THE COLOR RED
Symbolizes Action, Confidence, Courage and Vitality
Red is the warmest of all colors on the color wheel. It is the color most chosen by extroverts and one of the top choices by men in general. Although warm, red can also indicate anger or hot temper; as well as being the color representative of Mars, the God of war. In China red is the color of prosperity and joy, in China brides are known to wear red, and front doors of dwellings are often painted red to take advantage of this meaning.
Red is associated with fiery heat and warmth, it is also the color of blood, and as such holds very strong symbolism with live and vitality. It helps to bring focus to the essence of life and living with emphasis on survival.
Add the color red into your life when you are looking to:
- increase enthusiasm and interest
- create more energy
- create action and confidence to follow your dreams
- protect yourself from fears and anxieties
The color read is also representative of activity, energy, stamina, sexuality, love and the joy of living.
Therapeutic uses for the color red include supporting the circularity and metabolic systems, strengthening will power and keeping one active.
Red Gemstone Properties
In addition to their own metaphysical properties, red gemstones also carry with them the color properties. They can be used to strengthen the body, promote will power and courage, add vitality and overcome sexual dysfunctions. Placing a red gemstone in or around your home or place of work will stimulate vitality and energy.
Some of the common red gemstones would be ruby, garnet, spinel, coral as well as many jaspers, and other stones that are only partially red.
Chakra Association with Red
Red is the color associated with the 1st, or Root/Base Chakra which is located at the base of the spine. This chakra deals directly with life at the plane of practicality, it is responsible for the maintenance of the body’s heat and has a close relationship with the circulatory system.
Gemstones associated with this chakra are:
Garnet, Ruby, Hematite, Bloodstone, Smoky Quartz, Obsidian, Tourmaline and Onyx.
Although these stones aren’t necessarily red in all aspects, they have special meaning to the Root Chakra: