Amethyst Dreams, a Life Filled with Purple

Born Amethyst

Introduction

Purple has been my favorite color since I was a young girl. Over the years, I have shopped in stores dedicated to the color purple, and at least a quarter of my wardrobe is purple. People have told me that I look good in purple so I do my best to have lots of it in my wardrobe.

Yet my lifelong love of purple goes deeper than my clothes. Nobody who loves purple stops at what can be seen. Instead, we look deeply into the world, to find the mysteries of the world that wait for deep seekers to find them. Thus, my love of purple is also a soulful connection, from the inside out.

Why Do I Love Purple?

*Purple is a secondary color, and it is a color that is the meeting of cool blue and hot red. Therefore, it is a balance between opposites. I love deep indigo purple best because it is a dark, relaxing color, and often the color of the midnight sky. That shade seems to enhance the brightness of the stars on a cloudless night.

* I also love the lighter shades of purple because I have a romantic heart. The guest bathroom on the first floor of our family townhouse is lavender, and the theme of the décor is Victorian, an era where true romance flourished.

* Purple is a color of thoughtfulness and spiritual sensitivity. It is both a regal and mystical color - the color of monarchs, monks and magicians.

* Purple is also the color of the dream world, of mystical seekers whose souls journey through the night. Though my daughter loves the color pink, she chose the color purple when asked what color she would like her new dream catcher to be by a family friend who intends to make her one.

Oh, Purple, how do I love thee?...

Crystals from a giant amethyst geode at a local science museum
Crystals from a giant amethyst geode at a local science museum | Source
A stone turret at the "Castle in the Clouds" (NH), used as a planter for purple flowers
A stone turret at the "Castle in the Clouds" (NH), used as a planter for purple flowers | Source
Kinesthetic pendulum design created with a purple marker at a local science museum
Kinesthetic pendulum design created with a purple marker at a local science museum | Source
Sesame Street's "the Count" is purple
Sesame Street's "the Count" is purple | Source

Color Associations and Symbolism

* Purple is a color that is associated with royalty and power . Kings often wore indigo robes, most likely because they were the only ones who could afford to. Court magicians, such as the great Merlin, wore purple because the monarchs who sought their wisdom gave them such a cloak. Common folk, especially in the early centuries of this millennium, could not afford to wear clothes dyed with indigo.

* Purple is also a color that is associated with meditation and intuition. Most evident here is the spiritual significance of the color, and it is the color used for vestments in Catholic churches during the seasons of Lent and Advent. It represents solemnity, mourning, fasting, and self-denial.

* Following the self-denial theme, purple has been associated with bravery. The Purple Heart is a medal given to soldiers who have risked their lives to save another person while serving their country.

* In Eastern Hindu cultures, the color purple represents the crown Chakra , or internal center of energy. It is the center associated with thinking, reflection, intuition, and dreaming.

The Not-so-Rosy side of Purple

Alongside all of the positive ways to perceive purple, the color has its dark side. The vibrations of purple can lead to irresponsibility, brooding, or over-extending oneself. That is why balancing one's internal centers of energy with each other is important to our well-being, so that the less-than-desirable aspects of the color are kept in check. Surrounding ourselves with all of the colors of the rainbow, or at least a couple that are complementary to purple, is a good start. Two examples are orange and yellow.

Some ways for you to add balance to your life include:

* Painting the trim of a purple room a neutral or complementary color, like a honey yellow or gold. Include complementary accessories that fit the chosen theme for the room, if there is one.

* Wearing accessories of complementary colors with purple clothing, like gold, tan, or green.

* Keep an appointment book and make the effort to organize some of your time each day. I have a beautiful one with quotes by Paolo Coelho and colorful South-American art. This encourages me to set some attainable daily goals toward maintaining my household around my writing and other beloved hobbies.

* Keep a pet, if you have a lifestyle that supports having an animal as part of the family. A dog will help you get exercise, and anything furry and friendly will offer lots of unconditional love.

A Room full of Purple

1 X Purple Tie Dye Electric Oil Warmer with a Mirrored Base
1 X Purple Tie Dye Electric Oil Warmer with a Mirrored Base

A room full of purple using this oil warmer lamp would be a room I'd want to stay in forever.

 

© 2012 Karen Szklany Gault

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jhamann 4 years ago from Reno NV

Thank you for this hub, it is helpful in my continual search for new metaphor and I also am very fond of the color myself. Jamie


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starstream 4 years ago from Northern California

I enjoyed reading about purple. I love the color and lavender too. I heard that is was a spiritual color which you explained here. I will share your interesting article. Thanks!


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Seafarer Mama 4 years ago from New England Author

@jhamann: Thank you for stopping by to read and write. Glad you liked my reflections on purple.. :0)

@starstreat: Thank you for stopping by to read and sharing your thoughts. Glad you enjoyed reading this hub...and thanks for the share!


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Seafarer Mama 4 years ago from New England Author

p.s. "starstream," sorry about the typo on your HP name.


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QudsiaP1 4 years ago

Purple is my favourite colour as well and I completely agree with all characteristics of purple. Thank you for sharing this Seafarer Mama. :)


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Seafarer Mama 4 years ago from New England Author

Hi Qudsia,

Thank you for stopping by to read and write. Good to see you...and glad you like purple...though I am not surprised that it is your favorite color. You seem to live life very deeply and expressively. :0)


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Peter Geekie 4 years ago from London

Dear Seafarer Mama

Great colour purple. On one of my trips from the UK I remember stopping off at an amethyst mine, just outside Thunder Bay ON and bringing home a nice large chunk which now sits in my rockery.

Kind regards Peter


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Seafarer Mama 4 years ago from New England Author

Thanks for stopping by and writing, Peter. I have several pieces of Amethyst...one I received as a "secret elf" gift one Christmas season. :0). Love to see he sun reflecting on it. :0)


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kittythedreamer 4 years ago from the Ether

I also love purple and amethyst! I have a big chunk of amethyst on my nightstand to evoke psychic dreams. Awesome hub!


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Seafarer Mama 4 years ago from New England Author

Thank you for stopping by, Kitty. I have an amethyst geode on my bedroom windowsill, but may bring it close to where I sleep to see if I remember more of my dreams...especially the most important ones. Thanks for stopping by and reading. Glad you liked this hub. :0)


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James A Watkins 4 years ago from Chicago

Purple has always been my favorite color. I very much enjoyed your wonderful article about it. truly fascinating. Thank you.


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Seafarer Mama 4 years ago from New England Author

Thank you for stopping by and sharing your appreciation for the color purple. So glad that you enjoyed reading my "purple" hub! :0)


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Ruby H Rose 3 years ago from Northwest Washington on an Island

Oh I really like this purple hub. All the more reason to love purple. I wear it with yellow, now I will try orange, great ideas to share, thanks.


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jhamann 3 years ago from Reno NV

Thank you for this well written hub on a very versatile color. Jamie


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Seafarer Mama 3 years ago from New England Author

Thank you, Ruby and Jamie. Glad you enjoyed my hub and that we share a love for purple. It is not surprising that we writers enjoy a color so closely associated with thoughtfulness and introspection. :0)


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Denise Handlon 3 years ago from North Carolina

What a beautiful hub, Karen. You've explained so much symbolism about the color purple from so many different angles. I really enjoyed this hub and will be sure to share it. Although I was aware of the regal and spiritual aspects of purple, I didn't realize it from a dream standpoint. I also, was unaware of the 'dark side', so the suggestions of mixing colors to offset the predominance was very helpful, (and makes loads of sense).

So, now I will share with you this: I have a spiritual practice that includes meditation. During many of my longer meditations I may start at a point of feeling some 'resistance' let's call it, and end up with an image of myself cloaked in a long, purple cape made of velvet. On my head sets a crown of gold with beautiful, bright gemstones of different 'brilliant' colors. There is an atmosphere of regality and even my posture is that of a monarch. In this meditation I feel a love that flows from myself, into the world, and back to me, recognizing that I am an important part of the 'One' flow of energy, love and honor. This hub has brought that memory back to me. Thanks for sharing.

Rated UP/U/I/A/B


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AudreyHowitt 3 years ago from California

Very interesting hub I thought--I too love blue and purple


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Seafarer Mama 3 years ago from New England Author

Thank you for reading and leaving you thoughts. I very much enjoyed your beautiful meditation! :0

Very much appreciate your votes of support! :0)


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Seafarer Mama 3 years ago from New England Author

Hi Audrey,

Thank you for stopping by and reading, and for your thoughts. Glad you enjoyed my page dedicated to purple. :0)

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