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Meaning Of The Color Purple

I have never like purple, of any shade. Until now.

Lilacs and lavenders have become my go-to hues. My bathroom is encased in lavenders and sage greens. My kitchen was transformed into a Parisian inspired wine room of every grape infused color from the California wine country of  hills of Temeculah to the Italian vineyards of Tuscany.

I infuse lavender essential oils throughout the main floor of my home to instill calm and feelings of good will. I even tried my hand at growing lavender plants last spring. No luck with the outside plants, but my indoor pots overflowed with lavender for several weeks. With any luck my next exterior harvest will take over the front lawn to serve as my gardening attempt for 2018. Not wildly enthusiastic at the art of green thumb activity, my hope is that lavender growing will be as tranquil as the plant it represents.

During my holiday binge watching of Gray's Anatomy, I noticed something extremely appealing in an episode when Izzie was hospitalized. Yes, I realize this is a fictional story and  cinematography allows many privileges with story lines, but  I love that Izzie's hospital bed was made up in pretty, feminine colored lavender sheets. 

Why? Because the color lavender is soothing. It is not an old lady's color, but it is as comforting as most old ladies.

And isn't comfort what we all seek? Whether in old age, sickness, distress, or Monday morning blues, comfort is the one commodity of which there isn't enough.

While purple represents royalty, lavender represents beauty and femininity. Lavender has been referred to as the “grown-up” pink. I used to think that as well. Now I understand better that lavender is just a more mature "pink". The color has nothing to do with chronological stigma. It is a badge of nobility. While I still admire shades of pink, I feel that I have earned the honor to wear lavender.

Warning - When I am an Old Woman I Shall Wear Purple

When I am an old woman, I shall wear purple
with a red hat that doesn't go, and doesn't suit me.
And I shall spend my pension on brandy and summer gloves
and satin candles, and say we've no money for butter.
I shall sit down on the pavement when I am tired
and gobble up samples in shops and press alarm bells
and run my stick along the public railings
and make up for the sobriety of my youth.
I shall go out in my slippers in the rain
and pick the flowers in other people's gardens
and learn to spit.

You can wear terrible shirts and grow more fat
and eat three pounds of sausages at a go
or only bread and pickles for a week
and hoard pens and pencils and beer nuts and things in boxes.

But now we must have clothes that keep us dry
and pay our rent and not swear in the street
and set a good example for children.
We must have friends to dinner and read the papers.
But maybe I ought to practice a little now?
So people who know me are not too shocked and surprised
When suddenly I am old, and start to wear purple.

                                                 Jennifer Joseph

Color Meaning: Meaning of The Color Purple

This post is part of the Color Meaning Blog Series, detailing the meanings associated with colors such as redorangeyellowgreenbluepurplegreyblackwhitebrownpinkturquoisegoldsilver, and beige.
Purple combines the calm stability of blue and the fierce energy of red. The color purple is often associated with royalty, nobility, luxury, power, and ambition. Purple also represents meanings of wealth, extravagance, creativity, wisdom, dignity, grandeur, devotion, peace, pride, mystery, independence, and magic.
The color purple is a rare occurring color in nature and as a result is often seen as having sacred meaning. Lavender, orchid, lilac, and violet flowers are considered delicate and precious.
The color purple has a variety of effects on the mind and body, including uplifting spirits, calming the mind and nerves, enhancing the sacred, creating feelings of spirituality, increasing nurturing tendencies and sensitivity, and encouraging imagination and creativity.
Purple is associated spirituality, the sacred, higher self, passion, third eye, fulfillment, and vitality. Purple helps align oneself with the whole of the universe. Different shades, tints, and hues of purple have different meanings. Light purple hues represent feminine energy and delicacy, as well as romantic and nostalgic feelings. Dark purple hues evoke feelings of gloom, sadness, and frustration. Bright purple hues suggest riches and royalty.
Light purple or lavender is a feminine, graceful, elegant color that has long been associated with refined, wealthy women. While the color purple represents royalty, lavender represents beauty and femininity. Lavender is considered to be the “grown-up” pink. Its lighter lavender shades have a sacred place in nature, with lavender, orchid, lilac, and violet flowers considered delicate and precious. The color lavender suggests uniqueness and specialness without the deep mystery of the color purple.
Too much purple brings out qualities of irritability, impatience, and arrogance. Too little purple brings out feelings of powerlessness, negativity, and apathy.
Because the purple color is created by combining a strong warm with a strong cool color, the color retains both warm and cool properties. On one hand, the color purple can boost imagination and creativity, on the other, too much purple can cause moodiness.
Throughout history, purple robes were worn by royalty and people of authority or high rank. Many believe this to be true because the rare occurrence of purple in nature made it one of the most expensive color dyes to create. The United States Military awards the Purple Heart to soldiers wounded in battle. In Thailand, purple is the color of mourning for widows.
Purple or violet gemstones are believed to increase your imagination, remove perceived spiritual obstacles, calm confrontations, and re-energize the learning of new things.
Other meanings associated with the color purple:
  • The phrase “purple cow” refers to something remarkable, amazing, unique, stand-out, eye-catching, or unusual.
  • The term “purple prose” is used in reference to large exaggerations, lies, and highly imaginative writings.
  • The expression “purple speech” is used to describe profanity and bad language.
  • The saying “purple haze” refers to confusion or euphoria which may be drug-induced.

Several years ago, I played around with gemstones and "magical" rocks and I truly believed (and still do) n the healing powers of some of God's most mysterious creations.  After talking it over with my then romantic interest he surprised me with a huge amethyst ring. To him this meant some type of commitment. In my eyes, I saw this as some kind of warning. Wish I had followed my instincts on this one. Instead I threw away the ring.  Now I am looking for the perfect amethyst to use as medical supplement instead of romance. Those of you with MS know that we Warriors reach out to anything that might ease the ramifications of our disease. Since amethyst means "without drunkenness", I have to wonder how wearing that stone might alter my dropped foot and drunken walking gait. is a pretty purple.

Crystalline quartz in shades of purple, lilac or mauve is called amethyst, a stone traditionally worn to guard against drunkenness and to instill a sober mind. The word amethyst comes from the Greek meaning "without drunkenness" and amethyst is believed to protect one from poison.

Amethyst meaning - Crystal-CureImage result for amethyst meaning

I no longer make New Year's resolutions, but I am a firm 

believer in personal affirmations of improvement. There fore,

I am always looking for ways in which I can fight the good

fight against multiple sclerosis.

So, I pledge to pay more attention to the healing 

powers of the color purple, the amethyst, and to pampering 

myself with the often painful torture of physical exercise.

It is one thing to KNOW how exercise improves my physical

health. It is another thing to actually practice that knowledge.

Tomorrow I will devote time to stretching these spastic 

limbs and soothing my soul with lavender oil and the 

essence of comfort. This is My MS so it is My attitude that 

directs the course of the disease. I know this. I have 

preached it for years. Somewhere in the last few months, 

though, I have forgotten to practice those words. Hello, Lisa. 

Glad you're back.

I also need to tell my fellow MS sisters and brothers that I am 

looking into starting a different blog site for my writing 

escapades. It becomes very confusing trying to keep my MS

 blog separate from my thoughts on writing. I know there is 

way to do this, but this little pea brain just cannot wrap logic 

around the issue. If any one has advice on which layout to use, I 

would be grateful. Blogger has served me fairly well, but I am 

still not comfortable with it.

Well, since we do not own time, mine has elapsed for now. See 

you soon.

Happy New Year!



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