The way people react to colors is due to a mix of physiological, sociological and spiritual factors. What works in one society does not always work in another. Likewise, the knowledge that has come out of the mystery schools often needs to be adjusted to apply to modern tastes. What we present here is our own color theory drawn from personal studies and experience. What is helpful to remember about the differences between the Western and Asian systems of color theory is that in the West, the favorite planets generally are Jupiter and Venus, which are expanders, and relate to luck and luxury. From the earth both have a blue tone. For the Chinese, the favorite planets are Saturn, a pale yellow planet that is the stabilizer, and Mercury, the silver planet that deals with commerce and children. We might say that, culturally, the difference is a focus upon possibilities versus responsibilities. Surveys have shown that the favorite color of Americans is blue, while their least favorite is yellow. This highlights yet another difference, which necessitates the adjustment of systems when practicing Feng Shui in the west.
The most important aspect of color is how it affects people in their living spaces. A strong color will set off activity within a specific organ. Too much stimulation can over-stress that body system. That’s why balance is so important. Personal associations with certain colors should not be underestimated. For example, people who work in hospitals often don’t like the color light green, similar to their work clothes. They especially may not like it in combination with red. On the other hand, while blue can be cooling, the startling blue that reminds you of a lover’s eyes may be just what you need to raise your spirits when you walk into the room. Life in its rainbows of diversity is that complex.