The final color we will explore on our adventure of how tarot and color work together is the vibrant and magnetic . . . . . can you tell I am a fan?. . . PURPLE. I will summarize the colors in my next blog and will continue to reference them as we move forward and explore other areas of tarot.
Remember when you were younger and in school, you were taught what colors mixed together would make other colors? Well, purple is the combination of calm, cool, serene blue (see blog about blue here : http://www.dinaberrin.com/2014/08/25/out-of-the-blue/) and fierce, hot, energetic red (see blog about red here: http://www.dinaberrin.com/2014/05/12/red-carpet-ready/).
So, you ask, what does that bring us?
When positive, these colors work together to boost imagination and creativity. Purple is intuitive and spiritual, and maybe a little secretive. Purple is a powerful color with high ambitions, dreams and desires. Purple is uplifting and calming. And the flip side? When these colors are not working to their highest potential, purple can be moody, irritable, impatient and/or arrogant. Purple is independent and does not like to have ideas or beliefs imposed upon by others.
Purple is a color that rarely shows up in nature and as a result it is seen as having sacred meaning. The flowers Lavender, Orchid, Lilac and Violet are all consider delicate and precious.
Have you ever heard the phrase “Purple Cow” ? It is sometimes used to describe something that is unique, remarkable, eye catching or unusual. Go ahead, Google it, you will see that a book has even been written about it!
In ancient Rome, the Emperor’s Julius and Augustus Caesar were referred to as ‘The Purple’ and were the only ones allowed to wear purple Imperial robes.
Later, in ancient Rome, Magistrates were permitted to wear togas with purple ribbons. But, any other use of the color Purple was punishable by death! The color purple is associated with luxury, royalty, power, nobility and ambition. Its meaning is often linked with wealth, wisdom, devotion, magic, pride, independence, creativity, mystery and extravagance.
The color purple is associated with luxury, royalty, power, nobility and ambition. Its meaning is often linked with wealth, wisdom, devotion, magic, pride, independence, creativity, mystery and extravagance.
So what about the color purple in the tarot? In the Lovers card, the Archangel Raphael presides over a scene quite similar to Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. Raphael, the angel of Air, who is floating above the figures, is cloaked in purple. Air is about communication, thought, strategy, mental strength and intelligence. When purple shows up on a tarot card it implies that guidance and assistance from the highest realm is now available. Meaning collaboration with communication and all air issues are getting a little extra charge. It may also indicate that a karmic or vital life lesson is to be learned.
The Lovers card is not so much about love itself but about the commitments and decisions we make. This card can be about uncertainty, and about the process we all go through when making big life decisions.
The Lovers is linked to Venus, the planet of love and with it bring in the gentle energy of giving, sharing, beauty and harmony. With the influence of Mercury, the planet of communication, the message is to keep your feet on the ground and your head out of the clouds. Level headed thinking and strong communications are the foundation for any relationship whether it be for business, family, friendship, love or other.
Questions to consider: How and where does the color purple show up in your life? What area of your life would benefit from you doing something unusual or dynamic? What makes you unique? How can you use your creativity to make a positive change? Who is your inner Purple Cow and how can you invite him/her to come out and play?
I support you as you explore what is coming up next for you. If you would like to schedule a private session, small group or party, please reach out to me. I am booking sessions for later October and the remainder of the year.
As always, I welcome your stories and connections. I wish you awareness and success in all of your pursuits.
Until the next time . . .