Blue is the overwhelming "favorite color." Blue is seen as trustworthy, dependable, and committed.
The color of ocean and sky, blue is perceived as a constant in our lives. As the collective color of the spirit, it invokes rest and can cause the body to produce chemicals that are calming. However, not all blues are serene and sedate.
Electric or brilliant blues become dynamic and dramatic -- an engaging color that expresses exhilaration. Some shades or the overuse of blue may come across as cold or uncaring.
Indigo, a deeper blue, symbolizes a mystical borderland of wisdom, self-mastery, and spiritual realization. While blue is the color of communication with others, indigo turns the blue inward to increase personal thought, profound insights, and instant understandings.
Blue is the least "gender specific" color, having equal appeal to both men and women.
How the color blue effects us physically
Calms and sedates
Blue: The color of the throat chakra
Blue is the color of the Throat Chakra, also known as Visuddha.
This chakra is located in the throat. It is linked to the throat, neck, hands, and arms.
The Throat Chakra is connected with speech and hearing, and encourages spiritual communication. Opening the Throat Chakra is said to improve clairaudience.
Gemstones that will aid the Throat Chakra include turquoise and aquamarine.
Blue around the globe
In Chinese culture, colors corresponded with the five primary elements, the directions, and the four seasons. Blue was associated with wood, east, and spring.
Blue, blue-green, and green are sacred colors in Iran, where they symbolize paradise.
In India, paintings of the god Krishna often depict him as having blue skin.
In the United States, post office mailboxes are typically blue.
In Mexico, blue is the color of mourning.
In Aztec culture, blue symbolized sacrifice.
In Greece, the color blue is believed to ward off "the evil eye." Those who believe in this Greek superstition often wear a blue charm necklace or blue bracelet for protection.
Religious & mythological associations with blue
Several mosques are referred to as the Blue Mosque:
The Blue Mosque of Tabriz in Tabriz, Iran
The Blue Mosque of Cairo in Cairo, Egypt
The Blue Mosque of Yerevan in Yerevan, Armeni
Rawze-e-Sharif in Mazar-e Sharif, Afghanistan
Sultan Ahmed Mosque in Istanbul, Turkey
Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Mosque in Shah Alam, Malaysia.
The Catholic religion associates blue with the Virgin Mary.
Political associations with blue
Blue represented the Union (North) during the American Civil War.
The color blue represents the U.S. Democratic Party and beginning with the 2000 presidential election, states that favored the Democratic candidates began being referred to as "blue states," while those that favored the Republican candidates were referred to as "red states."
In the U.S. Congress, the Blue Dog coalition is a caucus of conservative Democrats.
Interesting information about blue
President Martin VanBuren is credited with introducing blue into the decorating scheme of the White House in 1837 and since then, there has been a "blue room" in the White House.
Blue is one color that means "low" or "guarded" in the color-coded threat system established by presidential order in March 2002. This system quickly informs law enforcement agencies when intelligence indicates a change in the terrorist threat facing the United States.
Blue is the favored color choice for toothbrushes.
IBM's Deep Blue became the first computer to win a chess tournament against a reigning world champion chess master. Deep Blue had 32 processors and processed about 200 million chess moves per second in its historic six-game match against Garry Kasparov. Today, Blue Gene is the fastest supercomputer in the world and the descendent of Deep Blue. It uses 131,000 processors to routinely handle 280 trillion operations every second.
The blue ribbon has been widely recognized as a national symbol of child abuse awareness.
Owls are the only birds that can see the color blue.
Over the past decade, scientists have reported the successful use of blue light in the treatment of a wide variety of psychological problems, including addictions, eating disorders, impotence, and depression.
People are often more productive in blue rooms.
The highest quality ultramarine blue is made with powdered lapis lazuli from Afghanistan.
The 1993 film "Blue" consists entirely of the color blue with narration and soundbytes.
"Alice Blue" is a light blue-gray or steel blue color that was favored by Alice Roosevelt Longworth, daughter of Theodore Roosevelt; it sparked a fashion sensation in the United States.
Mosquito's are attracted to the color blue twice as much as to any other color.
In ceramics, a variety of ingredients -- including cobalt oxide, copper carbonate, and iron oxide -- produce the blue colors. The different variations are produced when each ingredient is combined with other materials or with each other. The application, thickness of the glaze, how it is applied, and the type of clay used also have an impact on the final color after firing. Unlike paint, raw glazes look nothing like their final appearance after firing.
Blue Tigers (Maltese Tigers) have been sporadically reported in the mountains of the Fujian province in China. They are described as bluish-grey or slate-blue with white patches on the face and black stripes.
Pablo Picasso's "Blue Period" refers to a series of paintings in which the color blue dominates and which he painted between 1901 and 1904. The Blue Period is a marvelous expression of poetic subtlety and personal melancholy and contributes to the transition of Picasso's style from classicism to abstract art.
Popular phrases that include blue
Out of the blue: unexpected
True blue: to be loyal or faithful
Once in a blue moon: an event that occurs infrequently
Blue ribbon: first place; to describe something as being of the highest quality
Blue blood: an aristocrat
Blue law: laws about morality issues
Blue comedy: jokes about socially taboo subjects
Blueprint: a detailed design of an object or idea
Blue plate special: a special priced meal at a restaurant
Bluestocking: a woman with strong scholarly interests
Feeling blue: to feel sad or unhappy
Quotes about blue
"There is no blue without yellow and without orange." -- Vincent Van Gogh
"Blue color is everlastingly appointed by the deity to be a source of delight." -- John Ruskin
"Blue is the only color which maintains its own character in all its tones...it will always stay blue; whereas yellow is blackened in its shades, and fades away when lightened; red when darkened becomes brown, and diluted with white is no longer red, but another color ĘC pink." -- Raoul Dufy
"I have broken the blue boundary of color limits, come out into the white; beside me comrade-pilots swim in this infinity." -- Kasimir Malevich
"If you see a tree as blue, then make it blue."-- Paul Gauguin
What it says about you when you buy a blue vehicle
There is no question that the vehicle you drive is an extension of your personality -- an unspoken, but clear message to the rest of the world.
The message you send by driving a vehicle that is Dark Blue: Credible, confident, dependable.
If, however, your vehicle is a Light or Mid-Blue, you give a different impression: Cool, calm, faithful, quiet.
Songs with blue in the title
"Blue" by Joni Mitchell
"Blue" by LeAnn Rimes
"Blonde Over Blue" by Billy Joel
"Blue Christmas" by Elvis Presley
"Blue Eyes" by Elton John
"Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain" by Willie Nelson
"Blue Suede Shoes" by Carl Perkins, covered by Elvis Presley
"Blue Sunday" by The Doors
"Devil With A Blue Dress On / Good Golly, Miss Molly" by Mitch Ryder & the Detroit Wheels
"Don't It Make Your Brown Eyes Blue" by Crystal Gayle
"My Baby Blue" by John Hiatt
"Blue Jean" by David Bowie
Blue Jay Way by The Beatles
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