By Phoenix of Elder Mountain – The color Blue is associated with dreams, peace and clarity, both the day and the night sky. Both green and blue have an intrinsic effect on our human emotions and causes a calming chemical reaction to occur in our brain. Earth green is soothing, while blue is vibrant yet calming and when you combine both green and blue you get the ultra calm yet vibrant turquoise.
If you see a tree as blue, then make it blue.”– Paul Gauguin
The darker and midnight blue of the night has the same effect on some people as blue does in the day, they feel connected to the earth and a part of nature and value their dreams at night when the sky is dark blue. But unfortunately for those who are sun seekers, daytime lovers, or those who need a lot of sunshine and vitamin D, the night blue has an opposite effect. In modern times, people can sometimes not see that city lifestyles, drinking at night over long periods of time, can greatly upset our natural rhythms of our dreams, our sleep and rem patterns.
The night blue has an effect of sadness or even for some, depression or feelings of being alone, disconnected. This can also for some who need the sunshine, warm colors such orange and red or party a bit too much with alcohol. The energy of the moon in the dark blue sky, effects the flux and chaos of the emotional body of those who do not deal well with too much emotional truth or expressions of emotions. These can all have effects of having the “blues”.
We have the most positive effects for everyone from nature’s blue wild flowers such as blue cornflower, blue iris, blue hyacinth and rocket blue larkspur. The blue spruce and some bluer pine and blue-green foliage also has a powerful calming and peaceful effects on us as human beings. The other auspicious colors are the bluish junipers and bluish palms, blue fescue, rue and hostas foliage. Those who plant blue in their garden tend to have a resting or calm garden along with their wind chimes and statuary that promotes peace.
Teresa Misopoulou’s article, The Color Blue for Repelling Evil, she explains some world traditions of blue and blue-turquoise…
In the Cyclades, next to white color, the prevailing color is blue color. The preference comes from an old belief that the sky-blue shade had the power to keep evil away. The radiation of the color composed an invisible shield, which prevented the approach of bad spirits. Blue church cupolas, windows, doors, walls, staircases and fences, but also blue “belts” (samaria) around the buildings, will provide protection. Blue stones on jewelry, belts will safeguard people and animals and even plants (chaimalia) against evil. Blue “eyes” and blue stones mounted on gold and silver are presented to babies and small children as a talisman for protection.
On the murals of Santorini island (about 1700 bce) bracelets for the wrist, the arm and ankle, and necklaces, are made of precious or semiprecious stones, while the shaved part of the head of young people (male and female) is painted blue. It is amazing, that on traditional Chinese New Year’s cards, one can see the same fashion copied since thousands of years ago.
Small children also have their hair partly shaved in similar arrangement (two or three locks of hair) with the shaved part also painted blue. The artist used the color believing that it would provide protection for his heroes. Also, on special occasions like birthdays, initiation of adolescence, the shaved parts of their heads were smeared with blue paint, their face with white and their lips and cheeks with red (like actors used to do).
The ancient Egyptians were furnished with the turquoise-blue stone (cyanus, lapis lazuli) from the Sinai peninsula since the 4th millennium bce. The precious material is found in abundance in Tourkestan where its name originates. It was also known in Cyprus but according to ancient writers, the best quality was the Scythian blue-turquoise, whose origin was most probably Chinese.
Today, it is mined in North America (California, Arizona) in Central America (Mexico), in Australia, in North Africa and in Siberia. In North America the artifacts of the Indians decorated with the precious blue stone are well known. In Europe the stone is imported mainly from Iran (province of Isfahan), where the best variation of the stone is found. Its shape is opaque and very hard, but porous, and changes color (it turns to green) and “dies”, when it comes in contact with perfumes and cosmetics.
In Athens, at Omonia square, on Dorou street No. 1 and on Stadiou street No. 58, blue friezes surround restored neoclassical buildings. Similar friezes are found in the Ionian islands, in the Cyclades, in the islands of the Argosaronic gulf and in Macedonia, in the villages of Mt. Paghaion.
Above: Village of Assos in Kefalonia, a Greek island in the Ionian Sea
The custom is of worldwide dimension, because even today in provinces of Spain (like in the Mancha of Don Quixote) buildings are decorated with blue bands and designs. Also, houses in Egypt, in the Arab villages of Israel, and entire villages in Morocco, have blue walls. The same color decorates the houses of Mexican Indians and strongly speaks of common universal civilization features.
Traditional American South Blue: Haint Blue is a traditional paint color with a Haunted History – Painting porch ceilings blue is a practice originally adopted in the old South, inspired by several myths and superstitions. The Southern tradition made its way north and has had a revival with new generations of homeowners. There are a few interesting and compelling reasons you might choose to carry on this American ritual and paint your porch ceiling and other parts of your home haint blue or some other shade resembling a clear blue sky.
The color haint blue got its name from the belief that it could ward off evil spirits. The term “haint” was originally a variation of the word “haunt.” Haints are lost souls or the dead’s restless spirits. According to the Southern belief, blue paint applied to the porch ceiling as well as door and window trim can keep haints away.
It’s reported that haint blue paint was first used by African slaves in the South. According to Gullah culture, the color haint blue is representative of water; and evil spirits aren’t able to pass over water. (Gullah culture is from a group of people in the coastal areas of Georgia, South Carolina, and northern Florida who were of African ancestry.)
Haint blue is also believed to have the good purpose of deterring spiders, wasps, and other insects from setting up house on porch ceilings. The myth is that the insects are fooled into thinking that the blue ceiling is an extension of the big, blue sky; and they move on instead of settling in.
There was a time when this belief was more than just a myth. In early days when the blue paint was made with milk paint formulas, an ingredient that was used actually did repel insects. The formula for milk paint lacked durability and has long been replaced with other paint formulas which don’t have any inherent qualities for repelling insects. But the belief lives on that you’ll have fewer insects on your porch with haint blue paint.
Sources: Houses above: Traditional Folk Painting and the Blue Door in Zalipie, Poland; Wiki, https://www.franklinpainting.com, Greek Travel Pages, Slavic Folk Museums