The Color Black
Black is not a color, strictly speaking. It is the absence of all color. When people speak of opposites, it is
usually in terms of black and white. Black, and its opposite white, represent polarities. Black absorbs all
aspects of light. While white reveals, black conceals. It has come to mean hidden, fearful or bad experience.
It is linked to the unknown or the unseen.
Black is the color of coal, ebony, and of outer space. It is the darkest color and the most misunderstood of
all the colors. A black tie dinner is very formal and elegant. Women can wear that "must have little black
dress" to the black tie dinner. Yet the bad guys wear black hats. Black symbolizes death in some cultures.
Native Americans thought black was good because it was the color of soil, which gives life. Saturday's color
In times of fear and uncertainty black contains the energy of the threatening unknown. In a positive state,
black is seen as a restful emptiness into which anything may emerge and disappear once again. It is also
mysterious, providing a sense of potential and possibility.
Black is a protective color. It is grounding and calming, especially to extremely sensitive individuals. It
activates the magnetic or feminine energies of the body, strengthening them.
Black is the spiritual color for some religions; but it is the color of death for others. It promotes resistance,
obstruction, opposition, and enmity. It wards off hatred and negative emotions.
Black is most effective when used in conjunction with white, balancing the polarities of the individual,
especially in cases where the individual seems to be losing control. It can activate the subconscious mind
which can put life and all of its craziness into proper perspective. It should rarely be used by itself, but
always in combination with another color.
Put some black in your life when you want:
* to become inconspicuous
* to open the door to mystery
* to prepare for the unknown
* a restful emptiness
Black should be used sparingly, as too much black can cause depression or aggravate such
emotional/mental conditions. Black also increases fear, suspicion and paranoia.
Dress in black if you want to become inconspicuous. Black is also used in clothing to make a bold
statement of mystery and self control. Black clothing can say "Notice me but do not intrude."
Prestige and power are important to you. You are independent, strong-willed and determined and like to
be in control of yourself and situations. As a lover of black you may be conservative and conventional -
black is restricting and contained. Black is a color for extremes, everything and nothing. People who
foremost trust themselves.
Not loving black:
A person who has an aversion to black may have fear for the unknown, or fear for the abuse of power.
Desires to become free from all kinds of dependency, blockages, hindrances; to throw off shackles.
Black gem stone properties:
* Black gemstones symbolize self control and resilience. Black stones have protective energies in the
sense that black is the absence of light, and therefore, can be used to create invisibility.
* Jet, onyx, obsidian,