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Updated on December 14, 2014

When the Sky Turns Green

We see the sky changing color throughout the day from the crack of dawn to the last rays of the setting sun. It goes from gold to golden orange to blue and then darker blue as it rises high in the sky. At sunset it changes from blue to a golden pink, red, crimson to mauve, then to purple as it sets in the west. The changes in color are among the most spectacular sites that nature has to offer and we are never past being highly amazed and overawed at the beauty of the sky through all its phases.

But there is one phase that seems to be missed by just about everyone. The time when it actually turns green.

Is This Something You Have Witnessed?

As an early riser I see the sun rise just about every morning but have never yet seen the green sky phenomena.

Crucifixion of god-man at dawn
Crucifixion of god-man at dawn

The Crack of Dawn

It apparently occurs for a very brief moment at the crack of dawn. In ancient cultures, which appear to have known everything there was to know about the changing patterns in the sky, the event heralded the resurrection of the sun from its death the day before. It was the moment of the restoration of life and it passed on into modern times in many ways that most may not fully understand.

For instance, in Chinese royalty and religious observances green jade is the most precious of all stones and carvings of sacred images were carved from it. These 'gods' are still highly prized. In western culture it is the emerald, a beryl, that became precious and stones carved to reflect the light, like diamonds, are highly prized and extremely valuable. They were, and probably still are, worn by emperors and popes as well as the ruby stone, which symbolises death of the god-men and the shedding of his blood, which was also drunk to impart his spirit into his followers.

"The word green comes from the Old English word grene, or, in its older form, groeni. This adjective is closely related to the Old English verb growan ("to grow") and goes back into Western Germanic and Scandinavian languages.(Wikipedia). It also relates to 'groan' meaning to cry out in pain and among its other meanings is 'raw', 'new', 'sick', and so on. They all relate to one another through the dawn of the new day.

The ancient practice of the sacrifice of god-men just before dawn so they could resurrect with the sun is responsible. Their deaths were associated to the sickness people felt after consuming part of the body, a normal practice in this ritual. The body also turned green as it aged as a symbol that he had indeed resurrected and become like the sun. People also consumed old bodies that had turned even more green in the expectation they could become spiritual. There is evidence of this even in the Australian aborigine culture where this practice was observed by western settlers in the new colony. Bodies buried for 3 months or more were exhumed and rotting flesh eaten by members of the tribe. It took time for this practice to be stamped out.

In all cultures initiation and coronation of chiefs and kings employ a symbolic death and resurrection. This may take place behind a curtain where there are no witnesses or in words only, as in the case of the British monarchy. Unless one dies and resurrects a god one cannot be seen to be a lawmaker or to have divine powers over life and death. Much of this has now been phased out as people no longer accept such things but the symbolism of the colors remain.

Priests and religious hierarchy wear green when there is no other symbolic color representing the day or time. It has become rather an insignificant symbol of a non-event due to so few people being aware of its meaning. But it remains a symbol of rebirth, new life and growth, even in religion.

Why does he wear White

Boudha silouetted in Green
Boudha silouetted in Green

My Research into Colors

Looking back through language

When I was taken back to the beginning of ritual, by the Spirit, it became apparent that the colors of refracted light from the sun was extremely important. Not only the colors but the movement in them which demonstrated life and power. This was first seen in a vision when people stood on the hill, all dressed in white, and the sun passed behind a stone in which was a hole. The light instantly broke into the prismatic seven colors and the perpetual movement outwards was exciting. But even more so was the perfect formation of the four armed right angled cross.

This latter phenomena can only be seen at daybreak because at all other times there is a six armed cross, or even an eight armed cross formed. To this day there are cultures, such as in Japan, who worship the break of day and the rising sun. Anything that carries the colors of that vision is also sacred and stones that can be polished and cut into ways that reflect both color and the cross are the most precious.

Gold is a term derived from 'god's circle-god's food' reflects all the colors and the cross in a perpetual movement and it is the most precious of all ores for that reason. What else makes it so valuable aside from man's economic accreditation applied to it in modern times. Kings decked out in gold were symbolic suns and in the Chinese culture only the emperor could wear gold and his gold vestments imparted his royal status. Anyone else caught wearing gold would be executed.

The image of Boudha silhouetted in green symbolizes his resurrected as a god. he was a prince, a man who was chosen by God to become a spiritual leader and, like a king, he had to die and resurrect before he could assume his divine status.

Garments worn by Catholic Priests

Chinese Emperor - Their great power

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      Dusty2 LM 

      5 years ago

      I have lived in the Midwest and have seen those green tornado skies as well as the green skies of Hawaii. At first, I thought I was imaging things until mom started grabbing all of us kids and headed for the root cellar to safety. It's something you'll remember. Green is my favorite color since the Emerald is my birthstone as well as being Irish. Plus, I love the green ($). I appreciate you stopping by my Homemade Yo-Yo lens and giving it a "thumbs up". Hope you enjoy the project with your grandsons. Thank You & Happy New Year, 2014!

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      6 years ago

      @vinodkpillai lm: You are welcome and looking forward to seeing more of your lovely pictures. Hugs

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      vinodkpillai lm 

      6 years ago

      Beautiful lens! I love watching the sky and am fascinated by colors and their impact on us. Although I never got to see a green sky) The videos spiced it up. Thanks for sharing! Also big big thanks for featuring my lens "Sky Pictures from my terrace."

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      7 years ago

      I know what Jack means, green skies in the midwest always meant a bad thing (tornado coming). I would like to see a green sky that meant a good thing

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      7 years ago

      My favorite color is green. If the sky turns green where I am, it means a tornado is coming, too.

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      7 years ago

      Lovely, would love to go to lunch!

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      Vicki Green 

      7 years ago from Wandering the Pacific Northwest USA

      Add my name to the list of those who have seen a green sky before a tornado. I really enjoyed your learning a lot about the color green from your lens. Thanks for featuring my sunrise at Haleakala lens!

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      Mary Norton 

      8 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Interesting to know the origins of words we take for granted.

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      8 years ago

      Well, this is very interesting and I assume gives some insight into your Squidoo name. I too have only seen the sky turn green when a tornado is coming!

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      Bambi Watson 

      8 years ago

      Very interesting...I'm a night person, so I only see the sunrise on the rare occasion that it rises before I go to sleep lol...though I do see green skies all summer long here in Minnesota Tornado country...

      Here a green sky means...hail, strong winds, driving rains & tornadoes...and it happens all summer long, at all hours of the day or night...and it's nature's way of telling us to run for cover & get below ground so we don't blow away lol...

      It's really cool that it means something good where you live...of course, I think tornadoes are pretty cool also.

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      8 years ago

      very interesting lens...5*....Green is my favorite color especially in the form of an Emerald...I have been working on a painting for a long time, a winter scene and the ski is green/yellow (sunset) I saw a Russian painting in a Museum with the ski yellow and green and thought that can't happen...until I saw it for myself.


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