What is the meaning of white?

The meaning of white signifies a symbol of clarity, innocence, cleanliness, spirituality, purity and hope. Some common properties of the color white include:

  • Innocence
  • Clarity
  • Cleanliness
  • Expansive / Open
  • Purity
  • Spirituality
  • Goodness / Hope
  • Humility
  • Infinity
  • Peaceful / Relaxing / Soothing
  • Detached (that’s why it is not very often people’s favorite color, life is colorful)
  • Sterile

The meaning of white is most commonly associated with purity. It also corresponds to yang energy, meaning it is very expansive and open. Therefore, white is a great color to use if you are seeking clarity. It is also a wonderful color to use in the creativity/children and helpful people/travel areas of the feng shui bagua.

In moderation, the color white is very peaceful and soothing. However, when used in excess it can seem sterile or artificial resulting in a feeling of detachment and low vitality.

The meaning of the color white as described in “The Herder Dictionary of Symbols: symbols from art, archaeology, literature and religion” is as follows:

“White is the color of light, purity, and perfection. Like its opposite, black, white has a special place among the colors of the spectrum (which combined yield white). It is closely associated with the absolute (both the beginning and the end, as well as their union) and consequently is used at marriages, initiations, and death rites. It is the color of mourning in Slavic lands and in Asia, for example, and occasionally at the French court.

White was the preferred color of specially selected sacrificial animals.

Priests often wear white garments to symbolize spirit and light, and the angels and the blessed in Christianity are often clothed in white for the same reason. Newly baptized Christians wear white clothing; at Christ’s transfiguration his garments became “white as snow”; the white ceremonial dress of brides, postulants and those making first communion signify innocence and virginity.

In contrast to the vital color red, white is also the color of ghosts and specters. Sometimes the color red is associated with man and white with woman."

 

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