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The Color Yellow

Yellow is the color of gold, butter, and ripe lemons. Yellow is commonly associated with gold, wealth,
sunshine, reason, happiness, optimism and pleasure, but also with cowardice, envy, jealousy and betrayal. It
plays an important part in Asian culture, particularly in China.

Yellow enriches, stimulates, lightens and activates many of the systems of the body. It tends to encourage
orderliness and clarity. It can act as a mild sedative to relieve many fears and give a mental lift. Gradual and
consistent exposure to yellow light decreases blood pressure and heart rate and increases energy and

Yellow is the color of the mind and the intellect, vitality, power and ego. It is optimistic and cheerful,
however it can also suggest impatience, criticism, and cowardice.

Yellow links with and stimulates the solar plexus, or psychic center (the third chakra). It can be used for
psychic burnout or other psychic-related conditions or ailments. Activates and cheers up depressed and
melancholic people. Gives lust for life.

When studying, having objects of lemon yellow around will help the memory functions of the brain. If exam-
stress is a problem, a bright golden yellow encourages relaxation and reduces nervousness.

Healing with the color yellow:
*  Use yellow for a weak and confused immune system - frequent minor illnesses, intolerances and
allergies to foods and other substances.
*  Digestive problems, inefficient absorption of nutrients.
*  Yellow is used to treat dermatitis and other skin problems.
*  It activates the motor nerves. It affects the nervous system, good for nervous exhaustion.
*  Yellow can be used for conditions of the stomach, liver, and intestines. Speeds up the digestion and
assimilation, and the stool.
*  Use it for digestive disorders, gas, food allergies, liver problems, diabetes, hypoglycemia,
hyperthyroid, gallstones, muscle cramps, nervous disorders, depression, exhaustion and breathing
problems, lymphatic problems, dispelling fears, building bones.
*  Yellow also speeds metabolism.
*  Yellow helps strengthen the nerves and the mind. It helps awaken mental inspiration and stimulates
higher mentality. Thus, it is an excellent color for nervous or nerve-related conditions or ailments.
*  Yellow energizes the muscles.
*  Dark yellow soothes pains in the nerves (shooting pains)
*  Yellow also helps the pores of the skin and aids scarred tissue in healing itself.

*  In healing, yellow must be used carefully because it is highly stimulating and can cause exhaustion and
depression if overused.
*  Intense yellow is the color that is most stressful for the eyes. The amount of light that is reflected by
this bright color results in over stimulation of the eyes; it can actually cause eye irritation.
*  Bright yellow rooms are often too intense. People may become irritated and nervous in a yellow room,
children may have trouble sleeping and babies may cry more.
*  Do not use yellow for nervous breakdowns, use blue or green.

Wearing Yellow:
Wear yellow to present a cheery, uplifting effect. Use it around your office to help keep a clear your
mind, and improve memory and decision making.

Put yellow in your life when there is:
*  Confusion and indecision, poor memory.
*  Fear and anxiety caused by unknown factors leading to nervous and digestive disorders.
*  Nervous exhaustion, nervous breakdown, "burn out," panic attacks, hot flashes.
*  Poor memory, inability to concentrate or study.
*  Tendency to SAD, or lethargy and depression in dull weather.
*  Irritability, tension, restlessness, feelings of depression and inability to make decisions.

Loving Yellow:
Watch out for self-centered, "me first" energy when someone prefers yellow to the rest of the rainbow.
If yellow is your favorite color, temper your use of the word "I" when you're interested in someone else.
You can come across as too ego-centric otherwise. Now, if you're dating someone whose favorite hue is
yellow, make sure to jump in and share stories about yourself, since this person may not give you much
room. Yellow is the color of cheerfulness, curiosity, alternation, flexibility, progress, amusement, contact
through traveling and communication, learning and practical knowledge. People of high intellect favor
yellow. A person who loves yellow may have a feeling for writing and speaking.

Not loving yellow:
A person who has aversion to yellow may be emotionally disappointed and bitter. May have tendency to
rationalize feelings, or to avoid the depth of life by often changing relationships, many superficial
relationships and/or constant changing activities.

Questions to ask yourself when drawn to yellow:
*  Is there a need to start thinking clearly?
*  What are you afraid of?

Foods that work in a yellow way:
*  Eating outside in natural sunlight improves digestion and gives a feeling of wellbeing.
*  Fish oils and foods that are high in omega 3 fatty acids.
*  Lemon, bananas, grapefruit, eggs, honey, peppers, pumpkins, grains such as corn, wheat, rice, rye, etc.

Vitamins and suppliments that work in a yellow way:
*  Vitamins A, B, D, and E
*  Sodium and potassium, iodine, chromium, molybdenium.

Yellow essential oils:
*  Lemon, Lemon grass, Lemon Verbena

Yellow crytals and stones:
*  Topaz, Beryl, Citrine, Amber, Tiger Eye, Iron Pyrite
*  Carry or wear yellow gemstones to promote the ability to express yourself. They are excellent stones
for writers and public speakers to increase eloquence. The yellow stones stimulate movement and mental
awareness. They are used to enhance decision making skills.

Symbolic meanings of the color yellow:
* The sun, power, authority, the intellect and intuition, goodness, light, life, truth, immortality, endurance,
the Empire and fertility (in China), cowardice, treachery.

Variations of the color yellow:

Light Clear Yellow: This color helps to clear the mind, making it open and alert.

Lemon Yellow: Lemon yellow promotes self reliance and a need for an orderly life. This yellow increases
our sensitivity to criticism.

Citrine Yellow: Citrine is a superficial and fickle color. It encourages the serial relationship hopper, the
teaser, with unstable emotions. This yellow can be deceitful and retreats from responsibility.

Golden Yellow: This yellow is the color of the loner with an intense curiosity and interest in investigating
the finer details of its interests. Golden yellow is sensitive to criticism.

Light Cream: Tinted with a hint of yellow, encourages new ideas. However, this very pale color can also
indicate a lack of confidence and a need for reassurance.

Dark Yellow: The darker shades of yellow indicate an inclination toward depression and melancholy, lack
of love and low self-worth. Dark yellow relates to the constant complainer and the cynic.

Gold: Gold is the color of success, achievement and triumph. Associated with abundance and prosperity,
luxury and quality, prestige and sophistication, value and elegance, the color psychology of gold implies
affluence, material wealth and extravagance.

The word "yellow" comes from the Old English geolu, geolwe, meaning "yellow, yellowish", derived from the Proto-Germanic word gelwaz.

It has the same Indo-European base, -ghel, as the word yell; -ghel means both bright and gleaming, and to cry out. Yellow is a color which cries out for attention.

The English term is related to other Germanic words for yellow, namely Scots yella, East Frisian jeel, West Frisian giel, Dutch geel, German gelb, and Swedish gul.

According to the Oxford English Dictionary, the oldest known use of this word in English is from The Epinal Glossary in the year 700.
Spectral coordinates

570-590 nm

525-505 THz

Color coordinates

Hex triplet:
(255, 255, 0)
(0, 0, 100, 0)
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In Ancient Egypt, yellow was associated with gold, which was considered to be imperishable, eternal and indestructible. The skin and bones of the gods were believed to be made of gold.

The Egyptians used yellow extensively in tomb paintings; they usually used either yellow ochre or the brilliant orpiment, though it was made of arsenic and was highly toxic.

A small paintbox with orpiment pigment was found in the tomb of King Tutankhamun. Men were always shown with brown faces, women with yellow ochre or gold faces