Being the combination of red and blue, the warmest and coolest colors, purple/violet is believed to be the ideal color. Purple embodies the balance of red's stimulation and blue's calm. Red is a focusing, dynamic and active energy while blue is cooling and passive. The coalescence of liveliness and tranquility allows more creative energy to emerge. For this reason, purple is associated with imagination and inspiration. Purple is the color of good judgment.
Purple has been used to symbolize magic and mystery, as well as royalty. Most children love the color purple. Thursday's color is purple. It is also the color of passion, romance and sensitivity. Purple is the third favorite color in terms of color preference after blue and green. Purple represents the planet Jupiter. February is the month associated with the color purple and the birthstone for those born is February is amethyst.
Purple has power. It has a richness and quality to it that demands respect. Purple is ambitious and self-assured, the leader. Too much of the color purple can promote or aggravate depression in some. It is one color that should be used extremely carefully and in small amounts by those who are vulnerable to these depressed states. Purple is the color of dignity and self-respect. It imparts determination and feeling of being in control, clears the mind of negative influences, calms nervousness and relieves stress. It symbolizes luxury and sophistication. It conveys wealth and extravagance. It is also feminine and romantic. However, because it is rare in nature, purple can appear exotic or artificial.
The difference between violet and purple is that violet appears in the visible light spectrum, or rainbow, whereas purple is simply a mix of red and blue. Violet has the highest vibration in the visible spectrum.
While the violet is not quite as intense as purple, its essence is similar. Generally the names are interchangeable and the meaning of the colors is similar. Both contain the energy and strength of red with the spirituality and integrity of blue. This is the union of body and soul creating a balance between our physical and our spiritual energies.
Violet is the color of purpose. Violet is associated with the Crown chakra (this links individual and universal). Violet is a combination of blue and red. Red is a focusing, dynamic and active energy while blue is cooling, calming and expansive. Violet brings a new dynamic to the expansion of blue and the activity of red. Red brings practicality to the undirected expansiveness of the blue, and allows more creative energy to emerge. For this reason, violet is associated with imagination and inspiration.
Violet is an important energy for those who use blue and indigo skills in the psychic field. The red in violet offers a grounding effect.
The color violet inspires unconditional and selfless love, devoid of ego, encouraging sensitivity and compassion. Violet can be sensitive to all the different forms of pollution in the world today, whether it be air pollution, noise pollution, visual pollution or the pollution in our food chain. This sensitivity makes violet susceptible to illness and allergies, vulnerable to its everyday surroundings.
Violet encourages creative pursuits and seeks inspiration and originality through its creative endeavors. It likes to be unique, individual and independent, not one of the crowd. Artists, musicians, writers, poets and psychics are all inspired by violet and its magic and mystery.
Violet is the color of the humanitarian, using its better judgment to do good for others. Combining wisdom and power with sensitivity and humility, violet can achieve a lot for those less fortunate.
Variations of Purple/Violet
Mauve: Mauve helps us to make the best choices and decisions; it is concerned for justice to be done and always does the right thing. On the other hand it can indicate a degree of commonness, the social climber aspiring to higher ideals.
Lavender: Lavender is attracted to beautiful things. It has a fragility, sensitivity and vulnerability to it.
Lilac: Lilac implies immaturity, superficiality and youthfulness. It is extroverted and enthusiastic,inspiring glamour, romance and vanity.
Amethyst: A mystical color, amethyst opens intuitive channels. It protects the vulnerable and assists the humanitarian. It is the color of the evolved soul.
Plum: An old-fashioned color, plum is honorable and linked to family traditions. It is also prudish and narrow-minded, always preaching at you.
Deep Purple: Dark purple is related to higher spiritual attainment. A powerful color, it can also indicate arrogance and ruthlessness.
Keywords for Meaning of Purple/Violet
Wisdom, inspiration, spirituality, royalty, nobility, ceremony, motivation, passion, excitement, mysticism, perception, calmness, psychic awareness, third eye, higher self, transformation, meditation, mystery, dignity, relieve stress and anxiety, power, respect, dramatic, active dreaming, transformation, enlightenment, sophistication, dignified, impressive.
Personality Traits of Purple/Violet
Inspirational leaders, kindly and just, humanitarians, self-scarifying, visionary, creative, and strong mentally.
Purple/Violet people are easy to live with but hard to know. They can be secretive, so that even when they seem to confide freely, their closest friends never completely understand them. People who are attracted to purple are people who have an aura of mystery and intrigue. Purple is often preferred by artists. People who like to consider themselves different from the common herd or unconventional often prefer purple.
Because purple is a combination of red and blue, which are opposites in many ways, People who dislike purple often recognize their conflicting traits and are constantly trying to balance those opposites, the excitement of red and the tranquility of blue. The 18 to 29 year-old age group tend to see purple as sexy and the trendsetter group in society see it as a powerful and sophisticated color.
Positive & Negative Traits of Purple/Violet
Positive keywords include unusual and individual, creative and inventive, psychic and intuitive, humanitarian, selfless and unlimited, mystery, fantasy and the future.
Negative keywords include immaturity, being impractical, cynical and aloof, pompous and arrogant, fraudulent and corrupt, delusions of grandeur and the social climber.
Effects of Purple/Violet
Empathy: Compassion, kindness and a love of humanity are positive qualities of Violet.
Controlled emotion: Violet is passionate, like red, but inclined to display it in private only.
Respectable & distinguished: The darker shades of violet particularly are linked to the origins of purple where it was only available to royalty and the wealthy.
Impractical: Violet can be impractical, with its head in the clouds rather than having its feet on the ground. It tends to see life as it imagines it, rather than how it is.
Immature: Violet can be immature, encouraging fantasy and an idealism that is often difficult to achieve in real life.
Dignity: Violet exudes a quiet modest form of dignity which is often appealing to others.
Cynical: This is a negative side of violet.
The Color Purple/Violet Represents
Inspiration: Original and sound ideas are created with violet - use it when looking for inspiration during brainstorming sessions.
Imagination: Violet inspires creativity with intellect - it is also stimulating to dream activity.
Individuality: Violet is unconventional, individual and original. It hates to copy anyone else and likes to do its own thing.
Purple is a good color to use in meditation. From a color psychology perspective, purple and violet Purple or violet assists those who seek the meaning of life and spiritual fulfillment - it expands our awareness, connecting us to a higher consciousness. For this reason it is associated with transformation of the soul and the philosophers of the world are often attracted to it. It promotes harmony of the mind and the emotions, contributing to mental balance and stability, peace of mind, a link between the spiritual and the physical worlds, between thought and activity. Violet and purple support the practice of meditation. It stimulates the imagination and inspires high ideals. It is an introspective color, allowing us to get in touch with our deeper thoughts.
In the meaning of colors, purple and violet represent the future, the imagination and dreams, while spiritually calming the emotions. They inspire and enhance psychic ability and spiritual enlightenment, while, at the same time, keeping us grounded.
The color violet relates to the fantasy world, and a need to escape from the practicalities of life. It is the daydreamer escaping from reality. It urges us to find our power within, not the kind of power that needs to control or dominate others, but power rooted in connection to Spirit
Also represented by purple is the Crown Chakra, also known as the Sahasrara. It is located at the top of the head. The Crown Chakra is linked to the crown of the head, the nervous system, and the brain, and is representative of pure thought. This chakra connects one with the infinite consciousness. Opening this chakra will help tap into a deep spiritual understanding. Gemstones that will aid the Crown Chakra include amethyst and clear quartz.
Purple in Nature
Purple has a special, almost sacred place in nature: lavender, orchid, lilac, and violet flowers are often delicate and considered precious.
Purple is considered a cool color in landscape design. Its appearance has a calming effect in a garden. Purple plants visually recede in a garden, helping to make a small space feel larger. Purple's complimentary color in the garden is yellow.
Because purple is derived from the mixing of a strong warm and strong cool color it has both warm and cool properties. A purple room can boost a child's imagination or an artist's creativity. Too much purple, like blue, could result in moodiness.
Meaning of Purple in Feng Shui: Yin, spiritual awareness, physical and mental healing. Purple is best for the Wealth & Prosperity area of your home to help attract more money into your life.
Using Purple with Other Colors: A deep eggplant purple with neutral tans or beige is an earthy, conservative color combination with a touch of the mystery that purple provides. Green and purple can be a striking combination in deep or bright jewel tones or use lighter shades for a cheerful, spring-like feel. Pink and purple has feminine appeal.
Worldwide & Historic Meanings
Rome, Egypt, and Persia all used purple as the imperial standard. Purple dyes were rare and expensive; only the rich had access to them. The purple colorants used came from different sources, most from the dye extraction from fish or insects.
Julius and Augustus Caesar, Emperors of Rome, both decreed that only the Emperor could wear purple. When Nero became Emperor, the wearing of purple and even the sale of purple was punishable by death! By the time of Alexander Severus, who was Emperor in Rome from 222 to 235 AD, all the workers who made Imperial Purple worked for the Emperor. Later, magistrates were allowed to wear togas decorated with purple ribbons.
The color of mourning for widows in Thailand, purple was the favorite color of Egypt's Cleopatra. It has been traditionally associated with royalty in many cultures. Purple robes were worn by royalty and people of authority or high rank. The Purple Heart is a U.S. Military decoration given to soldiers wounded in battle.
In Thailand, purple is worn by a widow mourning her husband's death.
The purple in the U.S. military Purple Heart award represents courage. The Purple Heart is awarded to members of the United States armed forces who have been wounded in action.
In Tibet, amethyst is considered to be sacred to Buddha and rosaries are often fashioned from it.
A man with the rank of Roman Emperor was referred to as "The Purple" -- a name that came from the color of the robe he wore.
In Japan, the color purple signifies wealth and position.
Purple was the royal color of the Caesars.
In Pysanky, the traditional Ukrainian form of egg dying, purple speaks of fasting, faith, patience, and trust.
Purple denotes virtue and faith in Egypt.
In Tudor Britain, violet was the color of mourning, as well as the color of religious fervor.
Traditionally, in Iran, purple is a color of what is to come. A sun or moon that looks purple during an eclipse is an omen of bloodshed within the year.
In 2007, a team of geneticists at the University of Maryland suggested that early life on Earth might have been purple. Whereas plants now use chlorophyll to harness the sun's rays, ancient microbes used retinal (a form of vitamin A) to photosynthesis. Retinal is a simpler molecule and easier to produce in a low-oxygen environment such as that of early Earth. It absorbs green light and reflects back red and violet, which would make the microbes appear purple. The team believes microbes using chlorophyll evolved to absorb those red and blue wavelengths that retinal did not use. In the end, the more efficient chlorophyll-using microbes prevailed (which is why plants are green, not purple).