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Symbolism in Antipodal Colors - explaining the backgrounds to Goethe's Color Theory

Symbolism in Antipodal Colors - explaining the backgrounds to Goethe's Color Theory

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A large volume of evidences identifies magenta or purple, red & blue as philosophical symbols, which have been applied to define significant elements in religious systems.

Up to 1785 Goethe clearly identified the three basic color elements, in which blue and yellow are the basic, antipodal elements and red is the synthesis of light. “A country”, Goethe concluded, “starts out from a name and a flag, and it then becomes them, just as a man fulfills his destiny.“

This idea has been interpreted by Francisco de Miranda to derive the present national flags of Colombia, Venezuela and Ecuador (1785). Goethe told him that, "Your destiny is to create in your land a place where primary colors are not distorted.”

Red and Blue have been primary symbolic boundary antipodes in the rainbow, as well as the spectral antipodes yellow and blue by Goethe, the combinations of the erroneous translated element yellow and red by some medieval translators (including Luther) and the various other alternative deviations (pink for boys and blue for girls respectively pink for girls and blue for boys) from the original, but unexplained biblical definitions.

Goethe's late-night conversation on his theory of primary colors at Weimar in the winter of 1785 with the South American revolutionary Francisco de Miranda suggests that Goethe already 1774 may have been aware of the religious symbolism in the colors yellow and blue for Werther's clothes. These colors yellow and blue may have been considered as the same primary elements as in the present national flags of Colombia, Venezuela and Ecuador...
A large volume of evidences identifies magenta or purple, red & blue as philosophical symbols, which have been applied to define significant elements in religious systems.

Up to 1785 Goethe clearly identified the three basic color elements, in which blue and yellow are the basic, antipodal elements and red is the synthesis of light. “A country”, Goethe concluded, “starts out from a name and a flag, and it then becomes them, just as a man fulfills his destiny.“

This idea has been interpreted by Francisco de Miranda to derive the present national flags of Colombia, Venezuela and Ecuador (1785). Goethe told him that, "Your destiny is to create in your land a place where primary colors are not distorted.”

Red and Blue have been primary symbolic boundary antipodes in the rainbow, as well as the spectral antipodes yellow and blue by Goethe, the combinations of the erroneous translated element yellow and red by some medieval translators (including Luther) and the various other alternative deviations (pink for boys and blue for girls respectively pink for girls and blue for boys) from the original, but unexplained biblical definitions.

Goethe's late-night conversation on his theory of primary colors at Weimar in the winter of 1785 with the South American revolutionary Francisco de Miranda suggests that Goethe already 1774 may have been aware of the religious symbolism in the colors yellow and blue for Werther's clothes. These colors yellow and blue may have been considered as the same primary elements as in the present national flags of Colombia, Venezuela and Ecuador...

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Symbolism in Antipodal Colors
explaining the backgrounds to Goethe's Color Theory
 jwr1947The explanation of various religious constructs requires the assumption of religious bipolarity,which has been encoded in several historical monuments
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.This document has been dedicated to thedescription of these ancient symbols. Nothing has been thrown away and -thanks heavens- most of the historical symbolic links have been preserved.The antipodes however seem to have varied in the course of time which has been documented in avariety of archeological objects. Although the Egyptian and Greek temples archaeologically have been identified as devoted to "Colored Gods" most of the remains are white marble and the intensityof the ancient primary colors has vanished.The first written record may be found in the biblical Pentateuch. Exodus and Chronicles reveal agreat number of colored woven materials (
 
red  ,blue
 
and
 
 purple
 
twining 
) in the divine instructionsfor the Covenant tent and for Solomon's great Temple
2
. Early religions considered these colors asthe
 primary
colors, which had been derived from the sunlight and had been refracted in the
rainbow's
droplets.Later discrepancies, such as Luther's translation errors (1545), seem to have obscured the historicalrecords and needed centuries in order to be identified as simple translation errors, such as“hyacinth” (
blue
), which has been translated as
 yellow
. Still the basic principle of the antipodesremained the same – even if the color scheme has been misunderstood for centuries.Other discrepancies such as the origin of the colors yellow,redand bluein the present national flags have been clarified by inspection of the old letters, in which the authors clearly prove to haveunderstood the basic symbolism.
1Bipolar Monotheism2Exodus 28:2-5
 
 Fig. 1: Goethe's color wheel 
 
As early as 1785 Goethe identified the three basic color elements, in which blueand yellow are the basic,
antipodal elements
andredis the corresponding
 synthesis
of light. “A country”, Goetheconcluded, “starts out from a
name
and a
 flag 
, and it then becomes them, just as a man fulfills hisdestiny.“This idea has been interpreted by
 Francisco de Miranda
to derive the present national flags of Colombia, Venezuela and Ecuador (1785). Goethe told him that, "Your destiny is to create in your land a place
where primary colors are not distorted 
.”Just two years before he discussed the flag's symbolism with Goethe (1783)
 Francisco de Miranda
had visited the United States, where he met, among others, George Washington, Thomas Paine,Alexander Hamilton, Henry Knox, and Thomas Jefferson. Then he embarked from Boston for England on December 15, 1784 to travel to Europe where he was to meet Goethe.In 1777, the US-Continental Congress issued a resolution calling for a national banner of 
red  , white
and
blue
, with
13 stripes and 13 stars
. And wouldn't it be natural that the US-flag might as wellhave been designed with the idea that, "your destiny is to create
in your land 
a place
where primarycolors are not distorted 
”, because “a country” - as Goethe concluded - “starts out from a
name
and a
 flag 
, and it then becomes them, just as a man fulfills his destiny.“In modern times the reversal of color symbolism (
rose-red 
for girls and
light blue
for boys) hasreplaced the ancient symbolism, but there is enough evidence in the old documents to restore theancient structures, which clearly demonstrate the
old time, bipolar religion
.As an additional flow chart toBipolar Monotheismthe
Symbolism in Antipodal Colors
has beenlisted in a chronological order. In order to keep the overview straightforward this document has been restricted to the direct chain of the symbolic color's evolution. An update to
 
Bipolar  Monotheismwill document all evolutionary steps in the symbolic development chain.
 
Colors
With the exception of the three primary colors – red, green and blue– all other shades are mixtures, including white.Redand blueare to be found at the upper, respectively extreme borders of the rainbow's outline. The rainbow does not contain magenta colors.Redand blueare also primary paint colors, but green (in the middle) is then a mixture of yellow and  blue. ThereforeRedand blueare special colors, both located at the border of the rainbow AND members of the primary colors RGB-triad. Please note that yellow is not a primary color in thisscheme.The antipodal color to blueis yellow, the antipodal color to green is magenta and the antipodal color toredis a cyan, as also may be identified in the following color triangle:
CIE 1931 xy chromaticity diagramPublic domain byUser:PAR  
These six
3
fundamental paired elements ( blue- yellow, green - magenta andred- cyan), have  played an important role in the evolution of philosophical symbolism.In a triangle the colors may be combined in a great number of symbolic combinations. Most bipolar or triad combinations of these fundamental elements may be combined to meaningful constructsand the following historical sketch explains how many structures may have been tried out.
3Including white we may also count seven fundamental colors.
 Fig. 3: Rainbow Fig. 4: Color Triangle Fig. 2: RGB - Triangle

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Where are the written records which state that red and blue in the US flag were chosen because they were primaries? Or are you suggesting that color polarities used in our flags emanate from some version of the collective unconscious?

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