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The Meaning of The Color Violet

Violet is the shortest wavelength in the visible color spectrum.

It is the color with the most intense electromagnetic power and is said to be cleansing and purifying.

The color violet is a combination of the colors red and blue. While the color red is a hot, active color, blue is calming and cooling. Being a combination of these opposite colors, this deep purple color balances the focusing and expansive aspects of red and blue. It opens up our creativity and imagination and allows the energy of inspiration to flow through us.

Because of this, it is the color associated with art and all artistic pursuits including writing, poetry and music. It is also the color of healers and psychics. Children tend to love the color purple and of course children have a wonderful sense of imagination and creativity.

Purple is considered the color of good judgement and of purpose. It is the color of royalty and symbolizes mystery and the mystical.

From ancient times, the color purple has been considered the color of spirit and our spiritual nature. It is found in the auras of those who are seeking spiritual fulfillment and is said to help you feel peace of mind. For these reasons, violet is a good color to have around you when you meditate, whether it be a purple color gemstone such as amethyst or purple accents in the room where you meditate.

On a physical level, the color violet governs the pituitary gland which the medical profession calls "the master gland" of the endocrine system. It gives energy to our lymphatic system and is said to help kill bacteria.

Edgar Cayce stated that "Heart trouble and stomach trouble are rather common to persons with indigo and violet and purple in their auras". 1

He also said that is violet is chosen by someone as their favorite color and if that person makes positive choices in life, he/she would have "a well-rounded personality, good mental abilities with fine reasoning faculties, strength of character and good judgement" 1 as well as integrity. Negative choices in life would indicate an overbearing nature and self-centeredness.

Too much purple energy may express itself in a need to escape reality often by going into a fantasy world or by not accepting things as they are.

Among the positive characteristics associated with the color violet are:

  • Mental strength
  • Inspirational leadership
  • Kindness
  • Fairness
  • Humanitarianism
  • Self-sacrificing
  • Idealistic
  • Ability to observe things which go unnoticed by others
  • Introspective
  • Sensitive
  • Extremely creative
  • Tactful
  • Warm
  • Demanding total honesty from others

The negative aspects of a dark purple color include:

  • Feeling superior
  • Arrogance
  • Snobbishness
  • Disloyalty
  • Interest in black magic
  • Tempermental
  • Indecision
  • Inconsistency
  • Aloofness
  • Vanity
  • Overly trusting
  • Overbearing
  • Escape into fantasy

Violet in the Chakra System:

The color violet is associated with the 7th chakra or crown chakra.

The crown chakra links the individual to the universal sources of energy; body/mind to spirit and the spiritual.

Although the crown chakra governs the brain, hormone and nervous systems, it is also about connecting us to our spiritual side.

It is said that most people do not understand how to use the energy of the crown chakra, but if we learn how to use our intuition, we find that this chakra helps us to connect to the divine and the spirits and angels who are with us and are here to help us. For this reason, those who are on a spiritual path often benefit from the color violet in their lives.

Violet Gemstones

Gemstones in the color purple include: Amethyst, Fluorite, Purpurite, Sugilite, Charoite and Lepidolite

Purple color gemstones bring with them the aspects that are associated with this color, so they are good to use if you want to increase your imagination and creativity. They can bring inspiration.

Gem stones in a purple color are good to have in an area where you meditate as they help you connect with your higher self and your spiritual nature. They are also helpful in increasing psychic awareness.

Purple color gemstones are symbolic of purification so are good to use in areas where you feel you need the energy cleansed.

Adding The Color Violet in Your Life

There are times and places where adding a particular color to your environment is beneficial and times when it will not work well for you. This can be in the form of the clothing you wear, gemstones that you carry with you or have around you, or the decor of your home or other spaces you occupy such as your work place.

For example, if you want to help develop your children's creativity and imagination, purple is a good color to paint or otherwise use in a play area. For this same reason, it is a good color to incorporate into school class rooms and libraries.

Because violet is a color of the spirit and imagination, it is not a good color to use in a room where you entertain others. It can cause people to stop talking and be more in their minds. There are some who say it also causes cravings for alcohol.

Add Some Violet Your Life:

It may be beneficial to add the color purple to your life:
  • When you want to rebalance yourself and your life.
  • When you want to remove obstacles in your path.
  • When you want to enhance your creativity and use your imagination effectively.
  • To strengthen your spiritual values.
  • To calm yourself.
  • To re-energize yourself if you have been depressed.
  • If you have emotional issues to work on.

Do Not Add Violet:

  • If you are depressed or feel very out of balance. (Peaceful green would be a better color in this instance)
  • While you are meditating, if you are just beginning to meditate.

Wearing Violet

Wearing the a purple color implies both an unconventional nature and someone who is an idealist.

Purple is a color that indicates mystery, fantasy and imagination. It portrays you as a unique thinker, possibly a lonely thinker. Wear purple to encourage mystery, spirituality and imagination.

Violet Characteristics

Day: Monday

Sign: Aquarius for true violet, Pisces for red/violet

Planet: Jupiter

Gland associated with the color Violet: Pituitary

Purple Foods: Eggplants, broccoli, blue grapes plus all of the foods listed in the blue/indigo group

Purple Gemstones: Amethyst, Fluorite, Sugilite, Lepidolite, Charoite, Purpurite

Chakra: The 7th or Crown Chakra

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1. Color and the Edgar Cayce Readings, by Roger Lewis
2. Colour Energy, by Inger Naess

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