayed colors are
weak in intensity, adding white to strong red creates weak pink, graying a hue by
adding the complimentary color also weakens it. Tone refers to the relative lightness or
darkness of a color . when white is added to a color the result is a tint of the color. Pink
is a tint of red adding black to a color results in a shade of the color.
Certain color effects seem universal, such as that of "warm" and "cool" colors. Warm
colors generally include magenta, red, orange, yellow, and yellow green. They speed
up our perception of time and produce feelings that are warm, cozy, and inviting. Warm
colors tend to make things look near These colors are associated with excitement,
happiness and comfort. Cool Colors generally include violet, blue, light blue, cyan and
sea green. Emotions associated with these colors range from calm and peace to
sadness, withdrawal and repression, cool colors create distance.. Red, orange, and
yellow (in ascending order) will elevate pulse, blood pressure, and incite arousal; even
stimulate appetite. Blues and blue greens will calm and suppress the appetite, and lend a
feeling of peace. Though the exact degree to which you feel these emotions will depend
One of the most common ways for choosing crystals is with the common chakra
color associations here is a brief list of the most common associations with a few stones
First chakra root-Red and or black Physical and survival issues - might be garnet or
ruby or red jasper and or black hematite and obsidian .
Second chakra sacral-Orange, Emotional Issues - carnelian, fire opal, or fire agate,
Third solar plexus-Yellow, mental and will issues Citrine , topaz ,amber ,sunstone
Fourth heart - Green and pink, love and spiritual issues malachite -emerald, green
calcite ,dioptaise, jade rose Quartz , Kunzite -pink marble pink calcite
Fifth throat -sky blue, communication turquoise, amazonite, kyanite aquamarine
gem silica (some systems blue) lapis, sodalite ,blue sapphire, azurite
Sixth brow - indigo or violet, intuition Lapis , Sodalite Sapphire /, amethyst sugulite,
Seventh crown- violet or clear higher spiritual understanding amethyst etc. clear
quartz, diamond in some systems opaque white stones are suggested quartzite
white agate etc.
Subsequent color and crystals files will include detail about some of the uses for specific
colors and some of the stones of each color.
Crystal lightboxColor and Crystals * Crystal Light Box * RED and PINK * ORANGE* YELLOW* GREEN * TURQUOISE *BLUE* INDIGO* VIOLET* * WHITE * BLACK
*Color HealingPure Rainbow spectrum color field
Color Field for Meditation on red Red JasperColor Field for Meditation on orange Carnelian
Color Field for Meditation on blue green AmazoniteColor Field for meditation on indigo Lapis LazuliColor field for meditation on violet Amethyst
color field for spectrum and chakra work
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