Ancient Building Sciences: The Meaning of Colors
The different visible colors correspond to the 7 chakras, with each chakra governing a specific area of the body. Chakras originate from tantric and yogic traditions of Budhism and Hinduism. The connections of the chakras to the body are understood to be a part of the “subtle body”, which is not able to be found through autopsy. The chakras also correspond to the 7 planets, and the 7 days of the week.
Red: Wavelength=700nm: Associated with lust, activity and South orientation [the same for vastu and feng shui].
Red is auspicious for marriage in India, Nepal, and China. It captures the attention of the viewer, and is the 2nd most visible color. Red focuses behind the retina, which forces the lens to grow more convex and pull it forward, making red areas perceived as moving forward. It is part of the First chakra, and governs the lymph system and the skeletal system. Walls can be painted red in order to fix vastu errors in existing buildings. Painting the south wall of a living room with red will create life- force energy.
Orange: Wavelength=650nm: Associated with pride, ambition, health, and vitality.
Orange is part of the 2nd chakra, governing the reproductive system.
Yellow: Wavelength=600nm: Associated with illumination, light intellect and North orientation.
Yellow is the most luminous of all the colors. It is the most common color to be associated with ancient Egypt deity. Yellow is processed first by the human eye and peripheral vision is 2 and a half times as high for yellow as it is for red. It has a high light reflectance value and can act as a secondary light source. It is part of the 3rd chakra, governing the solar plexus, and the power center, above the navel in the stomach area.
Green: Wavelength=550nm: Associated with nature, prosperity, healing, fertility, and East orientation.
Green is part of the 4th chakra which governs the heart.
Blue: Wavelength=500nm: Associated with water, emotions, truth, healing, as well as West orientation.
In China, blue is either shallow or deep but not light or dark. Blue is sharply refracted by the eyes, which causes the lens to flatten to push the image back, so that it is perceived as receding and smaller. It has very few connections to fruits/ vegetables and is associated with appetite suppressant. Blue is part of the 5th chakra and governs the throat.
Indigo: Wavelength=450nm: Associated with the inner self and spirituality.
Indigo is part of the 6th chakra and is governed in the forehead, between the eyes, ears, nose, brain, and pituitary glands.
Violet: Wavelength=400nm: Associated with meditation and concentration.
Violet is a rarity in nature and has the most powerful wavelength. It has historically been reserved for royalty.
Violet is associated with the 7th chakra and is used as a tool to communicate with our spiritual nature. It is governed in the top of the head, the brain, and the whole nervous system.
This is an excerpt from Abhay Wadhwa’s lecture titled Ancient Building Sciences.