(Field of dandelions. Photo by Robin. 2006)
I’ve always thought of yellow as a happy color. The color of sunshine and summer, lemons, buttercups, dandelions, and sunflowers. Bright yellow just POPS right out at you, as if the yellow object is lit from within. In some cultures yellow is associated with happiness and peace. The Buddha wore yellow robes after Enlightenment.
(Buttercups. Photo by Robin. 2007)
In Hindu mythology, yellow is associated with the intellect. There are similar associations within some traditions of the Tarot and Neo-Paganism, yellow corresponding with the element of Air and the mind/intellect.
(Zinnia. Photo by Robin. June 2007)
Yellow can be joyful, radiant, and vibrant. Yellow seems filled with confidence. Yellow is fun.
(Yellow flower (I don’t know what it is). Photo by Robin. June 2007)
Yellow also has it’s useful and down sides. Yellow is the color of caution (as in the yellow traffic light) or hazards. Yellow is sometimes associated with illness (jaundice) and a lack of courage (yellow-bellied). There are cultures where yellow corresponds with jealousy, avarice, dishonesty, and weakness. Yellow and green were both used to symbolize the devil and death during the Middle Ages. Yellow is the color of mourning in Egypt. It is the color of courage in Japan.
(Night work. Photo by Robin. June 2007)
Yellow, a primary color, is one of the colors of the rainbow. It is also the color of the third chakra, the solar plexus (just above the belly button).
(Rainbow in the Bogs. Photo by Robin. 2006)
Yellow is on prominent display in springtime and the autumn months.
(Spring daffs. Photo by Robin. 2006)
(Autumn foliage. Photo by Robin. 2006)
But my favorite shade of yellow is in the sunflower. It’s bright and bold and speaks of summer’s harvest. The birds love it. I’m rather fond of it too.
(Sunflower. Photo by Robin. 2006)
Yellow. Joy, sunlight, optimism, happiness, intelligence, wisdom, earth.
What is your favorite shade of yellow?
(In the wildflower meadow. Photo by Robin. 2006)
There are painters who transform the sun into a yellow spot, but there are others who, thanks to their art and intelligence, transform a yellow spot into the sun.
~ Pablo Picasso
I like yellow too, and I also associate it as being a happy color.
But in addition, yellow seems to remind me of some of my favorite foods…
Butter, which I seem to use in everything!
Lemons, which make my favorite non-alcoholic beverage, lemonade.
Egg yolks, which get beaten and made into omelettes and scrambled eggs.
Chicken soup is yellow, and I make my own homemade version.
Curry is yellow, and it creates some yummy dishes.
Mead is a nice golden-yellow, and as I have said before, the true nectar of the gods.
Yup…yellow is simply delicious.
I think my favorite shade is the yellow of autumn leaves.
Your sunflowers are a very close 2nd, though. 🙂
My favorite color showcased. Thanks. This is a beautiful opening to a Sunday morning.
why is one called yellow for a lack of courage…..
I am not sure. I did a quick search and wasn’t able to come up with anything definitive.
There may be some answers in this web posting:
Thanks, Cismonok. 🙂 That was helpful.