The CMAS category of Striking Spring is also called Vital Spring in other systems. This season will wear Spring tints best, but leaning towards Winter pure hues. See examples here. A defining feature will be the yellow undertone to their skin. Their romantic and dynamic is much more saturated than other Springs.
STRIKING SPRING — (Spring – Winter, aka Bright/Clear/Vital Spring) medium to dark brunette, root beer brown, black (with warm tones), also blonde or platinum, or silver, gray or white hair. Skin tone is porcelain to dark olive but with yellow (or pink) under base. Angular, oval or oblong face shape. Eyes are usually brown, possibly with a yellow marking, may also be shining golden brown or blue with rays or spokes, or yellow marking around starburst, or open space in nerve wreath. (Skin around the eyes will be yellow in Springs). [spring-winter personality description]
The CMAS category of Moonlight Summer has a subcategory in other systems, called Jeweltone Summer (or Twilight or Dusky Summer) for the brown eyed Summers, which are rare. This season will wear Summer tones best, but leaning towards Winter pure hues, increasing the saturation. See examples here, they are almost like the Cool Winter except slightly less contrast. A defining feature should be the pink undertone to their skin. The romantics and dramatics are jeweltone/cool.
MOONLIGHT SUMMER — (Summer mixed with Winter, aka Cool Summer) Hair coloring: dark ash brown to brunette or silver hair, and double blue skin tone, that could place them in Winter, but they do not drape best in dark Winter colors (though it is possible they could wear black and it can be added to their fan). Their fan may include black or charcoal-gray, best worn with white or cream. They often have rosy cheeks and a light rose-beige complexion. If hair is dyed too warm, their skin will appear red and patchy. Eyes are most often deep or icy blue, but might also be light green, medium gray or soft brown (though brown eyes are rare for Summers). Summer eyes are translucent or mottled with wide band around iris (often gray). They often have darker eyebrows than other summers. (Skin around the eyes will be pink in Summers). summer-winter [personality description]
Summer in Styles click for larger (Dramatic, Natural and Gamine are probably not indicated for Jeweltone Summer)
The Striking or Bronze Autumn is also called Dark Autumn. This season will look best in Autumn shades, but leaning towards Winter pure hues, darkening the colors. See examples here. A defining feature will be the golden orange undertone to their skin. The romantic and dramatics are rich.
STRIKING or BRONZE AUTUMN — (Autumn-Winter, aka Deep/Dark Autumn) Very dark hair (usually brunette, possibly black with warm tones, possibly metallic looking) indicates a mixing with Winter Season. This Autumn type may look good in a warm black which is found on strip 40 in Autumn’s Color Fan®. Eyes may be dark warm brown, rust, deep olive-green, or steel blue. Skin will have warm dark red orange undertone. May have oval face shape, with prominent cheek bones, or broad or angular face. (Skin around the eyes will be orange in Autumns). [autumn-winter personality description]
Autumn in Styles click for larger (Natural is not indicated for Dark Autumn, choose Exotic instead)
The Sunset Winter is also called Dark Winter in other seasons. They will look best in Winter pure hues, but leaning towards Autumn shades, warming and darkening the colors. See examples here. A defining feature should be a cool (mulberry) undertone to their skin. The romantics and dramatics are cool.
SUNSET WINTER — (Winter mixed with Autumn) Hair color will be deep auburn or medium dramatic red. Face may be squared at the jaw or prominent cheekbones. Hair contrasts with very cool skin. Light skin is milky white, with very little evidence of freckles. Cool skin undertone will be mulberry. (Skin around the eyes will be grey in Winters). [winter-autumn personality description] Average body colors acc. to CMAS:
Hair 13A Wine Red
Romantic 13C Wine Red
Eye 16 A oops Maple Brown
Skin 18E Deep Pink Brown
Do you remember in Kramer vs. Kramer when the mother is painting a room with clouds? At least I think it was the mother, maybe it was the dad? Anyway, it left an impression on me of a parent trying to soothe a child going through a divorce by creating a feeling of safety in their bedroom. What other feelings can we elicit with color schemes for children’s rooms?
The purpose of anyone’s bedroom is a place to relax, sleep, and for children to play or have privacy. Colors for the walls, bedding and decoration, or the color scheme, can support these goals or work against them. Generally cool colors – blue, green, lavender – have a calming effect, while warm colors are more energizing. In particular red has been shown to increase blood pressure, heart rate and stimulation.
Let’s look at the warm colors first. If your child requests or loves one of these colors, use it in moderation, perhaps as an accent color rather than the main color for the room. The main color could be a cool color paired with the warm accent. Warm colors, especially when in bold hues, while cheerful, are stimulating, energizing, and thus better suited for a playroom.
Red is energizing and exciting, and even said to increase athletic ability. This is wonderful, just not in your child’s room. Red also has the most documented effect on physiology, increasing heart rate, blood pressure, respiration and even contributing to headaches or increased aggression, and decreasing ability to focus.
Pink is probably one of the most popular requests from young girl’s for their rooms, though they usually choose another color later in adolescence. Interestingly, pink has an initial calming effect but over time creates some of the same effects as red, potentially causing some anxiety and unrest.
One of the most cheerful colors besides yellow is orange. Similarly to red, it is stimulating, though less prone to increase aggression. It is said to stimulate mental activity and increase oxygen to the brain, making it good choice as an accent color around a study area. It also increases socializing however, so may not be indicated in a shared study space with siblings.
Cheerful yellow has slightly different effects depending upon the brightness of the shade. A very bright yellow stimulated mental activity, memory and metabolism, even frustration and anger when overused in a room. Softer shades of yellow promote concentration without as much agitation.
Let’s now look at the cool colors. The cooler range of colors is more calming and relaxing, particularly in lighter and softer shades. They are less inviting than warm colors, and therefore may be more indicated for a bedroom than say a living room. Consider pairing your cool colors with neutrals and soft fabrics and details in the room, so the room doesn’t feel too “cold.”
Green is the color most associated with nature, but also heath and well being. Green is a soothing color, particularly in muted or softer shades. Green promotes concentration, while also reducing anxiety. It may even increase reading ability.
Lavender is the softer tones of purple, a color associated with spirituality. Lavender may be a better alternative to pink.
Blue is probably the most recommended color for a peaceful child’s bedroom. It is the color opposite red on the color wheel. While red increases physiological responses, blue reduces them. The color blue reduces anxiety and aggression, such as tantrums, and helps improve sleep and behavior. Blue also calmly improves focus and reduces hyperactivity.
If you walk in the forest, it is all green but there will be one spot of red – somewhere one red flower blossoming – that draws your attention because in your perception, red is the most vibrant of all the colors. All other colors may be pretty and nice but red is vibrant.
Many things which are significant to you are red. Red is the color of your blood for example. In human consciousness, colors have a big impact upon how you feel, and red creates maximum vibrance. Anything exuberant means red. You may have heard of “painting the town red!” Among the deities that you create, the feminine forms are the most exuberant. Linga Bhairavi’s color is red because she gives away red. Devi signifies that vibrance. Her energy is absolute vibrance and exuberance. Because of that, Devi is red – not because she is red, because she is not red!
The meaning of the color blue
Blue is the color of all-inclusiveness. You will see in the existence, anything that is vast and beyond your perception generally tends to be blue, whether it is the ocean or the sky. Anything which is larger than your perception tends to be blue because blue is the basis of all-inclusiveness. It is based on this that so many gods in India are shown as blue-skinned.Shiva has a blue skin, Krishna has a blue skin, Rama has a blue skin. It is not that their skin was blue. They were referred to as blue gods because they had a blue aura.
There is another aspect to this. In terms of one’s evolution, there are various hues that one’s aura can take. If we make the Agna very important in our sadhana, then orange will be the dominant color. That is the color of renunciation and kriya. If someone has a pure white aura, that means this is a pure being. Such a person’s presence will be fantastic, but he will not be so action-oriented. When someone attains to their highest but chooses to be active in the world, his aura will always be electric blue. Anyone who was dynamic was blue. It is this type of aura which allows you to function in the world in a way that other people think is superhuman.
The meaning of the color orange
Why people who walk the spiritual path choose orange as their color, at least in this country, is because orange suggests so many things. When a person is moving towards Agna, it can be very visibly noticed that the color of Agna is orange. It is organically and naturally so. If you go into certain meditations, you will clearly see that Agna is orange or saffron. The color is not actually saffron, it is ochre. The Agna chakra is the chakra of knowing or enlightenment, and is known as the third eye. There are 114 chakras in the body. Two of these do not ascribe to any color because they are not physical in nature. The rest of the 112 chakras ascribe to some color. Anything that is physical in the existence naturally reflects light. Once it reflects light, it will have color in your perception. People who are on the path where the whole process is about enlightenment and opening up that dimension of perception referred to as the third eye, will always seek ochre because they want to radiate that color.
If you have become transparent, if what is behind you is red, you turn red too. If what is behind you is blue, you turn blue too. Wherever you are, you become a part of that, but nothing sticks to you.
Normally, a person who switches to orange drops everything that was old – his name, his identity, his family, his looks, his everything – and shifts into a different life. That means he is making a new beginning, a new sun has risen in his life. A certain realization has come where he is willing to shed everything and walk into another dimension of life or another possibility. It also suggests gnanaand vision. Either a person has developed or he wants to develop a new vision, that’s why he is going into it. For both people it is good to wear orange.
Orange is also a symbolism. When the sun rises in the morning, it is orange. You wear this color to indicate that a new light has come into your life and a new rising has happened within you – a new udaya. A new sun is beginning to rise within you. Another aspect is, when the fruit matures, it becomes orange. Orange is a symbol of maturity. When a person has attained to a certain level of maturity or ripening, he uses this color.
The meaning of the color white
White or aatvarang means the eighth color. There are seven colors; white is the eighth color. This eighth color or aatvarang means that dimension of life which is beyond. White is not really a color. When there is no color, only white is there. It is the absence of color that makes it white. At the same time, white is all-inclusive. The white light that you see contains all of the seven colors. You can refract those colors and separate all seven of them.
White has a good impact on you. Especially when you live in a tropical country, white is the best color to wear. It is comfortable weather-wise. Traditionally, a person who wears orange cuts himself off from family and social situations. The one who chooses white walks the spiritual path, but is still involved in the other aspects of life. Those who are on a path where they don’t want to gather anything will wear white. Their sadhana is mild, but they are on the spiritual path, but they are involved with various aspects of life, they don’t want to gather life around them. They want to be participating in life but they don’t want to gather anything, such people will choose to wear white.
The meaning of the color yellow
In the Buddhist tradition, monks, who graduated to what Gautama called arhats, wore ochre robes. The rest wore yellow robes because the process that Gautama gave to the initial stage of Buddhist monks was a very rudimentary process. He chose this process for them because it did not need any preparation. He wanted to cause a wave of awareness. That means he didn’t stay in any town for too long. He was continuously moving from village to village and town to town. There was no time to prepare people for any kind of practice, so he gave them a very rudimentary process. But still he was converting them into monks. He was fixing their life but not giving them enough preparatory steps, so he told them to wear the yellow robe because yellow is the color of the Muladhara chakra. The most basic chakra in the body is Muladhara. He wanted them to be stable.
Such a process is taught when you are charting out a spiritual path for a few lifetimes. That tradition still continues in the Buddhist way of life. They keep coming back and coming back to do more work because the process is of stabilization, not of realization. So he told them to wear yellow robes.
The meaning of the color black
If you are in a certain space which is powerfully energized and you want to imbibe, black is good. Black does not give out anything, it absorbs everything. If you wear black and go to a good space, you will absorb that. But if you wear black and go to a bad space, you will absorb that.
So, not everyone is qualified to wear black. If you continuously remain in black clothing and expose yourself to a variety of situations, you will notice that your energies will fluctuate and it sucks out all the emotion from you and gets your mind into very volatile, imbalanced states. It makes you into a silent suffering. You will suffer in such a way that you cannot even find expression to your suffering.
But if you wear black in a situation which is very vibrant and positive, you will absorb a tremendous amount of energy, which is good for you. Black should be worn only if you are ensured of the quality of the space.”