Even though people are more inclined towards superstition in the Western world, the scientific symbolism of color has succeeded to not change. Colors represent many important things in our life, from our happiness to sadness. They hold an essential part in our daily life, making our world less dull and boring.
According to Conroy, the basic representation of the color blur for most of documented history was with truth a meaning that leaves a vestige in our language in the phrase “true blue”. The reason behind this is because blue is the color of a clam and clear sky. On the other hand, blue also conveys sadness and despair. The connection may relate to tears and rain, as water is blue. In Greek mythology, it rained when Zeus cried.
Green universally is the sign of nature and who does not love nature, and the environment symbolizes wisdom. The Egyptians believed that a god named Thoth led the souls of the dead to a “green hill of everlasting life and eternal wisdom”. On the other hand, the Romans based their god Mercury on Thoth, and the planet Mercury was in turn based on the god. Ellen Conroy wrote in her book “The Symbolism of Colours” (1921) “green is sometimes said to be the color of the planet Mercury, which is the planet governing the mind and conferring knowledge not only of the kind essential to material success but also inspirational knowledge and celestial wisdom.”
Apart from the fact that green symbolizes wisdom, there is a different side of this color. “Green in its degraded sense gives us ‘the green-eyed monster jealousy’, which is the direct opposite of celestial wisdom, for jealousy is always due to the intrusion of the desires of the self, while celestial wisdom wishes to give rather than to receive,” Conroy wrote. “The color green is often said to forebode death. This idea may be a survival of the ancient worship of Mercury, and even of St. Michael in Christian times, both of whom were messengers of death.”
Yellow symbolizes happiness, warmth, and the sunshine in most of the cultures. In ancient Egypt and China, the color yellow symbolizes royalty and no one except the rulers and their family of that time were allowed to wear yellow.
Historians have noted that orange was not regarded as a primary color by the ancient Western civilizations. Depending on the tone, the color fell in either the red or yellow shade, this is one of the reasons. Orange does not have a strong symbolic meaning.
In the recent era, orange has become the sign of warning and is used for high visibility clothing and safety equipment.