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Purple embodies the balance of red's stimulation and blue's calm. This dichotomy can cause unrest or uneasiness unless the undertone is clearly defined, at which point the purple takes on the characteristics of its undertone. With a sense of mystic and royal qualities, purple is a color often well liked by very creative or eccentric types and is the favorite color of adolescent girls.

How the color purple affects us physically


Calms the mind and nerves

Offers a sense of spirituality

Encourages creativity

Violet: The color of the crown chakra

The Crown Chakra, also known as the Sahasrara, 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 around the globe

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.

Religious & mythological associations with purple

Purple is representative of "pride" in Christianity.

In Christianity, purple is associated with Advent and Lent.

Catholic priests wear purple vestments before performing Reconciliation.

Political associations with purple

In the United States, a state with equal distribution of Republicans and Democrats is referred to as a "purple state."

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.

Interesting information about purple

Purple was the color of the first dye made by man. It was called "Mauveine" and was made out of coal tar. The recipe was discovered by William Henry Perkin in 1856.

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 Stones: Amethyst, Ametrine, Sugilite, Lavender Jade, Sugilite, Selenite, Iolite, Lavender Quartz, Lepidolite

The Byzantine emperor signed edicts in purple ink.

Leonardo da Vinci believed that the power of meditation increases ten times when done in a purple light, as in the purple light of stained glass.

In 1999, formal Moral Majority spokesman Reverend Jerry Farwell came out publicly against the children's show Teletubbies. He believed that its character "Tinky-Winky" was gay, stating that he was purple - the color of gay pride - and that his antennae was a triangle - the symbol of gay pride.

The poem "Warning" by English poet Jenny Joseph begins with the line "When I am an old woman I shall wear purple..." The poem and its famous purple line has become a tongue-in-cheek reference to a woman's struggle with aging.

Purple is the color of Madison Square Garden and seating for VIP's was once covered in purple.

Purple is the color of the highest denomination poker chip = $5,000

During the Silver Age of comic books, those with purple on their covers sold better.

In stained glass, the color purple or violet is seen as uniting the "wisdom" of blue and the "love" of red and symbolizes justice and royalty.

The "Purple Orchid Three" is a sweet potato grown by its Hainan developers from seeds taken into space in 2005 on China's "Shenzhou VI" rocket.

Popular phrases that include purple

Purple prose: an elaborately written poem or paragraph in literature

Purple heart: a medal awarded to a U.S. soldier wounded in battle

Born to the purple: a person who is born into a noble or royal family

Lay it out in lavender: very cool, relaxed, and in control

Quotes about purple

"I think it pisses God off if you walk by the color purple in a field somewhere and don't notice it." -- Alice Walker

"Born in the scientific purple." -- George Howard Darwin

"But, luckily, he kept his wits and his Purple crayon." -- from Harold and the Purple Crayon (1955)

"Oh, I love red. I'm very loyal to my colors. I love violet." -- Elizabeth Taylor

"Violet has the shortest wavelength of the spectrum. Behind it, the invisible ultraviolet. Roses are Red, Violets are Blue. Poor violet, violated for a rhyme." -- Derek Jarman

What it says about you when you buy a purple 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 Purple vehicle: Creative, individualistic, original.

Songs with purple in the title

"Pale Purple" by Ani DiFranco

"Purple" by Slapshock

"Purple Haze" by Jimi Hendrix on "Are You Experienced"

"The Purple of All Curtains" by Tangerine Dream on "The Seven Letters From Tibet"

"Purple People Eater" by Sheb Wooley

"Purple Rain" by Prince on Purple Rain

"Purple Ray Gun" by Alexis Shepard

"Purple Stain" by Red Hot Chili Peppers

"Purple Toupee" by They Might Be Giants

"Voices Green and Purple" by The Bees


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