Including:  All About RED * RED Around the World and in History * RED as a favourite colour * RED Clothes – Wearing RED Clothing * RED Foods * RED in our DREAMS – Dreaming of RED  * RED in the TAROT CARDS * RED ESSENTIAL OILS *  RED CRYSTALS and GEMSTONES – Crystal Healing * RED in the AURA * RED in the CHAKRAS * HEALING with RED – Colour Therapy using RED *

RED light has the longest wave length and the shortest vibrational frequency and is the first basic colour tone in the light spectrum that is visible to the human eye. RED is at the bottom of the scale and is predominantly the ‘physical’ colour.  

RED is known as the colour of ‘life’ and can symbolize courage, passion and emotional relationships. Being the colour of ‘life’, RED denotes strength and vitality, our deepest human emotions, and suggests the deepest passions of love, hate and revenge. The colour RED also has deep emotional and spiritual connotations.

RED resonates with the ‘vital life force’, with your nervous activity urging and encouraging you to achieve successful results.

RED is the colour of danger. RED represents energy and action, fire, blood, anger, wine, intensity, impulsiveness, power and sexuality. The phrase ‘seeing RED’ denotes anger and fury, and RED is also characteristic of suppressed aggression, tenseness, sensation and physical strength.

RED evokes an association with warnings, war, blood, anger, passion, desire and sexuality, steadfastness and willpower.  

RED influences and rules a person’s ability to feel secure within themselves, and encourages the will to survive and succeed. RED can also be the colour of complications.  

The colour RED stimulates, warms, arouses, intensifies vitality and inspiration, encourages persistence, passion and ambition. RED is representative of our survival instincts, security, action and energy, heat, aggression, violence, shame, blood and movement. It also relates to sexuality and sexual impulses and urges, and the sexual organs. 

Our drive for existence and survival is represented by the colour RED. It stimulates the human body to be responsive and assertive. RED stimulates the heart and increases the vibratory rate. RED also increased the appetite, and is associated with our sexual energy. RED relates to the sensations of pleasure and brings on physical excitement. 

The RED energy stimulates a passion for self-preservation and self-gratification.

The colour RED increases enthusiasm, encourages confidence and action, and provides a sense of protection from fears and anxiety. RED supplies energy and the motivation needed to work towards and accomplish goals. RED is a ‘doing’ colour and is the colour of ‘getting things done’.

RED relates to the musical scale of ‘DOH’ and is related to the planet Mars, and the Element of Fire, Summer, and the zodiac sign of Aries, and the direction South.  

RED is inherently exciting and draws attention. A keen use of the colour RED as an accent can immediately focus attention of a particular element.

RED is the highest arc of the rainbow and is the first colour you lose sight of at twilight.

Too much RED encourages the tendency to lose your temper, becoming agitated, overbearing, angry, demanding, un-nerving, oppressive and even violent.  It also stimulates us towards greed, being domineering and/or egotistical, bossy, highly-strung, hyperactive, dishonest and sly/cunning.

Too little RED may make us feel fearful, cautious, lethargic, manipulative and whiny. It discourages us to reach our goals and makes us lack self-confidence. It can make us feel un-loved, weak-willed, un-grounded, frustrated, sexually inadequate, alienated, overly cautious, separate from others, power conscious, possessive, and needing the approval of others.

RED resonates with manifesting love, affection, energy and vitality. The colour RED brings passion and strength to your relationships, your work and life in general. 

RED boosts motivation and encourages us to live our lives with passion and purpose.

Throughout human history, the colour RED has had a great significance and impact on our physical, emotional and spiritual identities and beliefs.
-  In the ancient times of the Norse, ‘Runecasters’ would inscribe the symbols of the Runes with RED juice from native berries.  
-  In Chinese culture, colours correspond with the five primary elements, the directions and the four seasons. RED is associated with Fire, South, and Summer. RED is also associated with good fortune and luck in China.  The Chinese New Year is celebrated by wearing RED clothing and decorating their houses with RED. RED envelopes with ‘luck money’ are given to unmarried children to bring good fortune to them for the rest of the year.  The belief in the protective powers of RED can be traced back to the old Chinese folklore of the ‘Nian’ (a man-eating beast of ancient China who used to feed on human flesh.  Discovering that the creature abhorred loud noises and the colour RED, the people began to make liberal use of the colour in their clothing, home decorations, firecrackers etc to protect themselves from the ‘Nian’).
-  RED represents beauty in many cultures, traditions and languages.
-  In Greece, Easter eggs are dyed RED.  The Greek expression “piase kokkino” (which translates as ‘touch red’) is said when two people say exactly the same thing at the same time.  It is said that when this happens it is an omen that the two people will have an argument in the future, and this can only be broken when the two touch the nearest thing to them that is RED.
-  In Israel, kosher clothing stores banned the colour RED and sell only loose-fitting clothes for women.
-  A popular slang term for someone who is ‘under the influence’ or drunk in Jamaica is “RED”.
-  In India, a RED mark on the forehead is said to bring good luck.
-  RED symbolizes life, joy, energy and creativity to the Hindu.
-  Islamic, Hindu and Chinese brides traditionally wear RED.
-  In England, RED double-decker buses, mailboxes and phone booths are national icons.
-  In Aztec culture, RED was connected with blood.
-  RED symbolizes feast days of martyrs in the Catholic Church.
-  RED amulets were worn in many cultures to prolong life.
-  In the financial and monetary arena, RED symbolizes a negative direction.

Those who choose RED as their favourite colour are often very passionate and motivated people who are determined to pursue and achieve all of their goals, desires and aspirations.

Those whose favourite colour is RED often portray a fiery, passionate nature, with a lust for life and are motivational and inspirational characters. Those who prefer RED are generally assertive, competitive and sometimes a little aggressive in their careers. They are brave, courageous, daring and outgoing, and are not afraid to tackle any challenge. At times, these people may be over-impulsive and can take action before considering the full consequences.

Those who have an aversion to RED may be over-active, too impulsive, aggressive and/or hot tempered, egocentric or may have difficulties with other people who possess such characteristics. It can also symbolize deeply hidden fears, and of rejecting their own personal power and assertiveness.

RED is the colour of passion and action.  RED is also considered to be a ‘power’ colour. Wearing RED indicates someone who is vibrant and energetic, and implies a ‘go-getter’ type of personality.

Wearing RED helps to motivate and energize us, and brings excitement and passion into our lives.

A habit of wearing RED may suggest that one places a particular importance upon sexual drive and eroticism. This energy is better used in creative endeavour, personal expansion and leadership development.

Those who wear RED are extroverted and courageous, although they may tend to become easily irritated and bad tempered if they don’t get their own way.

People who wear RED tend to be impulsive, energetic and excitable. They are often ambitious and like for things to happen quickly. They also like to be the ‘best’ in everything, and at times, may be insensitive to the feelings of others. 

Those that love to wear RED like to be the centre of attention.

Wear RED when feeling run-down, to improve energy and athletic performance, and when quick bursts of energy is required. Wear RED when you need to get a job done and when you need extra energy. Wear RED when wanting to feel confident and in control, and when you want to feel desirable and sexy.  

Only truly confident people can wear RED comfortably.

When RED is present in food, it denotes sweetness and/or ripeness, the presence of lycopenes, quercetin and Vitamin C. RED vegetables and fruit contain powerful phyto-chemicals such as lycopene and anthocyanins, which are essential for the circulatory system. RED vegetables and fruits promote health of the adrenals, gonads, colon, legs and red blood cells.

Red Foods include: Cayenne, cherries, cranberries, dulse (seaweed), goji berries, guava, Hibiscus flowers, kidney beans, pink beans, pink grapefruit, pomegranite, radishes, red apples, red cabbages, red corn, red currents, red peppers, red plums, red tomatoes, rhubarb, rosehips, strawberries, watermelon, wholewheat.

When seeing RED in your dream you may wish to consider what your personal associations are with the colour RED in order to decipher whether it symbolizes love and passion, or caution and danger.

Seeing a predominance of RED, or a distinctive object or symbol in RED in your dream indicates energy and reaction as well as passion and anger. The phrase ‘seeing red’ suggests anger, and seeing it in a dream can suggest unresolved issues.

RED appearing in dreams resonates with our drive for existence and survival, and supplies the energy and motivation necessary to reach and accomplish goals and aspirations.

A clear RED in a dream can symbolize pure anger. A muddy or murky RED may suggest repressed and/or suppressed anger.  

RED appearing in your dream may represent aggression, sensation and physical strength.  

Having RED appear in a dream can be revitalizing and stimulating, motivating action. RED vibrates with raw energy, intense passion, aggression, courage, power and impulsiveness, and has deep spiritual and emotional connotations and stimulates all of our senses.

Appearing in a dream, RED may be implying that you need to stop and think about your actions, and consequent re-actions. It can also suggest action and re-action.

If you are a person inclined to dwell in the past, seeing RED in your dreams helps to bring you into the present moment.

Seeing the colour RED in dreams inspires:
determination, honour, willpower, freedom, activity, strength, independence, initiative, leadership, passion, energy, anger and motivation.

Red appearing in a dream releases:
anger and frustration, confusion, destructive feelings, revenge, rebellion, impatience and impulsiveness.

COLOUR DREAMING  - What the Colours in Dreams Mean

RED in the TAROT
The colour RED is linked to The CHARIOT (7) Tarot card due to its energetic nature.

RED is linked to The TOWER (16) and can indicate negative action where rash, hasty, aggressive or violent behaviour is evident. 

RED is also connected to The EMPEROR (4).


Musk, Vetiver, Basil and all root oils.

RED CRYSTALS and GEMSTONES  -  Crystal Healing
RED crystals and gemstones offer protection, courage, vitality, stamina and energy.

Almandite (Garnet), Apache Tear, Bismuth, Bixbite (Red Beryl), Bluebird (Azurite-Cuprite), Brecciated Jasper, Carnelian (Chalcedony), Catlinite (Pipestone), Chalcedony Quartz, Corundum, Crazy Lace Agate, Cuprite, Dragon’s Eye (Red Tiger’s Eye, Ox Eye), Eudialyte, Fluorite, Garnet, Indian Star Ruby, Jasper, Leopardskin Jasper, Lodestone, Madeira Citrine, Mexican Cherry Opal, Moonstone, Mozambique Garnet, Oligoclase, Pyrope Garnet, Red Adventurine, Red Calcite, Red Coral, Red Dolomite, Red Jade, Red Jasper, Red Sapphire, Red Spinel, Rubellite (Red Tourmaline), Rhodolite Garnet, Rubellite (Tourmaline), Ruby, Ruby Aura Quartz, Sardonyx, Spessartine Garnet, Star Ruby, Sunstone (Oligoclase, Thai Garnet, Thulite.

RED in the AURA
RED appearing in the aura in a balanced way attests to a great deal of vitality, good physical health, a warm and enthusiastic nature, willpower, strength, independence, openness, alertness, extroversion, motivation, emotionality, leadership abilities, passion, courage, sexuality and sensuality, spirituality and the ‘Divine Fire’.

Being the first basic colour tone for those presently on the Earthplane (and this is including a number of different shades of this colour), RED in the aura can indicate a person who has stayed close to the earth and has been materially-centred, with an excessive ambition for power.  

Bright RED appearing in the aura indicates generosity and positive endeavours.

Light RED in the aura tells of sexuality, eroticism, passion, gaiety, femininity, sensitivity and love.

CRIMSON in the aura resonates with sensuality, and deep SCARLET signifies lust.

DARK RED appearing in the aura attests to willpower, physical strength, masculinity, leadership abilities, yearning, courage, rage and hostility.

Cloudy RED can denote cruelty and greed.

In an unbalanced way, when RED appears in the aura it attests to anger and aggression, violence, confusion, destructiveness, frustration, vengefulness, rebellion, domination, tyranny, insanity, tension, hyperactivity and impotence.

Colours within the Aura

RED is the colour of the Base or Root Chakra, and represents the ‘Physical Element’ and houses the karmic forces.

The Base or Root Chakra is located at the base of the spine and allows us to be grounded. The Root or Base Chakra connects us to the Universal Energies.

RED adds its vibrant energy to the Root Chakra to promote and bolster willpower and courage, and strengthen the body.

RED symbolizes the element of Fire which is essential to all creatures. Without heat there is no energy or action, and RED produces heat, which vitalizes and energizes the physical body. 

When the Root Chakra is blocked, we experience a lack of energy and vitality, and can suffer from depression, anxiety, fear, frustration and anger.

Colour Healing and the Chakras

RED is used in colour therapy (or healing) for treating conditions of stagnation in order to renew or stimulate the life energy. RED is stimulating and revitalizing and can assist with overcoming depression, inertia, fear and melancholy.

RED is a great aid for those who are afraid of life and who feel inclined to want to escape.

RED relates to the adrenal glands and is the ‘life force’ from which we draw our strength, ambition and energy. RED energizes all organs and the senses of hearing, smell, taste, vision and touch.

The colour RED is linked to the circulatory system, the heart, sexual organs, the kidney and bladder. RED causes haemoglobin to multiply, thus increasing energy and raising body temperature.

RED is beneficial to the circulation and energy flow within the body, as it is both activating and energising. RED aids the immune system and helps with detoxification and has an anti-inflammatory effect.

RED is used for stimulating the liver; for increasing the production of red blood cells, for anaemic conditions, for stimulating the circulatory system, spinal fluid and the entire nervous system, fatigue, cold chills, it energizes the senses, stimulates ovulation and stimulates menstruation. RED stimulates energy and can increase the blood pressure, respiration, heartbeat and pulse rate. RED is beneficial to stimulate growth, alleviates constrictions, enhances physical strength, the spine, feet, hips, legs, and stiffness.

RED is beneficial for states of exhaustion, to treat arthritis, muscle pains and spasms, bacterial diseases, hernias and impotence. RED is also used to treat diseases of the sensory nerves  -  hearing, taste, slight, smells and touch.

RED stimulates slow or inert metabolism and accelerates the expulsion of toxins and metabolic waste. RED helps to relieve constipation, assists in the production of blood and expands the blood vessels.

RED helps us to plant our feet firmly on the ground.  If you are someone who has a tendency to dwell in the past, the colour RED helps to root you to the present;  the here and now.

RED is not suitable to treat people who suffer from being too hot, who are ‘hot-headed’ or agitated, or who suffer from high blood pressure and a pre-disposition to hot flushes. An excess of RED can be over-stimulating and may cause irritability.

In Colour Therapy and Healing, RED is used to neutralize and energize, and brings fresh, strong energies to boost and aid recuperation after bouts of illness, lethargy, tiredness and depression.

Colour Therapists and Healers tend not to use the colour RED on its own due to its ability to warm and stimulate, but rather, use it in combination with BLUE and/or TURQUOISE.

Introduction to Colour Healing – Chromotherapy

Joanne Walmsley      

Sacred Scribes

1 comment:

  1. And in Christianity, RED represents the fire of the Holy Spirit of God, which rested on the heads of the disciples at Pentecost, allowing them all to speak and understand all the languages of the people who were listening to them!