An absence of color, leaves us with black. This Achromatic color (devoid of light) shows us a powerful color associated with elegance, protection, violence, magic, witchcraft or death. In color therapy it is used as a beneficial color for grounding, protection, shielding, stabilizing and rooting energy into the earth.
Your perception of black, may surprise you! Black has a both negative and positive connotation. It can be understood to represent sadness, grief or mourning. On the opposite end, it can be seen as a protective, safe and buffering color. Black is associated with fine quality, elegance and high fashion. It is also considered to represent strength, power, and authority.
In using black, it can connect us to a spiritual side that is more dark and mysterious. Or, it can protect us from this. The nature of black energy is to connect our beings with the Cosmic Universe, from the interstellar to the cellular. It is associated with Universal expanse of space and the possibilities that lay waiting in the foretold future.
Black can represent an outcast or refer to power of the governments. It can be a “list” of people or organizations to boycott, avoid, or destroy. Black can be used to refer to a bad guy or a playboy or used to obtaining something by threat. Black is used in a term meaning a loss of electricity, visibility, or loss of consciousness. It is also used to refer to the illegal trade of goods or money.
Black in Healing
Next to the opposing power of white, black is the most grounding color on the planet. This color is most utilized for its rooting, earth-like qualities. It is used as a shielding and protective color. Black has a long standing association with mystery, transformation and magic. It is used as a slimming color or when someone feels scattered, un-rooted, insecure or unrefined. Black encouraging us to look deep within ourselves and explore truths. Black helps us to feel safe and strong.
Black as the Night
Darkness of night, lends itself to fear, nightmares or a beautiful starlit sky. It is only how your perceive it! Night is the quiet, peaceful time, as it opposes the day and its busy, energetic process. Night, which is Yin in nature, represents the cooling, contracting, passive, languid, inward, and heavier aspects. The night time feels as if it is slow moving and contracts inward. “Black as night” , “pitched black” and “black wash” is a term required for all other colors to have depth and variation of hue.
Black is a color in spirituality, which represents a cloak of darkness, mystery, or intrigue. In western countries black is the color of mourning, death, and sadness. It gives power to magic, witchcraft, monsters and fright! What can’t be seen in the dark is often more scarier than what really is. We associate goodness with white and evil with black. Black is the symbol of grief and is associated with negativity or the unknown.
The Tao of Black
Feng Shui is the ancient Chinese art of placement to enhance the flow of “vital life energy” or Qi. Practitioners believe that environments can be arranged and decorated in a way that maximizes the flow of Qi, resulting in improvements to health and happiness of those who live in that environment. Black is heavy, dramatic color and popular when setting the stage for mystery, inspiration, and intrigue. Black’s dramatic associations are protection, curiosity and of naughty impulses. Black is a power statement, an authoritative gesture with a linked to spirituality, contemplation, hiding or rebellion.
The Task of Black
Black can put you in a mood. It can refer to a dark or brooding disposition. It may make you feel sad, depressed or lonely. Black can put you in an emotional state that wants to rebel, loose yourself or be bad. It has the association with feeling slim, formal or elegant or powerful and authoritative. Black moves in the physical body and is often deep, quiet, collected and silent. It is the best color when you need to feel calm, in control and grounded with stability.
Appearing and feeling elegant, is the impression black gives when we wear it. Black portrays power and knowledge. It offers a very intuitive affect to the person wearing it and to those who see it. Those who tend to wear black are very good to have around when there is a lot to do and things are chaotic; they cut through clutter and mess and get things done, because they are grounded. Wear black when you want to feel more in control of the structure of a situation, meeting or relationship.
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“The new moon” is considered the time of birthing. Birthing new ideas, intention and seeding new ventures. This is also called the dark of the moon. This time also marks the beginning of a major new cycle in your life. The other time a moon is black is during a solar eclipse, when the moon passes in front of the sun. Both of these occurrences are considered a time of new beginnings, setting a new intention or starting a new project.
Being in a “black or grey mood” are often feelings associated with grief, depression or sadness. This is also associated with the “winter blues” or SAD (seasonal affective disorder), starting in the Fall and continue into the winter months, zapping our energy and making us feel moody. With the diminishing light during this time of year, or even just at night, it can make us feel fearful or alone. When there is an excess of black energy, emotional detachment, cold emotions or aloofness can occur. White light or sunlight is the solution.
The complement color to black, is white. The remedy to “too much black” in our lives is balanced by adding white in the form of white light, clothes, food or meditation. White is a warming color that lifts spirits by giving off feelings of security, brightness, collected, clean, and neutral. Balancing black with white, gives us a sense of balance. It creates a feeling of stability with a promise of security. This equilibrium of cool and warm offers a wide opening reality.
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The Root Chakra
This center is related to the earth, our physical identity, and orientation towards self-preservation. This Chakra forms our foundation. It represents our survival instincts, our sense of feeling grounded and a connection to our physical bodies. It is how we relate to those around us. Ideally this Chakra brings us health, prosperity, security, and dynamic presence. The color for this area is red or black and it is the color which energizes this region.
Black As Energy
Black Energy may help when:
*you need courage and self-confidence
*feel a need for protection
*feel tired but wired
*have poor boundary issues
*need to calm down
*strive for peace and quiet
*require mental strength
Lessons from Black
From midnight to charcoal, black runs the spectrum from jet to ebony! In theory, mixing equal amounts of cyan, magenta, and yellow should produce shades of grey, resulting in black when all three are fully saturated, but in practice they tend to produce muddy brown colors. For this reason, a fourth “primary” pigment, black, is often used in addition to the cyan, magenta, and yellow colors.
Intuition allows us a sense of “knowing” and can be helpful by opening our mind up to a calm space.
Spirituality in positive, reaffirming messages honor the sense of looking inward.
Black is the epitome of elegance and refinery. Consider the “little black dress” or “black tie”.
Black represents the knowledge of the ages, steeped the “midnight of secrecy.”
From the black canvas or dark void springs all the color of imagination!
Find your destiny among the stars of the evening. Let your path be free and clear.
Black infers the darkness of the unknown and the intrigue of subtle mystery.
From the darkest ashes and blackest night, comes the transformation of the Phoenix.
Dreams stem from the darkness of sleep, the void of the mind and the pitch black leap from the unknown.
No greater stimulus occurs from that blank slat of a chalkboard to the colorful expression of inspiration!
Nobility is trusted, honored and revered by the presence of black.
Luxury is honored and sensed by the plush feeling and smoky appeal of black.
The stone of “grief and sorrow”. The stones are said to bring good luck to those possessing them. The purpose of this gemstone is to bring to light that which is hidden from the conscious mind. It dissolves suppressed negative patterns and purifies them. It can create a somewhat radical behavior change as new positive attitudes replace old, negative, egocentric patterns.
Black Amber, Baltic Amber or Black Honey Amber are all names for this dark, brooding resin from the Baltic Region of Russia. This stone is a great protection stone. It is believed to form a protective shield around its user and is often used against “psychic attack” “energy vampires” and protection from radiation, especially x-rays, sun, computers, airport, planes and other people’s energies.
This crystal is the most recommended stone for grounding and is associated with the Root Chakra. It encourages your survival instincts and helps with centering and balance. Hematite condenses scattered feelings, turns a cloudy mind into mental clarity, enhances concentration, memory, and practicality. It helps those who study or do tasks such as bookkeeping or very detailed work.
Jet is a form of petrified wood similar to coal, though much harder. This stone has absorbing qualities. Helps draw out negative energy. Especially useful for people who have unreasonable fears that limit their lives. Therefore, that is why this black stone relates to the Root Chakra, the center that connects us to our earth energy.
Lodestone has the ability to attract to it, small pieces of magnetite and iron. It is considered “auto magnetized, which is the process of making a substance temporarily or permanently magnetic due to the insertion of a magnetic field. You can usually identify lodestone because it is often covered with small particles of iron, magnetite and other magnetic materials.
This is a rare stone mined only in Nuuk, Greenland. It is considered the most ancient, as well as, the oldest stones on earth, dating back some 3 billion years. This luminescent stone has earned the nickname of Sorcerer’s or Magician’s stone based on its “age and wisdom“. It is believed to have an extremely quiet energy until called upon, when it “comes to life”
Obsidian is actually natural glass that is formed when hot lava is submerged in water. This is a strong grounding stone and is known as”the protector“. It is said to “mirror one’s soul. This stone brings about objectivity, dis-attachment and is grounding. It reduces fantasy and escapism. Absorbs and dissolves anger, criticism, fear, and therefore, is protective.
Balances and grounds thoughts, emotions and helps with stabilizing sex drive. Onyx is believed to promote fidelity. Controls emotional intensity. This androgynous stone is excellent for centering/aligning total person with higher powers. It therefore, essentially balance yin energies and yang energies. Banishes grief, enhance self control, helps with wise decision-making.
his Wonder Stone is known for its protective properties. It works as a powerful shield against the man-made electromagnetic fields (EMF) bombarding us constantly on a daily basis. Computers, microwaves, X Ray machines, TV, cell phones and antennas are just a few of the low and high frequency electromagnetic fields. Shungite is a very positive stone.
This obsidian stone, which has inclusions of phynocryst, gives it the snowflake pattern on it’s surface, and allows us to recognize unnecessary patterns in our lives. It promotes self-esteem and confidence. It helps with clairaudience and owning our lower aspects for growth; and as a healthy balancing stone. It allows us to be more sensitive and aware of the beauty and love that is around us.
Tektite is a type of natural glass, chemically and structurally unique, is created from the meteoric impact with the earth. The heat is so intense that both the meteorite and the earth’s surface melt on impact. As this mixture of space material and earth material cool together, this unbelievable crystal is created! Tektite assists one in attaining knowledge, abundance and reasoning.
The keyword for this crystal is Alignment. Tourmaline does not absorb negative energy. It repels it. It is the best crystal to use against the ill effects of low frequency and high frequency electromagnetic waves (EMF) and protects against smog, radiation, psychic attacks and repels all kinds of negative energy. It grounds energy as it is connected to the Chakra most related to its color.
Color and Aromatherapy
The marriage of color and scent have long had strong associations. Often, when we see a color, we can sense the type of scent that could accompany it. The color of the flower can be a direct correlation with the oils they produce.
Green = pine, eucalyptus, vetiver
Rose/Red = roses, geraniums, tulips
Purple/Indigo = lavender, lilac
But sometimes, the direct association is not obvious and the color can often be found in the hue of the leaves or the tint of the inner workings, we only get a glimpse of. This is the case with blue. Here are some of the most popular essential oils associated with blue:
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