Art Quote for the Day

” Colors have had a  cosmic significance and have symbolized gods in a range of cosmologies.  In amerindian ( Mayan, Aztec,, Incan), cultures, red was associated with the east, the land of the sun; blue or white with the north , ( a cold land),  black, with the west ( land of shadow), yellow or white with the south , ( the Incan Valhalla) and was connected with the ages of creation.

“The Japanese recognized particularly subtle significances in colours that were outside man’s normal descriptive powers. The Shinto school taught their initiates  the following correspondences:

Black ( kuro) and purple ( murasaki) – north – ara mitama- primitive, origin, paradise;

Blue or green ( ao) – east- kushi – mitama- life, creation

Red (aka) – south – sachi-itama- harmony and expansion;

White ( shiro) – west – nigi-mitama – integration and impulses;

Yellow ( ki) – centre – nao-hi (sun rays) – creator, unity.

This series of five colors dominated the ritual when the emperor made a giftt of fabric to a kami (god). It was essential at the very least to have a piece in each color; banners were  made up in bands of five colors, and ribbons in the five colors hung from the little bells worn by the dancers during special sacred dances.

The way we like or dislike certain colors can reveal our hidden emotions, forgotten feelings, confused states of mind imprinted deep in our memories, and , through color preference, we can attempt to penetrate the conscious.

taken from  THE MAMMOTH DICTIONARY OF SYMBOLS – Understanding the Hidden Language of Symbols by Nadia Julien