Friday, April 20, 2012

Pagan Art Journal: A Colourful Purple World


When I was younger, I didn't really get what all the fuss about purple was. It was just another colour. Now, however, if you were to take a look at my wardrobe, you'd see that a big chunk of it is purple.

The thing is, I'm not always sure what I think of purple yet. What does it mean? The typical responses are spirituality, royalty. But since I'm not royal (at least not to my knowledge and I think I'd know), I'm trying to figure out what purple means to me spiritually or otherwise.

It doesn't sooth me or nurture me. It doesn't energize me or calm me. It does something in between. Which makes sense since it's a union of red and blue.


In the chakra system, purple is the colour of the crown chakra, the metaphysical third eye which deals with wisdom and union with the universe. In the qabalistic system, it is the colour of yesod, the sephira that is meant to unite us with the gods and our higher self, beyond the mundane, earthly realm. The similarities are pretty astounding between both systems.

What I'm currently contemplating though is this: what does it mean when one system ends with that union and the other essentially only really begins with that system? Dion Fortune indicated that the Qabalah was in many ways, the beginning steps for westerners to get to the same place where eastern mysticism starts. And yet, the way they understand purple seems at odd with that, doesn't it? Who knows really, I don't have an answer and I wouldn't even dare to start trying to have one. I just think it's pretty damn cool that both systems understand purple as vibrating to similar meanings, even if they are slightly different in terms of placement and nuanced meanings.

What do you think? Does purple reflect the same feelings and meanings for you?


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