Green is nature. Green is life. It is nurturing and healing. Green is symbolic of rebirth, fertility, and growth in most places worldwide. In modern times green is associated with environmental issues. In chromotherapy, green is used to lower blood pressure, relax the nervous system, calm and soothe the mind, as well as to suppress the appetite.
Green is well-liked in most cultures.
Green is the color between blue and yellow. In color theory, green is a secondary color made by mixing two primary colors (blue and yellow). Green’s complementary color is red.
- Fear of green: prasinophobia / chlorophobia
- Green symbolizes prosperity, luck, harmony, and freshness.
- Green is associated with safety. A green light means it is safe to proceed.
- Green symbolizes money.
- Green is the color of spring.
- Green foreshadows or adds emphasis to a scene: health, ambivalence, vitality, poisonous, ominous, and/or corruption.
- Brides in the Middle Ages wore green to symbolize fertility. Later it was avoided because the meaning changed to indicate the bride was “loose”.
- In Japan, green, midori, is the color of eternal life.
- The Sioux use green as a funeral color.
- In Aztec culture, green was a royal color.
- The Cakchiquel (one of the indigenous Maya peoples) consider it a fortunate color.
- Tailors avoid using green thread on the eve of a fashion show for fear it will bring bad luck.
- Actors avoid wearing green on stage, believing it to be unlucky. This dates to the day when lime-lights were used on stage. It was a brilliant light created by heating calcium oxide, or lime. It cast a greenish glow on stage and actors that worn green were hard to see.
- Wearing a green gemstone will promote growth and balance.
- Sleeping on a pea-green pillow prevents baldness.
- American Indians associate green face paint with nature, harmony, and healing, and orange war paint with the willingness to fight to the death.
- In Thailand, green is the color of Wednesday daytime. It is good luck to wear green on Wednesday. It is unlucky on Saturday.
- In Christianity, green represents the sin of envy.
- Green represents the fourth (heart) chakra.
- Green cars are unlucky in racing.
- Neolithic cave paintings do not have any trace of green pigment.
- Ceramics from ancient Mesopotamia show people wearing vivid green costumes, but it is unknown how the color was made.
- Ancient Egyptians colored the floors of their temples green.
- In alchemy, green lion and green dragon were solvents would dissolve gold.
- In heraldry, green (vert) signifies abundance, joy, hope, and loyalty.
- In the Middle Ages and Renaissance, the color of clothing showed a person’s social rank and profession. Green was worn by merchants, bankers and the gentry and their families.
- In Irish and English folklore, green is often associated with witches, witchcraft, faeries, and spirits.
- In the Celtic tradition, green was avoided in clothing due to it’s association with witches and faeries.
- In Ghardaia (and other parts of M’zab), houses painted green (or turquoise) indicate the inhabitants have made a pilgrimage to Mecca.
Dyes & Pigments
- Many minerals have been used to make green pigments over the centuries including emerald, malachite, amazonite, and Chromium(III) oxide or chrome green or viridian.
- Green earth, a natural pigment, is made from clay. It has been in use since the Roman Empire.
- Mixtures of oxidized cobalt and zinc were used to create green paints in the 18th century.
Phrases and Saying
Being green or greenhorn – new or inexperienced
Going green – environmentally friendly
Green around the gills – someone who looks ill
Greenback slang – for a U.S. dollar bill
Green joke – a dirty or racy joke
Green light – approval to do something
Green thumb (US) or Green finger (UK) – someone who has a talent for gardening
Green with envy – very jealous
Green-eyed monster – someone who is very jealous
Greener pastures – something new and better
The green fairy – absinthe which has a natural green color
The green hour – an established time to drink absinthe in Parisian cafes in 1860s
Meanings of Shades and Tints of Green
- Yellow-green: sickness, cowardice, discord, and jealousy
- Dark green: ambition, greed, and jealousy
- Olive green: peace
- Teal: healing, intuition, and creativity
Words for Green
Green and You
Are you wearing green right now?
You are retrospective today. You are observant and quiet.
Look in your closet. Is green a predominate color in your wardrobe?
You are retrospective. You like life but prefer to watch it and make observations rather than get involved.
Do you just dislike the color green?
You are lonely or suffer from a mental trauma.
Do you drive a green car?
Dark green: You are well-Balanced, trustworthy, and traditional.
Light green: You are no-fuss and understated.
*Chromophobia, also known as chromatophobia or chrematophobia, is a persistent, irrational fear of, or aversion to, colors and is usually a conditioned response. Color phobis are often caused by a traumatic experience from the past, usually childhood. The color becomes associated with the trauma but the individual may not remember the event or realize the connection. It could also be culturally related with meanings attached to the color. Conditioning or brain chemistry may also be the cause. While actual clinical phobias to color are rare, colors can elicit hormonal responses and psychological reactions. Reactions include heart palpations, panic, sweating, breathlessness, nausea, shaking, dizziness, and dry mouth. Treatments include behavioral therapy, hypnotherapy, exposure therapy, and psychotherapy.