The Colour Green
Colour green: assertiveness, perseverance, relaxation, …The colour green: Green is the colour of the centre. In its perfect neutrality between all extremes, it has a calming effect without tiring. The colour green promotes qualities such as helpfulness, endurance, tolerance and satisfaction. In medical colour therapy, green is considered to be the colour that balances the rhythm of heart and kidneys. Green is also used to treat stomach ulcers, allergies, eye fatigue and signs of premature ageing. The colour green serves as a neutral healing colour that does not cause any physical complaints or counter-reactions. It allows you to gather strength and brings regeneration. Green conveys calm to the eyes, because looking into green is never exhausting, but strengthens the eye for all other impressions.
We humans associate the colour green with spring, with fertile meadows, fields and forests. In magic, this colour is used in rituals which aim at prosperity, happiness, fertility and success. Furthermore, the colour green stands for harmony, rejuvenation and life.
The colour green is the colour of life, plants and spring. As the colour of the annual renewal and the triumph of spring over the cold winter, it symbolises hope and immortality. In China, the colour green (like black) is associated with the female yin, the passive, receiving principle; yellow, on the other hand, with the male yang, the active, creative principle.
Due to its closeness to nature, the colour green has a calming and harmonising effect in contrast to the stimulating effect of the colour red. For this reason, it was once the most popular colour for living rooms and salons.
The positive healing effect of the colour green for body and soul was already recognised by Hildegard von Bingen, a leading physician of the Middle Ages. Even today, many people go for walks in the green forest to relax and recuperate. The blackboards in schools and the playing fields of billiard tables are green because the colour is pleasant for the eyes and emphasises the contrast with other colours. This results in a concentration on the essentials.
In road traffic the colour green, in contrast to the colour red, signals free passage. Escape routes are marked with white arrows on a green background and the green traffic lights indicate free passage.
Positive associations with the colour green:
nature, life, liveliness, naturalness, spring, hope, confidence, freshness, astringency, youth;
Negative associations with the colour green:
the immature, the poisonous, the demonic
Green in culture and religion
- Green is life, green grows, green always comes back. Ancient knowledge tells us that our survival is only assured when fresh green sprouts from the earth again. Green is the symbol of hope for life and survival. Different zones of the earth, races, cultures and religions come together under this sign of hope.
- The prophet Mohamed is said to have said that looking at the green is a service. For this reason green is the cult colour of Islam. In all Islamic countries, the colour green stands for the Muslim religion and is only used in a religious context.
- Green can also be found in the national flags of most desert states. Survival in the vastness of the endless deserts is only guaranteed if you reach a green oasis in time.
- It is our custom in winter to bring an evergreen Christmas tree into our living room as a symbol of hope. This was already the case in pre-Christian pagan times.
- In ancient Palestine, brides wore a green wedding dress to indicate with the colour the hope for a happy life and fertility (being good hope).
- On the green island of Ireland, green represents Catholicism