Sunday, July 4, 2010

Natures Amazing Colors - What Blue Means

Our perceptions of colors affect and influence us on scores of levels” sub-consciously, emotionally, mentally,
and even in symbolism. In part 2 of our series on what colors mean to us, we cover blue, the color of our broad
open skies and magnificent seas.





The Soothing Color

As the color of our sky and oceans in nature, blue is one of our most favorite colors. It causes the opposite reaction
as red, being the essence peacefulness, tranquility, and calmness.



Blue waters of Maldives



Blue waters at Centrum Saar, Saarbrucken



Fahranleger Wittenbergen

Blue is often associated with depth and stability. It can mean relaxation, sadness, peace, and solitude, and
symbolizes trust, loyalty, wisdom, confidence, intelligence, faith, truth, and heaven.

Light blue is associated with health, healing, tranquility, understanding, and softness, while dark blue represents
knowledge, power, integrity, and seriousness.

The color is considered beneficial to the mind and body it slows human metabolism and produces a calming effect.
In heraldry, blue is used to symbolize piety and sincerity.

Blue can also be cold and depressing, but studies have shown that people are more productive in blue rooms.




Paradise at Maratua Island









Taquile Island (Titicaca Lake, PERÚ)



Mono Lake



Blue Lake Superior.





Using Blue

Blue is frequently used to promote products and services related to cleanliness and purity cleaning liquids and
water purification filters air and sky for airlines, airports, and air conditioners, or water and sea such as bottled
waters and ocean voyages.

As opposed to emotionally warm colors like red, orange, and yellow; blue is linked to consciousness and intellect.
Use blue to suggest precision when promoting high-tech products.

Blue causes the body to produce calming chemicals, so it’s often used in bedrooms.

Dark blue is associated with depth, expertise, and stability, so it’s a preferred color for corporate America.

Colors that are traditionally considered masculine colors or that appeal most strongly to a rare more closely
associated with men can be good choices for marketing messages, Web sites, and interior designs targeting men.

Avoid using blue when promoting food and cooking, because it suppresses the appetite.

When used together with warm colors like yellow or red, blue can create high-impact, vibrant designs, such as a
blue-yellow- red color scheme for a superhero.

Blue is commonly used on Internet browsers to color a link that has not been clicked on, changing to yellow, orange,
or purple when it has been.

Fashion consultants recommend wearing blue to job interviews because it symbolizes loyalty.

Weightlifters do their best in blue gyms, as studies have shown they’re are able to handle heavier weights in blue gyms.






Blue reflections



Blue reflections



Blue reflections on the Arctic Sea






Prague in blue reflection



Blue Hole,Palau



Port d’Alcudia harbor



Blue morning sea in Bowa



Blue boat on South Male Atoll


Atlantic Ocean at Morrazo, Galicia, Spain



Khezr Beach, Hormoz Island, Persian Gulf, Iran



Amoreira, Portugal



Sun Moon Lake



View of Isolabella from Taormina in Sicily



Blue harbor






Blue Mountain, Carbon County, near Palmerton. For many years, extensive zinc-smelting operations severely
degraded the local environment, destroying vegetation and helping to create soil erosion. The zinc smelters are
no longer in operation €” the area is now the site of an ambitious Superfund project, and the vegetation and
soil are recovering.

Animals

When animal’s coat is described as blue, it usually refers to a shade of grey that takes on a bluish tint, a diluted
variant of a pure black coat. The description is used for a variety of animals, including dog coats, some rat coats,
cat coats, some chicken breeds, and some horse coat colors.



Peacock



Peacock



Peacock



Blue parrots



Blue parrot



Bluejay[u]



[u]BlueHeron



Warbler in the blue hour, the hour between daylight and darkness. When the light becomes almost magical.









Blue Oranda fish



Dolphin’s dance



Blue poisonfrog



Iguana in Bali

Relations in Food

Although blue is one of the most popular colors, it’s one of the least appetizing. Studies reveal that it slows
human metabolism and suppresses the appetite.



Blue berries

Food researchers say that when humans searched for food, they learned to avoid toxic or spoiled objects,
which were often blue, black, or purple.

Blue food is rare in nature, with the most notable being blueberries.









In Costa Rica, it’s said when you can see a ring around the moon at night, called aœluna de agua, it foretells
3 to 4 straight days of slow but steady rain, called a œtemporala.



Pelican skies



Crowded cableline







Differences Between the Sexes

Blue is a masculine color, traditionally used for boys. According to studies, blue is highly accepted among
males. However, there are no hard-setrules about what colors are masculine, feminine or gender-neutral.

Blue is a favorite color for both men and women, but males have a much stronger preference for blue than
women. It may be the calming effect that makes it a popular color for both sexes, or it could be the
association of some shades of blue with authority figures, intelligence, and stability.

In a 1964 Color and Gender report, women favored blue-green turquoise, a mix of the 2 cool colors of blue
and green more than men. This same study found that €œ76% of women preferred cool colors.

Male top 3 favorite colors: Blue, Green, and Black (2 cool and one neutral color)

Female top 3 favorite colors: Blue, Green, and Purple (all cool colors)

Studies have found that that blue was favored overwhelmingly by men and women on the Web.

Color research done over the years indicates that the favorite colors of men and women do differ, some of
which may be attributed to cultural use of color and conditioning.

Color research done over the years indicates that the favorite colors of men and women do differ, some of
which may be attributed to cultural use of color and conditioning.

Since colors come in many tints and shades, one might love a rich, royal blue but strongly dislike a pale
sky blue, so a preference for the color blue doesn’t mean that every shade of blue is universally appealing.



Blue Daisy



Blue Iris



Blue Lotusflower






Blue rose



Sunflowerblues



Blue water lilies

Feng Shui

In feng shui, we associate blue with the clear sky and healing, refreshing waters. Blue belongs to the feng shui
Water element of North. A harmonious feng shui Water element will bring a refreshing energy of calm, ease,
purity and freshness. Water is also the ancient symbol of abundance, hence a potent Feng Shui cure.

The color ranges from gentle aqua blue to the blue-green of the ocean, and the deep indigo blue of the crown chakra.

Gentle blue is a great feng shui choice for study, especially as a ceiling color. Several studies have shown
that children performed better under blue colored ceilings than white.

Light blue is also the feng shui color of harmonious expansion and gentle growth, while darker blue evokes the
fengshui energy of deep calm and serenity. Placing some deep blue elements into your bedroom is said to
promote better sleep.

Deep blue should be used sparingly in the feng shui areas of South, Northwest and West areas of your space,
and freely in the North, East (Health & Family) and Southeast (Wealth& Abundance).

Allegedly, one of the most calming feng shui color combinations is blue and white, as it brings the energy of
unlimited sky and happiness.



Blue spiralstaircase



Blue wall of Jubilee Hills Checkpost






Walking into theblue






Blue umbrellas alongthe Alexandria, Virginia



Valencia inblue



Blue Street inXaouen, Morocco



Blue street in Bundi,Rajasthan


Blue animal figurines on the roof of a temple in Beijing



Blue tanks



Window to anotherworld



Construction equipment Science

Psychics who claim to be able to observe the aura with their third eye report that someone with a blue aura
is one who is oriented toward spirituality. People with blue auras are said to be interested in social service
work and to be in occupations such as social worker, counselor, teacher, writer, and psychologist.



Planet Earth

In the metaphysics of the New Age Prophetess, Alice Bailey, in her system called the Seven Rays which classifies
humans into 7 different metaphysical psychological types, the first ray of will-power is represented by the
color blue. People who have this metaphysical psychological type are said to be on the Blue Ray.



Cloak and Dagger Cuckoo Bee on Bog Sage



Common or Blue Hauhechel (Polyommatus Icarus) butterfly



Bluedragonfly





Blue in Culture
In fashion, dark clothing for males such as dark blue business suits have become far more popular since
about 1995, as opposed to the pastel colored business suits worn in the1970’s by major leaders in
institutions such as the US Congress.

Dark blue represents knowledge, power, integrity, and seriousness. In Western civilization, those in the
upper classes in high places of political or economic power often wear dark blue suits.

In law enforcement, police normally wear dark blue, or sometimes medium blue uniforms.

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