The Color Red

“Red is the color of life. It’s blood, passion, rage. It’s menstrual flow and after birth. Beginnings and violent end. Red is the color of love. Beating hearts and hungry lips. Roses, Valentines, cherries. Red is the color of shame. Crimson cheeks and spilled blood. Broken hearts, opened veins. A burning desire to return to white.”
― Mary Hogan, Pretty Face

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One of the three primary colors, bright red pops out of whatever environment it happens to be in and grabs our attention more than any other color. Moreover, it is the first actual color that is seen by babies. Because  it has a lower vibrational frequency than any other color in our visible spectrum, it is associated with the base chakra and symbolizes passion, sexuality, fertility, and animal urges.

Red is thought of as an immediate color. This affects the thinking processes, causing restlessness and impatience.

The effect of red on the eye is quite unusual. For the color to be seen, the eye itself makes internal adjustments. This alteration means that we see red objects as closer than they really are.

Red is the color of blood, rubies and strawberries. This primal color is associated with danger, sacrifice, passion, fire, beauty, blood, anger, Christmas, socialism, communism, and in China and many other cultures, with happiness. Red is the color of blood, which means that it is associated with the life-force and vitality. Red is the most physical active color, a color of personal self-hood (I AM), red is a color of will. It supports survival and leadership.

Wearing red, eating red foods and surrounding yourself with red increases the body’s ability to absorb iron, the metal that is responsible for the color of hemoglobin in the blood. The presence of hemoglobin allows the blood to absorb oxygen in the lungs and to transport that life-giving oxygen to the cells of the body.

Red light increases blood pressure, pulse rate, and breathing rate. Psychological research has shown that men find women who are wearing red more attractive. Bright red rooms often make people anxious. Rooms with a red toned accent can influence people to lose track of time, this is one reason why red is often used in bars and casinos. Restaurants often use red as a decorating scheme because it stimulates the appetite.

Red is the color of passion, anger, and high blood pressure. Red is a primal color. It represents primal urges, like lust (we call certain areas red-light districts for a reason) and fury (you know the phrase “seeing red,” right?). Yes, red is a commanding color: think of how stop signs get you to halt in your tracks and how you stand back when a red fire engine goes whizzing by.

Note: This post was compiled by Shirley Twofeathers for Color Therapy, you may repost and share without karmic repercussions, but only if you give me credit and a link back to this website. Blessed be.

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