So it will be an ultra violet year. huh. Just what does that mean, what does the color stand for, and how is the meaning of that color interpreted? What about the “fun” aspect, those pseudo items that while may not ring true in science are just fun for entertainment value, how is ultra violet seen amidst that realm? And what of the idea that ultraviolet is actually invisible, ultraviolet light that is.
Amusing questions that run about my head wanting to know what importance ultra violet has or will have in the world, real or imaginary. Let us see what we can on the subject via our faithful companion, the internet.
Well to start off apparently, according to Pantone the color ultra violet is “what’s needed in our world today”. So what does that mean? Pantone explains that ultra violet “communicates originality, ingenuity, and visionary thinking that points us towards the future.” That indicates a color for pushing forward, to achieve.
Going back to Pantone’s announcement: “Ultra Violet suggests the mysteries of the cosmos, the intrigue of what lies ahead, and the discoveries beyond where we are now. So not only is the color to propel man forward but also intended to symbolize the mystery of space and also the unknown. And that is where the fun comes in as one reads the various articles and interpretation of the color ultra violet.
Looking a little deeper what does the color violet, or simply purple, mean to cultures and people? And while we are at it, just what is the difference between violet and purple.
On the color chart they are close to each other, purple being closer to red and violet closer to blue. However it is in the optics where we see the difference. In that area, Violet is a spectral color and occupies its own wavelength at a spot between blue and the invisible ultraviolet. Purple on the other hand is a combination of two spectral colors, those being of course red and blue. In other words there is no wavelength for purple but there is one for violet.
The color Tyrian Purple became synonymous with wealth and the power of the ruling class way back in ancient days. The reasoning being the color was hard to access via a sea snail, thus costly and limited to produce. This idea has followed done the centuries, even to today whereas purple is seen as a mark of royalty.
In exploring various cultures and see how the color is traditionally view or used. From mourning color to ecclesiastical to even deep hues bordering on the macabre. Violet is a mirage of meanings, symbolism, and interpretation, especially by New Age devotees.
Purple, or violet as the two are often jumbled, ‘fun’ side is where I want to go. The color violet is said to be mystical edging with energy. While that may be true or not, this is where the scientific part of me leaves and the fantasy fiction seeking me comes in. The idea of using color to enhance a mood or element in a story is for me engaging. Think of all the scenes, uses, elements, artifacts and so forth one can create with a simple color.
Add in the sci-fi angle of the color ultra violet, the color of deep space, the unknown galaxies brimming with life. Ah yes the mystery that swarms a writer creating a vulture out beyond our galaxy, to venture outwards no held back by boundaries or conformity.
To become ultra violet may be the writer’s next big invention.
So maybe this year, of a mystic color, will be the year to finally gather all the books together in a finished arrangement that in itself would be mystifying. If not then a cool color for the year to play with.
A few interesting items about violet or purple I have found:
Purple or violet gems/stones: Amethyst, Ametrine, Charoite, Fluorite, Iolite, Lavender Jade, Lavender Quartz, Lepidolite, Purpurite, Selenite, Stichtite, Sugilite
In Thailand the color purple is worn by a widow mourning her husband’s death. That is interesting that color is chosen while in the west black is the mourning color.
A Purple Heart is awarded to members of the United States armed forces who have been wounded in action. The Purple Heart Award represents courage.
In Christianity, purple is associated with Advent and Lent.
The planet Jupiter has its own color, and it is of course purple.
Purple prose is an elaborately written poem or paragraph in literature.
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