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The colour violet


The colour violet is another weird one for me. I’ve never really used the word “violet” in English. I found two HEX codes attributed to violet: #EE82EE and #7F00FF. The first one looks more like pink to me and I’m not a huge fan, while the second one, to me, looks more like a “violet” flower. This second one definitely speaks more to me than the first one. This said I’d still call it purple. Or, more like vibrant purple. I don’t mind purple, but in terms of pink, I’m more a magenta person (or fuchsia). Magenta and fuchsia have the same HEX code #FF00FF.


Violet is one of the secondary colours. In the spectrum of visible light, it’s a hue located between indigo and ultraviolet light, which has a shorter wavelength and is not visible to humans. Violet objects often appear dark, because human vision is relatively insensitive to those wavelengths. The difference between violet and purple is that violet appears in the visible light spectrum, or rainbow, whereas purple is simply a mix of red and blue.

The word violet as a colour name derives from Old French violet or violete, in turn from the Latin viola, names of the violet flower. The first recorded use as a colour name in English was in 1370. “Violet” is the French word for the colour purple.


In the world of chakras, violet is the colour associated with the crown chakra. The crown chakra is located at the top of the head and is the seventh and final chakra. It’s the most important one in many ways, although it cannot exist independently of the others. Rather, the crown chakra integrates the qualities of each of the other six. This chakra, also called the Sahasrara chakra, meaning “thousand petals,” is represented by the thousand-petal lotus flower. The crown chakra takes the spirituality associated with the sixth chakra a step further. It represents transcendence; it is our connection to the Divine and our source of enlightenment, spiritual connection, and everything that is sacred. It governs our awareness and presence, allowing us to reach higher states of consciousness. For this reason it is associated with transformation of the soul.

Meaning, symbolism & cultures

Violet is the colour of cosmic awareness and cosmic consciousness. While violet is not quite as intense as purple, its essence is similar. Generally the names are interchangeable and the meaning of the colours is similar. Both contain the energy and strength of red with the spirituality and integrity of blue. Violet is a unifying colour, the colour of oneness and spirituality. The energy of this colour is very healing and can soothe away pain.

The colour violet also represents the future, the imagination and dreams, while spiritually calming the emotions. It relates to the fantasy world, and a need to escape from the practicalities of life. It is the daydreamer escaping from reality.

In western cultures, this colour is associated with royalty, whereas in Thailand, it’s a symbol of mourning. Too much of this colour can promote or aggravate depression in some. It is one colour that should be used extremely carefully and in small amounts by those who are vulnerable to these depressed states. Violet supports the practice of meditation, helping us to get in touch with our deeper subconscious thoughts.

Wearing violet

Wearing violet shows that you want to be noticed. It shows your desire to feel special and unique. If you wear violet, you are making a statement. It’s rarely worn as a neutral colour. The colour violet has power. It has a richness, it is ambitious and self-assured.

Violet and you!

How does violet make you feel? What does violet mean to you? What does violet remind you of? Do you like to wear violet?

While you wait for my next post, why don’t you browse my shop to see how you can add a bit of colour to your life?


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