Yellow

“It is the colour closest to light. In its utmost purity it always implies the nature of brightness and has a cheerful, serene, gently stimulating character. Hence, experience teaches us that yellow makes a thoroughly warm and comforting impression.
– Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Yellow is the colour of the sun and wintery leaves. It represents purity and transcendence as well as warmth and openness.

Yellow signifies joy, happiness, optimism, imagination, idealism and hope.
But it has also negative traits such as betrayal, dishonesty, cowardice, covetousness, deceit, illness and jealousy.
Yellow has an active character: it’s positive energy, masculine and yang.

Lascaux cave painting

Yellow-ochre pigment was used 17,300 years ago in the cave paintings of Lascaux, making it one of the oldest colours used by humans.

From a religious point of view, Yellow is God’s word, the Logos, the revelation, the path towards the centre and the truth.

In early Christianity, Yellow was associated with the Pope but also linked to Judas Iscariot, betrayer of Jesus. In 16th-century Spain, those accused of heresy and who refused to renounce their views, were marked with Yellow and compelled to go before the Spanish Inquisition dressed in a Yellow cape.

In Ancient Egypt, Yellow was connected with gold as it was considered indestructible and eternal. It was thought that the gods had bones and skin of gold.

Yellow is associated with a variety things in different countries.

In Europe, Canada, the United States, Yellow is often associated with amusement, gentleness, humour and spontaneity, but also with duplicity, envy, jealousy, avarice and cowardice.

In Iran it has connotations of pallor/sickness, but also wisdom and connection.

In most Asian countries it is the colour of happiness, glory, harmony and wisdom.
In China, bright Yellow was the colour of the Middle Kingdom and could be worn only by the emperor and his household; special guests were welcomed on a Yellow carpet.

Buddhist monk

Saffron, one of the most expensive spices in the world, is the precious Yellow stigma of the crocus flower. Saffron is also used as a dye for the robes of Buddhist monks and it is said that Buddha himself chose this colour to signify his renunciation of the outside world.

In Hinduism, the divinities Krishna and Ganesh are both dressed in Yellow.

For Islam, Yellow gold is a symbol of wisdom.

In Wicca, Yellow represents intellect, inspiration, imagination, and knowledge. It is used for communication, confidence, divination, and study.


In Feng shui, Yellow represents the centre, power and justice. It is associated with the element Earth
and brings inspiration and calm.

In Alchemy, Citrinitas, or yellowness, is one of the four stages of the Magnum Opus where silver is mutated into gold.

Jophiel, the Archangel of beauty and wisdom, is linked to this colour.

Yellow is associated with the Solar Plexus Chakra and the Sun.

Yellow crystals

Yellow crystals imbue energy, strength and vigour. They help us understand our daily life, the meaning of existence and support mental and spiritual maturity.

They are not recommended if you are low in self-esteem, fighting fears or isolation.

Red Calcite

To fight fear and emotional stress, increase willpower, inner-strength, remove stagnant energy and emotions.
Crystal system: Hexagonal

Red Jasper

To help digestion, blood circulation, intensify libido, help with protection and grounding.
Crystal system: Trigonal

Ruby

To fight anxiety and depression, for inner strength, courage, self-esteem and to boost positivity.
Crystal system: Trigonal

Cinnabar

For strength, physical power, self-acceptance, to remove blockages, to increase good mood and positivity. (Beware it’s toxic!)
Crystal system: Hexagonal

Garnet

To attract love, raise libido and passion, remove trauma, find courage self-confidence.
Crystal system: Cubic