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Red has more personal associations than any other color. Recognized as a stimulant, red is inherently exciting and the amount of red is directly related to the level of energy perceived. Red draws attention and a keen use of red as an accent can immediately focus attention on a particular element.

How the color red affects us physically

Increases enthusiasm

Stimulates energy and can increase the blood pressure, respiration, heartbeat, and pulse rate

Encourages action and confidence

Provides a sense of protection from fears and anxiety

Red: The color of the base or root chakra

Red is the color fo the base or root chakra. This chakra is located at the base of the spine and allows us to be grounded and connect to the universal energies.

First chakra, base of the spine. Groundedness, trust, belonging, lessens feelings of mistrust.

Gemstones that will aid the Root chakra include lodestone, ruby, garnet, smokey quartz, obsidian, hematite and onyx.

Red around the globe

Red represents beauty in many languages and cultures, including Russia.

In Chinese culture, colors corresponded with the five primary elements, the directions and the four seasons. Red was associated with fire, south, and summer.

In Japan, the color red is associated closely with a few deities in Shinto and Buddhist traditions, so statues of these deities are often decked in red clothing or painted red.

In Sweden, Falun red (red based on the pigment from the Falun mine) was reserved for the privileged class.

In China, red is associated with good luck and fortune.

In Greece, Easter eggs are dyed red and the Greek expression "piase kokkino" ("touch red") is said when two people say the same thing at the same time. It is believed that such an occurrence is an omen that the two will have an argument in the future, which can only be broken when the two touch the closest thing that is red.

In Jamaica, a popular slang term for someone who is under the influence or drunk is "red."

In England, red phone booths and red double decker buses are national icons. Standard British pillar boxes (mail boxes) have been painted red since 1874.

In India, a red mark on the forehead is said to bring good luck.

To the Hindu, red symbolizes joy, life, energy, and creativity.

Islamic, Hindu, and Chinese brides traditionally wear red.

Cochineal red, discovered by the Aztecs, was made using the female cochineal beetle. A pound of water-soluble extract required about a million insects. For the Aztecs, Indian red dye was considered more valuable than gold! However, it was the Spaniards who introduced the crimson color of Cochineal red to Europe in the 1500s.

In Aztec culture, red was connected with blood.

Red amulets were worn in many cultures to prolong life.

In Singapore, the color red traditionally symbolizes joy.

Chinese New Year is celebrated by wearing red clothing and decorating the house with red. Red envelopes with "luck money" are given to unmarried children to bring good fortune to them for the rest of the year.

Red symbolizes feast days of martyrs in the Catholic church.

In Israel, kosher clothing stores banned the color red and sell only loose-fitting apparel for women.

The belief in the protective power of the color red can be traced back to the old Chinese folklore of the Nian, a man-eating beast of ancient China who used to feed on human flesh. Discovering that the creature abhorred loud noises and the color red, the people made liberal use of the color not only in their firecrackers, but also in home decorations and clothing to protect themselves from the Nian.

Political associations with red

The color red represents the U.S. Republican Party and beginning with the 2000 presidential election, states that favored the Republican candidates began being referred to as "red states," while those that favored the Democratic candidates were referred to as "blue states."

Red is the color most associated with the Soviet Union during communist reign.

Interesting information about red

Red is the highest arc of the rainbow.

Red is the first color you lose sight of at twilight.

The longest wavelength of light is red.

Eric the Red is the Norwegian Viking credited for colonizing Greenland...he earned his nickname from his bright red hair and beard.

Feng shui recommends painting the front door of a home red to invite prosperity to the residents.

According to "The Language of Stained Glass" at Armstrong Browing Library at Baylor University: When Dante spoke of the Seraphim - the first of the nine choirs of Angels - the color that "glows" was the pure orange vermilion which his fellow citizens and brothers-in-spirit (the painters, illuminators, and glassmen) knew as red. So, it may be said that pure red is the color of divine love, the Holy Spirit, courage, self-sacrifice, martyrdom, and all the warm impulses that belong to the great-hearted everywhere.

Bees can't see the color red, but they can see all other bright colors. Red flowers are usually pollinated by birds, butterflies, bats, and wind, rather than bees.

Red is the color that means "severe" 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.

Popular phrases that include red

Red carpet treatment: giving privileged treatment to an important person

Caught red-handed: clearly guilty

Red in the face: to become embarrassed

Seeing red: to be angered

Red flag: a warning of danger

Not worth a red cent: having no value

Red letter day: a memorable, joyful day

Red tape: excessive formalities in governmental process

In the red: a term to describe an economic loss

Quotes about red

"Everyone knows that yellow, orange, and red suggest ideas of joy and plenty. I can paint you the skin of Venus with mud, provided you let me surround it as I will." -- Eugene Delacroix

"If one says 'Red' – the name of color – and there are fifty people listening, it can be expected that there will be fifty reds in their minds. And one can be sure that all these reds will be very different." -- Josef Albers

"Of all the hues, reds have the most potency. If there is one electric blue, a dozen reds are so charged. Use them to punctuate white, burn into bronzes, or dynamite black." -- Jack Lenor Larsen

"Painters use red like spice." -- Derek Jarman

"Perhaps blue, red, and yellow strike the mind more forcibly from there not being any great union between them, as martial music, which is intended to rouse the nobler passions…" -- Sir Joshua Reynolds




What it says about you when you buy a red 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 Vibrant Red: Sexy, speedy, high-energy, and dynamic.

If, however, your vehicle is a Burgundy or Blue-red, you give a similar message but far less obvious.

Songs with red in the title

"Black, Red, Yellow" by Pearl Jam

"Blue Red and Grey" by The Who

"Courtesy of The Red, White And Blue" by Toby Keith

"Flaming Red" by Patty Griffin

"I Saw Red" by Warrant

"Lady in Red" by Chris Deburgh

"Little Red Corvette" by Prince

"Red House" by Jimi Hendrix

"Red, Red Wine" by UB40

"(The Angels Wanna Wear My) Red Shoes" by Elvis Costello


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