Orange continues to be hot




I'm noticing that when my blog on synchronicities is first discovered, often the initial comment has to do with orange. Orange and the transition from orange to green have been written about in my early blog posts--as I noticed the luminosity of orange over time--and it continues to fascinate new readers. I am not entirely sure why, but it happens enough so that I might call references to orange an ongoing synchronicity. Others who are new seem to resonate to this color. Perhaps orange is comforting, flexible, or in tune with themselves in some way. A colleague in qualitative research said that she read all the posts on orange. So did another, who said she felt as if she was in an orange state of mind over the past few months. A new reader on Twitter talks about living in the State of Orange and feeling centered. So, I dedicate this post to orange. Again, are a series of new photographs and commentary on this archetypal color.


This photo is from the current exhibition at MOMA/Museum of Modern Art, called Talk to Me; it features the interaction between objects and communication, a new iteration on art in the digital age.


Orange represents the spirit of divine joy, emotional connections, deep and important relationships, the spiritual path, and the journey from material to higher levels of transcendance.


Orange is a color of the second chakra on development of autonomy and one's style of the primary formation of relationships. The sense of self-worthy, judgment, and gender identification is part of the original second chakra phase of childhood, i.e., the toddler time. However, appearance of or interest in orange in adult life may herald the reworking of some of these choices made early in life. When there are transitions afoot that cause grief, sorrow, or new way of being, orange comes into play as a signal of deepening one's spiritual understanding through changes or alienation from how life once was. Orange can be desperation reviewed and reseen in the new light of alchemical transformation.


Frieda Kahlo was the Mexican artist who studied herself and her feelings through multiple self-portraits. Below is one that called to me from the MOMA permanent collection in NYC.


Orange is the power of the collective consciousness. I am reminded of John Lennon's philosophy, a quote on which I hung as a sign at a recent consciousness party that emphasized the music and mantras for breaking of obstacles and granting of wishes (Ganesh Chaturthi celebration): "A dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you dream together is reality!


Orange represents the attributes of adaptability, flexibility, processing information at the speed of light, intelligence, the ability to quickly take advantage of an opportunity, a mirroring of the truth of inner thoughts, strength over matter, curiosity, flitting from idea to idea, humor, and vitality.


Below, a surrealist painting by, I think, Max Ernst or Yves Tanguay, created in the 1930s. It is from MOMA's permanent collection.


Linked with the earth element, orange lets us feel compassion for all, able to hold space and listen to others express themselves, and honor all life while we honor ourselves. Above is The Hierophant or Guide, i.e., the Tarot card that represents Taurus, fixed earth. Like the Autumn time that teaches us that winter is coming and to store up the harvest for the time of silence and cold, this is the teacher, the one who guides us in sacred ways, the archetype of counsellor, and the initiator into new levels of understanding.