Orange and Blue
Posted February 14, 2011on:
I’m going to divert from the theme of prophetic prayers for this post.
I was thinking about colours and how they stand for different character traits, and different moods. Yellow speaks to me of simple happiness, and I’ve heard it described as the colour that relates to ‘self’. Purple on the other hand is widely recognised as a royal colour. Blue is associated with purity and with spiritual things – it’s also an airy colour, that one can sometimes experience as cold. Orange on the other hand, is a lively, outgoing colour.
I got to thinking about ‘colour pairs’ – the complementary ‘opposites’ so familiar to people in the world of design. There are probably an indefinite number of such pairs, but the well-known ones are: red-green, orange-blue, and yellow-purple.
I feel these colour pairings, or complements, can help us in daily life. When we’re in danger of becoming too thoughtful, abstract, and what some Christians term super-spiritual – in a ‘blue mood’, though not in the usual sense of that phrase – we need an infusion of the ‘orange’ mindset. A bit of vibrant, down-to-earth and slightly cheeky good humour and fun! (These are qualities I associate with the colour orange. Surely there isn’t a less serious colour than orange, apart from, possibly, pink – but then pink is so emotionally intense.)
Likewise, if you’re in danger of becoming a little too sedate and overly dignified (a purple state), perhaps you need to shift towards ‘yellow’ to balance yourself out. For those with a tendency towards frivolity, they need to ‘think purple’ when they are starting to get a bit silly and superficial.
Lastly, red and green. Well we all know people who could do with just sitting beside a stream surrounded by lush green meadows, from time to time. People who ‘see red’ easily, who are surrounded by pressure and who generate plenty of pressure all by themselves. Green is the natural colour of most of the world, and I think of it as the colour of life. A down-to-earth shade that is peaceful and restful to look at. But we cannot just think ‘green thoughts in a green shade’ to quote the well-known Andrew Marvell poem. So, if you’re finding yourself becoming a little too passive, the trick is to inject the ‘red’ qualities of vitality and virility into your life. I think I am warming to my theme….