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Rainbows are magical, soothing, beautiful and mysterious all at once. I've always loved rainbows and I'm sure many will agree that they conjure many feelings in us.
This photo is of a rainbow created by the crystal hanging in my bedroom. At certain times of the year and the day they are wonderfully present, dotting the wall with beautiful lights.
PS I haven't found any pots of gold! And the truth is we can never catch a rainbow - only perhaps in the lens of our camera.
Pot of Gold at the End of a Rainbow
Oldest and best known...
Naughty Irish leprechauns are said to leave a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow but of course it's never there! And it's impossible to find the end...
It signifies something that everyone wants but is unattainable.
The term "pot of gold at the end of a rainbow" is said to be a shortened version of the original saying "you are more likely to find a pot of gold than the end of a rainbow."
Picture is Clipart
The Rainbow Bridge
Many cultures, including the Norse and the Navajo, believed that the multi-colored rainbow was a bridge spanning the distance between heaven and earth and was the gateway to heaven.
Depending on the culture some believe that it is a link of six or seven bridges that souls of the departed must cross to reach Heaven.
The Japanese associate bridges with rainbows and actually have built a bridge called the Rainbow Bridge.
Photo by Aophotos
Remember your lost pet...
The "Rainbow Bridge" poem is to bring comfort to those who have lost a pet. Please watch it on the video or read one of the many other places on the web including the link below.
It is found in many places on the web I came across this at Coping with pet loss
Life is like a rainbow. You need both the sun and the rain to make its colors appear.
Rainbow After the Storm
The Old Testament tells of God showing Noah a rainbow after the flooding had stopped...God was putting his 'bow' down as a promise never to flood the earth again.
(Genesis 9:13-17) God said: "My rainbow I do give in the cloud, and it must serve as a sign of the covenant between me and the earth... and no more will the waters become a deluge to bring all flesh to ruin. ..."
Photo by Sandy Matzen
Good luck and Bad Luck
Rainbows conjure up feelings of both good and bad.
The Buddhists believe the rainbow to be the highest attainable state before reaching Nirvana.
It appears that in ancient times many cultures actually saw the rainbow as a snake and considered them bad luck.
They have also been widely used by various cultures to predict good hunting or sailing weather.
A superstition exists about pointing at a rainbow with your index finger - it is said that it will draw all the bone marrow from your body leaving you hunched! At one time heavenly bodies were thought of as gods, and therefore pointing at them was disrespectful.
In parts of Scotland and Ireland if a rainbow has both ends touching down in the same town or island it was thought to foretell death.
Photo by Mantasmagorical
Recent Rainbow Terms
- The term Rainbow Nation was first used by Archbishop Desmond Tutu to describe the new South Africa after the first democratic elections in 1994.
- Rainbow flags represent diversity and richness and have been displayed in many cultures. These days the rainbow pride flag is representative of gay pride.
Double Rainbows ~ Triple too!
Rainbows can come in triple and and even quadruple but are hard to capture. I was looking at one photographed on National Geographic but thought you needed a bit of imagination to see the triple rainbow really. But the photo below is definitely a double rainbow, don't you think? When I first saw it I was reminded of the TV series "The Dome"!
Apparently each of our eyes sees a rainbow differently - the spacing between the eyes has something to do with it. I tried it on a few pictures and I guess the main difference for me was brightness. This of course means we all see rainbows differently too even if we are standing side by side. I suppose then a photograph is the best way of us seeing what others see - providing we view it at exactly the same position!
Sing a Rainbow Song
What is Your Favorite Color of the Rainbow?
What color do you like the most in the rainbow? Perhaps it's just your favorite color or has a special meaning. Tell us about it too...
My favorite rainbow color is...
The soul would not recognise a rainbow without tears in the eyes.
Rainbow Legends and Stories
- Colors of the rainbow
Read legends from Ireland, Australia, Hawaii, the Iroquois Nation, the Navajo Nation, Africa, the Philippines and more.
- The Rainbow Story
Read the story of the colors of the rainbow, by Author Unknown "Once upon a time the colors of the world started to quarrel: all claimed that they were the best, the most important, the most useful, the favorite..."
- The Rainbow Snake
Australian Aboriginal artist, Michael Connolly, works his pieces of artwork through traditional stories. Here is the story of the Rainbow Snake and a sample of Michael's artwork.
- What do Rainbows Symolize inn the Bible?
References to passages in the Bible about rainbows and the meaning of the colors of the rainbow.
- About Rainbows
Lots of interpretations of rainbow stories here,even if it is a little hard to read because of the background.
Collage of Rainbow Footprints
Created using Corel Gallery
The only way to see a rainbow is through the rain.
Rainbow Over the Fence
Rainbow Viewed from the Front Garden
The Rainbow's End
Photo by Middlewick