Color Yellow

 

Color Yellow Yellow signifies renewal, hope, light and purity. When taken as an off-white color symbolizes degradation or cowardice. To see yellow clothes, foretells approaching gaieties and financial progress. You will be fortunate if you dream of yellow

Color is a vital part of a visual symbol and yellow has deep significance. It is used in symbols all over the world to represent emotions, politics, religion, gender, science, art and mythology.

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Color Symbolism

Color Yellow - Meaning
The color yellow is symbolic of the sun, light and new life however in some cultures it symbolises betrayal and deceit. In the Christian bible, Jesus was betrayed by Judas who wore a yellow coat when he identified Jesus to the high priests through a kiss. In Islam, Yellow has two distinct meanings: Pale Yellow is symbolic of betrayal whilst bright or golden yellow is symbolic of wisdom. Chinese mythology describes how the first humans were made out of yellow clay and it was also the color of the sacred emperor.

Facts about Yellow - Symbolism

  • Symbols Fact 1: In Ancient Egypt the color yellow symbolised envy and disgrace

  • Symbols Fact 2: In India, the Hindu Diety Martanda Bhairava is described as shining like the gold and sun and is portrayed covered in turmeric. The yellow color of turmeric represents the power of the sun

  • Symbols Fact 3: In China, the color yellow represents the power of the sun and the male 'yang' principle. It also symbolises happiness and wisdom

  • Symbols Fact 4: In Europe, the color yellow is symbolic of cowardice

  • Symbols Fact 5: Yellow is symbolic internationally for a warning sign

  • Symbols Fact 6: The pigment yellow ochre also referred to as gold ochre was used in prehistoric art, the earliest known painting of a horse using yellow ochre was found in the cave of Lascaux and is believed to be over 17,300 years old

  • Symbols Fact 7: Aborigines in Australia use yellow ochre to represent death

  • Symbols Fact 8: The name of the first emperor of China, Huang Ti, translates in English to "Yellow Emperor"

  • Symbols Fact 9: In Medieval Europe, the color Yellow represented reason

  • Symbols Fact 10: In Latin, the word for 'gold' is 'aurum' which means yellow

  • Symbols Fact 11: Yellow is the most visible colour from a distance and is often used as a warning colour on emergency vehicles

  • Symbols Fact 12: The American expression Yellow-Belly which is used to describe a coward is thought to come from the colour of sickness

  • Symbols Fact 13: In Hindu tradition, the third primary Chakra Manipura also referred to as the 'city of jewels' is yellow in colour. It is the centre of energy, willpower and achievement

Color Yellow - HTML
Color is displayed using a combination of Red, Green and Blue light (RGB). HTML (HyperText Markup Language) is a markup language used by web browsers to format web pages. In HTML colors are defined using a system known as hexadecimal notation (HEX). Each color is assigned a HEX value depending on the combination of Red, Green, and Blue (RGB) the user wishes to display. The lowest HEX value that can be assigned to a light sources is 0 (HEX:00). The highest HEX value that can be assigned to a light sources is 255 in (HEX:FF). HEX values are displayed as three pairs of two-digit numbers, also known as a HEX triplet starting with a # sign.
For example, the HTML for one of the shades of yellow is Hex
(#FFFF00) and RGB(40,240,120). The hex color code #FFFF00 is just one variation of yellow; many other shades of yellow are possible. In fact the combination of Red, Green, and Blue values from 0 to 255 results in more than 16 million different colors (256 x 256 x 256). Some examples of shades of the color yellow are shown below:

** Examples of Shades **

#FFFF00
 
#FFFF66
 
#FFCC00
 
#F7F375
 
#CAE00D
 
#FFE135
 
#F3EF38

** Examples of Shades **

Color Yellow - Dreams
The study and interpretation of dreams is called Oneirology, the term comes from the Greek word 'oneiros' which means dream. It is thought that dreams have two meanings: a general meaning where the dream is told as a symbolic story and an individual meaning, which is specific to the dreamer. The following interpretation of the meaning of the Color Yellow in dreams is taken from the book entitled "10,000 Dreams" interpreted by Gustavus Hindman Miller:

  • The color Yellow signifies renewal, hope, light and purity

  • When taken as an off-white color symbolizes degradation or cowardice

  • To see yellow clothes, foretells approaching gaieties and financial progress

  • You will be fortunate if you dream of yellow

Different Shades of the the Color Yellow
The following are some examples of the different shades of the Color Yellow:

  • Amber

  • Canary

  • Gold

  • Banana

  • Lemon

  • Maize

  • Cobalt

  • Aureolin

  • Naples

  • Old Gold

  • Pale

  • Bitter

  • Saffron

  • Straw

Color Yellow - Symbols
Color has been used in symbols to depict emotions, personality and religion since ancient times and many colors have mystical properties associated with them. One of the the easiest ways to identify something immediately regardless of language or culture is through color. A baby dressed in pink is an obvious sign that the gender of the infant is female despite the language or country. A red road sign warns us of danger even if we might not recognise the symbol instantly. A country or sports team use colors to identify themselves through their flag and its colours. Colors are often mentioned in everyday language as well as literary terms to portray a persons feelings or emotions, being "green with envy" or "in a black mood" are familiar terms to describe jealously and feeling down.

"Signs and Symbols rule the world, not rules and law"
Confucius (551479 BC)

Color Yellow - Symbols

Color Yellow

  • Facts about the Color

  • Color in Religion

  • Dreaming of the Color Yellow

  • Significance of different colors

  • History of the Color

  • Shades of Yellow

 

Color Wheel - Color Yellow

 

Pictures and Videos of Color Yellow
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