Tuesday, 29. April 2008
Candle Energy

You and Candle Colour Healing

The candle has been used in religion, for healing and for metaphysical purposes for about as long as fire has been around.

It is a very powerful symbol for the activation of more fire and light in our lives - on physical and subtle levels.

It represents the eternal light of the soul and the connection to Source.

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The colour emanates its vibration to enlighten the moment and facilitate focus.

Fire has always been regarded as something holy, magical and mysterious.

In most societies, fire first belonged to the gods; the legend of Prometheus and the creation of humanity are but one example. Prometheus is credited with having stolen fire from the gods and given it to mortal mankind.

Fire operates in all aspects of life. From volcanic fires to the fires of ordinary body heat to that all consuming fire of passion in the belly, from the solar fires to the fires of intellect, fire's presence is felt nearly everywhere.

When we use the fires of candles, we are participating in the ritual of fire that has existed throughout the ages.

Therefore this healing practice should be seen as an ancient ceremony of creation.

Look upon the unlit candle as the unlit essence of life energy in the physical body that awaits a renewing touch of fire to help restore health to body and soul.

When you light its flame, imagine you are creating light where there was no light before, bringing warmth and healing where it is needed. This imaging or visualization in itself is extremely healing.

Simple Rules for Candle Use

  • Its colour must respond with the healing required as its vibrational force is activated, released and amplified when it is lit. See this colour chart:


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  • The one you choose should be cleansed and anointed before using by rubbing with a light olive oil in an upwards direction towards the wick. This process is called "dressing the candle." It strengthens the colour so that its energies are more vibrant and activated which will make them far more effective for your purpose.
  • Once used for a specific purpose such as in healing, it should not be used for something else as this will set up conflicting vibrations.
  • A strong affirmation of intention must be performed when the flame is lit as well as when it is extinguished as if you are firmly setting and locking the healing energy in place.
  • Get yourself a snuffer or use wet fingers to put out the flame but do not blow it out.


Healing Yourself with Coloured Candle Energy

For a few ideas in how to use coloured candles for healing: Read more ...
Category: Articles & Essays | Colours & Flavours | Energy & Light |




Tuesday, 05. February 2008
Colors and Feng Shui

The way people react to colors is due to a mix of physiological, sociological and spiritual factors. What works in one society does not always work in another. Likewise, the knowledge that has come out of the mystery schools often needs to be adjusted to apply to modern tastes. What we present here is our own color theory drawn from personal studies and experience.

What is helpful to remember about the differences between the Western and Asian systems of color theory is that in the West, the favorite planets generally are Jupiter and Venus, which are expanders, and relate to luck and luxury. From the earth both have a blue tone. For the Chinese, the favorite planets are Saturn, a pale yellow planet that is the stabilizer, and Mercury, the silver planet that deals with commerce and children. We might say that, culturally, the difference is a focus upon possibilities versus responsibilities. Surveys have shown that the favorite color of Americans is blue, while their least favorite is yellow. This highlights yet another difference, which necessitates the adjustment of systems when practicing Feng Shui in the west.

GOLD and SILVER, for our needs, are not properly colors but rather metals related to the Sun, and to the Moon and Mercury. Gold is quite distinctly the glow of the Sun (Yang), and the warmth of the heart. The mutability of Silver can relate to the off-white of Moonlight (Yin) and the watery quality of emotions. When silver goes towards the highly reflective, we touch upon the energy of Mercury and the ability of the mind to reflect the exterior world. When we go to the soft, luminous silver we're projecting the feeling of the Moon, and the need to reflect emotions through empathy and sympathy. The real significance of these two metals (when used in design) is in their reflectivity, or in other words, their ability to translate and transmit light. Use them to balance Yang and Yin, both in interior decor and when you wear these metals. You can balance these polarities in your physical body.

RED is a primordial color. It activates our energy, our senses, our adrenals and our appetite. Our attraction to it is as basic as the newborn baby's attraction to the nipple that means food and survival. Red is the color of Mars, as well as blood. The eye will always go to red first, and it stimulates the aggressive side of our natures. It draws Yang energy towards itself. The activator! It attracts only positive energy. A problematic corner can be deactivated by placing a red dot under the point of the angle. It pulls the energy towards itself. Use red in "activity rooms" but avoid it in resting areas. However, red does inspire passion, so variations of red in small touches can add "activity" to the boudoir. Be careful about using red in the kitchen if anyone in the family has a problem with their weight.

YELLOW is the central reference point for the eye due to the yellow quality of sunlight. The large pixels at the edge of the eye react best to the gray shadows of evening. So the contrast of yellow and black are the extremes of the eyes' range. After red, this contrast is the single biggest attraction for the eyes. Yellow relates to the planet Saturn, the bastion of conservatism, compression, duty and responsibility. Yellow is America's least favorite color. It promotes maturity, restraint, and serious action. The very structure we rely upon! It is the appearance of reality. Yellow is the color of acquired knowledge, so it makes a good choice in an office or study space.

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GREEN relates to Mother Earth herself. The Chinese value green jade over all other stones because it promotes harmony and serenity, in the same way that the garden of nature bestows these gifts upon us. The greens are soothing, sustaining, and speak of the abundance of the Earth. It is a sexy color, sensual, and tuned to satisfaction. In the West, green is the color of money. The sustainer! Green is easy to add to any environment through the use of plants. As living things, plants add energy and harmony to any space. Green touches in the bedroom add a sensual and balancing effect.

Other Colors: Read more ...
Category: Colours & Flavours | Energy & Light |




Wednesday, 21. November 2007
The Colors of the Soul

In the Autumn, in temperate zones such as New England, it is not uncommon to travel a distance to view the Fall foliage in all its splendor. One of the colloquial terms for this is "leaf-peeping," and it applies to those who take advantage of the cool but gentle days of early Fall to appreciate the beauty of Nature's landscape that does not appear in quite the same way at any other time of year. The "peepers" know what they are looking for - the breathtaking spectacle of orange, bright gold, and red-leafed trees that give forth one last burst of glory before letting their leaves fall to the ground, there to mingle and mix with the earth in its softer and more muted tones.

Such travelers who seek the glorious colors of Autumn and the Divine paintbrush that Nature applies to the quickened foliage, would be amazed to learn that similar color can be found as attributes of the soul, attributes that do not expire in a burst of glory, but rather that form the basis for a soul's expression upon the earth.

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If this parallel universe of color were known, many more would embrace the amazing spectacle of souls in their varied hues with the same fascination and awe that they presently attend to the Autumn leaves. Such travelers would not waste a moment on the exterior trappings of people in their more narrow presentations, but would seek the unmistakable heart and soul of whomever they were with, relishing the uniquely precious individualized beauty that each possesses, and savoring the particular shadings that each strives to bring forth.

The colors of the soul are splendid in their array. They vary from purple, to blue, to green, to orange, to yellow, to white - not along a visual spectrum which belongs to the physical world, but along an emotional and energetic spectrum which, if it were translated into the language of color, would partake of all of the shades of the rainbow, and even within these, divide into more subtle and particular shades and hues. The colors of the soul exist as part of the soul's essence, and even the individual bearing the stamp of a particular tonality may not recognize it as such - may not perceive that it is part of their unique identity.

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Category: Articles & Essays | Colours & Flavours |


Saturday, 18. August 2007
Color Divination

A profusion of color surrounds me as I sit on my deck: the bright-orange day lilies lining my street, the deep-blue summer sky, the forest-green trees reflected in the lake, plus the red, yellow, orange and rose flowers in my own yard. Colors provide us with some of life's simple pleasures, as Alice Walker rightly noted in her novel The Color Purple: "I think it pisses God off if you walk by the color purple in a field somewhere and don't notice it."

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As a major component of visual symbolism, color has played a significant role in the world's religions. Seasonal colors adorn shrines — think of Christian churches with their purple altar cloths at Easter or red and green at Christmas. Color designates a person's religious station — consider the saffron robes worn by Buddhist monks or the red miters of Roman Catholic cardinals. Color marks the sacred directions in many indigenous cultures — for instance, the Lakota association of white for north, red for east, yellow for south and black for west.


It has symbolic significance on religious paintings — for example, on Tibetan thangkas, medieval Christian canvasses, and Hindu yantras. It shouldn't surprise us to learn that color can also connect us with our inner vision in divination.

Visual stimuli contain two main elements: shape and color. Many visual divinations depend on identifying shapes. Color can provide similar oracular guidance, but I think it affects us in a deeper, more emotionally charged way. Why else would we talk about feeling blue? seeing red? being green with envy? calling someone yellow (cowardly)?

Divination Methods

Anchor yourself firmly in the here and now in preparation for your color divination. Once you've decided on your question, begin by relaxing and attuning yourself to the energies of earth and sky, using your favorite means of grounding and centering. When you have finished, thank the universal energies as well as the palpable presence of color for the guidance you have received.

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For Color Cards, Clothes Oracle, Food Colors ... Read more ...
Category: Colours & Flavours | Readings & Divination |


Thursday, 12. July 2007
Colorstrology

Your birthday carries a numerological vibration that has a very specific value and meaning. Each of the components involved corresponds to a particular color and, in turn, creates a palette from which you can draw. All these factors shape your personality and life experiences and, when combined, create your personal birth color. Colorstrology is designed to share information, insight and inspiration. Its purpose is to invoke a magical experience.

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Colorstrology by Michele Bernhardt.
Category: Astrology & Astronomy | Colours & Flavours |


Saturday, 05. May 2007
Chromotherapy – Healing by Color

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Chromotherapy is a form of healing based on the principle that all illness is manifested in a disturbed energy field (giving off light), and by the proper application of color to this energy field, a correction can be achieved, and with that correction comes healing.

Experienced and well trained chromotherapists use both color and light to balance the energy fields, and claim to effect a reversal of negative reactions manifesting in our composite physical, mental, and spiritual make up.


Although not yet proven by the modern scientific method, the chromotherapists believe that their methods are indeed scientific, and instruments to verify the results are not yet manifest. Furthermore, chromotherapists adhere to the belief that colors do indeed bring about identifiable emotional reactions in people.

The treatment in chromotherapy is in the application of color and light to specific areas on the body. The therapists believe that colors have both positive and negative effects on the body’s energy fields; with some specific colors in specified doses can effect the actual healing. The therapists use a whole range of color carriers and emitters such as gemstones, fabrics, prisms, light wands, and colored water in baths.

Here is a quick and easy guide, based on chromotherapists guidelines, as to the meaning of specific colors and their role in healing.

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Category: Body & Health | Colours & Flavours | Energy & Light |


Wednesday, 07. February 2007
Coloring Therapy

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The Mandala has been present both cross culturally and throughout history. It is widely regarded as a symbol of healing and total well-being. In Coloring Therapy, the Mandala represents the process or journey on the one hand, and the result or destination on the other. Like ourselves, no two are colored the same.

The Mandala is a symbol of the spiritual source or center inherent in everything. Mandala coloring is gentle fun while at the same time accessing a meditative state that leads to self discovery.


Mandala designs that are intricate enough to require a time commitment but are enjoyable and challenging enough to color are most appropriate for the purpose of Coloring Therapy.

Inner dialogue is how we talk to ourselves on the inside, the conversations we have in our minds. This dialogue happens consciously and unconsciously all day long. Inner dialogue keeps our minds very busy and it can affect the body in the form of stress or upliftment. Coloring Therapy uses coloring as a medium to discern and suspend inner dialogue so we can rejuvenate and enhance. Coloring pulls us into a state of mind where we can listen. In so doing, we can realize how inner dialogue contributes to our overall well being.

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Picture inner dialogue as wild horses. They run rampant across our craniums without regard for the delicacies of the grey matter being trampled under hoof. In order to reign and tame our inner dialogue, it must first be recognized. This can happen in coloring.
The attention we put into coloring creates suspended inner dialogue. This is an objective state of awareness where we are able to view and review our thoughts as we have them. In suspended inner dialogue we are open and receptive to higher knowledge, healing, creativity and consciousness.


Many people find meditation difficult to attain even though the benefits are well documented. In Coloring Therapy, the state of awareness sought through meditation is easy because the focus needed occurs in the coloring. This state (suspended inner dialogue) is one of the main purposes of meditation and Coloring Therapy. Once inner dialogue is recognized, it can be managed and life can be influenced in a direction that is decidedly beneficial.

Coloring Therapy - The path to self discovery just became more tempting.

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Read also the articles about Self Discovery, Spirituality, and much more!
Category: Colours & Flavours | Meditation & Mind |


Tuesday, 16. January 2007
Shamanic Smudging

Shamanic smudging—or just smudging—is an age-old tribal tradition which has been used for centuries to create harmony and peace. There are many different shamanic smudging ceremonies, and different tribes use a variety of herbs for smudging.

To define it more clearly, shamanic smudging is the burning of herbs or incense for cleansing, purification, protection of physical and spiritual bodies, banishment of negative energies and creation of sacred space. You can use smudge sticks (herbs that are tied into a bundle for easier handling), braided herbs and botanicals (like sweetgrass) or loose herbs (burned on charcoal or mugwort, or in a firepit). Shamanic smudging releases the energy and fragrance of the herbs and botanicals so they can heal, cleanse and purify.

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In many traditions, shamanic smudging involves a four directions ceremony or prayer, which sends specific kinds of smoke or prayers into the four directions. Different tribes have different smudging prayers that “program” the smoke to do a specific action, such as cleansing or aiding in divination.

In general, shamanic smudging can be used in daily life for practical purposes—to restore physical, mental and emotional balance; to shield against negative energies; to cleanse yourself, your magickal tools and your space; and to restore you sacred space.

Read more ...
Category: Articles & Essays | Colours & Flavours | Ethno & Shamanism |


Monday, 24. July 2006
Tarot of Color & The Kaleidoscope Tarot

Tarot of Color is an attribution deck that shows the depth of correspondences. Each card has a color, esoteric title, astrological attribution, elemental attribution and many more.

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One of the things that the hermetic order of the golden dawn brought to tarot was their elaborate attribution system. Not every modern tarot reader uses this system particularly in its entirety. It is in my opinion and amazing work and has interesting uses. The attributions system associates with the tarot cards just about everything in the world including sound, color, states of consciousness, astrology, the 4 elements, time, sequence, angelic forces, the Hebrew alphabet, Kabala.

Color can be a bridge between a Tarot Reading and your daily life. Look at the cards from a color perspective. If Red becomes a major issue, consider if there is too much or not enough. If you have too little red, showing as fatigue, low energy, you may want to add it to your wardrobe, diet or environment. If you think there is too much red, you might consider adding the complement (green).


Tarot of Color can be used on its own for readings, as flash card for learning the correspondences or to clarify a reading from another deck.

Tarot of Color (English)

The Kaleidoscope tarot is a color and tarot divination system. All 78 cards from a traditional tarot deck (plus two extras for the element of earth & spirit) are represented with a color and a symbol. The colors and symbols come from the attribution system created by the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn.

The Major Arcana has its Elemental, Planetary or Zodical Attribution. The Court Cards are marked with p for page, k for Knight, Q for Queen and K for King. The Pips are numbered one through 10.

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The Kaleidoscope Tarot (English)
Category: Colours & Flavours | Tarot & Oracles |


Wednesday, 02. November 2005
Japanese Incense

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It begins under the flower of peace, before the fall of the plum blossoms, before monks burning incense in Japanese temples, before the rising scents from scented kimono sleeves mixed with the fragrant incense of natural pine, cedar, lavender, and the flowers of the sun.
The art of Japanese incense making has long been a tribute to nature itself. One of the great Awaseko of early Japan was called "Baika" which is Japanese for plum.
Perhaps one way to look at the connection formed between nature, incense, and humanity is through poetry. . .


I breathe in the cool incense smoke from the metal brazier,
While thinking about a poem for my dear friend Lu Wa.
My sandalwood-hearted companion spits out plum blossoms of smoke,
Looking like the cloudy fog of the other world.
Perhaps it's the soul of my friend the old mountain man
In the smoke's dense patterns?
Kan Po, in memoriam (undated)

Even today, in Japan, there is a strong relationship between nature, incense, poetry, and the human spirit. Japanese Incense by David Oller of Esoterics, LLC. (English)

Incense, has its roots back in mankind's first experiences with fire itself. It is unlikely primitive man would have missed that certain woods had more pleasing aromas and indeed varying emotional effects. Incense artifacts, thousands of years old, have be found in throughout the world, and appear to be a part of virtually every culture. The connection between incense, religions, medicine, and shaman practices is obvious, it would be impossible to separate them, or say which proceeded the other.

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Historically it is difficult to trace because it has always been largely an esoteric and oral tradition evolving in relation to both religion and medicine.

Check also Incense Making.
Category: Colours & Flavours |


Saturday, 23. July 2005
Räucherkunst / Smudging

Für unsere Vorfahren war das Verbrennen von wohlriechenden Kräutern, Hölzern und Harzen aus dem Leben nicht wegzudenken. In allen alten Kulturen wurde geräuchert, und es war ein reichhaltiges Wissen darüber vorhanden. Den Göttern, die man sich im Himmel lebend vorstellte, opferte man edelstes Räucherwerk. Aus grossen Räucherbecken stiegen langsam dicke Rauchschwaden zum Himmel empor, um im Jenseits um Gnade und Wohlwollen zu bitten. Schon im alten Mesopotamien wurden Myrrhe, Zypressenholz und Kalmuswuzeln als Opfergaben verbrannt und in Babylon wurden pro Jahr fast 30 Tonnen Weihrauch verräuchert.

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Es diente sakralen, zeremoniellen und rituellen Zwecken, um Gebete zu den Göttern zu tragen. Man desinfizierte mit Hilfe des Räucherns die Wohnräume, Krankenlager und Ställe, heilte Kranke, parfümierte Kleider und Gegenstände, beeinflusste das Träumen, erzeugte Visionen, verbesserte die Akustik in Kirchen und vieles mehr.

Einführung in die Räucherkunst (German)

Für jede Stimmung, in die man gelangen oder die man verstärken möchte, gibt es ein passendes Räucherwerk. Wie wäre es beispielsweise mit ein bisschen mehr Sonnenschein in Ihrem Leben? Dann machen Sie es doch einfach einmal den Mayas und Azteken nach, die den Tag mit einer Räucherung von Goldcopal-Harz begannen ...

Duftende Botschaften - Artikel von Body & Mind. (German)

Räuchern mit heimischen Kräutern von Marlies Bader. (German)
Die Links "Rituale" und "Mischungen" beachten.

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Rauch verbindet uns mit dem Geist der Luft und wurde schon zu allen Zeiten in vielen Kulturen dieser Welt als Bestandteil religiöser Reinigungsrituale eingesetzt. Der aufsteigende Rauch bildet einen Kanal, der uns mit dem Großen Geist verbindet. Unsere Gebete steigen mit dem Rauch auf zum Großen Geist, und die Antworten reisen auf dem gleichen Weg zu uns zurück.

Das Räuchern von Terra-Artis. (German version)


Smoke connects us with the spirits of the air and has been put to use in religious cleansing rituals in many cultures of our world throughout all times. The rising smoke forms a channel, which connects us with the Great Spirit. Our prayers rise with the smoke to the Great Spirit, and the answers travel back to us the same way.

Smudging by Terra-Artis. (English version)

TIPP:
Dieses Buch ist jedem zu empfehlen der sich wirklich mit Räucherwerk beschäftigen möchte: "Botschaft an den Himmel" von Susanne Fischer-Rizzi. Dieses Buch nenne ich schon seit Jahren mein eigen. Mir ist kein anderes Buch bekannt, welches die verschiedenen Räucherstoffe, deren Eigenschaften und Wirkung so präzise beschreibt, wie dieses.


Our Native elders have taught us that before a person can be healed or heal another, one must be cleansed of any bad feelings, negative thoughts, bad spirits or negative energy - cleansed both physically and spiritually. This helps the healing to come through in a clear way, without being distorted or sidetracked by negative "stuff" in either the healer or the client. The elders say that all ceremonies, tribal or private, must be entered into with a good heart so that we can pray, sing, and walk in a sacred manner, and be helped by the spirits to enter the sacred realm.

The Smudging Ceremony by Adrienne Borden and Steve Coyote. (English)

Smudging is wonderful. Truly. Try it and you’ll become a convert, I’m almost willing to bet. I love it because it’s the simplest yet most incredibly effective form of space clearing available. It takes just five minutes to learn the basics and you’re off. Obviously the more you do it, the more sophisticated you become, but it really is entry-level metaphysics, esoteric practice condensed into a few fool-proof actions. Most importantly it really works.

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The Smudging by Nathalie Parenteau


Smudging - Feature Article by Jane Alexander. (English)
Category: Colours & Flavours | Magick & Witchcraft |


Wednesday, 20. April 2005
Aura Soma

Vicky Wall war praktizierende Chiropraktikerin, Pharmazeutin und Kräuterkundige als sie klinisch blind mit 66 Jahren einem Impuls folgend in ihr Labor ging und eine Mixtur aus verschiedenen natürlichen Inhaltsstoffen, Farben und Schichten herstellte. In diesem Moment - im Jahre 1984 - war “Equilibrium” - die Flaschen von Aura Soma - geboren.

Die Aura Soma Seite von Andrea Manes hat mir sehr gut gefallen. Umfassende Infos und eine Art Online-Auswahl. (German only)

Aura Soma is a system that brings you closer to the understanding of yourself. It uses the visual and non-visual energies of colour, it uses the energies of herbs from essential oils and herbal extracts and uses the energies of crystals and gems to help you attain a revitalized life.

The official site: Aura Soma (English only)

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Category: Colours & Flavours | Energy & Light |


Monday, 18. April 2005
Goethe’s Farbenlehre - Goethe’s Theory of Colors

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Ob Johann Wolfgang von Goethe ein Esoteriker war, darüber scheiden sich die Geister. Für die Einen ist er dies auf jeden Fall. C. G. Jung beispielsweise hat ihn ganz klar als Alchemisten gesehen. Die Anderen sehen in Goethe "nur" einer der bedeutendsten Dichter und Literaten überhaupt.

Besonders über sein "magnum opus", die dreiteilige Farbenlehre, wird und wurde gestritten.
Wie dem auch sei - einer der besten Kommentatoren von Goethe ist Rudolf Steiner. Er wurde auch dazu berufen, den Nachlass von Goethe literarisch aufzubereiten. Rudolf Steiner hat ettliche Bücher über Goethe aus esoterischer Sicht verfasst.


Das vollständige Buch gibt es online bei der Rudolf Steiner Schule Bern:
Goethe's Farbenlehre (German only)

... wie kann man soviel Text veröffentlichen - ohne Farben ...

Nobody has ever imagined that Newton’s basic ideas about light and color could be incorrect, except for one person: Goethe. He was a scientist, too. He wrote of his 1400-page treatise on color, published in 1810:
"That I am the only person in this century who has the right insight into the difficult science of colors, that is what I am rather proud of, and that is what gives me the feeling that I have outstripped many."

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The complete book "Goethe's Theory of Colors" is only available in German. By way of compensation look at this:

Goethe, Color Theory & Chaos by Richard A. DiDio, La Salle University
Goethe, Land, and Color Theory by Physics Today
Goethe's color theory by WebExhibits
Category: Colours & Flavours |


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