The first day of spring is one thing, and the first spring day is another. The difference between them is sometimes as great as a month. ~Henry Van Dyke, American author and clergyman
Everyone “knows” March is green, right?
From St. Patrick’s Day celebrations, to the dying of the Chicago River, to shamrocks and green beer, we see GREEN sprouting up everywhere this month.
But did you know green is a combination of yellow and blue? I’ll wager you knew it as a child, mixing crayons or finger paints. Green blends the mental clarity of yellow with the emotional stability of blue.
Green abounds in nature. Leaves, grass, bushes, and trees are green at some point, making green a welcome sight for gardeners and farmers. And for golfers!
Green — slap dab in the middle of the visible light spectrum — is the most restful color for the human eye to look at. And speaking of eyes, green is the rarest eye color of all; some estimate only two percent of the world has green eyes, though that varies greatly on geographical region.
In Indian thought, green is the heart chakra, the center of one’s being, encouraging us to grow toward loving, healthy, nourishing relationships.
We usually think of emerald or maybe peridot when we consider green gemstones, but did you know there are many more? Green gemstones are used to attract money and prosperity; two of my favorites are aventurine, the stone of luck, and moss agate, an abundance stone that enhances concentration.
As a color, green is second only to blue as the most favorite common color. It’s said that George Washington’s favorite color was green. (That puts me in good company!)
Have you ever noticed how many shades of green there are? Try matching that green t-shirt and you’ll see what I mean. And don’t tell your web designer or interior decorator to use “any old green” — greens cover the spectrum from yellowish like lime to blueish like turquoise, with all sorts of light and dark variations in between.
Green is calming and invigorating all at the same time, so everybody can benefit from having some green around, don’t you think?