|Posted on January 22, 2012 at 2:45 AM|
Color cycles per second Wavelength
Orange 476.190.476.190.500 6300 Angstroms
585 - 620 nm
The color orange occurs between red and yellow in the visible spectrum at awavelength of about 585 - 620 nm, and has a hue of 30 degrees in HSV colorspace. The complementary color of orange is azure, a slightly greenish blue.Orange pigments are largely in the ochre or cadmium families, and absorb mostlyblue light.
The color is named after the orange fruit, introduced to Europe via theSanskrit word naranja. Before this was introduced to the English-speakingworld, the colour was referred to (in Old English) as geoluhread, whichtranslates into Modern English as yellow-red. The first recorded use of orangeas a color name in English was in 1512, in the court of King Henry VIII. Historicallyand culturally, saffron, red and white have always been the most prominentcolours of Hinduism and have been regularly worn, particularly in religiousceremonies, in India for more than 2000 years.
Orange, or more specifically deep saffron, is the most sacred colour ofHinduism. Orange is used to symbolically represent the second (Swadhisthana)chakra.Hindu and Sikh flags atop mandirs and gurdwaras, respectively, are typically a saffroncoloured pennant. Saffron robes are often worn by Hindu swamis and Buddhist monks in the Theravada tradition. Orangerepresents the sin of gluttony.
Orange, a close relative of red, sparks morecontroversy than any other hue. There is usually strong positive or negativeassociation to orange and true orange generally elicits a stronger "loveit" or "hate it" response than other colors. Fun and flamboyantorange radiates warmth and energy.
Interestingly, some tones of orange, such as terra cotta, peach, and rust havevery broad appeal.
How the colororange affects us physicallyPsychology
The most flamboyant color on the planet! It's the color tied most this funtimes, happy and energetic days, warmth and organic products. It is alsoassociated with ambition. There is nothing even remotely calm associated withthis color. Orange is associated with a new dawn in attitude. Stimulatesactivity, Stimulates appetite, Encourages socialization.
In metaphysics orange connects with the spleen chakra and relates to theSACRAL chakra situated in the lower abdomen .
Orange creates balance. In terms of subtle bodies, it is linked to themental body in both its logical and conceptual form. It is used to increaseimmunity, to increase sexual potency, to help in all digestive ailments, chestand kidney diseases. Orange will have a gentle warming effect if used lightly.
The organs to which this chakra relates are uterus, large bowel, prostate,ovaries and testes. (In the fetus the testes develop in the lower abdomen, thuslinking with the sacral chakra energy, then descending to the scrotum bybirth.) The endocrine glands are the ovaries and testes.
On the psycho-spiritual level, this chakra relates to self respect. That isto say having the ability to give ourselves the freedom to be ourselves and torespect our own boundaries and requirements and, by the same token, havingrespect for the boundaries of others. Orange is the color of creativity and weshould give ourselves the space to have creative time just for us.
AssociatedproblemsSome of the associated problems relating to the sacral chakra are:-pre-menstrual syndrome, problems with menstrual flow, uterine fibroids, ovariancysts, irritable bowel syndrome, endometriosis, testicular disease, prostaticdisease.
Some Positive and negative aspects of the colour Orange
Difficulty interacting with others
UsingOrange in TherapyIt is interesting that orange is the colour which is the least popular andthe associated issues of orange and the sacral chakra seem to be an area whichpeople find the most difficulty working on.
But orange is such a good colour for us in many ways. It stimulates andenergizes us, and is warming. It is an excellent colour for creativity.
Colours used in the home can be so helpful in providing us with a balancedenvironment. Orange is the colour of fun and sociability and can be used in anyactivity area and creative areas. It is not ideal for bedrooms or areas ofpossible stress.
Color orange is often called the "social" color, as it creates thefeng shui energy to promote lively conversations and good times in your home.In the winter especially it reminds us of summertime dreams, as well asresembles the cheerful flickering of deep and vibrant orange in the log fires.
Feng shui-wise, orange color represents the fire feng shui element and it isbest in the following feng shui bagua areas: South (Fame & Reputation) andSouthwest (Love & Marriage).
Avoid a predominant orange color-theme in the feng shui bagua areas of West andNorthwest, as they are governed by the Metal feng shui element, and Fire melts theMetal in the feng shui cycle of five elements.
The other two feng shui bagua areas to avoid a strong presence of orange colorare East and Southeast, as both are governed by the feng shui element of Wood.Fire burns the Wood in the interplay of five elements, thus the reason to avoidit in these two feng shui bagua areas.
The vibrant and happy orange color is an excellent feng shui choice for the livingroom, dining/kitchen, children's play area or anywhere in your space where youwant to have a playful, lively and pulsating energy.
Usually, it is easier to bring orange color with feng shui decor accessories orjust one feature wall, rather than a full room color.
The softness and warmth of orange makes it a feng shui color easy to live with.At sunsets the light in orange-themed rooms becomes beautifully golden and anurturing feeling to remember.