Color Purple


Color Purple | Symbols It is always associated with royalty, indeed the the symbolic meaning of the color purple was for penitence and mourning

Color is a vital part of a visual symbol and the Color Purple has deep significance. It is used in symbols all over the world to represent emotions, politics, religion, gender, science, art and mythology.

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Color Purple - Meaning
The color purple has always signified royalty and religion. The expression "he was born to the purple" refers to a person of noble birth. In the past, purple was an expensive color to produce, the ingredients for the dye were expensive resulting in the rich being the only ones who could afford purple garments. Roman emperors wore purple robes to signify imperial dignity, they also symbolised authority and were an emblem of their rank.

"Mauve? Mauve is just pink trying to be purple"
James Abbott McNeill Whistler (1834 1903)

Facts about the Color Purple

  • Symbols Fact 1: The most common color of the gemstone Amethyst is purple

  • Symbols Fact 2: In Thailand, the color purple is worn by widows in mourning

  • Symbols Fact 3: The shade Han purple, an artificial pigment which was found in China between 500BC and 220AD was used to decorate the Terracotta Army

  • Symbols Fact 4: The first US military medal created by George Washington in 1782 was a heart shaped medal on a purple cloth

  • Symbols Fact 5: The color purple is a secondary color, it is made by mixing the primary colors red and blue together

  • Symbols Fact 6: In China, purple is the color of the North Star and symbolises the "Purple Palace" which is the home of the emperor and the centre of heaven

  • Symbols Fact 7: The color purple is sacred to the Buddhists

  • Symbols Fact 8: Since 1932, the purple heart medal has been awarded to US servicemen and women either killed or wounded on duty

  • Symbols Fact 9: Like the colors orange and silver, purple has no common word that rhymes with it

  • Symbols Fact 10: Purple is believed to symbolise justice

  • Symbols Fact 11: Purple needlegrass is the state grass of California

  • Symbols Fact 12: On the Thai solar calendar, Saturday is associated with the color purple. A child born on a Saturday can adopt purple as their color and anyone can wear purple on a Saturday

  • Symbols Fact 13: Porphyrophobia is the official term given to people with a fear or phobia of the color purple

"Arraying with reflected purple and gold
The clouds that on his western throne attend"

Symbols - HTML
Color is displayed using a combination of Red, Green and Blue light (RGB). HTML (HyperText Markup Language) is a markup language used by web browsers to format web pages. In HTML colors are defined using a system known as hexadecimal notation (HEX). Each color is assigned a HEX value depending on the combination of Red, Green, and Blue (RGB) the user wishes to display. The lowest HEX value that can be assigned to a light sources is 0 (HEX:00). The highest HEX value that can be assigned to a light sources is 255 in (HEX:FF). HEX values are displayed as three pairs of two-digit numbers, starting with a # sign.
For example, the HTML for one of the shades of purple is Hex (#800080) and RGB(128,0,128). The hex color code #800080 is just one variation of purple; many other shades are possible. In fact the combination of Red, Green, and Blue values from 0 to 255 results in more than 16 million different colors (256 x 256 x 256). Some examples of shades are shown below:

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Color Purple - Dreams
The study and interpretation of dreams is called Oneirology, the term comes from the Greek word 'oneiros' which means dream. It is thought that dreams have two meanings: a general meaning where the dream is told as a symbolic story and an individual meaning, which is specific to the dreamer. The following interpretation of the meaning of the Color Purple in dreams is taken from the book entitled "10,000 Dreams" interpreted by Gustavus Hindman Miller:

  • The color purple is always associated with royalty, indeed its symbolic meaning is for penitence and mourning

Different Shades of the the Color Purple
The following are some examples of the different shades of the Color Purple:

  • Amethyst

  • Lilac

  • Mauve

  • Violet

  • Plum

  • Lavender

  • Wisteria

  • Indigo

  • Iris

  • Fuchsia

  • Eggplant

  • Tyrian

  • Royal

  • Imperial

  • Heliotrope

  • Magenta

  • Mulberry

  • Mardi Gras

Color Purple - Symbols
Color has been used in symbols to depict emotions, personality and religion since ancient times and many colors have mystical properties associated with them. One of the the easiest ways to identify something immediately regardless of language or culture is through color. A baby dressed in pink is an obvious sign that the gender of the infant is female despite the language or country. A red road sign warns us of danger even if we might not recognise the symbol instantly. A country or sports team use colors to identify themselves through their flag and its colours. Colors are often mentioned in everyday language as well as literary terms to portray a persons feelings or emotions, being "green with envy" or "in a black mood" are familiar terms to describe jealously and feeling down.

"Signs and Symbols rule the world, not rules and law"
Confucius (551479 BC)

Symbols - Purple

Color Purple

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Color Wheel - Color Purple


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