Today is Yellow Tuesday. And how do I know this? Well, from my earliest memory, I could see days of the week in colour. And each colour, gave each day it's own particular energy. Synesthesia, meaning sensory-fusion is a condition which fuses two senses, generally that of colour concept, to days of the week, months of the year and to numbers and letters of the alphabet. Imagine my surprise to discover that some wise-wordy academics had actually studied this and written whole books on the subject! I took for granted that Monday is brown. What else would the first day of the working/school week be? Tuesday, as I said is Yellow. Wednesday is a vibrant sky-blue, hopeful and curious. Thursday is a silver-grey, steady and strong and Friday is grassy green, lush and rewarding. Saturday is reddish orange, active and alive and Sunday is a crisp and clean, white. Sunday changes however as the day progresses. Starting out white, it develops flecks of silver-grey towards evening time. It never dawned on me that others could not see these colours too and when I read that Synesthesia is a fairly rare condition, I wondered could it not simply be that those with it, took it for granted that others see colours of the week too and wouldn't consider bringing it up in conversation. "I love your dress" someone could say. "Well thank you." the Synesthesiast might respond. " I thought it would match the blue of the day just perfectly".
Is there something in Yellow (and all its sunny hues) that is so uplifting and energising? I get most work done on a tuesday. I make my best plans, feel more creative, am at my most sociable and in my very best mood.......all on a tuesday. My friend and guru, Shaughna Whelan http://www.shaughnawhelan.com runs The Creative Rainbow workshops (and her highly accurate tarot card readings offer positive guidance and enlightenment). Shaughna tells us that colours carry vibrational energies which can improve our creativity and wellbeing. Today we are becoming more aware of the knowledge that the ancients of other cultures took for granted. That we have centres of energy located down through the midline of our body called chakras - and each chakra, when open and unblocked contributes to the wellbeing and physical health of specific areas of our body and spirit. The chakra is depicted in colour and each of the seven responds vibrationally to the energy of a specific colour. Yellow, for instance, corresponds to the navel or solar plexus and is associated with our self-esteem and personal power. Maybe that's why, when my mind is in a state of Yellow Tuesday, I feel so optimistic and in control.
It is suggested that a pregnant woman visualise breathing-in certain colours and to measure the changes in the baby's movement. Breathing in blue calms the baby, and the mother. Pink wraps it in womb-like love, red encourages movement and exercising and yellow is nurturing. Sometimes the mother is drawn to eat foods or drink in particular colours, depending on their urges or needs. Red counters anaemia for example. Visualising wrapping mother and baby in gold, keeps them protected and it is good for the mother to concentrate on this, coming close to delivery and even during the birth. Practicing breathing-in of colours in waves is a useful tool for the birth itself as it's a great distraction to add colour to the rhythm during contractions. For those of a spiritual mind, it's preparing baby's chakras along with keeping mother's chakras energised at the time when she is most in her Goddess state.
Shaughna tells us that wearing a particular colour will attract the energy associated with it. We all feel stronger and more visible wearing red which relates to the root or base chakra. That lady in red, will get more glances. The purple robes of the priest is to signify heightened spirituality and relates to the crown chakra and connectedness to a higher source. Personally, my preference till now is to wear black or grey. I wouldn't choose to decorate my home in those colours - but perhaps I think these dark colours suit my blonde highlights so much better (so speaks my higher self!) I think though that I like colour to surprise me in my outer world rather than to show up in colour myself but I do think I'll be more in tune with colour and the possibility that wearing it may offer me a new perspective, opportunity or even health benefit on any given day. Definitely worth exploring.
Kahlil Gibran writes:
"Let me, oh let me bathe my soul in colours. Let me swallow the sunset and drink in
That reminds me of the current advertisement on TV for Skittles sweets. A giraffe is happily munching a candy-floss rainbow and a smiling Jamaican chap is 'milking' skittles from the giraffe into a bucket.
Chakras. Kahlil Gibran. Skittles. Doesn't matter.................it's Yellow Tuesday.