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Color Helper: Black

Color Helper: Black

Wear or invite this color into your life for greater balance and good fortune.

BLACK is a powerful color that has been associated with death in some cultures, but with the potent place of gestation and magic in others. BLACK is mysterious; it hints at hidden things, at places where one cannot see with the eyes, but with the spirit.

BLACK is a rich color, containing within it all the colors of the spectrum. Try this simple exercise to see the surprises hidden in BLACK: take a black water-based marker or pen and make a few marks with it on a piece of white paper. Now drop a drop of water on the marks. Allow the paper to dry and then see what colors emerge from the “black” ink: sometimes pink, green, and blue make an appearance. Who knew they were hidden there all along?

What mysteries and surprises may be hidden in our own places of darkness or confusion? Wear black today to remind yourself of the power of the dark earth that hides the seeds so that new growth can emerge, or the fertile womb that protects developing life. Trust that there are processes of growth going on in your own psyche that you may not be consciously aware of, but which are going on nonetheless.

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By Cait Johnson, co-author of Celebrating the Great Mother (Inner Traditions, 1995).

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Cait Johnson

Cait Johnson, MFA, is the author of six books, including Earth, Water, Fire, and Air: Essential Ways of Connecting to Spirit, Witch in the Kitchen, Celebrating the Great Mother and Tarot Games. She has been a counselor for more than 20 years, and teaches workshops on seasonal elemental approaches to self-healing, conscious eating, and soul-nurturing creativity.

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7:44PM PDT on May 2, 2013

I wear a lot of black.

12:33AM PST on Feb 21, 2013


3:26PM PST on Feb 19, 2013

Interesting info, thank you.

3:25PM PST on Feb 19, 2013

Interesting info, thank you.

3:24PM PST on Feb 19, 2013

Interesting info, thank you.

1:38AM PST on Jan 31, 2013

hmmm, thank you

9:33AM PDT on Oct 24, 2012


2:15PM PDT on Oct 17, 2012

TY. I prefer bright colours tho'.

8:14AM PDT on Oct 17, 2012


2:24AM PDT on Sep 29, 2012

My favorite 'color' in clothes my dog and many furnishings.

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