The Color Indigo
August 08, 2011 6:47 PM
The color of intuition and mental clarity
Nothing is better than your favorite pair of jeans. Denim jeans are most often indigo. Like black pants, you can put any and all colors with indigo denim. Besides our favorite jeans, dark grapes, the midnight sky, and blueberries are indigo.
One of my favorite stores in Colorado is Kansas City Kitty, owned by Christine Wolf Guthrie and Trista Price. They always have a wonderful selection of great jeans, in addition to a full store of cool kitschy items and clothing. This photo is from their 70-inspired store. The dark indigo looks especially good with this awesome orange chair.
Indigo is a color named after the blue dye derived from the plant Indigofera tinctoria. Not all color theorists specifically identify indigo on the color spectrum. As a child, we did not learn about this color on the standard color wheel. However, Sir Isaac Newton in the late 1600’s established it as one of seven colors in his spectrum, lying between blue and violet. Because it is usually considered merely a shade of blue, much of the qualities, symbolisms and effects of indigo are the same as blue, only more intense. I could not leave it out of the discussion because we all value our jeans so much and because it is an important color in the chakra series.
Indigo is the color of the third eye chakra, located between the eyes. This chakra deals with intelligence and psychic power. Indigo uplifts low spirits; helps one find a solution to a problem and enjoy solitude. Indigo encourages spiritual awareness, clear sight, integrity, wisdom, knowledge, dignity, devotion, balance, meditation, and thinking. It is the color of idealism, peace of mind and manifestation.
Indigo symbolizes self-mastery and spiritual realization. While blue is the color of communication with others, indigo turns the blue inward, to increase personal thought, profound insights, and instant understanding. Indigo is related to inner vision, intuition, insight, clairvoyance, imagination, and extra-sensory perception. Children who possess special, unusual and or supernatural abilities are often labeled “Indigo children.”
The downside to indigo is that it can intensify a depressed mood. Indigo negatively suggests separateness, intolerance, impracticality, judgmentalness, and addiction. Addicts, struggling to break free, should avoid wearing and being surrounded by the color indigo. Indigo can be narrow-minded, prejudiced, fanatical, impractical, inconsiderate and self-righteous.
How to use indigo to affect your life:
Wear indigo when you want to meditate, focus on personal issues, turn inward, and develop intuition or a new perspective on life. It will help when accessing spiritual abilities.
Indigo is the color of divine knowledge, helping to open up our inner communication. Thus, it is best for the quiet areas of a home or office like the bedrooms or treatment rooms, not recommended for areas of entertainment. Some people find indigo helps them focus and calm down, making it a perfect choice for a library or study, as are all shades of blue.
Indigo gemstones encourage connection to the subconscious. Gemstones that are indigo include Azurite, Lapis Lazuli, and Iolite.
When you wear indigo, you are saying to the world, “I move toward my vision with clarity and purpose.”
Denim has always been an everyday symbol for style – Rita Kumar
For more information on color, please check out the previous posts:
For further reading, check out these sources:
Leatrice Eiseman’s Web site, www.MoreAliveWithColor.com.
Marian Davis, Visual Design in Dress, Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice Hall Inc., 1980.
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