Astrological color therapy could truly be a thing. Does anyone recall the Color Me Beautiful craze of the Eighties? I remember teachers and aunts suddenly brandishing fan-like color swatches and identifying strongly with their season.
For females, having your mother take you to “get your colors done” was a quintessential Generation X experience. I got into an argument with the color consultant because she said I was a Winter when I identified as Summer. And, I have green eyes – I could not be a Winter. Deep immersion in the scene demanded not only clothes, accessories, and decor in line with your color prescription but your hair dyed to match it.
Color theory was around way before the Eighties, of course, but it went mainstream in 1980 with the publication of Suzanne Caygill’s Color – The Essence Of You. A triple Virgo and early-era television star, she single-handedly spawned the personal image consulting industry. She was earnest, citing Goethe and science to ‘prove’ her theories, and clearly influenced by the four elements of Astrology and perhaps even the modalities.
Color Consultants Were The Influencers Of The Eighties
Caygill also had epic astrological form for founding a profitable classification system: Her Mercury was conjunct Venus in Virgo, trine Mars/Saturn in Taurus trine Uranus in Capricorn. Now that’s a Grand Earth Trine.
Color typing became a craze, and by the late Eighties, Carole Jackson’s Color Me Beautiful was the more accessible form of Caygill’s book. Color consultants were the influencers of the day. Color Me Beautiful is still around, a ghost of its former self, and the current site is a time warp. Is it time for someone to do astrological color therapy?
You might think, well, no, because not all – say – Scorpios have the same coloring. And seasonally, a Northern hemisphere Scorp is an Autumn, while their Southern hemisphere counterpart is a Spring. But Color Me Beautiful has sub-seasonal color-personae – Metallic Autumn, Irridescent Summer, Patrician Winter, Saturnine Spring, Plutonic Winter, and okay, fine: the last two are mine.
Are You An Irridescent Summer Or A Plutonic Winter?
Helpfully, I received a color query recently which can serve as an astrological color therapy case study:
Not sure if you still do the Ask Mystic thing on the blog but I’ve got a question I’d love Mystic help on. I always seem to end up buying burgundy/maroon coloured items and others buy them for me. A colleague commented when she gave me a plant in a maroon coloured pot that the colour just reminds her of me. That’s when I realised it’s kind of a colour I wear a lot and chose décor in it. When pondering buying a new watch I was thinking gold and green or blue – colours/metals I like.
But after browsing a bit, the one I want to buy is…gold and burgundy! It’s not a colour I’d say is a favourite, it’s not an ‘IT’ colour of the moment, it’s just there for me a lot. I’m drawn to it, it comes to me. Where is this vibe coming from? And should a person embrace a colour that just pops up? Is it good luck to go with a colour that just fits somehow? How does ‘colour magic’ work? My Sun, Mercury and Mars are in Leo, I have Sagittarius rising and Moon in Scorpio.
Burgundy is Goth-Red, representing the Red of your Fire element energies containing and burning around the cool indigo center of your Scorpio Moon. Red alone would burn out your Moon. Blue or Black – metaphysical water- would quench your Fire. Elementally, Fire and Water don’t blend, but they can thrive alongside one another.
Your love of Burgundy also evokes the origin of the color name: the region in France, which was in itself named after the original inhabitants, the Burgundians. Before ‘converting’ to Christianity, they were big on Nordic sorcery. According to the occultist Dion Fortune, a triple Fire person like you, the 13th Full Moon of the year is called the Wine Moon or Burgundy Moon, in their honor.
As for your color classification, if I were to do it as astrological color therapy, you would be Vermillion Goth.
What do you think?